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Morning Notes

Geese on the dock by Reston’s Lake Audubon (photo by Marjorie Copson)

County Board Officially Adopts New Budget — “Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors Tuesday adopted a budget that lowers the property tax rate for homeowners and gives county employees raises, part of a larger effort to combat the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on Northern Virginia.” [The Washington Post]

Terrorism Investigation Leads to Raid of Springfield Apartment — FBI agents recently raided an apartment on Kingsford Road and arrested a 33-year-old man suspected of providing financial support to ISIS members. Court documents filed on May 4 indicate that Mohammed Chhipa had been under investigation since 2021. [FOX5]

Parents Air FCPS Safety Concerns at Town Hall — “On Monday night, parents of Fairfax County students shared their concerns over school safety directly to the district’s superintendent. Their worries ranged from how threats are communicated to whether entrances are actually secure.” A systemwide security review is currently underway. [DC News Now]

Merry-Go-Round May Return to Springfield Town Center — “Heritage Amusements, the amusement concessionaire for mall owner Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE: PEI), is seeking Fairfax County’s OK to install a carousel on the first level of Springfield Town Center, near where Lego Discovery Center plans to open this summer.” A lease hasn’t been finalized, but the mall hopes to “align” the opening with that of the Lego center. [Washington Business Journal]

Route 1 BRT Among Projects Up for Funding — The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission “is considering 16 projects” to help fund with $48 million in I-395/95 toll revenue. “They include projects related to buses and trains, including an expansion of the Crystal City Virginia Railway Express station and a plan to put bus-only lanes on 16 miles of Route 1 in Fairfax County.” [ABC7]

Old and Young Collaborate on Great Falls Pollinator Garden — “The Residence at Colvin Run, a senior-living facility located in Great Falls, on April 29 welcomed young learners from Kashmir’s Pollinator Garden Club to participate in a Garden Design Challenge…The event was organized by the club…to create a community pollinator garden using the principles of geometry.” [Gazette Leader]

Vienna Church Hosts Prom for People with Disabilities — “It was a night filled with smiles, dancing and happy tears. This was the atmosphere at the Be Our Guest prom, which Vienna Presbyterian Church hosted for guests with special needs. This was a new effort by the church, which runs a Friendship Class for adults with special needs.” [Patch]

Skate Night Coming to Franconia Rec Center — “The Fairfax County Park Authority is hosting the first-ever Family Skate Night at Franconia Rec Center. Grab your roller skates and family and friends for an evening of fun at Franconia Rec Center on Saturday, May 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. The gymnasium…will be converted into a roller-skating rink, complete with a live DJ!” [FCPA]

It’s Wednesday — Sunny, with a high near 74. North wind around 7 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 52. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph after midnight. []

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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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