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Morning Notes

Reston’s Lake Audubon on a November morning (photo by Ray Copson)

New Study Shows Climate Change Risks in D.C. Area — “The latest National Climate Assessment shows the D.C. region is especially at risk of extreme weather, flooding, and sea level rise as the earth warms. The congressionally mandated assessment, released [Tuesday], also shows uneven progress in the region responding to a hotter planet.” [DCist]

FCPS Seeks to Address Chronic Absenteeism — At a school board meeting last Thursday (Nov. 9), Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Michelle Reid reported that the percentage of students missing 10% or more of the school year has climbed from 5.1% in 2021 to 17.1% this year. The school system “is looking at a multitiered approach to improve attendance.” [WJLA]

Lorton Nonprofit Launches Health Services Initiative — The Lorton Community Action Center’s new “All Can Be Healthy” initiative “is designed to provide expanded nutritional assistance, more accessible health services and educational programs to around 1,300 community members, according to a Nov. 9 LCAC press release.” [On the MoVe]

Virginia Expands Native Tree Pilot Program — The Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) will expand its Throwing Shade VA program, which offers discounts on native trees and shrubs, to 10 retail nurseries next spring. The program launched earlier this year with a two-month pilot that included three participants, including Burke Nursery & Garden Center. [Gazette Leader]

Herndon Satellite Company Reports Growth — “BlackSky, whose small imaging satellites collect high-resolution images for government and commercial customers, saw a 26% year-over-year gain in quarterly revenue, driven by growing demand by intelligence agencies globally for its detailed imagery. The company also reported its first quarterly profit since going public.” [WTOP]

Vienna Awards Halloween Parade Floats — “The James Madison High School Crew Team emerged as the big winner in the 2023 Vienna Halloween Parade. The team’s pirate ship float took the highest honor for Best in Parade for its overall performance and costumes that tied in with this year’s theme, ‘Cartoons and Comics.'” [Town of Vienna]

Herndon Band Still Fundraising for Hawaii Trip — “The Herndon High School Band, known as ‘The Pride,’ has been selected as Virginia’s representative to the 2023 Pearl Harbor Memorial Day Parade in Hawaii. Students will have the opportunity to play at the USS Missouri and during the parade.” The band remains $5,000 short of its fundraising goal to cover equipment shipping and traveling expenses. [Patch]

Painted Benches Auctioned to Support Vienna Art — “The Vienna Arts Society’s ‘Take a Seat Vienna’ bench auction, held Nov. 11 at the Vienna Community Center, showcased the creativity of its members and raised a still-being-tabulated amount of money for the organization. Hundreds of people crowded into the community center’s new gymnasium, where all 40 benches painted by VAS members were arrayed for viewing and hoped-for purchase.” [Gazette Leader]

It’s Wednesday — Expect mostly sunny skies with temperatures reaching a high of around 57 degrees. Winds will be light and variable before shifting south at 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Night will be partly cloudy, with a low of 38 degrees. []

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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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