Tysons, VA

The Weekly Planner is a roundup of interesting events coming up over the next week in the Tysons area.

We’ve searched the web for events of note in Tysons, Vienna, Merrifield, McLean, and Falls Church. Know of any we’ve missed? Tell us!

Monday (Feb. 22)

  • Doktor Kaboom! “Look Out! Science is Coming!” (Online) — 4 p.m. — Doktor Kaboom is a comedian with a passion for science. DC Theatre Scene says he’s “better than Bill Nye.” He will be performing a family-friendly show today, including three demonstrations of experiments that viewers can do with him. Go to the McLean Community Center website to register and find the supplies list for the experiments.

Tuesday (Feb. 23)

  • Waterfowl at Burke Lake Park — 10-11 a.m. at Burke Lake Park (7315 Ox Rd.) — Burke Lake Park is hosting a search for winter waterfowl. Park staff will run a program taking participants around the lake in search of creatures such as loons, lesser scaups and ring-necked ducks. The registration fee for this event is $8 per person.
  • Climate Planning Meeting on Energy (Online) — 7 p.m. — Fairfax County will hold a public meeting of presentations and discussion on energy issues related to the Community-wide Energy and Climate Action Plan, or CECAP. Experts from the consulting firm ICF will be facilitating and presenting at this meeting.

Thursday (Feb. 25)

  • Online Book Discussion (Online) — 1-2 p.m. — The staff of Patrick Henry Public Library in Vienna will lead an online discussion about the novel “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones. Register in advance through the link above to reserve a spot for the event.
  • Drawing Animal Eyes — 7-9 p.m. at Annandale District Park (7701 Royce St.) — The Hidden Oaks Nature Center is hosting an event for participants ages 16 and up to learn how to draw animal eyes. Participants will have the option of using pencils, colored pencils and watercolors to create their masterpiece. The cost is $15 per person and masks and social distancing will be required.

Friday (Feb. 26)

  • BRAWS Presents: Mardi Bras (Online) — 8-9 p.m. — BRAWS (Bringing Resources to Aid Women’s Shelters) is hosting a fundraiser to support women and girls gain access to items such as pads, tampons, and underwear. The Vienna-based nonprofit says the need for these products has tripled over the last year, making funding more critical than ever. The event is free, but advance registration is required too receive a link, and people can support the cause by becoming a sponsor, participating in the silent auction, or purchasing a raffle ticket.
  • A Taste of California (Online) — 6:30-7:45 p.m. — A virtual wine tasting hosted by Vienna Vinter’s owner, Victor Mendez, will feature three wines from Mendez’s winery in California. Register by contacting Vienna Vinter at 703- 242-9463 or [email protected] The $75 or $120 fee includes access to the zoom link for the tasting and two or three bottles of wine, and 20% of the proceeds will be donated when customers mention the Shepherd’s Center
  • Family Fun Trivia Night (Online) — 7-9 p.m. — The McLean Community Center is hosting a family-friendly, virtual trivia night. Registration is required and the price is $5 per team. There will be prizes for the winning teams.

Saturday (Feb. 27)

  • Book Club (Online) — 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. — The McLean Community Center is hosting the first in a series of book club meetings. They will meet monthly and move through multiple genres. The group is free, but interested participants should register on the McLean Community Center website.

Sunday (Feb. 28)

  • 1st Look Series (Online) — 2 p.m. — 1st Stage in Tysons will live-stream excerpts of shows that it has commissioned from solo artists in its new “1st Look” series. The first installment will feature work by Jasmin Cardenas and James J. Johnson that explores, respectively, the experiences of low-wage and undocumented factory workers and Black fatherhood. The previews will be followed by discussions with the playwrights. Attendees should register in advance for the free Zoom event.

Photo via Danielle Brigida/Flickr

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The Weekly Planner is a roundup of interesting events coming up over the next week in the Tysons area.

We’ve searched the web for events of note in Tysons, Vienna, Merrifield, McLean, and Falls Church. Know of any we’ve missed? Tell us!

Monday (Jan. 25)

  • Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week — The D.C. area’s annual Restaurant Week starts today and lasts through Feb. 7. Several venues in the Tysons area are participating.
  • Metro Mondays (Online) — 4-5:30 p.m. — Fairfax and Loudoun county officials will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Metro’s budget and the Silver Line for a panel hosted by the Tysons Partnership. Registration for the Zoom event is free.
  • The Amazing Max Magic Workshop (Online) — 4-5 p.m. — After putting on a family show on Sunday (Jan. 24), The Amazing Max will give children an opportunity to learn how to make magic. Tickets cost $15 per device for the general public and $10 for McLean Community Center district residents. They can be purchased through the Alden Theatre.
  • Introduction to Ballroom Dancing — 7:30-8:30 p.m. — The McLean Community Center is offering new introductory classes to ballroom dance, with each month focusing on a different style. The class consists of 20 hour-long lessons, starting today through June 28. Instruction is available either in-person at the community center (1234 Ingleside Ave.) or virtually.
  • The Nields Benefiting Jammin Java (Online) — 8 p.m. — Jammin Java will live-stream a virtual concert by the folk-rock band The Nields. Tickets are free, but donations to support the Vienna music venue/cafe are encouraged.

Tuesday (Jan. 26)

  • Tuesday Morning Book Club (Online) — 10:30-11:30 a.m. — The Mary Riley Styles Public Library’s Tuesday Morning Book Club will discuss the novel “The Island of Sea Women” by Lisa See. Email group coordinator Catherine Wilson for more information about the Zoom meeting. No registration is required.

Thursday (Jan. 28)

  • The Queen’s Gambit (Online) — 4:30-5:30 p.m. — With the Netflix show “The Queen’s Gambit” inspiring a new generation of female chess players, Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library chess club founder Ashley Xing will talk about the history of women in the game and her experience as a successful youth competitor. Registration is required and can be done through the Fairfax County Public Library website.
  • Cup O’Jokes — 7:30 p.m. at Jammin Java (227 Maple Ave. E) — Jokes on Tap comes to Jammin Java once a month to present a comedy show featuring stand-up comics from around the D.C. region. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but a donation is suggested, and a minimum two-item purchase is required for customers at tables.

Friday (Jan. 29)

  • Vienna Police Station Groundbreaking — 10 a.m. at 215 Center St. South — The Vienna Police Department is holding a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on its new headquarters building. Mayor Linda Colbert and other town officials will be present. Masks and social distancing are required.

Saturday (Jan. 30)

  • Emo Trivia Night — 7:30 p.m. at Jammin Java (227 Maple Ave. E) — Test your indie cred at this trivia night focused on the alternative music scene. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and masks are required except when eating or drinking. Teams must purchase tickets at the same time through Eventbrite, and they should arrive at the event as a group. Tickets start at $7.50, with four-ticket bundles available for $30.

Photo via Jonathan Ybema on Unsplash

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