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Planning for Holiday Homes Tour Underway

McLean Woman’s Club holds annual Kickoff Tea.

The Woman’s Club of McLean held its annual “Wintertime in August” kickoff tea on Thursday, Aug. 21, to preview its 48th annual Holiday Homes Tour, which will take place in early December. This year’s tour will feature four large houses in close-in Langley Farms, a historic McLean neighborhood just off Dolley Madison Boulevard. (Route 123).

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Register Now for MPA’s Fall Art Classes

McLean Project for the Arts offers a variety of professionally taught art classes for adults, teens and children including Family Art Workshops, artist talks and workshops, and tours to area museums and galleries.

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Special Love Hosts Camp Fantastic

Ninety-nine campers (ages 7-17) with cancer just had an amazing week at Special Love’s Camp Fantastic. Children and teens with cancer from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region including D.C.

IPAR ChalkFest To Be Held at Reston Town Center

The Initiative for Public Art-Reston (IPAR) and Reston Town Center are jointly offering special chance to express your own inner artist on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 5 and 6, at Town Center’s very first ChalkFest.

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Quick Wit and Fast Comedy

Reduced Shakespeare Company Extravaganza at CenterStage.

A singular delight is soon arriving at Reston's CenterStage. An extravaganza of theatrical comedy covering over a week of different performances as the beloved Reduced Shakespeare Company (RSC) lays anchor.

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New Works by Ronni Jolles at Reston Art Gallery & Studios

New works by Ronni Jolles will be featured in her September show, “Painting with Paper,” at Reston Art Gallery & Studios (RAGS), 11400 Washington Plaza, Reston, on the waterfront of Lake Anne Plaza.

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Great Falls Artists Exhibit in Reston

‘Breakthrough event’ at U.S. Geological Survey extends reach of arts group.

“A Sea of Sticks and Stones,” a juried exhibition of artworks by 34 members of Great Falls Studios, opens Sept. 3 at the U.S. Geological Survey National Center, taking the creative energy of Great Falls artists to neighboring Reston and awarding them $1,000 in prizes in the process.

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Riverbend Park Hosts Virginia Indian Festival

Park prepares for 17th annual Virginia Indian Festival.

Riverbend Park in Great Falls will be hosting its 17th annual Virginia Indian Festival on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of eight tribes will gather on the banks of the Potomac River from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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A Photo Tour of Springfield Landmarks

Local history in words and pictures.

There is history in our own backyard. While Washington, D.C. is only a few metro stops away, the Franconia Museum in Springfield, though small, offers a taste of local history that visitors are sure to remember.

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Bob Simon’s Favorite Events, Places in Reston

Reston’s founder, Bob Simon, in last year’s Connection’s Newcomers Guide shared his list of top ten favorite events and places in Reston:

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Yarn Store Tangles Knitters for 37 Years

Knitting and crocheting creates community in Burke.

Knitting is as popular today as it has been since, well, maybe World War II. The resurgence of knitting and other fiber arts has seen the opening of yarn stores, such as Fibre Space in Alexandria and Looped in Washington, D.C.

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Everybody Goes to Spartans

Family-owned restaurant bustles with local patrons.

“Have you been to Spartans? Everybody goes there,” said Diane Thompson, a former teacher at Terra Centre Elementary School. She lives in Springfield now but likes to hang around Burke because it has a “more small town feel.”

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Rock the Block! Celebrates Summer’s Last Hurrah

Residents enjoy concert in downtown Fairfax.

The City of Fairfax held another Rock the Block! on Friday, Aug. 22. This is the second installment of the inaugural event, which started this year on July 25. The free outdoor concert series took place on University Drive between North and Main streets.

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Running in the Area

Routes and trails in our neighborhood.

Runners in Burke have quick access to Burke Lake Park and Lake Accotink Park, as well as the Gerry Connolly Cross Country Trail after a short drive.

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The BookShop Worth Exploring

The BookShop at Claude Moore Colonial Farm is home to 80 categories of books.

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run is known for its authentic, interactive and educational programs that showcase the everyday life of Virginians during the 18th century. Although the farm is part of the National Park System, a nonprofit organization, “Friends of the Claude Moore Colonial Farm, Inc.,” runs it.