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By: Transurban

October 19, 2022

Transurban, operator of the 495, 95 and 395 Express Lanes, Safe Kids Fairfax County and State Farm Agent Kenya Z. Knighthosted a free child passenger seat safety check and donation event on October 6 in southern Fairfax County at the Gum Springs Community Center.

The 495/95/395 Express Lanes operator donated 100 infant-to-toddler car seats to offer to local families from communities including Mt. Vernon, Hybla Valley, Fort Hunt and Groveton.

Visiting families who did not have a car seat, or one suitable for their child, were eligible to drive away with a new, free and safe seat professionally installed by a certified child passenger safety technician.

Safe Kids Fairfax County, members of its network of technicians, and State Farm Agent Kenya Z. Knight also inspected and adjusted dozens of families’ existing car and booster seats. Nearly half of car and booster seats are used incorrectly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“We appreciate Transurban’s investment in child passenger safety, adding to our common goal of keeping our kids safe,” said Linda Watkins, Safe Kids Fairfax County Coalition Coordinator. “With Transurban’s and State Farm’s generous contributions, we are supporting our communities with awareness, education, and tangible change.”

“Working together to improve road safety to strengthen the communities we serve is core to Transurban’s mission,” said Amanda Baxter, senior vice president, of Virginia market and operations at Transurban North America. “We’re honored we can support our neighbors with free car seats to protect children on the road.”

 

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South Lakes High School Theater presents Peter and the Starcatcher, directed by Mr. Michael Viola.

This family-friendly comedic play is set on the high seas in a faraway land. You’ll enjoy the fast-paced adventure of Peter and his friend Molly, as they overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a fantastical secret safe. Suitable for all ages, and most enjoyable for children 9 and up.

November 17 at 7:30pm
November 18 at 7:30pm
November 19 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Tickets are available in advance: https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/15621/south-lakes-high-school-theatre

Peter and the Starcatcher is a play by Rick Elice, based on the Novel by Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson. Music by Wayne Barker. Originally produced on Broadway by Nigel Gibbs, Gregg Shaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, and Disney Theatrical Productions. Presented by special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI).

Mr. Michael Viola is the Theatre Director at South Lakes High School. The original show artwork was created by Abby Wyland, a student at South Lakes High School. The posters were created by Tim Shaw.

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By: Perpetuo Films

October 14, 2022

Oct. 14, 2022–Arlington, VA-based Perpetuo Films announced today the screening of its award-winning documentary Dani’s Twins at the Washington West Film Festival. Dani’s Twins will hit the screen at the Showplace Icon Theatre in Tysons Corner, VA, on Sat., Oct 15 at 3 pm. A post-film Q&A will feature film star and producer Dani Izzie and her husband Rudy, director and cinematographer Steve Dorst, and producer and impact producer Angie Gentile.

Set in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Dani’s Twins follows the pregnancy and early parenting journey of Izzie, one of the few quadriplegics in the world ever to give birth to twins. Captured largely in cinema verité, the documentary depicts the ups and downs of Izzie’s story, from battling outdated perceptions of disability, to her harrowing race to the ER during Covid, to the giggles of her children in the rolling hills of Virginia.

“Sharing my journey was deeply empowering,” says Izzie. “As hard as it was to invite a film crew into something so intimate as my pregnancy, I knew I had to do it to build awareness about disabled pregnancy and parenting among people with and without disabilities. Breaking down misconceptions and amplifying awareness and access is what this is all about.”

Washington West-named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee”–donates 100% of its box office proceeds for causes such as childhood healthcare,
education, and wellbeing. The festival is partnering this year with Project Hope to deliver urgent assistance to Ukrainian families.

“Washington West is the type of festival filmmakers really care about-one that showcases great films while doing something to make the world a better place,” says Arlington, VA resident Dorst, Co-Founder & VP Production, Perpetuo Films. “We couldn’t be happier about being in this wonderfully creative and altruistic festival right in our backyard, sharing our one-in-a-billion story about love and disability justice.”

Since its world premiere in May at Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride, CO, Dani’s Twins has screened at Atlanta DocuFest, Venice Shorts, San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, Toronto International Women Film Festival (where it won “Best Film About Women”), Iowa Independent Film Festival, DC Shorts Film Festival (where it won the “Audience Award”), and Reel Abilities Pittsburgh (where it won the “Audience Award for Best Short”). The film made its LA debut in Sept. with a one one-week Oscar-qualifying theatrical run at the Lumiere Cinema in Beverly Hills, before heading to San Francisco for a special screening and disability roundtable discussion at the historic Castro Theatre (https://www.castrotheatre.com/disability-roundtable/).

In addition to Washington West, Dani’s Twins has a robust festival lineup through early 2023, including screenings at the Hungarian Disability Film Festival, Virginia Film Festival in Charlottesville, VA, Ojai Film Festival in Ojai, CA, and Oaxaca Film Festival in Mexico, among others.

Dani’s Twins was directed by Brad Allgood, known for his award-winning feature documentary “Landfill Harmonic,” which garnered over 40 festival wins in 250+ festivals and was acquired by HBO, and Steve Dorst, whose film “Shattered Sky” told the story of how America led the world to solve the biggest environmental crisis ever seen (the ozone crisis) and played on PBS.

The film was made possible in part through generous contributions from Magnetic Me, a clothing line for babies and moms, and Friendsheep, a fair trade producer of eco-friendly wool dryer balls.


DANI’S TWINS is the premiere release of PERPETUO FILMS, a studio that produces entertaining content for people who give a damn. Our active slate of programming includes DANI’S TWINS; PATROL, the battle to preserve Nicaragua’s rainforest from illegal cattle ranching; and EAT BITTER, the first English-language documentary out of the Central African Republic, capturing the tensions between Chinese migrants and local workers during a civil war. In 2021, our films secured grants and partnered with the biggest global names in nonfiction storytelling: Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the Ford Foundation, the Sundance Institute, Mountainfilm, the European Union, Re:wild, Netflix Ambulante, DOC DEVELOPMENT AFRICA, Durban FilmMart, and others. Perpetuo Films aims to accelerate the web3 creator economy to amplify filmmaker autonomy, control, and ownership. PERPETUO FILMS: Story | Impact | #Film3.

CONTACT

Angie Gentile, VP, Impact and Engagement, Perpetuo Films, angie@perpetuofilms.org, +1-571-243-0972

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Facebook: http://facebook.com/DanisTwinsFilm
Website: http://DanisTwinsFilm.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/DanisTwinsFilm and https://www.instagram.com/daniizzie/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DanisTwinsFilm
Dani’s blog: http://daniizzie.com
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/daniizzie

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By: Workhouse Arts Center

September 30, 2022

Workhouse Haunt: Nightmare Harvest Coming October 2022
Northern Virginia’s Outdoor Walk-Thru Haunted Trail Returns

Lorton, VA – (Sept. 30, 2022) The Workhouse Arts Center is thrilled to announce the return of a Northern Virginia Halloween season favorite, the Workhouse Haunt, an immersive scare-inducing outdoor haunted trail. This year’s Haunt, titled “Nightmare Harvest,” will run on weekends from Friday, Oct. 7 through Saturday, Nov. 5. Friday and Saturday hours are 7-11pm and Sunday hours are 7-10pm. The Haunt will also perform on Halloween night, Monday, Oct. 31, from 7-9pm. Each Friday and Saturday night from Oct. 7 through Oct. 29, live bands will perform in the Rizer Pavilion near the Haunt Bar, where guests can purchase snacks and beverages. Tickets are now available for purchase and prices start at $30 per person. Visit www.workhousearts.org for schedule and event details.

The Workhouse Haunt is a long-standing Northern Virginia tradition, which serves not only as Halloween entertainment, but also as an extension of the Workhouse Performing Arts Program, allowing local youth to practice their acting skills, set production and overall theatrical skills, with the training of seasoned professionals, Guests will travel in small groups for a frightening experience that brings them next to the site’s abandoned, historic buildings where they will encounter terrifying characters and sights that are not for the faint of heart. Tickets are sold online only, via timed entry, and advance purchase is highly recommended to reserve a time slot.

“This year we have partnered with the Lorton Community Action Center to encourage guests to give back to the community by donating food and other items when they attend the Haunt,” says Leon Scioscia, President and CEO of the Workhouse Arts Center. “We will have a drop off location available on site.”
InsideNoVa is the media sponsor for this year’s Haunt, and tickets for the Haunt Preview Night can be purchased directly from their website.
Haunt: Nightmare Harvest 2022 Schedule:

Fridays – Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 7pm – 11pm.
Saturdays – Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 7pm – 11pm.
Sundays – Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 7pm – 10pm.
Monday – Halloween, Oct. 31, 7pm – 9pm.

From Oct. 7 through Oct. 29, Friday and Saturday evenings will include a rotating schedule of live music in the Rizer Pavilion, which also serves as a check-in area and “virtual line” for Haunt entry. The slate of talent will be uploaded on the Workhouse website and ticketing pages as each band is confirmed.

Food trucks, soft drinks, wine, and themed-specialty drinks will be available for purchase on site. Bunnyman Brewing will be the exclusive beer vendor for the Haunt. And will feature selections of microbrew favorites from their unique draft beer truck. As Oct. 1 is Preview Night, food and beverage service will not be available.

About Workhouse Arts Center
The Workhouse Arts Center, a project of the Workhouse Arts Foundation, helps to grow and support a vibrant arts center that offers engaging opportunities and inspiring experiences for all in visual and performing arts, education classes, historical perspective, community engagement and personal enrichment. The Workhouse is housed at a unique historical property–a 55-acre portion of the DC Correctional Complex’s former campus in Lorton, VA that dates back to 1910. After the complex’s closure in 2001, Fairfax County leadership and an adaptive reuse task force transformed the site into a community arts center where people could learn about, participate in, and be inspired by the region’s and nation’s best visual and performing arts talent, and come together for festivals and community building. Opened in 2008, the Workhouse Arts Center now curates and presents a dozen art exhibitions from local, regional and national artists. It houses nearly 65 resident and associate artists who produce 70-plus annual shows, presents 300 performing arts events and offers over 300 education classes, engaging nearly 100,000 people annually.

About InsideNoVa
InsideNoVa is Northern Virginia’s leading news source. Its primary website, InsideNoVa.com, receives over 3 million page views and 900,000 unique visitors a month, and the company also publishes weekly newspapers in Prince William, Rappahannock and Culpeper counties, as well as a group of community lifestyle magazines and FauquierNow.com. Its ticketing platform, InsideNoVaTix.com, is the exclusive ticketing partner for events at the Workhouse Arts Center.

About Lorton Community Action Center
The Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) seeks to provide low-income individuals, senior citizens, and families residing in Fort Belvoir, Lorton, Newington and other portions of southeast Fairfax County with access to basic needs and the opportunity to empower themselves through LCAC’s self-sufficiency programs. LCAC strives to connect people with other programs in the area that will have a positive impact on a family’s long-term “health. LCAC’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty and prevent homelessness through a variety of services and programs.

About Bunnyman Brewing
Bunnyman Brewing, a micro-brewery tucked away in the suburbs of Fairfax/Burke, Virginia, crafts high-quality beers with an exciting rotation of unique and variations. Bunnyman proudly features an 18-tap self-pour system in the main taproom and an additional 9-tap system in the Mezzanine, allowing guests to pay by the ounce. There are 3 tasting areas – the lower main tasting room, an upstairs Mezzanine, and ample outdoor space, including a large Oktoberfest tent. We invite you to come by, relax, have a beer, and tell some local stories about the legendary Bunnyman.

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By: Falls Church Arts

September 30, 2022

Fifty-one artists will be featured in the ‘Scapes exhibit at the Falls Church Arts gallery from October 8 through November 12. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 8, at 7:30 pm. Artists will be on hand to share their processes and inspirations. Juror and internationally renowned landscape artist Bryan Jernigan will speak about the jurying process. This event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit theme, “landscapes, memoryscapes, seascapes, dreamscapes,” challenged artists to contemplate the “‘scapes” that inhabit their world–inner or outer, real or imagined, representational or abstract, macro- or microscopic–in this all-media show.

The Falls Church Arts gallery is located at 700-B West Broad St. (Route 7), Falls Church. It is open Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Masks are optional and guests are asked to postpone their visit if they are not well.

Artworks can also be viewed online at www.fallschurcharts.org. All pieces can be purchased at the gallery or on the website.

A $150 Juror’s Choice Award and a $50 People’s Choice Award were made possible by a donation from DuBro Architects + Builders, 429 S. Maple Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22046. Jernigan will announce the Juror’s Choice Award at the opening. The People’s Choice Award will be announced on October 30, based on votes from visitors to the gallery.

Jernigan spoke generally about the exhibit theme, saying ‘Scapes departs “from the traditional ‘landscapes’ show, featuring the broad use of media–from sculpture to photography to paintings, fiber, collage and mixed media in this show, and the attention to the formal principles of art–whether that’s composition, value, use of line or repetition, mastery of color, highlights, shadows and more.”

He also talked about the challenges in selecting artworks for ‘Scapes. “I had to narrow the 197 submissions to just around 50. Eliminating nearly 75% of the work for any show would be incredibly difficult, but when the artwork is across-the-board stellar, it made my job that much harder. So, what viewers will see will be truly the cream of the crop!

“I am so proud of the artists’ community in northern Virginia. In reviewing all the submissions, it is evident it is rich with promise and growing every day. The ‘Scapes show is singularly a validation of the fact that art is alive and well in our community.”
Jernigan is a painter and teacher whose work has won numerous awards. He routinely participates in juried and non-juried art shows and events, and his work is held by patrons both nationally and internationally.

The following artists have works in ‘Scapes:

John Allen, John Ballou, Sara Bardin, Ruth Becker, Diana Bozza, Donna Byrne, Julie Clark, Jodi Condes, Rita Corwin, Amanda Dempsey, JK Dimond, Vicky Dorn-Fontana, Bethany Douglas, Roberta Drabyk, Erin Endean, Samantha Lane Fiddy, Caitlin Garvey, GM Guernica, Xavier Hardison, Sara Harland, Stuart Hindle, Daniel Horowitz, Nancy Jakubowski, Kiefer Johnson, Roxanne Kaylor, Elissa Krieg, Leslie Landerkin, Gerda Lane, Sharon Malley, Russ Mardon, Carolyn Marshall Wright, Molly McCracken, Jane McElvany Coonce, Suzanne McIntire, Anne Meagher-Cook, Aynex Mercado, David Merrell, Cynthia Miller, Marilyn Miyamoto, Nan Morrison, Sandi Parker, Alejandra Pineiro, Helen Power, William Rollins, Joan Slottow, Margaret Stewart, Terry Svat, Suzanne Updike, John Valenti, Rebecca Visger, and Craig Wright.

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Illustration reprinted with permission from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Learn more and see when bird migration is happening in your area, with forecasts and real-time bird migration maps at Birdcast.info

During fall bird migration, which is peaking from now until November 3in the Fairfax County area, hundreds of millions of birds are expected to fly overhead. Did you know that artificial light–whether from tall buildings or residences– attracts and disorients migrating birds, confusing and exhausting them as well as making them vulnerable to collisions with buildings? Hundreds of millions of birds die in collisions with buildings annually, including many species of high conservation concern.

Turning off or dimming non-essential lighting during critical migration periods drastically reduces bird deaths. Type your town’s name into BirdCast’s local migration alert tool to see how many birds are expected to fly over your area on any given night. If the tool indicates migration is expected to be “High,” please consider turning off any nonessential lights that would be visible to birds, including outdoor lights and those in tall office buildings.

Lights Out efforts are underway in over 30 North American cities. If you are concerned about safety in regard to outdoor lights, see this information from the International Dark Sky Association.

BirdCast applies weather surveillance radar to gather information on the numbers, flight directions, speeds, and altitudes of birds aloft in order to expand the understanding of migratory bird movement. Visit the BirdCast Migration Dashboard to explore migration in Fairfax County–or explore other counties and states around the contiguous United States.

 

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Lime Connect will host its fifth annual Ride to Rebrand Disability on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at The Bike Lane in Reston, Virginia. Designed as a great ride (10-, 30-, 62- and 100-mile routes) for a great cause, cyclists will enjoy the gorgeous northern Virginia foliage along the W&OD Trail and suburban streets with rest stops and rider support along the way.

Post-ride festivities include lunch from Mission BBQ (Herndon), music, massages, and beer specially brewed by Bike Lane Brewery – in addition to fun swag and giveaways. “The Lime Connect Ride is probably the best I’ve ever done. It’s a great ride through the Loudoun County countryside, and I’m riding again this year!” stated Dave Duvall, Lime Connect Ride participant.

Those who are not able to join in person have the option of riding virtually – anywhere in the world – between September 8th and October 8th. An “Anything Goes” option allows individuals to rack up miles by walking, running, using a wheelchair, Peleton, or any form of mobility.

Proceeds benefit Lime Connect’s work to rebrand disability through achievement – specifically the Lime Connect Pathways Scholarship for high school seniors who have disabilities and are entering university. Mike MacKay, Lime’s global board chair, says, “we’re proud to have provided 31 scholarships to date to an amazing group of young students, and bring them into the Lime Connect community as they navigate university. Our goal for 2022 is to fund an additional 15 scholarships, so join the challenge – set up a team, ride with friends and family, and rebrand disability with us!”

Prizes are awarded for the top fund raiser, and top fundraising team; and giveaways include a Yeti 12 soft cooler, Loctote bike locks, gift certificates to Mission BBQ Herndon and The Bike Lane, and more. Individuals who raise $500+ will receive a coveted “500 Club” cycling jersey. (Fundraising is not required to ride.)

The Lime Connect Ride to Rebrand Disability is presented by Bloomberg, and sponsors include Google, NEA (New Enterprise Associates), The Meridian Group/The Boro, The Bike Lane, Unilever, EX2 Adventures, Loctote, Mission BBQ (Herndon), Salesforce, Select Physical Therapy, and Synergy Fitness Training.

To learn more, register to ride or volunteer, and/or donate, go to this link.

About Lime Connect: Lime Connect is a global not for profit 501(c)(3) organization that’s rebranding disability through achievement. We do that by attracting, preparing, and connecting high potential university students and professionals – including veterans – who happen to have all types of disabilities for scholarships, leadership programs, and internships & full time careers with our corporate partners – the world’s leading corporations.

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By: Falls Church Arts

September 14, 2022

The 2022 Falls Church Arts “Scenes in the City” Plein Air Festival is underway. Artists from the local area as well as those who choose to travel from a distance, in this case as far away as New York, can be spotted at scenic areas throughout the Little City painting en plein air, or outside. This type of painting must be done quickly and on site to capture the ever-changing light. Popular locations in the past have been the W&OD trail, local parks, the farmhouse at Cherry Hill Park, Clare and Don’s Beach Shack, and the Farmer’s Market. If interested, please feel free to join the artists as they compete to capture the history, architecture, and natural beauty of Falls Church in their paintings. Artists will continue to paint daily until the morning of the festival.

Artists may register for the event at https://fallschurcharts.org. To be considered for the competition, participating artists must visit Falls Church Arts gallery or Art and Frame of Falls Church during their open hours, to have their papers or canvases stamped. Works will be on display at Falls Church City Hall grounds, 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, starting between 8 and 9 am, until noon on Saturday, September 24. The festival will also include a Quick Draw Competition from 8 am to 11 am. During this competition, artists will start and complete a work of art in just three hours.

The Plein Air Festival also includes a People’s Choice Award which is determined by the highest number of votes cast for a painting by the public on the day of the festival. Participating artists will also have the opportunity to cast votes for their favorite work in the Artist’s Choice Award. It is all free for attendance.

Multiple winners at the Plein Air Festival, including People’s Choice, Artist’s Choice and Quick Draw Competition will be announced at noon at Falls Church City Hall grounds.

Juror, Andrei Kushnir, well known for his American landscape paintings and publications on Plein Air Painting, will be judging the works. Prize awards range from $250 to $1,250. In the event of rain, the event will be held on October 1.
Awards have been made possible by a number of generous sponsors.
This community-building and family-friendly event is free to the public. Paintings will be available for purchase and may be taken home the day of the Festival. To learn more, go to https://FallsChurchArts.org..

For media inquiries contact: Susan B. Hillson, 703-395-0909; sbhfca@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/fallschurarts
Instagram:@fallschurcharts

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By: Kahini Books

September 13, 2022

September 13, 2022

Contact:

Ryanna Quazi – (972) 251-9820, kahinibook94@gmail.com

New Pop-Up South Asian Bookstore Debuts

Washington, D.C. — Ryanna Quazi is starting her next chapter of entrepreneurship with Kahini Books, a new popup bookstore in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

The 27-year-old Texas native and current D.C. resident launched Kahini Books in May 2022 and debuted in person on May 15, 2022, with her first pop-up at Asian Festival on Main, a one-day outdoor family event on Main Street in Historic Old Town Fairfax City.

Quazi said her passion for books spans a lifetime. “I’ve loved reading since I was a child growing up in Texas. Books have been my savior in some of the worst times of my life, said Ryanna. “I had dreamed of owning a bookstore since my college years, but the idea of a South Asian and lesser-known book-focused store came to me later on. I was reading a lot of books by both South Asian and non-South Asian authors that were not getting the recognition they deserve.”

Kahini Books will feature an ever-rotating selection of titles including adult fiction, young adult fiction, children’s books, memoirs, biographies, and nonfiction books. At Kahini, while she will stock brand new books, most of Kahini’s selection is gently used or used and costs 15 dollars or under.

The mission of Kahini is to offer new and used titles from South Asian writers, as well as other lesser-known fiction by authors from other communities.

Selection, Quazi said, will include a mix of her own curated titles and community-sourced suggestions.
“I try to source South Asian books across all genres, regardless of whether it has been on the top ten of NY Times or US Today Bestseller list. If it’s a non-South Asian book, I really try to source books that have not been in the top ten of the NY Times or USA Today Bestseller list,” she said. “I’ve also had the pleasure of being able to work with some up-and-coming local South Asian authors by purchasing books from them directly to sell in my store. I absolutely love being able to directly support and champion the work of local authors, especially those of South Asian descent.”
The response to Kahini Books has already been unprecedented, having held additional successful pop-ups at Neighbors DC market in Georgetown and Around the World Cultural Festival in Alexandria.
“It is amazing to see that Kahini has already grown since I first started. I’ve gotten to the point where I have returning customers from my previous pop-ups, which is such an amazing feeling as a new small business. I feel like the bar is set higher and higher for each pop-up that we have,” she said.
Kahini Books plans to grow even further soon by adding more book-related merchandise like handcrafted bookmarks, customized water bottles, customized t-shirts, and more. Long term, Kahini Books would love to become a brick and mortar store where people can come together every day to celebrate books, representation, and underrated stories.
To learn more about Kahini Books, including their upcoming pop-ups in our area, visit their website at kahinibooks.online or follow them on and Instagram.

About Kahini Books

Kahini Books is an online/pop-up bookstore that highlights South Asian fiction & other lesser-known fiction by authors from other communities. Books are mainly used, but some are new. Most books are priced at $15 or less, with some being higher. Kahini Books also has a Personalized Recommendation Survey that you can take to find the perfect book for you. The company ships to the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C. Pick-up is available in the Washington, D.C. area.

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By: Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia

September 13, 2022

(FAIRFAX, VA) Girls on the Run® of NOVA (GOTR NOVA) announced that it has appointed Kristen Cheman to its board of directors, effective immediately.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kristen as the newest member of our Board. We are especially excited for her enthusiasm to create opportunities for elementary and middle school girls to practice healthy habits that will help them become strong, confident leaders,” said Rob Hargreaves, GOTR NOVA’s Board President.

Kristen Cheman is Senior Vice President of LMI’s digital and analytic solutions. She leads an organization of more than 550 data scientists, software developers, and engineers who are focused on digital transformation, innovation, and rapid technology development. Kristen holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Allegheny College, a master’s in applied mathematics from North Carolina State University, and a master’s in systems engineering from the University of Virginia. She also holds a certificate in leadership coaching.

“Running builds confidence, camaraderie, and other foundational skills that will impact young girls for their lifetime. I am thrilled to serve on GOTR NOVA’s Board and be part of a mission that I have been passionate about since I started running at age 5,” said Kristen Cheman. “I look forward to working with the rest of the Board to continue to grow the organization and empower more participants across Northern Virginia.”

Kristen is joining GOTR NOVA’s Board of Directors at the start of their Fall 2022 Season, which is set to begin on September 12th and wrap up with two celebratory 5K events in November on Saturday, November 19, at Dulles Town Center and Sunday, November 20, at Ballston. Learn more about GOTR NOVA’s transformational program at www.gotrnova.org.

About Girls on the Run of NOVA
Girls on the Run of NOVA is a 501c3 nonprofit and one of the largest independent affiliates of Girls on the Run International. Offering the Girls on the Run program for students in elementary school starting in 3rd grade and Heart & Sole for students in middle school. GOTR NOVA programming is delivered over a 10-week season by trained volunteer coaches who guide and mentor girls through a rich curriculum that blends physical activity with life skill development to enable girls to adapt to whatever comes their way.At the end of the season, the team completes a 5K together, which provides a tangible sense of accomplishment and sets a confident mindset into motion.

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