Drawn from the 15 weekly community newspapers published by Connection Newspapers.


Mount Vernon: Support Volleyball Dig Pink

West Potomac Volleyball is hosting its annual Dig Pink Rally at its regularly scheduled match (5, 6 and 7:15 p.m.) against rival Mount Vernon High School on Thursday, Oct. 13.

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Alexandria: ODBC Men Win Occoquan Challenge

Stiff breezes from the remnants of Hurricane Matthew did not deter the men from the Old Dominion Boat Club (ODBC) first 8 crew team as they swept a field of 12 upper class boats to win the 2016 Occoquan Challenge Regatta on Sunday, Oct. 9.

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Potomac: Churchill Team Raises Funds for Make-A-Wish

The Churchill Girls Field Hockey team rose to the challenge Friday night on two fronts — they maintained their undefeated record, shutting out Richard Montgomery 3 - 0, and they raised over $5,000 for Make-A-Wish MidAtlantic.

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Snapshot: Senior Olympics Swimming

See more Senior Olympics Swimming photos on Facebook.

Park Authority Offers 50+ Web Portal

The Fairfax County Park Authority has launched a website specifically for residents age 50 or older.

Seminars on Downsizing

The Retiree Real Estate Education Association announces free public service seminars for October on Decluttering, Aging in Place, and Downsizing, given at McLean, Falls Church, and Marshall High schools. These are part of a series of eight free seminars on real estate issues unique to retirees.

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Arlington: Where Learning and Camaraderie Doesn’t End

Inside Langston-Brown Senior Center.

The Langston-Brown Senior Center at 2121 N. Culpepper St., one of six senior centers in Arlington, offers field trips, classes focusing on health, consumer education, cooking and languages as well as dancing lessons, sports and yoga. Most classes are free with a Senior 55+ pass at a cost of $20.

Senior Living: Regaining Mobility

Local orthopedic surgeons offer keys for successful joint replacement surgery.

Tired of the limited mobility and pain that have thwarted her love of foreign travel and fall hiking, Lynda S. Johnson, 72, scheduled a knee replacement surgery for later this month. She chose a doctor, found a pet sitter to watch her Cairn terrier, and enlisted her sister to live with her while she recovers. “I had been debating for months about whether to have it,” she said. “I was in so much pain, though, that I don’t really think I have anything to lose.”

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Senior Living: Life at Vinson Hall — Living the Difference

Mary DeMaris is headed down on the elevator at Vinson Hall with her black case of art supplies, an artist headed to a still life class out of the building. “There is a club here for everything — poetry, art, choral group, photography, book, gardening,” she said.

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Lorton: Playing it Forward

Clifton resident recognized at American Kidney Fund event.

Since Clifton resident Marcus Garcia planned the first American Kidney Classic youth lacrosse tournament a year ago, he lost his older brother Matthew Moody.

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McLean, Great Falls: Langley Football Looks for Turnaround

After a 0-4 start, Saxons play at Fairfax High Friday.

The Langley Varsity Football team took on Madison High at a home game Friday night, Sept. 23, and the stands were not lacking in spirit.

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Snapshot: Chantilly Homecoming Court

Members of the Chantilly Homecoming Court gather at the Chantilly-Herndon football game on Friday, Sept. 23: (From left) Lindsay Barnes, Siobhan Reardon, Jill Cymerman, Alexis Weeren, Caroline Barnes, TJ Walter, Zach Cummins, Karim Shoorbajee, and Ken Roberts.

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Reston: South Lakes High Cross Country Teams Off to a Strong Start

Led by its freshmen girls’ team, South Lakes High School cross country teams placed in every invitational meet they competed in thus far this season.

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Pickleball Comes to McLean

McLean Central Park behind the Dolley Madison Library now has two lighted pickleball/tennis courts where pickleball fans can play. Bring your own paddles and balls.

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Swim, Bike, Run: Reston’s 33rd Annual Triathlon

More than 500 compete in area event.

During the preceding week, Kelly Edwards of Waterford, Va., had been experiencing a strange feeling: butterflies in her stomach, but not the usual kind. They were “happy butterflies.”