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A close look at the Christmas tree on Tysons Corner Center’s plaza (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Don’t Dump Your Christmas Tree in a Park — “The Fairfax County Park Authority is asking the public to respect both common courtesy and the law, and not dump disused Christmas trees on county parkland…All licensed trash collectors in Fairfax County are required to collect and recycle live Christmas trees less than 8 feet tall that have been separately set out…during the first two weeks of January.” [Sun Gazette]

Springfield House Fire Displaces 11 — A gas water heater contributed to a fire at a house in the 6300 block of Abilene Street in the Springfield area on Dec. 8, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department says. The blaze displaced 11 people, injured one, and caused approximately $175,000 in damages. [FCFRD]

Fertility Clinic Coming to Annandale — “Mate Fertility, a Los Angeles company, has teamed up with Annandale OB-GYN — which has offices in McLean, Annandale, Alexandria and Falls Church — to bring its model to Fairfax County, starting with a new lab at 2810 Old Lee Highway.” [Washington Business Journal]

Tysons Apartment Community Purchased — “Avalon Park Crest…has changed hands for nearly $146 million. Bethesda-based Combined Properties Inc. bought the 354-unit, 364,000-square-foot mid-rise at 8250 Westpark Drive from AvalonBay Communities Inc…Redevelopment doesn’t appear to be in the cards, Avalon Park Crest having been built only a decade ago. But Combined looks forward to ‘future opportunities to creatively enhance the property,’ Hill said.” [Washington Business Journal]

Tractor-Trailer Catches Fire on Beltway — “A tractor-trailer burst into flames Friday afternoon on Interstate 495 in Fairfax County, Virginia, the Virginia Department of Transportation confirmed. Lanes were closed off, causing major backup near the incident.” [ABC7]

Firefighters Visit Inova Hospital for Holidays — “We had very special visitors ‘drop-in’ to Inova L.J. Murphy Children’s Hospital [on Dec. 21] to spread holiday cheer! Thank you to @ffxfirerescue for bringing Santa and his elves, as well as their good friend Elsa, to visit the kids at our hospital.” [Inova/Twitter]

Thefts Reported in Vienna — “Vienna Police have received reports of stolen mail from a mailbox and theft of AirPods from a vehicle in the latest weekly crime report. The mail theft happened at the mailbox at the Vienna Post Office, 200 Lawyers Road NW. According to police, someone pried open the mailbox and stole the mail between 5 p.m. on Dec. 13 and 7 a.m. on Dec. 14.” [Patch]

Vienna Band Looking for Musicians — “The Vienna Community Band will resume rehearsals on Jan. 8 after a holiday break, with efforts culminating in the band’s next concert, slated for March 12. ‘We are recruiting enthusiastic new musicians in all sections,’ band leaders said. ‘We are especially looking for flutes, clarinets, saxophones, bassoons, oboes and tubas.'” [Sun Gazette]

It’s Tuesday — Clear throughout the day. High of 36 and low of 23. Sunrise at 7:27 am and sunset at 4:54 pm. [Weather.gov]

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For many remote workers, a messy home is distracting.

You’re getting pulled into meetings, and your unread emails keep ticking up. But you can’t focus because pet hair tumbleweeds keep floating across the floor, your desk has a fine layer of dust and you keep your video off in meetings so no one sees the chaos behind you.

It’s no secret a dirty home is distracting and even adds stress to your life. And who has the energy to clean after work? That’s why it’s smart to enlist the help of professionals, like Well-Paid Maids.

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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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