Weekend Planner: Civil War Ball, Pet Adoption and Live Theater

Friday, Jan. 27, through Sunday, Jan. 29: A variety of local events await as you get ready to make your weekend plans.

Civil War Ball

Where: Gadsby’s Tavern, Alexandria

When: 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28

Why Go: Spend an evening at an 1860s-era ball, complete with live music, dancing and desserts. Guests are encouraged to wear military or civilian Civil War-period clothing.      

Price: Tickets are $45 (reservations required)


Josephine Tonight

Where: MetroStage, Alexandria

When: Friday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 28, at 3 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 29, at 3 and 7 p.m.

Why Go: This stage production presents the life story of legendary performer Josephine Baker.

Price:  Tickets range from $25 to $50. 

More info: www.metrostage.org/josephine.html


Bird Feeding and Gardening

Where: , Alexandria

When: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28

Why Go: Learn from the professionals how to attract your favorite birds to your yard and garden. Ages 18 and up.

Price: $6 for Fairfax County residents; $8 for non-residents (advance registration required)


Tea Basics Seminar

Where: , Annandale

When: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 

Why Go:  Learn how to best select, brew, and savor teas from all over the world.  Taste a variety of ethnic finger foods and take home samples of exotic teas and blends. Ages 18 and up.

Price: $45 for Fairfax County residents; $60 for non-residents (advance registration required)


Lucky Dog Animal Rescue Adoption Event

Where: , Annandale

When: 12 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29

Why Go: Adoptable dogs will be at Petco this Sunday waiting to be matched up with the perfect companion. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about dogs or the adoption process.  

More information: www.luckydoganimalrescue.org


Local Library Book Sales

Overstock “Mini” Book Sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28

: Ongoing Sale

: Ongoing Sale


Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap

Where: , Lorton

When: Doors open at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, and Saturday, Jan. 28; at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29 

Why Go: Relax with cocktails and a dinner buffet, followed by a stage production of this popular murder mystery.  

Price: $41.95 for ages 16 and up weekdays and Sundays; $44.95 for ages 16 and up Saturdays; $35 for youth ages 11-15; $25 for children 10 and under. 

More info: www.lazysusan.com/special/now-playing 


“Stuff the Bus” Food Drive

Where: , Lorton

When: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 

Why Go: The goal is to fill a Fastran bus with food to benefit local families in need.  All donations will go to the Lorton Community Action Center.  


River North Dance Chicago

Where: GMU Center for the Arts, Fairfax

When: Friday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m.

Why Go: Enjoy the contemporary choreography performed by this popular jazz-based dance company. Don’t miss the pre-performance discussion beginning at 7:15 p.m.

Price: Tickets range from $21 to $42

Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: Russian Rapture

Where: GMU Center for the Arts, Fairfax

When: Sunday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m.

Why Go: The third performance in this popular series features selections by Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky.

Price:  Tickets range from $19 - $38


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