Jan. 17: Happy Trees
Teen Art Club – Paint with Bob Ross: An afternoon of painting following along with Bob Ross instructional videos! Space is limited. From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Dolley Madison Library. Ages 13-18. Free. For more information, call 703-356-0770.
Also on Friday:
World War I: Lessons and Legacies — Posters from the Smithsonian: Explore “the war to end all wars” and its lasting impact and far-reaching influence on American life. All day event at Patrick Henry Library. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-938-0405.
Teen Escape Room: A mad scientist has taken over the meeting room! Help us stop the madness before they release their terrible concoction in the library! Register online to play at the 4 p.m. session. Sessions also at 4:30 and 5 p.m. at Herndon Fortnightly Library. Teens. Free. For more information, call 703-437-8855.
Jan. 18: Work It! Work It!
Be Fit McLean: Focusing on aspects of healthy living, such as fitness, dance, nutrition, physical and mental health and well-being, this event offers all ages the opportunity to learn more about how to create a path to a healthy and active life. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McLean Community Center. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-790-0123.
Also on Saturday:
CoderDojo – Teaching Kids to Code: Learn to develop websites and apps, create games. Bring a laptop; limited computers available. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Richard Byrd Library. Ages 7-17. Free. Register online. For more information, call 703-451-8055.
“Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes” Movie Screening and Author Talk: Follow the quest of Regina Mason in tracing the steps of her ancestor, who traveled along the Underground Railroad to freedom and authored the first fugitive slave narrative in U.S. history. The film will be followed by a presentation from Regina Mason. Co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women. From 1 to 4:30 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-765-3645.
Saturday Crafterday – Silver Clay Jewelry Demonstration: Learn about basic tools and techniques for silver clay. This is a demonstration only. From 2 to 3 p.m. at John Marshall Library. Free. Adults and teens. For more information, call 703-971-0010.
Make Your Own Pinecone Birdfeeders: Help feed your feathered friends this winter by making and taking home your very own pinecone bird feeder. Learn which birds stay around all winter. Find out which birds make those familiar bird calls as we discuss common birds that may visit your feeder. 10 to 11 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 4 and up. $10 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.
Klondike Campfire Cookout: Prepare a winter meal with your family using colonial and indigenous cooking techniques around a campfire. Food and drink are provided. Bring a flashlight and warm clothes. From 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 5 and up. $15 per person. Space is limited. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.
Curator’s Talk – Lily Siegel: Greater Reston Arts Center presents work by artist Moira Dryer with an opening reception and curator’s talk presented by curator Lily Siegel. From 4 to 6 p.m. at the Greater Reston Arts Center. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-471-9242.
Jan. 19: Get Crafty
Artistically Inspired: Create beautiful crafts inspired by our history and natural world to decorate your home. Crafts are seasonally inspired. Light refreshments served. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Ages 8 and up. $10 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.
Also on Sunday:
Colorful Cardinals: Join a naturalist to learn about Virginia’s state bird, the red cardinal. Why are their feathers red? What do their eggs look like? How do they survive the winter months? Practice using binoculars to look for these beautiful birds, and make your own bird feeder to take home to attract cardinals to your backyard. From 1 to 2 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 2 to 6 (children must be accompanied by an adult). $10 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
Dino Puppet Show and Activities: Dinosaurs once roamed Earth, places far and near. How do we know that they were here? Enjoy a puppet show and crafts along with fun fossil facts. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 to 8. $9 per person (children must be accompanied by an adult). Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.
Liner Notes – Music of The Movement: Explore music inspired by the civil rights movement during the ‘50s and ‘60s with inspiring songs of change. 2 p.m. at Reston Community Center. Adults, $15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-390-6167.