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A bus shelter on Arlington Blvd in West Falls Church (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Metro Silver Line Extension Is One Year Old — “One year ago, we opened phase two of the Silver Line Extension! [On Nov. 15], we’re celebrating 3.5 MILLION trips at the 6 new stations. Take a look back at the big day that started it all and see all the excitement!” [WMATA/Twitter]

Virginia Representatives Continue Call for Review of FBI HQ Decision — “Both U.S. senators from Virginia and nine U.S. House members called for an investigation Wednesday into how Greenbelt, Maryland, was chosen as the future site of the FBI headquarters. A letter…to the General Services Administration Office of Inspector General cites a ‘fatally flawed procurement that demands further investigation.'” [NBC4]

Fairfax Lawmaker Chosen to Lead Senate Democrats — “In separate, closed-door gatherings in Northern Virginia, Democrats elected Sen. Scott A. Surovell (D-Fairfax) majority leader while Republicans made Sen. Ryan T. McDougle (R-Hanover) minority leader.” Surovell won over Sen. Mamie Locke from Hampton “in a hard-fought internal party battle that turned on issues of race, gender and regional power.” [Washington Post]

Solution Sought for Trash on Annandale Road — “More than 50 people removed trash, furniture, and construction debris from American Drive in Annandale on Veterans Day, reports Amy Gould, who has been organizing cleanup events along that roadway for years…Much of the construction debris was left by building contractors who don’t have reasonable alternatives for dumping it somewhere else, Gould says.” [Annandale Today]

Alcorn Gets Answers to Casino Questions — “While there is no active proposal at this time, I continue to oppose the placement of a casino in the Hunter Mill District. My hope (and bet) is that the best way for the community, my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors, and our General Assembly delegation to get to this same conclusion is to maximum transparency of the process and have a thorough community vetting of the relevant facts.” [Hunter Mill District News]

Ways to Fight Hunger and Homelessness — “The National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger designate the week prior to Thanksgiving as National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 people in Fairfax County, according to Feeding America.” This year’s point-in-time count found 1,310 unhoused people in the county. [Fairfax County Government]

State Grant Will Help Stabilize Pohick Creek — “The Commonwealth’s grant for Fairfax County will support an overall $510,000 project to evaluate and design the stabilization of a portion of Pohick Creek near the Noman M. Cole Jr. Pollution Control Plant in Lorton. County officials are concerned that future flooding and erosion might damage process facilities at the plant, impacting wastewater treatment service for Fort Belvoir and potentially resulting in the release of untreated sewage.” [On the MoVe]

Vienna Plans Lottery to Choose Holiday Displays — The Town of Vienna is inviting residents to “create their own festive holiday display” that will accompany a decorated, evergreen tree outside the Freeman Store. “Up to three displays will be selected through a lottery process, and the deadline to submit proposals is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17.” [Town of Vienna]

It’s Thursday — Expect a sunny day with a high temperature near 66 degrees and a light variable wind that will shift to the south at around 6 mph during the morning. For Thursday night, the sky will be mostly clear as the temperature drops to around 45 degrees. []

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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