Tons of stuff to do this weekend; cross your fingers that the outdoor activities don’t get rained out!
The Spotlight Activity for this weekend is the free Living Healthy/Living Green Fair from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Claude Moore Recreation Center in Sterling. Find out what you can do to make a better you and a better world. Recycle your cell phones and eye wear, build a bird house, order direct from a farm, check your body fat index, protect your environment, get a bone density scan, travel a worm tunnel, save on energy, talk with doctors, check your teeth, create a nontoxic home, check your blood pressure, understand food labels and so much more. Organized by Kathleen Rickard, who is working on her Gold Award for Girl Scouts. Check out her Web site at www.livinghealthylivinggreennova.com
Friday, April 11
Little Acorns: Wiggly Worms
Hidden Oaks Nature Center 9:45-10:30 a.m. or 11-11:45 a.m.
Tots and their parents look for and play with slippery worms and discover why worms must stay wet. Learn why the lowly earthworm is a hero of the forest and meadow. Through activities, a story and a craft, kids and their adults have fun playing with and learning about these amazing scientific wonders. Dress for weather. For ages 2-3 years. Reservations and advanced payment required. Cost is $5. Call 703-941-1065.
Frogshackle Open House
Claude Moore Park 10-11:30 p.m.
Discover a treasure trove of objects from nature. Free program for all ages. Call 571-258-3700.
Ready to Read
Oakton Library 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Register for a four-week reading reinforcement program for children in 1st and 2nd grades. Hands-on activities and games to encourage reading. For ages 6-8.
Baby Signs with Dana Carmichael
Cascades Library 10:30 a.m.
Story time playgroup with BeeBo, the Baby Signs Bear. Read stories, sing songs and learn some signs. Recommended for ages 6 months to 3 years with parent/caregiver. Advance registration required. Register online or call 703-444-3228, Ext. 309.
Ponderings – All About Snakes
Hidden Pond Nature Center 4-5 pm.
Naturalist Casey shows off some of the nature center’s snake specimens and covers life history, habitat needs and more. Reservations required. Cost is $4. Call 703-451-9588.
Douglass Community Center in Leesburg 6-9:30 p.m.
C3 Cyberclub of Ashburn sponsors a fun and safe night of age-appropriate video gaming, recreational activities, movies, pizza and drinks. For Ages 7-14. Cost: $24.95 per child and $19.95 for each additional child. Call 703-771-5913, or e-mail email@example.com.
Movie: An Inconvenient Truth
Cub Run RECenter 7 p.m.
Gain insight into the science behind global climate change by watching the Oscar winning movie, An Inconvenient Truth. After the film, discuss the actions you can take. Free. Call 703-817-9407.
Amphibians After Dark
Riverbend Visitor Center 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Assist park naturalists with a calling amphibian survey. Learn to identify frogs and toads by their calls as we explore pools and ponds.Reservations and advanced payment required. Cost is $5. For 7 years and up. 703-759-9018.
Saturday, April 12
Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve 8 a.m.
Join the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and the Friends of Banshee Reeks at the for the monthly bird walk. Because of its rich and varied habitat, this part of the county is a birding hot spot. Please bring binoculars. Call Joe Coleman at 540-554-2542 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
There will be activities for kids, great nature displays, family fun, and lots of food. Arbor Day will also feature a “Walk in the Woods,” which will consist of a series of four stations, each with hands-on activities for families: (1) Exploring Plants and Trees in a Forest, (2) Exploring Animals and Birds in a Forest, (3) Exploring a Forest Pond, and (4) Family Fun in a Forest. Call Debbie Burtaine at 571-434-0867 or email@example.com
Claude Moore Community Center 10 a.m.-Noon
Claude Moore Community Center holds monthly book swaps throughout the year. Bring your adult and children’s books to trade for something new to enjoy. Call 571-258-3500.
Civil War in Loudoun: The Eyes of the Army
Claude Moore Park 10-11:30 a.m.
Learn about the Union signal station at the park. Cost: $5. For ages 12 and up. Call to register, 571-258-3700.
Spring Book Swap
Sterling Library 1-4 p.m.
Have books in good condition but don’t read them anymore? Want to trade them for other books you can enjoy? Bring as many as you can carry and be prepared to trade them with other folks. A great opportunity to talk about the books you loved and pass them on to another.
Instrument Petting Zoo
Loudoun Cooperative Extension Office, Leesburg 2-4 p.m.
In celebration of National Library Week, musicians from the Loudoun Symphony give kids the opportunity to hear, touch and try out musical instruments. Sponsored by Loudoun Symphony, Melodee Music and Rust Library Advisory Board. Recommended for ages 6 & up.
Sunday, April 13
Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run, McLean 1-4 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what curds and whey look like? Do you know how to wash butter? Join in as the farm wife makes soft cheese and churns butter, and gain a new appreciation for these foods, so precious to the farm family. Weather permitting – call ahead. 703.903.9330
Etiquette Tea for Young Ladies
Colvin Run Mill 2-3:30 pm.
Young ladies ages 8-11 will enjoy a lesson in table etiquette and practice what they have learned during tea. Great for scouts. Space limited; pre-paid reservations required. Cost is $18/child. Call 703-759-2771 .
Can You Canoe?
Lake Accotink Park 1-3 p.m.
Experience the great outdoors while having fun and getting a great workout! You will learn the basic mechanics of canoeing with an emphasis on safety and enjoyment. For 8 years and up; Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Canoes and life jackets provided. Bring a water bottle and snack if desired. Cancelled if rain or windy conditions. $10 per person. Refunds only if class is cancelled. Call 703-569-0285.
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly 1-3 p.m.
Enjoy an afternoon outdoors learning about the park’s native wildflowers. A brief slide show precedes a hike to learn about some of the spring ephemerals such as trout lilies, Dutchman’s breeches, early buttercup, spicebush and, of course, our fabulous stand of Virginia bluebells. For ages 10 years and up. Bring field guides and hiking shoes. Reservations required. Cost is $5. Call 703-817-9407.
Huntley Meadows Visitor Center, Alexandria Noon-4 p.m.
We’ll send you home with the best native plants, bee boxes, rain barrels, wildflower seed mixes, shade-gardening tips, rain garden plant lists, wildlife brochures and everything you’ve ever wanted to know about attracting local native wildlife! Cost is $3 per adult; activity is for families. Call 703-768-2525.