Kites of Asia

The National Air and Space Museum in DC located at 6th and Independence Avenues  is sponsoring a great free event from 10 am-3 pm Saturday:

Family Day: Kites of Asia
Experience the beauty and artistry of kites across Asia from Afghanistan to Vietnam. Explore how kites fly, watch amazing indoor kite-flying demonstrations, and speak with kite experts. Make your own kite to enter in the Annual Smithsonian Kite Festival on the National Mall March 28, 2009.

All Day Activities
10 AM – 3 PM
Make a kite
There will be three different kite stations–make one, two, or all three!
Design a kite flyers headband

All Day Demonstrations
10 AM – 3 PM
View a private collection of pan-Asian kites
See kites from Afghanistan
Explore children’s kites from Asia
Experience Indoor Kite Flying

Scheduled Activities
11 am and 1 pm: Enjoy dance performances by the Washington Korean Dance Company

11:30 and 1:30 pm: Hear the story of a Korean boy and his grandfather in The Best Winds

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NoVa Weekend Lineup March 21-22

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

FEATURED NOVA EVENTS

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 http://www.workhousearts.org.

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: http://www.CollegeExpos.com.

WEEKEND

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 http://www.superpetexpo.com 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.
http://www.loudounwildlife.org/SignUp.htm

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 nhamilton@loudounwildlife.org. 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.

GameZone
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 http://www.c3cyberclub.com.

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.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament

super-smash-brosThe Loudoun County Library system is sponsoring a Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament for children ages 12-18  March 24 through April 30!

Each branch will be hosting a qualifying round with prizes and refreshments.

Following are the initial dates at each branch:
Ashburn: Thursday April 9 2 p.m.
703-737-8100

Cascades: Monday April 13 7 p.m.
703-444-3228

Lovettsville Thursday April 30 7 p.m.
540-822-5824

Middleburg Tuesday April 21 7 p.m.
540-687-5730

Purcellville Monday March 30 7 p.m.
540-338-7235

Rust Tuesday March 24 7 p.m.
703-777-0323

Sterling: Wednesday April 8 2 p.m.
703-430-9500

Compete against your friends in Super Smash Bros. Brawl for Wii. The Tournament Finale will take place at the Cascades Library on May 15th.
Call to register at each library two weeks before the event!

March at Whole Foods

Whole Foods combines fun and food while entertaining and educating! These are the upcoming Northern Virginia classes this month; they’re free unless otherwise noted.

Monday, March 16th

Half-Pint Kids’ Club
Reston Store
11660 Plaza America Drive 3:30-5 pm
It’s a Pirate Party! Shiver me timbers, it’s a Pirate Party at Whole Foods Market in Reston. Come aboard for a great time. We’ll play pirate games, tell pirate jokes, and make a pirate snack! Set sail for fun and good food on this Monday afternoon! Pre-registration is required; to sign up, just stop by our Customer Service desk, call us at 703-736-0600 or send an email to vernon.james@wholefoods.com

Tuesday, March 17th

Half Pint Club: Kites are Fun!
Springfield store
8402 Old Keene Mill Road 11 am
Join childhood educator Celia Cantor for a fun-filled hour of storytelling and live music celebrating kites and windy weather. Kids will create their own kite and receive a goody bag to take home. Recommended for pre-schoolers ages 2-5. Registration required at Customer Service.

St. Patricks Day!
Vienna store
143 Maple Ave East All Day
Enjoy storewide beer and food specials. Prepared foods will feature delicious corned beef and cabbage. Stop by for beer samples all week long.

Wednesday, March 18th

Cooking Class: “Roasted Salmon”
Reston Store
11660 Plaza America Drive 7 pm
A beautiful salmon served with all the right garnish might seem like a challenge but our great Chef John O will show you the easy way to present a wonderful entrée that is loaded with protein and Omega-3s. The nutritional benefits are great: a small, 4-ounce serving of Atlantic salmon contains 25 grams of protein and only one gram of fat. Pre-registration is required; to sign up, just stop by our Customer Service desk, call us at 703-736-0600 or send an email to vernon.james@wholefoods.com

Wednesday, March 18

Green Mission Class
Vienna store
143 Maple Ave East 7 pm
After a night of Green beer, join Sean, our green guru for new and easy ways to green your life. From buying eco conscious products to minor behavior changes. He makes going green easy and fun. Pre-registration is required. To register, please contact our Customer Service department at 703.319.2000.

Guest Lecture- Sugar Blues
Vienna store
143 Maple Ave East 7-8 pm
Alice K. Maher, Holistic Health Counselor will give an overview presentation on sugar and why it has such a hold on us. The lecture is free and will be held in our cafe. Pre-registration is required. To register, please contact our Customer Service department at 703.319.2000.

Thursday, March 19

Beers with Jason
Vienna store
143 Maple Ave East 7 pm
Jason’s favorites! We all trust his judgment, so let him share some lesser known gems of his department. Space is limited, so sign up early! Pre-registration is required. To register, please contact our Customer Service department at 703.319.2000.

Friday, March 20

First Day of Spring
Vienna store
143 Maple Ave East 5-7 pm
Visit the store for some springtime wine samples to knock the winter doldrums away in the Wine Department.

Sunday, March 22nd

Free Spring Makeover with Mineral Fusion Cosmetics
Springfield store
8402 Old Keene Mill Road 1-4 pm
If you have sensitive skin or are looking for a makeup line that has it all, look no further! Mineral Fusion cosmetics can deliver flawless coverage while giving you the benefits of UV and antioxidant protection. It’s also free of talc, parabens, perfumes and chemical dyes, making it perfect for skin conditions such as acne, rosacea and hyperpigmentation. Makeup artist Meredith Wells from Mineral Fusion will be here in our Whole Body department to give you a fresh spring makeover. To register, contact Customer Service at 703-644-2500 or e-mail Francine Cabral at francine.cabral@wholefoods.com. If registering by e-mail, please include a daytime phone number where you can be reached.

Tuesday, March 24

Cooking with Katie
Vienna store
143 Maple Ave East 7 pm
We will jump into spring with an all vegetarian (but totally delicious) menu. You will not miss the meat in this meal! Pre-registration is required. To register, please contact our Customer Service department at 703.319.2000.

Wednesday, March 25th

Living Green Class Series: Waste Reduction!
Springfield store
8402 Old Keene Mill Road 7 pm
Learn how to reduce your environmental impact and carbon footprint both at home and in our Living Green class series led by Green Mission Specialist Sean Mahaffy. Sean will discuss topics such as direct and indirect emissions, pre-cycling, waste streams, resource management, operational expenses and energy consumption. Participants will also receive a green item to take home. Class is limited to 22, so please sign up early! To register, please contact our Customer Service department at 703.319.2000.

Health and Nutrition Class: “Spring Cleansing”
Reston Store
11660 Plaza America Drive 7 pm
Join nutritionist and natural foods chef Alana Sugar as we mark the end of winter and the beginning of spring with a special exploration of Healing Foods and the many different healing/cleansing options to begin the season of rebirth and renewal. We’ll cook up a cleansing, nourishing soup of miso, carrots, onions, and spring onions. We’ll add a healthy “probiotic” salad of leafy spring greens tossed with salad dressing made from Kefir. And for dessert, we’ll sample enzyme-packed raw milk cheese topped with crunchy walnuts and a drizzle of raw honey. Bring your questions and your ideas for a fun and informative evening of good food and good company. Pre-registration is required; to sign up, just stop by our Customer Service desk, call us at 703-736-0600 or send an email to vernon.james@wholefoods.com

Thursday, March 26th

Mommy and Me
Tysons store
7511 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church 10-11 am
We will make paper kites in today’s class, along with fun sing a longs, and snacks. Sign up at Customer Service or call 703-448.1600. This month we would also like to encourage you to donate any spare change or whatever you can afford to the WPF while you are here attending this class as a way of giving back. Look for the jars located at CS or in the café. Please sign up at Customer Service or call 703.448.1600.

Class: The World of Tea
Springfield store
8402 Old Keene Mill Road 7 pm
What is all the fuss about tea? Green tea? White tea? Red tea? Is it healthy? Will it help me lose weight? Join us for Tea 101, led by Todd Rubin, the Minister of Southeast Commerce for The Republic of Tea. This interactive class will expand your knowledge of tea processing, varieties, origins, caffeine content, health benefits, brewing techniques, history and ceremonies. Each variety will be tasted and discussed during the class. Discover for yourself the “Way of Tea.” Class is limited to 22, so sign up early! To register, please contact our Customer Service department at 703.319.2000.

Wine Tasting
Vienna store
143 Maple Ave East 7 pm
Demo coordinator Matthew will share some of his favorite wines (and some of the best buys) in our extensive wine department. All wines featured during the class will be 20% off that evening. Pre-registration is required. To register, please contact our Customer Service department at 703.319.2000.

Friday, March 27

Mommy and Me
Vienna store
143 Maple Ave East 10
Bring the littlest Whole Foods shoppers in for an hour of crafts, songs and snacks. Perfect for ages 2 years to 4 years. Pre-registration is required. To register, please contact our Customer Service department at 703.319.2000.

Sunday, March 29

Cheese with Suzannah
Vienna store
143 Maple Ave East 7 pm
Our cheese buyer Suzannah will walk you through the exciting world of Italian cheeses this month. There’s more to Italy than Parmesan, that’s for sure! The class is free, as always, but space is limited. Pre-registration is required. To register, please contact our Customer Service department at 703.319.2000.

Tuesday, March 31st

Cooking Class: Hot Potatoes!
Springfield store
8402 Old Keene Mill Road 7 pm
Tonight we’ll learn all about this terrific tuber, including cooking methods, varieties, and nutritional information. Our Demo Specialist Janelle Cesari and her special guest chef Roger Rojas will create some scrumptious potato recipes for you. Take-home recipes provided. Class is limited to 22, so sign up early! To register, contact Customer Service at 703-644-2500 or e-mail Francine Cabral at francine.cabral@wholefoods.com. If registering by e-mail, please include a daytime phone number where you can be reached.

Hop on over…

to the new NoVA Easter Egg Hunts page at the right! People have been viewing the 2008 info on my blog and mistaking it for this year’s so I thought I’d go ahead and add it already!

If you know of one I missed, please e-mail me!

 

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NoVa Weekend Lineup March 14-15

Temps in the high 40s this weekend, with chance of rain at 20 percent for Saturday, 30 percent fo Sunday 

WEEKEND

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
Bluemont Vineyard
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
7 am-Noon
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
Huntley Meadows
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.

Amazing Amphibians
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.

Pokemon
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.

Storybook Festival
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 michael.fisher@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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
Lakeshore Learning
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 reston@thedandelionpatch.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
Purcellville Library
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
Lovettsville Library
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
Middleburg Library
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.

Saturday Specials
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
C3 Cyberclub
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” [2008], 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
Ashburn Library
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.
http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsRegister.cfm?SiteID=6457&BranchID=454&Branch=Ashburn%20Library&EventID=29093

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.

For the ladies

If you’ve been wanting to try natural skincare and mineral cosmetic products, here’s your chance:

Wegmans Fairfax is sponsoring a free MyChelle Dermaceuticals event that offers a complimentary mini-facial and makeup application. Consultations are free, but they’re limited, so hurry! The event takes place 11 am-3 pm Friday and Saturday. Register by calling (703) 653-1600 or by visiting the store at 11620 Monument Drive.

Here’s info from Wegmans:
MyChelle’s are some of the hardest-working and most effective we have found! Among products with the highest available concentrations of plant-based, active ingredients on the market, they are preserved with essential oils, powerful antioxidants and exceptional antimicrobial extracts. There are no harmful chemicals, no artificial coloring agents, parabens or fragrances used to make these products, which are vegetarian/vegan friendly and never tested on animals. Once you try MyChelle Dermaceuticals, you’ll be coming back for more!