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10 healthy things to do this weekend in NoVA

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Happy leap year, NoVA!

No matter how you want to spend your weekend (we won’t blame you if it means sleeping the day away), here a handful of ways to get moving and maintain your health during the last weekend of February.

DC Mania: Fitness Pro Convention
Friday, Feb. 28-Sunday, March 1, times vary
Give yourself the opportunity to get fit, educated and inspired at DC Mania, a convention with up to 17 sessions an hour and over 70 presenters, teaching and showcasing some of the most popular exercises across the country. Attendees can find courses on group fitness, personal training, HIIT/boot camp, yoga and Pilates, cycling and rowing and much more. At this year’s regional convention, try your hand at a Pound class (where participants get a full-body workout by following rhythms with drumsticks), Hot Booty Ballet or Stairmaster HIIT. There’s so much to learn, you might just want to spend the entire weekend soaking up all of the knowledge you can. // Hyatt Regency Dulles: 2300 Dulles Convention Center, Herndon; $99-$259

Black Health Fair & Relationship Seminar
Friday, Feb. 28, 4-8 p.m.
The Virginia Black History Association, in partnership with Strengthening Men’s Health Incorporated and Bequissence Consulting LLC, is hosting its first health seminar, two days prior to the 20th annual Virginia Black History Month Gala. Focusing on health issues that affect African American men at higher risks, such as diabetes and heart disease, the seminar will combine forces that will provide potentially life-saving information and screenings to community members. // Hilton Alexandria Mark Center Hotel: 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria; free

Sound Healing Relaxation
Friday, Feb. 28, 6:15-7:15 p.m.
You spend your life surrounded by noise. Traffic sounds on your way to work. Headphones in while you’re exercising. Talking, television and more. Find your silence and your serenity at this sound healing relaxation class. You’ll be exposed to the sounds of singing crystal bowls, which will help you forget the cacophony that surrounds your everyday life, and get you back to that relaxed state of mind you’re looking for. Other benefits include help with anxiety and depression, pain reduction, sleep assistance, energy balance and more. // YogaToka: 3260 Duke St., Alexandria; $20 

Free Tai Chi Class at Virginia University of Integrative Medicine
Saturday, Feb. 29, 8-9 a.m.
Learn to meditate in motion with this mind-body practice at Virginia University of Integrative Medicine and you might just bring the slow yet soothing exercise into your everyday life. If you’ve been curious about tai chi and how it can help maintain strength, flexibility and balance, now is your chance to try it locally—and for free! Instructor Matthew Stampe has been teaching for over 25 years and will guide you through the practice you’ve been looking for. // Virginia University if Integrative Medicine: 9401 Mathy Drive, Room 200, Fairfax; free

Saturday Beer Run at Lake Anne Brew House
Saturday, Feb. 29, 9:45-10:45 a.m.
Your extra day only comes every four years, so why not burn some calories and treat yourself with a cold pint from Lake Anne Brew House? Laps of brisk walking, jogging or running on the bonus day of the year will take place around Lake Anne, and all attendees will receive a bonus 5-ounce cup with the purchase of a pint or flight. There’s no time minimum or maximum, but make the most of those 24 hours and get in some exercise, then kick back and enjoy the weekend at the bar with pretzels and beer. // Lake Anne Brew House: 11401 N. Shore Drive, Reston; free

Leap Day 5K
Saturday, Feb. 29, 10 a.m.-noon
Old Ox Brewing is ready to help you celebrate your extra day of the year. Get your bib and time chip and be off to the races as an individual or a team, and once you cross the finish line, you’ll go home with a medal. Once you’ve finished the race, stick around at the Middleburg brewery for brunch and beer, and enjoy those extra 24 hours with a post-workout glow. // Old Ox Brewery Middleburg: 14 S. Madison St., Middleburg; $35 (for $42-$45, brunch package are available) 

Yoga for Beginners
Saturday, Feb. 29, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Just like tai chi, you’ve probably wondered what yoga could offer you. Another form of meditation in motion, as well as a way to build strength, balance and flexibility, yoga can bring a number of benefits into your life, or just your weekend. Join this free beginners class to learn how to move through the poses, focus on your breath and start to find your inner peace. If you’ve never tried it before, you might just find what you and your body have been missing. // Oakton Library: 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton; free

Self-care Saturday
Saturday, Feb. 29, noon-4 p.m.
Have you decided how you’re going to spend your extra day this year? You could make yourself a cup of tea, soak in a much-needed hot bath, or take that yoga class you’ve been meaning to put on your calendar. After you’ve done all of those things, you should use  some of those extra 24 hours to take care of yourself at Samskara Yoga & Healing. Vendors and community members will gather to offer helpful tips, soothing products and more for your self-care Saturday. You could leave with a bag full of goodies and ready to relax for the rest of the year. // Samskara Yoga & Healing: 22000 Dulles Retail Plaza, Unit 102, Sterling; free

Free Intro to Reiki – Stafford Virginia
Sunday, March 1, 4-5:30 p.m.
You might have caught wind of energy healing before, or heard a friend or family member discuss its oddity. Can you really move energy with your hands and mind? Well, it’s up to you to find out. Reiki is the study and practice of cultivating positive energy into the mind and body, on yourself and others. Visit this free workshop to get the details on the practice and end with an hour-long session so you can potentially feel the healing effects you’ve been wondering about. Plus, there are several dates in the future so you can continue to come back and journey further into the world of reiki and energy healing, if you decide to. // Stafford House of Yoga: 971 Garrisonville Road, Stafford Courthouse; free

Burke Lake 12K
Sunday, March 1, 9 a.m.-noon
Those extra-day 5Ks aren’t for everyone; we hear you. If you’re looking for an extra challenge this weekend, sign up for the Burke Lake 12K instead. Not only will you get your heart rate up for an extended weekend workout, you’ll kick off the third month of the year with a strong mileage and get picturesque lake views while you do it. Keep those running New Year’s resolutions alive or just kick your butt back into gear after the leap day and you’ll be ready to take on the week ahead. // Burke Lake Park: 7315 Ox Road, Springfield; $10 (free for members of DC Road Runners) 

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From learning breathing techniques to tasting new brews: What we’re looking forward to this week, Feb. 24-March 1

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By Katie BiancoJess FeldmanHolly Gambrell and Jennifer Zeleski

Inhale, exhale
Love it or hate it, the self-care era is here to stay. We’ve seen it all: face masks, bath bombs, fluffy slippers and cozy pajamas. The selfish-yet-loving movement has even gained a momentum to the tune of $10 billion. But knowing all of that doesn’t mean I haven’t fallen for it too. Last weekend, I binged the entire series of Gwyneth Paltrow’s The Goop Lab on Netflix. I applied a sticky, green face mask that made me look like Shrek, drank a cup of chamomile tea and coated my hair in a rather waxy treatment. It gave off the appearance of being pleasant, but seemed more like work. In order to actually find my self-care this week, I’m headed to the Beyond Breath introduction class to learn about the Sudarshan Kriya breathing technique. It may not be Wim Hof’s breathing experience followed by a leap into icy water, but it will help me truly relax and take care of myself—for free. -Jennifer Zeleski, Editorial Assistant // Vienna Community Center: 12 Cherry St. SE, Vienna; Tuesday, Feb. 25, 7-8 p.m.; free

A colorful home is a happy home
We moved into a new house just about a year ago and—while it’s going incredibly slow—I am finally starting to decorate it, room by room. My husband and I are a great team when it comes to interior design. I have the vision. He’s got the handyman skills to execute it. For example, when I was pregnant (both times), I asked him to paint one of my old childhood bookshelves for the nursery (a bright white for my girl, a vibrant green for my boy). And, voila, they both had one-of-a-kind furniture to store their books. But, it seems unfair that he’s the only one turning my design dreams into a reality. Which is why you’ll find me at Boxwood in Alexandria this Thursday taking an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint class. I’ve got plenty more beat-up furniture that needs new life. And now we’ll both be able to add some color to our home. -Katie Bianco, Editor // Boxwood: 128 S. Royal St., Alexandria; Thursday, Feb. 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $95 

Boot camp and bloody marys
I visited The St. James once when it first opened its doors. The mega sports complex is fascinating to me, simply because there’s so much to do there. You could literally spend an entire day there. I’m not that ambitious, but I will be spending a few hours on Saturday at a boot camp workout (a complimentary InBody assessment and swag bag included), followed by brunch at the complex’s on-site restaurant, Vim & Victor, where chef Spike Mendelsohn himself will take us through his brunch favorites. I’m sure I’ll dig in hastily after burning off all those calories. It’ll be a well-deserved meal. -Holly Gambrell, Digital Editor // The St. James: 6805 Industrial Road, Springfield; Saturday, Feb. 29, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; $32 for members, $40 for non-members

My type of lecture
While I am only 23 years old, I know a lot about wine. Being from a European family, I started learning about things like how to tell the age of a wine and how to recognize the region of the grape from a young age. A beverage I really don’t know much about is beer. And now that I live in Arlington, where there are about eight breweries in a 5-mile radius of my house, I’m realizing I have a lot to learn. That’s why this weekend, I will be joining brewmaster Mitch Steele of New Realm Brewing for a
presentation on his experience working in the beer world. Throughout the night, I’ll get to try various IPAs and other local brews while learning about the production process. Maybe now it won’t take me 10 minutes to choose a beer on the menu next time I go out. -Jess Feldman, Editorial Assistant // Total Wine & More: 11620 Plaza America Drive, Reston; Saturday, Feb. 29, 5-7 p.m.; $10

For more fun events around town this month, see our February calendar here.

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From trivia to celebrating the right to vote: What we’re looking forward to this week, Feb. 17-23

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By Katie BiancoJess FeldmanHolly Gambrell and Jennifer Zeleski

OK I’ll admit it, I’m competitive
Last week, my roommates and I went to trivia night at Bar Bao for the first time since moving to Clarendon in August. The weekly affair is quite popular in our bustling neighborhood and apparently all over NoVA, which is something I definitely didn’t experience back in Boston. So, while our party of eight had a blast at our first go of the mind game, we came in third to last, which didn’t sit too well with a few of us competitive types (aka me). That’s why tonight, I’m going to attend a trivia night I know I can excel at, taking place at Courthaus Social. The theme of the night is Rom-Com Edition, and if there’s anything I know a lot about, it’s romantic comedies with recognizable, cheesy quotes and predictable plots you can’t look away from. This week, I’ll be able to redeem myself from our last go, and hopefully help my team make it to one of the top three spots.
-Jess Feldman, Editorial Assistant // Courthaus Social: 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington; Monday, Feb. 17, 7-9 p.m.; free

“Part of your World”
One of the greatest joys of parenthood, I’ve found, is introducing your kids to the things you loved as a kid. My daughter has already claimed ownership of the hand-me-down Gerber baby doll that I loved so much throughout my childhood, she’s showing signs of loving interior design (She told me she wants to paint her room purple. That counts!) and she loves The Little Mermaid. That last common interest means we’ll be making a trip to MerMagic Con in Manassas this weekend. There’s plenty for grown-up mermaid fans to love at the convention, but we’ll be heading for the kid-focused events, like a mermaid meet and greet, a splash zone and mermaid-themed crafting. We’ll end the day with a home viewing of The Little Mermaid. Ariel would be so proud. -Katie Bianco, Editor // Freedom Aquatic Center: 9100 Freedom Center Blvd., Manassas; Feb. 21-23, times vary; $25-$299

Ready to feel the rhythm again 
I’ve danced on and off for my entire life. When I was little, I had vivid dreams of one day being a Radio City Rockette or dancing on famed stages across the country. Turns out, I grew to be 6 inches too short to even audition at Radio City. Truth hurts. After two years of modern dance in high school, I transitioned that love of movement into teaching yoga instead. But now, I’ve felt that ever-familiar call back to the artistic expression … at 23 years old. Lucky for me, Jane Franklin Dance is hosting an adult master series taught by Meredith Barnes starting this weekend. Barnes graduated from my partner’s alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and teaches modern choreography all over NoVA and the U.S. I can’t wait to slip back into my old ways, even if I’m a little too old for a pink tutu this time around. -Jennifer Zeleski, Editorial Assistant // Jane Franklin Dance: 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington; Saturday, Feb. 22, 9:30-11 a.m.; $25 for a single class, $100 for the four-week series

To the women who came before me
There are a lot of women in my life I’m grateful for, and many are those I know personally (my mom, grandma, mentors, friends, etc.) but there are several other women I’ll never get the chance to meet face to face, but should thank for the life I’m able to live. For example, those who were a part of the women’s suffrage movement deserve all of the gratitude in the world (especially during an election year). That’s why this Sunday, I’ll attend the League of Women Voters’ anniversary tea party. The group’s honoring its 100 years with tea and dessert, entertainment and meaningful conversations. It’s the least I can do to honor suffragettes’ legacies. The most we can all do? Register to vote and then show up to the polls in November. -Holly Gambrell, Digital Editor // Country Club of Fairfax: 5110 Ox Road, Fairfax; Sunday, Feb. 23, 2-4 p.m.; $20

For more fun events around town this month, see our February calendar here.


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From a Jammin Java concert to Girl Scout cookies and beer: What we’re looking forward to this week, Feb. 10-16

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By Katie BiancoJess FeldmanHolly Gambrell and Jennifer Zeleski

Date night, paint night
In my relationship, I’m the artistic one. My boyfriend is the technical one. I write and edit words for a living. He works in IT. I get (really) frustrated with my iPhone sometimes. He recently learned what the rule of thirds is and is trying to get into photography. Needless to say, we’re different when it comes to “left-brain” and “right-brain” skills. We both like creative outlets, just in different ways. Tonight, we’ll embrace a skill neither of us have honed yet: painting. We’re going to participate in a couples’ paint party, where we’ll create one cohesive painting on two separate canvases, and sip and eat between paint strokes. Who knows? Maybe this will be something we’re both good at. Plus, it’s a fun precursor to Valentine’s Day-Holly Gambrell, Digital Editor // FoxFire Grill: 6550 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria; Monday, Feb. 10, 8-10 p.m.; $30-$60

Something for everyone
If you’ve been keeping up with these notes written by us each week, then you’re well aware by now that I live in a house of eight women. With varying personalities and schedules, it can be hard to find a single activity that all of us want to participate in during the workweek. But, if there’s cookies involved, the chances are pretty high you can count on at least five becoming interested. And then if you add cider into the mix, that’s two more. Last but not least, include the fact that it’s for a good cause and you have all eight on board. That’s why this week’s Girl Scouting for Lost Boys event is perfect for us, consisting of a half-glass tasting of eight different cider varieties paired with eight Girl Scout cookies, all in support of the historic Woodlawn & Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House. Plus, it’s happening right in time for our home of single women to celebrate Galentine’s Day together, and I’m definitely feeling the love. -Jess Feldman, Editorial Assistant // Lost Boy Cider: 317 Hooffs Run Drive, Alexandria; Wednesday, Feb. 12, 7-9 p.m.; $40

Currently on repeat
I live every day with a personal soundtrack. At the gym? Give me all of the electronic, upbeat tunes. In the car? Cue those theatrical Broadway songs my partner won’t listen to. Eating dinner? I’ve gotten pretty fond of this Italian cooking music playlist. But my newest obsession is one I can’t wait to jam out to live. On Wednesday, you can find me singing along with Maggie Miles, a 20-year-old NoVA native, who makes her return to the local stage after moving to Nashville in 2019. I caught up with her here, and we talked all about her journey from Round Hill to rock star. If you need a tune now, check out the music video to her single “Shiver” on Youtube, filmed at Bush Tabernacle Skating Rink in Purcellville. -Jennifer Zeleski, Editorial Assistant // Jammin Java: 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna; Wednesday, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.; $5 in advance, $10 at door

First Valentine’s Day
My husband and I decided after our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple (when we spent the evening in an overcrowded restaurant and paid way too much for a prix fixe menu) that we would forgo the customary night on the town for something more low-key at home. The last few years, in the whirlwind of welcoming back-to-back babies, Valentine’s Day has become an afterthought. I can’t claim we’ll get the romance back this year, but my 3-year-old’s preschool class is holding a Valentine’s Day dance on Friday—and parents are invited. In the run-up to the big day, I’ll be filling out Valentine’s Day cards for her classmates and helping her pick out a sweet red dress for her first dance. Maybe my husband and I will even sneak in a slow dance of our own. For those of you not in the thick of it with young kids, check out our roundup of V-Day-themed hotel getaway packages. Next year, we’ll hire an overnight babysitter so we can sneak off for the weekend too. -Katie Bianco, Editor

For more fun events around town this month, see our February calendar here.

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All aboard! The World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour heads to Dulles Expo Center

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If your child (or yourself) is a train lover, it’s time to fast-track your way to the Dulles Expo Center this weekend. 

From Saturday, Feb. 8 to Sunday, Feb. 9, over 50,000 square feet of operating model railroads, 200-plus exhibitors and 100 interactive model trains will be on display for everyone to enjoy at the World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour

Whether it’s by checking out the dozens of model trains (some even made with Legos) or catching a free ride on Thomas the Tank Engine, attendees can learn just about everything involving model trains, railroads and collectible items.

Catch demonstrations from traveling exhibitors and model train design groups, and give your kids the chance to learn skills ranging from carpentry and creativity, to electrical engineering and history. 

Although the tour travels the country every year, it only revisits the same location every five to 10 years, so you won’t want to miss it when it takes a rest stop in NoVA. As an added bonus,  kids under 15 years old get in free. // Dulles Expo Center: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; $15 for adults, children 15 and under are free

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From pom poms to reading to dogs: What we’re looking forward to this week, Feb. 3-9

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By Katie BiancoJess FeldmanHolly Gambrell and Jennifer Zeleski

Lights, camera, action
This Sunday, thousands of people will gather into the Dolby Theatre of Los Angeles to celebrate all things film for the 92nd annual Academy Awards. And while the likes of Saoirse Ronan and Leonardo DiCaprio will be in the front few rows hoping to walk away with that famed gold trophy, I’ll be on my couch with popcorn and wine in hand, watching intently. Before then though, I have to see all nine films up for Best Picture, as I always do prior to showtime. So far, I have four down (highly recommend Marriage Story for those who haven’t witnessed the romantic intensity of Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver), five to go. Lucky for me, Alamo Drafthouse is screening all nine films at various times throughout the week until Wednesday, Feb. 5. You’ll catch me there Monday through Wednesday, taking in all the hype surrounding The Joker and Parasite before I force my roommates to watch the drama unfold with me on Sunday. -Jess Feldman, Editorial Assistant // Alamo Drafthouse Cinema: 20575 Easthampton Plaza, Ashburn; through Feb. 5, times vary; prices vary

I want my HGTV
I have a confession to make. After almost eight months in my studio apartment, with its blank white walls and minimalist furniture, I finally bought throw pillows. Trust me, it was a small step toward brightening the space and I still struggled, even rolled my eyes at myself. After purging an estimated 75% of the “stuff” my partner and I owned before moving more than 300 miles away from our prior home, I didn’t have a desire to necessarily decorate or buy even more stuff. But in 2020, I’ve decided to add more color and design to our shared space. This week, you can find me at Steadfast Supply for the DIY Pom Poms Basket Workshop with Rock Paper Plant. I’m eager to learn how to make my own pops (or should I say pom poms?) of color on a boho-chic basket, which will be home to another future house plant. Here’s to hoping my cat won’t try to nibble off the strings. -Jennifer Zeleski, Editorial Assistant // Steadfast Supply: 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; Thursday, Feb. 6, 6-8 p.m.; $55

Doughnuts > Wine
My husband and I had a rare date night last weekend. I had exactly one glass of wine, but, since I hardly imbibe these days (two early-riser children will make the risk of a hangover totally not worth it), I practically fell asleep at the fancy restaurant. But that doesn’t mean I want to miss out on NoVA’s amazing winery scene. Luckily, I think I’ve found a solution. The Winery at Bull Run is hosting a series of Donut and Wine pairings this weekend. Price of admission gets you three glasses of wine, plus three doughnut holes from Duck Donuts. I’m thinking I can trade wine for doughnuts with my husband and end up with a sober sugar rush. Don’t worry, I’ll also serve as designated driver. -Katie Bianco, Editor // The Winery at Bull Run: 15950 Lee Highway 4238, Centreville; Saturday, Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 9, times vary; $25

Let sleeping dogs lie
You want to know my favorite time of the day? It’s when I crawl into bed, letting my head hit the pillow, and I feel all my muscles let out a sigh of relief. I just love sleeping. I also love reading before bed—it helps calm my brain down and is far better for my health than staring at a screen until it’s time to close my eyes. This weekend, I’m combining my love of sleep and reading (plus my love for dogs) at Fairfax County Animal Shelter’s Reading Tails event. The 90-minute program includes a guided tour of the shelter and then children read aloud to shelter dogs and cats as they settle in for bed. I’ll be chaperoning my young niece, as she practices new vocabulary words and gets more comfortable around animals. Want more ideas on how to spend time with your family this month? Click here to see 24 kid-friendly events happening throughout February. -Holly Gambrell, Digital Editor // Fairfax County Animal Shelter: 4500 W. Ox Road, Fairfax; Sunday, Feb. 9, 4-5:30 p.m.; free, registration required

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10 free and healthy things to do this weekend in NoVA

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This week we wave goodbye to the first month of the year (already!) and say hello to our second fresh start. 

Whether you’re looking to maintain those great 2020 habits you’ve created, or another chance to get into a healthier routine, here are 10 free ways to get moving this weekend. 

Community Yoga
Saturday, Feb. 1, 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.
Hit the refresh button on your week with this local and free yoga class. All you need is your own yoga mat, a water bottle and a towel (based on your preference). Dawn Fabritz will guide the class through an all-levels flow and help you relax through the rest of your weekend. // Assembly Alexandria: 205 Century Place, Alexandria; free

Adult Krav Maga Orientation Class
Saturday, Feb. 1, 9-10 a.m.
If you’ve been meaning to learn self-defense techniques and try to whip yourself into shape, Krav Maga is worth a try. The military self-defense method takes inspiration from boxing, wrestling, judo and more, and can not only challenge you mentally and physically, but can also equip you with quick and simple moves to protect yourself in the future. // Premier Martial Arts: 9231 Sudley Road, Manassas; free 

Iwama-Style Aikido
Saturday, Feb. 1, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
If you’re looking for a workout that is new and exciting, but not necessarily the newest workout to the cardio scene, try your hand at Aikido, a non-competitive Japanese martial art that allows you to blend with your opponent non-aggressively, while still challenging the mind and body. // Aikido of Arlington: 1305 N. Jackson St., Arlington; free

60-Day Challenge
Saturday, 10:45-11:30 a.m.
Being healthy is a lifestyle, one that your entire family would benefit from subscribing to. At this local class, join Life Champ Martial Arts of Dale City and take the 60-day challenge by enjoying free family workout classes through March. You will all be stronger before you know it. // Life Champ Martial Arts of Dale City: 5516 Staples Mill Plaza, Woodbridge; free

Essential Oils 101
Saturday, Feb. 1, 11 a.m.-noon
Touting natural remedies for stress, anxiety, fatigue, allergies, immune system support and more, you might still be wondering what all of the chatter is surrounding essential oils. Get to know what you might be looking for at this local workshop with the added bonus of free giveaways and snacks. // 1897 Oracle Way, Reston; free

‘Beyond Breath’ – A Free Introduction to The Happiness Program in Ashburn
Saturday, Feb. 1, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
How often do you notice your breath? In this 90-minute free workshop, you can learn about Sudarshan KriyaTM, a breathing technique that is taught to help you awaken and relax your mind, as well as offer all of the benefits of a peaceful and calm meditative practice. // Gum Spring Library: 24600 Millstream Drive, Stone Ridge; free

Learn to Meditate
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2-3 p.m.
You may have dropped your resolutions a few weeks ago, but if you’re truly willing to relax, calm down, relieve stress, improve relationships and more, head to this free meditation workshop in Tysons. This could be just the place where those basics you’ve wanted to learn (and the habits you’ve been wanting to form) fall right into place. // The Meditation Museum II: 1984 Chain Bridge Road, Tysons

Kickstart Your Sweatlife 2020
Sunday, Feb. 2, 8-10 a.m.
Open your mind to new possibilities and goals at lululemon, where you’ll be taken through a one-hour yoga flow with local ambassador, Alison. Following the practice, the team will lead attendees through a workshop for visualization and goal setting in fitness and beyond. // lululemon: 11957 Market St., Reston; free

Pacers Fairfax x YogaSix
Sunday, Feb. 2, 10:15 a.m.-noon
Meet the team at YogaSix and enjoy a one-hour restorative yoga class at Pacers Fairfax, followed by a private shopping event for local walkers, runners and more. Each attendee will receive a coupon for $20 off a $100 purchase and be able to shop prior to the store’s noon opening to the public. // Pacers Running: 10420 N. St., Fairfax; free

Intro to Reiki
Sunday, Feb. 2, 4-5 p.m.
Positive energy is around you all the time. Find out how to cultivate it and welcome it into yourself, as well as others, at this free intro reiki course. There will be a 30-minute discussion on how the practice works, as well as a 60-minute group exercise so you can feel the healing effects for yourself and continue to bring them into your daily life. // Stafford House of Yoga: 971 Garrisonville Road, Stafford Courthouse; free 

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4 Valentine’s Day-themed 5K/10K races to run in this February

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Chances are you know someone who loves to run. Or maybe it’s you! February is the month of love (see: Valentine’s Day), so it’s time to spend some of your time running to your heart’s content.  

Here, find five ways to stay active through local races across the region. 

For the Love of It – 10K
Saturday, Feb. 2, 8 a.m.
Grab your running partner, significant other, friend or family member and share the love of running just before Valentine’s Day this year. Runners are encouraged to get into the spirit by wearing red, pink or heart-inspired attire and race through Reston. All finishers will receive a For the Love 10K shirt and a one-of-a-kind medal. More prizes will be given to overall winners and age group winners too. Afterward, treat yourself to Valentine’s Day goodies and refreshments. // South Lakes High School: 11400 S. Lakes Drive, Reston; $50

Run Your Heart Out 5K
Saturday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m.
Looking for a race inspired by love, but only half the distance of a 10K? This local 5K is your perfect fit. Lace up your sneakers and get ready to “run your heart out!” This is the eighth year of the race, which you can run with your favorite person, pup or little one by your side. Make the weekend before Valentine’s Day one to remember with a T-shirt, finisher’s medal, and Valentine’s Day-themed refreshments after you cross the finish line. // Fairfax Corner: 11895 Grand Commons Ave., Fairfax; $40-$45

2020 Kiss My Asphalt 5K/10K
Saturday, Feb. 15, 7:45-10:45 a.m.
Planning on spending your Valentine’s Day alone? Don’t fret! Find your forever running mate at the Kiss My Asphalt 5K/10K. All are welcome, but follow the color coordination to make sure you’re acting as the right “stoplight.” Wear red if you’re taken, green if you’re single and yellow if it’s complicated. Not only will you leave with a finisher’s medal, T-shirt and tracked race time, you could also find a new partner in crime! The event’s proceeds support Dare2Tri. // Old Mill Park: 2201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg; $25-$40

Wine Lovers 5K at Cardinal Point Vineyard
Feb. 15, 9 a.m.-noon
We all know your one true love … wine! Grab your partner or go solo at this Virginia Wine Country race starting at Cardinal Point Vineyard. The race weaves through the vineyard and the quiet, quaint back roads, and offers you a commemorative wine glass (and a T-shirt too) when you cross the finish line. Runners can enjoy wine samples from the winery’s vintage collection, post-race eats from local food trucks and kick back in the heated veranda. What better way to treat yourself and round out Valentine’s Day weekend? // 9423 Batesville Road, Afton; $32

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Fairfax Chocolate Lovers Festival kicks off this weekend

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“I wanna get chocolate wasted!” yelled out a small child in Grown Ups (2010), and now, everyone has their own excuse to use the same phrase this weekend. 

The Fairfax Chocolate Lovers Festival kicks off on Friday, Jan. 31 with just about everything chocolate-flavored, including the decadent dessert itself. Expect to find chocolate-flavored beer and hot beverages, chocolate truffle samples and more throughout the weekend. 

Sound like heaven? To make the most of it, start your chocolate-inspired journey on Friday night from 6 to 8 p.m. by heading to Liquid Chocolate, where you’ll find chocolate soda and milk, dessert wine pairings, two different chocolate milk stouts (only for adults, of course), chocolate milkshakes, chocolate-covered strawberry liquor and more. This event will also be hosted on Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. 

On Saturday, the real festival begins (and lasts through Sunday) by welcoming Cameron’s Coffee & Chocolates, The Capital Candy Jar, Capitol Chocolate Fountains, River-Sea Chocolate and over a dozen more chocolate vendors from across the region, who will be sharing chocolate samples and spreading the love to all attendees. 

But, it doesn’t stop there! Chocolate samples aren’t limited to pieces of chocolate bars or hand-designed truffles. You will also find chocolate cake, brownies, fudge, ice cream and all sorts of other sweet confections to enjoy. 

Locals can also have their very own Charlie and the Chocolate Factory moment by finding one of the festival’s limited-edition chocolate bars, which will be scattered throughout downtown, and only three will have a golden ticket inside.

Find a golden ticket and you will win a chocolate lover’s basket and a tour of Cameron’s Coffee & Chocolates facility. Attendees will also be eligible to win a cake during the weekend-long cake walk. 

Take note that the Chocolate Challenge (which features bakers, chocolatiers and more from across the region) has been canceled this year due to a small number of registrants. 

The festival is free to the public, but in order to sample chocolates and treats, you must purchase $1 tickets with cash or a credit card at the Old Town Hall. // Old Town Hall: 3999 University Drive, Fairfax (find the map here); free, samples available with ticket purchase

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15 events to celebrate Valentine’s Day with (or without) your kids in 2020

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Set aside the romance and Valentine’s Day truly can be a holiday for anyone. 

From sharing decadent desserts or heart-shaped pizza for Galentine’s Day, to the kids sharing their appreciation for their classmates with teeny tiny cards and candy, here are a variety of local ways to spread the love in February. 

AWLA Family Fun Night – Pawsome Valentine’s Day Cards
Friday, Feb. 7, 6-7:30 p.m.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day a little early this year by letting your kids make dog-inspired cards for their friends, family and everyone in between. This event is perfect for the pet-lover in your life, and a great way to support your local animal shelter, Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, along the way! // Animal Welfare League of Alexandria: 4101 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria; $20

Family Valentine’s Day Craft and Music Party
Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-noon
Head to Lost Boy Cider for a fun-filled morning for all ages. This family inspired event will feature Valentine’s Day crafts (while supplies last) and live entertainment from the Rainbow Rock Band. Plus, don’t miss the caricature portrait and Valentine’s Day-themed balloon creation in honor of the holiday. Adult tickets include two 12-ounce ciders, kids tickets include one non-alcoholic cider. // Lost Boy Cider: 317 Hooffs Run Drive, Alexandria; $15 for adults, $35 for kids 

Valentine Craft Party for Kids
Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-noon
What could be better than shopping for toys? To your kids, there isn’t much. But for you, getting to spend a little extra weekend time with them in the toy store can be a great. Let your little ones join in on the free Valentine’s Day craft party with Sunny Day Family in Brambleton Town Center, and maybe, browse some of those fun toys your kids have been eyeing lately. // Go Bananas Toys: 42395 Ryan Road, Suite 122, Ashburn; free

Me & My Valentine Sip & Paint
Saturday, Feb. 8, 1:30-3 p.m.
You’ve tried your hand at painting at home, but it’s time for you and your favorite little artist to take things to the next level. Head to Link Family Fitness Studio and you and your mini Valentine can enjoy an afternoon of painting and creating, in the name of love! Plus, you can sip wine and your child can enjoy kid-approved juice. // Link Family Fitness Studio: 9000Q Lorton Station Blvd., Lorton; $55 per parent and child

DIY Adventures: Valentine’s Day Gifts and Crafts
Saturday, Feb. 8, 3-4:30 p.m.
Making Valentine’s Day cards at home may have you imagining paper cutouts, glue and glitter all over your kitchen table. As much fun as that sounds, you can take your child to Rust Library in Leesburg to learn even more fun and creative ways to make cards for everyone they love. Let their sticky fingers and creative energy go wild at this hands-on event. // Rust Library: 380 Old Waterford Road NW, Leesburg; free

Japanese Art: Valentine’s Day Card Making and Origami
Sunday, Feb. 9, 2-3 p.m.
For your children who are 10 years and older, and looking for a way to be creative and loving on Valentine’s Day, take them to this class of origami folding and Valentine’s Day card-making. The instructor will teach basic folds (which can be built on later!) and help everyone spread the love through handmade arts and crafts. // Dorothy Hart Community Center: 408 Canal St., Fredericksburg; $10 city residents, $15 non-city residents

MOMS Club Will Steal Your Heart – Valentine’s Day Celebration
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 10-11:30 a.m.
MOMS Club of Stafford is a local branch of MOMS Club International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting stay-at-home mothers. Come to the February chat to learn what the local chapter is all about while the kids snack, participate in a fun craft and get to know each other. There will be a Valentine’s Day card exchange. If your child would like to participate, have them bring along 20 to 30 Valentine’s Day cards addressed to “my friend.” // John Musante Porter Memorial Library: 2001 Parkway Blvd., Stafford; free

Wednesday Wonders Valentine’s Day
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 10:15-11 a.m.
The animals at local parks need love too, so let your little one write, draw and color Valentine’s Day cards with the team at Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Attendees will also get the chance to make their own take-home crafts and explore the nature center. // Potomac Overlook Regional Park: 2845 North Marcey Road, Arlington; $15

Parents Night Out at Loudoun Valley Community Center
Friday, Feb. 14, 6-9 p.m.
If you would rather not subject your little one to a night of a prix fixe menu and nice clothes, let them enjoy themselves elsewhere at the Loudoun Valley Community Center on Valentine’s Day. You can head out for dinner and drinks while the kids enjoy pizza, a movie and a fun time in the moon bounce. // Loudoun Valley Community Center: 320 W. School St., Purcellville; $20 for first child, $10 for additional siblings

Valentine’s Day Parents Night Out
Friday, Feb. 14, 6:30-10 p.m.
So, you were lucky enough to score those reservations you’ve been hoping for, on the actual holiday no less! Now, what are you to do with the kids? Let them celebrate at Dynamic Kick Martial Arts with a superhero kids’ night. Your Batman or Wonder Woman can join other local kids for a night of games, arts and crafts, a kids movie and a pizza party. Now you can wine, dine and dance the night away. // Dynamic Kick Martial Arts: 12713 Shoppes Lane, Fairfax; $25 

Parents Nite Out! Sweethearts Dance 4 Kids
Friday, Feb 14, 7-10 p.m.
So, your kids are just old enough to want to miss out on local Parent’s Night Out events, but young enough to not stay home alone. There is a solution, and they get to have fun too! The Sweethearts Dance is an environment for 8 to 13-year-olds with a dance contest, giveaways, raffle prizes, a crazy candy table, pizza and hot dogs, and dozens of more goodies along the way. Kids are encouraged to bring Valentine’s Day cards to trade and there will be adult supervision at all times. // Divine Inspiration Center for the Arts: 14849 Persistence Drive, Second Floor, Woodbridge; $15

Stroller Strides
Saturday, Feb. 15, 9 a.m.
Getting active and socializing is easy when you have your stroller nearby. Head to Fair Oaks Mall for a special edition of Stroller Strides with Fit4Mom, and squeeze in a workout during your holiday weekend. All attendees are encouraged to wear red or pink, family members are welcome (including dads!) for the partner-themed workout, and there will be a Valentine’s Day treat exchange at the end. Be sure to bring a few cards or candy, and a bag for your child to collect all of their goodies. // Fair Oaks Mall: 11750 Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax; free

Choose Your Valentine’s Day Snowman
Saturday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m.
Valentine’s Day is filled with lots of arts and crafts and this Wine & Design class is no exception. You and your child will learn how to design and paint your very own Valentine’s Day snowman, and be able to take your masterpiece home with you! This class is open to all ages, but is ideal for parents and kids aged 4 to 10. Snacks and beverages are not provided for the family class, but you are welcome to bring your own. // Wine & Design: 709 Caroline St., Fredericksburg; $25 

Parent’s Night Out for Valentine’s Day
Saturday, Feb. 15, 5:30-9 p.m.
Finding a babysitter or family member to watch your children on a holiday weekend is tough. But, you’re not out of luck! Fauquier County Parks & Recreation is hosting a Valentine’s Day Parent’s Night Out for local kids where they will enjoy music, food, dancing and movies. Go out and enjoy yourselves while your child gets the chance to have weekend fun. // Marshall Community Center: 4133 Rectortown Road, Marshall; $5 

Kids Valentine’s Party
Saturday, Feb. 15, 6-9 p.m.
At multiple locations throughout the region, Life Time Athletic is offering a Valentine’s Day party designed for kids, fit with a pizza party and yogurt parfait buffet. Let the kids play musical heart games, craft a bouquet to bring home and snack to their hearts’ content while you head to those long-standing dinner reservations for the holiday. // Life Time Athletic: Multiple locations; $40 for day pass, $109 a month for junior membership

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