Fairfax County Weekender — March 6-8, 2020

March 6: Space Out

Reshaping Space: Exhibit, featuring Kristen Morsches, Laurel Lukaszewski, Lori Katz and Novie Trump, explores a consistency in addressing the concept of space – taking up, filling and playing with positive and negative. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-584-2900.

Also on Friday:

Passport to Fun: Travel the world exploring different languages and cultures through crafts and games with the Chantilly High School Language Honor Societies. From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Chantilly Regional Library. Grades 1-6. Free. Register online. For more information, call 703-502-3883.

Teen Gaming at the Library: Hit the racetrack with Mario Kart 8 for the Nintendo Switch. Select a character and race your friends. Seats are limited. From 5 to  5:45 p.m. at George Mason Library. Grades 7-12. Free. Register online. For more information, call 703-256-3800.

Beginning Bird Watching: Birding is a hobby that can last a lifetime. Learn birding basics, including how to use binoculars, the importance of a field guide and other ways to identify different types of birds. From 8 to 10 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 14 and up. Free. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

March 7: Red Hot Deals

Spring Flea Market: Are you searching for small appliances, books, jewelry, clothing, tools or toys? This is the perfect place to find them while supporting your neighbors – and our environment – by finding hidden gems to take home and enjoy rather than filling up the nearest landfill. From 9 a.m. to noon at Reston Community Center. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-390-6158.

Also on Saturday:

The Great American Sign Language Mystery: Flex your fingers and join in the hunt for clues as sign language detective Kathy MacMillan leads silly stories, songs and more! A fun-filled exploration into American Sign Language. From 3 to 4 p.m. at Chantilly Regional Library. Grades K -6. Free. For more information, call 703-502-3883.

Fair Trade Chocolate Tasting: Experience the luscious variety of chocolates created by a socially conscious local chocolatier. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-644-7333.

”Stolen – Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home”: The true story of five boys who were kidnapped in the North and smuggled into slavery in the Deep South—and of their daring attempt to escape and bring their captors to justice.  Join a talk on this award-winning book by author Richard Bell, associate professor of history at the University of Maryland. From 10:30 a.m. to noon at City of Fairfax Regional Library. Teens and adults. Free. For more information, call 703-293-6227.

Great Shrubs for Home Gardens: Horticulturalist Brenda Skarphol highlights beautiful flowering shrubs that grow well in Virginia home gardens. Learn the culture and care of these beauties and how to best showcase them in your garden. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Ages 16 and up. $18 per person. Register online. Dress for the outdoors. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Astronomy Festival: Guided star gazing, look through a telescope and listen to ancient stories about the constellations ‘round the campfire. Activities and games throughout the evening. Hot chocolate and snacks available for purchase. From 6 to 8 p.m. at Turner Farm Park. Ages 3 and up. $10 per person. This event will be canceled in the event of rain or snow. Register online. For more information, call 703-324-8618.

Family Woodcock Walk: Listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship display and flight. Bring a flashlight. The outing includes an approximately 1.5-mile walk on uneven terrain. From 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 6 and up (children must be accompanied by a registered adult). $8 per person. Register online. Meet at the South Kings Highway entrance to the park. The walks will be canceled in the event of rain. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Chamber Music at the Alden: Enjoy the Tysons McLean Orchestra String Quintet. 2 p.m. at McLean Community Center. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

March 8: I Wanna Dance with Somebody

Sunday Afternoon Dance: Dancers of all skill levels convene the second Sunday of the month to foxtrot, swing, cha-cha and waltz. Music selection ranges from golden oldies to today’s more modern dance selections. A mini lesson, door prizes and light refreshments add to the fun; partners are not required. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Reston Community Center. Ages 18 and up. $5 Reston/$10 Non-Reston. For more information, call 703-476-4500.

Also on Sunday:

The World’s Religions Series – Hinduism: Laura Shulman, professor of religion at Northern Virginia Community College, discusses the beliefs, values and practices of major world religions in this seven-part series. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Centreville Regional Library. Adults and teens. Free. For more information, call 703-830-2223.

Flute, Harp and Clarinet Ensembles in Concert: The American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra’s ensembles perform a joint concert. From 3 to 5 p.m. at McLean High School. All ages. Free. For more information call, 703-642-8054. 

Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”: The Reston Chorale presents Felix Mendelssohn’s powerful oratorio. From 4 to 6 p.m. at St. Luke Catholic Church. All ages. Advance tickets: $25 adults, $20 seniors, free to youth and active duty, but tickets required. Buy tickets online. For more information call, 703-834-0079.

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