Fairfax County Weekender — Jan. 12-14

 Jan. 12: Up Your Gardening Game

Garden Talk – Fixes for a Tired Garden: This do-over class with master gardeners can help you determine your garden needs and create a plan that matches your style. From 2 to 3 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $10/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

 

Also on Friday:

Homeschool Wilderness Skills: Make fires, build shelters and learn about wild and medicinal plants as you explore how to survive in the wilderness. The six-part class meets from 2 to 3:55 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 7 to 12. $106/child. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

 

Jan. 13: Stars in Your Eyes

Astronomy Festival: Activities include guided star gazing, looking through the telescope and listening to ancient stories about the constellations around the campfire. Participate in other activities and games throughout the evening. Hot chocolate and snacks available for purchase. Canceled if raining or snowing. From 4 to 7 p.m. at Turner Farm Park. Ages 3 and up. $10/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-324-8618.


Also on Saturday:

12th Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – Concert: Celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with this free concert. Combining the traditions of African-American culture and Western classical music, the concert pays tribute to Dr. King’s vision of a society free of prejudice and racial divisions, and his belief in the power of music to help create positive change. From 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Reston Community Center – Hunters Woods Community Room. Free; donations welcome. For more information, call 703-476-4500.

Watercolor Workshop – Painting on Yupo: Paint on slick plastic called yupo with instructor Marni Maree. Experiment with different painting tools to create magical images. From 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Bring a lunch. A supply list will be emailed before class. Adults. $90/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Sing Books with Miss Emily: Enjoy a singing storytime with Miss Emily and illustrated songs. From 10:30 to 11 a.m. at Reston Regional Library. Preschoolers. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-689-2700.

Storytime with a Police Officer: Come for a special storytime with a Fairfax County police officer with stories, songs and fun. From 10:30 to 11 a.m. at Thomas Jefferson Library. All ages. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-573-1060.

Books and Badges Storytime: Join a Fairfax County police officer who will read stories and talk about safety. From 11 to 11:30 a.m. at Lorton Library. Ages 4 to 8. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-339-7385.

Second Saturday Art Walk: Tour seven unique studio buildings to see the work of approximately 85 talented visual artists. From 6 to 9 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free. For information, call 703-584-2900.

 

Jan. 14: Music to Warm Your Heart

Bluegrass Barn – Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike: This energetic singer/songwriter knows and respects the tried-and-true ways of bluegrass, but she’s held fast to her unbreakable rule to “always sing from the heart.” Her vocal sound straddles the line between bluegrass, country and alternative music and resists compartmentalization. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Food and drinks available for purchase. $18/person in advance, $20/person at the door. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Also on Sunday:

Virginia Farms: Agriculture is big business in Virginia. Learn about the state’s largest industry from local farmers in this lecture series. Each session includes a 45-minute presentation by farmers. Afterward, sample the fruits of their labor as we socialize and learn more about the impact of supporting local agriculture. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Ages 12 and up. $10/person per session. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

William Rhoden – Activist Athletes: As part of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, William Rhoden, former New York Times sports journalist and author of “Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of the Black Athlete,” will discuss how those in the sports world fight for social justice. From 2 to 4 p.m. at The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. $20/person. Buy tickets online. For more information and/or to request reasonable ADA accommodations, call 571-296-8385.

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.