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Mount Vernon Snapshot: George Washington’s Distillery and Gristmill

The fully functioning gristmill and distillery, located down the street from George Washington’s estate, has become a popular attraction for both tourists and residents of the area.

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Mount Vernon: West Potomac Dance Team Earns Nationals Bid

The West Potomac High School Varsity and JV Dance Teams engaged in a three-day, nine-hour-per-day audition with the Universal Dance Association (UDA) that culminated on Aug. 10 with the Varsity team being awarded an invitation to attend UDA’s Nationals Competition at Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. in February 2017.

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Mount Vernon: Estate Hosts Picnic for Friends

Promoting a sense of community.

Mount Vernon's Neighborhood Friends Picnic attracted hundreds of neighborhood friends and contributing members who live within the original five-farm estate of President George Washington.

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Expanding Scope of Alexandria’s Public Art Projects

“We’re looking at things like traffic boxes, but do we want to do more or look at other projects?”

Traffic Control boxes are metal containers. They help make sure the traffic lights run smoothly, but they’ve never been accused of being beautiful.

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Alexandria: Old Dominion Boat Club Hosts Sailing Regatta

The Old Dominion Boat Club, drawing on its 135-year history, held its first ODBC Cup Invitational Regatta on Saturday, Aug. 20. The highlight of the races was the international division featuring crews from Great Britain, Australia, Canada and the United States. The USA sailboat won the four-race series on the Potomac.

Alexandria Snapshot: Catching Scyther

Erik Laughlin, 10, shows mom Amy his capture of the rare Scyther while playing Pokemon Go Aug. 18 near Founders Park. The capture was worth 1,000 CP (combat points) to the duo, who had cycled to Alexandria from Falls Church to seek out new Pokemon Go locations. “We’re having a blast,” said Amy Laughlin. “This is a great way to meet new people.”

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Children Science Center Lab Takes 10-year View

Amy Burke, board chairwoman of the Children's Science Center Lab in Fair Oaks Mall, and executive director Adalene “Nene” Spivey watch Emily Brunner, 15, of Falls Church take on the robotic arm challenge by programming the device to play the “Happy Birthday” song on a xylophone.

Great Falls: Virginia Indian Festival Returns to Riverbend Park

Northern Virginia's premier celebration of Native American lifestyles is coming to Riverbend Park. This fall's Virginia Indian Festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016.

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Preserving Historic Great Falls: Making a Good Place to Grow Good People

From the Great Falls Historical Society

As we reflect on the many journeys we have taken around the country and the world - whether by photos, film or airplane - memories of historic structures stand out, marking places as unique, special, and even remarkable. Historic structures speak to us and inform us about those who have come before us, creating a sense of place.

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The ‘Wholesome’ Great Falls Farmers Market

Offers healthy choices.

In our 10th year, the Great Falls Farmers Market continues its journey of bringing wholesome food and fine artisan creations to our Great Falls community.

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Great Falls: Art Group Nurtures Creativity, Gives Town ‘A Heart and Soul’

Great Falls Studios provides community with support for diverse artists, photographers and crafts people.

A former engineer on nuclear submarines is now working in Great Falls as a silversmith. A former editor of an international conservation magazine is building sculptures here. And a former CIA analyst is photographing national monuments against the night skies.

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Great Falls Studio Tour Returns Oct. 14-16

Painter John McCabe of Great Falls Studios puts finishing touches on the portrait of a young subject.

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Great Falls: Going Down to the River: Enjoy Its Beauty, Respect Its Power

Since I have been photographing the Great Falls area for several years I feel the most significant feature of our area is the incredible Potomac River that flows by us each and every moment of the day.

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McLean: Science of Baking Sweets

Middle Eastern Food Festival offers food, food, food.

Labor Day weekend brings summer to an end, and is a major time to enjoy some relaxation and fun before fall’s chill. And for locals—especially those who love food—the major event of the weekend is the Middle Eastern Food Festival at McLean’s Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic Church. Often rated as the Number 1 family event, this two-day festival is now celebrating its 23rd year of bringing various cultures together for fun and food.

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McLean: Wheels-to-Africa and Bands for Bikes Concert

Event at Old Firehouse Teen Center in McLean sends bikes to Africa.

A Wheels-to-Africa bike collection and Bands for Bikes rock concert was held for the third year on Saturday, Aug. 20 in conjunction with the Old Firehouse Teen Center’s Annual Block Party in McLean.

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