Maker Day: Get your creativity flowing! Explore a variety of inventive art forms ranging from traditional crafts to 3-D printing. From 1 to 4 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library Ages 2-18. Free. For more information, call 703-765-3645.
Also on Friday:
“Man of La Mancha”: Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th-century masterpiece “Don Quixote,” “Man of La Mancha” is one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history. Powerful, brutal, hilarious and heartbreaking, it celebrates the perseverance of a dying old man who refuses to relinquish his ideals or his passion. 8 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. All ages. $20-35 per person. Purchase tickets online. For more information, call 703- 584-2900.
MCC Community Open House: The McLean Community Center is newly renovated and ready for the public! Guests are welcome to take a self-guided tour through the new facility and see what’s planned throughout the MCC for 2019. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free for all ages. For more information, call 703-790-0123.
Also on Saturday:
Yule Ball: Calling all fans of the Wizarding World in grades 7-12 to a Yule Ball featuring Harry Potter-themed snacks, crafts, a cosplay contest and Hawthorn & Holly, a Wizard Rock band! Costumes not required, but encouraged. From 6 to 8 p.m. at Chantilly Regional Library. Free. For more information, call 703-502-3883.
Cookie Contest: Show off your baking skills and enter the library’s first cookie contest. Bring two dozen homemade cookies by 10:15 a.m. for judges to sample. Prizes awarded for originality, taste and more! 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Thomas Jefferson Library. All ages. For more information, call 703-573-1060.
Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight: Join a naturalist calling in these amazing night gliders and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. From 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 and up. $7 per person; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.
Sunday, Jan. 6: Bird Brains
Birding for Beginners: Interested in birding? Learn about the park’s birds and some basic identification skills. From 8 to 11 a.m. (begins with an indoor discussion) at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 12 and up. $10 per person; children age 12 to 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.