Weekender: Legally Blonde, Working Worms and WW II

Mid-July means warm weather and lots of fun things to do at your Fairfax County Parks.


  • The Smell of the Greasepaint: California Sorority girl Elle Woods doesn’t take “no” for an answer. So when boyfriend Warner dumps her for someone “serious,” Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books and heads to Harvard Law. Elle shows us all that being true to yourself never goes out of style. ” Legally Blonde, the Musical” is an award-winning Broadway sensation. This all-singing, all-dancing, feel-good musical comedy will be the highlight of your year. This much fun shouldn’t be legal! Appropriate for ages 14 and up. 8 p.m. (Through July 29.) McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre. $20 ($18/McLean Community Center district residents.) For information call 703-790-0123.
  • Mammal Mania: Children ages 6 to 8 will love Friday’s installment in this series about our furry neighbors. Learn about foxes, coyotes and bobcats, and what makes them such great predators. 4 to 5 p.m. Hidden Pond Nature Center. $5/child. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.
  • Pond Life Exploration: Exploring the pond at Bull Run has become a park tradition. Participants have found fish, tadpoles, frogs, turtles, snakes, mud and crayfish! Wear shoes that can get muddy. Dip nets provided. Park in the Atlantis Waterpark parking lot and meet at the Camp Store. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Bull Run Regional Park. Free. For information and reservations call 703-631-0550


  • Digging in the Dirt: Gardeners develop a sentimental attachment to certain plants that can blind them to alternatives. Discard those sentiments and discover Smart Gardening, using plants that produce more with less! Karen Rexrode, local horticulturist, leads the way. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Green Spring Gardens. $18/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.
  • Second Saturday Art Walk: The 2nd Saturday Art Walk at the Workhouse showcases the diverse work of more than 100 visual artists in a unique historic venue, creating an atmosphere that encourages visitors to immerse themselves in the richness of this creative community. Guests can tour seven unique studio buildings, mix and mingle with artists and buy original works of art, all while enjoying light refreshment and music. 6 to 9 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. For information call 703-584-2900.
  • Ice Cream Making: Here’s the scoop…July is National Ice Cream Month! Celebrate each Saturday in July by helping crank a batch of homemade ice cream and taste the cold, creamy results for $1.25 per cup.  Noon to 3 p.m. Colvin Run Historic Site. Free. For information call 703-759-2771.
  • Worm Composting: Join horticulturist Laurie Short for a look into how to use worms to convert your organic waste into black, nutrient-rich humus that can be used to benefit your house and garden plants. 10 a.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens  . $5/person. For reservations and information (required) call 703-255-3631.
  • Kayak Tour: Join volunteer trip leader Scott Stewart for an exciting adventure on the water of the Pohick Bay Marsh. Glide by kayak while enjoying views of bald eagles, great blue herons and other wildlife. No experience necessary. Appropriate for ages 8 and above.  Participants under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Pohick Bay Regional Park. $30/person. For information and reservations (required) call 703-339-6104.


  • V is for Victory! Travel back in time with the World War II Living History event. Meet reenactors representing both Allied and Axis troops and get an up-close look at what life was like for soldiers and civilians. Interpreters will have authentic uniforms, equipment, weapons and vehicles on display in their camps. Demonstrations will be scheduled throughout and there will be a tactical skirmish each afternoon. Also tour the 1794 home of Richard Bland Lee and find out how things changed on the homefront during the war. Children can play games and create a take-home craft that highlights wartime recycling. Stop by the vegetable patch and hear about victory gardens and visit the kitchen to see ration books, popular substitutions and canning equipment. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sully Historic Site. (Also on Saturday, July 14.) $8/adult and $6/senior and child. Active duty military personnel and veterans are admitted free with ID. For information call 703-437-1794.
  • Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park: The Alexandria Kleztet takes the stage at this week’s concert.  The band has been combining traditional Eastern European/Jewish music with diverse influences for more than a decade.  New arrangements of traditional melodies and original songs by members of the band draw upon jazz, classical, world beat, rock and other musical genres to create a unique and entertaining sound. 5 p.m. McLean Central Park.  Free.  For information call 703-790-0123.
  • Wood Carving Lessons: Skilled wood carvers lend their tools and expertise to help uncover your hidden artistic talent as you create a creature from a block of wood. Participants ages 8 and above are welcome. Noon to 4 p.m. Colvin Run Mill.  Free. (A nominal fee is charged for wood blanks.) For information call 703-759-2771.

Information was correct at time of publication.  Please contact individual event sites to confirm programs are being held as scheduled.