March 22: Peace in Paris
“Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light”: This one-hour documentary tells the story of African American men and women who found freedom, equality and brotherhood in Paris during the early 20th century. Julia Browne, owner of Walking the Spirit Tours in Paris, will provide a short presentation and participate on a panel discussion with Dr. Mark C. Hopson, George Mason University. Books and DVDs available for sale and signing. From 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center. Adults. Free. Register online.
Also on Friday:
McLean Pyramid Youth Art Show: The McLean Project for the Arts celebrates the work of Fairfax County Public Schools elementary, middle and high school students in the McLean Pyramid. All ages. Free. Show open until April 3. Times vary at 1446 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA. For more information, call 703-790-1953.
March 23: Just Breathe
Mindfulness: It’s Not What You Think: Join Neil Goodman, certified meditation instructor, to learn short, effective practices to reduce stress and tension, support your physical and mental health, cultivate a mindset to support well-being and increase awareness of your breathing. Bring a bottle of water. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Chantilly Regional Library. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-502-3883.
Also on Saturday:
Intro to Mountain Biking: Learn mountain-biking fundamentals, improve your fitness level and learn to safely navigate your way to fun. Bike care is also covered. Helmets required. Bring your own mountain bike and water and dress for the weather. Class meets rain or shine. Ages 7-12, 8 to 9:15 a.m., register online. Ages 13 to adult. 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. register online. Lake Accotink Park. $71 per person. For more information, call 703-569-3464.
BGS-Hiker: Brownie Girl Scouts learn how to prepare for a trail hike with snacks and proper gear. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park. Ages 7 to 9. $9 per person. Register online. Satisfies most of the requirements to earn the Brownie hiker badge. For more information, call 703-569-3464.
Campfire Saturdays-Stargazing: Enjoy a stroll along the shore and learn about the constellations, their stories and other night-sky features. Our astronomical naturalist identifies the stars for you and will have some telescopes to use. The program concludes with a campfire. S’mores ingredients are provided; hot dogs are welcome. From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Burke Lake Park. Ages 3 and up. $12 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register online. For more information, call 703-323-6600.
Flying Squirrels-Gliding in Tonight: Join a naturalist calling in these amazing night gliders and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near the nature center. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. From 7:30 to 8:30 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.
The Joshua Show: In this award-winning family production with live music, tap dancing, physical comedy and multiple styles of puppetry, we meet a modern-day Mr. Rogers with hipster appeal, Joshua Holden. Joshua’s puppet sidekick, Mr. Nicholas is feeling down and it’s up to Joshua and his cast of puppet characters, including the Wonderbook and Larry the Lint to help his best friend find the joy in being yourself. 1 to 2 p.m. at McLean Community Center. All ages. $10 McLean/$15 Non-McLean. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-790-0123.
March 24: Bag of Books
Burke Centre Spring Book Sale: Bag Sale: Peruse and shop a selection of gently used books, all carefully selected by the Friends of the Burke Centre Library. Fill a bag for just $5! From 1 to 4 p.m. at Burke Center Library. All ages. For more information, call 703-249-1520.