Fairfax County Weekender — Sept. 7-9, 2018

Sept. 7: Spotlight on Satire

Spotlight by Starlight: Capitol Steps began in 1981 as a group of Senate staffers satirizing the very people and place that employed them. Not all of the current members are former Capitol Hill staffers, but the performers have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. They’ve recorded more than 30 albums, including their latest, “Take the Money and Run for President.” From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mason District Park Amphitheater. Free. For more information, call 703-324-7469 (SHOW).

Also on Friday:

Great Decisions Series: Watch the film produced by the Foreign Policy Association and participate in a roundtable discussion on current events and U.S. foreign policy options. The topic for September is “U.S. Global Engagement and the Military.” Discussion materials available at the Info Desk. Light refreshments served. From 2 to 4:15 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. Adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-689-2700.


Sept. 8: Virginia Natives

Virginia Indian Festival: The festival includes eight American Indian tribes from Virginia, including the Rappahannock dancers and drummers. Enjoy hands-on activities and live demonstrations such as American Indian storytelling, shooting with a bow and arrows, throwing spears and making stone tools. Assist in building a dugout canoe and visit our marketplace of American Indian crafts, pottery and jewelry. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 5 and up. $8/person in advance. $10/person at the gate. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Also on Saturday:

Celebrate Honeybee Day: Where would we be without the honeybee? Celebrate this wondrous insect with the Northern Virginia Beekeepers Association. Meet a beekeeper, see inside a beehive, learn a bee dance, do a bee scavenger hunt, learn how bees are important to our food supply and get tips on how you can help honeybees. From 10 a.m. to noon at Green Spring Gardens. All ages. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Exercise at Your Desk: Learn from a fitness professional how to incorporate more movement into your daily life and practice exercises that can be performed in tight spaces such as your desk. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at George Mason Regional Library. Adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-256-3800.

Author Talk – Kwame Alexander: New York Times bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator and author of 25 books, including “Rebound,” the follow-up to his Newbery-medal winning young adult novel, “The Crossover.” He writes for children of all ages and will be available for book signing. Books available for purchase. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. Ages 6 and up. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-689-2700.

“Germany’s Covert War in the Middle East During World War I”: Author Kevin Morrow discusses his book. The diaries and official reports of German spy and propagandist Curt Prüfer ― translated into English in their entirety for the first time ― chronicle the complexities of the fragile Ottoman–German alliance from the perspective of a participant. From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Dolley Madison Library. Adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-356-0770.

Second Saturday Art Walk: Tour unique studios to see the work of approximately 100 talented visual artists. 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. Free. For more information, call 703-584-2900.


Sept. 9: Doggie-Paddle

Dog Daze at the Water Mine Swimmin’ Hole: The Water Mine will go to the dogs with a season-ending event benefitting the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and Fairfax County Park Foundation. Dogs can swim in Rattlesnake River and splash in the playground area. The event will collect dog food donations for the Animal Shelter. At the canine resource fair, two-legged and four-legged visitors can check out pet vendors, obtain/renew dog licenses, learn about Park Authority dog parks and find out how to volunteer as a dog park monitor. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lake Fairfax Park (low-cost rabies clinic from noon to 2 p.m. at the main office of Lake Fairfax Park). Suggested donation of $10/dog. For more information, call 703-471-5415.

Also on Sunday:

Sunday Afternoon Dance: Dancers of all skill levels are welcome to foxtrot, swing, cha-cha and waltz. Music selection ranges from golden oldies to today’s more modern dance selections. Three mini-lessons, door prizes and light refreshments add to the fun; partners not required. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Reston Community Center – Hunters Woods. Ages 18 and up. $10/person. Pay at door. For more information, call 703-390-6157.

Concerts in the Park – Superfly Disco: Re-create the ‘70s with this super fun, super funk disco tribute band. From 5 to 6 p.m. at the McLean Central Park Gazebo, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd. Free admission. Free parking is available at Dolley Madison Library. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

Sunday Country-Western Dance: Line dance, two-step, shuffle and swing the night away to popular country-western tunes played by the Reston Community Center’s DJ. Dances are held monthly in the community room, which offers a spacious wooden dance floor and a smoke-free environment. Refreshments provided. No square or contra dancing, please. From 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Reston Community Center – Hunters Woods. Ages 18 and up. $10/person. Pay at door. For more information, call 703-390-6157.

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