Monday, October 12, 2009

Natural Happenings: Waterfalls, Trees, Stars, Music, and more...

Our calendar of events for this week is chock full of activities, from "Woodpeckers and Wine" to butterfly and dragonfly identification. Our picks for this week:

We just wrote about Great Falls last week - so it seems appropriate to point out that there's a workday there on Saturday, sponsored by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (the work crew calls themselves "the Acme Treadway Company"). Meet on the Virginia side at the parking area by the visitor's center at 9:30 AM. Bring your lunch and water (at least 3 quarts or liters). Picnic afterwards in the park. Contact Info : Don White Email :

Also on Saturday, we were amused to learn that there will be a Tree Hugger Day celebration from noon to 3 pm at the Jefferson Memorial.  This is a family-oriented event with music, crafts, guided tree walks, free trees, and a Group Tree Hug around a grove of cherry trees along the Tidal Basin.

Saturday night, the Capital Astronomers will be back at Rock Creek Park at 7:30. They're advertising it as a chance to see the Orionid meteors, but in general, you'll also be able to view stars, planets, and other night sky phenomena with telescopes. Hope for clear skies. In Picnic Grove 13.

On Sunday, we're thinking of checking out the Potomac River Jam, a celebration of the Potomac and the C&O Canal sponsored by the Potomac Conservancy. Three morning walks: photography (8 AM) and birds (9 AM), and tree identification and medicinal plants (10 AM), followed by local musicians starting at 11:30. Canoe trips over to Minnie’s Island at 9, noon, and 2:15. Face-painting and other kids activities, from 8:00am to 4:00pm. All events are free. At the River Center at Lockhouse 8, 7906 Riverside Ave, Cabin John, MD.

Now get outside -- we'll see you out there!

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