Fairfax County Weekender


Friday, Feb. 18: Moon Shine

Join a naturalist at Meadowlark Gardens for a special Moonlight Garden Walk. Keep your eyes and ears open to search the gardens for local nocturnal wildlife. After the walk, enjoy a warm fire in the visitor center. Bring good walking shoes and plenty of extra warm layers. Meet in the Meadowlark visitor center. Program is appropriate for adults and families with children ages 6 and up. Free. For more information call 703-255-3631.

Also on Friday:

  • Ponderings - Winter Birds: See what species call Fairfax County home during the winter, learn quick tips on how to identify various species and discover where to find the less frequently seen critters that live in our area. For children ages 6 to 10. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Hidden Pond Nature Center. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information, call 703-451-9588. 

Saturday, Feb. 19: Jumpin' Jazz

A hot time awaits in Reston Saturday night, when  The Clayton Brothers Quintet  brings its cool jazz to town. The Clayton Brothers Quintet embodies the shared musical vision of acclaimed brothers John and Jeff Clayton, bass and saxophone/flute masters, respectively. Formed 30 years ago and maintaining a vibrant presence ever since, The Clayton Brothers Quintet is revered for both its recordings and live performances.  8 p.m. The CenterStage at Reston Community Center. $30/person ($15/residents of Small District 5). For information call 703-476-4500.

Also on Saturday:

  • Two Rooms - One Up, One Down: Pay a visit to the original outbuildings and the representative slave cabin at Sully Historic Site. Discover cooking methods used to prepare foods for the African American slave community. During this program, visitors can peek at the loft, normally closed to the public. 1 to 3 p.m. Sully Historic Site. $6/adult, $5/student, $4/senior and child. A house tour can be added for an additional $2. For information, call 703-787-3314.

  • Winter Hike- Wonderful Wetland Fowl: Hike the boardwalk at Huntley Meadows Park to the observation tower from 2 to 4 p.m., looking for green-winged teals, pintails, swamp sparrows and winter wrens. With luck, we'll spot a bald eagle! Hikers must be at least nine years old, and children must be accompanied by an adult. $6/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, Feb. 20: Hidden Treasures

Where are the Smithsonian Gardens? Much like the answer to the question “Where is the Smithsonian?” heard from so many tourists, the gardens are everywhere on the National Mall. Cindy Brown, Smithsonian gardens, education and collections manager, takes you on a treasure hunt through this tapestry of gardens and its collections. 1:30 p.m. Green Spring Gardens Park. $10 ($12/non-county residents).  Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-642-5173.

Also on Sunday:

  • Oklahoma!: Where the wind comes sweeping down the plains!Catch a matinee as this classic musical takes the stage for its final show of the weekend. 2 p.m. Fairfax High School. $10.  For more information call 703-228-1859.

  • Make Bird Feeders: Bring your empty milk jugs and two-liter soda bottles to make bird feeders at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Discuss tips for feeding birds and learn to identify common birds that visit home bird feeders. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-631-0013.

  • 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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