Jan. 25: Ranger Rick
Pohick Rangers Winter Workshop: Based on the popular, long-running Pohick Ranger Series, the extended single program covers forest ecology in winter, animal homes and animal calling. It includes wildlife observations and hiking through the stream valley and ends with a toasty campfire. From noon to 4 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Ages 8 to 12. $36 per child. Register online. For more information, call 703-451-9588.
Also on Friday:
Winter Waterfowl Hike: Hike with a naturalist to search for winter waterfowl along the upper Potomac River. Bring binoculars and spotting scopes. From 9 to 11 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 13 and up. $8 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.
Jan. 26: Awesome Art
Amazing Art Jam: This pop-up exhibition offers fresh perspectives by exploring several young, contemporary themes including street art, anime, Marvel iconography and hip-hop culture. Curated by Ackshun Jackson, the show will feature works in various mediums including interactive, sculpture, murals, paintings and works on paper from over 40 regional artists. Opening reception is 7 to 11 p.m.; $10; VIP gift ticket, $50, RSVP online at Workhouse Arts Center. Free exhibit runs through Feb. 24. All ages. For more information, call 703-584-2900.
Also on Saturday:
Martha’s Family Movie Matinee – “Smallfoot”: Join us each month for a fun new family flick. This month’s movie is rated PG. Snacks provided by the Friends of the Martha Washington Library. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Martha Washington Library. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-768-6700.
Making Stone Soup: Learn how easy and satisfying it is to prepare home-cooked soups in winter. Together, the group creates a new soup based on the story of “Stone Soup.” Participants also learn the history and origins of several different ethnic soup styles and sample each style featured. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Ages 7 and up. Take home a serving of “Stone Soup” to enjoy. $10 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.
Dino Puppet Show and Activities: Dinosaurs once roamed all of Earth, places far and near. How do we know that they were here? Enjoy a puppet show and crafts and get some fun fossil facts in this program. Two sessions: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. or 3 to 4 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 3 to 8. $9 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.
Fishing Workshop – Tackle: Hone your fishing skills with this hands-on workshop that includes tackle, rods and reels. From 4 to 5 p.m. at Lake Fairfax Park. Ages 10 and up. $8 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-471-5414.
Reston Camp Expo: It’s not too early to plan for summer. Don’t miss your chance to learn about hundreds of Reston-area summer camps and out-of-school activities — all in one place. This year’s event also features youth sports organizations and providers Bring the whole family out for a fun and informative morning of snacks, music, games, prizes and resources. From 9 a.m. to noon at Reston Community Center. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-390-6158.
In Their Own Words: Artist Panel for “STRETCH Mary B. Howard Invitational Exhibit”: Join the five local artists as they discuss their work based on the prompt, “If you could do anything, what would that be?” From 3 to 5 p.m. at the Greater Reston Arts Center. Exhibit ongoing until February 9, times vary. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-471-9242.
Jan. 27: Wild Women
“Wild Women of Washington, D.C.”: Author Canden Schwantes discusses her book “Wild Women of Washington, D.C.: A History of Disorderly Conduct from the Ladies of the District.” From newspaperwomen and suffragettes to rebellious first ladies and socialites, hear about the exploits of some brave, pioneering, and decidedly unladylike ladies! 1 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Reservations required. $42 (program + tea)/ $18 (program only) Call 703-941-7987 for reservations.
Also on Sunday:
Chinese Lion Dance: Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a Lion Dance performance that will demonstrate emotions such as fright, anger, grace and joy as it moves in rhythm to the music of a drum, gong and cymbals. From 1:30 to 2 p.m. at City of Fairfax Regional Library. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-293-6227.
Burke Historical Society Presents Silas Burke and His Home — If Walls Could Talk: Burke Historical Society’s Annual Meeting, all are welcome. BHS President Jon Vrana will speak on the 19th-century history of Woodbury, better known today as the Silas Burke House. From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-644-7333.
Bluegrass – Only Lonesome: Shockingly good bluegrass harmonies and impressive musicianship in a classic bluegrass quintet lineup. The Washington Area Music Association nominated Only Lonesome for “Best Bluegrass Group” in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Doors open at 6 p.m., showtime is 7 to 9 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Food and drinks available for purchase. Tickets are $18 in advance; $20 at the door. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.