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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.

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Alexandria: LTA Stages ‘Dirty Blonde’

Highlights the story of silver screen bombshell Mae West and her climb to fame.

The Little Theatre of Alexandria is staging "Dirty Blonde" from June 6 to 27. A winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play, the bawdy show highlights Mae West, one of America's pop culture icons, and her climb to fame.

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Ride of the Patriots in Fairfax

Thousands take part in Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride at Patriot Harley-Davidson in Fairfax.

The 17th Annual Ride of the Patriots attracted as many as 4,000 motorcyclists and local dignitaries over Memorial Day Weekend on Sunday, May 24 at Patriot Harley-Davidson in Fairfax.

Fairfax County Police Honor Volunteers

Men and women gave 53,630 hours of volunteer time to police force.

The Fairfax County Police Department held its Volunteer Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 15, at the Fairfax County Government Center, honoring men and women who gave a total of 53,630 hours of volunteer time to the county.

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Alexandria: MetroStage Presents ‘The Letters’

Two-person psychological, cat-and-mouse drama takes place in 1930’s Soviet Union.

MetroStage in Alexandria is presenting the psychological drama, “The Letters,” directed by John Vreeke, May 15 to June 14.

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Crowds Flock to Chantilly Day

Featured live music, children's activities, food and even a NASA Astronaut.

The fourth-annual Chantilly Day brought out a large crowd on Saturday, May 16 at the Sully Place Shopping Center parking lot, off Route 50, in Chantilly.

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Saturday T-Ball Anyone?

Hotrods play the Grasshoppers in Little League Baseball as part of ANSLL.

It was the perfect spring day for a game of T-Ball between the Hotrods and the Grasshoppers at Howery Field # 2 in Annandale last Saturday morning in a match hosted by the Annandale-North Springfield Little League (ANSLL).

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Synetic Theater Presents ‘A Tale of Two Cities’

This Charles Dickens's classic includes a drag queen and a crying baby.

Synetic Theater in Crystal City presents "A Tale of Two Cities" starring company member Alex Mills from May 13 to June 21. Directed by Serge Seiden, the show with dialogue tells what happens when you put together an aspiring drag queen and a crying baby.

Arlington: Signature Theatre Stages "Cabaret"

For 25th Anniversary Season, company recreates iconic musical masterpiece.

Willkommen to the Kit Kat Club, the hottest nightclub in seedy, prewar Berlin, where life is beautiful. To highlight its 25th Anniversary Season, Signature Theatre is staging "Cabaret" May 12 to June 28 at its Shirlington venue.

Solar Lights For Learning

Meghan Pollard of Clifton wants to purchase solar lights for students in Tanzania.

Meghan Pollard, 18, of Balmoral in Clifton is taking a service gap year between graduating from Centreville High School and attending Georgia Tech. So last Fall, she set off for Tanzania in Eastern Africa, a nine-hour car ride from the government capital of Dar Es Salaam. There, she worked for six weeks at the Pomerini Secondary School, teaching English and tutoring in geography, chemistry, physics and English. She also worked in the village health clinic on AIDS projects.

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Diverse Camps Offer Summer Fun

Northern Virginia has scores of local camps for summer learning and fun.  

Scores of local camps in Northern Virginia that offer many opportunities for summer fun and learning. Here is a sampling of diverse camps that range from art to theater to field trips to swimming, tennis and music. There's even a camp for aspiring musicians who want to form a band.

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LTA Presents 'The Odd Couple'

Neil Simon comedy has been reinvented as ladies take over roles of Unger and Madison.

The Little Theatre of Alexandria is presenting "The Odd Couple" (The Female Version) from now through May 16. Unger and Madison are at it again — Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is — in Neil Simon’s comic classic. The comedy has been reinvented from a different perspective as the women take over the roles of the mismatched couple to give this well-known play a whole new life.

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Port City Playhouse Presents ‘Stick Fly’

Port City Playhouse in Alexandria will present "Stick Fly," Lydia R. Diamond’s wry but affectionate look at the experiences of upper-income African-Americans, from May 1 through May 16.

McLean Little League Holds Opening Day Parade

Hundreds of athletes from 107 teams march down Westmoreland Street.

On its 60th Anniversary, hundreds of baseball and softball players from 107 teams marched down Westmoreland Street with parents and local dignitaries for the McLean Little League Opening Day Parade last Saturday, April 18.

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South County Pyramid Holds Art Show

Student artwork from six schools was on display at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton.

Student artwork from six local schools was featured during the South County Pyramid Art Show held for the first time last week at the Workhouse Arts Center, Building W-16, in Lorton. The artwork came from student artists at Laurel Hill Elementary, Newington Forest Elementary, Silverbrook Elementary, Halley Elementary, South County Middle School, and South County High School.

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Preview: MetroStage Presents ‘The Island’

Play depicts human dignity and justice during the 1970s Apartheid.

As part of the 30th anniversary season, MetroStage in Alexandria is staging "The Island" now through April 26. The highly charged two-person play is set on Robben Island, South Africa, and depicts the plight of two political prisoners, John and Winston, as they perform labor by day and rehearse Sophocles’ "Antigone" by night.

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Creative Aging Festival Coming in May

Includes 114 performances, poetry readings, art exhibits, lectures, classes and more.

A Creative Aging Festival will take place throughout the month of May at 100-plus local venues in Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria. The month-long festival includes 114 performances, poetry readings, art exhibits, lectures, classes and more.

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Children Celebrate Spring in Great Falls

Adeler Jewelers and Great Falls Optimist Club join forces for Easter Egg Hunt and fun.

Hundreds of children turned out for the 31st annual Children’s Spring Festival last Sunday, March 29, at the Village Centre in Great Falls. The event that included an Easter Egg Hunt and many inflatable rides and games was sponsored by Adeler Jewelers and the Great Falls Optimist Club.

Chantilly/Centreville: Fashion, Music and Silent Auction

Fairfax Salvation Army fundraiser set for the Waterford.

The 35th annual Fashion Show, Luncheon, and Silent Auction sponsored by the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary Fairfax County Corps will be held on Friday, April 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the Waterford at Fair Oaks (across from Fair Oaks Mall). Fashions will be presented by Lord & Taylor.

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A Spring Fling in McLean

New Dominion Women's Club hosts fashion show, luncheon and raffle.

The New Dominion Women's Club held its sixth annual Spring Fling Fashion Show, Luncheon and Raffle, which featured colorful spring fashions from Bloomingdale's, on Sunday, March 22 at Assaggi Osteria Restaurant in McLean.

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Alexandria: Aldersgate Stages "Pride and Prejudice"

Presents Jane Austen's tale of manners, love and misunderstanding in class-conscious England.

Aldersgate Church Community Theater (ACCT) is putting on "Pride and Prejudice," Jane Austen's classic tale of manners, love and misunderstanding in class-conscious England in the early 19th century. Directed by Mary Ayala-Bush, the show runs through March 29.

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Lax for a Cause Raises $20,000 at Centreville HS

Lacrosse marathon at Centreville High School supports Wounded Warrior Project.

Despite the pouring-down rain, the "Lax for a Cause: Purple vs. Red" lacrosse marathon on Saturday, March 14, raised $20,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project. This was the second year in a row that the event raised $20,000 for the cause.

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Celebrating the Persian New Year

The Nowruz Festival will be held March 15 at John Carlyle Square Park in Alexandria.

Following 3,000 years of customs and traditions, the colorful Nowruz Festival — the Persian New Year celebration — will be held Sunday, March 15 at the John Carlyle Square Park near the King Street Metro in Alexandria.

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Signature Theater in Arlington Presents ‘Soon’

World premiere musical explores possibility of life and love and deferred dreams.

Directed by Matthew Gardiner, Signature Theater is presenting the world premiere of the musical, "Soon" by Nick Blaemire through April 26. The action centers around the hottest summer in human history and, in a few months, all water on earth will evaporate.

Signature Stages ‘Kid Victory’ in Arlington

World premiere musical from composer John Kander and playwright Greg Pierce.

Signature Theater is staging "Kid Victory," the highly anticipated and chilling world premiere original musical from composer John Kander and playwright Greg Pierce from Feb. 17 through March 22.

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Yes, Cats Can Be Trained Too

Reston cat trainer Lisa-Maria Padilla gives techniques to train feline friends to do tricks.

Lisa-Maria Padilla, 53, of Reston was recently in Del Mar, Calif., close to San Diego, for the largest cat show in the West coast, called the San Diego Cat Fancier's Show, which featured more than 400 cats. She took her cat named Racy Mooner, a blue Abyssinian ("Abys") who has a Facebook page, there to do cat tricks and introduce people to training techniques.

Port City Playhouse Stages ‘Shining City’

Set in Ireland, play tells of troubled human relationships and a ghost story.

Port City Playhouse in Alexandria is staging "Shining City," a story of troubled human relationships overlaid with a hint of a ghost story.

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LTA Stages ‘God of Carnage’

Parents behave badly as the gloves come off in this side-splitting free-for-all.

The Little Theatre of Alexandria is staging "God of Carnage" Feb. 28 to March 21. The Tony Award-winning play centers around a playground altercation between two boys which brings two sets of parents together for a meeting to resolve the matter.