Feb. 7: Rocket Power
Rockets Away: Nativity Rocket Stars demonstrate how to create rockets and help children make their own. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library. Ages 6-12. Free. For more information, call 703-644-7333.
Also on Friday:
A Very Un-Valentines: Not in the Valentine’s Day mood. Join us for anti-valentines craft making and other not so lovey-dovey fun. From 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Martha Washington Library. Grades 7-12. Free. Register online. For more information, all 703-768-6700.
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. 8: Chef Up Some Love
Valentine’s Dinner with Chef Cal: Learn how to make a special Valentine’s dinner with Chef Cal. From 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Chantilly Regional Library. Adults. Free. Register online. For more information, call 703-502-3883.
Also on Saturday:
Heart to Heart – A Conversation with Romance Novelists: Four local romance authors discuss their works. Books available for purchase and signing. From 2 to 3 p.m. at John Marshall Library. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-970-0010.
Reptile Guys: Meet snakes, tortoises, iguanas, lizards, bearded dragons and more! Learn about reptiles and their habitats. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Great Falls Library. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-757-8560.
Animal Sweethearts Dance: It’s back — the social event of Hidden Pond’s winter season! There will be dancing, refreshments, crafts and live animals to entertain. From 10 a.m. to noon at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Ages 3 to 5. $10 per child. Register online. For more information, call 703-451-9588.
Make Your Own Pinecone Bird Feeders: Help feed your feathered friends this winter. Find out which birds stay through the winter as we discuss common birds you may see at your feeder. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 4 and up. $10 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.
Astronomy Festival: Guided star gazing, look through the telescope, listen to ancient stories about the constellations round the campfire and other activities and games throughout the evening. Hot chocolate and snacks available for purchase. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Turner Farm Park. Ages 3 and up. $10 per person. Canceled if it is raining or snowing. Register online. For more information, call 703-324-8618.
Flamenco Vivo/Carlota Santana: “Reflejos Flamencos” (“Flamenco Reflections”) celebrates the fundamental emotions that connect us while honoring the individual human spirit inherent in flamenco. 7 p.m. at McLean Community Center. All ages. $40/$35 senior/$30 McLean. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-790-0123.
Handmade Valentine Card Workshop: Create one-of-a-kind valentines for someone special. From 1 to 2:30 p.m.at the Greater Reston Arts Center. All ages. $5 Reston/$10 Non-Reston. Registration required. For more information, call 703-471-9242.
Feb. 9: Gustafer the Great
Gustafer Yellowgold: Gustafer Yellowgold is a friendly creature who came to Earth from the sun and is living an explorer’s life in a slightly psychedelic version of the Minnesota woods. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Reston Community Center. All ages. $10 Reston/$20 Non-Reston. Buy tickets online. Join us for a “build your own” pancake lunch from noon to 2 p.m. (between the two shows; the pancake lunch is included with your ticket). The last serving of the Pancake Lunch will be at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-476-4500.
Also on Sunday:
Animal Valentines: Play musical valentines and critter sweetheart games as you learn how animals find a mate. Meet live animals and make an animal valentine craft. From 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 to 8. $8 per child (children must be accompanied by an adult). Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.
Bluegrass – Carolina Blue: The band’s repertoire consists of original songs, many bluegrass favorites, and gospel, all done in the traditional style. Doors open at 6 p.m., showtime is 7 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. All ages. Food and drinks available for purchase. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.
Tree ID – Bark & Buds: You may know how to identify tree species in the spring, summer and fall, but how about when the leaves and fruit are gone? Join us as we flex our tree ID muscles this winter and get to know a different side of our local trees. From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 14 and up. $8 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.
Sunday Afternoon Dance: Dancers of all skill levels convene the second Sunday of the month to foxtrot, swing, cha-cha and waltz. Music selection ranges from golden oldies to today’s more modern dance selections. A mini lesson, door prizes and light refreshments add to the fun; partners are not required. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Reston Community Center. Ages 18 and up. $5 Reston/$10 Non-Reston. For more information, call 703-476-4500.