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A Metrobus stop at Concord Centre in Springfield (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Where to See Fall Foliage in Fairfax County — “Autumn is officially here and our estimated 44 million trees will be putting on a spectacular show of colors lasting a few weeks in October (though this year’s drought-like conditions may impact some colors)…Check out Visit Fairfax’s best locations for leaf peeping” [Fairfax County Government]

Metro Shares Options to Address Budget Gap — “Metro said Tuesday it is considering three options for addressing a $750 million budget shortfall next summer, but all would require additional money from D.C., Virginia and Maryland to prevent service cuts that transit leaders say would irreparably harm its rail and bus networks.” [Washington Post]

Arlington Assists With Route 7 BRT Funding — The Arlington County Board recently approved $70,000 in funding over two years for the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission’s Envision Route 7 planning study, which is evaluating the potential for bus rapid transit service from Tysons to Alexandria. The proposed route includes a stop at the East Falls Church Metro station. [ARLnow]

How Developers Come Up With Project Names — “The process of naming a condo building in nearby McLean was similar. Its developer, JBG Smith, called on Grafik to craft a moniker that felt ‘high end’ and ‘elegant.’ They wanted the name to conjure how it would feel to walk through the front entrance into luxury.” [Washington Post]

Hybla Valley Residents and Police Address Parking Issues — “For a couple of community members from the Mount Vernon Square Townhouses in Hybla Valley, the truck parking issue struck a chord. For many months, truck cabs and other vehicles had been parking along both sides of Arlington Drive near the 7-Eleven and Mount Vernon Square Apartments, significantly impeding visibility for drivers trying to exit the shopping centers and apartment community.” [On the MoVe]

More Secure Great Falls Mailbox Considered After Theft — “The drive-through mailbox at the Great Falls Post Office was pried open and its contents removed sometime on Aug. 26 or 27, Great Falls Citizens Association leaders said in an e-mail to members in September.” In response, the Postal Service may replace the existing collection box “with a new high-security version.” [Gazette Leader]

Herndon Cybersecurity Firm Acquired — “For the second time in just over three years, Herndon cybersecurity compliance company Exostar LLC is about to come under new ownership. Chevy Chase private equity firm Arlington Capital Partners LLC announced Tuesday that it has agreed to acquired Exostar from the Chicago private equity firm Thoma Bravo LLC in a deal that’s expected to close by the end of the year.” [Washington Business Journal]

Wolf Trap Leader Strives to Expand Park’s Reach — “As a queer man and the son of Indian immigrants, it’s not surprising that [Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts CEO Arvind] Manocha has spent the past 10 years broadening Wolf Trap’s offerings and audience. He wants locals to know not only that they are invited to the venue but also welcomed.” [Washington City Paper]

It’s Wednesday — The weather forecast shows a partly sunny day with a high temperature near 65 degrees. As night falls, expect mostly cloudy skies with the temperature dropping to around 54 degrees. []

Recent Stories

Good Friday evening, Fairfax County. Let’s take a look back at today’s stories and a look forward to tomorrow’s event calendar. 🕗 News recap The following articles were published earlier…

Reston Association is seeking candidates for its 2024 Board of Directors’ election. Four seats are open for the election, which will take place in March. Specifically, two at-large director seats…

Zombies, pirates and other virtual characters are about to be unleashed on Tysons, just in time for Christmas. Sandbox VR will launch its new virtual reality gaming experience at 1656…

Do the holidays have you stressed and busy? Worry not about what to wear as Live Fairfax has the Style Survival Guide for this season!

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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Winter Wonderland Fundraiser

Proceeds benefit Fellowship Square, improving the lives of 800+ older adults with very limited income and resources by providing affordable housing and supportive services.

Experience a festive holiday fundraiser complete with savory wines & craft beers, scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, exciting


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