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The Moon rises above budding spring trees in Vienna (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Inova Ends Mask Requirement — “Effective April 3, masking will be optional at Inova care sites. Exceptions will include high-risk clinical spaces and for anyone interacting with patients identified by their provider as immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease from COVID-19” [Inova Health/Twitter]

Rose Hill Redevelopment Proposal Recommended for Deferral — “The inclusion of the Rose Hill Plaza development plan in the work program, approved on March 29 by the planning commission, came with a condition: the proposal will remain a ‘deferred item’ until the owner of the shopping center, Combined Properties Inc., conducts ‘further community outreach.'” [Patch]

Fairfax Man Arrested for Allegedly Choking Woman — City of Fairfax Police arrested a 48-year-old man for allegedly choking the passenger of another car during a “traffic altercation” on Sunday (April 2) near Fairfax Blvd and Pickett Road. According to police, the man “left his vehicle, put his hands around the neck of a passenger sitting in the second vehicle, and began to choke her.” He also threw a ginger ale can. [Patch]

PNC Bank Set to Close Several Local Branches — PNC Financial Services Group Inc will shutter 11 Northern Virginia branches as part of a nationwide reduction in its footprint, particularly in grocery stores. The Oakton branch at 2964 Chain Bridge Road is the only standalone location targeted, but this round also includes Giant Food store branches in Oakton, Fairfax, Centreville, Herndon, Clifton and the Falls Church area. [Washington Business Journal]

Annandale Gets New Ethiopian Restaurant — “JD Bar & Restaurant is located at 6669 Little River Turnpike in the same building that housed two previous Ethiopian places, Monarch, and before that, Damas. JD features traditional Ethiopian cuisine with injera, including geba weta, doro wat, lamb wot, kifto, tibs, and fish dulet.” [Annandale Today]

Republican Enters Virginia Senate Race — “An ex-adviser to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced Monday he will seek the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) in 2024, the first contender to emerge after Kaine committed in January to seeking a third term.” [The Washington Post]

GMU Works to Preserve Civil War-Era Graffiti — “While many see graffiti as an eyesore, students and staff at George Mason University are trying to digitally preserve 160-year-old wall art…[Mills] Kelly told WTOP that the graffiti left on the plaster walls at the Graffiti House in Brandywine Station and Historic Blenheim show a different side of history than what most usually see.” [WTOP]

Region Sees Increase in Older Population — “A new report found that Northern Virginia is one of the country’s fastest-growing populations of older adults, but more must be done to accommodate that age group. The number of adults 65 and older living in Northern Virginia increased by 61 percent since 2010, with approximately 310,000 living in the region as of 2020.” [Inside NoVA]

It’s Tuesday — Partly cloudy. Warm. High of 77 and low of 55. Sunrise at 6:48 am and sunset at 7:34 pm. []

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Art House 7 warmly welcomes you to our upcoming Fall 2 session of classes starting on October 30th. We’re thrilled to offer a diverse range of mediums and flexible class lengths, catering to a wide age range, starting from as young as 2, and, of course, providing a multitude of engaging options for adults!

Our classes cover an exciting spectrum of creative mediums, including fiber arts such as knitting, modern embroidery, crochet, and sewing. We also offer classes in ceramics on the wheel, drawing, watercolor, gouache, oil, acrylic, still-life painting, and captivating Japanese Suminagashi and printmaking. One of the highlights of this session is the highly anticipated 5-week “Painting the Portrait and Figure” workshop, led by the renowned local artist, Danni Dawson.

For our younger artists, we have specially designed classes like “Art Exploration through Impressionism” for students in kindergarten through 5th grade, an engaging “Art Together” parent-child class designed for 2–4-year-olds, and a “Teen Taught Art Club” tailored for kindergarteners through 4th graders.

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