The weekend before turkey day thereâ€™s a lot to be thankful for at your Fairfax County Parks.
- Hoot Goes There? Families enjoy fireside stories and activities, listen for owls and snack on sâ€™mores during a special program, Campfire: Owls. Come early if you want to bring a picnic or hot dogs to toast. Bring a toasting stick, blanket and flashlight. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Riverbend Park. $4/person. Register by calling 703-222-4664. For information, call 703-759-9018.
- Comedy Tonight: An evening of one-act comedic plays by Alden Theatre’s Studio Rep. 8 p.m. McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre. $10/person ($5/McLean Community Center tax district residents.) Tickets available online. For information call 703-790-0123.
- Pre-Turkey Quarter Horse Show: Western is in! Cheer on the cowboys and cowgirls. Held indoors rain or shine. 9 a.m. Frying Pan Farm Park. Free. For information call 703-437-9101.
- Bring on the Night: Enjoy guided star gazing, looking through the telescope and listening to ancient stories about the constellations around the campfire at the Night Sky Festival. Jupiter is this eventâ€™s featured planet. Other activities and games will take place throughout the evening. Hot chocolate and snacks are available for purchase. Reservations required for groups of 10 or more. 6 to 8 p.m. Riverbend Park. $5/person. For information call 703-759-9018.
- Gallery After Hours-Ballroom Dancing: Dancing, food and fun! Led by an instructor (with a pre-dance mini lesson available, $5/person.) Complimentary refreshments and cash bar available. All skill levels are welcome. Dress is casual. Doors open at 7 p.m., mini-lesson from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and open dance from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. $10/person. Tickets available online. For information call 703-495-0001.
- The Chemistry of Lime Trees: What divides us? How do we negotiate the various borders in our lives? Inspired by these questions, Daniel Burkholder/The PlayGround explores the impact of real or perceived borders through two factual, historical stories in a premiere theatrical dance piece. The Chemistry of Lime Trees combines athletic movement, live singing, text and provocative images to create a work both lush and stark, straightforward and layered, and concrete and abstract. 8 p.m. Reston Community Center. $15 ($30/non-residents.) For information call 703-476-4500.
- Harvest Creations: Experience harvest time as people might have in the early 19th century. Hear about the African-American slaves who worked at Sully harvesting crops. Use traditional supplies to practice candle dipping, making beaten biscuits and wheat weaving. Participants must be at least 5.1, 2 or 3 p.m. Sully Historic Site $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-437-1794.
Fired Up! Meet a live hawk and owl and learn about their different strategies for surviving winter at the Stay or Go Campfire then enjoy sâ€™mores! Participants must be at least 4-years-old. 2 to 3:30 pm. Cabellâ€™s Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. $6/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703 631-0013.
The Man Who Planted Trees: Hear the wind, feel the rain, smell the lavender and laugh with Dog in this multi-sensory theatrical delight for ages 7 and above. 3 p.m. McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre. $15 ($10/McLean Community Center Tax District residents.) For information call 703-790-0123.
Turkey Walk: Discover the wild turkeyâ€™s habits and secret ways during a walk in the cedar forest. Participants must be at least 4-years-old. 9 to 10 a.m. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. $5/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-631-0013.