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Challenging A Child’s Mind

Experts say reading is critical to cognitive and emotional development.

Arlington mother Holly Karapetkova reserves time for reading in the schedules of her two young children. It has become such an important part of their daily routine that it is a treasured family activity. It is also vital to her children’s development says Karapetkova.

Alexandria Real Estate: Top Sales in February 2014

In February 2014, 103 Alexandria homes sold between $3,025,000-$91,000.

Alexandria Real Estate: Top Sales in February 2014

Potomac Real Estate: Top Sales in February 2014

In February 2014, 23 Potomac homes sold between $2,880,000-$243,700.

Potomac Real Estate: Top Sales in February 2014

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Herald Spring with Fun Patterns and Bright Colors

Lively springtime accessories and flowers can make a room seem more cheerful and seasonable.

With yellow and blue flower buds starting to poke their way through the ground, you might be forgiven for believing that spring is actually coming this year. Even if your yard still looks like a winter wasteland, however, one place to make spring a reality is on the home front. Designers say there is fun to be had. Use bursts of bright colors, energetic patterns and spring accessories to create a seamless transition into the new season.

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Bonsai Show Coming Up at Garden Center

Learn about, see and vote for favorite trees.

The Northern Virginia Bonsai Society will hold its Spring Show this weekend at the Merrifield Garden Center. It’s at 12101 Lee Hwy. in Fairfax and the free show runs Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, April 13, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Clean for Spring

Local organization experts offer tips to help with spring cleaning.

Betsy Fein found herself in the middle of a spring fling in Fairfax recently. She wasn’t at a festival or involved in a new romance, but in the midst of organizing a cluttered bedroom that was littered with piles of shirts, pants, shoes and books. Spring often means renewal and local organizers like Fein are offering suggestions for clearing out winter clutter. From closets that are overstuffed with wool sweaters and down coats to kitchen drawers overflowing with batteries and appliance manuals, they offer suggestions for getting organized without getting overwhelmed.

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Local Designer Honored

Alexandria tastemaker blends a variety of styles.

Old Town Alexandra-based interior designer Anna Kucera has a knack for helping her clients turn their fanciful ideas in to concrete realities.

A Day of Local Giving

ACT for Alexandria hosts Spring2ACTion April 9.

On April 9, ACT for Alexandria is hosting Spring2ACTion, a 24-hour online giving competition to raise money for local nonprofits. In its fourth year, Spring2ACTion, the only citywide giving day in the region, hopes to raise $1,000,000 in 24 hours for 117 participating nonprofits.

Countering Identity Theft

Records-destruction event also fulfills environmental goals.

Page-by-page quickly became ton-by-ton at the annual Community Shred Event last month on the Annandale Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

Spring in the Offing

Power tool retailer celebrates season.

On the day before spring arrived this year, a stubborn bank of snow signaled the “pre-season” event held at Virginia Outdoor Power Equipment Co.

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Disaster Recovery Practiced in McLean

Last week, McLean was flooded with AT&T Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) trailers, trucks and vans. Luckily, there was no disaster.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: February, 2014

In February 2014, 53 homes sold between $1,700,000-$193,000 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: February, 2014

Springfield Home Sales: February, 2014

In February 2014, 109 Springfield homes sold between $725,000-$145,000.

Springfield Home Sales: February, 2014

Reston Home Sales: February, 2014

In February 2014, 57 Reston homes sold between $970,000-$157,000.

Reston Home Sales: February, 2014

Mount Vernon Home Sales: February, 2014

In February 2014, 99 homes sold between $1,435,000-$117,800 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: February, 2014