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A Christmas tree on the Vienna Town Green is lit up (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Region’s Busiest Travel Period Underway — “If you’re someone who travels out of the D.C. region for the holidays, one of the busiest winter holiday travel days has arrived…While the regional airports might sound busy, AAA Mid-Atlantic predicts the vast majority of travelers in the D.C. metro area, 98%, will be driving to their destinations.” [WTOP]

Two Arrested for Fatal Franconia Shooting — “Two juvenile suspects have turned themselves in for their involvement in the Franconia shooting that left a Woodbridge man dead. [On Wednesday], officers were notified of two juvenile suspects who turned themselves in to Arlington Police. Both juveniles were transported to Fairfax County and charged.” [FCPD]

ICYMI: Child Hospitalized by Chantilly Crash — “A child has been hospitalized after they were hit by a driver just down the road from Chantilly High School. Fairfax County police officers responded to the intersection of Stringfellow Road and Poplar Tree Road around 5:09 p.m. for the crash.” [FFXnow]

Report Shows County’s Progress on Affordable Housing — “Fairfax County invested $51.9 million in affordable housing during the past fiscal year, according to the newly-released Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s (FCRHA) fiscal year 2023 annual report.” There was construction on 1,219 new homes with another 1,210 “in predevelopment,” and 936 people were moved from shelters into permanent housing. [FCRHA]

Winter Weather Outlook Suggests Potential for Snow — “Brian Lasorsa, lead meteorologist with the National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington Office, joined Courtney Arroyo, the Department of Emergency Management and Security’s community engagement manager, for a special winter weather outlook for Fairfax County and Northern Virginia…While the overall winter may be mildly warmer, Lasorsa expects things to turn a bit colder and snowier as we head into January, based on long-range forecasts.” [Fairfax County Emergency Information]

Commonwealth’s Attorney Gives Grants to Nonprofits — “Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano on Dec. 19 awarded grants to five Fairfax County nonprofits that serve child victims of crime and victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence. Descano awarded the $5,000 grants through the second annual Community Partnership Grant Program, an initiative he unveiled last year.” [Gazette Leader]

Assault Prompts Security Changes at Fort Belvoir — “The Fort Belvoir Garrison Commander temporarily suspended the garrison’s Trusted Traveler Program effective Dec. 19 due to the investigation of an alleged assault on the installation in the early morning hours of Dec. 18…Everyone in a vehicle who is 16 years of age or older will need to show a DoD or military ID card or obtain a visitor’s pass.” [On the MoVe]

Route 123 Pipe Replacement Finishes Early — “When a portion of sewer pipe on Chain Bridge Road was found to have deteriorated and needed immediate attention, Fairfax City crews and contractors were able to complete the project more than a week ahead of schedule, despite frigid temperatures and high wind conditions.” [City of Fairfax]

It’s Friday — Expect a gradual transition from mostly cloudy to sunny skies, with temperatures reaching a high of around 46 degrees. Friday night will be partly cloudy, with lows around 33 degrees, and a southeast wind ranging from 3 to 5 mph. []

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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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