Fairfax County Weekender — Feb. 22-24, 2019

Feb. 22: Wine and Dine

Virginia Wine Dinner: Our chef will pick from a series of local Virginia wineries and design a menu that best brings out the rich flavors and intricate balances of the wines. You will learn to prepare an appetizer, a main course and a dessert utilizing these flavorful complexities. From 6 to 9 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Ages 21 and up. $70 per person (materials fees $10 and $30). Register online. For more information, call 703-584-2900.

Also on Friday:

Winter Waterfowl Hike: Hike with a naturalist to search for winter waterfowl along the Upper Potomac River. Bring binoculars and spotting scopes. From 9 to 11 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 14 and up. $8 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Feb. 23: Deep Space Nine

Meteorites: Explore Visitors from Space: What are meteorites and where do they come from? What can they tell us? This course is an introduction to these visitors from outer space. Participants have the opportunity to touch and examine actual meteorites, including specimens from the moon and Mars. The course is held in the roll-top observatory classroom. From 11 a.m. to noon at Turner Farm Park. Ages 6 and up. $8 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-324-8618.

Also on Saturday:

Acoustic Coffeehouse Presents Medieval Madrigal Concert: Join Philomela Madrigals and Friends for Medieval Madrigal music and fun. Cosponsored by Friends of Pohick Library. Light refreshments. From 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-644-7333.

Active Assailant Briefing by the National Center for Citizen SafetyLearn about preparedness and safety awareness in the event of an act of domestic terrorism from NCCSafe and its Assess/Cover/Take Action public awareness campaign. The panel will include a representative from federal law enforcement and from the Franconia Police District. From 1 to 3 p.m. at George Mason Regional Library. Free. Adults. For more information, call 703-256-3800. 

Floral Design Workshop – Dutch Design: Create a lush compote arrangement that holds the promise of spring. Join Certified floral designer Betty Ann Galway as she leads you step-by-step in putting together these beautiful, early spring flowers and light greens to take home. Later, reuse the container and practice what you have learned at home. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $39 per person, plus a $30 supply fee. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173. 

Bored Out of Your Gourd: Are you tired of being cooped up inside all winter with nothing to do? Flock on over to make a birdhouse out of gourds we grew last year. From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Ages 7 and up. $14 per person. Only registered participants receive a birdhouse gourd and decorating supplies. Children age 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-9101. 

Workhouse Military in the Arts Initiative – Open Studio: Designed to bring military families, veterans, retirees, active duty and reservists together, the WMAI studio is an opportunity for service members to work in a safe and creativity-fueled environment. No previous experience needed; open to seasoned artists and veterans new to visual arts. From noon to 3 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center, Building W-16.  Free. For more information, call 703-584-2900.

Feb. 24: Loggin’ Lumberjacks

Log Rolling Tournament: Log rolling, the sport of lumberjacks, is having a competition at the Mount Vernon RECenter. 12:30 p.m., open warm-ups; 2 p.m., butt rolling matchup; and 3:30 p.m., competitive brackets. Bring shorts or capris, a rash guard shirt is recommended. Ages 6 and up. $15 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-3224.

Also on Sunday:

Bluegrass Barn – Nothin’ Fancy: The Shenandoah Valley band has won SPBGMA’s award for Entertaining Group of the Year six times. Food and drinks available for purchase. Doors open at 6 p.m., showtime is 7 to 9 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. All ages. Tickets are $18 online, $20 at the door. For more information, call 703-437-9101. 

Meet Author Walter Mosley: The author of the Easy Rawlins (“Devil in a Blue Dress”) and Leonid McGill (“The Long Fall”) series will discuss these characters in his talk “From Generation to Generation: Stories of Fathers and Sons.” An NAACP Image Award-winning writer of mysteries and crime fiction, in 2016 Mosley was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America (Edgar Award). Books available for sale and signing. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at The Alden at the McLean Community Center. Adults. Free. Register online. For more information, call 703-790-0123. 

Hands-On History: Candle Dipping: Learn about early lighting techniques before the advent of electricity through a touch display that includes a candle mold, betty lamp, beeswax and wicking. Make your own hand-dipped candle to take home. 2 to 2:45 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. Ages 5 and up. $5 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-1794 

City of Fairfax Band Celebration: The Main Street Band celebrates its 10th anniversary at Lanier Middle School at 4 p.m. Tickets are free for students, $5 for seniors, $10 for adults. Buy tickets online.  For more information, call 571-336-2322.

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