Nov. 8: Meet the Author
An Evening with Wendy Wan-Long Shang: Meet the bestselling author of middle grade titles including “The Great Wall of Lucy Wu,” “The Way Home Looks Now” and “This is Just a Test.” Books available for sale and signing. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. at George Mason Library. Ages 8 and up. Free. Register online. For more information, call 703-256-3800.
Also on Friday:
Old Firehouse Family Fun Bingo: For all ages. Join us for an evening of fun and prizes (winners take their pick of prizes) and free popcorn. From 7 to 9 p.m. at the Old Firehouse. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-790-0123.
Nov. 9: Peace be With You
Accessing Health Mind/Body Series–Cultivating Peace: Dr. Farideh Sadeghi presents a monthly eight-session workshop on achieving mind/body health utilizing various techniques. Attend one, all or some. From 10:30 a.m. to noon at Richard Byrd Library. Adults. Free. Register online. For more information, call 703-451-8055.
Also on Saturday:
Thanksgiving Dinner with Chef Cal: Getting ready for the big feast? Here are some tips on how to have a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner with as little fuss as possible. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Chantilly Regional Library. Ages 13 and up. Free. Register online. For more information, call 703-502-3883.
West African Harp Performance: Musician Sean Gaskell presents the kora, a traditional West African harp that is part stringed instrument and part lute. Learn about how it’s played in this fun, interactive program for families. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library. Ages 7 and up. Free. For more information, call 703-790-8088.
Moonshine and Mayhem Hike: This 2.5-mile scenic hike is a journey back in time to Riverbend Park’s secret past. The trail winds through upland forest and hollows. Stops along the hike reveal how Riverbend was used as a hideout from local authorities during the days of prohibition. From 9 to 11 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 13 and up. $10 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.
Sully Fall Lecture and White Wine Receptions: Author Maria Schwartz discusses “Ties that Bound: Founding First Ladies and Slaves.” Each program in Sully’s Fall Lecture series consists of a presentation by a distinguished guest speaker followed by a Q&A and a white wine reception. Attendees must be over 21 (with ID) to consume alcohol; non-alcoholic drinks available. Visitors are asked to please respect our two-glass limit on wine. 4 to 6 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. Ages 15 and up. $35 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-1794.
Owl Prowl and Campfire: Join a naturalist for a night hike to learn about the different owls in the park. Listen for calls and learn how owls navigate the night. Enjoy s’mores at a campfire. From 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Ages 8 and up. $8 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.
Nov. 10: Antiques Road Show
McLean Antiques Show and Sale: This established event features an exceptional group of dealers representing American, Continental and Asian antiques, decorative accessories, furniture, folk art, porcelain, silver, painting, prints, linens, Oriental carpets and rugs, and much more. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at McLean Community Center. All ages. $10 admission. For more information, call 703-790-0123.
Also on Sunday:
MILL-itary Appreciation Day: The Chesapeake Independent Blues and Ship’s Company will discuss the lives of militia and navy during the war of 1812 and how mills like Colvin Run played an important role in the early republic. The miller will be grinding “ship stuff,” conditions permitting (call ahead to confirm). From noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill. No reservations required. Free for active and retired military members with ID. For all others, the cost is $8 for adults, $7 for students age 16 and older and $6 for children and seniors. For more information, call 703-759-2771.
Bluegrass–Sideline: Combine the band’s on-stage energy and finesse as well as their powerful and affecting harmonies, and you have the embodiment of the North Carolina Bluegrass sound. Doors open at 6 p.m., show time is 7 to 9 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. All ages. Food and drinks available for purchase. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Purchase tickets online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.
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 from the perspective of a Virginia Indian. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 4 and up (children must be accompanied by a registered adult). $12 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
Country Western Dance: Line dance, two-step, shuffle and swing the night away to popular country/western tunes played by RCC’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 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Reston Community Center. Ages 18 and up. $5 Reston/$10 Non-Reston. For more information, call 703-390-6157.