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Fairfax County Weekender‏

August 10, 2012
Friday, Aug. 10: Wagons Ho!

Bring flashlights, shoes that can get wet and an adventurous spirit and get ready to explore the Rocky Run Stream Valley by wagon and by foot as darkness falls, during an Evening Adventure Wagon Ride. 8 to 9 p.m. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. $5/person. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-631-0013.

Also on Friday:

The Hula MonstersThe Hula Monsters are a swing band with a Hawaiian flavor. Their repertoire includes Hawaiian, rockabilly, blues, country and jazz standards – all with the Hula Monster Hawaiian accent. It may be difficult to categorize their music, but the common thread is fun! The show is part of the Summer Entertainment Series featuring performances Wednesday through Sunday at venues around the county. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mason District Park Amphitheater. Free. For information call 703-324-8702.

Saturday, Aug. 11: State of the Art

The 2nd Saturday Art Walk showcases the diverse work of more than 100 visual artists in a unique historic venue, creating an atmosphere that encourages visitors to immerse themselves in the richness of this creative community. Guests can tour seven studio buildings, mix and mingle with artists and buy original works of art, all while enjoying light refreshment and music. The social atmosphere of the monthly art walk makes it the perfect destination for a date night or girls night out, as well as for art collectors and art appreciation groups. 6 to 9 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. Free. For information call 703-495-0001.

Also on Saturday:

Insect Safari: Go on an insect scavenger hunt to find these amazing creatures and the places they inhabit. Learn about the 10 most common types and what you need to know about a safe bug and a not-so-safe one. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 10 to 11 a.m. Cub Run RECenter. $5/child.  Register online or call 703-222-4664. For information call 703-817-9407.

The Homegrown Medicine Chest: Medical care in the 1700s and 1800s was very different from the way it is today. Tour the Sully House including the garden and 18th-century kitchen to learn how home remedies were prepared and used. Tours are offered at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Sully Historic Site. $7/adult, $6/student, and $5/senior and child. For more information call 703-437-1794.

Sunday, Aug. 12: Scandalous!

The Victorians weren’t as prudish as we think! Go behind closed doors during What the Butler Saw to get a glimpse of the “risqué” side of Victorian life depicted in prints, photographs and postcards. They wore tight corsets, but they weren’t straight-laced! 1 to 3 p.m. Historic Green Spring. $27/person includes a full English tea. Participants must be at least age 18. For reservations call 703-941-7987.

Also on Sunday:

Kayak Tour: Join volunteer trip leader Scott Stewart for an exciting adventure on the water of the Pohick Bay Marsh. Glide by kayak while enjoying views of bald eagles, great blue herons and other wildlife. No experience necessary. Appropriate for ages 8 and above.  Participants under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 8 a.m. to noon. Pohick Bay Regional Park. $30/person. For information and reservations (required) call 703-339-6104.

·          Information was correct at time of publication.  Please contact individual event sites to confirm programs are being held as scheduled.

·          The Fairfax County Weekender highlights a selection of county events taking place each weekend. Many more events and activities can be found at the Parks and Library pages, and elsewhere on the Fairfax County website. Additionally, the towns of Herndon and Vienna as well as the city of Falls Church offer many arts, entertainment and recreational opportunities.

·          A complete list of county calendars is also available online.

·          To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-3187.

·          TTY is 711 unless otherwise indicated.

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