Plays, Kids’ Music Headline This Weekend In County Parks

Friday, April 29

A fun-filled evening of theater is on tap from the McLean Community Players as they perform “Cheaper by the Dozen,” the story of efficiency experts Frank and Lillian Gilbreth and their 12 children, growing up in Montclair, New Jersey.  The performance is at 8 p.m. at  Alden Theatre at McLean Community Center. $15/adults, $13/residents, seniors and students.  For information call 703-790-0123.

Saturday, April 30:

Genealogist Marie Varrelman Melchiori will host a lecture “Did Grandpa Wear Grey or Blue? Civil War Records at the National Archives,” guiding participants on how to use the National Archives records to uncover their own Civil War ancestry. The lecture will look at the commonly used Union Compiled Military Service Records, Registers of Enlistments, Enlistment Papers and pension files. 10 a.m. Carlyle House.  $15 ($12 in advance).  To register or for more information call 703-549-2997.

Pink Lady’s Slipper Walk: Join a naturalist for a leisurely stroll to a display of wild orchids at Roundtree Park in Falls Church. 1 to 1:45 p.m. For reservations, call 703-941-1065.

World Tai Chi Day: Demonstrations and mini-classes of Taijiquan (Tai Chi), Qigong (Chi Kung) and yoga. 10 a.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. For information call 703-255-3631.

Sunday, May 1:

Four-time Grammy award nominee, Trout Fishing in America, is one of the most successful children’s musical groups around. Their eclectic folk/rock sound can be heard on popular songs like “My Hair Had a Party Last Night,” “18 Wheels on a Big Rig,” and “When I Was a Dinosaur.” 3 p.m. Center Stage at Reston Community Center. $30 ($15/residents of Small District 5).  For information call 703-476-4500.

May Day Baskets: Join the tradition of making a May basket and fill it with flowers to hang on the front door of friends or neighbors as a May Day surprise. Learn to identify some wildflowers and make art with flowers. This program is suited for children 4 to 8. 1:30 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $5/child. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Native American Woodland Walk: Enjoy a guided tour of the Potomac Valley Native Plant Collection, with emphasis on the many uses Native Americans made of these plants for successful survival before Europeans arrived in the Americas. Tour is free and open to the public. 2 p.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens.  For information call 703-255-3631.