Feb. 2: Whether the Weather
Groundhog’s Day – Nature’s Weather Predictor: A naturalist from Hidden Oaks Nature Center will tell you everything you want to know about groundhogs. Enjoy a costumed skit, craft and a humorous slide show. From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Centreville Regional Library. Ages 6 to 12. Free; register online. For more information, call 703-830-2223.
Also on Friday:
Valentine Teen Maker Boxes: Need a Valentine’s gift? Make one with a Teen Maker Box! Try the origami, 3-D pen or basic sewing boxes to make handmade ornaments. Try the watercolor, sharpie art or blackout poetry boxes for artistic gifts. For fun/quirky gifts, try the duct tape creations and duct tape spinner boxes. Teen Maker Boxes are available for use inside the library. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Herndon Fortnightly Library. Ages 12 and up. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-437-8855.
Feb. 3: Cute Critters
Flying Squirrels – Gliding in Tonight: Join a naturalist calling in these amazing night gliders and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near the Nature Center. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. From 7 to 8 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $6/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.
Also on Saturday:
Feeding Day: Join a naturalist and youth volunteers as they demonstrate how they feed the site display animals. Make a birdfeeder to take home and use. Search for worms and insects and assist in serving dinner. From 10 to 11 a.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. Ages 2 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $7/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.
Author Ben East – “Patchworks”: Local author Ben East will discuss his new novel, “Patchworks,” that takes place inside the federal government in Washington, DC. Books available for purchase. From 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Great Falls Library. Adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-757-8560.
Hot Cocoa Wetland Night Hike: Sip hot cocoa and join a naturalist for a special wetland tour after dark to celebrate World Wetlands Day. Look for signs and listen for sounds of beavers, owls, deer and other nocturnal winter animals. From 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Canceled in the event of inclement weather. Ages 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $8/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
History and Chocolate – View pages from George and Martha Washington’s original wills and watch fun mock trials during the City of Fairfax Chocolate Lovers Festival. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the 1799 Historic Fairfax Courthouse. All ages. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-246-4168.
Feb. 4: Get Ready to Garden, Y’all
Winter Lecture Series – Gardening in the South: JC Raulston Arboretum Director Mark Weathington shares his years of experience gardening in Virginia and North Carolina. Learn regional plant picks, pest management, growing advice for the South and styling tips to make an inviting garden space. More than a garden primer, Mark hopes to take you beyond the basics to hone your craft as a Southern gardener. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $10/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.
Also on Sunday:
Magic and Juggling with Jonathan Austin: Enjoy magic and juggling with Jonathan Austin as part of the City of Fairfax Chocolate Lovers’ Festival. From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library. All ages. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-293-6227.