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Friday, Nov. 26:  Night Lights

A winter wonderland awaits you at the Bull Run Festival of Lights, now on display at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville.  Over 130,000 people visit every year to experience this enchanted world of giant toy soldiers, snowmen, Santa and his reindeer, and so much more.  The festival runs through January 9, 2011.  $20/car. 5:30 to 10 p.m., Friday-Sunday, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday.  For more information call 703-359-4633.


Also on Friday:

  • Bring the family and holiday guests to a lively and interactive retelling of the Thanksgiving Story at Frying Pan Farm Park. Glee Mania's Sue Counoyer entertains and informs. Afterwards work off that Thanksgiving feast strolling in the park. 11 to 11:40 a.m. $4/person. Call 703-222-4664.

  • Don’t let those extra Thanksgiving calories bog you down. Keep active at South Run RECenter’s 2010 Turkey Burn. Join family, friends and neighbors in the morning (also on Thanksgiving morning)totry some of the hottest trends in fitness during special holiday workouts. In the season’s spirit of giving, the RECenter will collect canned foods and toiletries to donate to the Lorton Community Action Center. Times online.



 Saturday, Nov. 27: It's a Bird, It's a Plane...

Flying squirrels rival the population of gray squirrels, but being nocturnal as they are, we rarely see them. Families with children ages four and older are invited to attend " Calling All Flying Squirrels!" to look for these amazing gliders of the night at roosting boxes at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. 6 to 7 p.m. $6/person. For information, call 703-941-1065.


Also on Saturday:

  • The Hemlock Overlook portion of the Bull Run-Occoquan Trail is the perfect place to work off some of those Thanksgiving calories! Meet a Northern Virginia Regional Parks naturalist at the public parking lot at Hemlock Overlook for a guided Hemlock Hike along the stream. Along the way learn about the wildlife that inhabits the park and look for evidence they have left behind. The trail is rocky in some portions, wear good hiking shoes. Free 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 703-352-5900 for information.


 Sunday, Nov. 28: Ice, Ice Baby

Get out on the ice and take a spin at Mount Vernon RECenter's Ice Arena! Public skate is held on Sundays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. $7/person, free for children 4 and under.  RECenter fees also apply. For more information call 703-768-3224.



Also on Sunday:

  • Enjoy the music of violinist James Spacek at a free chamber music concert at McLean Community Center's Alden Theater.  No ticket required.  3 p.m.



    • 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.

 


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