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A northern mockingbird spotted at Sunrise Valley Elementary School in Reston (photo by Pete Huffer)

Plaza America Architect Has Died — “George Dove, who started his architecture career in D.C. in 1971 and later rose to become managing principal of WDG Architecture, died Oct. 23. He was 81…He led designs for projects in Crystal City and Arlington Gateway in Arlington; Skyline Center in Falls Church; Plaza America in Reston; and the Portals project near the Jefferson Memorial in D.C.” [Washington Business Journal]

Mixed-Use Development in Bailey’s Crossroads Advances — “The Fairfax County Planning Commission on Oct. 25 recommended approval of a Comprehensive Plan amendment to facilitate a mixed-use redevelopment project on the Food Star site…The plan amendment would allow for increased density — with building heights up to 14 stories — on a 13-acre site at the southeast intersection of Leesburg Pike and Carlin Springs Road.” [Annandale Today]

Bunnyman Brewing Expects Spring Launch in Lorton — “The Lorton Workhouse Campus officially has a new tenant now that Fairfax County has turned over the keys to historic building W13 to the owners of Bunnyman Brewing. According to Bunnyman co-founder and co-owner Sam Gray, he and fellow co-owner Eric Barrett are targeting a spring 2024 opening date for the new Bunnyman Brewing and Café.” [On the MoVe]

Police Called After Vienna Students Bite Each Other on Bus — “A juvenile…told Vienna police on Oct. 24 at 3:37 p.m. that she allegedly had been assaulted while riding home on the school bus from James Madison High School. The girl told police that after she jokingly bit another student, the other student bit her back, causing a bruise.” [Gazette Leader]

GMU Opens Behavioral Health Facility in Fairfax — George Mason University hosted a grand opening Friday (Oct. 27) for its new Center for Community Mental Health and Center for Evidence-Based Behavioral Health. The 9900 Main Street location “is optimally located to enable community members’ easy access to critical mental health services, while also providing space to advance research and train the next generation of behavioral health providers.” [GMU]

Tysons Hotelier Named Top Workplace for Women — “McLean, Virginia-based Hilton Worldwide and Bethesda, Maryland-based Marriott International consistently rank at or near the top of best workplaces rankings, and they take the top two spots in Fortune’s 2023 Best Workplaces for Women list — Hilton is No.1 and Marriott is No. 2. The rankings are based on employee surveys.” [WTOP]

Oakton Mental Health Nonprofit Changes Name — “PRS, a Northern Virginia-based mental health nonprofit, is changing its name to HopeLink Behavioral Health. The organization, which is 60 years old, announced the change at its annual Imagine Hope Benefit earlier in October.” [Inside NoVA]

Eden Center Welcomes New Vietnamese Restaurant — “Truong Tien, buried deep within a mall at the Vietnamese shopping center in Falls Church, specializes in…Hue royal cuisine, named for the ancient imperial city where the preparations sprang to life during the Nguyen dynasty of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Imperial plates are not totally foreign to the D.C. region…but I have encountered nothing like the food at Truong Tien in my years of learning and writing about Vietnamese cooking.” [Washington Post]

It’s Tuesday — Expect partly sunny skies and a high around 53 degrees, accompanied by a north wind of 3-8 mph. At night, partly cloudy conditions will prevail, with temperatures dropping to around 37 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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Proceeds benefit Fellowship Square, improving the lives of 800+ older adults with very limited income and resources by providing affordable housing and supportive services.

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