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Weekend Planner: Model Trains, Restaurant Week

Friday, Jan. 13 through Sunday, Jan. 15

Making plans for the weekend?  Patch has got you covered with a list of the top events happening in our area this Friday through Sunday.

G Gauge Model Train Display

  • Where: , Fairfax Station
  • When: Sunday, January 15 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Why Go: This Garden (G) scale display is provided by the Washington, Virginia and Maryland Garden Railway Society.
  • Price:  Adult tickets are $3; children $1

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: Masterworks Concert

  • Where: George Mason University Center for the Arts, Fairfax
  • When: Saturday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. (Pre-performance lecture at 7 p.m.)
  • Why Go: Featuring Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11, as well as Russian cellist Sergey Antonov performing Glazunov’s Chant du Menestrel and Haydn’s Cello Concerto.
  • Price:  Adult tickets range from $25-$55; students ages 6-18 are $5

Northern Virginia Players presents “Aladdin Jr.”

  • Where: , Burke
  • When: Friday, Jan. 13 and Saturday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Why Go: Bring the kids and enjoy Aladdin Jr., a musical stage production based on the Disney classic.   
  • Price: Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week

  • Where: Various locations in Alexandria
  • When: Begins Friday, Jan. 13 and through Sunday, Jan. 22.
  • Why Go: This 10-day dining event celebrates Alexandria’s culinary diversity.  Participating restaurants, locations and more information are available at http://www.visitalexandriava.com. If you go to one of the restaurants, be sure to review it in the Patch Places directory on Old Town Alexandria Patch or Del Ray Patch!
  • Price: Ranges from $20.12 to $35.12 per person.

Basic Gardening: Garden on a Shoestring

  • Where: , Annandale
  • When: Friday, Jan. 13 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Why Go: Create impressive flower and vegetable gardens on a budget with the help of a Master Gardener.  Registration is required for this event.
  • Price:  $10 for Fairfax County residents; $12 for non-residents

Studio 3 presents “Miss Electricity”

  • Where: , Lorton
  • When: Beginning Saturday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Runs through Feb. 25.
  • Why Go: Studio 3 produces live theater for young audiences.  Their latest production follows the adventures of 10 year-old Violet, aka “Miss Electricity”.
  • Price:  $12 for ages 12 and up; $8 for children under 12

Local Library Book Sales

  • :  Saturday, Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Kings Park:  Ongoing Sale
  • Lorton:  Ongoing Sale
  • Martha Washington:  Ongoing Sale

Wellness Plan for 2012

  • Where: , Mount Vernon area
  • When: Saturday, Jan. 14 from 12 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
  • Why Go: Get help developing a fitness plan for the new year from expert Trish Muse.  Topics covered will include weight loss, stress management, and nutrition.  Please bring a brown bag lunch.  Space is limited, and registration is required.
  • Price:  FREE

Exploring the Artist in You!  Youth Arts Symposium

  • Where: , Alexandria
  • When: Saturday, Jan. 14 from 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Why Go: Kids from ages preschool to teen are invited to explore a wide array of visual and performing arts, including dance, drawing, painting, candy making, and more.  Participants will showcase their new artistic talents at the end of the day.
  • Price: FREE

Majestic Eagle at Mason Neck

  • Where: , Lorton
  • When: Saturday, Jan. 14 and Sunday, Jan. 15 at 4 p.m.
  • Why Go: Rangers will be on hand to guide and answer questions as you watch bald eagles soar over Belmont Bay.  Cameras and binoculars are highly encouraged. 
  • Price:  Parking day passes are $4 per vehicle.

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