Fairfax County Weekender — May 4-6, 2018

May 4: May the Fourth Be With You

“Rogue One”: Celebrate Star Wars Day by watching “Rogue One” in HD with popcorn. Movie rated PG-13; under 13 requires an adult guardian (2 hours and 13 minutes). From 3:30 to 6 p.m. at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-790-8088.


Also on Friday:

What’s Growing in the Garden: Join us in the Kidwell Garden to explore what’s growing! This week’s topic is: Lettuce Explore. From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Ages 2 to 5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $7/child. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.


May 5: Nature’s Night Life

Night Hike and S’mores Campfire: Enjoy a naturalist-led walk through the forest to listen for nocturnal animals and to look for evidence of wildlife. End your hike at a campfire and make s’mores. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $6/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Also on Saturday:

“Nong’s Thai Kitchen”: Nongkran Daks, author of “Nong’s Thai Kitchen,” will provide samples of Thai cooking and discuss her latest cookbook. Books available for purchase. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Great Falls Library. Adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-757-8560.

Art Splash! For Adults: Create your own masterpiece in this art workshop for adults led by artists from Abrakadoodle Northern Virginia. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. Free; register online. For more information, call 703-689-2700.

Acoustic Coffeehouse Presents – An Evening of Bluegrass: Join us in welcoming the Andrew Acosta Band to the acoustic coffeehouse concert series for an evening of country-bluegrass music. Light refreshments served. From 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library. All ages. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-644-7333.


May 6: Wonderful Wetlands

Wetlands Awareness Day: Come rain or shine and dip your mind into the wonder of wetlands! Celebrate the beauty and importance of wetlands at Fairfax County 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 more. See raptors, reptiles and amphibians up close and enjoy interactive displays and activities. From noon to 4 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Also on Sunday:

Celebrate National Salamander Day: Virginia is a worldwide destination for salamander fans. Celebrate this special day with a salamander search both on land and in the stream. Learn how salamanders compare with their amphibian cousins. From 1 to 2 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 5 and up. Children younger than 10 must be accompanied by a registered adult. $6/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

These Walls Are Talking…: The history surrounding the founding of the Frying Pan Meeting House is rich with people of diverse backgrounds and traditions. Come learn about the post-Revolutionary War era in western Fairfax County. Local historian Debbie Robison, reenactors, and exhibits will bring the history of the local residents to life and highlight different aspects of life during the beginning of our nation. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Frying Pan Meeting House, Frying Pan Farm Park. Free; no registration required. Donations welcome. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Sunday Country Western Dance: Line dance, two-step, shuffle and swing the night away to popular country-western tunes played by the Reston Community Center’s DJ. Dances are held monthly in the community room, which offers a spacious wooden dance floor and a smoke-free environment. Refreshments provided. No square or contra dancing, please. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Reston Community Center – Hunters Woods. Ages 18 and up. $10/person. Pay at door. For more information, call 703-390-6157.

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