Fairfax County Weekender — Jan. 26-28

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 Jan. 26: Friday Films

Fun Flicks: Watch movies based on children’s books. See “Antarctic Antics” and “Thomas’ Snowsuit.” From 10:30 to 11:05 a.m. at Pohick Regional Library. All ages. Free; register online. For more information, call 703-644-7333.

 

Also on Friday:

Gentle Yoga: Taught by a Yoga Alliance-certified instructor. You’ll explore seated and standing postures and learn relaxation techniques. From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Dolley Madison Library. Adults 55 and older. Please bring a yoga mat. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-356-0770.


 Jan. 27: Dig Dinosaur Facts

Dino Puppet Show and Activities: Dinosaurs once roamed all of Earth, places far and near. How do we know that they were here? Learn fun fossil facts while you enjoy a puppet show. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. or 3 to 4 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 3 to 7. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $6/child. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1045.

 

Also on Saturday:

Wild Origami Workshop: Did you know that origami comes from the Japanese words ori meaning folding and kami meaning paper? In this workshop, you can learn how to transform paper into native animals, flowers and other fun shapes. From 11 a.m. to noon at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 6 and up. $7/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Local Author – Patricia Donahue: Come and hear all about the story of Pimmit Hills, which was one of the first federally financed subdivisions built for World War II veterans. The author will discuss her book, “Participation, Community, and Public Policy in a Virginia Suburb of Our Own Making.” Books will be available for purchase and signing. From 11 a.m. to noon at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library. Adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-790-8088.

Making Ice and Ice Cream at Walney: Crank ice cream and try using ice tongs as you discover how ice was harvested and stored on this 19th-century farm. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. Ages 2 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $10/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

“Anchorman – The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (PG-13): This is kind of a big deal. Break out of your glass case of emotion and join the Channel 4 news team for a night of ridiculous fun with this quote-along movie. We’re 72 percent sure that you’ll love it. From 8 to 10 p.m. at the Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Road. Those under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Free admission and popcorn; prop bags available for $5 (advance purchase online recommended). For more information, call 703-790-0123.


Jan. 28: Frozen Friends

All Things Frozen Tea Party: Join the naturalist as she shares stories about animals that enjoy being chilly including penguins and polar bears, plus others that just figure out a way to get through the cold. Enjoy snowman crafts. Come dressed as your favorite frozen friend. Enjoy a sit-down tea with china cups, treats and crafts. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 and up; those under 12 must be accompanied by a registered adult. $15/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1045.

Also on Sunday:

Winter Lecture Series – The Humane Gardner: In her eloquent plea for compassion and respect toward all species, author Nancy Lawson describes why and how you should welcome wildlife to your backyard. She discusses planting for wildlife, providing habitats that shelter baby animals, creating gardens free of poisons and hazards, cohabiting with pests, letting nature be your garden designer and welcoming natural processes and seasonal changes. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $10/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Groundhog’s Day Out: Can groundhogs really predict the weather? Visit a groundhog burrow, learn cool groundhog facts, enjoy games and make your own groundhog friend to take home. Dress for the weather; hot chocolate provided. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Ages 2 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $8/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

“Best Worst Thing That Could Have Happened”: This film by Lonny Price tells the story of “Merrily We Roll Along,” the Stephen Sondheim/Hal Prince musical that opened to enormous fanfare and closed after just 16 performances. Directed by one of the musical’s original cast members, it features interviews with the creators and original cast of the now-classic show, as well as rare and never before seen footage from the rehearsal process. From 2 to 4 p.m. at the Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Road. Free admission; no registration required. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

Bluegrass Barn – Mile Twelve: Mile Twelve is a fresh, hard-driving young band beautifully walking the line between original and traditional bluegrass. Fast gaining recognition for their outstanding performances in bluegrass and folk circles, Evan Murphy, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Nate Sabat, BB Bowness and David Benedict write captivating songs and daring instrumental pieces from diverse influences. 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.

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