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A heron stands by a log at Royal Lake in Kings Park West (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Developer Hosts Political Fundraisers at Possible Reston Casino Site — “Perhaps to bolster its efforts to build a casino at or near the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station, Comstock scheduled fundraisers for two Democratic Party candidates who may be leading the Virginia General Assembly during the 2024 Session.” [Patch]

County Takes Over Volunteer-Based Nonprofit — “The Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services is pleased to announce it will assume administrative and programing responsibilities for GrandInvolve, a non-profit organization that places older adults as volunteers in Title I schools, effective Nov. 1, 2023.” [NCS]

Warner: Virginia Would Be Most Hurt by Shutdown — “Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., like many in Congress, has growing concerns about the potential impact of a government shutdown on federal workers, military personnel and contractors…He said he believes his constituents in Virginia will feel it more than any other part of the country, if the government shuts down this Saturday at midnight.” [WTOP]

Vienna Council Stumped by Tree Conservation Proposals — “The Vienna Town Council on an unusual 3-3 tie vote declined to set an Oct. 23 public hearing regarding proposed town-code amendments pertaining to tree canopy,” citing fear they may not have the authority to enact some measures. The planning commission still held a public hearing yesterday (Wednesday). [Gazette Leader]

Input Wanted on GW Parkway Changes — A plan released for public comment on Monday (Sept. 25) details proposed improvements to the Mount Vernon Trail and the southern section of the George Washington Memorial Parkway from Mount Vernon to Alexandria. “Residents have until October 24 to weigh in on the National Park Service’s ideas,” including a road diet and trail widening. [DCist]

Fair Lakes Apartments Acquired — The real estate company GID “has announced the acquisition of Arbors at Fair Lakes, a 282-unit, community located in Fairfax, VA, which will be rebranded as Windsor Fair Oaks…This acquisition enhances GID’s portfolio within the bustling DMV submarket of Fair Lakes,” which has over 3,000 multifamily and condominium residences. [Multifamily Biz]

Fort Belvoir Staffing Shortages Raise Concerns — “Job vacancies have been an ongoing issue on base, particularly filling positions that are essential to base operations. The base has struggled to match wages offered elsewhere in the county, leading locals to seek employment elsewhere.” Last year, Fort Belvoir closed a gate to GW Parkway due to the lack of personnel. [Inside NoVA]

FCPD to Present Foot Pursuit Policy Soon — Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis is scheduled to present the department’s new policy dictating when officers can engage in foot pursuits to the Board of Supervisors at a safety and security committee next Tuesday (Oct. 3). Davis is also expected to respond to a report of reforms proposed by a county working group. [The Connection]

It’s Thursday — Expect a chance of showers later in the day, primarily after 2 pm, with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures reaching a high of around 68°F. There will be a 30% chance of precipitation. At night, the chance of showers increases to 50%, and conditions remain mostly cloudy with a low temperature of around 60°F. []

Recent Stories

Good Tuesday 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…

Nearly a mile of Hunter Mill Road in Reston has been closed in response to an outside gas leak in a residential neighborhood. The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department…

The Food Star site in Bailey’s Crossroads is officially open for redevelopment.  At a meeting on Nov. 21, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a plan amendment to…

A new bank is coming to Reston’s Campus Commons development. Capital Bank appears to be opening a location at 1900 Campus Commons Drive in Suite 130, according to Fairfax County…

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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The Nutcracker presented by the Ravel Dance Company

The Ravel Dance Company will present the beloved holiday tradition The Nutcracker. It is Christmas Eve and the Stahlbaum family’s daughter Clara has received a Nutcracker from the mysterious toymaker and godfather Herr Drosselmeyer. Follow her journey through the Pine

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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