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Runners participating in a Turkey Trot on Glade Drive in Reston (photo by Ray Copson)

“Free Palestine” Protest Disrupts Black Friday in Tysons — “Outside Tysons Corner Center in McLean, another group marched and chanted. A line of vehicles could be seen with Palestinian flags waving…Some posted on social media that they had been stuck in traffic for hours. One X user posted that they were stuck in the Tysons parking garage because of the protest.” [WUSA9]

Fairfax County Firefighter Dies Off-Duty — “With great sadness, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department announces the death of Lieutenant Travis Traynham. Lt. Traynham passed away while off-duty on Thursday, November 23, 2023. Lt. Traynham has been a valued member of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department since joining in 2004.” [FCFRD/Facebook]

Reston Station Foot Traffic Down Post-Pandemic — Comstock CEO Chris Clemente says Reston Station is seeing about 4,000 visitors a day compared to “something like 16,000 people a day” before the pandemic, a decline he partly attributes to low Metro ridership. He envisions Reston Station and Reston Town Center becoming “one large integrated employment center” with no visible difference between the two from an aerial perspective. [Washington Business Journal]

Prosecutors Share More Details in Brothel Investigation — “New evidence was revealed in court documents Wednesday in the case against two of the three people accused of trafficking women and running brothels in Massachusetts and Virginia. Investigators said ring leader Han Lee kept detailed records, which could be her undoing.” [CBS News]

Car Fire Put Out in Fair Lakes — “Just after 2:30pm [on Saturday, Nov. 25] units from Station 21, Fair Oaks, responded to the 13000 blk of Fair Lakes Shopping Center for an auto fire in a parking lot. Crews arrived with one vehicle on fire. Fire is out. No civilian or firefighters injuries reported.” [FCFRD/Facebook]

Vaping Customer Trespassed From Vienna Panera — Panera employees requested police assistance on Nov. 20 with a customer who “became verbally aggressive and began vaping again” when told that vaping wasn’t allowed in the restaurant. “An officer advised the customer he was trespassed from the premises and would be charged with trespassing if he returned.” [Vienna Police]

Annandale Gets New Thai Restaurant — “A new restaurant in the Bradlick Shopping Center in Annandale specializes in the cuisine of northeastern Thailand. Mae Ornnit opened Nov. 18 in the space previously occupied by Loopy’s at the intersection of Braddock and Backlick roads.” [Annandale Today]

Trail Planned in Gum Springs — “Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) representatives joined community members and elected officials at Martin Luther King Jr. Park Nov. 18 for an update on the Gum Springs Trail Project, which will eventually connect Gum Springs residents with Little Hunting Creek.” [On the MoVe]

It’s Monday — Expect sunshine and a high of around 49 degrees, accompanied by a northwest wind of 8 to 17 mph, and gusts reaching up to 28 mph. For Monday night, the skies will be mostly clear, with temperatures dropping to approximately 27 degrees. [Weather.gov]

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Great Clips at South Lakes Village Center (Reston, Virginia) is seeking hair donors to participate in the Wigs for Kids program this Valentines Week. If you meet the minimum requirements and would like to donate your hair for children fighting cancer, we would love to host you in our salon this Valentine’s Week for a free haircut.

Minimum Requirements

  • Hair donations must be a minimum of 12 inches

  • Hair donations must be clean and stored/packaged completely dry.

  • Hair donations cannot be permed, color-treated, or highlighted.

  • Temporary coloring or highlights that wash out are acceptable but must be completely washed out before cutting. Gray hair is accepted.

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Peace in Gaza: Prayer Liturgy and Community Discussion for Peace in Arlington VA, Sunday, Feb. 11, 10:15 AM

Prayer, liturgy, and community discussion for peace in Gaza, an immediate cease fire and resumption of humanitarian aid will be hosted by Nova Catholic Community. The focus will be Pope Francis’ call for an immediate ceasefire, the release of all hostages, resumption of humanitarian aid for Palestinians in Gaza, and peace talks for a lasting and just peace for all people in the region.

Discussion will follow at Noon on US military role in the conflict and appropriate steps the US should take to foster peace and rebuilding. Light lunch served.

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Active Bystander: Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) Training

The Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) Active Bystander Certification course, also known as Active Bystander, is the premier training program to prepare civilians for how to respond during an intentional violent event and to address life-threatening emergencies.

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Festival Ballet Virginia Presents Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Festival Ballet Virginia, Reston’s premier ballet company, is performing a fun, family friendly production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the Richard J. Ernst Cultural Center Theatre on Friday & Saturday, March 1 & 2. Take an adventure with Alice

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