Feb. 15: Art All Day
Starshine and Clay: Workhouse Arts Center and Morton Fine Art present the work of Kesha Bruce, Maya Freelon and Amber Robles Gordon — three women artists exploring ideas of healing power through their lineage of storytelling. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center, through March 31. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-584-2900.
Feb. 16: Fantastic Fonts
The Art of the Book: Calligraphy: In honor of Huntley residents who loved both books and art, a set of classes introduce different aspects of the art of bookmaking. Explore the art of beautiful writing with a variety of pens and brushes. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Huntley Meadows. Ages 12 and up. $15 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
Also on Saturday:
Cooking Demonstration from TenPenh Tysons: Learn to make a dish for your next gathering with a chef from the TenPenh Tysons restaurant. From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library. Teens and adults. Free. For more information, call 703-790-8088.
Astronomy Festival: Guided star gazing, telescope viewing and listening to ancient stories about constellations round a campfire. Those are only some of the activities and games on this evening. Hot chocolate and snacks available for purchase. Canceled if raining or snowing. 6 to 9 p.m. at Turner Farm Park. Ages 3 and up. $8 per person online before the event; $10 at the door. For more information, call 703-324-8618.
“The Elixir of Love”: Join the Virginia Opera in its presentation of “The Elixir of Love” at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts at 8 p.m.; also on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. A pre-performance discussion featuring “Dr. Opera,” Glenn Winters begins 45 minutes prior to the performance. All ages. Tickets $54 – $110. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-993-8888.
Workhouse Dance Open House: Visit the beautiful dance studios, meet the instructors and sample mini “taster classes.” From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Ages 2 and up. Free. For more information call 703-584-2900.
Feb. 17: Choice Selection
Winter Lecture: Selecting and Planting Trees: With careful selection and proper planting, trees can thrive with minimal care, rewarding us with beauty, shade, energy savings and wildlife habitat. National Arboretum Head of Horticulture Scott Aker discusses how trees are marketed to homeowners, plus tips on proper planting techniques and a quick and easy way to determine a tree’s health. Learn about trees that are well-adapted to our area and recommendations. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $10 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.
Also on Sunday:
Caribbean Reef Puppet Show: Join an octopus, ray, shark, lobster and all their friends in this undersea adventure. After the show, play a game, sing songs of the sea and make a craft. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 3 to 7. $9 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.
Birds Around Us: Examine beaks, feathers, nests and talons to explore the avian world that surrounds us. Find out about bird life cycles, migration patterns and adaptations that make birds such fascinating animals. From 3 to 4 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Ages 4 and up. $7 per person; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.
Fishing Workshop – Reading Water: Hone your fishing skills and learn how to identify bodies of water and develop techniques to increase your chances of catching fish. From 4 to 5 p.m. at Lake Fairfax Park. Ages 10 and up. $8 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-471-5414.
Full Moon Nature Hike and Campfire: Enjoy nature’s tranquil beauty and winter’s bright skies under the full moon. A naturalist guide points out signs of creatures that glide, fly and tiptoe through the woods in the dark. Enjoy a campfire after the hike with s’mores provided. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 6 and up. $9 per person; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.
Northern Virginia Youth Winds Winter Concert: Join two select youth bands for their winter concert at WT Woodson High School. From 3 to 4:30 p.m. at WT Woodson High School. All ages. Free. For more information, call 571-336-2322.