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Thousands Throng to City of Fairfax

Annual Chocolate Lovers Festival was Feb. 7-8.

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Woodson High School Inducts 2014-2015 Hall of Fame Athletes

W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax welcomed eight new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Grand Atrium Banquet Venue in Tysons Corner. This is the third Hall of Fame “class” for Woodson. The honors program was established in conjunction with the school’s 50th anniversary in 2012.

Nagle, Arya to Address GOP Women Meeting

Chet Nagle, Naval Academy graduate, Cold War pilot, CIA agent and author will speak at the January meeting of the Republican Women of Clifton on the conflict in the Middle East and vulnerability of the US electrical grid to EMP and cyber-attacks. This topic bears on the cyber theme of Nagel’s latest book Lazarus Man, which expounds on these issues using fact-based fiction. Golala Arya, Kurdish Iranian refugee, will contribute her insights on the conflict in Iran.

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Busy February at Herndon High

Students stay active at Herndon HS with extracurricular activities.

In addition to sports teams and athletics, Herndon High students have had the opportunity in February to be involved in various school activities. These have ranged from the February science fair to performing arts related groups.

Burke, Fairfax Station, Springfield and Mount Vernon: Describe your ideal Valentine's Day Date

Sev Kerat, senior at South County High School, Springfield resident: “We’d go ice skating, or something else active to move about and set the mood. Doing an activity makes me feel relieved instead of uptight.”

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Arlington's ‘Love the Run You’re With’

Valentine’s Day race draws a crowd.

After weeks of miserable cold, the weather warmed up just enough to make the Pacers Running “Love the Run You’re With” 5 kilometer race in Arlington bearable.

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The McLean WinterFest Presents Check to Share

The McLean WinterFest parade presents a check for $2,000 to Share of McLean. Share has been the beneficiary of the WinterFest parade for the past six years.

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60 Years of Wedding Bliss

Marie and Walter Washburn of Vienna are celebrating ​60 years of marriage on Feb. 12. They originally were to have a Valentine’s Day marriage back in 1955 but a huge winter storm forced them to marry days earlier. They met after a blind date set up by Marie's sister and brother-in-law and have lived locally in the same house since 1958 in the town of Vienna.

It’s Time for a “Place”

The community of Great Falls is abundant with creative talent. Our ability to socialize our children into many layers of being in the world is truly remarkable: the home and school, the beach, the mountains and ski slopes, the world of the spirit, the arts, the sciences, technology, philosophy…exploration in nature, taking walks, journeying on the river, photographing nature, looking out the window while doing homework - connecting with the tree spirits, the herd of deer, the birds outside the window, all hanging out in the same tree. Our children have access to the knowledge of the world through the centuries on their phone, laptop or computer.

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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.

Preventing Heart Disease in Women

A cardiologist speaks to the McLean Woman’s Club.

On Tuesday, Feb. 3, the Woman’s Club of McLean welcomed its monthly speaker Rachel L. Berger, M. D., a cardiologist at Virginia Heart, a practice with several offices in Northern Virginia. Berger, who is board certified in cardiovascular disease and echocardiography, has expertise in general cardiology and women’s heart health.

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Riding for a Cure

McLean man gives cancer some fighting words.

Andrew Reed’s path has not been smooth since he was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer three years ago, shortly after his father died from prostate cancer. After two years of chemotherapy, six surgeries, and the death of his beloved mother this January, also from cancer, the McLean resident continues to face challenges as he fights the disease that has greatly affected his life.

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Great Falls Spa Offers an Alternative

Open house held at Fontaine de Jeunesse.

When Dr. Jeanette Coutin brought her Fontaine de Jeunesse medical spa to Great Falls in the summer of 2013, she was sure it would be a terrific location to offer services in the field of aesthetic medicine. She was right. "People in Great Falls are very conscious of their health," she said.

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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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.