Also on Friday:
Goodnight Walk - Owls: Learn to recognize the calls and features of local owls, make a craft and enjoy a night hike with a naturalist at Hidden Oaks. Participants age 4 and above are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.
Basic Gardening: Grow Lush Ferns: Is your yard surrounded by tall trees and an abundance of cool, shady areas? You have the ideal setting for growing ferns. The fern's lush beauty and grace adds interest to the landscape and provides a refreshing, woodland atmosphere. Learn more about growing ferns from a Master Gardener and walk through the garden to see them. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5174.
Saturday, Sept. 29: Fall for the Book!
What began as a two-day literary event in 1999, has expanded into Fall for the Book, an exciting week-long, multiple-venue, regional festival. Readings by renowned authors, book sales, panel discussions and more. Featured on Saturday are Marc Tyler Nobleman, author of "Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman" and "Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman," Eugenia Kim, author of "The Calligrapher's Daughter," the Friends of the Burke Library Book Sale and more. Complete information on Fall for the Book is available on the festival's website.
Also on Saturday:
For That Which Returns: This performance piece draws inspiration from the classic myth of Demeter and Persephone, when three women inhabit a 15-foot-tall metal weathervane while exploring the connection between mothers, daughters and the seasons. This is an innovative collaboration between two companies on the forefront of aerial performance: Baltimore's In-Flight Theater and Arachne Aerial Arts, and features an original script by Mara Neimanis. 8 p.m. Reston Community Center. $30/person ($15/ Small District 5 residents.) For information call 703-476-4500.
Full Moon Canoe the Marsh Tour: Discover one of the area's finest wildlife habitats while gliding over the water in a canoe, by the light of the full moon! Experience the beauty of Pohick Bay's marshes and see bald eagles, osprey, fish and other wildlife. This will be a unique tour exploring nocturnal animals as well as diurnal animals. For adults and youth age 16 and above. 6 to 10 p.m. Pohick Bay Regional Park. $30/person. For reservations (required), directions and other information call 703-528-5406.
Safari Saturdays: Hands-on activities teach kids about nature and science. This Saturday’s topic is rocks and minerals. For children ages 3 to 7. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Hidden Pond Nature Center. $6/per child. Register online. For more information call 703-451-9588.
Invasive Plant ID and Native Alternative: It’s time to remove those invasive plants and plant native species we can all enjoy, but first you need to know how to ID them. Curatorial horticulturists Kristen Sinclair and Brenda Skarphol focus on invasive plant identification both in the classroom and in the field and provide native alternatives. 9 a.m. to noon. Green Spring Gardens. $35/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5174.
Sunday, Sept. 30: Mind Your Peas and Carrots…
Enjoy trying samples from the garden and talking with Master Gardeners about growing vegetables in Northern Virginia, with a special emphasis on planting fall crops and overwintering vegetables in this area, during the Taste and Tour at the Organic Vegetable Garden. The garden is a demonstration garden of the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia.1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Free. For information call 703-528-5406.
Also on Sunday:
Blacksmith Demonstration: See the blacksmith fire up the forge at Colvin Run Mill and listen to the ring of the hammer as it strikes the anvil. There is no admission fee for this activity. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Free. For information call 703-759-2771.
Tea at Downton Abbey: The spellbinding “Downton Abbey” portrays the intertwined lives of Edwardian aristocrats and their servants during a period of changing world order. Hear about life upstairs and downstairs at Downton Abbey: the fashions, food, manners and social customs and how each character is a study in a portrait of their time. 1 to 3 p.m. Historic Green Spring. $27/person (includes a full English tea.) To make a reservation call 703-941-7987.
via Fairfax County Newswire. Information was correct at time of publication. Please contact individual event sites to confirm programs are being held as scheduled. The Fairfax County Weekender highlights a selection of county events taking place each weekend. A complete list of county calendars is also available online.