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Children Science Center Lab Takes 10-year View

Amy Burke, board chairwoman of the Children's Science Center Lab in Fair Oaks Mall, and executive director Adalene “Nene” Spivey watch Emily Brunner, 15, of Falls Church take on the robotic arm challenge by programming the device to play the “Happy Birthday” song on a xylophone.

Great Falls: Virginia Indian Festival Returns to Riverbend Park

Northern Virginia's premier celebration of Native American lifestyles is coming to Riverbend Park. This fall's Virginia Indian Festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016.

In Love with Books in Great Falls

The little girl in front of the Info desk had curling dark hair and even darker eyes and said to me shyly, “I love this library. It has stuffed animals, bean bags, chairs and books – lots of books.

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Preserving Historic Great Falls: Making a Good Place to Grow Good People

From the Great Falls Historical Society

As we reflect on the many journeys we have taken around the country and the world - whether by photos, film or airplane - memories of historic structures stand out, marking places as unique, special, and even remarkable. Historic structures speak to us and inform us about those who have come before us, creating a sense of place.

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The ‘Wholesome’ Great Falls Farmers Market

Offers healthy choices.

In our 10th year, the Great Falls Farmers Market continues its journey of bringing wholesome food and fine artisan creations to our Great Falls community.

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Great Falls: Art Group Nurtures Creativity, Gives Town ‘A Heart and Soul’

Great Falls Studios provides community with support for diverse artists, photographers and crafts people.

A former engineer on nuclear submarines is now working in Great Falls as a silversmith. A former editor of an international conservation magazine is building sculptures here. And a former CIA analyst is photographing national monuments against the night skies.

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Great Falls Studio Tour Returns Oct. 14-16

Painter John McCabe of Great Falls Studios puts finishing touches on the portrait of a young subject.

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Great Falls: Going Down to the River: Enjoy Its Beauty, Respect Its Power

Since I have been photographing the Great Falls area for several years I feel the most significant feature of our area is the incredible Potomac River that flows by us each and every moment of the day.

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McLean: Science of Baking Sweets

Middle Eastern Food Festival offers food, food, food.

Labor Day weekend brings summer to an end, and is a major time to enjoy some relaxation and fun before fall’s chill. And for locals—especially those who love food—the major event of the weekend is the Middle Eastern Food Festival at McLean’s Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic Church. Often rated as the Number 1 family event, this two-day festival is now celebrating its 23rd year of bringing various cultures together for fun and food.

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McLean: Wheels-to-Africa and Bands for Bikes Concert

Event at Old Firehouse Teen Center in McLean sends bikes to Africa.

A Wheels-to-Africa bike collection and Bands for Bikes rock concert was held for the third year on Saturday, Aug. 20 in conjunction with the Old Firehouse Teen Center’s Annual Block Party in McLean.

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Chantilly Snapshot: Displaying Their Skills

The 38th Annual Mid-Atlantic Police Motorcycle Rider's Committee, Inc. and the Mid-Atlantic Region Make-A-Wish Foundation hosted the 2016 Motor Rodeo Competition at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly last week.

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Chantilly: Chef-in-Training Program for Those with Disabilities

Sangiorgio works with Community Services Board.

Alberto Sangiorgio walks through the kitchen at Wildflour Caterers bumping pinky fingers with Tasha, stopping to say hello to Cathleen and Phillipe as he walks by.

Chantilly: Frey To Lead Study Group

Dulles Suburban Area Study Advisory Group formed.

For the first time in 23 years, the Dulles Suburban Center is getting a thorough review. Work has already begun to document what’s there now and consider recommendations for potential land-use changes and future development. And now, Supervisor Kathy Smith (D-Sully) has established the Dulles Suburban Area Study Advisory Group to help with this task. She’s also named former Sully District Supervisor Michael Frey as its chairman.

Potomac: Celebrate National Park Service’s Centennial

Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center to host birthday party.

Thursday, Aug. 25, will kick off a Centennial celebration for the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O) at Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center at 11710 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac. To celebrate the Centennial, all National Park entrance fees are waived from Aug. 25-28.

Potomac Brief: Detectives Investigate Drowning

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division continue to investigate a drowning in the Potomac River that occurred on Aug. 16.