Art Show to Honor Reston’s Official Bird

Friends of Reston is hosting a Children’s Art Show at the Walker Nature Center in celebration of the new Official Bird of Reston, the Pileated Woodpecker. Deadline for art is Saturday, Jan. 31 by 1 p.m. All submitted art will be displayed inside the Walker Nature Center’s Nature House from Sunday, Feb. 1 until Saturday, Feb. 7, and posted on its Facebook page.

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Murder Mystery at Reston Stage

Reston Community Players to present thriller “Rehearsal for Murder.”

"Be ready for a suspenseful murder mystery," said cast member Wilson Paine (Reston) describing the Reston Community Players next show, "Rehearsal for Murder." Mystery, love and being led in the wrong direction are central to what happens in this story about the search for the truth.

Anna Deavere Smith to Highlight MLK Birthday Celebration

Anna Deavere Smith will highlight Reston Community Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Birthday celebration at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Hunters Woods, Reston. Events are Sunday, Jan. 18 and Monday, Jan. 19.

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Vienna Welcomes 2015

VBA Partners with Town for First Night Celebration

Thousands of revelers – of all ages – stepped out in the seasonally-chilly weather to celebrate New Year’s Eve along Church Street in Vienna. Sponsored by the Vienna Business Association and the Town of Vienna, the second annual First Night Vienna celebration took over five venues – tent and indoors - to offer non-stop family-friendly entertainment.

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Santa Comes to West Springfield Elementary

Fairfax County Police Dept. and the Fairfax County Sheriff Dept. arrived today at West Springfield Elementary School (WSES) accompanying Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, Frosty and the elves by motorcycle.

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Fairfax Academy Students Create Own Horror Films

All three levels of the Professional Television Production classes at the Fairfax Academy recently presented original horror films they created based on only two sentences given to them by their teacher, Matthew Balthrop, a new addition this year to the Fairfax Academy family.

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Santa is Not Going to Miss These Houses

Fairfax, Springfield houses brighten the holiday.

Being listed in Holly’s Tacky Christmas Lights website is no dubious honor. For some houses, it is an actual honor to be included in the list Holly Zell has kept up since 2001.

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Magical Music and Dance

QuinTango comes to JCC in Fairfax on Jan. 10.

Tango. The word conjures earthy dance and sizzling music. "Tango dance best exhibits this: two people create a dance so seamlessly, so beautifully it takes your breath away," said Joan Singer, founder of Northern Virginia's QuinTango.

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Four Plays to Offer Drama and Comedy

Fairfax High presents Winter One-Act Festival.

Both comedy and drama will take the stage when Fairfax High presents its student-directed, Winter One-Act Festival. The curtain rises Thursday-Friday, Jan. 8-9, at 7:30 p.m. Four plays are offered; tickets are $5 at the door.

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Drink This! Opens at Workhouse

The Workhouse International Ceramic Cup Show celebrates contemporary handmade drinking vessels with 75 works from artists near and far.

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Vienna Celebrates the Season

Vienna’s holiday season runs through New Year’s Eve. The social highlight is the second annual First Night Vienna celebration, sponsored and hosted by the Vienna Business Association and the Town of Vienna Department of Parks and Recreation. The family-friendly five-hour festival offers free entertainment at five venues.

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Looking at the Sky

McLean High School sophomore Sean Yongjoo Lim prepares for violin competition in Switzerland.

Hours of practice are adding up and paying off for Sean Yongjoo Lim, a McLean High School sophomore who was recently selected to compete in the International Boris Goldstein Violin Competition in Bern, Switzerland.

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Holidays Celebrated at McLean Children’s Academy

The preschool students from McLean Children’s Academy performed for their families at the McLean Community Center singing and acting out holiday songs and decorating the tree with child made ornaments. Students are from McLean, Great Falls, Arlington and Falls Church.

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2014 in McLean: A Year in Review

Metro, sidewalks and the 100th birthday of MCA.

In the last 365 days, McLean has gone through historic changes. In just a year, the community has become the home of a handful of Metro stations and has begun the process of revitalizing the central area’s walkability.

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‘Peter Pan’ Recreated

Herndon High produces “Peter Pan,” or the “Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up.”

What do fairy dust, a vengeful pirate, and a flying boy have in common? The answer would be Herndon High School’s production of “Peter Pan,” or the “Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up.” The show, debuting in London in 1904, was J.M. Barrie’s most famous work, along with his 1911 novel version of the same story.