Feb. 9: Explore Outdoors
Campfire Fridays – Winter: Come along for a night of campfire, s’mores, animals and more. Each evening features a different topic and different areas of the park. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Ages 3 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $8/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-451-9588.
Also on Friday:
Home Money Management: The holidays are over and the bills are coming in. Learn basic budgeting and money-saving tips as well as how to curb expenses, review bills and develop good money habits. From 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. at Lorton Library. Adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-339-7385.
Feb. 10: Seed Swap
Washington Garden Seed Exchange: Washington Gardener Magazine is co-hosting the 13th annual Seed Exchange with lectures, a face-to-face seed swap and more. Bring your extra seeds to swap and leave with a bag full of seeds, new garden friends and expert planting advice. From 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $15 for verified Friends of Green Spring members and WG subscribers; $20 for others. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.
Also on Saturday:
Radio Astronomy: Come hear what our universe is saying. Learn about cosmic noise and what it tells us about the sun, the magnetic structure surrounding some of our planets and the strange decametric radio signals from Jupiter and its moon, Io. Learn how our galaxy is mapped using the faint signals from hydrogen atoms and the behavior of molecules. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Turner Farm Park. Ages 9 and up. $8/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-324-8702.
Animal Sweethearts Dance: It’s back – the social event of Hidden Pond’s winter season! There will be dancing, refreshments, crafts and live animals. From 10 a.m. to noon at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Ages 3 to 5. $8/child. Register online. For more information, call 703-451-9588.
Soul in Motion – Back to the Root: This explosive group of dancers and drummers will explore the rhythms and culture of Western Africa with interactive fun for the whole family. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Centreville Regional Library. All ages. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-830-2223.
Lunar New Year Lion and Dragon Dance: Enjoy celebrating the Lunar New Year with a story, live performance and crafts. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Woodrow Wilson Library. All ages. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-820-8774.
Unsung Heroes of the Civil War: Learn about the efforts of African-Americans during the Civil War. Presented by Civil Defenses of Washington of the National Park Service. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Martha Washington Library. Adults and teens. Free; register online. For more information, call 703-768-6700.
Slow Cooker Magic with Chef Cal: Easy, warm, comforting and delicious – that’s slow cooking. Chef Cal returns to teach you how to make the most of your slow cooker and magically shake off the cold winter chill. And, he’ll bring samples to share. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Kings Park Library. Adults and teens. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-978-5600.
Second Saturday Art Walk: Tour seven unique studio buildings to see the work of nearly 85 talented visual artists. From 6 to 9 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free. For more information, call 703-584-2900.
Woven Valentine Workshop: While you’re at the Second Saturday Art Walk, drop into Building 6, Studio 605, and create woven valentines! This is a perfect opportunity for teens and adults to explore their creativity and leave with a wonderful, original valentine. Material fee of $1. No registration required. From 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free. For more information, call 703-584-2900.
Astronomy for Family Fun: Learn about the moon and do fun activities and crafts that help demystify the moon and bring it down to earth. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $6/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.
Feb. 11: Sweet Syrup
Maple Syrup Boil-Down: The sap is rising and the maple trees are tapped. Now it’s sugaring time! Bundle up, brave the weather, watch and learn as sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an open fire. Sample the delicious combination of maple syrup over cornbread while supplies last. From noon to 2 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill. Ages 3 and up. $5/person. Pay at site. For more information, call 703-759-2771.
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. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $7/child. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.
Winter Lecture – Seeing Flowers: Get a more intimate view of flowers with their divine proportion and summer secrets. Author Teri Chace shares insight into the unique photo process detailed in Robert Llewellyn’s “Seeing Flowers” and the details often missed such as the amazing architecture of stamens and pistils, the subtle shadings on a petal and the secret recesses of nectar tubes. Bring your magnifier and macro lens to the glass house afterward to explore flowers in our collection. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $10/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.
Sunday Afternoon Dance: Dancers of all skill levels are welcome to foxtrot, swing, cha-cha and waltz. Music selection ranges from golden oldies to today’s more modern dance selections. Three mini-lessons, door prizes and light refreshments add to the fun; partners not required. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Reston Community Center – Hunters Woods. Ages 18 and up. $10/person. Pay at door. For more information, call 703-390-6157.
Sunday Country Western Dance: Line dance, two-step, shuffle and swing the night away to popular country-western tunes played by the Reston Community Center’s DJ. Dances are held monthly in the community room, which offers a spacious wooden dance floor and a smoke-free environment. Refreshments provided. No square or contra dancing, please. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Reston Community Center – Hunters Woods. Ages 18 and up. $10/person. Pay at door. For more information, call 703-390-6157.