Rose Hill Community Calendar
February - March 2002

Items for the calendar must be received by the 15th of the month prior to publication. Public, school and church events only.

Around Rose Hill And Beyond

  • Tuesday, Feb.26, 7 pm, John Marshall Library. Rose Hill Civic Association Meeting. Speaker: A representative from the Franconia District Police Station. Also the Rose Hill Directory will be available for those renewing membership or members who haven't picked one up.
  • Tuesday, Mar. 5, 7:30 pm. Meeting of the Granny Squares, an area service club for grandmothers. Franconia Governmental Center. Call Fran Watts at 703-971-5934 for information.
  • Every Wednesday and Saturday. BINGO! Franconia Volunteer Fire Dept., Inc. Early Bird, 7 pm. Regular sessions, 8 pm.
  • Tuesday, Mar 26, 7 pm, John Marshall Library. Rose Hill Civic Association Meeting. Scheduled speaker: Ted Jonas, Friends of John Marshall Library.

John Marshall Library

Events are free unless noted. Reservations are encouraged for library activities; call 703-971-0010.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 26; Thursday, Feb. 28; Thursday, Mar. 7;Tuesday Mar. 12; Thursday, Mar. 14; Tuesday, Mar. 19; Thursday, Mar. 21; Tuesday, Mar. 26; and Thursday, Mar. 28, 1-5 pm. AARP Tax Counseling. No registration is required
  • Thursday, Feb. 28 and Thursday, Mar. 21, 10:30 am. Terrific Thursdays. Stories and activities. Age 3-5 with adult.
  • Wednesday, Mar. 6; Saturday, Mar. 9; Wednesday, Mar. 13; Saturday, Mar. 16; Wednesday, Mar. 20; Saturday, Mar. 23 and Wednesday, Mar. 27, 10 am- 12:15 pm. Internet Training. Individual 45-minute sessions by appointment. Age 12 and up.
  • Thursday, March 7, 7 pm. Teddy Bear Time. Stories and activities. Bring your favorite stuffed toy. Age 2-5 with adult.
  • Friday, March 8; Friday, Mar. 15; 12:00 pm. Lunch Bunch. Bring a lunch and listen to stories. Age 2-5 with adult.
  • Wednesday, March 13, 10:30 am. Wednesday Wonders. Stories and activities. Age 2-3 with adult.
  • Saturday, Mar. 16, 2 pm. Science to Amaze and Intrigue. Maryland Science Center presents experiments on sound, chemistry, the human body, cold, heat, and combustion. All ages.
  • Tuesday, Mar. 19, 10:30 am. Tuesday Tales. Stories and activities. Age 2-5 with adult.
  • Wednesday, Mar. 20, 7:15 pm. Book Discussion Group. Adults. No registration is required.

Huntley Meadows Park

Events are at the Visitor's Center unless noted. Reservations are required for nature activities; register by calling 703-768-2525. Fairfax County's largest park (1,428 acres) includes wetlands, forests, meadows, streams and ponds. It has resident deer, beaver, heron and other animals. Facilities include a visitor's center, auditorium, exhibits and an interpretive trail with boardwalk and observation platforms. Programs for groups by reservation. Call 703-768-2525 for additional information.

  • Saturday, Mar. 9, 5:30-7 pm. Evening Wildlife Walk. (Adults). Explore the Hike/Bike Trail in hopes of discovering calling flogs and owls, migrating waterfowl and displaying American woodcock. Bring optics and a flashlight. Meet at the park's South King's Highway entrance. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. $2.
  • Sunday, Mar. 10, 7-10 pm. Birding for Beginners. (Adults). interested in birding? We can get you started! Learn about the birds in the park and some basic identification skills. Program begins with a discussion of field guides and optics. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. FREE
  • Monday, Mar. 11,3:15-4:30 pm. Young Explorers: Signs of Spring. (6-8 yrs.) Spring is in the air. Signs of spring are all around us. Come celebrate the season. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. $2.
  • Wednesday, Mar. 13 and Thursday, Mar. 14, 9:30-10:15 am or 10:45-11:30 am. Nature Detectives: Signs of Spring. (3-5 yrs.) Spring is in the air. Signs of spring are all around us. Celebrate the season through discussion, activity and a craft. Reservations required. $3.
  • Sunday, Mar. 17, 3-4:40 pm. A Walk on the Wild Side. Harry Glasgow, volunteer naturalist, will lead you on an introductory walk in the park and point out seasonal highlights. Appropriate for families with children 5 yrs. and up. Reservation required. Canceled if rain. FREE.
  • Monday, Mar. 18, 4-5:15 pm. Papermaking. (5-6 yrs.) children will use paper they have made to create a collage incorporating natural objects. Reservations required. $5.
  • Tuesday, Mar. 19, 7 am-3 pm. Excursion: Birding at Pope's Creek Plantation. (Adults). Meet at Huntley Meadows Visitor Center to visit Pope's Creek Plantation, birthplace of George Washington. The plantation has a variety of habitats supporting a diversity of birdlife. Bald eagles, loons, ducks, swans and terns are a few of the species that may be seen. Dress for an off-trail hike. Bring binoculars and a bag lunch. Canceled if rain. Reservations required. $15.
  • Sunday, Mar. 24, 5:15-6:30 pm. Leave It to Beaver. (6 yrs. and up) Families will look for signs of beavers and, if we're lucky, catch a glimpse of these nocturnal engineers. Canceled if rain. $2.
  • Tuesday, Mar. 26-Thursday, Mar. 28, 9-11:30 am. Spring Break Camp. (6-8 yrs.) The park is waking from the winter; birds are singing, plants are greening up and amphibians are emerging from hibernation. Experience this seasonal excitement through nature activities, walks and crafts at our 3-day camp. Reservations required. $45.
  • Cross-Country Skiing is permitted on Huntley Meadow trails (if there is sufficient snow!) as well as trails in other county parks. Skiers must furnish their own equipment and ski at their own risk.

At this writing many nature and education programs are being canceled at county park facilities due to budget cutbacks. It would be wise to call ahead about park activities.

Summer Nature Camps at Huntley Meadows

  • June 26-28, 0:30-11:30 am. Nature Snoopers. (age 5-6, limited to 15 children.) For children who have not completed 1st grade. Discover the meadows, aquatic and woodland habitats through outdoor activities, nature crafts and games. Call for information on registration. $45
  • July 8-12, 9 am-noon. Artists and Scientists. (age 9-12, limited to 10 children). Experience the natural wonders of the park from 2 perspectives. Will include journal writing, sketching, observation, data collecting and detailed investigation of plants and animals in the park. Registration begins April 17, at 9 am. $65.
  • July 17-1g, 9-11:30 am. Nature Day Camp. (age 6-8, limited to 15 children). For children who have completed 1st grade. Outdoor activities, nature crafts and games to stimulate their interest in their natural and cultural heritage. Call for information on registration. $45.

In The Schools

  • Thursday, Feb. 28, 7 pm. Band Pre-Festival Concert. Edison High School Auditorium.
  • Friday, Mar. 1 and Saturday, Mar. 2. Rose Hill Family Weekend Activities. Rose Hill Elementary School. Friday, 6:30-8:30 pm: PTA Reading Night; 7 pm PTA Silent Auction and Ice Cream Social, cafeteria. Lots of great items to bid on. Saturday, 10 am-2 pm: Wellness Fair. Exhibits, health screening, clowns, face-painting, demonstrations, healthy snacks. FREE.
  • Monday, Mar. 4. Nurturing Parenting Program. Presented by Fairfax County Department of Family Services at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. For Hispanic parents and their children ages birth to 4 years. Teaches nurturing skills to parents/children and reinforces strengths/values/culture. No cost of admission, but registration is required. For more information please call 703-324-7405 or 703-324-7723. Monday nights through Aug. 4.
  • Monday, Mar. 25 through Friday, Mar. 29. Spring Break.
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