Sept. 13: Clever Clay
Clay International: Ceramic artist and educator Peter Beasecker juried over 300 images to select 52 pieces of art that incorporate a contemporary spirit as well as a technical mastery of the material. The show is a rare opportunity to see a variety of styles and techniques that encompass the field of contemporary ceramic arts. Through Oct. 13. From 11 to 6 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free. All ages. For more information, call 703-584-2900.
Also on Friday:
Puppet Show Extraordinaire: See your favorite children’s stories come to life with our colorful collection of puppet characters who tell stories, sing and rhyme. From 1 to 2 p.m. at Dolley Madison Library. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-356-0770.
Sept. 14: Beers on Beers
Workhouse Brewfest: More than 30 Virginia craft breweries, artisan distilleries and Virginia wineries on tap! Live performances by some of the region’s most popular bands, unique food trucks, access to 12 air-conditioned art galleries and 65 artist studios. An unforgettable experience for every kind of beer lover – from the uber knowledgeable beer geek to the casual drinker and those new to the world of craft beer. From 1 to 8 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Ages 21 and up. Buy tickets online. More information or call 703-584-2900.
Also on Saturday:
Accessing Health Mind/Body Series: Managing Emotions: 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.
Meet Author Imbolo Mbue: Meet the author of “Behold the Dreamers,” an Oprah Book Club selection. Books available for sale and signing. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library. Adults. Register online. Free. For more information, call 703-790-8088.
Tibetan Bowl Sound Bath: Experience a unique sound frequency meditation with Tibetan Singing Bowls. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Burke Centre Library. Teens and adults. Register online. Free. For more information, call 703-249-1520.
Harry Ponder: While the wizards head to Hogwarts, the muggles can celebrate the start of a new school year. Learn about magical beasts, make your own wand, have your fortune told by Professor Treefroggie and defend against the dark arts of pollution. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Ages 6-18. $10 a person. Register online. For more information, call 703-451-9588.
Night Kayaking: Many animals come out at night, and the view from a kayak is a great way to see these nocturnal critters. From 7 to 9 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park. Ages 13 and up. $42 per person. Bring flashlights and dress for the activity. Register online. For more information, call 703-569-3464.
Fall Community Garage Sale featuring The Kid’s Corner: Find bargains at the biggest garage sale in McLean with over 50 vendors! Residents selling household items are welcome. Limited commercial vendors or flea market dealers also welcome. Come see the Kid’s Corner, where children (ages 3 to 15) use their math and entrepreneurial skills to sell their gently used toys, clothes, games and other items. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1420 Beverly Rd. McLean, VA 22101. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-790-0123.
Sept. 15: Meet the Author
Jeffrey C. Stewart – “The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke”: Author Jeffrey C. Stewart sits down with Dr. Jane Censer, professor emeritus of history at George Mason University, to discuss his Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke,” which is a panoramic view of the personal trials and artistic triumphs of the father of the Harlem Renaissance and the movement he inspired. 7 p.m. at Reston Community Center. Adults. $15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston. Purchase tickets online. For more information, call 703-390-6167.
Also on Sunday:
Tales to Tails: School-age children read a book, tell a story or describe a picture to a trained therapy dog. From 2 to 3 p.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library. Free. For more information, call 703-293-6227.