Feb. 8: Fire Fridays
Campfire Fridays: Join us for a campfire, s’mores, animals and more. We cover a different topic and different areas of the park each month. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Ages 3 and up. $8 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-451-9588.
Feb. 9: Go Fly a Kite
Basant Kite Festival: Join the library community for the Basant Kite Festival and celebrate the return of spring. Make LED lighted kites and enjoy festive activities. From noon to 2 p.m. at Kings Park Library. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-978-5600.
Also on Saturday:
Radio Astronomy: What can you hear from space? Come to Observatory Park and learn about cosmic noise. Discover what it tells us about the sun and the magnetic structure surrounding some of our planets. Hear about the strange decametric radio signals from Jupiter and its moon Io. Learn how our galaxy is mapped using the faint signals from hydrogen atoms. Find the meaning behind the sounds of pulsars — strange, dense, fast-rotating stars. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Turner Farm Park. Ages 9 and up. $8 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-324-8618.
Naked Tour: Behind the scenes at Sully as never before — completely open for all to see. With your guide, walk freely without museum barriers through the home of Richard Bland Lee, the first congressman from Northern Virginia. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. Ages 5 and up. $7 per person. Register online. Clothing required. For more information, call 703-324-8702.
Virginia Farms: Winter: Agriculture is our state’s largest industry. This lecture series features local farmers in the Fairfax County area. Each session includes a personalized, 45-minute presentation from farmers explaining why they chose farming as a profession, what they produce and how you can support local farmers. After the presentation, sample the fruits of their labor as you socialize and learn more about the impact of supporting local agriculture. From 11 to 12:30 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Ages 12 and up. $5 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.
Chocolate Sweetheart Tea: Indulge your sweetheart or yourself with all things chocolate, including the tea. Then, enjoy a tour that includes the romantic view from Historic Huntley. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Historic Huntley. Adults. $25 per person. This event may be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
“The Brothers Size”: A compelling story of family, devotion, and belonging. Deep in the Louisiana bayou, the hardworking and steady Ogun Size is reunited with his aimless younger brother recently released from prison. Audio described performance at 2 p.m. at 1st Stage Theater. $39 general admission/$36 senior/$15 student and military. Buy tickets online. For more information call 703-854-1856.
“In Their Own Words”: Join Erica Harrison, GRACE associate curator, and Don Russell, university curator and director of the Provisions Research Center for Art & Social Change at George Mason University, for a discussion about the exhibition STRETCH. 3 p.m. at Greater Reston Arts Center. Free. All ages. For more information, call 703-471-9242.
An Evening with Broadway Legend Baayork Lee: From her Broadway debut in “The King and I,” to being in the original company of George Balanchine’s “Nutcracker” to starring in the original production of “A Chorus Line,” Baayork Lee has worked alongside some of the most famous musical theatre artists of the past 70 years. Spend an evening with this delightful Broadway veteran as she discusses sustaining a creative career, her intergenerational work with the National Asian Artists Project and the state of Broadway today. 8 p.m. at Reston Community Center. $15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-390-6167.
John Eaton in Concert: An afternoon of “Jazz, Blues and Broadway” from this local legend, spectacular jazz pianist, brilliant historian and quite funny to boot. 2 p.m. at McLean Community Center. $30 Non-McLean/$20 McLean. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-790-0123.
Feb. 10: Blastin’ Bluegrass
Bluegrass-Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands: Grammy Award-winning musician and two-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. Her latest album — recorded with her band, the Right Hands — was nominated for the Best Bluegrass Recording Grammy in 2017. Doors open at 6 p.m., showtime is 7 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Tickets $18 online/$20 at the door. For more information, call 703-437-9107.
Also on Sunday:
Art of the Heart: In honor of St. Valentine’s Day, enjoy love on canvas. Discover art that shows love of many kinds — romantic, maternal, brotherly and patriotic. Be inspired, amused, moved and elevated as we delve into the heart of art! Program starts at 1 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $32 (program +tea)/ $12 (program only). Call 703-941-7987 for reservations.
Winter Lecture: Ideas From Europe: Winter is the perfect time to plan improvements to our gardens. Garden designer and international traveler Carolyn Mullet shares design images from her European garden travels that we can adapt and use for our own garden designs. Carolyn will show us how we can modify these foreign inspirations, both fun and functional, and how to find inspiration of our own. Program begins at 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $10 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.
“Legacy Project: A Dance of Hope”: Carolyn Dorfman Dance presents a powerful and moving dance performance and interactive dialogue. 2 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia. $25 general admission/$20 members/$10 students. Buy tickets online. For more information call 703-537-3000.