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Snow covers the ground in Vienna (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Public Hearing on Chantilly Data Center Coming — The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing next Tuesday, Jan. 23, on a proposal to build a data center or warehouse off of Route 50 in Chantilly. Residents of the nearby Pleasant Valley community told the planning commission in September that the data center would be bad for their neighborhood and the environment. [The Connection]

Grocery Store Under Construction in Hybla Valley — “Renovations have begun at the former Safeway site at Mount Vernon Square, and the projected opening date for the new Fresh World supermarket is mid- to late summer 2024, according to Joshua Kim, a property management representative for Mt. Vernon Square LLC, which purchased the shopping center last June.” [On the MoVe]

County Starts Summer Camp Registration Soon — “Start thinking about fun in the sun by preparing for Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) spring and summer camps. Registration for spring and summer camps opens at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23. In preparation, FCPA is sharing the full listing of camps, as well as offering multiple ways to search and tools to use that will make enrolling easier.” [FCPA]

Ban on Personal Use of Campaign Money Advances — “Virginia elected officials would be prohibited from spending their campaign funds on personal expenses such as mortgages, vacations or gym memberships under a bill a House subcommittee advanced on a bipartisan basis Wednesday…Currently, lawmakers are only barred from converting campaign funds to personal use once they close out their accounts.” [Associated Press/WTOP]

McLean Candy Company Plans New Factory — “McLean food and pet care giant Mars Inc…announced last week it is building a $237 million baking facility in Salt Lake City for Nature’s Bakery, a maker of fig bars, brownies and oatmeal treats. The 339,000-square-foot facility will create 190 new jobs and is expected to be up and running by July 2025.” [Washington Business Journal]

Metro Lets Riders See Year-End Stats — “For the first time, Metro customers can get a personalized report of their Metro ridership for an entire year. The new website, called Your 2023 Metro report, gives riders detailed information about their use of public transit last year including” trip totals, the number of stations visited and miles traveled. [WMATA]

Tysons Event Planner Makes Acquisitions — “Events planning company Cvent, acquired last year by New York investment firm Blackstone, has made two acquisitions of its own, pushing further into the trade show management business. Cvent has paid an undisclosed sum for San Jose-based B2B automated appointment scheduling company Jifflenow, and an undisclosed sum for Boise, Idaho-based trade show leads company iCapture.” [WTOP]

It’s Thursday — After a mostly cloudy day with a high around 37 degrees, snow is likely tonight, especially after 1am, as the temperature drops to about 28 degrees with light and variable wind. There’s a 60% chance of precipitation and potential new snow accumulation of less than half an inch. [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

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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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