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Weekend Planner: Tree Lighting, Turkey Trots and More

Thursday, Nov. 22 through Sunday, Nov. 25

 

The holiday season kicks off with a variety of local events this Thursday through Sunday.

 

24th Annual Virginia Run Turkey Trot 5K Run/2K Walk

  • Where: Virginia Run Community Center, Centreville
  • When: Thursday, Nov. 22 at 8 a.m.
  • Why Go: All proceeds will benefit the Life With Cancer organization.  Note: 5K will be limited to the first 4,000 registrants.
  • Price: See website for registration details.

 

Alexandria Turkey Trot 2012

  • Where: Begins at George Washington Middle School, Alexandria
  • When: Thursday, Nov. 22 at 9 a.m.
  • Why Go: Start your Thanksgiving Day with this annual race event.  There will also be special “Doggie Race” and “Stroller Race” categories.
  • Price: Adults: $20; Ages 13-20: $15; Under 13: $5

 

Thanksgiving Day Shotgun Golf

  • Where: Pohick Bay Golf Course, Lorton
  • When: Thursday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Why Go: Enjoy a round of golf Thanksgiving morning.  Players do not need a foursome to sign up.  See website for pre-registration details. 
  • Price: $55 includes greens fees, cart and box lunch

 

City of Alexandria Tree Lighting Ceremony

  • Where: Market Square, Old Town Alexandria
  • When: Friday, Nov. 23 from 7 – 9 p.m.
  • Why Go: The Metropolitan Fine Arts Center will perform “Santa’s Frosty’s Follies”, and everyone is encouraged to stay for the sing-a-long following the lighting ceremony.
  • Price: FREE

 

Cool Cow Comedy

  • Where: Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton
  • When: Friday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m.
  • Why Go: Featuring stand-up comedians Rob Maher and Sara Armour.  Hosted by Rahmein Mostafavi.  Due to the nature of the material, this event is for adults only.
  • Price: $15 per person – Reservations Recommended

 

Mount Vernon by Candlelight

  • Where: George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Alexandria
  • When: Friday, Nov. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 25 from 5 – 8 p.m.
  • Why Go: The tour will include music, dancing, festive decorations, costumed tour guides and more.
  • Price: Adults: $22; Children: $15 (Not included in general admission)

 

Family Moving Sculpture Workshop

  • Where: Art at the Center, Alexandria
  • When: Saturday, Nov. 24 from 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Why Go: Adults and children can work together to create simple robots and moving sculptures.  Tuition includes one vibrating motor per participant and materials for building.  Registration is required.
  • Price: $15 per person; $50 for a group of four; $65 for a group of five

 

Children’s Theatre: A Magical Christmas

  • Where: Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton
  • When: Beginning Saturday, Nov. 24 at 1 p.m.
  • Price: Adults: $12; Children: $8
  • Why Go: Kids of all ages are invited to this Children’s Theatre production about bringing the magic of Santa Claus to a town called Believe.

 

Chanticleer: A Chanticleer Christmas 

  • Where: GMU Center for the Arts, Fairfax
  • When: Saturday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m.
  • Why Go: This a cappella group performs Christmas music ranging from ancient hymns to traditional favorites.  Don’t miss the pre-performance discussion at 7:15 p.m.
  • Price: Tickets range from $24 - $48

 

The Nutcracker

  • Where: Ernst Community Cultural Center, Annandale
  • When: Saturday, Nov. 24 at 2 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m.
  • Why Go: This holiday favorite is performed by the Classical Ballet Theatre of Northern Virginia. 
  • Price: Adults: $25; Students, Seniors and Kids: $20; Military and Girl Scouts: $18

 

Library Events:

  • Computer Tutoring at Burke Branch Library, Alexandria.  Saturday, Nov. 24 all day.  FREE – Registration Required.
  • English Conversation at Sherwood Regional Library, Alexandria.  Saturday, Nov. 24 from 10:30 a.m. - Noon.  FREE – Registration Required.
  • Wag a Tale at Kingstowne Library, Alexandria.  Saturday, Nov. 24 beginning at 10:30 a.m.  For ages 5-12.  FREE – Registration Required.
  • Basic Computer Skills Training at Kings Park Library, Burke.  Saturday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m.  For adults.  FREE – Registration Required.
  • eBook Clinic at Kings Park Library, Burke.  Saturday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m.  For adults.  FREE – Registration Required.
  • eBook Workshop at George Mason Regional Library, Annandale.  Saturday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m.  FREE.

 

Nature Highlights:

  • American Indian Stories Campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale.  Friday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.   For ages 3 and up.  $6 - $8 per person – Registration Required.
  • Wetland Watch at Mason Neck State Park, Lorton.  Saturday, Nov. 24 at 10:30 a.m.  Weekend parking is $4 per vehicle.
  • Nature Craft at Mason Neck State Park, Lorton.  Saturday, Nov. 24 at 1 p.m.  Weekend parking is $4 per vehicle.
  • Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale.  Saturday, Nov. 24 at 6 p.m.  For ages 3 and up.  $6 - $8 per person – Registration Required.
  • Sunday Morning Bird Walk at Dyke Marsh, Alexandria.  Sunday, Nov. 25 at 8 a.m.  FREE.
  • Birding Belmont Bay at Mason Neck State Park, Lorton.  Sunday, Nov. 25 at 10 a.m.  Weekend parking is $4 per vehicle.
  • Fall Guided Hike at Mason Neck State Park, Lorton.  Sunday, Nov. 25 at 1 p.m.  Weekend parking is $4 per vehicle.
  • American Indian Stories and Games at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale.  Sunday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m.  For ages 3 - 6.  $7 - $9 per person – Registration Required.
  • Fliers of the Night Campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale.  Sunday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m.  For ages 3 and up.  $6 - $8 per person – Registration Required.

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