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Herndon: Granieri is Crossfield's New Principal

Former Assistant Principal at Crossfield has 23 years in education.

With 23 years in education, Mark Granieri, age 43, of Ashburn was named new principal on Aug. 2 of Crossfield Elementary School on Fox Mill Road, Herndon, replacing former principal R.B. Yoshida, who moved to Virginia Beach.

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Vienna: Searching for Common Ground on Guns

Reverse Town Hall to End Gun Violence held at Unitarian Universalist in Oakton.

About 150 people attended "Finding Common Ground" -- A Reverse Town Hall to End Gun Violence on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax in Oakton.

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Alexandria: Musical Enhances Historical Romantic Mystery

MetroStage stages "Blackberry Daze."

MetroStage in Alexandria is staging the world premiere musical of "Blackberry Daze" now through Oct. 9.

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Alexandria: An Ode to ‘Steel Magnolias’

LTA’s play centers on Louisiana women who bond and gossip at local beauty shop.

The Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA) is staging "Steel Magnolias" now to Oct. 1. The play features a group of Louisiana women as they bond and gossip at a local beauty shop while following the marriage and motherhood of one of the customer's daughters.

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Great Falls Remembers 9-11

9-11 Memorial Ceremony held at Great Falls Freedom Memorial.

On the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, the annual 9-11 Memorial Ceremony was held at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial behind the Great Falls Library on Georgetown Pike on Sunday, Sept. 11.

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Vienna Holds Sept. 11 Ceremony

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, the Town of Vienna held A Day to Remember -- Patriot Day Community Commemoration on Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Freeman House Lawn on Church Street in Vienna.

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Vienna Arts Society Paints the Town

In an art show that featured 69 pieces in acrylics, oils, water colors, photography and mixed media, the Vienna Arts Society held its "Paint the Town" reception on Saturday, Sept. 10 on Pleasant Street in Vienna.

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Celebrating Women's Equality

Architect unveils the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial design at Occoquan Regional Park.

To celebrate the 96th anniversary of Women's Equality Day on Friday, Aug. 26, which recognizes the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that gave women the right to vote, the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area held a Women's Equality Day Lecture at Gunston Hall in Lorton.

Vienna: Celebrating Women's Equality

Architect unveils the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial design at Occoquan Regional Park.

To celebrate the 96th anniversary of Women's Equality Day on Friday, Aug. 26, which recognizes the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that gave women the right to vote, the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area held a Women's Equality Day Lecture at Gunston Hall in Lorton. It was sponsored by the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association and Gunston Hall, home of George Mason.

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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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McLean: ‘When Waters Rise’ Film Premiere

McLean residents, all age 16, produce film based on a Biblical parable.

About 100 people attended a film premiere for "When Waters Rise" on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Johnson Center Cinema at George Mason University in Fairfax.

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Lorton: Garden Party for Historic Pohick Church

On Saturday, Aug, 13, the Historic Pohick Church on Richmond Highway in Lorton held its first Docent Guild Garden Party fundraiser for 95 people, raising about $1,000 to benefit the Historic Pohick Church Foundation, whose mission is the restoration and maintenance of the church building.

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Vienna: Family Fun Jam at Jammin Java

On Saturday, Jammin Java of Vienna hosted the Family Fun Jam, a fundraiser for the Growing Hope Foundation, which raises money for children with cancer and their families.

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National Night Out in McLean

Police, Fire and Sheriff’s departments visit Vinson Hall Retirement Community.

The Vinson Hall Retirement Community on Kirby Road in McLean joined in the celebration of National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

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Snapshot: Evenings on the Ellipse in Fairfax

Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra entertained the crowd on Thursday, July 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. during an Evenings on the Ellipse concert on the grounds of the Fairfax County Government Center.

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Herndon: Friday Night Live! Rocks in Herndon

The bands Six to Midnight and Crazy in Stereo performed for free at Friday Night Live! last Friday, July 15 at the Town Green in downtown Herndon.

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Alexandria: Sharks and Jets Take over LTA Stage

“West Side Story” features a Romeo and Juliet story on the gang-ridden streets of 1950’s New York.

The Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA) is presenting "West Side Story" from July 23 to Aug. 13, 2016. The musical features a Romeo and Juliet story on the gang-ridden streets of 1950’s New York, dominated by the Sharks and the Jets. Two teens from the warring gangs meet and fall in love, causing tension between their respective friends. Can the two lovers survive when hate and ignorance are unwilling to yield?

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ACCT Presents ‘The Dixie Swim Club’

It's a little "Steel Magnolias" meets "Same Time Next Year" meets "Golden Girls" and "On Golden Pond"

Aldersgate Church Community Theater (ACCT) is presenting "The Dixie Swim Club" from July 8-24.

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Arlington: Keaton and Chaplin Inspire Silent ‘Twelfth Night’

Synetic Theater presents Shakespeare production set in the 1920s.

Synetic Theater is presenting "Twelfth Night" from July 13 to Aug. 7. After garnering 11 Helen Hayes Award nominations, Synetic’s 2014 hit is back by popular demand.

Arlington: Shenkman Wins Cappie Award

The 17th Annual Cappies Gala honoring high school theater was held Sunday, June 12 at The Kennedy Center.

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Chantilly: Christ Presbyterian Expands Its Preschool

Flexible schedule to meet needs of families.

Christ Presbyterian Church is expanding its preschool ministry to include extended day and full day programs for children ages 2 to 5 years old to better meet the needs of the surrounding community.

2016 Lord and Lady Fairfax Honorees Selected

Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. named the 2016 Lords and Ladies Fairfax at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, June 7 at the Fairfax County Government Center.

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Great Falls Art Fest on the Green

About 20 artists in booths under tents join three indoor artist's studios to show their wares.

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Centreville: 5K Ice Cream Race at Bull Run is June 25

The third annual 5K obstacle Ice Cream Race will be held Saturday, June 25 at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville.

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32nd Chantilly Pyramid Minority Student Awards

High school and middle school students honored for academic achievements and accomplishments.

For the 32nd year, the Chantilly Pyramid Minority Student Achievement Committee held its Youth Motivation and Academic Achievement Awards on Saturday, June 4 at Chantilly High School.

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Alexandria: Irreverent Update of Anton Chekhov's ‘The Seagull’

Port City Playhouse presents "Stupid F#@*ing Bird."

The Port City Playhouse is presenting "Stupid F#@*ing Bird" by Aaron Posner June 10-25 in Alexandria.

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Fairfax: 4,500 Motorcycles in Ride of the Patriots

Group assembles for Rolling Thunder at Patriot Harley-Davidson on Route 29 in Fairfax.

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eCybermission Team Heads to Nationals

Students submit project on RSI awareness and hand stretching exercises.

Four sixth-graders from Greenbriar West Elementary School have been selected as national finalists for the eCybermission competition, sponsored by the U.S. Army and administered by the National Science Teachers Association.

Arlington: ‘Family Is Family’ in 'La Cage Aux Folles'

Signature stages gender-bending musical comedy “La Cage Aux Folles.”

Signature Theatre in Arlington is staging "La Cage Aux Folles," a musical about family, identity and loving who you are, May 31 through July 10, 2016. The play is based on a book by Harvey Fierstein ("Newsies," "Kinky Boots") and lyrics and music by Jerry Herman ("Hello, Dolly!," "Mame").

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Fairfax: Promoting Native Plants

Volunteers plant 2,000 plants, 48 different species -- one-third grasses and two-thirds wild flowers.

Some 40 volunteers planted a pollinator meadow for two days last week on one acre of land adjacent to the Fairfax County Government Center in Fairfax.

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Springfield: A Losing Season; a Winning Heart

With 0-15 record, Lee High Lancers baseball coach Matt MacDonald works on rebuilding season.

Lee High School's baseball coach Matt MacDonald, 34, of Old Town Alexandria has his heart in baseball.

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First Friday Art Walk in Great Falls

27 artists in three group studios participate with galleries and restaurants at Village Centre.

The kick-off event for the First Friday Art Walk in the Village was held on Friday, May 6 in the Village Centre in Great Falls.

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Alexandria: MetroStage Presents ‘Black Pearl Sings!’

Play set in 1930s Depression-era features 19 American folk and spiritual songs.

MetroStage is presenting "Black Pearl Sings!" by playwright Frank Higgins now through May 29.

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Oakton High Stages "Phantom of the Opera"

75 students in cast and crew work for May 12-14 production.

Oakton High School is presenting Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous musical, "Phantom of the Opera," May 12-14 at 7 p.m. at Oakton High School, 2900 Sutton Road, Vienna. Tickets are $12 for presale and $15 at the door.

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McLean: Spring Fling Fashion Show to Benefit Local Charities

Fundraising event held at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse in Tysons Corner.

The New Dominion Women’s Club (NDWC) held its Seventh Annual Spring Fling Fashion Show, Luncheon and Raffle on Sunday, May 1 at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse in the Courtyard Marriott at Tysons Corner to support four local charities. The event featured fashions from Bloomingdale’s.

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Great Falls Girl Wins Miss Teen Virginia

Elisabetta Cantatore, 19, beats out 700 applicants; will compete in nationals.

Elisabetta Cantatore, 19, of Great Falls was named Miss Teen Virginia on Sunday, April 3 in Richmond, beating out 700 teen applicants from across the Commonwealth of Virginia, and 122 girls at the pageant itself.

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Great Falls: Spring Fashion Show for Scholarships

Event is fundraiser for Great Falls Friends and Neighbors Club.

More than 200 people attended the 2016 Spring Fashion Show on Sunday, April 24 at Bloomingdale's Tysons Corner Center in McLean as a fundraiser for the Great Falls Friends and Neighbors Scholarship Fund.

Arlington: Signature Theatre Presents ‘The Mystery of Love & Sex’

Signature Theatre stages unexpected love story of evolving friendship, finding one’s own path, and the value of family.

Signature Theatre in Shirlington is staging "The Mystery of Love & Sex" now through May 8. The story revolves around Charlotte and Jonny, complete opposites who have been best friends since they were children.

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Great Falls: Students Honored at Poetry Luncheon

GFFN recognizes Great Falls Elementary students in 34th annual contest.

The 2016 Poetry Luncheon honoring the winners of the 34th annual Great Falls Elementary School Poetry Contest was held Thursday, April 14 at River Bend Golf and Country Club in Great Falls.

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Arlington: ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’

The Arlington Players present prohibition-era musical with music by Gershwin.

The Arlington Players (TAP) is staging "Nice Work If You Can Get It" now through April 23 at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre in Arlington.

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Lorton: Writing Days at South County

The South County High School English Department held its first Stallion Writing Days on April 7-8 in the school auditorium where students, teachers and professional writers gave presentations and discussed their writing prose.

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McLean Little League Parade Draws Big Crowds

More than 1,300 people on 108 teams attended.

More than 1,300 people on 108 teams attended the 61st annual McLean Little League Parade and Opening Day Ceremonies on Saturday, April 9 in McLean.

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Tour of Local Civil War Sites

The Friends of Fairfax Railroad Station Museum held a tour of Civil War sites on Saturday, April 2. Under rainy skies starting at 8:30 a.m., 18 people rode around Fairfax Station, Clifton and Centreville for seven hours in five cars, and stopped at local Civil War sites, while tour guides John McAnaw and Blake Myers shared their history expertise.

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Easter Egg Hunt in City of Fairfax

Thousands come out in search of Easter eggs at Van Dyke Park.

More than 4,500 people attended the eighth-annual City of Fairfax Easter Egg Hunt at Van Dyke Park and the Sherwood Community Center on Saturday, March 26.

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Vienna Teen Wins National Gold Medal in Art

Also receives $10,000 Scholarship at Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Razan Elbaba, 17, a senior at Oakton High School in Vienna, won the Gold Medal Portfolio and a $10,000 scholarship in the 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers in New York.

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Great Falls: St. Patrick's Day Bash at the Old Brogue

For the 35th year, it was a festive wearing of the green where 1,200 customers celebrated a St. Patrick's Day Bash at the Old Brogue Irish Pub in Great Falls, last Thursday, March 17.

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Real Food for Kids' Culinary Challenge

11 teams of middle and high school students compete in school food competition.

Eleven teams of middle and high school students competed in the fourth annual Real Food for Kids' Culinary Challenge on Saturday, March 12 at Robinson Secondary School.

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Vienna and McLean: Celebrating the Persian New Year

The Nowruz Festival will be held Sunday, March 13 at Tysons Corner Center.

Following 3,000 years of customs and traditions, the colorful Nowruz Festival -- the Persian New Year celebration -- will be held on Sunday, March 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Mount Vernon: ACCT Stages ‘Little Women’

Classic tale traces lives and loves of four sisters during the Civil War.

Aldersgate Church Community Theatre (ACCT) is putting on "Little Women" from March 4-20. Written by Louisa May Alcott, the story traces the lives and loves of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. During the Civil War, their father is away serving in the army, leaving his "little women" in the care of their mother. The family, headed by Marmee, must struggle to make ends meet with the help of their wealthy neighbor, Mr. Lawrence, and his high-spirited grandson, Laurie.

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Alexandria: A Fast-Paced Romp through the Bard's 37 Plays

LTA presents “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).”

The Little Theater of Alexandria (LTA) is presenting the "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" from Feb. 27 to March 19. The show where the cast plays themselves is an irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard's 37 plays in 97 minutes. It was also London's longest-running comedy, having clocked nine years in London's West End.