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Crowds Throng to McLean Chocolate Festival

McLean Rotary Club donates proceeds to local charities.

A large continuous crowd of chocolate lovers attended the fifth annual McLean Chocolate Festival on Sunday, Jan. 31 .

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Arlington Players Mix Mystery, Plot Reversals and Humor

TAP presents “Deathtrap.”

The Arlington Players (TAP) will perform "Deathtrap," the longest running comedy-thriller ever on Broadway, Feb. 5-7 and 12-13, at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre in Arlington. The show is a blend of mystery, plot reversals and humor. Its author, Ira Levin, wrote both "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Stepford Wives."

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Springfield Art Guild Speaks at Civic Association

The Springfield Art Guild (SAG) made a presentation about all of its many offerings to the Springfield Civic Association at its Tuesday, Jan. 19 meeting at Crestwood Elementary School.

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Student Art on Exhibit at The Arts of Great Falls School

The Arts of Great Falls School and Gallery held its seventh annual student art exhibition and awards ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 756 Walker Road in Great Falls.

Swords, Sorcery and Laughs

Port City Playhouse presents “Medieval Story Land.”

Red Knight Productions and the Port City Playhouse in Alexandria are presenting "Medieval Story Land" now through Jan. 30.

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Alexandria: LTA Stages Docu-Drama, ‘Grey Gardens’

Story of Jackie Kennedy's relatives and the American Dream gone wrong.

The Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA) is staging "Grey Gardens" from Jan. 16 to Feb. 6, 2016. Based on a true story and the 1975 cult documentary, it is an exploration of the American Dream gone wrong and what it means to become a social pariah.

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Arlington: Signature Stages ‘West Side Story’

Iconic show is a 1950s musical adaptation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet."

Signature Theatre in Arlington is staging "West Side Story," considered to be one of the greatest musicals of all time, through Jan. 24.

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McLean/Vienna: Tysons Ice Rink is Open for the Season

The new 6,000 square foot Tysons Corner Ice Rink has officially opened this season on Friday, Nov. 13, and will run through March 6, 2016.

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Tree Lighting Ceremony in Clifton

About 100 people attended the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 5, at Ayre Square Park in the Town of Clifton.

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Celebration of Lights in Great Falls

Hundreds of people attended the 25th Annual Celebration of Lights and Great Falls Holiday Fest on Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Great Falls Village Center in Great Falls.

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Unique Gift Ideas Found in Great Falls

For finding the perfect holiday gift for that special someone, Adeler Jewelers offers custom-designed jewelry for every occasion.

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Little Theater of Alexandria Stages ‘A Christmas Carol’

Charles Dickens’ classic story to play from Dec. 4-19.

The Little Theater of Alexandria (LTA) is presenting Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol,” from Dec. 4-19. The story follows Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly Victorian humbug, who travels with ghostly guides through Christmas past, present, and future to find the true meaning of the holidays. Complete with special effects, Victorian carols, and Tiny Tim, "A Christmas Carol" is a must for the family.

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Burke Turkey Trot Raises $5,500 for Parkinson's Disease

About 500 people participated in the Turkey Trot 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run for Parkinson's Disease on Thanksgiving Day at Burke Lake Park, raising $5,500 for the cause.

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At Fair Trade Winds in Fairfax, They Sell International Handmade Products

The Gift of Fair Trade

At Fair Trade Winds, which features international products at 10420 North Street in the City of Fairfax, the store is basically 100 percent fair trade.

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At Fair Trade Winds in Fairfax, They Sell International Handmade Products

The Gift of Fair Trade

At Fair Trade Winds, which features international products at 10420 North Street in the City of Fairfax, the store is basically 100 percent fair trade.

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The Gift of Quality Cigars

McLean Cigars PG Boutique offers cigars, fine pens, lighters and leather goods.

For holiday gift-giving for the man who has already everything, McLean Cigars PG Boutique, located at 1429 Center Street in McLean, offers top-of-the-line cigars, fine pens, lighters and leather goods.

Pet Gifts at Great Dogs of Great Falls

Store sells large assortment of holistic foods, treats, bones, toys, collars, leashes.

Great Dogs of Great Falls is gearing up for the holidays with Christmas-themed gifts for dogs and cats.

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Vienna Holds Halloween Parade

After being rescheduled due to the rain, the Town of Vienna held its 69th Annual Halloween Parade down Maple Avenue on Thursday, Oct. 29.

Halloween Pet Parade in Great Falls

A Pet Parade was held on Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Great Falls Village Centre Green and sponsored by Great Dogs of Great Falls.

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Halloween Spooktacular in Great Falls

Hundreds of people came out for the Halloween Spooktacular held on Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Great Falls Village Centre Green in Great Falls.

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Candlelight Cemetery Tour in Oakton

100 people attend tour of Flint Hill and Oakton Church of the Brethren Cemeteries.

Carrying lanterns and flashlights, about 100 people attended a Candlelight Cemetery Tour of Flint Hill and Oakton Church of the Brethren cemeteries, presented by local historian and author Jim Lewis, on Saturday, Oct. 24, near the corner of Courthouse and Chain Bridge Roads in Oakton.

Celebrating Arts in Great Falls

More from the Great Falls studio tour.

LTA Presents ‘The Tale of the Allergist's Wife’

Comedy offers blend of New York and Jewish humor.

The Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA) is presenting "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife," a comedy written by Charles Busch, from Oct. 24 to Nov. 14. The play revolves around Marjorie Taub, a middle-aged Upper West Side doctor’s wife, who is devoted to mornings at the Whitney Museum, afternoons at the Museum of Modern Art and evenings at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Fairfax County: K-9 Krawl 5K Walk a Success

Some 315 people participated in the ninth annual K-9 Krawl 5K Walk on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Fairfax County Government Center in Fairfax.

MPAartfest 2015 a Big Success

Despite being postponed due to inclement weather, the ninth annual MPAartfest 2015 had a large gathering on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 12, at McLean Central Park in McLean.

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Fair Oaks Police and Fire Hold Open House

To coincide with National Fire Prevention Week, the Fair Oaks District Police (Station 8) and Fire Station (Company 21) held an open house on Saturday, Oct. 10.

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Arlington: Signature Theater Presents ‘Cake Off’

It's a battle-of-the-baking-sexes world premiere musical.

It’s the 50th Annual Millberry Cake Off. The legendary jackpot: $1 million for the best homemade sugary delight.

Family Fun Day at Reston Museum

A Family Fun Day was held on Sunday, Sept. 20 at the Reston Historic Trust and Museum along Lake Anne Village Center in Reston.

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Oktoberfest Vienna Draws Crowds

In spite of the remnants of rain from Hurricane Joaquin, the crowds were large at the Town of Vienna's annual Oktoberfest celebration last Saturday, Oct. 3

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Alexandria: Aldersgate Church Community Theater Presents ‘The Miracle Worker’

Tells the classic story of blind and deaf Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan.

Aldersgate Church Community Theater (ACCT) is presenting "The Miracle Worker," the story written by William Gibson about the blind and deaf Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan, from Oct. 2-17 at the church located at 1301 Collingwood Road in Alexandria.

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MetroStage in Alexandria Presents ‘Uprising’

Show is part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, now through Oct. 25.

MetroStage in Alexandria will open its 2015-16 season with the premiere of “Uprising” by Atlanta playwright Gabrielle Fulton as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, now through Oct 25.

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Centreville: Blood and Guts 5K Race on Oct. 24

Runners to face zombie apocalypse.

The fourth-annual Blood and Guts 5K Run will take place Saturday, Oct. 24 at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville.

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Synetic Theater Presents ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Arlington theater does Gothic version of Lewis Carroll classic fairy tale with dialogue.

Alice’s story by Lewis Carroll takes a sharp turn as she falls down the rabbit hole into the dark and mysterious Wonderland. Artistic directors Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili combine their signature cinematic-style with a script by recent Helen Hayes Award nominee Lloyd Rose, that promises to be a fresh take on this fairy tale of the absurd.

Herndon: Family Fun Day at Woody's Golf Range

Community honors three 2014 Herndon High bandmates who died in car accident.

About 100 people attended a Family Fun Day at Woody's Golf Range in Herndon on Saturday, Sept. 19.

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Huge Turnout at Burke Centre Festival

Because of the heavy rains on Saturday, the 38th Annual Burke Centre Festival had a huge turnout on Sunday, Sept. 13.

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Burke Church Hosts Oktoberfest

About 50 people took part in the sixth-annual Oktoberfest Volksmarch despite the pouring rain on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church in Burke.

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Clifton Labor Day Car Show a Huge Success

The 16th annual Clifton Labor Day Car Show was a huge success on Monday, Sept. 7, featuring some 310 registered cars and earning approximately $30,000 for two charities: Life with Cancer and the Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program.

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Reston: Lake Anne Jazz Festival a Hit with the Crowd

The first-ever Lake Anne Jazz Week was held the week of Aug. 30-Sept. 5 at Lake Anne Plaza (Waterfront) in Reston.

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Little Theater of Alexandria Stages ‘Laughing Stock’

This play-within-a-play comedy promises tons of chuckles.

The Little Theater of Alexandria (LTA) is staging "Laughing Stock," a play-within-a-play, from Sept. 5-26.

Mount Vernon: Vanderhye, New Principal at Whitman Middle

With international experience, Vanderhye brings 38 years of education to the job.

With 38 years in education, Roger Vanderhye, 59, of McLean was named new principal July 1 of Whitman Middle School, at 2500 Parkers Lane in Alexandria, replacing former principal Jean Bell.

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Fairfax: Family Sports Challenge Benefits ODB's Backpack Program

In spite of the morning rain, a Family Sports Challenge was held Saturday, July 18 at Van Dyck Park in the City of Fairfax to benefit Our Daily Bread's Collect for Kids Back to School Program.

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Arlington: TACT Finishes Run with ‘Twelve Angry Men’

After 20 years of local theater productions, company set to close shop.

The American Century Theater (TACT) in Arlington is staging "Twelve Angry Men" as its final play, now through Aug. 8, at Gunston Theatre Two — culminating 20 years of staging local theater productions, and finishing off with the one show that began it all.

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Healing Wall Puzzle Unveiled in Vienna

Vienna Arts Society exhibits art work from soldiers suffering from PTSD.

The Vienna Arts Society hosted a "Puzzled Again" reception on Saturday, July 11 at the Vienna Art Center with an exhibit of the Healing Wall puzzle. The artwork is from 24 soldiers on the mend at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The original puzzle, from 2014, was also exhibited, and the artwork will be on display through July 31 at 115 Pleasant Street, NW, Vienna.

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Vienna Enjoys Summer on the Green

The Town of Vienna offers up free concerts during the summer on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 6:30 p.m. at the Vienna Town Green, 144 Maple Avenue, East, Vienna. On Sunday evening, the Bluegrass group Bill Emerson and the Sweet Dixie Band performed to a delighted crowd. The concerts are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Vienna and Whole Foods of Vienna. Visit; in the event of inclement weather, call 703-255-7842.

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Celebrating the Fourth in McLean

Despite the gloomy weather, around 1,000 people attended the annual fireworks celebration by the McLean Community Center on Saturday, July 4 at Cooper Middle School in McLean.

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Centreville: Local Woman Carries Special Olympics Torch

Centreville resident carries torch in Crystal City for Special Olympics World Games.

Alexis Guillett, 33, of Compton Village in Centreville had the thrill of her life when she got to participate in the Special Olympics Torch Run on May 28 in Crystal City.

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ACCT Stages ‘Cheaper by the Dozen’

Comedy tells of efficiency expert who raises a family with 12 children.

Aldersgate Church Community Theater (ACCT) is staging the light-hearted classic comedy "Cheaper by the Dozen" July 3-19 in Alexandria.

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652 Students Graduate from Chantilly High

110 students had 4.0 GPAs or higher; receive $4.9 million in scholarships.

Despite a power outage and rain storm, Chantilly High's spirited graduation ceremony at GMU's Patriot Center carried on last Thursday, June 18 without a hitch.

Centreville: Ice Cream Race at Bull Run Park

5K Race includes 15 fun obstacles, nine different start times, and ice cream.

Get ready for summer fun as the second-annual, family-friendly 5K Ice Cream Race will take place on Saturday, June 27 at Bull Run Park in Centreville.

Cappies Awards Honors High School Theater

The 16th Annual Cappies Gala honoring high school theater was held Sunday, June 7 at The Kennedy Center.