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 Friday, May 31: Wild Things 

Ponderings – Mammals: Discover the wildlife that lives in our region and learn about its various habitats. Live animals and field studies are the reason this program is so popular. Come join the naturalist for this adventure from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Ages 6 to 10. $6/person. Register online. For more information call 703-451-9588.


Also on Friday:

Venom or Poison: Venom or poison? Some animals and plants use either venom or poison as a defense. Assist a naturalist in conservation biology as you head out into the forest to see who is using what. From 7 to 8 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 7 and up. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Wagon Ride at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park: Enjoy a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run stream valley. Discover who Ellanor C. Lawrence was and learn about the area’s local and natural history. Return to a campfire and make a sweet chocolate treat to eat. From 7 to 8 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Meet at Cabell's Mill. Ages 2 and up. $7/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.


 Saturday, June 1: Sun Salutations

Free Yoga on the Quad: Enjoy free, early-morning, drop-in yoga classes the first and second Saturday of June, July and August. Bring your own yoga mat. Classes are open to all and will be held outside so please dress accordingly. From 8 to 8:45 a.m. on the Quad at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free. No registration required. For more information contact Art of Movement program manager Lesley Spalding at lesleyspalding@workhousearts.org.

Also on Saturday:

Winning Color Combinations: Opposites attract or do they? Learn the basics of color theory and how to apply them to your perennial border or container garden. Horticulturalist and artist Judy Zatsick will teach you how to use a color wheel to design gardens with impact. From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Ages 18 and up. $15/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Dairy Farming at Walney: Butter and Cheese: Walney has a long dairy farming history. Taste hand-churned butter and sample cheeses while learning about the importance of this industry at Walney. Tour the historic dairy and try your hand at milking a cow from 2 to 3 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Ages 4 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered, paying adult. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Hidden Oaks Treasure Hunt: Ahoy matey – prepare for an adventure as you follow your treasure map to collect clues and find treasures along a half mile of woodland and stream trails. Some of the treasures include meeting live woodland creatures, others involve fun facts about native plants and rocks, while some include feats of daring. Groups leave every 15 minutes. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 3 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered, paying adult. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Mount Vernon Nights 2013: Savor the sounds of summer music under the stars with this series of free Saturday evening concerts beginning with folk artists Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer. A wide variety of other artists follows each Saturday through August 31 ( schedule). Bring your picnic, lawn chair or blanket (outside alcohol not permitted). From 7 to 8 p.m. on the Quad at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free. No tickets required. For information call 703-584-2900.

Cecil Ray Comedy Club: Cecil Ray Comedy Club proudly presents a Christian Comedy Show featuring the talents of Comedian Grayson from Lafayette, LA; Pittsburgh's Finest Miss Clareese;Comedian Kadesha from Alexandria, VA; and Local Newcomer Comedian Coco-Nut! From 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the W3 Theatre, 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.

Running the Gamut Concert: The McLean Symphony, featuring piano virtuoso, Carlos Ibay, presents the Overture to La Gazza Ladra (Giaccomo Rossini), Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor (Frédéric Chopin)and Symphony No. 3 in C (Jean Sibelius) from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. $25/adult, $20/senior and $15/student with ID. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-790-0123.


 Sunday, June 2: Forces of Nature

Cicada Circus: The 17- year cicadas of Brood 2 will be buzzing through the area searching for mates and either scaring or delighting county residents. Learn what earns these creatures the scientific name of Magicicada. Meet the cicadas up close and learn how to identify males from females and amazing facts about their unusual life cycle. Discover creative ways county residents are taking advantage of this short-lived phenomenon! Make a cicada buzzer craft. From 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 and up. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Also on Sunday:

Stream Stomp: Investigate Bugg Creek for salamanders, crayfish and more in this catch-and-release adventure. Learn about erosion and other environmental issues affecting aquatic wildlife. Cancelled in the event of severe weather. Wear closed-toe shoes that can get wet and clothes that can get dirty because we're wading in the stream. Use dip nets to collect creatures to examine. From 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 6 to 12. $5/person. Register online. For more information call 703-941-1065.

Explore the World of Macroinvertibrates: Search for many different species of macroinvertibrates at Cub Run Stream. Dress to get wet. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Bull Run Regional Park. Meet in the Atlantis Waterpark parking lot. $5/person. For information and to make reservations, call 703-528-5406.


  • 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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