Mysteries, music and American history. These subjects and more await you this weekend at your Fairfax County Parks.
- Author! Author! Bestselling childrenâ€™s writer Gordon Korman “Reveals His Own 39 Cluesâ€ at a special Meet the Author event. Korman has written dozens of popular books including ” The Medusa Plot (39 Clues series),” ” Swindle” and ” Son of the Mob.” Books will be available for sale and signing. 7 p.m. Fairfax County Government Center Board Auditorium. Free. Register online. For information call 703-324-8428.
- Bang the Drum: Get ready for a powerful evening of art as Portland Taiko takes the stage. Taiko (the Japanese word for drum and the name of the art form) has its roots in ancient Japanese tradition. Today, it is a dynamic and evolving performing art combining rhythm, movement, energy and culture. Portland Taiko weaves rhythm, melody, humor and movement together into an exhilarating musical experience. 8 p.m. McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre. $20/person ($15/McLean Community Center Tax District residents.) For information call 703-790-0123.
- Missing Links in the Web of Life: These are strange days in Northern Virginia. Biologists warn about native wildflowers disappearing, songbirds under attack and slowly dying forests. If the missing wolves and cougars could speak, they might have warned us of the vital missing link at the top of natureâ€™s food chain. Join journalist Will Stolzenburg for an eye-opening talk. Book sales and a signing to follow. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Green Spring Gardens Park. $12/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-642-5173.
- ArtNotes – U.S. Navy Band’s Windjammers Woodwind Quintet: Formed in 1985, the Windjammers Woodwind Quintet maintains a varied repertoire dating from the 18th to the 20th centuries. Woodwind quintet members are often featured soloists with the Navy’s Concert Band. 7:30 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. Free ( tickets required). For information call 703-495-0001.
- Opening Reception – FotoDC Gallery: Get a first look at the FotoWeek gallery, â€œCapturing Nature in Photographs.â€ Meet the artists and the jury. Hors d’oeuvres and other light refreshments. 5 to 7 p.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. $5/person (payable at the door). Reservations requested. Call 703-255-3631, ext. 0 for reservations or more information.
- Colonial Day: Before Congressman Richard Bland Lee made his home there, the Sully House property was an Indian hunting ground, a pathway to the west and a tobacco quarter. At Colonial Day, see Revolutionary War soldiers fire their muskets. Card wool, make a toy, see and smell local Orinoco tobacco and gather round the cook fire to keep warm. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sully Historic Site. $8/person ($6/seniors) includes house tour. For information call 703-437-1794.
- Overwintering Tropicals and Perennials: Tired of spending money on plants that die when a frost hits the garden? Learn simple, successful techniques for dividing and storing rhizomes, bulbs, tropical and tender perennials with horticulturalist Nancy Olney. Your new talent will save you money in spring! 10 to 11:30 a.m. Green Spring Gardens. $22/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-642-5173.
- Children’s Fall Flea Market Fling: Need to do some holiday shopping or just want to find a bargain? Junior merchants sell gently used toys, books, clothing and games. 9 a.m. to noon. Reston Community Center Hunters Woods. Admission is one non-perishable food item for the RCC Thanksgiving Food Drive. For information call 703-476-4500.
- Feats of Clay: A variety of pottery styles will be on display at the Kiln Club Pottery Show and Sale, all created by members of the Ceramic Guild and the Kiln Club of Washington, D.C. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Also on Saturday) Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Free. A portion of the sales benefits Colvin Run Mill. For information call 703-759-2771.
- Music Friends Concerts at the Alden: Henry Flory, one of the leading young violinists of his generation, has performed around the world as both a soloist and chamber musician. Currently a student in the masterâ€™s program at the Juilliard School, Flory began his studies at age 7 in France. He has performed at venues ranging from the Kennedy Center Concert Hall to the Royal Albert Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York. 3 p.m. McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre. Free. For information call 703-790-0123.
- GAIA â€“ Entrepreneurial Earth and the Creativity of Life: A multimedia presentation about Gaia Theory â€“ the scientific idea of our Earth as a living system â€“ and its implications for human life on this planet. Participants will explore Earth system science and ideas for creatively addressing energy and other sustainability challenges. Suitable for adults and children age 14 and above. 2 p.m. Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Free. For information call 703-528-5406.