Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, Feb. 15: Gone Fishin' 

The spring trout season begins with the stocking of 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout. Season or daily passes must be displayed at all times; fishermen age 16 and older must also have a state fishing license. Six fish daily limit per person. This is the first of five spring stockings including March 1, 15, 29 and April 1 at Lake Fairfax Park . Season passes for 2013 available at the main office, valid for the entire calendar year. Season passes: $60/Adult, $45/Senior (65+), $30/Child (ages 6-15).  Daily passes also available. For more information call 703-471-5415.

 Saturday, Feb. 16: Jazzy Piano

Gerald Clayton Trio: The New York Times saluted his "Oscar-Peterson like style" and "huge, authoritative presence," while DownBeat Magazine's 2008 readers' poll named him one of the top up-and-coming pianists to watch. As a composer, Gerald Clayton's work has been commissioned by the Jazz Gallery in New York City and performed overseas by the BBC Orchestra. 8 to 9:30 p.m. CenterStage, Reston Community Center.  $30/person ($15 for Reston residents). Buy tickets online. For information call 703-476-4500.

Also on Saturday:

Bird BandingSee hand-held birds close up. Discover how they are captured, examined, banded with numbered rings and safely released as part of a park naturalist wildlife project that contributes to federal bird migration studies. Participants must be at least age 6. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Barred Owls Campfire: Enjoy an evening hike and campfire to learn about owls including the resident barred owl. Return to a warm campfire to roast marshmallows. 6 to 7:30 p.m.  Ellanor C. Lawrence Park; meet at Cabell’s Mill. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Preamble Scramble and Political Trivia: Celebrate George Washington's Day weekend by rediscovering the Declaration of Independence and early American presidential and political trivia. Play fun games including Preamble Scramble. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sully Historic Site. Tour included in fee of $7/adult, $6/student and $5/senior or child. No registration required. For information call 703-437-1794.

Ghost Trackers at Cabell's Mill: Meet at Cabell’s Mill to see a mysterious gravestone and visit the 200-year-old miller’s house in the dark of night to track the ghosts of Centreville’s past. Hear chilling local history and folklore tales. 9 to 10 p.m. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. $15/person. Participants must be at least age 16. Register online. For more information call 703-631-0013.

American Red Cross Blood Drive: Valentine’s Day is over but you can still give a gift from the heart. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Herndon Fortnightly Library. Adults only. Appointments preferred; call 1-800-733-2767 or online.

Cecil Ray Comedy Club: Come out and get your laugh on at the Cecil Ray Comedy Club. Live music, food, fun and laughs. On stage comedian TJ Reed, who is the Michelangelo of Clean Comedy, has been on TCT Network and Hancock Gospel Show. Veteran comedian Miss Clarees has been on “Bobby Jones Gospel” and featured in “God Aint No Joke.” Local comedian, Angela Moore from Manassas also appears. Club owner Cecil Ray adds his comedic flavor. In celebration of Valentine's Day, all ladies will receive a complimentary rose. Limited seating, advance reservations recommended. Doors open for seating 15 minutes prior. A live performance for adults and families. 7 to 9 p.m. W3 Theatre at the Workhouse Arts Center. $20 in advance (general admission); $25 at the door (general admission); $30 VIP Seating. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.

Dance the Night Away: Put on your dancing shoes and join the monthly Ballroom Social Dance featuring dancing, complimentary refreshments and a cash bar. All skill levels welcome! Arrive early for a rumba mini-lesson; (7:30 to 8 p.m.) The social dance will be led by a professional ballroom instructor beginning at 8 p.m. and the music, dance, food and fun continue through 10:30 p.m. in the McGuire-Woods Gallery (second floor of W-16), Workhouse Arts Center. $10/person (Ballroom Social) and $5/person (mini-lesson). Mini-lesson tickets are only sold at the door. Ballroom Social Dance tickets may be reserved online, by phone or at the door. For information call 703-584-2900. 

 Sunday, Feb. 17: Predatory Plants

Winter Lecture - Carnivorous Plants: Explore the fascinating world of carnivorous plants from around the world as Michael Szesze presents a variety of ways to grow these enchanting plants easily in the home and garden. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Also on Sunday:

Homemade Bird Feeders: Bring your empty milk jugs and/or two-liter soda bottles to make bird feeders. Get tips for feeding birds and learn to identify common birds that visit home feeders. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-437-1794.

What the Butler Saw: Back by popular request, this program takes you behind closed doors to see the risqué side of Victorian life depicted in prints, postcards, photographs and magazines. Those Victorians wore tight corsets, but they weren’t always straight laced! 1 to 3 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. $28/person; includes a full English tea. Ages 13 and up. For information and reservations call 703-941-7987.

  • Information was correct at time of publication.  Please contact individual event sites to confirm programs are being held as scheduled. 
  • 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. Additionally, the towns of Herndon and Vienna as well as the city of Falls Church offer many arts, entertainment and recreational opportunities.  
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