Oct. 12: Fall Fun
Fall Carnival & Fall Harvest Days: Food, games and rides from 5 to 9 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14. Free admission. Ride tickets are $1 each, most rides cost three to five tickets. For more information call 703-437-9101.
Also on Friday:
Meet Children’s Author Craig Grossi: Craig Grossi is the author of “Craig & Fred: A Marine, A Stray Dog, and How They Rescued Each Other.” Books available for sale and signing. Cosponsored by Fall for the Book and Friends of the Burke Centre Library. From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Burke Centre Library. Ages 11 to adult. Free. For more information, call 703-249-1520.
House Detective: What clues reveal the story of a house? What can architectural details and styles tell us? Examine photographs, artifacts and the buildings of Historic Huntley and see if you can resolve some of the enduring mysteries of this place. From 1 to 2 p.m. at Historic Huntley. Adults. $5 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
Kids Night Out: Kids only — no parents allowed. An evening of fun, food, hikes, games and adventures with a different theme each month. Pizza dinner and drinks served. From 6 to 9 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 5 to 12. $28 per person. Register online. Contact the park for the theme of the month. For more information, call 703-759-9018.
The Frightful Science of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Join us for a chilling celebration of Halloween. Dean Howarth, the natural philosopher, demonstrates Frankenstein’s animation of the dead. Beverages and refreshments served. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Historic Huntley. Adults. $25 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
Oct. 13: Coastal Cleanup
Watershed Cleanup Day: Be part of the International Coastal Cleanup! Individuals, students, families, scouts and other community groups can help clear out Earth’s arteries by collecting tires, bed springs, bottles, cans and other debris. Give the waterways in your community a clean bill of health and earn the gratitude of your furred, feathered and scaled neighbors. Wear boots, old clothes and bring gloves. Trash bags and appreciation provided! This is a great community service project! From 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Cub Run RECenter. Ages 16 and up (under 16 welcome with a participating adult). For more information, call 703-814-7788.
Also on Saturday:
Prose and Poetry: In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, award-winning author Alfredo Del Arroyo presents his book “Martes de Infamia: y Otros dias fatales” and poet and novelist Fernando Gudiel presents several of his works. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. Adults and teens. Free. For more information, call 703-689-2700.
My Improbable Writing Adventure: Join Suzi Weinert as she discusses her “Garage Sale Mystery” series and its subsequent Hallmark made-for-TV movies. Books available for purchase and she will stay for book signings. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. at City of Fairfax Regional Library. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-293-6227.
Callaway Demo Day: Test out the latest Callaway equipment. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Burke Lake Golf Center. Learn more about your swing and how to enhance it. Custom club fittings, just in time for the holiday season! For more information call 703-323-1641.
Burke Lake Sunset Cruise: Enjoy the sounds and sights of sunset at the park while taking in the views from aboard the park’s tour boat. The tour includes interpretation of the lake and any animals and flora that are seen. The cruise begins half an hour before sunset and returns half an hour past sunset. Departure time is 6 p.m. at Burke Lake Park. Ages 2 and up. $7 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-323-6600.
Wild Bat Night: Bats can have an undeserved scary reputation, so come find out why they are such special animals. See live bats and learn all about their extraordinary abilities and lives. Begin with a wild bat walk outside followed by an indoor presentation with rehabilitated bats. From 7 to 9 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 5 and up. $12 per person. Register online. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
Second Saturday Art Walk: Meet nearly 100 resident and associate artists creating art in the studios or exhibiting in the 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.
Oct. 14: Sunday Scarecrows
Scarecrow Making: Make a “friend” for your garden or lawn. Bring pants and shirt, plus an old pair of panty hose (for head and body). We supply the stuffing and the know-how. From noon to 2 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill. $6 per person. For more information, call 703-759-2771.
Also on Sunday:
Birding by Kayak: Enjoy a naturalist-led birding trip. Lake Accotink is home to more than 100 species of birds and holds many unique habitats. See how these small vessels can provide a closer look into the world of birds. From 8 to 10 a.m. at Lake Accotink. Ages 13 and up. Register for a one-person kayak for $31 or a two-person kayak for $41.Register online. For more information, call 703-569-3464.
A Chat with Dorothy Parker: First person interpreter Elaine Flynn performs as the incomparable Dorothy Parker, celebrated wit, critic, writer and social satirist during the 1920s. With trademark humor she takes merciless aim at the social foibles of the day, revealing why she was considered a legend in her own time. 1 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $45 (program + tea)/$18 (program only). For more information, call 703-642-5173.
Sunday Country Western Dance: Line dance, two-step, shuffle and swing the night away to popular country/western tunes played by RCC’s DJ. Refreshments provided. From 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Reston Community Center. Ages 18 and up. $5 Reston/$10 Non-Reston. For more information, call 703-390-6157.