10 Tie-Dye into Spring: Learn about indigo’s history, techniques and more while you and your child tie-dye your own T-shirt. Cotton T-shirt provided. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Mariners Museum, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News. $5-$40; use the code "indigo" for free admission for one child; register at marinersmuseum.org.
9 Walk and Talk, Big Trees: The big tree, a tulip poplar, has been nominated for the Virginia Big Tree Register. Before beginning the hike, Forestry Specialist Molly O’Liddy will give a presentation on big trees. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, New Quarter Park, 1000 Lakeshead Drive. Free; register at yorkcounty.gov/parksandrec or call 890-3500.
8 Skate Jam: Get ready to shred the half pipe and show off at this skateboarding competition. All skill levels and ages welcome. 4 p.m. Friday, James City County Skate Park, 5301 Longhill Road. $5-$10; register at jamescitycountyva.gov or call 259-4200.
7 Ewell Concert Series: VSO String Quartet: Members of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra celebrate women composers in this inspiring program featuring the string quartets of Fanny Mendelssohn, Amy Beach and Germaine Tailleferre. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, room 107 of Ewell Hall, 221 Jamestown Road. Free.
6 Williamsburg Regional Library Book Sale: Buy gently used books, magazines, DVDs and videos, CDs and records at low prices. Proceeds benefit the Williamsburg Regional Library. Friday is for Friends of WRL Foundation members only. 3-7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Williamsburg Community Building, 401 N. Boundary St. Free.
5 Astral Fashion Show: Rocket magazine, the College of William and Mary's premier fashion and culture magazine, will host its 3rd annual Astral fashion show, featuring pieces created by local designers. 9-11 p.m. Saturday, Integrated Science Center, 540 Landrum Drive. Tickets $5-$10; purchase at eventbrite.com.
4 Tenacious Women Lecture Series: Deborah Gray White, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University, examines researching and writing “Ar’n’t I a Woman: Female Slaves in the Plantation South.” 7 p.m. Thursday, Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Road. Free with admission.
3 Southern Food Festival: Experience some of the finest chefs in the area cooking up some good old fashioned southern cuisine while your toes tap to some down-home bluegrass music. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sullivan Square at New Town, 4301 New Town Ave. Tickets $5-$60; purchase at southernfoodfest.eventbrite.com.
2 Raven Con: The Science Fiction and Fantasy convention returns with more than 300 hours of programming. From gaming and panels to guest signings and cosplay, there’s something for every self-proclaimed nerd in the 'Burg. 1 p.m. to midnight Friday; 8:30 a.m. to midnight Saturday; 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, DoubleTree by Hilton, 50 Kingsmill Road. $15-$50 at the door.
1 WSO Masterworks 4: This concert will feature music by Aaron Copland, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Williamsburg Community Chapel, 3899 John Tyler Highway. Tickets $10-$58; purchase at williamsburgsymphony.org/tickets.
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