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Arlington: Lessons in Housecleaning

Learning to be green.

The five-week Green Housecleaning class for immigrant women began in 2013 as the vision of Andres Tobar, director of the Shirlington Employment and Education Center (SEEC), who said, "We have SEEC that was established in 2000 to help find connect immigrant daylaborers with temporary employment, but these are almost always men. There was nothing for the women. This Green Housecleaning class gets to women with the toughest challenges."

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Arlington: Multi-Faith Group Pursues Social Justice

Campaign involves housing affordability, public education investment, immigrant rights, criminal justice reform, and gun safety.

Before 1,100 faith community leaders at Oakton High School on Oct. 16, Attorney General Mark R. Herring added his name to those of more than 105 other state and elected officials around the country who are calling on gun manufacturers to step up gun safety efforts.

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Arlington: Generations of the Bean

Arlington entrepreneurs quit their day jobs to launch coffee shop.

For many people, coffee is a utility. It's a necessary pick-me-up to get through the long work day. That's how Chase Damiano saw coffee until he met Robbie Peck.

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Arlington: What a Dump

Arlington recycling event makes junk work for charities.

This E-Care recycling event, which takes place twice a year in Arlington, provides the opportunity to get rid of hazardous household material, trash or junk that cannot be put in the garbage, but also accepts things like eyeglasses, shoes, bikes, and other items which would work in another country.

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‘We Are All Arlington!’

Arlington celebrates its diverse history of 40 years of immigration.

The program was part of “Welcoming Week,” an annual series of events in communities across the U.S. that bring together immigrants and U.S. born residents in a spirit of unity.

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Oktoberfest Celebrated at Reston Town Center

Not to be deterred by the weather, a steady flow of revellers matched the steady drizzle that couldn’t put a damper on Oktoberfest Reston 2016 on Saturday, Oct. 8.

Reston: Eileen Anatra Recognized as ‘Administrator of the Year 2016’

Eileen Anatra, recently named to be Executive Director of Tall Oaks Assisted Living, Coordinated Services Management senior community in Reston, was named “Administrator of the Year” for 2016 by the D.C., Maryland and Delaware Chapter of the Association of Nutrition and Food Service Professionals at their fall meeting in Ocean City, Maryland, Monday, October 3, 2016. The Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) is the nation’s leading organization of professionals involved in the management of nutrition and food service.

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Reston: Iconic Musical for Season Opening

Reston Community Players 50th season opens with ‘Gipsy’ on Oct. 21.

That great American musical classic “Gypsy” will be opening the Reston Community Players (RCP) 50th season. “We selected ‘Gypsy’ to start off our 50th season because it is an iconic and classic musical, and we really wanted something recognizable to kick off our 50th,” said Jolene Vettese, President, Reston Community Players and Assistant Director of “Gypsy.”

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Great Falls: Collecting ‘Bikes for the World’

On October 1, more than 20 Boy Scouts, adult leaders, and family members from Great Falls’ Troop 55, chartered by St. Francis Episcopal Church, worked with non-profit organization “Bikes for The World” from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to collect and prepare 51 used bicycles for Central America.

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Great Falls: Global Change Maker

Mireya Mayor of Great Falls receives Fulbright’s Global Changemaker Award.

Deep within the luscious, natural green abyss of Guyana’s rainforests stood a young explorer, eating rice and beans with a small group of locals.

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Great Falls Studios 2016 Art Tour, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 14-16

The Great Falls Studios 2016 Art Tour, a self-guided driving tour to the creative spaces of artists working in Great Falls, “happens” on Friday, Oct. 14, Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct 16. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day: 58 artists are participating in 20 home-based or group studios and galleries. Step inside their creative spaces.

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McLean Woman’s Club Donates $4,500 to Local Nonprofits

At its meeting on Oct. 4, the Woman’s Club of McLean donated $2,000 to Share Inc., $1,000 to Alternative House and $1,500 to Claude Moore Colonial Farm, three nonprofits in McLean. The club’s active fundraising programs have made possible the support of these and other local organizations as well as of scholarships and education. The club’s annual Holiday Homes Tour, in December, provides a major source of such funding.

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McLean Woman’s Club Gearing Up for 50th Annual Holiday Homes Tour

With the final selection of the tour homes and the printing of the tour tickets, the Woman’s Club of McLean is almost ready for its 50th annual Holiday Homes Tour in December.

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McLean, Vienna: Marshall High to Present ‘The Sea Cook: A Story for Girls’

What happens when you put together a female cast of pirates, an innovative set design, and the creative writing of a talented former student? You get “The Sea Cook: A Story for Girls,” a feminist revision of the classic story “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Town of Vienna Names Public Works Director

Michael Gallagher is the Town of Vienna’s new public works director, but he is not a new face to the Town or its residents. Gallagher has worked in Vienna’s public works department for six years, most recently, since May, as acting director. He was named public works director on Sept. 21.