Friday, April 27: Catch the Buzz
Discover how to attract beneficial insects to your landscape
by providing an environment rich in plant diversity and
habitat at the
Attracting Pollinators program. 1:30 p.m. Green Spring
Gardens. $10/adult. Register
online. For information, call 703-642-5173.
Also on Friday:
Amphibian Hike: The lakes at Meadowlark
provide a good habitat for many frogs and toads that lay
their eggs this time of year. Join our naturalist for a walk
to see which amphibians are active in the lakes. 7 to 9 p.m.
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Free. For reservations and
information call 703-255-3631.
Saturday, April 28: Puppetry Meets Poetry
HipHop and Hotdogs fuses puppetry and poetry, weaving
favorite children’s poems into a seamless tapestry of art and
entertainment for all audiences. View the natural world
through a child’s eye in “Every Time I Climb a Tree!”
Imagine a symphony composed entirely by the swimming of “The
Goldfish!” Thrill to the exploits of aerodynamic sausages in
“Fearless Flying Hotdogs!” And dance with the “Funky
Snowman!” 2 p.m. McLean Community Center's Alden Theatre.
$15/person ($10/McLean Community Center district
residents.) For information call 703-790-0123.
Also on Saturday:
Day/Arbor Day Celebration: Join
dozens of environmental nonprofits and county agencies
at this joint celebration. Activities will include free
document shredding, wildlife demonstrations, a litter
cleanup, a tree walk, displays by many local volunteer
organizations and more.8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fairfax
County Government Center. Free. More information is
2012 Pet Expo: Pet care professionals will
discuss the benefit of vaccinations, spaying, and neutering.
Demonstrations will be given on pet CPR and other emergency
measures, as well as advice and tips on pet grooming and
training. The event will be held on the grassy area behind
the community center in the Hunters Woods Village Center.
Park in the shopping area and walk around to the rear of the
building. Friendly pets are welcome. 1 to 4 p.m. Reston
Community Center Hunters Woods. Free. For information
Mocktails Tasting Party: Enjoy a
presentation and then learn how to mix cool, sophisticated
non-alcoholic drinks that hit the spot. Sample a range of
refreshing and creative concoctions using seasonal fruits,
vegetables, herbs, syrups, juices and zests to excite the eye
and the palate. 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Greenspring Gardens Park. $22/person. Register
online. For information call 703-941-7987.
Gardening: Join horticulturist Seth Fleming
for a look into the exciting world of organic vegetable
gardening. Learn various organic approaches to growing your
favorite vegetables and hear about many types of heirloom
vegetables that will grow in the Northern Virginia climate.
10 a.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. $5/person. For
information and reservations (required) call 703-255-3631.
Sounds of the Night Campfire: Sounds of the
night, they fill our ears with delight! Learn about animal
sounds and take a nighttime stroll along the Old Oak Trail.
Practice your new listening and identifying skills. One
flashlight per family is recommended. Participants age 4 and
above are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a
registered adult. 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Hidden
Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register
online. For information call 703-941-1065.
Sunday, April 29: A-Tisket, A-Tasket
May Day Baskets to fill with flowers and hang on
the front door of friends or neighbors. Learn to
identify some wildflowers and make art with flowers. For
children ages 4 to 8. 2 to 3 p.m. Hidden
Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register
online or call 703-222-4664. For information call
Also on Sunday:
International Chamber Soloists: The
International Chamber Soloists is a unique group of
extraordinary young string players from all over the world.
Member musicians come from Russia, Bulgaria, Belarus, Latvia,
Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil and the United
States. They are brought together by the group’s founder and
music director, prominent violinist Dmitri Berlinsky. This
performance will feature works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and
Tchaikovsky. 2 p.m. Reston Community Center's CenterStage.
$30/person. ($15/Reston Community Center district
residents.) For information call 703-476-4500.
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
A complete list of county calendars is also available online.
To request this information in an alternate format, call
TTY is 711 unless otherwise indicated.