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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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Style inspiration: 5 Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day) outfits for this weekend

Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is still a holiday to celebrate what you love, especially if you love fashion.

From going on a local hike for a relaxing date, to grabbing those coveted reservations, here are five ways to add a little more love to your closet for this weekend’s activities. 

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Friday-Night Feels

You landed those reservations. You’re finally making it to a restaurant you’ve been dreaming about for months. Or, you’re headed to a cocktail bar to make the most of an evening. No matter what is getting you out of the house for Valentine’s Day weekend, here’s an outfit that will have you loving yourself and the way you look.

The velvet, off-the-shoulder dress allows you to let your hair down and wear those statement jewelry pieces you have tucked away in your jewelry box. Local jewelry maker Cindy Liebel’s Rhea Necklace will dazzle paired with Kate Spade’s Sparkle Round Stud earrings. Let your red pops of color be from a statement Burberry red clutch, and the bottoms of the So Kate Pointy Toe Pumps from none other than Christian Louboutin. You’re bound to be the best-dressed wherever you end up. // Xscape Off-the-Shoulder Velvet Bodycon Dress, $159; Lord & Taylor; So Kate Pointy Toe Pump, $695, Nordstrom; Rhea Necklace, $188; Cindy Liebel; That Sparkle Round Stud Earrings, $38, Kate Spade New York at Nordstrom; Burberry Grace Leather Clutch, $1090, Nordstrom

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All the Single Ladies

If your crew is looking to celebrate as a group this year (minus the men), you might be trying to find an appropriate outfit for brunch, lunch or a late-night round at the bar. Here are a few versatile pieces that will take you from day to night. 

This dress from Free People is cute and classy, yet not overly dressy for a day full of activities, from wine tours to a simple house party gathering. Plus, the red gets you in the spirit of love! Pair it with nude peep-toe heels (a closet staple) from DSW, 1-inch brass hoop earrings (perfect for dressing up another casual-to-cute outfit) from local hot spot Lou Lou and a nude leather clutch by Salvatore Ferragamo. Mimosas and French toast? Here we come! // Zahara Mini Dress, $58, Free People; Polly Sandal, $50, DSW; 1″ Hoop Earrings, $15, Lou Lou; Icona Leather Clutch, $930, Nordstrom


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Let’s Get Physical

Not all dates have to include dinner and a cocktail. If you and your partner are more of an athletic pair, getting out for a local hike or going for a run may be more your speed. Luckily you can still be in the spirit of the holiday while being comfortable and cute throughout the weekend. 

The subtle cousins of the classic Valentine’s Day colors—bright red and pink—have made their way to recent shelves everywhere, from cable-knit sweaters and skinny jeans to athleisure clothing and even cozy home furniture. Here, sport those colors in honor of the holiday while you run, jump, climb or sweat your way to a fun weekend. The twisted maroon tank from Athleta adds a bit of texture and style to the outfit, paired with pink sculpting pants from lululemon (perfect for hot yoga and barre), a lightweight yet durable jacket to stay warm by Varley, and a pair of burgundy Adidas running shoes. Looking for a specific active event this weekend? Here are two local 5Ks to sign up for with your favorite workout partner. // Dahlia Jacket, $121, Varley; Essence Twist Tank, $40, Athleta; Align Pant in Misty Mocha, $98, lululemon; NMD_R1 Shoes, $78, Adidas

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Snuggle up Saturday

Spending the weekend single does not give you an excuse to stay away from love. It’s time to love and appreciate yourself! Maybe that looks like spending the day doing things you love, or just treating yourself to some new self-care products. We’ve rounded up 10 of them for you and you can feel soft and radiant in no time, but we also have four items to make your self-love weekend even sweeter.

These silky, smooth pajamas from Target paired with a soft and fluffy pair of slip-on Uggs will have you feeling like luxury after a hot bath and glass of wine. Pair them with a warm knit throw from West Elm, light the refreshing Rose Blanche candle and you won’t feel like you’re missing out on a single moment of Valentine’s Day weekend. // Women’s Satin Cami and Shorts Pajama Set by Stars Above, $20, Target; Fluffy Yeah Slide, $100, Uggs; Votive Candle in Rose Blanche, $39, Venus et Fleur; Cotton Knit Throw in Pink, $79, West Elm

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Will There be Cookies at the Office Party?

Does your office celebrate Valentine’s Day with some sprinkle-covered doughnuts or chocolate-covered strawberries? If you’re wanting to get into the spirit but keep it simple and work-appropriate, we’re here to help. 

Find an upgrade to casual Friday, featuring on-trend white sneakers from Koio, as well as a long, light pink skirt, a cozy-yet-thin merino wool sweater and some heart-shaped studs. // Pleated Skirt in Light Pink, $29, H&M; Margot Crewneck Sweater in Re-Imagined Merino Wool, $79.50, J. Crew; Capri Triple White, $248, Koio; Heart Studs, $15, Lou Lou

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NoVA native Maggie Miles opens up about recent music success ahead of local performance

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Like any typical 20-year-old, Maggie Miles paces while she talks on the phone. Back and forth and back and forth on the sidewalk outside of a coffee shop. She gets distracted for a moment by a skateboarder whizzing by, still adjusting to the vibrancy of life in Nashville. 

She reflects on what the last two years of her life have looked like in fast forward: Making it through her final year at Woodgrove High School in Loudoun County. Working as a barista around Northern Virginia. Performing her first live show at Jammin Java. Getting signed by Warehouse West Entertainment

In a somewhat crazy, cascading course of events, Maggie Miles went from Round Hill native to Nashville-based musician and songwriter, wearing a soft-grunge wardrobe and belting out funky pop-rock blends with hard-hitting lyrics across the country. 

“I didn’t think I was anything exceptional,” says Miles. “I really got into playing piano and starting to create. All I knew was that it helped me understand myself.”

Miles started to dig into music during her senior year of high school. It was an outlet for her boundless creativity, a way to translate her poetry into something even more introspective and a comfortable spot where she could thrive. She struggled her way through high school otherwise. 

“I was literally told by teachers, ‘You’re not going to graduate,’” says Miles. “So, I just rolled through school. I leaned on making people laugh. I leaned on theater. And I believed I wasn’t going to amount to anything because I was apparently not going to succeed.”

Miles grew up as a pastor’s kid and the daughter of a former Celtic band bassist. Her not-so-planned pathway seemed perpendicular to her peers who were working toward goals of studying medicine and law. College seemed out of reach. But when she found music on her own terms, she started leading worship at church, something she was resistant to do years before. 

She overcame sickness-inducing stage fright and, in spite of what her teachers had led her to believe, took a chance on applying for a worship school in Fort Lauderdale.

“Somehow, I got in,” she says. “For the first time, I felt like I wasn’t going to be a failure. I was like, ‘I have a plan. I’m going to do worship. I’m going to college. I get to tell people I’m going to college.’ I felt like I wasn’t going to fail my parents, and like I wasn’t a joke anymore.” 

But a week before move-in day, Miles got a call. Her scholarships had fallen through. 

“It’s not even a sob story. I was just like, ‘Oh, OK. Back to step one, because obviously I’m not supposed to do this,’” she says. 

She worked local jobs for an entire year instead. She was a barista, she worked in retail, she even worked at a massage therapist’s office. “I did anything they needed, honestly,” says Miles. But it was in her downtime that she wrote more lyrics than she ever had. She needed music, she says, to get through the confusing and emotionally draining time. 

On June 26, 2018, she debuted a handful of songs she had written at Jammin Java for her first solo, live performance. 

“That’s the day I decided I wanted to pursue artistry and songwriting,” says Miles. 

Not long after the performance, she won a raffle earning her eight free hours in a local recording studio. 

“I don’t even know how I won but I did, and I went in and had no clue what the heck I was doing. They didn’t give me an audio engineer. I didn’t even know what a producer was,” says Miles. “It was all over the place, but I released the song. And that’s when everything kind of changed.” 

Miles’ dad had recorded her entire set at Jammin Java and encouraged her to upload it on YouTube, where it eventually found its way to the screen of DC-based producer Austin Bello

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“Maggie is a great and rare talent,” says Bello, who works with artists in the DMV with music geared toward television, film and commercial licensing. “She has a mind for melodies and lyrics that are unique yet very personable. Her voice sticks, you believe her and she sounds authentic and real.” 

With Bello’s help, Miles wrote and released her EP, Maggie Miles, in March 2019, featuring three songs. 

“I feel privileged to have produced her last EP and only see her gaining more momentum and fans with everything she does,” says Bello. 

One year after her first performance in Vienna in June 2019, Miles got a call while at work. Her EP had been out for three months and she had been playing local shows here and there. 

“I was literally washing dishes, answered the phone with soap on my hands, and I was booked last second for a show in DC. Someone had dropped out and I guess my name got tossed in. But I ended up there and everything went wrong,” says Miles. 

Her bandmate was late. She improvised. She performed and got off stage, feeling defeated. But it didn’t matter, because Bruce Gates, co-owner of Pearl Street Warehouse, had already sent parts of her performance to talent agents in Nashville. 

“So [Bruce Gates] comes up to me after the show, this random bald man, and was just like, ‘Hey, would you ever move to Nashville?’ and I said, ‘Absolutely not.’ And three days later, I got the email that changed my life,” says Miles. 

It turns out, Gates was an investor in Warehouse West Entertainment, an independent music and artist development company that offered to sign Miles. She moved to Nashville three months later. 

“Growing up [in Northern Virginia], which is not nearly as saturated with creativity, I felt wrong. I felt out of the loop,” says Miles. “And then being wrapped up in a little package and tossed into a place where it’s bizarre if you’re not pursuing a creative field, and being accepted … it’s encouraging and it’s really rad.” 

In November, just shortly after making the move to the country music capital on her own, Miles released her single “Shiver” and its accompanying music video, filmed at Purcellville’s Bush Tabernacle roller rink

She has been touring on and off and working on her full-length album (set to be released in just a few months) ever since the big move, and was profiled by Billboard and American Songwriter. She even took a recent, surprise trip to Tokyo with two other up-and-coming artists. 

On Wednesday, Feb. 12, she’ll take the stage at Jammin Java for the first time since that original YouTube video was uploaded. She’ll perform at Pearl House Warehouse the following night. 

“It’s going to be kind of surreal,” says Miles. “I’m excited to play some new songs off the record, and just get to revisit them now, separate from the studio and be able to translate them live. It’s the freaking coolest and no one’s heard these songs yet.” 

Stay tuned for Miles’ appearances on local stages and those across the country in coming months. You might even catch her playing the piano (as heard in “There Comes a Time” in her EP), drums, guitar, ukulele, mandolin, banjo, bass or keytar. 

And you can guarantee the former barista will still be caught doing one of her favorite things no matter where she goes—grabbing a cup of coffee.

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5 events that are worth the drive into the District this month

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Washington Auto Show

Calling all car lovers: Stop by the popular Washington Auto Show before it drives out of town! Visitors will be impressed by the convention center full of luxury car brands, including Aston Martin, Ferrari, Rolls Royce and more. // through Feb. 2; Walter E. Washington Convention Center: 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC; $5-$12

DC Chocolate, Wine & Whiskey Festival

Give into your guilty pleasures at Washington DC’s Chocolate Wine & Whiskey Festival. Each ticket comes with chocolate samples, a wine glass with unlimited pours of over 50 premium alcohol selections and other sweet and savory treats. // Feb. 8; noon-3:30 p.m. & 5-8:30 p.m.; Dock 5 Union Market: 1309 Fifth St. NE, Suite 101L, Washington, DC; $45-$85

Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders

Catch the red-hot Capitals take on the New York Islanders in a Monday night division battle. Watch captain Alex Ovechkin lead the Caps in their final regular season game against the Islanders. // Feb. 10; 7 p.m.; Capital One Arena: 601 F St. NW, Washington, DC; $36-$205

The Washington Ballet Presents BALANCHINE + ASHTON

See the stunning combination of 20th-century choreographers George Balanchine and Sir Frederick Ashton at The Washington Ballet’s performance of BALANCHINE + ASHTON. The program includes four performances created by the duo, including Ashton’s “Birthday Offering” and Balanchine’s “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.” // Feb. 19-23; The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: 2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC; $25-$170

Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists

Spend a day at the Smithsonian American Art Museum for the opening of Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists. The exhibit features sculptures, photography, textiles and more, all created by Native women from ancient times to present day. // Feb. 21-May 17; Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum: 1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC; free

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Drop your pants and jog at DC’s Cupid’s Undie Run this weekend

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It might sound like something straight out of an embarrassing dream: running down the streets of Washington, DC in your underwear. But make the underwear bright red and Valentine’s Day-themed and it all sounds a lot more fun.

We’re talking about running down the streets of the nation’s capital at the 2020 Cupid’s Undie Run with thousands of other partially clothed friends in honor of neurofibromatosis (NF). 

Ten years ago, Cupid’s Charity became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and began its mission to raise funds for NF, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on the nerves throughout the body. One of the founders of the nonprofit, Chad Leathers, saw his brother get diagnosed with the disease at age 16, only to later watch him become paralyzed from the neck down due to the tumors attached to his spine. 

Leathers and two friends decided to create a fun run and dance party to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. The thought behind no pants? Those with NF can’t hide their tumors from others, so runners strip down in their honor, showing off as much as they’re comfortable with (as long as it’s within legal limitations).

The fun runs are now held across the United States and have gathered over 107,000 runners, and raised over $18,900,000 for the Children’s Tumor Foundation

The 2020 Cupid’s Undie Run in Washington, DC will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8 from noon to 4 p.m. Join the undie-wearing crew for a mile-ish run, and celebrate afterward with a fundraising bash featuring food, drinks and lots of no-pants dancing. // Penn Social: 801 E St. NW, Washington, DC; $45

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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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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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Spread the love: 5 Valentine’s Day events to put on your calendar

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The Art of the Cocktail Tour: Through the “Bartender’s Canon”

Join Catoctin Creek Distillery founder Scott Harris to learn the art of creating the perfect cocktail, using author Kara Newman’s book Shake. Stir. Sip: More Than 50 Effortless Cocktails Made in Equal Parts. // Feb. 14, 7 p.m.; Catoctin Creek Distillery: 120 W. Main St., Purcellville; $35

Burlesque-A-Pades in Loveland

Skip the usual Valentine’s celebration and enjoy The Birchmere’s own burlesque show, featuring The Italian Stallionette Angie Pontani, with special guests The Maine Attraction, Gal Friday and more. // Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.; The Birchmere: 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria; $29.50

The Stranger – A Tribute to Billy Joel

After a romantic dinner, head over to The State Theatre for a tribute to the Piano Man. Spend the night with Mike Santoro rocking out to some of Billy Joel’s greatest hits, including “Uptown Girl,” and “New York State of Mind.” // Feb. 14, 9 p.m.; The State Theatre: 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church; $17-$20

Parent’s Night Out for Valentine’s Day

Drop the kids off at the Marshall Community Center for a special night out. Enjoy a romantic celebration while the kids play games, watch movies and enjoy music. // Feb. 15, 5:30-9 p.m.; Marshall Community Center: 4133 Rectortown Road, Suite A, Marshall; $5

My Queer Valentine

Celebrate love through the art of non-heteronormative and nonbinary artists. The exhibit features 16 artists, including Alexandria natives Veronica Barker-Barzel, Linda Hesh and Annika Papke. // Through March 8; Torpedo Factory Art Center: 105 N. Union St., Alexandria; free

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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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