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Leaves are turning color at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve in McLean (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Health Department Urges Flu Shots — “As the weather cools down and more time is spent indoors, the Fairfax County Health Department encourages everyone 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine this Fall, preferably by the end of October…If you are eligible for your COVID-19 booster, it is safe to get your flu shot at the same time as your booster.” [FCHD]

D.C. Man Indicted in Fatal I-495 Crash — A Fairfax County grand jury indicted D.C. Advisory Neighborhood Commission member Devon Lesesne yesterday (Tuesday) for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Katherine Aileen Reyes, 20, of Alabama. Lesesne was allegedly driving drunk when he crashed into Reyes, whose vehicle was disabled on I-495 near Telegraph Road on March 5. [WTOP]

Sheriff’s Office Offered Cruises in Contract With Telecom Company — The Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office’s contract with Smart Communications, the Florida-based company that operates the Adult Detention Center’s video call and electronic messaging system, includes free annual cruises to the Caribbean for a “technology training summit.” The sheriff’s office said none of its employees have attended and it wouldn’t give members permission to go. [The Appeal]

Malfunctioning Fan Sparks Lorton House Fire — A problematic attic fan started a fire in the 7500 block of Billsam Court Saturday morning (Oct. 15), forcing three residents and their pets to evacuate the house. Fairfax County and Fort Belvoir firefighters “quickly” found and extinguished the fire, which caused no reported injuries, but the residents were displaced. Property damages totaled approximately $71,000. [FCFRD]

County Seeks to Diversify Board-Appointed Groups — The Chairman’s Task Force on Equity and Opportunity plans to conduct “demographic analysis” of existing county boards, authorities and commissions. Expected to finish in spring 2023, the study is intended to help broaden the pool of people available to serve on key advisory groups to the Board of Supervisors. [Sun Gazette]

What to Know About the County’s Running Bamboo Fines — “Avoid the fine, don’t let running bamboo grow beyond your property line. Starting Jan. 1, 2023, the new running bamboo ordinance goes into effect requiring property owners to maintain the invasive grass to their own property.” [Fairfax County Government]

Esports Teams Now Playing at Fairfax County Schools — “Students at South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia now have the opportunity to compete in esports! FOX 5 photojournalist Eric Mills got a chance to take a look at the school’s new gaming sports program.” [FOX5]

Herndon Theater Puts New Spin on “Frankenstein” — “Audiences attending NextStop’s production of ‘Frankenstein’ should prepare themselves to be scared, according to Evan Hoffmann, the show’s director…The timing of NextStop’s chilling presentation of the classic Mary Shelley horror novel couldn’t be better. The play debuts Friday and runs through Nov. 13 at the company’s home stage in Herndon.” [Patch]

It’s Wednesday — Partly cloudy throughout the day. High of 54 and low of 36. Sunrise at 7:23 am and sunset at 6:26 pm. [Weather.gov]

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Still planning for summer camps? Check out the great variety of art projects and fun teachers at Art House 7 in Arlington. We have morning, midday, and afternoon weekly camps for ages 5-13. Among our themes: Clay Creations; Animals Around the World; Arts & Crafts; Draw, Paint & Sculpt Faces & Animals; Drawing & Printmaking. We’ve recently added PaperPalooza (paper making and bookmaking) and Jewelry camps. You can see all our listings on our website.

Art House 7 has been a haven for artists of all ages since 2015, offering classes, camps, and workshops. We’re located on Langston Blvd. near the Lee Harrison Shopping Center. We have an ample 2-story studio, and plenty of free parking.

Weekly camps at Art House 7
– June 17-Aug. 9
– Camp times: 9-11am, 11am-2pm, 2:30-4:30pm
– Ages 5-13

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Encore Creativity for Older Adults at Capital One Hall

Encore Creativity for Older Adults is pleased to raise the curtain and welcome community members to its spring concert at Capital One Hall in Tysons, VA on May 4, 2024. The concert, which starts at 3 PM, will bring hundreds

Dream, Design, Build: Home Expo 2024

Sponsored by ABW Appliances & Eden, join us for a one-of-a-kind Home Expo event on May 11th from 10AM to 4PM!

The DMV’s top experts — AKG Design Studio and GMJ Construction — are opening their doors to homeowners to

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