Fairfax News Briefs

Fairfax News Briefs

Illuminate Fairfax City Begins Friday, Dec. 15

The public is invited to attend and enjoy Illuminate Fairfax, a brand-new, artistic light experience in the heart of Fairfax City. From Dec. 15 - Feb. 10, 2024, Old Town Fairfax will host four, outdoor light installations in conjunction with other winter festivities and art displays. They’re all free and will be on display, each Thursday-Sunday, from 5-10 p.m.

Fairfax City received funding via the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and part of it was allocated toward this public-art event. Sponsoring Illuminate Fairfax are Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts, Fairfax City Economic Development and the City’s Office of Historic Resources. 

The illuminated art installations will be at the following locations:

* Old Town Plaza, 3950 University Drive, Suite 211; 

* Old Town Square, outside Draper’s restaurant, 3936 Blenheim Blvd.;

* Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer House, 10386 Main St., 

* Commonwealth Brewing Company, 10426 Main St., 

For more information, go to https://www.fairfaxspotlight.org/illuminate-fairfax/.

Dec. 28 Blood Drive in Fairfax City

The City of Fairfax and Inova Blood Donor Services will hold a blood drive on Thursday, Dec. 28, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Fire Station 3 at 4801 University Drive in Fairfax. To register and choose a time to donate, go to www.inovabloodsaves.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/33717.

GMU Mental Health Services for the Community

George Mason University’s new Center for Community Mental Health, at 9900 Main St. in Fairfax City, provides evidence-based, accessible, affordable and culturally sensitive therapy and testing services to those in need, regardless of income.

The center sees children as young as 5 and works with community members of various ages, including veterans. The center’s Emotional Help Line provides free, anonymous, confidential support in both English (703-215-1898) and Spanish (703-914-3878). The line is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information about the center, go to https://ccmh.gmu.edu/.