NoVa Weekend Lineup March 21-22

Beautiful this weekend, sunny and temperatures in the 50s — perfect kite flying weather!


Saturday, March 21
Family Film Fun Day
Workhouse Arts Center
9601 Ox Road, Lorton 11 am-1:30 pm FREE
Calling all young filmmakers! The Workhouse Arts Center is kicking-off the first in a series of regular film events with a day-long cinematic celebration and an unveiling of the new digital media lab! Children and teens may participate in two free workshops introducing the future of the Workhouse Film Institute’s programs, classes and events. Parents are welcome to participate, or use the time to explore the rest of the Workhouse studios while the kids create masterpieces! For more information or to register, call (703) 495-0001 or visit

Sunday, March 22
Northern Virginia College Fair
Dulles Expo Center North Hall
4368 Chantilly Center, Chantilly    1-4 pm FREE
Featuring more than 100 Colleges/Universities from across the country to speak with high school students and/or their parents about the college search and selection process. For a list of attendees and information on the event, please go to:


Super Pet Expo
Dulles Expo Center North Hall
4368 Chatnilly Center, Chantilly
Saturday 10am – 7pm
Sunday 10am – 5pm
The premier shopping extravaganza for pet owners and pet lovers returns to the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, March 20, 21 & 22. No other event in Washington Metropolitan Area delivers more animal education and entertainment under one roof. Leashed pets are welcome to attend too (no charge). Visit for details including a list of all entertainers and demonstrations. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for kids ages 4-12. Buy tickets online and save $2 plus kids admitted free.

Saturday, March 21

Beginning Birding Workshop
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy 9-11 am
This two-part workshop (second session is March 28) is for bird watching beginners age 7 and older and is led by an experienced birder and naturalist, Phil Daley. Children must be accompanied by an adult. We will have a classroom session where you will learn about what to look and listen for and get tips on identification and the best tools for doing so. We will then go out and walk around and see how many birds we can identify. Bring binoculars if you have them. To register, sign up online or contact Phil Daley at 540-338-6528.

Loudoun Amphibian Monitoring Program
Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship
11661 Harpers Ferry Road, Purcellville    10 am-4 pm
Join us at the to kick off our 2009 Amphibian Monitoring Program! No experience is needed to become a monitor, just an interest in learning about our local amphibians and their habitats. Volunteers planning to monitor for the 2009 season will be provided with the program notebook, as well as other monitoring tools such as the frog and toad call and identification guide. To register for this orientation sign up online or contact Nicole Hamilton at Please bring a bag lunch.

Kite Fun Day at the Farm
Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center
2709 West Ox Road, Herndon    10:30-Noon and 1-2:30 pm
Make, decorate and fly a kite at . This program is for children 10 and under. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $5 per child. To reserve, call 703-437-9101.

Spring Runnymede Hike
Runnymede Park
Off Herndon Parkway between Elden Street and Dranesville Road
10:30 am-Noon
Bring your family to Runnymede Park to hike the trails. We will stop at different locations to identify and talk about native plants and wildlife. Meet at the park and dress appropriately for the weather. Rain date: March 22. Cost is $9 per family. Call (703) 787-7300 for more info.

Dumfries Spring Festival
Merchant Park
Corner of Duke and Cameron St., Dumfries    11 am-1 pm FREE
Join the Town of Dumfries to welcome spring. Participate in an Easter egg hunt, face painting and Old Mine Ranch petting zoo. Be sure to bring your Easter baskets and cameras to get a picture with the Easter Bunny. For mor info call 703-221-3400 x 115.

Springtime Squirrels
Sully Historic Site
3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly 11 am-Noon
Children ages 2 to 4 learn about the white squirrel kept as a pet at by the Lee family more than 200 years ago. Also find out what squirrels do after a long winter. This naturalist-led session includes a story, songs, games and a craft. The cost is $5 per child. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Swordsmen’s Rendezvous
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
134 North Royal Street Alexandria    11 am-4:30 pm
En garde! Experience this unique living history program as you learn a skill all 18th-century gentlemen must know – swordplay! The program includes re-enactment of 18th-century swordplay and a display of 18th-century weapons. This popular family event is suitable for all ages and will include some audience participation as you practice your new-found talents. Admission is $5 per person for ages 5 and up. Reservations required; call (703) 838-4242.

Leprechauns and Giants With Storyteller Gary Lloyd
Herndon Fortnightly Library
768 Center St.     11 am FREE
Gary Lloyd reminds us we’re all a wee bit Irish. Celebrate a prolonged St. Patrick’s Day with stories about big and little people from the Emerald Isle, followed with a St. Patrick’s Day craft. For all ages. Register online or call 703-437-8855.

Kite Festival
Gunston Hall Plantation
10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck     Noon-5 pm
Fly a kite in Gunston Hall’s pasture on this playful day for the entire family. Plan an afternoon of fun and learning with hands-on colonial activities for youngsters, an 18th-century puppet show, hearth cooking demonstrations, and exploration of a modern fire truck. Chat with costumed characters from the past. Food service is available for a picnic. Bring your own kite or purchase one from the Museum Shop. The Garden Club of Fort Belvoir offers spring plants for sale. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for kids ages 6-18, $2 for kids 2-5 years, or family admission of $25 for up to 2 adults and 3 young people.

Make It Up As You Go
Burke Centre Library
5935 Freds Oak Road    1 pm FREE
Have some laughs and develop your inventive, creative, jazzy side by playing theater games at this improvisational comedy event. For ages 12-18. Register online or call 703-249-1520.

Spring Eggstravanza and Puppet Show
Hidden Oaks Nature Center
7701 Royce St., Annandale    1-2 pm
Celebrate the blooming of spring with a puppet show, stories and crafts highlighting the awakening of many of the woodland creatures. Discover the natural and cultural history of eggs. Prepaid reservations are required. Participants must be at least 4 years old. The cost is $5 per child. To reserve, call 703-941-1065.

Centreville Regional Library
14200 St. Germain Dr. 2 pm FREE
Air Hockey, DDR, Guitar Hero, Rock Band and more! Take a break, chill with your friends and play. Refreshments. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Centreville Regional Library. Age 12-18. Register online or call 703-830-2223.

Leprechauns and Giants With Storyteller Gary Lloyd
Herndon Fortnightly Library
Chantilly Library    2 pm FREE
Gary Lloyd reminds us we’re all a wee bit Irish. Celebrate a prolonged St. Patrick’s Day with stories about big and little people from the Emerald Isle, followed with a St. Patrick’s Day craft. For all ages. Register online or call 703-502-3883.

Natural Attractions: Snakes of Northern Virginia with Ray Legge
Middleburg Library    2 pm FREE
Naturalist, Ray Legge, will bring 2 poisonous snakes and several non-poisonous snakes of our region and share his knowledge of these amazing reptiles. Recommended for ages 5 & up.

Book Club: Getting Ready to Read – Easy Reader Level 1
Purcellville Library    2 pm FREE
Register online or call 540-338-7235.
Tic-Tac-Toe: Three in a Row by Judith Bauer Stamper. Recommended for ages 5-6.

Peter McCory: One-Man Band
Potomac Community Library
2201 Opitz Boulevard, Woodbridge    2 pm FREE
Whatever he plays, Peter McCory is FUN! While singing and strumming guitar or banjo, he’s also tooting harmonicas, kazoos and whistles. Then, with his feet, he plays drums, cymbals and cow bell… all at the same time! Join us for this favorite program for families. Tickets for this program will be available beginning March 7th. Each person attending will need a ticket. Limit 150. Call 703-494-8126 for more info.

Equinox Hike
Potomac Overlook Regional Park
2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington    2 pm FREE
Celebrate the arrival of spring with a naturalist-guided 2-mile hike through the park! See and feel the changes that are triggered by the lengthening days. Adults and children age 6 and older. Please call 703-528-5406 to make a reservation.

Wood Frogs!
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
5040 Walney Road, Chantilly 6-7:30 pm
catch a short film at and then check vernal pools for breeding wood frogs. Assist in collecting, recording data and releasing. Wear water-proof boots and bring flashlights! Prepaid reservations are required. Participants must be at least 8. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

SuperSmash Bros. Brawl Tournament
C3 Cyberclub
44710 Cape Court #118, Ashburn 6:30 pm-Midnight
Matches will be best of 3 with finals best of 5.There is a $10 venue fee; $20 for singles, $30 for doubles. All money put into entering the tournament goes into the pot. Guaranteed payout to at least 7th place, with as much as 13th depending on the number of entrants. For more info call (703) 729-0985 or visit

Sunday, March 22

Just for Kids Cooking Class – Ciao Baby!
La Cuisine
323 Cameron Street Alexandria 10 am-Noon
Ages 7-11. Alicia Cherry, a graduate from the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts, teaches children ages 7-11 to create good food and have fun at the same time. Today’s menu features Little Lasagnas, Garlic Cheese Bread, Greens with Dressing, and Teeny Tiramisu. The registration fee includes a carry-home bag of useful kitchen tools, and a 15% store discount coupon. All food ingredients will be provided. Cost is $55. Call (800) 521-1176 to reserve a space.

Sunday in the Preserve
Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve
21085 The Woods Road, Leesburg    1 pm FREE
Join the Friends of Banshee Reeks and the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy for a free informal, family walk around the preserve. Search for the many natural wonders that make this such a special place. For information call the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve at 703-669-0316.

Teen Reading Buddies Storytime
Purcellville Library     2 and 2:30 pm
Encourage your child’s love of books by pairing them with a teen reading buddy from Loudoun Valley High School’s Literary Guild for one-on-one reading time. Recommended for ages 3-6.

Free! Game Day
Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center
2709 West Ox Road, Herndon    2-4 pm FREE
Enjoy Dominoes, Backgammon, Monopoly, and Parcheesi. For information, call 703-437-9101.


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