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Grace Presbyterian in Springfield Hosts Holy Land Film Series

For more than three generations, peace has eluded Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, an area known as the Holy Land.

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Fairfax County Supervisors Approve Model Airplane Field at I-95 Landfill in Lorton

Robert Freas of Fairfax Station can’t fly his model aircraft in his backyard. In fact, he has to drive to a field about 50 miles away for a facility that meets Academy of Model Aeronautics standards for planes like his. The fixed-wing fliers Freas and members Northern Virginia Radio Control (NVRC) club pilot can go up to eight feet long.

‘American Spiritual’ at Alden

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, described by The Boston Herald as one of “America’s most inventive string bands,” will lead audience members in a bona fide revival when they bring “American Spiritual” to The Alden in McLean for a single performance on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 8 p.m.

Celebrating Valentine’s with Classical Ballet

On Feb. 13, at the Reston Community Center, Classical Ballet Theatre (CBT) will be presenting “An Evening with Classical Ballet Theatre.” For the last 25 years, CBT has been educating and inspiring children through the art of classical ballet in Northern Virginia, thanks to the vision, commitment, and dedication of its founder and Executive Director, Cynthia Donavin.

‘A Legendary Celebration’ in McLean

Dancer, actress and singer Chita Rivera to perform at the Alden Theatre on Feb. 24.

A legendary talent will soon arrive at the Alden Theatre to entertain and enthrall; the incomparable dancer, actress and singer Chita Rivera. In her six decade career, Rivera has been honored with two Tony Awards as Best Leading Actress in a Musical and six additional Tony nominations, received a Kennedy Center Honor for her lifetime contributions to American culture and a Presidential Medal of Freedom among many honors.

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Exploring the Truth, Doubt and Consequences

1st Stage presents “Doubt.”

1st Stage has given audiences a beautifully accomplished, soaring production of “Doubt, a Parable.” Directed by Michael Dove, “Doubt” is a courageous act of intellectual and emotional honesty that is rare in its presentation of power, gender and ambiguity. It is rich in passionate dialogue to hold your attention.

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Pinball Kevin, Pinball Wizard

McLean man hosts state pinball championships.

Kevin Stone took out a loan to buy the 15 pinball machines in his McLean basement, the site of this year's Virginia state pinball championship. Virginia was one of 33 states to take part in the simultaneous championships on Saturday, Feb. 7. Stone's Harlem Globetrotters machine was built in 1979, others from Stern Pinball and Jersey Jack Pinball are contemporaries.

Award-Winning Storyteller to Speak at AAUW McLean Area Branch Event

The McLean Area Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) will host an entertaining and informative program on Saturday, Feb. 21, featuring Gary Lloyd, award-winning storyteller. The program will be held at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Drive, McLean, starting at 10 a.m. and is open to the public.

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Langley High Orchestra to Present Spring Concert

The Langley High School Orchestra presents their "Start Spreading the News" concert on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Due to the undergoing renovations at Langley High School, the concert will be held at the nearby Oakcrest School at 850 Balls Hill Road, McLean.

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Local Chef Takes Kids Around the World

Marilena Leavitt preaches and teaches the basics of the Mediterranean diet to Culinaria teens.

”How to Feed a Growing Kid” sounds like the name of a Judy Blume tween novel. It’s not … it’s a mission that impassions professional chef Marilena Leavitt, mother of three, and Culinaria Cooking School’s kids’-cooking class instructor. It’s not enough to prepare healthful meals for kids; you have to make something healthful that they will eat. That’s what Leavitt teaches and espouses in classes and in life.

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Stories of Good Times, Bad Times

NextStop presents “Love, Loss and What I Wore.”

"Who did I think I was when I bought this?" a voice says. A mother's voice reverberates, "Is that what you are going to wear?" These words will be front-and-center at NextStop Theatre's regional premiere of a comedy that is not for women only.

The Chocolate Vendors

Chocolate Vendors

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Hub Theatre Receives Helen Hayes Nominations

The Hub Theatre was nominated for seven Helen Hayes Awards presented by theatreWashington for outstanding achievement in professional theatre in the Washington metropolitan area. The awards are named for Helen Hayes, the legendary First Lady of the American Theatre. Nominated artists and companies exemplify the excellence found on Washington area professional stages.

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Virginia Opera's Special Gift for Valentine's Weekend

“Salome” at George Mason University Center for the Arts.

Salome, a name that conjures unforgettable impressions: passion, desire, murder. The opera "Salome" is based upon a once shocking Oscar Wilde literary work. This Valentine's weekend the Virginia Opera is presenting a production about how love's obsession in the wrong hands can lead to the most unfortunate, unforeseen consequences.

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Lake Braddock Band Goes National

Lake Braddock Secondary School Symphonic Band has been invited to perform at the 2015 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, the nation’s most prestigious festival for school instrumental music ensemble. The 24th annual Festival will take place in Indianapolis, March 12-14.