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Potomac: Sunday on the Farm with Friends

A day at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary.

For supporters of Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary’s annual Open House fundraiser in Poolesville the day broke warm and sunny and stayed that way, and reflected the caring that brought visitors to this Eden-like farm dedicated to helping abandoned and abused farm animals.

Reston: Oktoberfest Returns to Reston on Oct. 8

The beer and wine will be flowing at Oktoberfest Reston produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. Oktoberfest Reston is one of the largest fall festivals in Northern Virginia, drawing crowds up to 35,000. This event features the best in fall and German brews with traditional Oktoberfest fare from area restaurants.

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Reston: Washington Plaza Baptist Church to Install New Pastor

Reverend Michelle L. Nickens will be formally installed as the fifth pastor of Washington Plaza Baptist Church (WPBC) on Sunday, Oct. 9, during a special 4 p.m. service. A reception will follow in the Plaza Room on the lower level.

Complete the Circle FOODRaiser to Be Held Nov. 6

Proceeds will benefit Britepaths and LCAC’s efforts to assist struggling residents of the Fairfax County area.

Community members of all ages are preparing to gather to take a stand against hunger and need in the Fairfax County area at Britepaths’ (formerly Our Daily Bread) and Lorton Community Action Center’s (LCAC) Complete the Circle FOODRaiser, to be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6 at South County Middle School (8700 Laurel Crest Drive, Lorton).

Volunteer Fairfax to Host VolunteerFest

The community is invited to a family-friendly volunteer event: VolunteerFest, presented by Volunteer Fairfax, is the local celebration of National Make A Difference Day.

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Fairfax: Inmates Explore Ways Back to Community

Inmate Resource Fair at Fairfax Adult Detention Center helps inmates overcome hurdles upon release.

Toccara Puller moves table to table at the Inmate Resource Fair at the Fairfax Adult Detention Center on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

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Fairfax: Music, Food, Crafts, Carnival and Fun

Fairfax Fall Festival is Saturday, Oct. 8.

Autumn is on its way and so is the 40th annual Fairfax Fall Festival. It’s set for Saturday, Oct. 8, in downtown Fairfax and admission is free. Vendors will be there from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with the carnival running until 8 p.m. and musicians performing in Old Town Square until 8:30 p.m. (Rain date, Oct. 9).

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A Bit of Ireland in Fairfax

The 21st annual CCÉ Irish Folk Festival was Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Sherwood Center.

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Disney on Ice Returns to Fairfax Oct. 19-23

Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart is bringing Disney•Pixar’s record-breaking animated feature Finding Dory to the ice for the first time in this live production produced by Feld Entertainment.

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Fairfax: Opening Season with Double Delight

irginia Opera brings ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’ and ‘Pagliacci’ to the Center for the Arts.

Virginia Opera opens its 25th season at the Center for the Arts with a fascinating double bill not previously seen in Northern Virginia.

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Mount Vernon: Quander Road School provides flexible, family-like special education experience

Within the first week of the 2016-2017 school year, teachers at the Quander Road School in Mount Vernon had already finished their jobs for five students. For that select group, they were ready to return to their base high school and transition back to a less restrictive educational experience.

Fairfax Letter: Facing an Urgent Threat

Letter to the Editor

On Sept. 27, 2016, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral arguments on the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the most significant step our country has ever taken to address climate change.

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Fairfax: Local Contractors Construct Parking Lot, Sidewalks for PHILLIPS Programs for Children

Twenty-eight local contractors working with the Heavy Construction Contractors Association donated 800 hours plus materials to rebuild a parking lot and sidewalks for nonprofit PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families’ School in Annandale, which serves youth with emotional, behavioral and academic challenges.

Fairfax: Eight More Beds Needed

Arden Courts -- Fair Oaks of Fairfax requested approval of an additional eight beds, 2,648 square feet, to its existing 56-bed facility at 12469 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway.

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Mount Vernon: West Potomac Freshman Verbally Commits to Auburn Softball

On a recent unofficial visit to Auburn University, West Potomac High School freshman Claire Davidson committed verbally to play softball at the college. At the end of the 2016 season, Auburn was the SEC conference champion and finished second in the NCAA national championship.

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Clifton: Whitehall Farms Opens Second Fall Fun Days

Pumpkin. Slingshot. The imposing medieval-esque wooden structure Whitehall Farms business owner Jeff Waters built by hand stands ready to launch seasonal gourds 250 to 300 feet past a grazing area of chickens into a vast grassy expanse. Next year, Waters said, there will be a proper trebuchet.

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Fairfax Station, Lorton, Vienna: Old Dominion Cotillion Marks 25th Anniversary

The Old Dominion Cotillion marked its 25th Anniversary in July celebrating the debut of five young women in the community. Since its inception, the Old Dominion Cotillion has focused on preparing young ladies for adulthood with grace, poise and a sense of social responsibility. The year-long program culminates with a ball held at Westfields Marriott in Chantilly.

‘Rocky Horror Show’ Comes to Lorton

Workhouse Arts Center theater opens new season.

After over a year’s hiatus, the Workhouse Arts Center will be producing in-house productions of live theater once again. The productions will add to the already many offerings at the Workhouse. “We are very excited to return to in-house production starting with ‘The Rocky Horror Show,’” said Joseph Wallen, director of performing arts, Workhouse Arts Center.

Lorton Letter: Keeping Us Safe

Letter to the Editor

We were reminded two weeks ago that the terrorist threat against our country is still very real. The attacks committed in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota make me focus on what is being done by our elected leaders to keep us safe.

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Art, craft and food festival Clifton Day returns Oct. 9

In 2005, Frank Burdell of Fairfax started blowing glass. He was driving back from Niagara Falls with his family when they stopped randomly in Corning, New York and decided to take a few short classes in blowing, fused glass and etching.

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