July 12: Highway to the Danger Zone
Karl Stoll & The Danger Zone: This is a high-energy, houserockin’ blues band from the Washington, D.C. area. The music is a unique mix of danceable rockin’ blues featuring original songs as well as the sounds of blues masters such as Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469.
Also on Friday:
Hot Dogs & Cool Cats Adoption Event: Summer tends to be the busiest season (kitten season, plus more surrenders than usual) and there are lots of great pets waiting to be adopted (fees half off on all pets seven months and up). Through Sunday, July 14, at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. View available pets and get more info on the adoption process. For more information, call 703-830-1100.
Interstellar Storytelling with Gary Lloyd: Boldly going where no one has gone before – Interstellar Storyteller Gary Lloyd celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with stories about astronauts and their lives in space. From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Martha Washington Library. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-768-6700.
Wonderful Wildlife at Mason District: Fairfax County is home to many strange and interesting wild animals. Learn about native snakes, turtles, amphibians, birds and even a few friendly insects. Meet and greet several animals and release live native ladybugs. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Mason District Park. Ages 2 to 11. $6 per child. Register online. For more information, call Hidden Oaks Nature Center at 703-941-1065.
July 13: Mind Over Matter
Accessing Health Mind/Body Series: Meditative Art: Dr. Farideh Sadeghi presents a monthly eight-session workshop on achieving mind/body health utilizing various techniques. Attend one, all or some. From 10:30 a.m. to noon at Richard Byrd Library. Adults. Free. Register online. For more information, call 703-451-8055.
Also on Saturday:
Modified Stableford Tournament: Participants compete in a 9-hole, individual stroke play tournament utilizing the Modified Stableford scoring system that awards points for good scores (double eagles, eagles and birdies) and deducts points for poor scores (bogeys and double bogeys). The participant with the most points is the winner. 1 p.m. at Jefferson District Golf Course. Ages 8 and up. $35 per person. Fee due at time of registration and includes food and prizes. Rain date is July 20. Call 703-573-0444 to register.
Animal Crackers and Me: What if your animal cracker cookies came alive? If you could become a squirrel or a bird, which would you choose? Learn about animal adaptations while you munch on cookies and lemonade. Enjoy a story, craft and trail activity along a short hike. From 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 3 to 8. $8 per child. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.
Second Saturday Art Walk: Whether it’s your first visit or your 100th, this is the perfect time to meet nearly 100 resident and associate artists creating art in the studios or exhibiting in our 12 campus galleries. Enjoy thrilling performances of dance, cabaret, comedy, big band, jazz and theater. Indulge in classes in the art of mixology or cuisines from around the globe. Experience art exhibitions in nine galleries of the region’s finest sculpture, painting, glass, ceramics and fiber art works. From 6 to 9 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-584-2900.
The United States Army Blues: This popular group began in 1942 as the U.S. Army Dance Band to entertain soldiers and civilians in the battle zone during WWII. Since then, it has evolved into the Army’s premier jazz ensemble. From 7 to 8 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469.
July 14: Arts in the Park
Sunday Art in the Park with GRACE: Greater Reston Art Center, in cooperation with Reston Community Center, welcomes visitors during July to the concert series, plus creative art activities. All ages. Free. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Reston Town Square Park. You can also explore the GRACE gallery and experience the current exhibition. For more information, call 703-390-6175.
Also on Sunday:
Frontiers – A Journey Tribute Band: Don’t stop believing! This stellar Journey tribute band returns by popular demand. 5 p.m. at Mclean Central Park Gazebo. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-790-0123.
NOVA Annandale Symphony Orchestra: Join the orchestra for a delightful program of music from movies you love and other favorite pieces in an outdoor setting. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mason District Park. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469.
Run of the Mill: Learn about the milling process from beginning to end. This hands-on program teaches you how we clean, mill and sift grains using antique equipment. All participants get to take home a souvenir sample bag of what is milled during class. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill. Ages 6 and up (children younger than 12 must be accompanied by a registered adult). $20 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-2771.
Country Western Dance: Line dance, two-step, shuffle and swing the night away to popular country/western tunes played by RCC’s DJ. Dances are monthly. Refreshments provided. No square or contra dancing, please. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Reston Community Center. Ages 18 and up. $5 Reston/$10 Non-Reston. For more information, call 703-390-6157.