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Trees surround the office building at 3110 Fairview Park Drive near Merrifield (staff photo by Angela Woolsey

Woodson High School Officially Renamed — “The Fairfax County School Board unanimously voted to rename W.T. Woodson High School during their meeting November 9. Starting in school year 2024-25, the school will be known as Carter G. Woodson High School. The vote comes after two months of public engagement.” [FCPS]

Residents Torn Over Fort Hunt Road Safety Proposals — “Officials from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) held an Oct. 30 meeting with community members on proposed safety improvements at the intersection of Fort Hunt Road and Rollins Drive; however, many area residents voiced concerns or disagreement with aspects of the recommendations.” [On the MoVe]

American Legion Bridge Usability Ending — “The heavily used American Legion Bridge has about six years or so of useful life left, before it has to be replaced or completely overhauled, according to Maryland transportation leaders. The stark warning concerns the bridge known as one of the worst traffic chokepoints in the D.C. area.” [NBC4]

FCPS Cafeteria Menus Face Student Taste Test — “More than 200 Fairfax County Public School students gathered in a Westfields Marriott ballroom Monday morning, tasting and rating new food items that could appear in school cafeterias next year. For the first time, Virginia’s largest school system hosted a Future of FCPS Student Food show, which it said is part of its plan to add healthier and more diverse foods to its breakfast and lunch cafeteria menus.” [WTOP]

Lincolnia Gas Stations Robbed on Sunday — “Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau are investigating a series of robberies from several gas stations. Detectives believe the four robberies are connected. In each robbery, two suspects entered the stores, went behind the counter and stole money and merchandise. No weapons were seen in the robberies.” [FCPD]

Singer From McLean Competes on “The Voice” — “In 2015, Claudia B. visited WTOP to perform in the Glass Enclosed Nerve Center just before competing in Bachapalooza at Jammin’ Java in Vienna…On Monday night, the 24-year-old Virginia native makes her hometown proud by competing on the NBC singing competition ‘The Voice,’ where she’s already advanced several rounds.” [WTOP]

Park Authority Extends Farmers Market Season — “Enjoy the extended season at the Reston, Burke and McCutcheon/Mt. Vernon farmers markets. Starting Nov. 25, each market will welcome a handful of new vendors in addition to the ones you know and love. Expect new products, such as bagels, hot biscuits, pho, fresh cheese and more!” [FCPA]

New Cooling Towers Approved for FCPS HQ — “Fairfax County Public Schools’ Gatehouse Administrative Center will have its cooling towers replaced, following action Oct. 26 by the School Board. Board members approved an item on their consent agenda that awarded a $761,000 contract to Service Mechanical Inc. to perform the work at the administrative center.” [Gazette Leader]

It’s Tuesday — Expect sunny conditions with highs around 58 degrees and northwest winds at 10-13 mph, gusting up to 22 mph. Tuesday night, skies will be mostly clear with lows near 35 degrees. North winds will be around 6 mph and become calm after midnight. []

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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.

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