Feb. 23: Puppet Pals
Puppet Show Extraordinaire: Favorite children’s stories come to life with a colorful collection of puppet characters who tell stories, sing and rhyme on our brand-new puppet stage. From 2:30 to 3 p.m. at Dolley Madison Library. Babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-356-0770.
Also on Friday:
Board in the Library: Join us for an afternoon of tabletop games. Not familiar with modern games such as 7 Wonders, Catan or Unlock? No problem — we’ll teach you! From 3:30 to 6 p.m. at Patrick Henry Library. Teens. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-938-0405.
Feb. 24: Prowl for Owls
Live Owl Prowl: Ever wonder about the more mysterious residents of Huntley Meadows? Come meet live owls up close. Soar into the nighttime world of great horned owls, barred owls, and eastern screech owls. Follow them through courtship, nesting, raising young and fledging until the young owls head out to establish their own territories. Speakers from Secret Garden Birds and Bees Wildlife Education and Preservation will bring live birds to the program. From noon to 1 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. $10/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
Also on Saturday:
African-Americans at Walney: In this interactive walking tour, learn the names and stories of the many African-American families who lived here in slavery and in freedom. Learn about slave tenancy and hear local stories of resistance and survival. From 2 to 3 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. Ages 6 and up. $6/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.
Fiction Writing Workshop: Enroll in this eight-week fiction writing workshop designed to help writers study, develop and share their fiction. Class instructor is published author Mark Fabiano. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Herndon Fortnightly Library. Adults. Free; register online. For more information, call 703-437-8855.
Martha’s Family Movie Matinee: Join us each month for a fun new family flick. This month’s film will be “Wonder,” rated PG. Snacks provided. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Martha Washington Library. All ages. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-768-6700.
Rahim AlHaj Presents “Letters from Iraq”: In “Letters from Iraq,” this two-time Grammy nominee’s eight compositions for oud, string quintet and percussion convey the story of contemporary Baghdad from the fall of Saddam Hussein to the present day. AlHaj, one of the world’s most renowned oud masters, began writing the music after reading touching personal letters he received from Iraqi women and children during a 2014 trip to his homeland. This virtuoso musician has created chamber music that beautifully depicts a city in crisis, but not without hope. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at The CenterStage, Reston Community Center – Hunters Woods. $30/person. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-390-6167.
Feb. 25: Pickin’ in the Barn
Bluegrass Barn: Nothin’ Fancy is one of the most entertaining bands in the bluegrass genre and has received awards recognizing that multiple times. Formed in 1994, they have grown in popularity, released 11 full-length albums and perform at festivals across the United States, Canada and Europe. Their strong vocals, powerful instrumentation, energetic stage presence and their friendly, down-to-earth charm, keep people coming back for more. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. $18/person in advance; $20/person at the door. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.
Also on Sunday:
Maple Syrup Boil-Down: The sap is rising and the maple trees are tapped. Now it’s sugaring time! Bundle up, brave the weather and watch and learn as sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an open fire. Sample the delicious combination of maple syrup over cornbread made from Colvin Run Mill cornmeal — while supplies last. This is an outdoor program so please dress for the weather. From noon to 2 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill. Ages 3 and up. $5/person. No reservations required. For more information, call 703-759-2771.
Harvesting Garden Water: Water harvesting involves a variety of strategies to manage and enhance the water resources on your land, leading to healthier plants and lower water bills. Understanding and implementing just a few simple water harvesting techniques such as swales, hugelkultur beds and rain gardens can improve the way water moves through your yard and how effectively your plants are able to use it. Designer Michael Judd shows you designs that best fit your land, how they are created and how to make them look good. These principles will help make your land more diverse, productive and ecologically friendly. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $10/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.