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Chocolate Lovers Festival
City of Fairfax, various venues
Saturday 8 am-5 pm, Sunday 11 am-4 pm
Among the events planned each year are the Taste of Chocolate, featuring chocolate vendors selling their wares; the Chocolate Challenge, an arts extravaganza where the medium is chocolate; the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast featuring chocolate chip pancakes; historic re-enactments; children’s activities; a craft show at Fire Station 3 sponsored by the Auxiliary to the Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department; open houses at historic buildings; and much more. Some events require a fee, and other events are free to all visitors. Free shuttle service. For more information, visit http://www.chocolatefestival.net/
10th Annual Camp & Summer Activities Fair
Dulles Town Center
Saturday 10 am-4 pm, Sunday 11 am-3 pm FREE
An exciting weekend event, featuring camps from across the Mid Atlantic region; along with hands-on interactive stations, exhibits, and live entertainment. The first 100 families to arrive and register on-site will receive a free gift. All families will have an opportunity to participate in the “Family Passport” game and have a chance to win fabulous prizes from the treasure chest. Families will also be eligible to register for the Kids Camp Prize.
Mason Neck State Park
7301 High Point Road, Lorton
Saturday 10:30-11:30 am and 3-4 pm, Sundays 1-2 pm and 3-4 pm
Look for majestic bald eagles with us and find out about their fascinating lives. Can you tell an eagle from an osprey in the distance? We’ll show you how. Call (703) 339-2385 to reserve. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee.
“Alice in Wonderland”
Gar-Field High School
14000 Smoketown Rd., Woodbridge
Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 4 pm
Final weekend for this Center for the Arts performance: Follow Alice’s adventures as she follows the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole. Here she meets singing doors, Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum, and the Queen of Hearts. She is also invited to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. One of Pied Piper’s most popular musicals. Cost is $9 at the door, $8 in advance. For more info call 703-330-2787.
George Mason University Center for the Arts
4400 University Dr., Fairfax
Saturday 8 pm; Sunday 2 and 8 pm
Their performances are a blend of thrilling acrobatic theater, enchanting circus arts, and visually stunning theatrics that never fails to enthrall and mesmerize. Audiences of all ages enthusiastically pack the house whenever this Quebec-based company comes to our stage. Admission: $46, $38, $23. Buy tickets online.
Saturday, Feb. 7
Birding Algonkian Park
47001 Fairway Drive, Sterling 8 am FREE
Join the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy on a bird walk. This park has varied habitat, including a long frontage along the Potomac. There is ample parking, and comfort stations are available. Meet at the parking lot by the pool. Bring binoculars. For more info visit http://www.nvrpa.org/parks/algonkian/ or contact Andy Rabin at email@example.com, or 703-723-6926.
Home Depot Kids Workshop: Trinket Box
Participating Home Depot stores 9 am FREE
The Home Depot’s Kids Workshops offer useful projects such as this month’s workshop to create a heart trinket box for Valentine’s Day. The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, this fun time allows for quality one-on-one time between adults and children. No registration necessary. For more information, click here.
Model Railroad Open House
Historic Quantico Depot
550 Railroad Ave., Quantico 10 am-4 pm FREE
Prince William County Model Railroad Club has a FREE Open House of their layout at the historic Quantico Depot from 10am-4pm. See an operating HO model railroad with complete scenery. For more information go to www.pwmrc.org.
We Love Our Teachers!
Loudoun Farm Museum
21668 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling 10 am-Noon
Join us for refreshments as you meet other education professionals and sample education programs for 2009. Admission is $5 for visitors age 13 and older, $3 for children ages 2-12. For more info visit www.heritagefarmmuseum.org.
Chocolate Lovers Crafts for Kids
City of Fairfax Library
10360 North Street 10 am FREE
Girl Scout Troop #1194 provides simple crafts as a part of Fairfax City’s Chocolate Lovers Festival. For ages 4-8 with adult.
Sing-Along with Miss Belle
Reston Regional Library
11925 Bowman Towne Dr. 10:30 am FREE
Songs and hugs for everyone. For ages birth-5 with adult.
Turley the Magician
City of Fairfax Library
10360 North Street 11-11:45 am FREE
A magic show full of comedy and old fashioned fun for the whole family as a part of Fairfax City’s Chocolate Lovers Festival. For all ages.
43316 Hay Road 2 pm FREE
February’s movie is Tiki Tiki Tembo. Recommended for ages 3 – 6.
Teen Wii Day
12 North Light Street 2 pm FREE
Play a variety of Nintendo Wii games. Register online or call 540-822-5824.
Hardway Connection (Black History Month)
220 East Main Street 2 pm FREE
This band is renowned for its exciting, new variations of soul, blues and R&B music with down-home humor and a hint of hip hop. Recommended for all ages.
Black History Month – Open Mic Read-In
220 East Main Street 3:30 pm FREE
Special guests and the general public will read aloud their favorite selections from African American poets, playwrights and authors. The program will immediately follow the musical performance by Hardway Connection. Recommended for all ages.
First Annual Father Daughter Dance
Herndon Community Center
814 Ferndale Ave 6:30-9 pm
This will be a moment fathers will treasure for the rest of their lives and a very special night for daughters, as they dance to popular music with their fathers and friends. This semi-formal event will include an evening of dancing, appetizers, drinks, a photo of the couple, and a keepsake. Daughter may be accompanied by an uncle, grandfather, or a male guardian. For ages 4-12. $50 per couple/$25 each additional daughter. Register online.
Sunday, Feb. 8
I-66 Transfer Station,
4618 West Ox Road 10 am-3 pm FREE
Fairfax County residents can recycle televisions, computers and electronic peripherals. This event is limited to the collection of televisions, computers and peripheral electronic devices – including keyboards, speakers, printers, external drives and other such materials. Residents should not bring small or large kitchen appliances, CDs, DVDs, video cassettes or stereo equipment to these events. Equipment brought to these events do not need to be in working order. For more info, click here or call 703-324-5230.
Just for Kids Cooking Class! Wintertime Warm Up
323 Cameron St., Alexandria 10 am-Noon
For ages 7-11. Alicia Cherry, a graduate from the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts, teaches children to create good food, learn basic kitchen skills and safety, and have fun at the same time. The cost includes a carry-home bag of useful kitchen tools, and a 15% store discount coupon. All food ingredients will be provided. Cost is $55. For more info visit www.lacuisineus.com
Wild for Waterfowl
Mason Neck State Park
7301 High Point Road, Lorton 10:30 am-11:30 am
Come join us as we observe swans, ducks and other migrating waterfowl that reside in Belmont Bay during the winter months. We’ll have a spotting scope available for public use. Meet at visitor center. Call (703) 339-2385 to reserve. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee.
Air Force One
Boeing Aviation Hangar
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Noon-4 pm
Author Robert F. Dorr will be on hand to autograph and talk about his book Air Force One, which pushed aside the secrecy surrounding the president’s plane, presidential travel, and its meaning to a nation now at war. Dorr is an Air Force veteran, diplomat, and columnist for Air Force Times. He was consul at the American Embassy in Stockholm from 1979 to 1982. Admission to the museum is free but parking is $12.
Woods and Fields
Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship
Meet at the Neersville Volunteer Fire Station on Rt. 671 10 am
During this free winter hike, watch for the many birds and mammals that winter-over here and examine some of the plants to see how they adapt to temperatures that dip below freezing. Register online or call Phil Daley at 540-338-6528 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Magical Moments With Jonathan Austin
City of Fairfax Library
10360 North Street 1 pm FREE
Magic, movement and fun. Part of Fairfax City’s Chocolate Lovers Festival. For all ages.
227 Maple Ave E., Vienna
1:30 and 3:30 pm shows
Ralph Covert is an irrepressibly enthusiastic performer who rocks just as hard for kids as he does for grown-ups. Perma-grin on his face, lime-green Chuck Taylors on his feet, his traveling circus of catchiness known as Ralph’s World is equally loved by cool-seeking parents as it is by children. Purchase tickets online.
Meadowlark in Winter
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna 2 pm
Do the ponds freeze in the winter? Do the geese stay or leave? Find out during this outdoor walk through the gardens with Patricia Dietly. Admission is $5 for adults, $2.50 for visitors ages 7-17, free for children 6 and younger. For more info, call 703-255-3631.
Teen Reading Buddies Storytime
220 East Main Street 2 and 2:30 pm FREE
One-on-one reading time for your children as they buddy up with teen volunteers from Loudoun Valley High School’s Literary Guild. Recommended for ages 3-5.
“Songs of the Civil Rights Movement” with Lea (Black History Month)
34D Catoctin Circle SE, Leesburg 2 pm FREE
Lea’s music ranges from the soulful frankness of blues to the melodic complexity of modern jazz. She has performed in England and most of Europe and is one of the most-beloved campus entertainers in the country. Recommended for all ages.
Celebrate Black History Month
9101 Prince William St. 2:30-4:30 pm
Join in the celebration of Black History Month at the Manassas Museum Gallery with music and dance. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for children. For more info call 703-368-1873.
The Gold Mining Industry in Fauquier County
10877 Willow Drive, Bealeton 3pm FREE
Speaker, Bob Sinclair, presents the fascinating history of gold mining in Virginia, and particularly in Fauquier County. This is a free event, sponsored by the Southern Fauquier Historical Society. No registration required.
For more information, call (540) 364-1232.