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One-Day Events

Thursday Mornings with The Great Zucchini

Oct 17, Jammin Java

Recurring weekly on Thursday
Address: 227 Maple Avenue East, Vienna, VA
Times: 10:30am
Contact: Jammin Java
Phone: (703) 255-1566
Admission: $5
The Great Zucchini, Washington's funniest and most magical PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN entertainer, performs a colorful magic show where every child is a star and guaranteed to laugh! Experience the excitement of the children when they get to learn a magic trick at the end of show! For over 12 years, The Great Zucchini has been entertaining young children as a magician and preschool teacher. He performs his hands-on, interactive magic shows to more that 250 groups a year. His experience, coupled with his gentle nature and wacky facial expressions, makes kids immediately feel comfortable and ready to laugh. The wonder of magic, silliness of comedy, and interactive nature of The Great Zucchini's show keeps children on the edge of their seats. Watch your kids' faces light up as they see things disappear and reappear. Watch how animated and excited the children get when they yell "Wake up Zucchini," when he accidentally falls asleep during the show or when he turns tissue paper into colorful rainbow streamers, or when his puppet, Ruffles the Rabbit, keeps coming out of the hat without The Great Zucchini noticing. This is "eye candy" magic comedy at its best. Have your cameras ready. You'll get some terrific pictures of the kids laughing the entire 40-minute show.

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Mount Vernon Signature Walking Tour

Jan 16, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 3:30pm
Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

This tour is available daily at 3:30 pm through March 14 (except February 14 - 17).

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Tributes at the Tomb at Mount Vernon

Jan 16, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 10am and 3pm (April-October); 12pm (November-March)
A special ceremony and wreath laying occurs at Washington's Tomb daily at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., April - October, and 12 p.m., November - March. This tour is included with general admission. Consult Today at Mount Vernon upon arrival for programming details.


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Special Exhibit: Gardens & Groves

Feb 22 - Jan 10, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Admission: Included in regular Estate admission.

Come explore Washington's design for his estate, highlighting the first president's interests and talents as a landscape designer.

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Through My Eyes Character Tour

Mar 1 - Jun 29, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Admission: $5 per tour, in addition to regular Estate admission: adults, $17.00; children ages 6-11, $8; and children under 5 are admitted free.

Step back in time for a 45-minute immersive experience. Join people from Washington's world, like his granddaughter, personal secretary, or farm manager, as they go about their daily activities, making several stops along the way.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission.


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"Flights of Fancy" - Stories for Children

Mar 11 - Dec 19, National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Address: 14390 Air & Space Museum Way, Chantilly, VA
Times: 11:00
Phone: (703) 572-4118
Admission: Free, Parking $15

Museum staff will read stories for children about famous aviators, hot-air balloon flights, trips to Mars, the night sky, and winged creatures that soar through the skies. Afterwards, visitors ages two through eight-years-old will take part in a hands-on art activity. Story time will take place every 15 minutes from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm near the SR-71 Blackbird in the Boeing Aviation Hangar.

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Burger Bar at Trummer's on Main

Mar 11 - May 29, Trummer's On Main

Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Address: 7134 Main Street, Clifton, VA
Times: 5:30pm - 9pm
Phone: (703) 266-1623
Mouth-watering burgers, boozy handcrafted shakes & unique sides are available at Burger Bar.

Burger Bar is open Tuesdays - Thursdays in our third floor Gallery Room from 5:30pm - 9pm. Come on in, no reservations needed. Come in to try Victoria Trummer's favorite, The Falafel Burger with grilled halloumi cheese & tzatziki sauce or Stefan Trummer's favorite The Surf & Turf with 28 day dry aged Martin's Angus Beef topped with a lobster tail, diablo sauce and oven dried tomatoes. Come in to find your own favorite this week as featured in Northern Virginia Magazine and on!

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"Virginia Architecture" Traveling Exhibition

Mar 12 - Jun 1, Fairfax Museum

Recurring daily
Address: 10209 Main St, Fairfax, VA
Times: 9am - 5pm
Phone: (703) 385-8414
Admission: Free
This traveling exhibition from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts examines Virginia landmarks, such as the Virginia State Capitol and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.

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"Making Mona Lisa" by Priscilla Briggs

Mar 17 - May 9, George Mason University Mason Hall Atrium Gallery

Recurring daily
Address: Ground floor of Mason Hall on GMU-Fairfax Campus, Fairfax, VA
Times: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday
Phone: (703) 993-8950
Admission: Free
"Making Mona Lisa," an exhibition of photography and painting by Priscilla Briggs that documents the oil painting industry in Xiamen, China comes to the Mason Hall Atrium Gallery on George Mason University's Fairfax Campus from March 17 to April 11.

Briggs' work takes an intriguing behind-the-scenes look at the manufacturing of paintings made specifically for tourist galleries, hotels and furniture stores. These mass-produced copies of European Masters and the commercial painters who make them call into question "the perceived value of such oil paintings as ‘ART' in the global market," according to Briggs' artist statement. Through the process of how these paintings are made - a digital print that is painted over - and her documentary work about it, Briggs delves into the complexity of the term "original" when dealing with the industry of copied artworks.

Priscilla Briggs is a lens-based artist living in Minneapolis. She received her M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art and B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University. Her work in video and photography has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Hillstrom Museum of Art in St. Peter, Minn., the King Street Gallery in Silver Spring, Md. and many other national venues. Briggs is the recipient of many grants including two from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2010 and 2014 and a McKnight Artist Fellowship in 2008.

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Garden & Landscape Tour

Apr 1 - Jun 30, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 11am - 12pm


This 45-minute guided walking tour examines Washington's brilliant design for the grounds around Mount Vernon. Visit the gardens he created, see some of the original trees, and learn how he merged areas for work and leisure to create a master plan for his beloved home.



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Slave Life at Mount Vernon

Apr 1 - Jun 30, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 2pm - 3pm
Admission: Included in regular Estate admission.


Tours of slave life and gardens enrich the visitor experience by providing in-depth knowledge of these fascinating subjects during the 45-minute guided walking tours, included with admission. The Slave Life at Mount Vernon daily tour explores the lives and contributions of the slaves who lived at Mount Vernon.



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Carousel at Clemyjontri Park

Apr 5 - Oct 26, Clemyjontri Park

Recurring daily
Address: 6317 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA
Times: Check website for open dates/times.
Phone: (703) 388-2807
Admission: $1.75/ride
Universal access to fun and enjoyment is a hallmark of Fairfax County Park Authority facilities, most notably showcased at Clemyjontri Park in McLean, Va. This unique park features an accessible Liberty swing alongside an amazing two-acre playground where children of all abilities can play side by side. A fully-accessible carousel opens for the season on Saturday, April 5, 2014 , operating on weekends through May 25, then adding weekdays to the operating schedule on May 26. Complete with a picnic pavilion to make the day special, Clemyjontri earns high marks for its playground where every child is welcome and every child can play. *The carousel does not operate in conditions such as heavy rain, thunder, lightning, and temperatures less than 55° F

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Saving Mount Vernon Tour

Apr 5 - Jun 29, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Admission: $5 in addition to Estate admission: $17 adults; $8 children (6-11); free for children 5 & under.

During this one-hour tour, visit the rarely seen Mansion basement and wander the historic area to learn of the heroics of the estate's caretakers during the Civil War, and the robust efforts of many over the century and a half that followed.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission.


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"German-American Caricaturists in the Civil War"

Apr 8 - Jun 28, Historic Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center

Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Address: 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 10am-3pm
Phone: (703) 591-0560
Admission: Free
The exhibition on loan from the German-American Heritage Society examines the work of Thomas Nast, a Unionist, and Confederate Adalbert Volk.

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"On Deaf Ears"

Apr 8 - May 22, Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia

Recurring daily
Address: 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA
Admission: Free
This exhibit commemorates Yom Ha'Shoah and reflects the theme of public response to injustice today. This year's JCRC annual Holocaust commemoration is themed "On Deaf Ears: Media Coverage and Public Response in the Holocaust Years." Artists have been asked to exhibit works that represent contemporary connections to this theme. Hector Emanuel is a Peruvian-born photojournalist. Michelle Frankfurter was born in Jerusalem and is now a documentary photographer from Takoma Park by way of Nicaragua. Photojournalist Lloyd Wolf has been documents homemade shrines to victims of murder and violence that appear throughout the Washington, DC area. With additional works by Yonina Blech-Hermoni and Katherine Janus Kahn in the showcases.

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Herndon High School Senior Juried Art Exhibit

Apr 8 - Apr 27, ArtSpace

Recurring daily
Address: 750 Center Street, Herndon, VA
Phone: (703) 956-6590

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Yoga in the Park

Apr 10, Mosaic District - Strawberry Park

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday
Address: 2911 District Ave, Merrifield, VA
Times: Thursday, 7pm; Sunday, 9am
Admission: Free
Free community Vinyasa flow yoga outside in Strawberry Park taught by Spark Yoga.

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Annual Congressional Art Competition

Apr 12 - May 3, Workhouse Arts Center, McGuire Woods Gallery

Recurring daily
Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: Free
An exhibition of Virginia high school art submitted for the Annual Congressional Art Competition from the 11th Congressional District. The Congressional Art Competition provides an opportunity for Members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Over 650,000 high school students have participated in the nationwide competition. One young artist from the Workhouse exhibit will have his/her work exhibited in the US Capitol.


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Gardening Days

Apr 19 - May 18, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 10am - 6pm
Admission: Free


Garden like the General! Gardening Days, Mount Vernon's annual outdoor garden and gift sale, offers a wide array of garden-themed merchandise including tools, gifts, and decorations. Visitors can purchase packets of historic seeds collected from the Mount Vernon gardens and boxwood plants propagated from Mount Vernon plantings. Select heirloom vegetables including 27 varieties of tomatoes are also available!

The Gardening Days tent sale is located just outside the main gift shop in the Mount Vernon Inn Complex. No admission is required to shop.



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"Catch Me If You Can" - The Musical

Apr 24 - Apr 27, McLean High School Burks Auditorium

Recurring daily
Address: 1633 Davidson Road, McLean, VA
Times: Thurs-Sat, 7pm; Sat & Sun, 2pm
Contact: Amy Poe
Phone: (703) 587-3368
Admission: $10 students and seniors, $15 adults
The award winning McLean High School Theatre Company premieres the musical Catch Me If You Can, based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story that inspired it. (Book by Terrence McNally and score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). Catch Me If You Can is the high-flying, splashy musical that tells the astonishing true story of story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., a teenager who becomes a world-class con artist. With straight-arrow FBI agent Carl Hanratty on Frank's trail, audiences are off on a jet-setting chase, as the jazzy, swinging-sixties score keeps things in constant motion.

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Garden Stroll & Tea

Apr 24 - May 22, Green Spring Gardens

Recurring every 2 weeks on Thursday
Address: 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA
Times: 1pm - 3pm
Contact: Green Spring Gardens
Phone: (703) 941-7987
Admission: $29/person
Tour some of the glorious demonstration gardens with a master gardener docent who will inspire you with stories of Green Spring past and present. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea served in our 1784 historic house. Register online. Event dates: April 24, May 8, May 22, June 12 and June 26

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Homeschool Day at Sully Historic Site

Apr 24, Sully Historic Site

Address: 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA
Times: 10am - 1pm
Phone: (703) 437-1794
Admission: $10/student, $5/chaperone

(Ages 5-12 yrs.) Bring your homeschool student or group for hands-on fun learning designed to enrich understanding of Fairfax County circa 1800. Seasonal activities include school room, games, textiles/sewing, slave life, kitchen, herbs, toiletries and medicines.

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John McCutcheon

Apr 24, Wolf Trap – The Barns

Address: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (703) 255-1900
Admission: $25 - $27
Guitar and hammered dulcimer master known for folk ballads such as “Christmas in the Trenches” and poignant topical pieces such as “Hail to the Chief.”

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Made To Break, with Ken Vandermark, Tim Daisy, Jasper Stadhouders, and Christof Kurzmann

Apr 24, Jammin Java

Address: 227 Maple Avenue East, Vienna, VA
Times: 7:30pm
Contact: Jammin Java-Mei
Phone: (703) 255-1566
Admission: $15
MADE TO BREAK is improviser/composer Ken Vandermark's newest ensemble and his most radical. Combining elements of his interest and experience with the music of Ethiopia and the Ex, alongside the New Music ideas of John Cage and Morton Feldman, and mixing these with his perspective toward jazz and improvised music history, he has devised a compositional framework for the band that can be restructured for every performance and which deals with melody, sound, and rhythm in a completely unique way. This creative system gives the music of MADE TO BREAK an almost unprecedented flexibility and immediacy. The instrumentation of the quartet (drums, electric bass, electronics, and reeds) has given Vandermark an amazing palette of sounds to explore with each composition, but it is the individuals involved (with Tim Daisy, Devin Hoff, Christof Kurzmann), and their diverse approaches to improvisation, that give the ensemble such a dynamic and spontaneous energy.

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Tree Planting Ceremony for Arbor Day

Apr 24, Vienna Community Center

Address: 128 Center S., Vienna, VA
Times: 4pm; Expo: 6:30pm - 9pm
Phone: (703) 255-6360
Admission: Free
The Town of Vienna and the Community Enhancement Commission invite the public to attend the annual Arbor Day ceremony on Thursday, April 24, at 4 p.m. The tree planting ceremony will be held next to the Parks and Recreation Department's community learning garden, located behind Vienna Elementary School, 128 Center Street S.


After the ceremony, the public is invited to attend the 6th annual Vienna Green Expo at the Vienna Community Center on Thursday, April 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Vienna Green Expo is a juried showcase of local and regional earth friendly exhibitors educating the public on how to achieve a green lifestyle.

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On-Going Events

Volunteers Needed - Phoenix Rising Meal Program

Mar 27 - Jul 24, Franconia United Methodist Church

Recurring monthly on the 4th Thursday
Address: 6037 Franconia Road, Alexandria, Virginia
Times: 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Contact: Ese
Phone: (703) 971-5151
Admission: Free
Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, is part of a group of churches that serves a nutritious bagged meal to homeless people living in the woods, their vehicles, and in motels along the Route One corridor between North Kings Highway and the Fairfax County Parkway in Alexandria. All ages can help prepare and assemble the bag lunches and assist in delivery. We deliver the meals the fourth Friday of the month at 5:30 pm, and we prepare the meals on the day before (Thursdays) at 6:30 pm. Contact us at 703 971-5151 or Website: We're at the corner of Beulah and Franconia, next to Franconia Elementary School, on Fairfax Connector buses 231, 232, and 310. Our 2014 schedule is Jan 23 & 24, Feb 27 & 28, Mar 27 & 28, Apr 24 & 25, May 22 & 23, Jun 26 & 27, Jul 24 & 25, Aug 21 & 22, Sep 25 & 26, Oct 23 & 24, Nov 25 & 28, and Dec 23 & 26.

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