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My daughter is mildly obsessed with Christmas lights, and I must admit that I am an enabler.  I’m a white light and garland kind of girl, but there is something fun about an absolutely tacky house.  It is dark so early these days that we are often in the car after the sun sets, and I’m constantly pointing out houses for her to check out.  I just love the intake of breath at each and every house.

Although she likes any kind of light display, I wanted to really blow her mind.  I asked our MOMS Club chat if they knew of any local displays that went overboard (in a good way).  I had some great responses.  The first that we checked out was 1610 N Abingdon St in Arlington.  It is fantastic!  You have to get out of the car to get the full effect.  There is a train set on the porch, a Santa and reindeer on the roof, and a tree with candy canes for the kids in the yard- plus tons more.  Totally over the top, but tasteful (a difficult combination).

Another mom posted about  Holly’s Tacky Christmas Lights.  Holly Zell, the creator of the site, takes pictures of the tackiest light displays in the area, primarily focusing on Fairfax County.   Check it out to see tons of addresses.

Here are some other “tacky” treats in the area- let me know if you know of any others!

 

  • 1713 N. Quebec St, Arlington
  • 5604 Hereford Ct, Alexandria
  • 5601 Hereford Ct, Alexandria
  • 8505 N Roosevelt St, Falls Church
  • 510 East Broad St, Falls Church

 

 

The week leading up to Halloween is always fun in the DC Metro area, so get out and play!

Monday, October 24th    Forest Fledglings 

9:45am @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

New topic each week for parent and child (quiet siblings welcome.) Stories, crafts and nature activities leading to outdoor exploration. Dress for weather. Call nature center for weekly topic.

 

Tuesday, October 25th    Kids Read to Dogs (Paws to Read)

5:30pm @ Westover Branch Library, Arlington

Children grades K – 5 are invited to read to therapy dogs. Each “Paws to Read” child is given a 15-minute session where they will be paired with a canine listener. Volunteers (both owners and dogs) are part of PAL (People. Animals. Love.), an animal therapy organization. All participating dogs are trained and certified. Studies have shown that reading to a dog (or other non-judgmental audience) can help improve a child’s reading level and increase their enjoyment of reading. Please register for a slot by calling (703) 228-5260.

 

Tuesday, October 25th    Whoo’s About 

10:30am – 11:30am & 1:30pm – 2:30pm @ Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington

Wondering who’s out at night, lurking just out of sight. Don’t let these creatures give a you a fright, come and learn they do not bite! For ages 3 – 5 years.  Registration is required.  Activity #: 612911

Wednesday, October 26th  Halloween at Whole Foods

5pm – 7pm @ Old Town Whole Foods, Alexandria

Start your night off by experiencing the mystery boxes and then continue to experience Halloween by Trick-or-Treating around the store. A night full of costumes, snacks, and fun! Trick-or-treating starts at 5 pm and goes until 7 pm.

 

Thursday, October 27th    Harvest Halloween  

10:15am & 11:30am @ Ripley Center, Smithsonian, Washington, DC

Join Oran Sandel at the Discovery Theater pumpkin patch for songs, games, and more. He’ll spin an American Indian harvest story; you will look inside Mr. Jack O’ Lantern (what really makes him tick?); and you will create a pumpkin face for Discovery Theater. Bring in YOUR design, and they will post it on their Facebook page.  For ages 3 – 8.  Also on Friday, 10/28.

 

Friday, October 28th    OctoberFest @ Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center

4pm – 8pm @ Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center, Alexandria

This is an opportunity for the entire family to dress up in their best costume for Halloween Fun! Families will be able to particpate in Halloween Arts & Crafts, Spooky Musical Chairs, Face Painting, Scary Movies, Haunted House Tours and much more!!!

 

 

Friday, October 28th    Pippi in America with Sarah Riedel  Swedish Children’s Songs in Playful Jazz Versions  
10am & 12pm @ Dome Theatre, Artishere, Arlington 

Pippi in America is an acoustic performance where the musicians combine well known Swedish children’s songs with beloved characters such as Pippi Longstocking and jazz. Sweden’s Sarah Riedel is a thought-provoking, elegant, and emotional jazz vocalist who was nominated in 2010 and 2011 for the Swedish Radio Corporation’s prestigious Jazzkatten Award.  This event is free!

Wow- so much going on this weekend!  Better yet, it is going to feel like fall and be sunny all weekend.  Get out and enjoy it!  KidFriendly DC has a fantastic post about more Halloween related events coming up, so be sure to check it out as well.

Saturday, October 22nd

River Farm Fall Fest

9am – 12pm @ River Farm, Alexandria

Bring a picnic and the family to River Farm to enjoy story time in the garden, arts and crafts projects, a scavenger hunt, and more.  This event is free of charge, though donations are appreciated. Rain or shine (activities will be held indoors in the event of rain). For more details, call (703) 768-5700 ext. 126.

Annandale Fall Festival 

10am @  Safeway parking lot on Little River Turnpike, Annandale

Eighty merchants with jewelry, artwork, giftware, crafts, children’s toys & books, clothing, wood carvings and other gifts for your holiday shopping will fill the community market.  There will also be rock, jazz & country Bands along with International costumed dancers and swing dancersfor entertainment as well as tons of food.  The Kid’s Zone will challenge with a climbing wall, bungee jump, bungee basketball, face painting, Lil Pirate inflatable & toddler games, costumed characters, and The Secret Garden which will feature puppet shows at 1 & 3pm and The Traveling Storyteller at 12pm and 2pm along with interactive games for toddlers to teens.  The Annual Parade 10am – 12pm will finish at the festival grounds.

AppleFest

11am – 1pm @ Whole Foods Old Town, Alexandria

Transforming into a delicious orchard, Virginia Whole Foods Market’s AppleFest will be complete with inspiring cooking demonstrations, entertaining crafts, prizes, tastings and more! While exploring taste palates of sweet treats and savory apple infused dishes, customers will be exposed to and learn about the best apples that the harvest has to offer.   Featured activities will include mouth-watering samples and cooking demonstrations, carmel-apple making stations, hard apple cider on tap, apple sampling in every department, and apple scavenger hunts

Mousequerade Ball for Kids  

1pm – 2pm @ Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Alexandria

Families with children ages 4 – 7 can enjoy a reading of Alexander the Old Town Mouse by author Cheryl Barnes and have their books signed. Children will then create a mask and enjoy a ball of their own — in the very same room the story takes place! Costumes are encouraged but not required.  This hour-long program will be held at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. $10 per child (ages 2 and older); adults free with purchase of child ticket.

Wild Side Wagon Ride  

4pm @ Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria

Take a 90-minute tractor ride with a park naturalist to parts of the wetland that are difficult to reach on foot. Look for and learn about songbirds, wildflowers, butterflies and waterfowl, then stop for a snack at the observation platform. Meet at South King’s Highway park entrance.

Campfire: Popcorn

6pm – 7:15pm @ Long Branch Amphitheater, Arlington

The whole family is invited to join us at the Long Branch Amphitheater for lots of old-fashioned fun. This engaging program will be filled with entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, treats like s’mores.  Cost is $5 fee per person with a $20 max fee per family.

Fearless Fest

7pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

This fun event provides a lighthearted alternative to scary Halloween celebrations. The not-so-scary event is guaranteed to educate and entertain participants.  A naturalist will lead guests on a one-hour night hike into the woods to meet and interact with costumed creatures who explain away their scary reputations. The 52-acre forest surrounding the nature center is an ideal setting to hear ironic explanations from a black widow spider, a skunk, an owl, poison ivy, a dead tree, and other animals.  Indoor activities include craft projects and hands-on exploration. Guests will investigate real animal skulls in the graveyard, meet live reptiles and insects such as snakes, toads, and millipedes, and dissect owl pellets to learn about their diet and habitat.  The cost is $7 per Fairfax County resident and $9 for out-of-county guests. Families should bring a flashlight. This event is great for scout groups looking for a fun evening activity. Costumes are encouraged and are completely appropriate for the event’s festive, party-like atmosphere.

Sunday, October 23rd

Scarecrow Making Workshop

1pm & 2pm @ Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon

Adults and children enjoy making scarecrows. Bring an outfit and a pair of pantyhose for each scarecrow.  They supply special touches for faces. Held outdoors, dress for the weather. Register to make a scarecrow. Canceled if rain.

Meet me on a Sunday at Potomac Overlook  

1:30pm – 3:30pm @ Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington

Almost everyone needs more time in the great outdoors – time to take a walk, enjoy each others’ company, or to just sit and do nothing! So, come make a “natural connection” at Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Every Sunday afternoon, between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., the park provides refreshments, games and hands-on nature exhibits, and a fun place to meet and enjoy the outdoors. There’s always something for families, groups, scouts, friends, couples, seniors . . . anyone!


Saturday, October 22nd & Sunday, October 23rd

Fall Harvest Family Days  

9am – 5pm @ Mount Vernon 

Mount Vernon welcomes the autumn season with Fall Harvest Family Days! The entire family enjoys autumn activities including wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, 18th-century dancing demonstrations, a straw bale maze, farrier (blacksmithing) demonstrations, apple-roasting, corn husk dolls demonstrations and early-American games and music. Potomac River sightseeing cruises are half-price during this weekend event. Fall Harvest Family Days are included in regular Estate admission on October 22&23: adults, $15.00; children ages 6-11, $7.00; and children 5 and under are admitted free.

Ghost Train Halloween Event  

10am – 5pm @ Burke Lake Park, Fairfax Station

Board the haunted train at Burke Lake Park for a special ride through the forest. Tickets are $4.50. The Ghost Train runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last ticket sold 4:15 p.m.) Tickets for the carousel are $1.75. Costumes are encouraged! For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Check out these fun things going on this weekend.  Lot of rain forecasted- stay dry!

Saturday, September 24th

Smithsonian Museum Day at  Alexandria Archaeology Museum and Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

Various times @ participating museums

Looking for a good family-friendly activity while enjoying and learning about our heritage? The Smithsonian Institute is sponsoring a national Museum Day on Saturday September 24th. As part of the celebration hundreds of museums across the nation are offering two free admission tickets per request.  Tickets available online through the Smithsonian Magazine: http://smithsonianmag.com/museumday.  At the Archaeology Museum, participate in the History Scavenger Hunt by identifying artifacts in the Museum that bring Alexandria’s past to life! Try your hand at piecing together, or crossmending, pottery sherds from the past and learn about life as a Civil War drummer boy in the “Wanted Young Heroes” exhibit.  At Gadsby’s Tavern Museum come explore this 18th century tavern that attracted Washington, Jefferson, and travelers. It was the setting for dancing assemblies, theatrical and musical performances, and meetings of local organizations.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/

Fort Ethan Allen 150th Anniversary

9am – 4pm @ Fort Ethan Allen Park, Arlington

150 years ago on September 24, 1861 the Union army began constructing Forts Ethan Allen and Marcy to protect the Chain Bridge. Come visit both of these forts as they commemorate their construction with exhibits, interpretive walks and activities. For information call 703-243-4342. Meet at, 3829 N.Stafford St, Arlington, VA 22207. Registration is not required.

http://www.arlingtonva.us/calendar/#EventDetails_15901

Mike Perrello Magic Show

10am @ Valley Drive Cooperative Preschool, Alexandria

Mike Perrello’s fun and high-energy magic show will captivate children of all ages (and adults too). With comedy, live animals, puppets, music, and more, this magician will entertain the whole family and keep them roaring with laughter.

http://delray.patch.com/events/magic-show-12

Funville

10am – 4pm @ White Flint Mall, N. Bethesda, MD

White Flint Mall will be transformed into a free community parenting fair.  Citizens of Funville will receive their passports to live performances, hands-on activities, giveaways, contests, demonstrations and interactive stations, focusing on education, health, the arts, parties and more.

http://www.washingtonparent.com/funville

Worldwide Day of Play

10am – 4pm @ Ellipse, Washington, DC

Nickelodeon will bring its 8th Annual Worldwide Day of Play event to the Ellipse in Washington, DC.  You can enjoy activities set up by over 50 organizations! Hit a homer with Major League Baseball and Boys & Girls Club of America’s batting contests and clinics. Be a soccer star with shooting and passing clinics provided by Major League Soccer. Score a touchdown with drills from the National Football League, and serve some aces with the United States Tennis Association! Plus, many more.  The event will also feature appearances by a number of Nickelodeon’s live-action and preschool stars, including Big Time Rush, the cast of iCarly; Victoria Justice and the cast of Victorious; Keke Palmer, star of True Jackson, VP; SpongeBob SquarePants; Dora the Explorer, the Fresh Beat Band and more.  This event is free and open to the public
http://www.nick.com/thebighelp/worldwide-day-of-play

Clarendon Day 2011- Family Fun Day

11am – 5pm @ Around Clarendon Metro Station, Arlington

Enjoy performances, fun kids’ activities, free health screenings, meet local sports mascots, and so much more.  Following the Pacer’s 10k/5k/Kids Dash, everyone can enjoy local music on two stages, and tasty treats from more than a dozen local restaurants.  There will be a moonbounce obstacle course, face-painting, balloon sculptures, and a special fencing demonstration by the Fencing Sports Academy.  There is also a Kidz Zone Play Area that will will feature new attractions that appeal to kids of all ages in our Kidz Zone, including a free safari obstacle bounce and monkey bouncer, as well as ticketed rides.  Clarendon Day 2011 takes place in the area around Clarendon Metro Station.

http://www.clarendonday.org

Awesome Airmail

11am – 3pm @ Postal Museum, Washington, DC

Airmail turns 100 and you’re invited to celebrate with hands-on activities, storytime, and tours. Join us beneath a 1911 plane that carried airmail and discover its fascinating story.

http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/museum/1b_calendar.html?trumbaEmbed=eventid%3D95720113%26view%3Devent%26-childview%3D

McLean Harvest Happenings

11am – 2pm @ McLean Community Center, McLean, VA

Activities are designed for children ages 3-8. A fun and exciting day for your whole family is right in your backyard.  Bring your family to this indoor/outdoor festival and enjoy activities, live entertainment, fun snacks, and games at the McLean Community Center. All activities are included in the entrance fee.  Children’s entertainers Rocknoceros and Kidsinger Jim will perform.

http://www.mcleancenter.org/kids-teens/childrens-events.asp#harvest_happenings

 

Night at the Planetarium 6

3pm – 7pm @ David M. Brown Planetarium, Arlington

Fun for the whole family with shows in the planetarium and hands-on activities and telescope viewing outside for all to enjoy.

http://www.saveplanetarium.org/2011/09/20/0924-night-at-the-planetarium-6/

Ah Love Baby

4pm – 5pm @ Ah Love Oil & Vinegar, Arlington

Store owner Cary Kelly will share ancient practices that keep you and your baby healthy using chemical free, all natural olive oil.  Learn how mothers in the Mediterranean have treated diaper rash, cradle cap, dry skin, earaches and even their own stretch marks and nursing discomfort.  Olive oil is not just for your kitchen!

http://www.ahloveoilandvinegar.com/Events.html

Campfire: Tall Tales & Long Legs

7am – 8:15pm @ Gulf Branch Nature Center, Arlington

Register adults and children; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The whole family is invited to join us at the Gulf Branch fire ring for lots of old-fashioned fun. This engaging program will be filled with entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, treats like s’mores. For more info call 703-228-3403. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center- registration is required.

http://www.arlingtonva.us/calendar/#EventDetails_15978

Goodnight Walk: Abounding Bats

7pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

Search the skies during our night time stroll for bats. Enjoy a story and fun facts about these curious, misunderstood creatures. Learn how to encourage these natural mosquito-zappers to visit your backyard. Children must be accompanied by a registered, paying adult. Family fun outside the trail and searching the skies for bats above the rain garden. Learn of the challenges bats face with both habitat loss, poor public relations and disease. Find out how to be safe near wildlife and the real issue of dangers of human contact with bats and other mammals.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/hiddenoaks/public.htm

Sunday, September 25th

Olde Towne Dogge Walke

9am – 11am @ Market Square, Alexandria

A fun way for animal lovers to support the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria in a 1.5 mile walk.

http://www.doggewalke.com/

Plant Sale and More!–Glencarlyn

10am @ Glencarlyn Branch Library Community Garden, Arlington

Glencarlyn Branch Library Community Garden’s Master Gardeners invite you to free talks on native bees (11am), fall planting (noon), herb and pollinator gardens (1pm). Also tastes of herbal treats and drinks plus potpourri making for children and adults. Hundreds of sun and shade loving perennials, ferns, shrubs, and trees will be on sale just in time for fall planting.  Sponsored by Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia and Virginia Cooperative Extension. Cash or check appreciated. For information, call Judy Funderburk at 703-671-5310.

http://arlingtonvalib.blogspot.com/2011/09/plant-sale-and-more.html

Steam Stomp

1:30pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

Investigate Bugg Creek for salamanders, crayfish, and more in this catch-and-release adventure.  Learn about erosion and other environmental issues affecting aquatic wildlife. Cancelled in case of severe weather. Wear closed toes shoes that can get wet and clothes that can get dirty because we’re wading in the stream. Use dip nets to collect creatures to examine.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/hiddenoaks/public.htm

Saturday, September 24th & Sunday, September 25th

Library of Congress National Book Festival

National Mall, Washington, DC

Come to the 11th annual National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are honorary chairs for the event. The festival is free and open to the public.  Justin Roberts will perform at 5pm.

http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/


 

Two years after it was closed due to needed repairs and lack of funds, Lubber Run Amphitheater is open and ready for the 2011 summer performances beginning July 29th. These performances include jazz and rock singers, an 11-piece band, a Russian folk ensemble, acoustic bluegrass, talent shows, feature movies and more.  Best of all, most shows are suitable for the entire family!  Bring a picnic and enjoy a night out under the stars.

There are benches for approximately 750 in front of the stage, and behind the benches are grassy areas perfect for picnickers.   No reservations or tickets are required for the performances.  While these events are free and open to the public, they do rely on the generous donations placed in the Lubber Run “Wishing Well” as you enter the Amphitheater.

The amphitheater is located at Lubber Run Park in the Arlington Forrest residential area in N. Arlington.

SCHEDULE:

Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm:  July 29th 1 September 3rd

Friday, July 29: Mary Ann Redmond
Winner of a staggering 14 WAMMIE Awards for best female jazz, rock-pop, roots rock/traditional R & B, the vocalist has toured with Mary Chapin Carpenter, and opened for The Pointer Sisters and The Neville Brothers. http://www.marb.com/

Saturday, July 30: Justin Trawick
Indie-folk rocker Justin Trawick’s music fluently balances between sometimes rowdy, other times consoling, forms of folk, bluegrass and hip hop, bestowing listeners an organic form of poetry. http://www.justintrawick.com/

Friday, August 5: Origem
Performing a variety of Brazilian music styles such as samba, bossa nova, forro, afoxe and maracatu, Origigem’s musical versatility has been showcased everywhere from the Kennedy Center, to the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival. http://www.myspace.com/origemband

Saturday, August 6: Teen Talent and Movie Night: FAST AND FURIOUS (2001)
Opening the evening will be a showcase of teen talent competition winners, followed by the feature movie.

Friday, August 12: Margot MacDonald
A textbook case of “classically trained soprano and pianist captivated by Led Zeppelin”, MacDonald started her singing career with the Washington National Opera at age 10, and by 15 she was releasing a second album and packing regional venues. She has appeared at 9:30 Club, Kennedy Center, Wolftrap, Birchmere, and the Bitter End in NYC. http://www.margotmacdonald.com/

Saturday, August 13: Russkie Musikanti
The Russkie Musikanti ensemble of the Washington Balalaika Society focuses on outreach programs, bringing its uniquemusic to venues throughout the community http://www.facebook.com/pages/Russkie-Musikanti/50950946354

Friday, August 19: Texas Chainsaw Horns
Built around the tight, five piece horn section led by trumpeter/arranger Tony Murtha, the 11-piece band draws on a wide variety of influences anywhere from Ray Charles and James Brown to ZZ Top and The Tower of Power. http://www.texaschainsawhorns.com/

Saturday, August 20: Andrew Acosta & the New Old-Time String Band
A night of acoustic Americana — an old-time hootnanny featuring The New Old Time String Band, which is made up of some of the area’s best bluegrass and folk musicians including Arlington’s own John Kaparakis and Speedy Tolliver. http://www.andrewacosta.com/band.html

Friday, August 26: Eric Scott
DC area pop/neo-soul singer Eric Scott has performed throughout Europe, Canada, the Caribbean and the U.S, sharing the stage with James Brown, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Little Feet, The Neville Brothers, Jimmy Buffet and Keb’ Mo’. http://www.ericscottmusic.com/

Saturday, August 27: Cartoon Johnny
Drawing on influences from classic soul to modern alternative, these two-time National Harmony Sweepstakes finalists won the Mid-Atlantic Regional title in 2005, and in New York (2005), they’re oft mistaken for instrumentalists. http://www.cartoonjohnny.com/fr_home.cfm

Friday, September 2: The Grandsons
A fan aptly described The Grandson’s exuberant sound as “American music in a blender with the lid off”, the eclectic band has won a WAMMIE for Artist of the Year, and their latest CD, Live at the Barns roots rock album of the year. http://grandsons.com/index.shtml

Saturday, September 3: Teen Talent and Movie Night: INCEPTION (2010 Oscar nominee)
Opening the evening will be a showcase of teen talent competition winners, followed by the feature movie.

For more information call 703-228-1850 or visit http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/parksrecreation/scripts/parks/LubberRunAmphitheaterPrograms.aspx

It’s going to be a hot one this week, so here are plenty of activities to keep you cool inside.  Sorry for the delay in getting this posted- baby #2 is due any day, and I am sloooowing down.  Stay cool!

Tuesday, July 19th    Summer Movie Express- Marmaduke & Yogi Bear

10am @ Kingstowne Stadium 16, Alexandria and Ballston Common Stadium 12, Arlington

Want to see recent kids movies for only a dollar this summer?  Head to Kingstowne Stadium 16 or Ballston Common Stadium 12 for Summer Movie Express 2011.  They will offer two G or PG rated movies for only $1 every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10am until August 24th.  This week’s movies are Marmaduke & Yogi Bear.  Click here for more info.

http://www.regmovies.com/summermovieexpress/default.aspx?zip=22204

Wednesday, July 20th    Magic Around the Globe

3:30pm @ Duncan Branch Library, Alexandria

The Shazam Magic Company returns with new and amazing magic tricks and other magical wonders with plenty audience participation.

http://www.alexandria.lib.va.us/pdf_docs/sqsystem11.pdf

Thursday, July 21st    Didgeridoo Down Under

2pm @ Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church

An Australian themed musical experience, especially fun for school aged kids.  This is a high-energy, Australia-themed show combining music, character building (includes anti-bullying), education, motivation, and entertainment.

http://www.fallschurchva.gov/Content/Government/Departments/Library/default.aspx

Thursday, July 21    Reptiles Alive!

7pm @ Burke Branch, Alexandria

An exciting and educational introduction to all kinds of reptiles from many places. You will meet live animals from Africa, Asia, Australia and North America while you learn snake secrets and laugh at our lizard stories and turtle tales. Featuring a giant python, alligator, tortoise, monitor lizard, and other amazing reptiles.   Recommended ages: 6to 12

http://www.alexandria.lib.va.us/pdf_docs/sqsystem11.pdf

Friday, July 22nd    Mars Day
10am – 3pm @ National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC

Kids can explore the Mars using 3D glasses, see a meteorite that came from Mars, and find out what geological features Earth has in common with Mars. Finally, kids can learn about upcoming and future exploration of the red planet.

http://www.nasm.si.edu/marsday/

 

The 8th Annual Alexandria Comcast Outdoor Film Festival is this weekend, Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16 at Waterfront Park.  Avatar will be shown on Friday, and Mamma Mia will be shown on Saturday.

This is a free event, and the movies begin at dusk (park gates open at 7pm).  You can bring blankets or lawn chairs, and outside food (and coolers) are welcome.  There will also be popcorn, homemade lemonade, and other yummy food for sale.  Sounds like a great time!!

http://alexandriava.gov/recreation/info/default.aspx?id=49270

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