Fairfax County Weekender – Jan. 19-21

Jan. 19: Gather Round the Campfire

Campfire Fridays – Winter: Come along for a night of campfire, s’mores, animals and more. Each night features a different topic and different areas of the park that we visit 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:

Preschool Dance Party: Get ready to shake, shimmy and wiggle! Wear comfortable clothes and be ready to move from 2 to 2:45 p.m. at Chantilly Regional Library. Ages 2 to 5. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-502-3883.

Cool Cow Comedy Presents Kasaun Wilson: Cool Cow Comedy is back with a side-splitting evening of stand-up comedy with Kasaun Wilson. You know Kasaun from Season 9 of Last Comic Standing or his many stand-up shows in clubs, theatres, colleges and churches around the country, and you won’t want to miss this chance to experience his comic genius from 8 to 10 p.m. in W16, Vulcan-Muse, Workhouse Arts Center. Ages 18 and up. $15/person. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-584-2900.


Jan. 20: Where the Past is Present

The National Museum of African American History and Culture: Dr. Johari Rashad of the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture will share her experiences in the museum’s creation, from collecting artifacts and interpreting our country’s history and culture, to the vital role the museum hopes to play in society in the future. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Kings Park Library. Adults and teens. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-978-5600.

Also on Saturday:

Civil War Service – Armed and Unarmed Contributions: The Civil Defenses of Washington (National Park Service) presents crucial inventions and contributions to the Civil War by enslaved individuals. From 11 a.m. to noon at the City of Fairfax Regional Library. Adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-293-6227.

Astronomy Night at Riverbend: Meet at the Visitor Center to explore different astronomy topics; then stick around for a campfire and roast marshmallows. From 5 to 7 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 8 and up. $10/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Ballroom Social Dance: Bring a friend, a date or a group to enjoy a casual, fun night out. All skill levels welcome. Mini-lesson on the Rumba from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Social dance led by a professional ballroom instructor from 8 to 10:30 p.m. in the McGuireWoods Gallery (second floor of W-16), Workhouse Arts Center. $10/person (ballroom social) and $5/person (mini-lesson). Mini-lesson tickets only sold at the door. Ballroom Social Dance tickets may be purchased online, by phone or at the door. For more information, call 703-584-2900.


Jan. 21: Trees Talk

Winter Lecture Series – Trees Find Their Voice: Green Spring historian Debbie Waugh reveals what trees can tell us through the science of dendrochronology. Hear how tree-ring dating interprets long-ago environmental events and helps to predict future trends. Discover fascinating findings – from dating Viking ships to pinpointing a construction date for Green Springs Historic House. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $10/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Also on Sunday:

Celebrate the 257th Birthday of Richard Bland Lee: “Be Ever Mindful of the Future” is the motto on the Lee family crest. During your afternoon house tour at Sully Historic Site, discover important contributions from Mr. Lee’s impressive political career and enjoy a piece of birthday cake. The birthday program runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. Canceled in the event of inclement weather. All ages. $7/adult, $6/student and $5/senior or child. Pay at site. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

The Color Orange: Mohammed Bilal and Josh “Boac” Goldstein use their friendship to actively challenge the American stereotypes of Black and White, Jew and Muslim, urban and suburban. Through hip-hop, theatre and sheer mayhem, they create and demonstrate 10 steps we can take toward true cross-cultural communication and understanding. The Color Orange is a fun, vibrant new look at race, racism and the ways we can get along. From 3 to 4:30 p.m. at The CenterStage, Reston Community Center – Hunters Woods. $20/person. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-476-4500.

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