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cowFriday, July 15: A Mooo-ving Experience! 


Discover the whey of the Dairy! Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games to get a taste of 18th century life at Dairy Days. Ice cream and butter made at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations suggested. 1 to 4 p.m. Sully Historic Site. $5/person. (Wagon rides available for additional $2/person.) For information call 703-437-1794.

Also on Friday:

Meet the Author: Local author Jyoti Sondhi will discuss her spiritual awakening and how it transformed her life, in her new book "Lighting the Lamp Within." Books will be available for sale and signing.  11 a.m. Pohick Regional Library.  Free.  For information call 703-644-7333.

Nature by Moonlight - Bats, Bugs & Owls: Hike the grounds at Cub Run to watch for bats, look for bugs and call for owls. Come early if you want to bring a picnic or hot dogs to toast. Bring toasting sticks, blanket and flashlight. Participants ages 3 and above welcome. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cub Run RECenter. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-817-9407.



garden gateSaturday, July 16: Art by the Yard


Horticulturist Tammy Burke will demonstrate how to create art pieces for your yard during the Art in the Garden program. Copper tubing will become a trellis to support vines; leaf-imprinted stepping stones will add beauty and provide a path in your garden; a sphere covered with glass gems will create a colorful accent. 10 a.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. $5/person. Reservations accepted. For information or to reserve a spot call 703-255-3631.

Also on Saturday:

Sunset Cruises: Soak up the sunset and relax as you cruise the beautiful shoreline of Lake Accotink. You may spot a heron settling in for the night or a deer coming to the water’s edge for a late drink. Sit back and listen while your tour boat guide shares interesting facts about the park’s history, the lake and the surrounding area. Beverages are served onboard. 7 p.m. Lake Accotink Park. $6/person. For reservations and information call 703-222-4664 or register online.

Art Out Loud 2011: A blend of visual and musical works that celebrate the passion and value of the art in our lives. Featuring the imagery of Workhouse studio artist Mary Gallagher Stout and an eclectic alternative rock lineup including:  Big Green Cherry, Starryville, Euphonic Film and Philadelphia's Woodland String Band. Each band will play original music inspired by Gallagher's artwork.  Her latest series will be on exhibit and the audience will get a sneak peek of images to be published in her upcoming book. Pay-as-you-go lite fare and a cash bar. 6 to 9 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. Free.  For information call 703-495-0001.

Stream Stomp: Investigate Bugg Creek for salamanders, crayfish and more during this catch-and-release adventure. Learn about erosion and other environmental issues affecting aquatic wildlife. Suited for 6 to 10-year-olds. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $6/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-941-1065.



civil war battleSunday, July 17: Soldier Songs

The 97th Regimental String Band celebrates the Music of the Civil War, re-creating an actual string band of the era singing a wide variety of traditional American songs in authentic, "living history" style in this commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Hear songs about army life and camp food, ballads sung on the home front and popular music of the 19th century enjoyed by soldiers and civilians of the North and South. This fun group is not content to have an audience sit and listen, so join in the singing, clapping, laughing and general merriment. 7 p.m. Frying Pan Farm Park. $10/person. For information call 703-437-1794.

Also on Sunday:

Riverside Wildlife: Discover some of the native wildlife found along the Occoquan River. See live fish, turtles, snakes, frogs and more! Look for the display near the Occoquan Park boat launch. No reservations required. 1:30 to 4 p.m. Occoquan Regional Park. Free. For information call 703-690-2121.

Reptile Survey: Assist a naturalist with and learn the habits and habitats of the aggressive but misunderstood water snake as we search for them and document their size, gender and location. Wear shoes that can get wet. Participants must be age 8 or above. 9 to 11 a.m. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. $10/person. Register online. 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.
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