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Great Falls Park Offers Fall Attractions

Foliage, kayaking, hiking -- and much more.

As Phil Kirk held the climbing rope tight, fellow climber Mary Pat McMillan searched for crevices with her hand and feet to inch her way along the rock face off the path at Great Falls National Park. The park has a variety of attractions, and in the fall, the foliage, higher water levels and cooler temperatures keep this popular park busy year round.

Great Falls: White House Ornaments on Sale

Great Falls Friends and Neighbors have announced that the White House Ornaments are available for sale to benefit Artemis House, Fairfax County shelter for women and children.

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Great Falls: Battle of Dranesville Marker Rededicated

Local history recognized, commemorated in Great Falls.

A ceremony for the rededication of the Civil War marker at Georgetown Pike was held on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Dranesville Church of the Brethren to commemorate the 1861 Battle of Dranesville.

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Great Falls: Adult Summer Reading Success

Ray Miller wins the grand prize gift basket.

“I’m thrilled! I’ve never won anything my entire life!” That’s what Ray Miller of Great Falls had to say when he was told that he was the lucky winner of the library’s Adult Summer Reading Challenge (ASRC) grand prize gift basket.

McLean: MPAartfest Returns to Central Park on Oct. 2

McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) is celebrating their 10th Anniversary of MPAartfest, a community-wide arts festival on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. in McLean Central Park. This free event will feature 52 local and regional visual artists, Children's Art Walk, hands-on art studio, music, food vendors, and more!

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Okee Dokee Brothers Return to The Alden in McLean

Three-time Parents’ Choice Award winners, The Okee Dokee Brothers, who performed to a sold-out house at The Alden last spring, have been called “two of family music’s best songwriters.” The dynamic duo will return to The Alden on Sunday, Nov. 6, for two performances. Show times are 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and tickets are $15, $10 for McLean tax district residents. The theatre is located at 1234 Ingleside Avenue.

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McLean: Androids Arrive at Alden Theatre

McLean Community Players present ‘Comic Potential.’

How timely in this day-and-age of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that the McLean Community Players present the area premiere of the romantic comedy “Comic Potential.” The comedy centers on an android that seems to have human potential. Written by Alan Ayckbourne, the play was first produced in 1998 long before artificial intelligence was anywhere near what it is today.

McLean: The Claude Moore Colonial Farm to Host 18th Century Autumn Market Fair

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm, 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean, will host the 18th Century Autumn Market Fair on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 & 16; 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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McLean: Donating 200 Pints of Blood

McLean resident reaches milestone, will keep giving.

Carolyn Offutt, a resident of the McLean area of 35 years, just donated her 200th pint of blood on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Red Cross Center on Prosperity Avenue.

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McLean, Great Falls: Langley Football Looks for Turnaround

After a 0-4 start, Saxons play at Fairfax High Friday.

The Langley Varsity Football team took on Madison High at a home game Friday night, Sept. 23, and the stands were not lacking in spirit.

McLean Letter: The Right Choice

Letter to the Editor

I recently read that Congresswoman Barbara Comstock has been endorsed by the Virginia Police Benevolent Association, as well as the local chapter of the Fairfax County Firefighters and Paramedics. This is a significant development because in 2012 the VAPBA endorsed Frank Wolf’s Democratic opponent. I’m thrilled that our local emergency responders recognize that, even though she’s only been a Congresswoman for two years, Barbara has made a real impact in our community and she deserves their endorsement.

Herndon Letter: Positive Leadership

Letter to the Editor

Congresswoman Barbara Comstock has been serving our area well for 7 years now – first in the House of Delegates for 5 years, and now as our Congresswoman for the past two years.

Fairfax Letter: Keeping the Nation Safe

Letter to the Editor

As we pass the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, our nation takes time to reflect upon that tragic day. This solemn anniversary hits close to home to many in our area who lost loved ones or close personal friends. On this day we are also reminded that the dangers of terrorism are all too real.

Herndon Letter: Vision and Direction

Letter to the Editor

On a Christmas night, as I stood before a toy store holding my mom’s hand, I pointed my thumbs through my woolly mittens in a sharp rivalry of choice.

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McLean, Great Falls, Reston: Wannabe Beekeepers Wanted

Beekeeping is a trending hobby, but many stung by the idea don’t know where to begin. On Sunday, Oct. 8, from 2 - 5 p.m. at the Reston Association Headquarters Conference Center, master beekeeper Todd Harding teaches wannabe backyard beekeepers the basics of procuring, maintaining, and feeding bees. The class is held in Reston at the home-owners association, but is open to everyone, regardless of address.

Share of McLean Needs Donations

Share of McLean has issued the following appeal for donations: On Wednesday at Share, we had many clients coming in looking for things like rice, pasta, beans, shampoo, flour, sugar, oil, etc. and sadly we had to turn them away without these much needed items.

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Vienna: Unity of Fairfax to Celebrate 60th Anniversary

Unity of Fairfax will celebrate its 60th anniversary, known as the “Diamond Jubilee,” during the weekend of Oct. 7-9 at 2854 Hunter Mill Road in Oakton. The church will host a gala dinner dance on Friday, Oct. 7, followed by the annual Fall Festival on Sunday, Oct. 9. All previous ministers have been invited to attend the gala and also to give remarks during Sunday services. Among them are Rev. Donna Johnson who is now serving as president and CEO of Unity Worldwide Ministries in Lee’s Summit, Mo.

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Sponsored: Have you ever experienced bicycle riding without any of the strain climbing hills?

The Electric Bike Association in conjunction with Bosch, Trek and others is bringing the Electric Bike Expo to Tysons Corner Center, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 7-9.

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Sponsored: Celebrating the 40th Annual Fall Festival in Fairfax City

Celebrating the 40th Annual Fall Festival in Fairfax City

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Vienna: Cops and Kids Draws Community Together

Fun-filled day featured activities, prizes, music, pizza – and a helicopter.

Clear sunny skies and mild temperatures have a way of bringing out the families to community events. The Vienna Police Department could not have ordered a more perfect Sunday afternoon for the launch of a new Vienna tradition, Cops and Kids Fun Run --- and fun day.