NoVa Weekend Lineup March 7-8

Shades of spring this weekend, with temps in the 70s! And don’t froget that on Sunday, Daylight Saving Time begins. Don’t forget to set your clocks one hour ahead!

WEEKEND

Jack and the Magic Rocketship
Franklin Park Performing & Visual Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville
Saturday 7 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.
Franklin Park Arts Center is honored to be the resident home of VSA Arts of Virginia, Loudoun County. Founded in 1989 by volunteers, led by Alice Power, VSA Arts provides the opportunity for people with disabilities to participate in the arts. This year’s original piece is sure to delight audiences. Set in 1935, the story follows Jack on his adventures through outer space in his magic rocketship made out of a giant zucchini. Show runs through March 15.Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students. For more info visit http://www.franklinparkartscenter.org.

Puss in Boots
Sterling Middle School
201 West Holly Ave, Sterling
Saturday 3 and 7:30 pm, Sunday 3 pm
The Sterling Playmakers is delighted to announce the performance of Puss in Boots, a play for children written by Vera Morris. Directed by Beth Robertson and produced by Mark Humphrey, the team who brought our audiences Annie, this show for young and old alike is the classic tale of the cleverest cat in the kingdom, as told by a merry band of minstrels. The show includes original music, sword fights, adventure and a fairy tale ending! Tickets are $7.50. For more info visit www.sterlingplaymakers.com/.

Saturday, March 7

Home Depot Kids Workshop: HD Raceway
Participating Home Depot stores    9 am-Noon FREE
The Home Depot’s Kids 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.

Vanishing Vernal Pools
Rust Sanctuary
802 Childrens Center Road, Leesburg 9 am-4 pm
As the hours of daylight lengthen and temperatures begin to rise, animals that have spent the winter in hibernation begin to stir. Some of the earliest to become active are certain frogs and salamanders that use vernal or temporary pools for breeding. Unfortunately, these pools–and their breeders–are facing many threats. This program will include an indoor session on vernal pool ecology, followed by an outdoor exploration of vernal pool habitats at the Rust Sanctuary and other nearby locations. Cost is $29 for members, $41 for nonmembers. Registration required; call the Audobon Naturalist Society at 301-652-9188 x16. For those who plan to become monitors in LWC’s Amphibian Monitoring Program for the 2009 Season, register with Nicole Hamilton (nhamilton@loudounwildlife.org) and the fee will be covered by LWC.

Sully Storytime
Sully Historic Site, Chantilly 10-11 am
Preschoolers, age three to five, listen to historical stories and make crafts. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $3 per child. To reserve, call 703-437-1794.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration & Parade
Old Town Alexandria    10 am-3 pm FREE
Includes the Fun Dog Show at 10:30 a.m. in Market Square, classic car competition at 10:30 a.m. along King Street and the parade at 12:30 p.m. at King and West streets. For more info visit http://www.ballyshaners.org.

Sing-Along with Miss Belle
Reston Library   10:30 am FREE
Songs and hugs for everyone. For ages Birth-5 with adult.

IKEA Family Day
2901 Potomac Mills Circle, Woodbridge 11:30-3 pm
Free face painting and meet Miss Lyn in the restaurant. Also, meet the IKEA Moose.

Meet Colonel Robert Gould Shaw
Manassas Museum
9101 Prince William Street 1-2 pm
Hear an historic interpretation from the officer who led the all African-American 54th Massachusetts division during its legendary attack on Fort Wagner during the Civil War. Admission is $4. For more info visit www.ManassasMuseum.org.

Storytime Matinee
Ashburn Library   2 pm FREE
Stories, songs, video storybook, and a craft. March’s Video Storybook is The Cat in the Hat. Recommended for ages 3 – 6.

Star-Spangled Girls by the Touring Theatre of North Carolina
Cascades Library    2 pm FREE
Star-Spangled Girls highlights the experiences and contributions of more than thirty women veterans of WWII.The 75 minute production presents five actresses speaking and singing about enlistment, basic training, service at home, service abroad, love, separation, segregation, and the impact of military service on their lives. Produced and performed by the Touring Theatre of North Carolina. Recommended for teens, adults and seniors.

Too Human In Concert
Purcellville Library   2 pm FREE
High quality musicianship with humor and passion. Roger and Ellen have a jazzy-bluesy feel with a lot of heart!

Teen Wii Day
Lovettsville Library   2 pm FREE
Play a variety of Nintendo Wii games. Register online or call 540-822-5824.

Saturday Specials
Central Community Library
8601 Mathis Avenue, Manassas 2:30 pm
A fun way to spend an afternoon as a family! Come and enjoy our free films, free popcorn, and free beverages. The movies are: Frog, Where Are You?, Zelda & Ivy, Henry & Mudge Under the Yellow Moon. No registration required.

A Sampling of Seussical, the Musical
13065 Chinn Park Drive, Prince William 3 pm FREE
Watch characters from the Dr. Seuss books that you love magically come to life at the library in this performance by Lopez Studios Performing Arts School. For families.

Gears of War Tournament
C3 Cyber Club
44710 Cape Court #118, Ashburn 6:30 pm-Midnight
Join us as C3 Cyber Club host it’s first Gears of War 2 Tournament where you and your buddies can battle it out for CASH prizes. To compete you and your partner must be present during the start of the Tournament. If a teammate is not present you may find a recruitment before the start of the Tournament. Everyone must bring their own wired controller. Registration fee is $25 in advance, $30 at the door. To pre-register you must sign up at igames.org. For more info visit http://www.c3cyberclub.com.

Goodnight Walk: Awakening Wildlife
Hidden Oaks Nature Center 7:30-8:30 pm
Celebrate the extra hour of light with a night time stroll. Look and listen for creatures stirring after a long winter’s rest. Afterwards enjoy cocoa. This program is suited for children age four and older. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $5 per person or $15 per family. To reserve, call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, March 8

Adventures in Birding
Huntley Meadows, Alexandria 8:30-10:30 am
Join experienced naturalists to scan the skies, explore the wetland and search the forest at for birds. Learn about bird biology and identify birds by sight and sound. Binoculars and field guides are recommended and reservations are required. This program is suited for participants age 11 to 15. The cost is $6 per person. For information or to reserve, call 703-768-2525.

Electric Sunday: Free recycling
I-66 Transfer Station
4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax   10 am-3 pm FREE
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.

Sunday Matinee: First Battle of Manassas
Frying Pan Farm Park’s Visitor Center, Herndon    1-2:30 pm
This stirring documentary covers all the events of the first major battle of the Civil War. Meet writer, producer and co-narrator, Bert Morgan, who will introduce the film. The cost is $4 per person. Prepaid reservations are recommended. To make a reservation, call 703-437-9101.

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