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Wolftrap Creek in Wildwood Park (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

FCPS Scales Back Falls Church HS Expansion — “The renovation and expansion of Falls Church High School, currently underway, is going to cost millions of dollars more than anticipated. As a result, some aspects of the original plan will be eliminated, and completion of the project has been pushed back a full year — from summer 2025 to summer 2026.” [Annandale Today]

Fairfax Runner Banned from Triathlons — “Collin Chartier, the triathlon champion who grew up in Fairfax and has strong ties to NoVA, has been banned from the sport for three years for taking a banned substance…Chartier admitted on Instagram to taking the drug and said he has no plans to return to the sport.” [Northern Virginia Magazine]

Man Arrested After Stabbing Outside Springfield Restaurant — “Fairfax County Police said that they were called to the Casa Blanca Restaurant on Hechinger Drive in Springfield around 2 a.m. [on Friday]. Police said that the victim was stabbed in the parking lot after a fight that started inside the restaurant.” [DC News Now]

GMU Law School Offers Haven for SCOTUS Conservatives — “Since the rebranding, the [Scalia] law school has developed an unusually expansive relationship with the justices of the high court — welcoming them as teachers but also as lecturers and special guests at school events. Scalia Law, in turn, has marketed that closeness with the justices as a unique draw to prospective students and donors.” [New York Times]

New Wedding Venue Opens Near Fair Oaks Mall — “Welcomed CrystalView Weddings & Events to the Springfield District near the Fair Oaks Shopping Center. Able to accommodate many kinds of events from 100 to 450 people, this luxurious venue is a great addition to the county’s hospitality community.” [Pat Herrity/Twitter]

Vienna Police Collect Over 100 Pounds of Drugs — “On April 22, 2023, the Town of Vienna Police Department and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.) participated in the 24th National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative. As a result, the Town of Vienna Police Department collected and safely disposed of 143 pounds of expired or no longer needed medications from area citizens.” [Vienna Police]

Kid Visits All Fairfax County Fire Stations — On Thursday (April 27) “this future firefighter accomplished his goal of visiting all 39 #FCFRD fire stations. His last stop was Station 4, Herndon! Appropriate since he is four! His journey started at Station 40, Fairfax Center almost two years ago. Congratulations young man! Your visits always made our day!” [FCFRD/Facebook]

Lego Center Named Top Commercial Lease in D.C. Area for 2022 — “Springfield Town Center landing the lease in 2022 for the new Lego Discovery Center, billed as Lego’s latest spin on its nationwide themed attractions and the first of its kind in the D.C. area, bodes well for the landlord’s long and hard-fought efforts to turn the mall into a mixed-use destination.” [Washington Business Journal]

It’s Monday — Light rain. Increasing cloudiness. Cool. High of 59 and low of 46. Sunrise at 6:10 am and sunset at 8:00 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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