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
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
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.
online or call 703-222-4664. For information call
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
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.
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
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.
TTY is 711 unless otherwise indicated.