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Morning Notes

Deer munches on leaves near the W&OD Trail (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Housing a Focus of County Board Chair Race — Primary challenger Lisa Downing “cited as her chief concern the shortage of homes in the county that are large enough and also affordable to middle-income families in the region.” Chairman Jeff McKay says there are 4,000 units of affordable housing “in the development pipeline and in the past year invested $94 million toward its goal” of 10,000 new units by 2034. [Washington Post]

County Resident Arrested in Alexandria Shooting — “A 28-year-old Fairfax County man wanted for a Jan. 4 shooting incident faces numerous charges after allegedly striking an Alexandria Police Department cruiser in the Landmark area earlier this month.” [ALXnow]

Hybla Valley ES Nears Finish on Renovation — “The two-year, $33 million renovation project at Hybla Valley Elementary School is substantially complete, and the building has been turned over for use, according to a spokesperson from Fairfax County Public Schools…Work is expected to be complete by Memorial Day, with minor project closeout work to be performed over the summer” [On the MoVe]

Annandale Bank to Close This Summer — “The Wells Fargo Bank at 4260 John Marr Drive in Annandale will permanently close on July 26, states a letter to customers from District Senior Manager William Lionhood. Other Wells Fargo branches will remain open” [Annandale Today]

State Covid Hospitalization Data Dashboard Discontinued — “The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association will discontinue its COVID-19 dashboard on Thursday. The dashboard was first made available in April 2020 and has been updated daily with information from Virginia hospitals about the number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 cases.” [Inside NoVA]

New Capital One Ballpark Draws Crowds — “The much anticipated Capital One Park opened in early April, and the new open-air state-of-the-art baseball stadium on Route 123 in McLean near Tysons drew rave reviews and generated big crowds and much excitement from spectators, players and coaches.” [Gazette Leader]

Capital One Hall Builder Wins International Design Award — “HGA has been selected as a winner in the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) 2023 Interior Design Competition in the Entertainment category for Capital One Hall in Tysons…The award will be presented at REVEL in Design, IIDA’s annual kick-off to NeoCon June 11, 2023, in Chicago.” [HGA]

Historic Lorton Houses to Open for Tours — “May is Historic Preservation Month…Curators with the Park Authority’s Resident Curator Program will host two open house events to share the home improvements made to two of Lorton’s historic houses. Enjoy a tour of the Stempson House and the Hannah P. Clark/Enyedi House on Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.” [FCPA]

It’s Thursday — Light rain. Cloudy. Mild. High of 67 and low of 49. Sunrise at 6:15 am and sunset at 7:56 pm. []

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Camps are just the beginning of what’s in store at Art House 7 this summer. We’re thrilled to offer an array of exciting classes for both kids and adults!Rediscover your creativity with some of our AH7 favorites, such as drawing, hand-sewing, modern embroidery, and our popular 3-week Jump into Crochet classes. But that’s not all! We’ve added some fresh and exciting options to our summer class selection, guaranteed to spark your imagination.

To enhance your artistic journey, we have intensified some of our Ceramics: The Wheel classes to a full 3-hour duration. This extended time allows for more creativity and skill development in each class session. If you’re eager for a captivating twist, give Contemporary Still-Life Drawing & Painting a go. Or why not try an immersive outdoor painting adventure? We have a unique opportunity for you to bring your painting skills to life while learning and creating in the great outdoors with our Landscape Painting: Studio and Plein Air class!

We invite you to visit our website and explore our full Summer Session schedule, brimming with a diverse range of classes and camps. Classes and camps begin June 20th. Unleash your inner artist, broaden your horizons, and embark on a summer adventure like no other. Let’s make this a summer to remember at Art House 7!

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Potomac Harmony Chorus has a new director! We’re ready
to kick off the season with new music, a new approach, and YOU!

Potomac Harmony is one of 500 choruses in Sweet
Adelines International. We’re a vibrant,
contemporary, inclusive, welcoming, and open community of women singers who
perform four-part harmony, barbershop style, committed to a high level of
achievement through teaching, mentoring, personal growth, and performance. Our vision is to entertain, educate, and
enrich lives through musical expression while promoting the barbershop art

Potomac Harmony recently had our first performance
with our new director, receiving rave reviews! We invite you to stop by any Wednesday
evening and be part of the fun and harmony!

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Army Birthday Festival – Free and Fun

Make Saturday, June 10, 2023 a great day!

Come celebrate the Army Birthday Festival at the National Museum of the U.S. Army from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Rain or Shine!

• Experience outdoor and indoor fun activities, for all

Unveiling of West Ford historical highway marker

Gum Springs will be celebrating 190 years of its founding by freedman West Ford on Saturday, June 17, 2023. To kick-off the celebration, there will be an unveiling of a Virginia historical highway marker for West Ford on Fordson Road


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