Fairfax County Weekender — April 6-8, 2018

April 6: Extra, Extra!

“The Front Page”: Set in a Chicago press room in the 1920s, reporter Hildy Johnson wants to break away from journalism and get married. All that changes when an escaped convict, Earl Williams, breaks out of jail and suddenly falls into the reporter’s hands. Fast-paced and filled with crisp dialog and sharp humor, this classic comedy of both stage and screen fame packs a wallop of nostalgic Americana. Brought to you by The Providence Players of Fairfax from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from April 6 – 21 and 2 to 3:30 p.m. on April 8 and 15 at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church. $20/adult and $17/senior or student. Buy tickets online. For more information or to buy tickets, call 703-425-6782.

Also on Friday:

Free Vinyasa Yoga Class: Join certified instructor Orietta Ceccato for a free one-hour Vinyasa yoga class. Bring a mat and towel, and wear comfortable clothes. All levels welcome. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library. Adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-790-8088.

Give a Hoot Campfire: Barred owls inhabit our stream valley parks. While taking a hike, learn to identify these owls from other native owls. Finish by enjoying s’mores around the campfire. From 7 to 8 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. Ages 4 and up. $6/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Family Movie Night – “Despicable Me 3”: Gather the whole family and bring your blankets, pillows and camp chairs for an indoor, picnic-style family movie night. From 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. Free popcorn. All ages. $5/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

April 7: Go Fly a Kite!

Kite Fun Day at the Farm: Celebrate National Kite Month by making your own kite and watching it soar. Each registered participant receives a kite-making kit and decorations. Program takes place at the picnic pavilion. From 10:30 to noon or 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Ages 2 to 10. $10/child. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.


Also on Saturday:

Chesapeake Critters: Under the Sea will present live critters such as blue crabs, oysters, mud crabs and killifish. Learn about the importance of the Chesapeake Bay and the challenges it has faced in the past as well as today. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Centreville Regional Library. Ages 6 and up. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-830-2223.

Recycling Pirates Puppet Show: Just in time for Earth Day! Come watch Captain Jack Sparetire sail the urban seas looking for things to recycle, reuse, reduce and repair. Puppets are made from recycled materials by the Goodlife Theater. From 11 a.m. to noon at the Thomas Jefferson Library. All ages. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-573-1060.

Twilight Boardwalk: Join a park naturalist for a guided walk along the forested paths to the wetland and experience the park as it transitions from day into night. Watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents. 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.

My Sky Tonight Campfire: Learn about the constellations and other night sky features while you enjoy a campfire and toast s’mores. Each family receives a guide to the season’s night sky. From 8 to 9 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $7/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1045.

“Liaisons” – Reimagining Sondheim from the Piano:Liaisons” is a landmark commissioning and concert project, conceived by acclaimed concert pianist Anthony de Mare. The project has brought together 36 of the world’s foremost contemporary composers to re-imagine Stephen Sondheim songs as solo piano pieces. “Liaisons” affirms Sondheim as one of the 20th century’s most influential composers — his music is as at home in the concert hall as on the Broadway stage. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at The CenterStage, Reston Community Center – Hunters Woods. $20/person. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-390-6167.

April 8: It May Sound Corn-y

Grinding Grain: The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting. Please call before visiting to confirm there will be grinding. Cornmeal, grits and whole wheat flour are sold in the General Store. From noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill. Tour cost is $7/adult; $6/student with ID; and $5/child or senior. Pay at site. For more information, call 703-759-2771.


Also on Sunday:

Healthy Strides Wellness Book Club – Recipes to Get You Glowing: Make healthy strides in your own life by joining the Healthy Strides Wellness Book Club. This club is for adults and meets at different library sites each month. Discussion on the featured books will be led by a Fairfax County Park Authority fitness and wellness expert, on topics of health, fitness, nutrition and wellness. Join us for a discussion of two top-selling cookbooks: “The Oh She Glows Cookbook” and Oprah’s “Food, Health and Happiness.” Tasty samples from the cookbooks provided! From 2 to 3 p.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-293-6227.

Sunday Afternoon Dance: Dancers of all skill levels are welcome to foxtrot, swing, cha-cha and waltz. Music selection ranges from golden oldies to today’s more modern dance selections. Three mini-lessons, door prizes and light refreshments add to the fun; partners not required. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Reston Community Center – Hunters Woods. Ages 18 and up. $10/person. Pay at door. For more information, call 703-390-6157.

Sunday Country Western Dance: Line dance, two-step, shuffle and swing the night away to popular country-western tunes played by the Reston Community Center’s DJ. Dances are held monthly in the community room, which offers a spacious wooden dance floor and a smoke-free environment. Refreshments provided. No square or contra dancing, please. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Reston Community Center – Hunters Woods. Ages 18 and up. $10/person. Pay at door. For more information, call 703-390-6157.

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