Weekend Lineup April 19-20

They’re calling for a 30% chance of rain on Saturday, but here’s hoping it’ll clear up because there are tons of great outdoor events this weekend.

SPOTLIGHT EVENTS

Third Annual Sterling Street Fair
Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise Street   Noon-4pm, rain or shine
Family fun abounds with the Hogettes, a moon bounce, carnival games, face painting, a petting zoo and family health education. The INOVA Blood Mobile will welcome donors. Free, fee for carnival games. Proceeeds go to the Mara-Adina Foundation, which helps defray costs for parents staying in the hospital while their children have brain tumor surgery.
 For more information, call Felicia Owens-Smith at 703-401-5318.

Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival
Historic Downtown Leesburg,            10-6 Saturday, 10-5 Sunday
The annual festival is a garden of delights for grownups and kids alike! While adults can shop for fresh flowers, gifts, trees, fountains, garden funiture and more, kids can enjoy a hands-on art and education area featuring puppet shows, storytelling, and unique art projects. Admission is $3 per person; kids 6 years and younger are free.

Saturday, April 19

Open Hearth Kitchen Workshop
Sully Historic Site  10 am – 2 pm.
Learn basic fire-building and cooking skills in the original 18th century kitchen. Enjoy a hearth-cooked meal at lunch. Wear comfortable clothes made of natural fibers and sturdy shoes. All supplies and house tour included. Limit 8. Pre-paid reservations required. Cost is $50. Call  703-437-1794 .

Farm Baby Day
Kidwell Farm, Frying Pan Farm Park  10 am – 3 pm.   FREE
Greet the new babies at Frying Pan Farm Park. January through April is a very busy birthing time on the farm. Sheep, goats, and cows all may have delivered during the cold winter months. Now that spring is here, the babies are ready for visitors. Call 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.

Garden Sprouts: Amazing Ants
Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria   10-11 a.m.
Children (3-5 yrs.) with accompanying adults(s). Make your own antennae, shrink yourself to the size of an ant, and find your way through the tall grass to our picnic basket! $5. Call 703-642-5173 to register.

Slithery Snakes
Woodrow Wilson Library, Falls Church    10:30 a.m.     FREE
Join a naturalist from Hidden Oaks Nature Center as she shares the wonders of Fairfax County wildlife with live animals and much more. Cosponsored by the Friends of Woodrow Wilson Library. All ages.

The Nature Nook with a Book: Native or Not
Richard Byrd Library, Springfield  10:30-11:30 a.m    FREE
Hidden Pond’s naturalist visits the  for this free, all ages program focusing on our natural world from . Librarians recommend books to fit the subject. Call 703-451-8055.

Hangin’ with Nature… Just for Kids
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna   1-4 p.m. FREE
See live birds of prey, plant some vegetables, create art work, dance to music, learn to save energy, see live snakes, take a hike and learn about new trails in your neighborhood. New Bike Give Away Too! Hosted by Meadowlark Botanical Gardens and Hunter Mill District Supervisor, Cathy Hudgins. The event will be canceled in the event of heavy rain. No reservations needed.

Movies @ the Library!
Lovettsville Library    2 p.m.   FREE
Bring your own snacks and enjoy Bridge to Terabithia on the library’s big screen! Recommended for the family.

Sunday, April 20

Unlocking the Secrets of Our Living Plant, A Guided Hike
Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington   2 p.m.
The park comes alive on this 1/2 mile walk with hands-on activities, tidbits of history lost in the shuffle of modern life, and a puzzle that participants solve as they go. In just over an hour, eat a fresh vegetable, operate a solar electric panel, handle 2000-year-old Indian artifacts, wax philosophical, and come away with an understanding of how these are all seamless parts of the story of Northern Virginia. This program is suitable for adults and children age 8 and older.  Cost is  $3; reservations required. Call 703-528-5406.
 
Frogs at Eakin Park: A Frog Chorus for National Frog Month at Eakin Community Park. Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale      6:45-7:30 pm.
Meet at the Prosperity Ave.nue parking lot and walk to the pond to learn how to identify frogs by sight and sound. For families with children 4 yrs. and up. Bring one flashlight/family. Canceled if rain. Reservations and advanced payment required for all participants. Cost is $4; call 703-941-1065.

Living with Kids and Dogs . . . Without Losing Your Mind
Purcellville LIbrary  1p.m.
Ashburn Library    3 p.m.
Bring the kids to hear – with author Colleen Pelar’s unique perspective filled with humor and practical, easy-to-implement tips.  Recommended for the family. 

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