Middleridge Celebrates “Night Out” (Fairfax Connection)

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Middleridge Celebrates “Night Out”

The Middleridge Civic Association puts on the largest National Night Out party in Fairfax County.

The smell of grilled burger and smoking coals mixed in the air with the soundtrack of live music Tuesday night in Middleridge Park during the community’s National Night Out. Hundreds of Middleridge locals came to celebrate their community at the Middleridge Civic Association’s annual picnic and festival.

“My kids are having a blast. [They’ve got] snow cones, they’ve got fireman helmets, they’ve got badges from the police,” Jenny Scherff listed, a new resident in Middleridge from Alexandria City. Continue reading

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Lorton Library Challenge “Takes You Everywhere”

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Lorton Library Challenge “Takes You Everywhere”

Library integrates STEAM activities with reading program for the summer.

The Lorton Library is halfway through their Summer Reading Adventure, which runs from June 15 to September 1. Children and teens participate in the library’s summer reading program every year to read outside of school and win a coupon book for their efforts.

“I really enjoy working here and working with the kids and the community. It’s great especially in the summertime to connect them with books and activities while they’re out of school,” said Melissa Kariger, youth services manager.

The reading adventure at Lorton is one way the library encourages children to extend their education even during the summer. Any time during the program, children and teens can pick up a reading log at the library or register online and read a specified number of books based on the participant’s age. Continue reading

Obon Festival Returns July 14 (Burke Connection)

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The Fairfax Station Ekoji Buddhist Temple prepares to host its annual festival for everyone in the community.

The Ekoji Buddhist Temple off the Fairfax County Parkway in Fairfax Station will be hosting the only Obon festival in the Washington DC area July 14. Admission is free, and the temple invites all visitors, no matter their religion or culture, to celebrate the annual event.

“It’s a time to show your gratitude and respect to all those people who’ve passed away before us, because they made the world; we are the next generation,” said Reverend Nariaki Rajan Hayashi, who has been Ekoji’s minister for the past three years.

Because of the growing number of visitors per year, with last year’s attendance at 1,700, the Ekoji Temple plans to extend its hours for the festival. The temple and grounds will be open starting at 3 p.m. and will continue until 9 p.m.

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Hidden Pond Ribbon Cutting Celebrates New Playground (Springfield Connection)

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Hidden Pond Ribbon Cutting Celebrates New Playground

Completed nature-themed play equipment to replace previous wooden playground.

The Hidden Pond Nature Center in Springfield announced their completion of their new children’s playground and picnic shelter Saturday, June 23, with a short ceremony and ribbon cutting event.

The $1.1 million playground was partially funded by the 2012 Park Bond, which originally provided for building the shelter and repaving the parking lot. With extra money saved on the parking lot, the new nature-themed playground could be constructed on a flat patch of land near the park entrance. Continue reading

A Class Meant To Stand Out (Springfield Connection)

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Screen Shot 2018-07-11 at 6.33.52 PM.pngA total of 542 seniors graduated from West Springfield High School June 13. The commencement exercises took place at EagleBank Arena at George Mason University.

The high school band performed “Pomp and Circumstance” while the students entered, followed by the West Springfield High School Madrigals singing both the National Anthem and Stephen Paulus’s “The Road Home.”

Senior Class President Leah Knompecher gave the opening remarks, thanking the West Springfield students who befriended her when she first moved to the area.

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Lee Graduates Told: ‘Use Your Voices’ (Springfield Connection)

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Three hundred and sixty-eight students graduated from Robert E. Lee High School June 12. The commencement exercises were held at the EagleBank Arena at George Mason University.

Graduates entered the arena to the familiar theme of “Pomp and Circumstance” before the Lee Junior ROTC Color Guard presented the colors for the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Lancer Singers performed “Go the Distance” from Disney’s 1997 “Hercules,” before Jessica Escobar, senior class president, encouraged the students to use their voices to influence the world. Continue reading

Ribbon Cutting Delayed, Trail Open to Public at Lee District Recreation Area (Connection Newspapers)

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Ribbon Cutting Delayed, Trail Open to Public at Lee District Recreation Area
Rainy weather postpones ceremony to June 16; area residents enjoy the trail.

Due to foreboding weather Saturday, June 2, the ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of Chessie’s Trail at the Lee District Recreation Area has been postponed. The new date is June 16 at 2 p.m.

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