S’mores, Earth Day Celebration, Music Highlight This Weekend In the County

Looking for something to do this weekend? You’re sure to find something for every taste in Fairfax County’s parks.

Today: Friday, April 15:

  • Fired up: Enjoy a fun-flooded evening of stories and games at Riverbend Park. Learn about otters, beavers and other animals that call the Potomac home. S’mores provided. Come early if you want to bring a picnic or hotdogs to toast. Bring a toasting stick, blanket and flashlight. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The event is scheduled for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with a charge of  $4/person. You can register online.  For information call 703-759-9018.
  • Café Cattail: Musicians, dancers and poets are encouraged to share their arts with a nature theme at this special coffeehouse from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows. Reservations are required for performers only. Admission is free. For information call 703-768-2525.

Saturday, April 16:

  • Love Your Mother (Earth that is): Join the 2011 Earth Day/Arbor Day celebration inside the Fairfax County Government Center. This year’s festivities include a host of adventures, workshops, entertainment and more. Community clean-up, tree pruning demos and crafty fun for kids. More information (including weather related updates Friday evening and Saturday morning) can be found online or by calling call 703-324-5471.
  • Madeline and the Bad Hat: An original musical by ArtsPower, based on the much loved book, captures the blithe yet touching spirit of Ludwig Bemelman’s Madeline series for children age two and above. The performance will be presented at 2 p.m. at the McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre. Tickets are available online priced at  $12 ($8 for McLean district residents). For information call 703-790-0123.
  • Farm Baby Day: Greet the new babies at Frying Pan Farm Park. The farm’s sheep, goats and cows all may have delivered during the cold winter months. For information call 703-437-9101.
  • Gallery After Hours-Ballroom Dancing: Enjoy dancing, food and fun led by an instructor (with a pre-dance mini lesson available, $5/person) Workhouse Arts Center.  Complimentary refreshments and a  cash bar are available. All skill levels are welcome and dress is casual. Doors open at 7 p.m., with dancing starting at 7:30 pm. Tickets at $10 per person are available online. For information call 703-495-0001.

Sunday, April 17:

Am I Blue?: A brief slide show precedes this hike at 1 to 3 p.m. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to see spring ephemerals such as trout lilies, Dutchman’s breeches, early buttercup, spicebush and — of course — a fabulous stand of Virginia bluebells. Bring field guides and hiking shoes. Participants ages 10 and above are welcome. Tickets are $6/person. You can register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Mill Run Dulcimer Band: Welcome the band back to Colvin Run Mill for the spring concert series. Enjoy old-time favorite tunes during this free show from 2 to 4 p.m. For information, call 703-759-2771.