Fairfax County Weekender


Friday, Feb. 11: Celebrate History

Embracing Our Youth, Our Heritage and Celebrating All Cultures” celebrates Black History Month with song, dance and a keynote speech from Vice Admiral David L. Brewer, III (retired). Vice Admiral Brewer served his country for over 35 years in the U.S. Navy and after retiring was appointed 46th Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. He espouses the philosophy that a leader’s success is manifested in the success of those who follow in his or her footsteps. Under his leadership as commander, an unprecedented eight of his commanding officers were eventually promoted to Flag rank (admiral). The program also includes performances by local choirs, a step team and dance troupes. Free reception at 6 p.m., program at 7:30 p.m.  Fairfax County Government Center Auditorium.  Call 703-324-7483.

Also on Friday:

  • Valentine's Day Teen Dance Party: Teens ages 13-17 are invited. Dance/freestyle competitions, DJ and refreshments. Black and white attire encouraged. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Bailey's Community Center. $5/person. Call 703-931-7027 to register or for more information. 

Saturday, Feb. 12: Paging Lambchop

It's a puppet extravaganza in McLean at the Puppetry Festival. The Grey Seal Puppets take the stage at 1:30 p.m. with "Tangle of Tales" and at 2:15 p.m. it's the Barefoot Puppets with "Trickster Tales." Children can make a puppet to take home. Recommended for ages 4 to 8. $12 ($10 McLean District Residents.) Register online. For more information call 703-790-0123.

Also on Saturday:

  • Violist Marcus Thompson: Thompson is a distinguished performer on the viola. A multi-faceted artist, he is equally esteemed as recitalist, orchestral soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and educator. Since his New York debut at Carnegie Hall in the Young Concert Artists Series, Thompson has been widely hailed as a master of his instrument. 3 p.m. Reston Community Center's Center Stage. $30 ($15 Small District 5 residents.)

  • Animal Sweethearts Dance: An afternoon of fun is in store with dancing, Valentines craft-making and informative nature stuff in the engaging presentation "How Animals Attract Each Other." The event also features another of the original dramas for which the nature center is so famous, the premiere of "To Thrill a Mockingbird." Refreshments. For children 3 to 8. $8/child. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-451-9588.

Sunday, Feb. 13: Super Sappy!

Bundle up and come on out to watch as gallons of sap are boiled down into ounces of golden syrup over an open fire. Sample delicious maple syrup on freshly baked cornbread made from cornmeal ground at the mill. Noon to 2 p.m. Colvin Run Mill. $2/person. No registration required. Call 703-759-2771 for more information.

Also on Sunday:

  • Sunday Soiree - My Funny Valentine: Bring your valentine and dance or just listen to the music of The Wayne Tympanick Trio. Refreshments. 3 to 5 p.m. McLean Community Center. $5/person. For more information call 703-790-0123.

  • Creating Garden Habitats: Wildlife habitats are lost to urban development at an alarming rate. Sustainable landscaper Catherine Zimmerman demonstrates how tohelp solve this problem by creating beautiful and sustainable habitats in your own garden. Book sale and signing to follow. 1:30 p.m. Green Spring Gardens Park. $10. Register online or call 703-642-5173.

  • The Fairfax County Weekender highlights a selection of county events taking place each weekend. Many more events and activities can be found at the Parks and Library pages, and elsewhere on the Fairfax County website.

  • A complete list of county calendars is also available online.
  • To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711.
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