Morning Notes

A sign greets shoppers in Tysons Corner Center (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

County VolunteerFest Returns This Saturday — “Hundreds of area residents will be out and about ‘doing good’ on Saturday, October 21, 2023, as part of VolunteerFest, a county-wide day of service. VolunteerFest is held every year in the fall and encourages anyone interested in volunteerism to get out and make a connection with a local organization.” [Volunteer Fairfax]

D.C. Area Economy Stagnating, GMU Researcher Says — “Issues that have been haunting the Washington region for years — slower economic growth, a high cost of living and regional outmigration — are solidifying into a concerning new normal. That’s the conclusion of Terry Clower, director of George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis,” who pointed to a declining federal workforce as one factor. [Washington Business Journal]

House of Kabobs Opens in Annandale — “Moby Dick House of Kabob opened Oct. 15 at 7042 Little River Turnpike…The Annandale location is the first Moby Dick with a mini market, says manager Maria Hernandez. It’s stocked with take-home items, such as bottles of a homemade yogurt drink called doogh, nuts, dates, toasted sunflower seeds, bottles of tahini dressing, and saffron ice cream.” [Annandale Today]

Winter Lantern Festival Coming Back to Tysons — “The Winter Lantern Festival is heading again to Tysons, Virginia, this season….The luminescent fixtures will light up Lerner Town Square in Tysons from November 24 through February 18, 2024, with tickets available to purchase starting October 25.” [Washingtonian]

Local Urban Legend Featured in New TV Series — “Those who have grown up around parts of Fairfax County have heard some version of the Bunny Man story, stemming from reported sightings around Northern Virginia, DC and Maryland. The urban legend is revisited in an episode of horror legend John Carpenter’s new ‘Suburban Screams’ series.” [Patch]

County Awards Buildings for “Exceptional Design” — “This year’s James M. Scott Exceptional Design Awards recipients are being recognized for their commitment to design excellence that enhances the experience for people visiting each site.” The 2023 honorees are private residences in Lake Barcroft and the Dranesville area, Capital One Hall in Tysons and The Residence at Colvin Run, a senior living facility in Great Falls. [Fairfax County Government]

Mount Vernon Police Station Sends Community Alerts — “The Mount Vernon District Police Station has begun making updates available to community members through the Fairfax Alerts system…The alert program would be piloted by Mount Vernon Police District and, if successful, potentially be expanded throughout the entire department.” [On the MoVe]

Painted Benches to be Auctioned Off in Vienna — “The Vienna Arts Society (VAS) will cap its ‘Take a Seat Vienna Returns’ fund-raising initiative with a celebration and auction of painted benches Nov. 11 at the Vienna Community Center…VAS invites local residents to attend the celebration whether or not they plan to bid on benches.” [Gazette Leader]

It’s Thursday — Expect partly sunny skies with highs around 69 degrees and south winds ranging from 6 to 11 mph, gusting up to 18 mph. At night, it will be cloudy with lows near 55 degrees accompanied by south winds blowing at 7 to 9 mph. []