Nov. 1: Color Splash
Nancy Jacey – A Splash of COLOR: Recognized for her large-scale Prismacolor pencil, acrylic and oil paintings, the artist realistically captures the world in a vivid, colorful style. Her artwork focuses on the small details found in the world that are often overlooked and brings them to life in an exaggerated manner. At the Workhouse Arts Center through Jan. 12. Free. All ages. For more information, call 703-584-2900.
Also on Friday:
Dia de los Muertos – Candy Skull DIY for Teens: Curious about Mexico’s Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos)? Swing by to decorate your very own candy skull while chatting about this famous tradition! From 5 to 5:30 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library. Free. Grades 6-12. Register online. For more information, call 703-765-3645.
Nov. 2: Hike and Draw
Sketch Hike Fall Color Snap: What’s that chill in the air? How do plants and animals adapt to the coming seasonal change? Join us for a hike and learn how to draw a beautiful autumn scene. From 10 a.m. to noon at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 10 and up. $15 per person. Drawing materials are included in the cost, courtesy of the RunningBrooke fund. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
Also on Saturday:
1000 Books Storytime Celebration: Join us for our third annual 1000 Books celebration! We will begin with stories read by members of the Burke Volunteer Fire Department and continue with crafts, games, button making, refreshments and more. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Burke Centre Library. Free. Ages 3 and up. For more information, call 703-249-1520.
EFT, HeartMath and Mindfulness: Join Neil Goodman, NCW, in a fun, light-hearted setting and learn ways to reduce stress and tension with an introduction to HeartMath. Cultivate a mindset to support well-being and learn the basics of Emotional Freedom Technique, EFT. From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chantilly Regional Library. Free. Adults. For more information, call 703-502-3883.
Science of Nature – Color: Explore the wonders and mysteries of color, light and perception. Discover optics through time and learn about eye origins, development and diversity across species. Go on a color nature quest, see through the lens of different creatures and color patterns through nature. Make a rainbow. From 10 a.m. to noon at Riverbend Park. Ages 6 to 10. $9 per child. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.
Owl Outing: These nocturnal raptors are pair-bonding and looking for nesting sites at this time of year. Prowl the park to listen for and learn about our local owls and possibly see a barred owl. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Adults. $9 per person. Register online. Meet at the visitor center and dress for the weather and standing off trail. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
Mario the Maker Magician: As seen on “Sesame Street” and “Sprout,” Mario “the Maker Magician” Marchese is a New York-based, touring children’s performer known for his DIY robotic creations, handmade props and signature slapstick character. 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Mclean Community Center. All ages. $15 Non-McLean/$10 McLean. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-790-0123.
Nov. 3: Autumn Views
Fall Foliage Tour Boat Ride: Enjoy the beautiful fall colors in Fairfax County from our pontoon boat’s unique perspective. The tour includes a one-hour ride and a hot beverage. From 4 to 5 p.m. at Burke Lake Park. Ages 5 and up. $8 per person. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register online. For more information, call 703-323-6600.
Also on Sunday:
Short-Story Basics Writer’s Workshop: Interested in writing a short story but not sure how to get started? In this workshop we’ll focus on the basic structures of the short story, while doing short exercises designed to get your creative juices flowing. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library. Free. Teens and adults. For more information, call 703-765-3645.