Temps in the high 40s this weekend, with chance of rain at 20 percent for Saturday, 30 percent fo Sunday
Visiting Artist Series: Print Making with Donna Gray
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum
54 S. Loudoun St., Winchester
Saturday 10 am-3 pm, Sunday 1-4 pm
After making your print design, you’ll be using easy cut linoleum blocks and ink to create beautiful prints for cards or art to frame. Program is free with admission: $6 per person, children under age 2 are free.
2nd Annual Celtic Festival
18755 Foggy Bottom Road
Saturday and Sunday Noon-6 pm
This St. Patrick’s Weekend the rainbow ends at Bluemont Vineyard! Enjoy live Celtic music and Irish Stew from local farm, Fields of Athenry. This farm’s lamb is so good it was hand picked to supply lamb for 3 of the inaugural dinners! Share a limerick or Irish blessing and receive a free tasting! There’s a $5 tasting fee,waived with the purchase of a bottle. For more info call 540-554-8439 or visit http://www.bluemontvineyard.com.
The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe
McLean Community Center
1234 Ingleside Ave.
Friday 7:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 3 pm
Young actors from more than seven local schools are participating in the Alden Theatre’s production of this delightful tale by the master of imaginative enchantment, C.S. Lewis. Tickets are $12, $8 for McLean Community Center district residents. http://www.mcleancenter.org/default.asp
Saturday, March 14
5th Annual Kids Trout Fishing Derby
Meet behind the Herndon Police Station on the Sugarland Run Trail
Children ages 2-15 are invited to this annual fishing derby. All the necessary equipment will be provided to make your day successful! In addition, Trout Unlimited will help clean and store your catch. Volunteers will be on hand to teach you how to bait, cast, hook, and cook your freshly caught dinner. Please wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet or muddy, no sandals. All kids MUST be accompanied by an adult. Teens and adults ages 16 & up MUST have a valid Virginia State Fishing License to fish. Adults are not permitted to fish during kid’s fishing time. Cost is $6 per child. For more info call 703-787-7300.
Birds and Bagels
3701 Lockheed Blvd. , Alexandria 8-10:30 a.m.
Search for resident waterfowl at Warm up with hot drinks and fresh bagels in the visitor center. Reservations are required. The cost is $8 per adult. To make a reservation, please call 703-768-2525.
Women in Aviation & Space Day
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy, Chantilly 10 am-3 pm
Learn about the accomplishments of women like Bessie Coleman, of the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs), and Sally Ride, who have contributed to aviation, science and space exploration history. This event features book signings, storytime, and fun hands-on activities throughout the museum. Admission is free but there is a $12 parking fee.
Tabletop Basketball Game
Participating Lowe’s 10 am FREE
Tournament season is starting! Get in the spirit with this Tabletop Basketball game that you can make at Saturday’s Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic for kids. Register at your nearest Lowe’s at http://www.lowesbuildandgrow.com.
Birthday Party Preview & Brownie Make-It Take-It
Partipating Michael’s 10 am-2 pm FREE
Come get a preview of Michaels Birthday Party program and a FREE Wilton® Brownie Make-It Take-It. While supplies last. For more info visit www.michaels.com.
Woodrow Wilson Library
6101 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church 10:30 am FREE
Join a Naturalist from Hidden Oaks Nature Center as she shares the wonders of Fairfax County wildlife using stories, live animals and more. Cosponsored by Virginia Commerce Bank. Age 6-12. Register online or call 703-820-8774.
Bull Run Regional Library
8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas 10:30 am-Noon FREE
For students in grades 1 and up. Drop in; no registration required.
McLean Community Center
1234 Ingleside Ave. 11 am-1 pm
For ages 3-8. Come enjoy entertainment, craft projects, books and book-related material sales, refreshments and more! The Dolly Madison Library has invited a local children’s book author to be our special guest.Cost is $10 per child; adults admitted free. For more information, contact Michael Fisher at 703-488-8336 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Day: Battlefield Medicine, Its History and Evolution
National Museum of the Marine Corps
18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle 11 am-3 pm FREE
This Family Day presentation takes place in the museum’s classroom.
Make a Leprechaun Wand
7009A Manchester Blvd., Alexandria 11 am-3 pm FREE
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a cool sparkly wand that kids make from modeling clay, pipe stems and more. To register or for more info, call 703-719-0202.
The Great Zucchini
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse
2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington 11 am
The Great Zucchini presents a hilarious, comedy-magic show for young audiences. Featured in the Washington Post and widely considered to be the best entertainer for kids ages 2-6 years old in the DC Area. Doors will open 1 hour before show time to allow for eating and pre show movie entertainment. Tickets are $8; you can purchase online at http://www.arlingtondrafthouse.com.
Tracey Eldridge presents usic in Motion
Chinn Park Regional Library
13065 Chinn Park Drive, Prince William 11 am FREE
A highly interactive program to spark imaginations with a special blend of music, stories, creative movement, dramatic play, and puppetry. Call 703-792-4876 to register.
Greater Manassas St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Historic Manassas Visitors Center
9431 West Street Opens at 11 am FREE
The 10th Annual Greater Manassas St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes to the streets of Manassas starting on the corner of Prescott and Quarry, turns onto Center St. and ends just past the Harris Pavilion. Extra reserved handicapped parking located at train station (FREE golf cart shuttle provided) and at City Hall. For more info call 703-392-3997 or visit http://www.visitmanassas.org.
Young Writer’s Workshop
The Dandelion Patch 11 am-Noon
Reston Town Center
For children ages 7 – 10, explore how to write a proper thank you and learn the importance of personal correspondence. $25 fee for personalized stationery; limit 10 per class. Make reservations at 703.689.2240 or email@example.com. Visit http://www.thedandelionpatch.com for more info.
My Kissing Hands
Hooray for Books
1555 King St., Ste. 101, Alexandria Noon-2 pm
A Kissing Hand starts with the imprint of a child’s hand or foot in soft clay. Each one is then kiln-fired and hand-finished and can be hung on a wall or displayed on an easel. Jennifer Stackpole will make an impression of your child’s hands and take orders for these wonderful keepsakes! Call 703-548-4092 to make your reservation.
ArtsPower’s Musical Production of Four Score and Seven Years Ago
220 East Main Street 1 pm FREE
To young Lemuel, who has escaped slavery in Georgia, life in Gettysburg is everything he had dreamed it would be. His ideas about the North and the South, as well as what it means to be a free man, are challenged, however, when he unexpectedly befriends Jacob, a young Confederate soldier. The two may be of different races and on different sides of the Civil War, but they have much to teach each other about bravery and loyalty in ArtsPower’s exciting and suspenseful musical. Recommended for all ages.
Mucho Gusto: Festive Music from World Cultures Near and Far
12 North Light Street 2 pm FREE
This Shenandoah Valley quartet plays festive dance tunes from cultures near and far, with zest and gusto, on accordion, mandolin, bouzouki, hammer dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, bass, and percussion. Recommended for all ages.
Family Fun: Wild Animal Garden Party
Green Spring Gardens
4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria 2-3 pm
Children 6 years and up (with accompanying adult) can learn about your wild neighbors – toads, frogs, birds, and bugs – where to find them in your backyard and how to identify them. Make fun and easy craft projects to take home to help your wild neighbors! The $15 fee per project includes craft materials. To make a reservation, please call 703-642-5173.
Natural Attractions: Bluebirds in Loudoun with Elizabeth Evans
101 Reed Street 2 pm FREE
Elizabeth Evans, Virginia Bluebird Society’s Loudoun Coordinator will give a talk about Eastern Bluebirds. Each year Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and Virginia Bluebird Society team up to monitor the local bluebird population. Learn about these fascinating and lovely birds, the challenges facing them and how you can help with bluebird monitoring in Loudoun. Recommended for ages 5 & up.
Central Community Library
8601 Mathis Avenue, Manassas 2:30 pm FREE
A fun way to spend an afternoon as a family! Come and enjoy our free films, free popcorn, and free beverages. The films are suitable for all ages: Frog on His Own, Henry & Mudge in Puddle Trouble, Frog & Toad Together, T is for Terrible. Drop in, no registration required.
Halo 3 Tournament
44710 Cape Court #118, Ashburn 6:30 pm-Midnight
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 Controller! Registration deadline is midnight Friday. To pre-register you must sign up at igames.org. Signing up is completely FREE! Registration is $25 in advance, $30 at the door if there’s space.
Cavaliers, Courage and Coffee
The Rector House
1461 Atoka Road, Marshall (4 miles west of Middleburg off Route 50, on Route 713) 7:30 pm FREE
On designated Saturday evenings throughout the year, members of the Grey Ghost Interpretive Group don period dress and take on the persona of an 19th century resident of the Mosby Heritage Area to tell the story of what life was like in that era, especially during the Civil War. Cavaliers, Courage and Coffee is a family-oriented program which is presented in small vignettes by Grey Ghost Interpretive Group members as the audience moves around the village of Atoka by lantern light. For more info call (540) 687-66817 or visit http://www.mosbyheritagearea.org.
Sunday, March 15
Horse Jumping Show
Frying Pan Farm Park
2709 West Ox Road, Herndon
Watch local residents compete for a blue ribbon in a variety of jumping classes at beginning at 9 a.m. The show is held indoors. Spectators are admitted free. For information about the show, call 703-437-9101.
Bluebirds in Your Backyard
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
5040 Walney Road, Chantilly 1-2:30 pm
Uncover the mysteries of spring jewels through a short slideshow and walk. Make your own nest box. Bring a hammer. Adult assistance is recommended for children under 12. Prepaid reservations are required by 3/4. The cost is $15 per kit. To reserve, call 703-631-0013.
Tween & Teen Screens
Shirlington Branch Library
4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington 2-4 pm FREE
Showing is “The Dark Knight” , the latest installment in the Batman saga. 152 minutes, rated PG-13. Stars Christian Bale and Heath Ledger in his Academy Award-winning role as the Joker. For more info call 703-228-6545.
Funky Fun Art
43316 Hay Road 2 pm FREE
Create cell phone and backpack charms. All materials provided.
Recommended for ages 12-18. Register online or call 703-737-8100.
Love Your Budget Value Tour!
Whole Foods Springfield
8402 Old Keene Mill Road 2:30 p.m. FREE
Take this fun, informative tour and learn how to enjoy your favorite natural and organic foods while staying on budget. This tour is filled with incredible money- saving tips! Tours last approximately one hour and each participant will receive a goody bag filled with our 365 brand products. Tour is limited to 8, so sign up early!
Velvet Art Party
Hooray for Books
1555 King St., Ste. 101, Alexandria 2-3 pm
We love the fuzzy art you can make with the Velvet Art markers, so with Klutz’ help, we’re hosting a Sunday Velvet Art Party for kids 8 and up! You and your child will have a great time, and create some great art – but supplies for the party are limited, so you will need a reservation – call 703-548-4092.