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Outside the National Air and Space Museum Udvar Hazy Center in Chantilly (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Local Bus Changes for Indigenous Peoples’ Day — In observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, formerly known as Columbus Day, Fairfax Connector will operate on a holiday weekday schedule today (Monday). Metrorail is following a standard weekday schedule, but Metrobus is using a Saturday supplemental schedule. [Fairfax Connector, WMATA]

Local Tourism Spending Starts to Bounce Back — “Though still down from pre-pandemic levels, Fairfax County continued to make inroads in terms of rebounding tourism spending in 2021, according to new state figures. Domestic visitors spent an estimated $2.4 billion in Fairfax County in 2021, up more than 22 percent from 2020, according to figures reported Oct. 4 by the Virginia Tourism Corp.” [Sun Gazette]

Possible Sinkhole Closes Tysons Blvd — “Road damage closed a portion of Tysons Boulevard between International Drive and Park Run Drive on Friday, according to Fairfax County police. The incident was initially reported as a sinkhole, police said.” [ABC7]

Vienna Church Collects Kits for Hurricane Ian Survivors — “In response to the hurricane’s destruction, Vienna Presbyterian Church launched a fundraiser to create Gift From the Heart Relief kits that will benefit Florida residents…Cleanup bucket kits and hygiene kits can be delivered to Vienna Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.” [Patch]

Groveton Workforce Training Center Gets Grand Opening — “With the grand opening of the new Workforce Innovation Skills Hub (W.I.S.H.) at the Hybla Valley Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 8, Franconia District Supervisor Rodney Lusk is fulfilling his campaign promise to deliver in his first term a workforce center in an economically challenged part of Southeast Fairfax County.” [On the MoVe]

Animal Shelter Adoptions on the Rise — “The Fairfax County Department of Animal Sheltering has seen a nearly 60-percent surge in pet adoptions in the last six months and is ramping up to meet the need with additional programs and a new shelter set to open next year.” [Sun Gazette]

Upcoming Mosaic District Restaurant Gets New Name — “The team behind Compass Rose and Maydan are putting the finishing touches on the first of two Northern Virginia restaurants…Their kebab-centric Eastern Mediterranean concept — opening next month in Fairfax’s Mosaic District — formerly went by Tawle. But owner Rose Previte has since decided to go with a more personal name that won’t be confused with Maydan’s family-style ‘tawle’ menu: Kirby Club.” [Washingtonian]

Virginia’s Pay-Per-Mile System Already Biggest in U.S. — “More than 7,000 Virginians have signed up to pay a fee for each mile they drive under a program launched this summer, putting the state at the forefront of a nationwide effort using new technology to prop up gas taxes that pay for roads.” [The Washington Post]

County Highlights Link Between Guns and Domestic Violence — “As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October and Family Services’ focus on domestic and sexual violence and firearms surrender, [Domestic and Sexual Violence Services advocacy services program manager Angela] Yeboah was featured on the Oct. 5 edition of the ‘County Conversation’ podcast.” [Fairfax County Government]

It’s Monday — Clear throughout the day. High of 66 and low of 44. Sunrise at 7:14 am and sunset at 6:39 pm. [Weather.gov]

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The Wonder of the Season

The Reston Chorale presents The Wonder of the Season, featuring Jody Marshall on hammered dulcimer. It’s a musical holiday treat for the entire family! Two performances at 4 and 7:30 pm, Reston Community Center/Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road. A

Reston Sings! G.F. Handel’s MESSIAH Sing-along

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