April 12: Herbal Essence
Gardening with Herbs: Learn about the benefits. Topics include planning an herb garden, selecting plants and caring for your garden. Lots of photographs offer ideas on developing your own herb garden. From 1 to 2 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-644-7333.
Also on Friday:
Cooking Biscuits: Try cooking the old-fashioned way over a fire, the way many early Virginians did. Make fresh butter to sample. Learn about the tools and safety required when cooking with open flames. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Ages 4 and up. $10 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0049.
April 13: Eggscellent
EGGnormous Egg Hunt: Enjoy entertainment by a strolling magician, games and multiple moon bounces along with our ever-popular egg hunt. Many photo opportunities, so remember to bring a camera and a favorite basket to carry goodies. Bring water or pack a picnic to enjoy while outdoors. The egg hunt starts at 10:30 a.m. at Sunrise Valley Elementary School. Ages infant to 8. Free. For more information, call 703-390-6163.
Also on Saturday:
Meet Author Jeffrey Gorsky: The author of “Exiles in Sepharad: The Jewish Millennium in Spain” shares the history of the Jews in Spain from their apex in Muslim Spain to the horrors of the Inquisition and the Expulsion. He also will discuss the impact of these early examples of racial and religious discrimination and persecution on later cultures. Books available for sale and signing. From 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Patrick Henry Library. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-938-0405.
Hena Khan: Author Talk and Book Signing: Children’s book and middle grade author Hena Khan shares her stories and creative process. Hena will read from her latest book “Under My Hijab.” Books available for purchase from Scrawl Books. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-689-2700.
Backyard Bee Keeping: Dr. Karen Henderson, a Maryland beekeeper, will talk about bees, the art of beekeeping, how to set up, care for and harvest honey from colonies. See a real hive and other equipment. From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Library. Ages 13 and up. Free. For more information, call 703-573-1060.
Easter Egg Hunt at Colvin Run Mill: Hunt for eggs filled with treats and treasures. Before the hunt, make egg-cellent crafts to take home. Bring your own basket. Egg hunts for children ages 2 to 3 at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. The egg hunt for children ages 4 to 6 is 10:45 a.m. Children ages 7 to 9 can hunt for eggs at 11:30 a.m. Colvin Run Mill. $8 per child. Program is rain or shine. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-2771.
Into the Woods at Frying Pan Farm Park: Celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival at this free event. Trek on the nature trail to experience spring changes, visit stations peppered throughout the trail to build a fairy house, help tally migratory and year-round resident birds and search for critters in the soil and water. From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. All ages. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.
Campler: Come one, come all and sample activities from several of our new 2019 summer camps. Explore each camp through interactive activities, themes and adventures at no cost! From 3 to 5 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. All ages. Free. Register online. For more information, call 703-451-9588.
“Conversing with Art: Up Close and Personal”: Artist and art educator Renee Sandell teaches a hands-on, multi-sensory workshop that will engage your creativity and insight as you decipher deeper meanings of art. From 10 a.m. to noon at The McLean Project for the Arts. $75. Registration required. For more information, call 703-790-1953.
“The Green Light Speakeasy”: The Next Reflex Dance Collective presents a pop-up dance/music hall with a 1920s theme that showcases work from a variety of artists and musicians. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; show is at 8 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Ages 18 and up. $15 seniors/$25 general admission. Tickets. For more information, call 703-584-2900.
April 14: Bust a Move
Sunday Afternoon Dance: Dancers of all skill levels convene the second Sunday of the month to foxtrot, swing, cha-cha and waltz. Music selection ranges from golden oldies to today’s more modern dance selections. A mini-lesson, door prizes and light refreshments add to the fun. Partners are not required. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Reston Community Center. Ages 18 and up. $5 Reston/$10 Non-Reston. For more information, call 703-390-6157.
Also on Sunday:
Easter Egg Hunts at Sully: Bring your baskets for the hunt and play Easter games like an egg roll and egg carry. The Easter Bunny will roam the grounds, ready for pictures. Make an Easter craft to take home along with your eggs. Limit 10 eggs per child. There are three sessions: 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Sully Historic Site. Ages 1-8. $8 per child. Wagon rides for $2 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-1794.
Bluegrass-Becky Buller Band: What a way to close it our season! In 2016, she was the first person ever to win in both instrumental and vocal categories at the IBMA awards. Doors at 6 p.m., showtime 7 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. All ages. $18 (advance)/$20 (door). Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.