This Weekend: Fall Book Preview, Restaurant Week, and Celebrate Wellness

A look at where to find fun Aug. 16 to 18 near Falls Church and Northern Fairfax.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

One More Page Books in Arlington is hosting its fall book preview on Friday at 7 p.m. with featured local bloggers Jennifer Lawrence (Jenn’s Bookshelves) and Swapna Krishna (S. Krishna’s Books). 

Falls Church Body and Brain Yoga will host its wellness festival on Saturday and Sunday. There will be aura readings, 10 minute evaluations with posture therapy, and healing relaxation. The free event is open to all ages. 

Stop by the Falls Church Farmers Market Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. In the City Hall Parking Lot. The next Chef Demo takes place Sept. 10 and features chefs from Lebanese Taverna.

This weekend is your last chance to visit some of the Falls Church resturants participating in Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants include 2941, Mad Fox Brewing Company, Pizzeria Orso, and Open Kitchen. Participating restaurants will offer $20.13 lunch specials and $35.13 dinner menus through Monday. 2941 will be extending its restaurant week specials through August 30, so make your reservations today. For more information, visit http://www.ramw.org/restaurantweek/

Get a whole new outlook on local nightlife at the Gulf Branch Nature Center Bat Festival. This Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. enjoy live bat shows, a festive lantern parade, games, crafts and more. The nature center is located at 3608 N. Military Rd. in Arlington, Va. Register online at https://registration.arlingtonva.us or call 703-228-4747. There is a $7 fee per participant.

More than 60 vendors line Silver Spring’s Fenton Street area on Saturdays from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. through Oct. 26. Stop by Veterans Plaza at 850 Ellsworth Dr. to see what you can find. Call 240-504-1027 for more information.

Musical “A Chorus Line” is nearing the end of its run at The Olney Theatre in Olney, Md., at 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd. Call 301-824-3300 for more information. Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Six bartenders compete to make the best Old-Fashioned at Bourbon Steak's 3rd annual summer block party, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW in Washington, DC, on Sunday at noon. The $70 fee includes bison dishes, oysters, wine and of course Old-Fashioneds. A prize for best-dressed cowgirl or cowboy. For more information call 202-944-2026.

Northern Virginia Restaurant Week wraps up this weekend.
Twenty participating restaurants feature special lunch menus from $20.13 per person and dinner menus from $30.13.

This weekend, Fairfax County Animal Shelter will celebrate National Dog Day (Aug. 26). There will be a doggie pool party on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with games and prizes. Until Aug. 31, adoption fees are half off for dogs and puppies and other deals. 

The Mid-Atlantic Band Battle 9 Finals will be held at Jammin Java on Friday. Finalists include Holly Would, Sub-Radio Standard, Cyrenic, Simone and the Spectrum and the Tattooed Beachsluts. The grand prize includes $2,500 in cash. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at Java, 227 Maple Ave. East. Tickets are $15, VIP seats are $18. The lobby opens at 6 p.m. 

Almost Journey performs this week at Friday Night Live in Herndon. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. with One More. New Jersey's newest Journey tribute band is expected to take the stage at 8 p.m. The free event is on the Town Green behind the municipal building at 777 Lynn Street.

Runners will fill the starting line Sunday for the South Lakes 10K. The loop course offers fast flat stretches, along with some steady inclines and declines. Registration is $35 until Friday at 8 p.m., then $40. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. at South Lakes High School, 11400 South Lakes Drive. 

The Workhouse Prison Museum celebrates Women's Equality Day on Sunday. The event celebrates the 93rd anniversary of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote. The event includes costumed interpreters, a screening of award-winning student film "The War of the Roses," a performance of suffragist songs and more. The free event begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road.

Starlight Cinema wraps this weekend with a showing of "Rise of the Guardians." Mythical characters of childhood become heroes in the Dreamworks film with the voices of Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman and more. The free event begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at 5860 Trinity Center Parkway in Centreville. 

Arts in the Park continues with a DinoRock puppet show Saturday morning at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Following the show, colonial interpreters will be demonstrating crafts, while other staff show off park animals. The events begin at 10 a.m. at the park, 5040 Walney Road. 


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