Fairfax County Weekender –Feb. 21-23, 2020

Feb. 21: You Need to Cut It

Paper Heroes: Craig Tinsky pushes the boundaries of the papercut medium by creating work that resembles paintings, screen prints, etchings and photographs. Drawing inspiration from black-and-white photography as well as digital pixilation, Tinsky introduces his signature style called Ribbon-Halftone. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-584-2900.

Also on Friday:

Karate for Kids: Gain powerful tools for self-defense, inner-strength and a strong, healthy body. From 5 to 5:45 p.m. at Oakton Library. Ages 4 and up. Free. For more information, call 703-242-4020.Campfire Fridays: Campfire, s’mores, animals and so much more. A different topic and area of the park at each campfire. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Ages 3 and up. $10 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Feb. 22: Collectors’ Items

COLLECT! Exhibition: More than 60 original works of art donated by the acclaimed community of artists at Workhouse Arts Center includes painting, sculpture, photographs, fiber art, jewelry and more. Subject matter varies from traditional figuration, natural landscapes, bright and bold abstraction, oriental clay wares to conceptual collage. Peace, Love and Art fundraiser (tickets) is an exciting evening of fine art, hors d’oeuvres, Woodstock style dancing and casino fun. From 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Adults. For more information, call 703-584-2900.

Also on Saturday:

Researching Enslaved Ancestors & Finding Calvin – A Case Study: Explore resources to locate and learn about the lives of enslaved people with genealogist Renate Sanders.  Researching Enslaved Ancestors, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Finding Calvin: A Case Study, noon to 1 p.m. at City of Fairfax Regional Library.  Ages 13 and up. Free. For more information call 703-293-6227.

Make & Take Craft – Bird Feeders: Create a bird feeder to hang at home in honor of National Bird-Feeding Month and take home a copy of the instructions. Allergen alert: Peanut butter will be used. Supplies are limited. From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Patrick Henry Library. School-age children. Free. For more information, call 703-938-0405.

Hearty Winter Soups with Chef Cal Kraft: Recipes for some of his favorite, crowd-pleasing and satisfying winter soups to warm and comfort you in the chill of winter. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library. Free. Adults and teens. For more information, call 703-64-7333.

Sip & Spell – An Adult Spelling Bee: Something for everyone…new words, cheating, bingo for audience members, delicious drinks available from Fair Winds and fantastic food available from Natural Red Catering. Proceeds benefit a portable story walk. From 6 to 8 p.m. at Fair Winds Brewing Company. $5 per person. Ages 21 and up. Register online. For more information, call 703-324-8300.

Making Stone Soup: Together create a soup based on the story of “Stone Soup.” Participants also learn the history and origins of several different ethnic soup styles and sample each style featured. Take home a serving of “Stone Soup” to enjoy. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. $10 per person. Ages 7 and up. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Family Woodcock Walk: An evening walk through the woods to one of the park’s large meadows. Listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship display and flight. The program includes an approximately 1.5-mile walk on uneven terrain. Bring a flashlight. From 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. $8 per person. Ages 6 and up (children must be accompanied by a registered adult). Register online. Meet at the South Kings Highway entrance to the park. Canceled if it rains. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Feb. 23: Put the Phone Down

Unplug at the Park: Leave the technology behind and connect with the great outdoors to search for birds and mammals. Dress for the weather in comfortable shoes as we’ll be mostly outside. From 3 to 4 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. $7 per person. Ages 4 and up (children must be accompanied by a registered adult). For more information or to register, call 703-631-0013.

Also on Sunday:

Burke Historical Society Presents – Enslaved Women and Midwifery in Early America: Sara Collini, a Ph.D. candidate in history at GMU, shares her research on enslaved women’s role as midwives in Fairfax County and the Chesapeake from 1750 to 1820. From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library. Free. Adults. For more information, call 703-644-7333.

Royal Manners: Prepare yourself for your next diplomatic or royal encounter! Hear about codes of diplomatic decorum and dictates of British royal protocol, past and present. Learn the complex rules of etiquette when in the presence of royalty, and the surprising rules that the royals themselves must follow. 1 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $36 (program + tea); $15 (program only). To register, call 703-941-7987.

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