Fairfax County Weekender–April 20-22, 2018

April 20: I Hear a Symphony

Symphony of Frogs: Come discover Huntley’s amphibian orchestra! Join a naturalist for an indoor discussion and a guided walk to listen for serenading frogs and toads. Learn the calls of a bullfrog, southern leopard frog, green frog, tree frog, American toad and more. From 7 to 9 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 6 and up. $9/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.


Also on Friday:

Puppet Show Extravaganza: See your favorite children’s stories come to life with a colorful collection of puppet characters who will tell stories, sing and rhyme on our brand-new puppet stage. From 10:30 to 11 a.m. at Dolley Madison Library. Preschoolers. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-356-0770.

Animal Pajama Party: Put on your pajamas and come to the Nature Center to hear bedtime stories, meet animals and wish goodnight to the center’s live animals. Bring your favorite stuffed animal with you. From 7 to 7:45 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 3 to 7. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $6/child. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

April 21: Healthy Planet – Healthy People

Springfest: The Fairfax County Park Authority and Clean Fairfax invite you to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day. Learn about Fairfax parks, pet an alpaca, run through an environmental obstacle course and participate in environmental crafts. Also, check out the bees and the trees, consult with master gardeners, buy plants for your garden and more. Entertainment includes The Recycling Pirates puppet show, poetry contest showcase, petting zoo, Touch-a-Truck and food trucks. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. Admission is free; parking is $5. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Also on Saturday:

Wetlands Spring to Life – Sketch Hike: Join artist and naturalist Margaret Wohler to explore and sketch the wetland as it wakes up for spring. Learn to identify and draw the first plants and animals that spring to life. Enhance your observation and sketching skills in this fun and dynamic program. From 10 a.m. to noon at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 10 and up. $9/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Plants and Design – Beneficial Bugscaping: Did you know that certain plants attract beneficial insects to your garden? These beneficial insects (ladybugs, lacewings, fireflies and others) combat unwanted pests in your yard. Join entomologist Nate Erwin for a discussion and garden walk exploring what to plant to encourage a greater insect diversity in your landscape. From patio or rooftop plantings to extensive naturalized plantings, you can enjoy the benefits and beauty of planting for insects. From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Ages 15 and up. $22/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Wagon Ride – Birds, Butterflies and Blossoms: Take a scavenger hunt wagon ride through the meadow. Search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close. From 10:30 a.m. to noon at Riverbend Park. Ages 2 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $7/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Buying Your First Home?: As a first-time home buyer, this class can help you by explaining the home buying process. You will learn about planning, financing, buying, inspections and closing. From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library. Adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-790-8088.

Bright Star Theatre Presents “The Velveteen Rabbit”: Join Bright Star Theatre’s professional actors as they bring to life a heartwarming story of a stuffed rabbit and its quest to become real. From 3 to 3:45 p.m. at Dolley Madison Library. All ages. Limited to the first 50 attendees. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-356-0770.

April 22: Just Wing It

Get Ready for Warbler Migration: Learn or refresh your warbler calls and identification skills with this engaging educational session. Common warbler migrants of Huntley Meadows will be covered. From 8 to 11 a.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Adults. $10/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.


Also on Sunday:

PROJECT Trio: Blending classical training with their eclectic taste in musical styles, PROJECT Trio has made an impact on audiences of all ages. Bursting onto the scene with landmark videos right out of the internet generation, PROJECT Trio is a not-to-be-missed musical experience. Gramophone magazine recently singled out the group as, “an ensemble willing and able to touch on the gamut of musical bases ranging from Baroque to nu-Metal and taking in pretty much every stylism in between.” From 3 to 4:30 p.m. at The CenterStage, Reston Community Center – Hunters Woods. $20/person. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-390-6167.

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