August 31: Really Good Reads
The Great American Read Lecture Series – Villains and Monsters: Each episode of PBS’s “The Great American Read” will explore one of five overarching literary themes. Join the discussion about why the books we read matter, why we’re drawn to these themes and what they tell us about ourselves. Dr. Rewa Burnham of Trinity Washington University will lead the discussion. From 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. Ages 13 and up. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-689-2700.
Also on Friday:
Gentle Yoga: Taught by a Yoga Alliance-certified instructor, you’ll explore seated and standing postures and learn relaxation techniques. Please bring a yoga mat. From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Dolley Madison Library. Ages 55 and up. Free; no registration required. Limited to the first 15 participants to arrive. For more information, call 703-356-0770.
Summerbration – Chris Vadala with the Rick Whitehead Trio: End your work week with some bebop jazz. From 7 to 9 p.m. on the open-air plaza adjacent to Wiehle-Reston East Metro. Free; parking is also free from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for the concert. For more information, call 703-476-4500.
Mount Vernon Nights: With a live show that The Boston Globe described as “the perfect balance of sass, sincerity and swing,” the Sweetback Sisters bring their unique brand of country music for this last of the Mount Vernon Nights concerts. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Grist Mill Park. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).
Twilight Hilltop Tour: As the sun sets on another August, spend some time relaxing at a historic site that sits high upon a hill overlooking Hybla Valley and Huntley Meadows Park. It’s a dramatic setting made all the more stunning by the setting sun. Light refreshments will be served after the tour. From 8 to 9 p.m. at Historic Huntley. Adults. $5/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
September 1: All That Jazz
Lake Anne Jazz & Blues Festival: Come enjoy an afternoon and evening of jazz as part of the 12th Annual Lake Anne Jazz & Blues Festival. From 1 to 8 p.m. at Lake Anne Plaza. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-476-4500.
Also on Saturday:
Perk Up Your Fall Garden: September is a great time to inject some autumn beauty into your home garden. Green Spring horticulturist Brenda Skarphol discusses dividing perennials, planting cool season plants and beautifying your garden with fall season show-stoppers so it looks its autumn best. Special emphasis placed on plants for pollinators and other wildlife. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $18/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.
Meditation Workshop: Join us for an introduction to and practice of mindful meditation presented by long-time meditation facilitator Neil Goodman. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. Bring a bottle of water. Teens and adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-689-2700.
The Great American Read – What Makes a Great Book? Join a panel of local writers in a lively conversation about what makes a great book. Does it have to have an exciting plot or is it character-driven? Can you have a great story with average writing? Or is it all about the emotions the book elicits? From 2 to 4 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. Ages 13 and up. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-689-2700.
September 2: BBQ, Beer and Bonerama
Bonerama: In addition to changing the way people think about the trombone, the sound of Bonerama has become an influence on New Orleans music today. Before the concert, local food trucks will be on hand starting at 4 p.m. selling BBQ and other food. Soft drinks, beer, wine and cocktail-of-the-day will be sold a la carte. Performance begins at 5 p.m. (gates open 30 minutes prior) at the Workhouse Arts Center. $25/person in advance, $30/person at the door. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-584-2900.
Also on Sunday:
Blacksmithing Demonstrations: Watch as the blacksmith fires up his forge and works with hammer and tongs to make iron tools and utensils. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-759-2771.
Grinding Grain: The miller will grind grain, environmental conditions permitting. Please call the site to confirm. From noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill. Tour cost: $7/adult, $6/student age 16 and up with ID and $5/child or senior; pay at site. For more information, call 703-759-2771.