Fairfax County Weekender — Sept. 14-16, 2018

*Notice, Due to the potential impact of Hurricane Florence, some events may be cancelled or postponed. Please call ahead to confirm the event is still on*

Sept. 14: Natives, Naturally

Garden Talk – Plant More Natives: Learn how to incorporate native plants into your garden for maximum ecological impact and beauty. Virginia Cooperative Extension master gardeners show you many types of easy-care, native plants that help native bees and birds, and brighten your garden with dazzling color. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Ages 16 and up. $10/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.


Sept. 15: Adaptor Raptors

Live Owl and Hawk Fest: Meet birds of prey presented by wildlife rehabilitator and artist Lois Auer. Explore how these birds’ adaptations enable them to be agile hunters. Find out which species live in Fairfax County and what is inside an owl pellet. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $7/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1045.

Also on Saturday:

Moroccan Storytime: Explore stories, music and dress-up from the country of Morocco. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Centreville Regional Library. Ages 4 to 8. Free; register online. For more information, call 703-830-2223.

Pirate STEM Storytime: Enjoy pirate-themed songs and stories, followed by science experiments and challenges. From 11 a.m. to noon at Lorton Library. Ages 3 to 7. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-339-7385.

Chinese Dance: Come learn about Chinese dance, which has a history of 5,000 years and is drawn from 56 ethnic groups. Watch a dance showcase and take part in a demo lesson. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Centreville Regional Library. Ages 6 and up. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-830-2223.

Harry Ponder: While the wizards head to Hogwarts, the muggles can celebrate the start of a new school year at Hidden Pond. Learn about our 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 to 18. $7/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-451-9588.


Sept. 16: Treasure Reading

Pirate Week 2018: Robert Prather, author of “The Strange Case of Jonathan Swift and the Real Long John Silver” will give a book talk via Skype and discuss his research into the possibility that Jonathan Swift was a pirate who inspired swashbuckling tales. Jonathan Swift’s connection to the local area will also be discussed. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. Adults and teens. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-689-2700.

Also on Sunday:

Fall Warblers: Wake up with the birds and discover these delightful fall visitors with an expert guide. From 7 to 8:30 a.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. Ages 8 and up. $8/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Tëaze: Oh, the ‘80s – the days of big hair, frosted lipstick and lots of eyeliner – and that was just the guys. Come hear Tëaze, a comedy/tribute band saluting the hair bands of the 1980s. From 5 to 6 p.m. at the McLean Central Park Gazebo, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd. Free. Free parking is available at Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

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