Fairfax County Weekender – March 23-25, 2018

March 23: Time Travel

’80s Movie Day – “Back to the Future”: Watch the 1985 classic “Back to the Future” while enjoying free popcorn. Movie rated PG (116 minutes). From 4 to 6 p.m. at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library. All ages. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-790-8088.

Maker Space – Self-Directed Monthly Activities: Create, invent and learn! The projects change each month. STEAM activities often included. Supplies provided. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Chantilly Regional Library. All ages. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-502-3883.

Great Decisions Series: Watch the film produced by the Foreign Policy Association and participate in the roundtable discussion on current events and U.S. foreign policy options. The topic for March is “China and America: the New Geopolitical Equation.” Discussion materials available at the Info Desk. Light refreshments served. From 2 to 4:15 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. Adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-689-2700.

 

March 24: Eggcellent Fun

Easter Egg Hunt at Sully: Bring your baskets for an Easter egg hunt like the Noltings had at Sully in the early 1950s. Play games like an egg roll and egg carry. The Easter Bunny will roam the grounds, ready for pictures. Make an Easter craft to take home along with your eggs. Limit 10 eggs per child. Wagon rides available for $2/person. From 10 to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to noon and noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to noon, noon to 1 p.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday at Sully Historic Site. Ages 1 to 8. $8/child. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Also on Saturday:

Japanese Garden Design: Japanese garden design is an art form thousands of years in the making. Stone, gravel, water, bridges, paths and plants all hold significance. Whether you are looking to make your own Japanese style garden or simply want to learn to appreciate the elemental meanings, horticulturalist Bevan Shimizu teaches you the essentials for creating a Japanese style garden. From 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $22/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

EGGnormous Egg Hunt: Enjoy a great community tradition with games, entertainment, moon bounces, prizes and a strolling magician along with the ever-popular egg hunt, which starts at 10:30 a.m. sharp. Don’t forget to bring a basket to carry your eggs, a camera for all the photo ops and a picnic to enjoy outdoors. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Sunrise Valley Elementary School, 10824 Cross School Road, Reston. Rain date is March 31. Infant to 8 years. Free. For more information, call 703-390-6163.

“The Apple Tree”: A woman lives alone in the countryside and wishes to plant an apple tree so she can make a pie for her birthday. She is surprised by a little helper! Join us for this marionette puppet show with Beech Tree Puppets. From 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at Thomas Jefferson Library. Preschoolers and school-age children. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-573-1060.

Corn Grinding and Clay Pottery: How did the Powhatan Native Americans use the plants and animals you see every day for their medicine, grocery store, clothing and fun? Immerse yourself in a way of life from 400 years ago. Grind corn, make a clay pot, master corn darts and go on a guided tour to see the park from the perspective of a Virginia Indian. From noon to 2 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 5 and up. $10/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Local Beekeeping and the Importance of Honeybees: Join master beekeeper Hap O’Brien and the Northern Virginia Beekeeping Association as they discuss their commitment to educating our community about beekeeping and the importance of a sustainable honeybee program in Virginia. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library. Adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-790-8088.

Clara Barton – American Life: Park ranger Kevin Patti from the Clara Barton National Historic Site in Glen Echo will present this program on the life of the “Angel of the Battlefield,” Clara Barton. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. Teens and adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-689-2700.

“Sing Faster – The Stage Hands’ Ring Cycle”: Wagner’s Ring Cycle is the Mount Everest of the opera world…just ask the stagehands! Follow the San Francisco Opera stagehands as they rehearse for the four-opera, 17-hour event, including the choreographed movement of large set pieces depicting underwater scenes, a ring of fire and a 2-ton, smoke-belching, articulated dragon head. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. Free admission. For more information, call 703-448-8336.

 

March 25: Lightning Strikes Again

Wilder’s Lightning Brigade: Burke Centre Historical Society presents a program about Union Col. John Thomas Wilder and his 17th Indiana “Lightning Brigade” and how their new Spencer repeating rifles changed the Tullahoma Campaign in Tennessee. From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library. Adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-644-7333.

Also on Sunday:

Bluegrass Barn – By & By: With “impressive vocals, smooth-as-honey string playing and arms-wide-open stage energy” (DC Music Download), By & By’s original songs reflect the band’s surroundings, pulling from the fast-paced, dynamic and engaged culture of Washington, DC. Their music has roots that dig through the traditions of bluegrass, folk, Americana and rock ’n’ roll to create a sound uniquely theirs. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. $18/person in advance; $20/person at the door. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

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