Nov. 9: Djembe Drumming
Intro to Djembe Drumming and Drum Circle: Back by popular demand! Join The Alden for a creative (and de-stressing) Friday evening master class for families. Participants will learn the elements of Djembe Drumming from artist Kofi Dennis and then use those skills in a group drum circle. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Old Firehouse. Ages 8 and up. $12/$8 for MCC tax district residents. It is recommended that families participate together. Children under 14 must have a parent register with them. For more information, call 703-790-0123.
Also on Friday:
Harry Potter Trivia: Test your knowledge of the wizarding world at our Harry Potter Trivia! Costumes encouraged! From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Dolley Madison Library. Ages 10-18. For more information, call 703-356-0770.
Nov. 10: Art Open House
Veterans Day Open House: The Open House is designed to help raise awareness in the community about the Workhouse Military in the Arts Initiative (WMAI) which through grant-funding, donations and fundraising helps heal Veterans and their families through Arts workshops and Art Therapy. From 12 to 6 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free. All ages. For more information, call 703-584-2900.
Also on Saturday:
Let’s Talk Turkey with Chef Cal: Chef Cal Kraft returns and brings holiday recipes covering the turkey, salad, stuffing, sides, desserts and more. Plus there will be lots of hints and tips to make the holiday dinner fun. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Kings Park Library. Adults & Teens. For more information, call 703-978-5600.
Diwali: Festival of Lights: Enjoy special dance performances, decorate your own Rangoli, get henna-tattoos, make sand art, and savor traditional Indian treats. From 11:30 to 4 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Library. All ages. For more information, call 703-573-1060.
Campfire Saturdays: Stargazing: Enjoy a stroll along the lakeshore and learn about the constellations, their stories and other night-sky features. Our astronomical naturalist identifies the stars for you and will have some telescopes for you to use. The program concludes with a campfire. S’mores ingredients are provided; hot dogs are welcome. From 7 to 9 p.m.at Burke Lake Park. $10 per person. Ages 3 and up. Register online. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-323-6600.
Second Saturday Art Walk: Join us on the Second Saturday of each month to discover all the Workhouse Arts Center has to offer. Whether it’s your first visit or your hundredth, the Second Saturday Art Walk is the perfect time to meet nearly 100 Resident and Associate Artists, creating art in the studios or exhibiting in our 12 campus galleries. Enjoy thrilling performances of dance, cabaret, comedy, big band, jazz, and theater. Indulge in classes in the art of mixology or cuisines from around the globe. Experience art exhibitions in nine galleries of the region’s finest sculpture, painting, glass, ceramics, and fiber art works. From 6 to 9 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-584-2900.
Jacks are Wild: Jack Russell Terriers Mario and Bella perform fun and amazing tricks. From 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at George Mason Regional Library. Free Age 6-12. For more information call, 703-256-3800.
Nov. 11: Veterans Memorial
2018 Veterans Day Ceremony: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the End of World War, this ceremony includes members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and other state and federal officials. A wreath will be laid at World War I memorial on the courthouse grounds to honor the men who died, and their names will be read aloud in remembrance. Ceremony begins at 2 p.m. at the Historic 1799 Fairfax County Courthouse. Free. All ages. For more information, call 703-246-4168.
Also on Sunday:
Bluegrass Barn – Donna Ulisse: Donna Ulisse is a veteran songwriter and singer whose dual talents frequently propel her to the heights of the bluegrass world. Hear her perform as part of the Bluegrass Barn series. Doors open at 6 p.m., and show time is 7 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Tickets are $18 in advance; $20 at the door. For more information, call 703-437-9101.
Fall Foliage Tour Boat Ride: Late October and early November is the perfect time to enjoy the beautiful fall colors in Fairfax County. Join us for a special tour that captures the beauty of fall from our pontoon boat’s unique perspective. The tour includes a one-hour ride and a hot beverage. Departure time is 4 p.m. at Burke Lake Park. $8 per person. Register online. Children younger than age 12 must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-323-6600.
What a Coincidence: What are the odds? Some coincidences seemingly changed the course of history, yet historians debate the value of happenstance in interpreting the past. Hear theories on why coincidences happen and what they mean, and discover some of the most remarkable known coincidences and chance events in human history. The program is followed by a traditional English tea. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $32 per person; $12 for the program only. Reservations are required. For more information, call 703-941-7987.
Sunday 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 will be provided. From 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Reston Community Center. Ages 18 and up. $5 Reston/$10 Non-Reston. For more information call 703-390-6157.