April 13: A World of Policy
Great Decisions Series: Watch a film produced by the Foreign Policy Association and participate in a roundtable discussion on current events and U.S. foreign policy options. The topic for April is Media and Foreign Policy. Discussion materials available at the Information Desk. Light refreshments will be served. From 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Reston Regional Library. Adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-689-2700.
Also on Friday:
Christylez Bacon — The Human Beatbox: Grammy-nominated Christylez Bacon is a dynamic member of the hip-hop movement, bringing innovation to an art form already known for mixing urban musical styles. His programs combine human beat box, rap and rhyming with storytelling and interactive call and response. Watch him blend traditional elements of musical styles from jazz, go-go, hip-hop and more. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. $20/person. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-296-8385.
April 14: Geek Out!
Library Comic Con: Come for the second annual celebration of comic books, science fiction, fantasy, TV, movies and more, featuring Dana Simpson, author of the “Phoebe and Her Unicorn” series. Workshops, artists, vendors, prizes, gaming, food trucks and cosplay. Family-friendly costumes encouraged. Books available for sale and signing. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at George Marshall High School, 7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. All ages. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-324-3100.
Also on Saturday:
Riverbend Park Bluebell Festival: A great event for the whole family! See the first signs of spring’s arrival — the carpet of Virginia Bluebells throughout the forest. Enjoy wildflower walks, face painting, live animals, moon-bounce, music and more. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 3 and up. $7/person in advance; $9 at the gate. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.
Forgotten Fairfax — The History of Pimmit Hills: Pat Donahue will speak about the overlooked history of Pimmit Hills, the first federally financed subdivisions built for World War II veterans. Copies of her book will be for sale. From 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library. All ages. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-293-6227.
Discovery Day: Did you know that Huntley Meadows Park was once the property of one of our Founding Fathers? Explore all sorts of fun history as well as churn butter or crank home-made ice cream, work with historical maps and documents, examine artifacts and take a photo with the Huntley the Cow mascot. Meet experts from Gunston Hall, Fairfax County archivists and the Friends of Fairfax Archaeology. From 1 to 4 p.m. at Historic Huntley. Free; donations accepted. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
College Applications Essay Workshop: Don’t be intimidated by the college essay. Practical strategies and writing tips will help yours shine, revealing something that your grades and test scores can’t. From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library. Ages 13 and up. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-644-7333.
Second Saturday Artwalk: Tour seven unique studio buildings to see the work of nearly 100 talented visual artists. From 6 to 9 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free. For more information, call 703-584-2900.
April 15: Check Mate
Chess Club: Learn openings, tactics and end game strategies. Players will be able to play against players at their strength. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. Ages 8 to 16. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-689-2700.