Fairfax County Weekender –March 13-15, 2020

Editor’s Note: Fairfax County is closely monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation. Please be aware that scheduled events may be impacted. If you have questions about an event, you can call the numbers listed below.

March 13: Meet and Mush

Meet Black Bear Sled Dog: Meet Black Bear who spent 11 years as a sled dog in remote Alaska and hear about her life. From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Pohick Library.  All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-644-7333.

Also on Friday

Martha’s Movie Matinee: “Knives Out”: The movie sharpens old murder-mystery tropes with a keenly assembled suspense outing that makes brilliant use of writer-director Rian Johnson’s stellar ensemble.  Rated PG-13. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Martha Washington Library. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-768-6700.

DIY Club: Glass Magnet: Make and take home glass magnets of your own design. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-689-2700.

Herb and Spring Vegetable Gardens: Now is the best time to grow your own fresh vegetables and herbs to add fragrance and flavor to food. Extension master gardeners show you how to plan, plant and harvest fabulous spring vegetable and herb gardens. 1:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $10 per person. To register and for more information, call 703-642-5173.

Wood Frogs: Wood frogs are breeding in vernal pools. Assist in collecting and releasing frogs and recording data for our amphibian survey. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Ages 8 and up. $8 per person (children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program). Register online. Please wear waterproof boots and bring flashlights. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Father-Daughter Enchanted Evening Dance: Spend a magical evening at the McLean Community Center’s first father-daughter dance! Open to children and parents of all ages. Dance and play games after you walk down the red carpet. Make sure you bring your camera for red carpet pictures. Light refreshments will be provided. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. at McLean Community Center. All ages. $25 per person. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

March 14: Body Moving

Move Your Way Day: Free admission to eight RECenters with your “Move Your Way Day” pass or flyer. Check out fitness rooms, get a tour of the RECenter or try a class. Plus, you could win a fitness tracker. From 10 a.m. to noon. Ages 13 and up. For more information, call 324-8702.

Also on Saturday:

The ABCs of CBD and Medical Marijuana: Learn from a medical expert about the benefits of medical marijuana, how to obtain it legally and whether it can help you or someone you know. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Oakton Library. Adults. Free. No registration required. For more information, call 703-242-4020.

Pi Day Pie Celebration: Celebrate 3.14 with a slice of pie. See historical interpreters in 18th-century clothing baking over an open hearth with pie recipes from the Lee time period through the 19th century. The program is ongoing from 3:14 to 5 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. All ages. $3.14 (of course) per person. No registration needed. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Dr. Seuss Campfire and S’mores: Come out for a campfire with s’mores while we read and enjoy books by Dr. Seuss. Family members of all ages welcome. From 7 to 9 p.m.  at Lake Fairfax Park. Ages 2 and up. $9 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-471-5414.

Music of the Knights: The City of Fairfax Band presents Scott Coulter’s tribute, Music of the Knights, featuring guest Broadway performers paying tribute to three giants of the music world. From 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Fairfax High School Auditorium. All ages. $15 adults, $10 seniors. Tickets free to students or youth. For more information call, 571-336-2322.

Family Day: The Greater Reston Arts Center opens its doors for a free day of family art making and exploration in the gallery and park celebrating the Moira Dryer exhibition. From noon to 3 p.m. at Greater Reston Arts Center. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-471-9242.

March 15: Luck of the Irish

Danu: Hailing from historic County Waterford, Danú concerts feature high-energy performances and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire. 3 p.m. at McLean Community Center. All ages. $35-$50 per person. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

Also on Sunday:

Acoustic Coffeehouse Presents: Brendan Mulvihill and the Irish Breakfast Band: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the master Irish fiddler Brendan Mulvihill and the Irish Breakfast Band. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Pohick Library. Light refreshments. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-644-7333.

Girls Celebrate Women’s History Month: Art, science and history are combined in this program that’s inspired by the lives of four women of science. Spend a little time indoors to discover the stories of Maria Merian, Frances Hamerstrom, Jane Goodall and Rachel Carson. Head out onto the forested trails and wetland boardwalk equipped with sketch pads, binoculars and magnifying lenses to record your own nature adventure. Supplies are included. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 5 to 17. $14 per child. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Bluegrass – Chris Jones & The Night Drivers: The band, led by Chris’ soulful lead-singing, songwriting, and solid guitar, is increasingly recognized for strong cross-band songwriting collaborations. Doors open at 6 p.m., show time is 7 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.

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