Jan. 18: Future Plans
Empowering Yourself Personally, Professionally and Financially: Kerry Hannon, bestselling author and nationally recognized expert on career transitions, personal finance, entrepreneurship and retirement will share the best ways for people to empower themselves personally, professionally and financially now and in the future. Books available for signing and sale. From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Richard Byrd Library. All ages. Free. Register online. For more information, call 703-451-8055.
Also on Friday:
“Superior Donuts”: A burnt-out hippie owner of a fading Chicago donut shop meets a young African-American man whose charisma helps him recover his spark. Ongoing until Feb. 2, times vary at Reston Community Center’s CenterStage. All ages. Tickets, $28/seniors $24. Box office, 703-476-4500, ext. 3.
Jan. 19: Yes to Yoga
Sahaja Yoga Meditation: The Sahaja Yoga meditation workshop is perfect for beginners. You will learn how to connect with your inner energy and achieve a state of peace. In this silence, inner joy flourishes and brings balance and harmony in everything we do. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Burke Centre Library. Ages 13 and up. Free. Register online. For more information, call 703-249-1520.
Also on Saturday:
How to Talk Across the Political Divide: Better Angels Skills Workshop: Learn tips on how to listen to and respectfully talk with people you disagree with on political issues. This workshop involves roleplaying with someone of the same political persuasion; independents choose a side for the sake of practice. Presented by Better-angels.org. From 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Patrick Henry Library. Adults. Free. Register online. For more information, call 703-938-0405.
Reston Community Orchestra 13th Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: 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. Featured performers include students from Al Faith Academy and song stylist Beverly Cosham. 4 p.m. at Reston Community Center. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-476-4500.
Jan. 20: Lyrical Love
Crys Matthews at RCC: A prolific lyricist and composer, Matthews has found inspiration in her surroundings — from driving through the Blue Ridge Mountains to the compelling and heartbreaking love story of Richard and Mildred Loving. Matthews’ songs speak in the voice of her generation and remind us why music still soothes the soul. 2 p.m. at Reston Community Center. All ages. $15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston. Purchase tickets online. For more information, call 703-390-6167.
Also on Sunday:
Winter Lecture: What’s Buggin’ You?: What was that insect I saw in the garden last summer? Why didn’t I see many butterflies? How can I have more fireflies in my backyard? Join entomologist Nate Erwin for a colorful slide show of insects and their associated plants, and then join a lively discussion about those spineless creatures that do so much for and in our gardens. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $10 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.
Full Moon Nature Hike and Campfire: Enjoy nature’s tranquil beauty and winter’s bright skies under the full moon. A naturalist guide points out signs of creatures that glide, fly and tiptoe through the woods in the dark. Enjoy a campfire after the hike with s’mores provided. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 6 and up. $9 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.
Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing Night: Come experience a total lunar eclipse. Enjoy a campfire, marshmallow roasting and constellation viewings. Access the roll-top observatory for close-up views of the moon, Mars, and the stars. From 9:30 to 12:45 a.m. at The Turner Farm Observatory. The park will stay open until the end of the eclipse. Ages 6 and up. $10 per person. Register online. For more information, see http://www.analemma.org.or call 703-324-8702. Event is subject to cancellation due to weather and cloud conditions.
AYP In Concert: Support American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras students in their celebration of music with their presentation of Rimsky-Korsakov, J.S. Bach and Shostakovich. From 3 to 5 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center. All ages. $10 per person. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-642-8051.