Fairfax County Weekender


Friday, March 9: Can I Get a Definition?

Six young outsiders compete for the championship in the "effortlessly endearing" musical " The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." Overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, these young people learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser. The show is a 2005 Tony Award winner for Best Book of a Musical and a nominee for Best Musical and Best Score. 8 p.m. (The show runs through May 6.) Workhouse Arts Center's Building W-3. $20/person ($15/students, military, seniors.)  For information call 703-495-0001.

Also on Friday:

Wood Frogs!: The wood frogs are breeding in the vernal pools. Assist in collecting and releasing frogs and recording data for an amphibian survey. Wear waterproof boots and bring flashlights. Participants 8 and above are welcome. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013. 

PruningSaturday, March 10: A Little Off the Top

How does your garden grow? Fast or slow, pruning is essential to maintaining a healthy, vigorous plant, shrub or tree.  Learn how and when to prune and the proper tools to use at a Pruning Demonstration led by horticulturalist Laurie Short. Demonstration will include removal of dead, damaged and diseased wood. 10 a.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. $5/person.  Reservations required.  For information or reservations call 703-255-3631. 

Also on Saturday:

Birding with Andy - Waterfowl: Search for waterfowl with veteran birder Andy Higgs. Meet in the visitor center parking lot. 8 a.m. Huntley Meadows Park. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

Second Saturday Art Walk: Showcasing the diverse work of more than 100 visual artists in a unique historic venue, creating an atmosphere that encourages visitors to immerse themselves in the richness of this creative community. Tour seven unique studio buildings, mix and mingle with artists, buy original works of art, experience ever-changing exhibitions and meet featured artists, all while enjoying light refreshment and music. 6 to 9 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center.  Free.  For information call 703-495-0001. 

Sunday, March 11: Picture This!

Learn clues on how to date your old family photos along with photo preservation and storage techniques and how to identify historic photographic processes in Vintage Photos: Preserving Your Past. Preservation challenges and how to avoid them will also be discussed. This program is presented by Gina McNeely, who has 16 years of experience as a professional photo editor and picture researcher. Participants 13 and above are welcome. $15/person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Also on Sunday:

Sunday Soiree Series: Wear your green and come practice your steps with plenty of room to move about or just have a bite to eat and enjoy the band during another entry in this fun music and dance series.  The always popular Wayne Tympanick Trio will have you on your feet or tapping your toes. Refreshments served.  3 to 5 p.m. McLean Community Center. $5/person.  For information call 703-790-0123.

Music Friends Concerts at the Alden: This series features professional musicians who have won international recognition for their artistry. Violinist Hidetaro Suzuki, for 25 years concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony, and his wife, pianist Zeyda Ruga Suzuki,will present a program of violin-piano music and will be joined by clarinetist Nancy Genovese in the beguiling Khachaturian trio for piano, violin and clarinet. 3 p.m. McLean Community Center's Alden Theatre.  Free.  For information call 703-790-0123.

  • 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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