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A Chat with the Event Chairman

Leslie Herman is this year’s Chocolate Festival committee chairman, and she and her committee of more than a dozen people have been hard at work on the event since the fall. They represent several of the organizations involved in the festival events, including the Fairfax Bar Association, Fairfax City Regional Library, Friends of Fairfax, GMU Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, Independence Day Celebration Committee, Kiwanis Club of Fairfax, Fairfax County Retired Educators, Patriot Harley Owners Group, Woman’s Club of Fairfax and the City of Fairfax.

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All That Glitters Caters To the Fashion-Conscious

In addition to jewelry, Clifton store sells designer handbags, home décor, scarves, bath products.

All That Glitters, located in the Town of Clifton, is an accessories and jewelry boutique that specializes in fashion-forward pieces and vintage designs. Located in the historic Weaver House, at 7144 Main Street across from the Trattoria Villagio Restaurant, the store is owned by Alexandra Soper, who took over three years ago from Martha Mikeska.

Sweet History Tour of Historic Fairfax

New this year is a Sweet History Walking Tour of Old Town Fairfax’s Historic District. It’s slated for Friday, Jan. 31, from 4:30-6 p.m., and allows participants to step back in time for a peek at Fairfax’s past. The tour begins at the Ratcliffe-Allison House, 10209 Main St. The City’s oldest standing house, it was built in 1812. Furnished with period pieces, this home depicts the lives of everyday residents in 19th-century Fairfax.

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Heaven for Chocolate Lovers

Fairfax’s annual festival is Feb. 7-8.

Heaven for chocolate aficionados – that’s the City of Fairfax Chocolate Lovers Festival. And this year’s 23rd annual extravaganza is set for Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 7-8. The scrumptious and fun-filled weekend features everything from a competition to see who can make the most beautiful and creative chocolate sculptures, cakes and cupcakes to a chocolate-themed movie and a luscious sampling of chocolate treats from area vendors. It’s also a chance to buy mouthwatering presents for Valentine’s Day.

Chocolate Festival Event Schedule

Saturday, Feb. 7

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Fire Station 3, 4081 University Drive Join the Kiwanis Club of Fairfax for its Chocolate Lovers Pancake Breakfast. The menu features pancakes (regular and chocolate chip) and sausage. Coffee, juice and milk also will be served.

A Children’s Classic Comes to Life

Fairfax Academy student has lead role in “Beauty and the Beast.”

A beloved children’s story comes to life when Centreville High presents the Disney musical, “Beauty and the Beast.” And playing one of the lead roles is senior Nick Ingargiola, who attends the Fairfax Academy for musical theater. “The actors have just blown me away,” said Director Mike Hudson. “We had a preaudition last May, and we had no idea we’d get this level of talent. About half the kids are choral students, but we’re also blessed with theater students who can sing.”

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Navy Band To Visit Arlington's Yorktown High School

Concert to include students.

At the upcoming performance of the U.S. Navy Band, the uniformed professionals will be joined by members of the event host, Yorktown High School Band. The free concert will be held in Yorktown’s auditorium this coming Saturday evening.

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Reston’s Beaver Gate

Reston Association seeks to address Reston’s busy beavers.

The Glade Stream Valley in Reston has been home to beavers for over 25 years. Reston Association’s environmental resource manager, Claudia Thompson-Deahl said beavers originally entered the stream system from the Twin Branches end, probably traveling up from the Potomac River via Difficult Run.

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Herndon, Reston Galleries Attract Art Lovers

Exhibits at ArtSpace Herndon and Reston GRACE on display through February.

In January, both the ArtSpace Herndon and Reston GRACE community art galleries opened new art exhibits at their locations. ArtSpace Herndon located at 750 Center Street in downtown Herndon opened the soloist exhibit “In Warm Observations: People and Places” by artist Jill Banks.

McLean Theatre Company Earns 21 National, State and Local Recognitions

McLean High School Theatre Company (MTC) recently earned 21 national, state and local theater recognitions from the YoungArts Foundation, Virginia Thespians and DCMetrotheaterarts.com respectively. Nearly all recognized appear in MTC’s upcoming regional premiere of “Big Fish,” running February 16, 19–22 at McLean’s Burks Auditorium.

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Great Falls Outlook: Facing Hot Issues

Keeping up-to-date on toxic plume, deer management, Turner Farm House, Route 7.

Great Falls residents will see the results of past resolutions and actions in the next 12 months. Community leaders said the biggest topics the village will discuss this year include deer management, the Route 7 expansion and possible Independence Day fireworks.

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Board of Supervisors Recognizes Global Arts Initiative

On Tuesday, Jan. 13, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recognized the Arts Council of Fairfax County for its new Global Arts Initiative for which the organization received an Arts Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

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‘An Evening in Prague’ at GMU

New musical work for a special evening with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra.

"Orchestral music is such a fantastic art form, " said Chris Zimmerman, music director, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (FSO) in a recent interview. "And, I am committed to performing music by living composers" and full-scale masterpieces of the great classic composers.

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Alexandria: Final Performances

The 2015 cast of Aldersgate Church Community Theatre presents the final performances of their production of “Shrek, Jr.” this weekend. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday evenings, Jan. 23 and 24 at 7:30 and Sunday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. A special matinee performance is on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1071559

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LTA Presents 'The Game's Afoot' in Alexandria

It's a cross between an Agatha Christie murder mystery and a Ken Ludwig modern farce.

The Little Theatre of Alexandria is presenting the witty and fast-paced "The Game's Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays," Jan. 17 through Feb. 7.

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