March 16: Happy Trails to You
Cross-County Trail Ride: Take a hayride to Accotink Creek along part of the Cross-County Trail, build a campfire and roast hotdogs and s’mores. Meet at the trestle lot. From 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park. Ages 2 and up. $10/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-569-3464.
Also on Friday:
Storytime with a Deputy Sheriff: Join a deputy from the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office for stories, songs, rhymes and other activities to build your child’s early literacy skills. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Oakton Library. Ages 3 to 5 with an adult. Free; register online. For more information, call 703-242-4020.
March 17: Incredible Irish
Irish History and the Book of Kells: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by learning about the history and culture of early Ireland. Live from Ireland, Professor Laura McCloskey of George Mason University will immerse you in her research on the lives and extraordinary achievements of the Irish people, including their medieval masterpiece, the Book of Kells. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Kings Park Library. Teens and adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-978-5600.
Also on Saturday:
The Art of the Book – Bindings: In honor of Huntley residents who loved both books and art, we offer a set of classes that introduce different aspects of the art of book making. Calligrapher Mary Teichman says that “calligraphy is a great antidote to modern life.” Explore the art of beautiful writing with a variety of pens and brushes. These classes may be taken alone or in combination. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 12 and up. $7/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
Printmaking Workshop for Kids: Celebrate St. Patty’s day with the Vienna Arts Society as they teach children the art of printmaking. They will provide the green ink! Wear old clothes. From 10:30 a.m. to noon at Patrick Henry Library. Ages 7 to 12. Free; register online. For more information, call 703-938-0405.
Floral Design – Flowering Branches: Make your own beautiful, early spring flower arrangement using cut flowers and flowering branches with the help of designer Betty Ann Galway. Learn how to harvest and force flowering branches and get ideas for ways to use them in floral designs at home. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $38/person for registration and $25/person supply fee. Register online for both the program and supply fee. For more information, call 703-642-5173.
Wear Green Campfire: Meet at Cabell’s Mill wearing your best green this Saint Patrick’s Day and help find all things wearing green in the meadow. Return to a campfire to toast marshmallows. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. Ages 2 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $6/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.
Putting the Animals to Bed: When evening shadows spread over Kidwell Farm, it is time to put the animals to bed. Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night. Dress for the weather. Ages 3 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. From 7 to 8 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. $10/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.
Ballroom Social Dance: Bring a friend, a date or a group to enjoy a casual, fun night out. All skill levels welcome. Mini-lesson from 7:30 to 8 p.m. on the foxtrot. Social dance led by a professional ballroom instructor from 8 to 10:30 p.m. in the McGuireWoods Gallery (second floor of W-16), Workhouse Arts Center. $10/person (ballroom social) and $5/person (mini-lesson). Mini-lesson tickets only sold at the door. Ballroom Social Dance tickets may be purchased online, by phone or at the door. For more information, call 703-584-2900.
March 18: So Much Doggone Fun
Ides of Bark: Bring your favorite four-footed friend for games, health assessments, vendors, food and fun. From 1 to 4 p.m. at Grist Mill Park. Free admission. For more information, call 703-324-8702.
Also on Sunday:
Woodland Wildlife Egg Hunt: In groups of 10, enjoy an easy walk to meet costumed woodland characters along the half-mile, non-paved woodland trail for an entertaining look at how different animals raise their young. Collect 10 eggs with non-candy treats. See live frog eggs and meet some spring critters. From 1 to 1:45 p.m. or 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 3 to 8. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $8/child. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1045.
Easter Egg Hunt at Colvin Run Mill: Hunt for eggs filled with treats and treasures. Separate hunts by age group. Before the hunt, make egg-cellent crafts to take home. Bring your own basket; program is held rain or shine. From 1 to 1:45 p.m. (ages 2-4), 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. (ages 4 to 6) and 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. (ages 6-9) at Colvin Run Mill. $8/child. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-2771.
Reston Community Orchestra – Spring Concert: Each spring, Maestro Fleary designs a concert that puts the spotlight on a talented young musician, either a composer or an instrumental soloist. This year’s discovery is the remarkable young violinist George Pekarsky. He is a student of Ricardo Cyncynates, associate principal with the National Symphony. The balance of the concert will be witty, lively selections by great composers, including Dvorak and Haydn, and the famous “Finlandia” by Sibelius. From 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Reston Community Center – Hunters Woods, Community Room. Free; donations welcome. For more information, call 571-449-7095.