Oct. 11: Nocturnal Birdies
Shot in the Dark Nite Tournaments: Teams of two play a nine-hole scramble using glow-in-the-dark balls. Dinner served beginning at 6 p.m. Fee includes one glow ball and flashlight. Additional glow balls are $5 each. Closest to the pin contests. Registration limited to first 18 teams. Prizes for first, second, third place teams. 7:30 p.m. at Burke Lake Golf Center. Ages 12 and up. Cost: $70 per team. Rain date Oct. 13. Fee due at registration. Call 703-323-1641 to register.
Oct. 12: Book It!
Indie Author Day: Drop by and meet local writers who live in our community. Books available for sale and signing. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Herndon Fortnightly Library. (Other libraries participating as well). Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-437-8855.
Also on Saturday:
Celebrate World Cultures: Enjoy special dance performances, decorate clay lamps, get henna tattoos, calligraphy bookmarks, face painting and treats. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Library. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-573-1060.
Meteorites – Exploring Visitors from Space: What are meteorites? Where do they originate? What do they tell us? This class is an introduction to these visitors from outer space. Participants can examine actual meteorites, including specimens from the moon and Mars. From 11 a.m. to noon at the Turner Farm Park roll-top observatory. Ages 8 and up. $8 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.
Scarecrow Making Workshops: Make a friend for your garden or lawn. Bring pants and shirt, plus an old pair of pantyhose (for head and body). We supply the stuffing and know-how. Noon at Colvin Run Mill. All ages. $6 per scarecrow. Pantyhose can be purchased on-site for an additional $1. For more information, call 703-759-2771.
Bats: Walk the meadows and forest edges to see bats feeding on insects. Use a bat detector to hear echolocation. Learn about our native bats and their habits. From 7 to 8 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park. Ages 7 and up. $8 per person. Register online. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-569-3464.
“Tosca”: Virginia Opera opens its 45th season with one of Giacomo Puccini’s most acclaimed and performed works. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. From 8 to 11 p.m. at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. All ages. $45-$115. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-993-8888.
Oct. 13: Small-Town Charm
Clifton Day Festival: Under the theme, “Small-town charm, big-time fun,” the 2019 festival features a marketplace with around 150 vendors, live music, children’s activities, pony rides and food. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Free. For more information, visit http://www.cliftonday.com/
Also on Sunday:
Irish Immigration, the Potato Famine and Castle Garden: Irish immigrants were crucial in building the railroad that put Burke on the map. The Burke Historical Society presents the background of Irish immigration and the immigrant processing center at Castle Garden, Manhattan. From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Pohick Library. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-644-7333.
Bluegrass – Nothin’ Fancy: From Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, this veteran band has won SPBGMA’s award for Entertaining Group of the Year six times. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 to 9 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. All ages. $18 (in advance)/$20 (at the door). Purchase tickets online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.
Full Moon Boat Tour: Enjoy a picturesque night under the full moon aboard the Burke Lake tour boat. Test your listening and observation skills to spot local wildlife with one of our naturalists. From 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Burke Lake Park. Ages 6 and up. $10 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-323-6600.