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One of Cartken’s self-driving food delivery robots on the move in the Mosaic District (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

School Board Calls for Review to Address Drug Use — “As part of this review, the Board is asking the Superintendent to consider the merits of various initiatives, including creating a recovery high school, providing students and staff with access to fentanyl testing strips, placing naloxone in all classrooms with appropriately trained classroom-based staff, offering naloxone training to high school students” and more. [Karl Frisch]

Student Sports Officially Coming to Middle Schools — “For the first time, Fairfax County Public Schools is planning to launch an athletics program for middle school students. The program would start with cross country this fall. An outdoor track program would be offered in spring 2024. There would be no cost to students.” [Annandale Today]

New Seafood Restaurant Open in Fairfax — “You won’t find Ned at Ned’s New England Deck, a recent seafood-focused Fairfax arrival…What you will find is terrific food and hospitality at this tribute to the casual fare [co-owner Steve] Forbes and his partner Anthony Gallotto grew up eating and cooking on Boston’s North Shore. [Northern Virginia Magazine]

New Reston Town Center Falcons Get ID Bands — “Wildlife experts at the Reston Town Center worked on Wednesday to put identification bands on peregrine falcons” born to a pair that has frequented the shopping center since 2015. “This year, the mother falcon on Freedom Drive laid three eggs and had three baby daughters.” [WUSA9]

Update Planned for Courts at Bailey’s Crossroads Park — “The Fairfax County Park Authority has initiated the work to resurface the athletic courts at Dowden Terrace Park. The courts will be closed from May 8 through July 17 to complete the project…The project will cost approximately $227,000” [FCPA]

Virginia’s Teacher Licensing Process Delayed — “The Virginia Department of Education took emergency action Thursday to automatically extend teaching licenses after department delays left some teachers at risk of losing their jobs for the 2023-2024 school year.” About 15,500 of more than 20,000 licenses set to expire on June 30 “are renewable and will be extended.” [The Washington Post]

Herndon Theater Launches “In the Heights” — “Herndon’s NextStop Theatre Company will be debuting its production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical, ‘In The Heights,’ this Friday.” The show will run through June 11. Masks are still required for audience members at the theater on 269 Sunset Park Drive. [Patch]

Free Concerts Return to Meadowlark Gardens — “‘Music in the Gardens,’ a Spring Series of ensemble concerts, will return to Vienna’s Meadowlark Botanical Gardens beginning this Sunday, May 14th, at 3 pm. Performers are principal players from the Virginia Chamber Orchestra. Concerts are free with admission to the park ($3 to $6).” [VCO]

It’s Friday — Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Evening has a chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a low around 66. Showers are likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2 a.m. Chance of precipitation is 70%. [Weather.gov]

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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
form.

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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