May 3: Rhythm of the Heat
Intro to Djembe Drumming and Drum Circle: Back by popular demand! Bring the family to this creative (and de-stressing) Friday evening master class. Participants will learn the elements of djembe drumming from artist Kofi Dennis and use those skills in a group drum circle. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. at McLean Community Center. $8 McLean/$12 Non-McLean. This class is designed for ages 8 and up; it is recommended that families participate together. Children under 14 must have a parent register with them. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-790-0123.
Also on Friday:
Symphony of Frogs: Join a naturalist for an indoor discussion and a guided walk to listen for serenading frogs and toads. Learn the calls of a bull frog, southern leopard frog, green frog, tree frog, American toad and more. Weather and time of season will affect what frogs will be calling. From 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Adults. $8/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
“American Vistas:” The City of Fairfax Band’s concert features Young Artist Competition winner Christian Aliferis on alto saxophone and the band will present an aural feast celebrating American musical landscapes. 7:30 p.m. at Northern Virginia Community College. Adults. $15 general/$10 senior/free for students. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 571-336-2322.
AYPO/Chamber Ensemble Recital: The American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra presents students from the Chamber Ensemble program performing work by Mozart, Saint-Saens and Nielsen. From 3 to 4 p.m. at the Providence Presbyterian Church. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-642-8051.
“On Air:” The musical explores the radio as constant companion, messenger and soundtrack of our lives for the past century of American life. 8 p.m. at the Creative Cauldron. All ages. $20-$55/person. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-436-9948.
May 4: Discover Your Future
Trade School Career Fair: Discover the Possibilities: Going to college is only one option. Learn about different opportunities in a variety of trade industries, including HVAC, commercial driving, healthcare, construction, college security, law enforcement and technology. Meet representatives from trade schools, another alternative to college. Come dressed to impress. Some employers attending are looking to hire now. From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at John Marshall Library. Adults. Free. Register online. For more information, call 703-971-0010.
Also on Saturday:
May the Fourth Be with You: Jedi Academy: Celebrate Star Wars Day with crafts, snacks and Jedi fun! Dress up for the costume contest at 11:30 a.m. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-790-8088.
Food Fight Fiesta: Find out about the world’s largest food fight with author Tracey Kyle, who will read from her picture book “Food Fight Fiesta: A Tale about La Tomatina.” You’ll learn about the festival, speak a little Spanish and try your hand at tossing tomatoes. Book signing to follow. From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Centreville Regional Library. Ages 4-10. Free. Register online. For more information, call 703-890-2223.
Ice Cream at Historic Huntley: Make and enjoy hand-cranked ice cream as Huntley’s Harris family may have done. Discover how the histories of ice cream and Huntley follow a similar path from elite luxury to family fare. Tours of Historic Huntley House and the ice well are included. From 11 a.m. to noon at Historic Huntley. All ages (children must be accompanied by adult registered in the program). $8/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
Oak Marr Golf Open House: Fun for the whole family! Celebrate the new and improved double-decker driving range and learn about golf camps and classes for adults and ages 5+. Check out fun socials and clinics just for women — beginners welcome. Demo the latest Callaway products and learn more about your swing. Giveaways, golf yard games, buy one get one free buckets of balls, instructor meet and greet and food truck on site. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oak Marr Golf Complex. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-255-5390.
Celebrate National Salamander Day: Go on a salamander search on land and in the stream. Learn how salamanders compare with their amphibian cousins. From 4 to 4:45 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 5 and up. $6/person (children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult registered in this program). Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.
“I’ve Got A Little Twist”: A cabaret evening demonstrates the timelessness of Gilbert and Sullivan, featuring ingeniously rewritten lyrics, numbers juxtaposed with more modern musical theatre, and sometimes, classic Gilbert and Sullivan that is left intact and allowed to speak for itself. From 7 to 9 p.m. at McLean Community Center. All ages. $30 McLean/$40 Non-McLean. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-790-0123.
May 5: Wet, Wild and Wonderful
Wetlands Awareness Day: Celebrate the beauty and importance of wetlands at the Park Authority’s premier wetland sanctuary. Bring friends and family to stroll through the forested paths and immersive half-mile boardwalk trail. Learn about beavers, birds, bugs and see raptors, reptiles and amphibians up close. Enjoy interactive displays and activities. From noon to 4 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
Also on Sunday:
Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge: Journey through the woods, listen to Winne the Pooh’s story and play poohsticks on the bridge. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 2 and up. $7/person (children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program). Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.
Sunday Country Western Dance: Line dance, two-step, shuffle and swing the night away to popular country western tunes played by RCC’s DJ on a spacious wooden dance floor and in a smoke-free environment. Refreshments provided. No square or contra dancing. From 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Reston Community Center. Ages 18 and up. $5 Reston/$10 Non-Reston. For more information, call 703-390-6157.