Fairfax County Weekender — Feb. 14-16, 2020

Feb. 14: Love is in the Air

Courtship in the Animal World Campfire: Turtles, frogs, insects, birds and even fish all have unique techniques for finding that special someone. Learn more and enjoy a short hike before sitting around a campfire to roast marshmallows. From 6 to 7 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Ages 4 and up. $7 per person (children must be accompanied by a registered adult). Register online. This program will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Also on Friday:


Puppet Show Extraordinaire: See your favorite children’s stories come to life with our colorful collection of puppet characters who will tell stories, sing and rhyme. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Dolley Madison Library. Ages up to 5. Free. For more information, call 703-356-0770.

Winter Beauty in the Garden: Master gardeners will show you how to create visual interest with berries, seed heads, colorful branches, garden accents — even flowers. Presented by Green Spring Master Gardeners. From 4 to 5 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-644-7333.

Teen Art Club: Mixed-Media Collage: This month we will be using mixed media to create collages. From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Dolley Madison Library. Teens. Free. For more information, call 703-356-0770.

Tea and Chocolates: Indulge in all things chocolate, including the tea! Then enjoy a tour, including the romantic view from Historic Huntley. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Historic Huntley. Adults. $35 per person. Register online. This event may be canceled in the event of inclement weather. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

“Crowns”: The play explores life for a Brooklyn teen who goes to live with her grandmother in South Carolina. 7:30 p.m. at the Creative Cauldron. Dates and time vary through March 8. $35 adults/$32 seniors and military/$20 students/$20 groups. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-436-9948.

Feb. 15: Baby Yoda

“Jedi Academy”: Join the Rebel Alliance and access the Force within! This solo, comedy variety show captivates youngling Jedi warriors, princesses and Darth Vaders with comic antics, exciting physical challenges and magical mayhem. Come dressed as your favorite character. 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at McLean Community Center. All ages. $15 Non-McLean/$10 McLean. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

Also on Saturday:

Korean Paper Folding with Sophia Han: All materials provided. From 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Chantilly Regional Library. Teens and adults. Free. Register online. For more information, call 703-502-3883.

Teen DIY – Mardi Gras Masks: Make carnival-style masks and eat snacks to celebrate Mardi Gras! From 2 to 4 p.m. at Patrick Henry Library. Free. Grades 7-12. For more information, call 703-938-0405.

To Build a Fire: Learn the science and art of building a fire and then test your skill with primitive fire bows and modern fire-making techniques. Use your new skills to roast s’mores. From noon to 1 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 4 and up (children must be accompanied by a registered adult). $8 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Wilderness Survival Skills 101: Prepare for your next excursion into the wilderness. Learn how to build a fire, read a compass and set up a tent. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park.  Adults. $9 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Klondike Campfire Cookout: Prepare a winter meal with your family using colonial and indigenous cooking techniques around the campfire. Bring a flashlight and warm clothes. Food and drink are provided. From 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 5 and up. $15 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Feb. 16: Hey Bird

Homemade Bird Feeders: Bring your empty milk jugs and/or two-liter soda bottles. We discuss tips for feeding birds and learn to identify common birds that visit home bird feeders. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Ages 2 and up. $8 per person (children must be accompanied by a registered adult).  Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Also on Sunday:

American Creed Community Conversation: Film screening accompanied by scholar-facilitated discussion designed to foster respectful dialogue about American ideals and identity across all types of deepening divides. Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. From 2 to 5 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library. Free. Teens and adults. For more information, call 703-644-7333.

Winter Lecture – The Forest Project: Dawn Flores will walk you through the creative process that produced eight volumes of photographs, one contemplative movie, more than 60 wood-turned pieces and dozens of quilts made from forest-inspired fabric. The pieces are on display at Green Spring Gardens through March 29. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $10 per person in advance; $12 at the door. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

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