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News & Notes: February 9th – 15th

Tinner Hill Hosts Workshops for Black History Month

The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation will be hosting various workshops called “Difficult Conversations About Race” on Saturday, February 25th from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Registration is required before the event as seating is limited to 50 participants. 

The theme for the first of five workshops is Terminology and Buzz Words: Why Race Matters. The facilitator is Ms. Michelle Zamperetti. Ms. Kathryn Dame will assist her. Both professionals are residents of Falls Church. Mr. Rich Scott will provide music to complement each theme of the workshops. The format will be role-playing interaction, small-group discussions, and plenary feedback sessions.

Workshops are free and open to anyone wishing to participate. Donations to Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation are welcomed.

Local restaurants such as Yayla Bistro and Borek G are asking people to help survivors of the massive earthquake that devastated Turkey, Syria and surrounding areas. Just last year, Yayla Bistro helped fundraise for healthcare workers. (Photo: Yayla Bistro)

Tinner Hill Music Festival  Tickets on Sale Now 

Buy now and save the date for the 2023 Tinner Hill Music Festival on Saturday, June 10th. 

A limited number of Early Access General Admission and VIP tickets are still available and make a great Valentine’s gift for the music lover in one’s life.  The price goes up February 15 so buy now and save. The Little City e-gift card is still available and can be used to purchase Festival tickets online.

Visit eventbrite.com/e/tinner-hill-music-festival-2023-tickets-476125493167 to purchase tickets. 

“Sunlit Poppies” Named People’s Choice at F.C. Arts

Brittney Stafford’s painting “Sunlit Poppies” has received the Falls Church Arts’ People’s Choice Award.

Stafford’s piece, which sold at Falls Church Arts for $400, is an 11” x 14” acrylic painting on canvas. 

The piece was chosen by the visitors to Falls Church Arts as the People’s Choice award winner. The theme for this exhibit is ColorLove. The show runs through February 26.

Helen Hayes Nomination Announced

Congratulations to Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith for being nominated for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical Adaptation for “Ichabod, the Legend of Sleepy Hollow!” Their nomination was announced recently at a celebration honoring theatre excellence on stages across the Washington area where theatre artists, administrators, patrons and special guests gathered in the National Theatre Helen Hayes Gallery. This will be the 37th Helen Hayes Awards.

Local Restaurants Help Amid Turkey/Syria Earthquake

Yayla Bistro and Borek G are asking locals to help survivors of the massive earthquake that devastated Turkey, Syria and other surrounding areas. 

Yayla Bistro asks for people to fundraise for the World Central Kitchen, who are working with local partners and chefs on the ground and are getting ready to start serving meals. One can donate here at donate.wck.org/fundraiser/4428535

One can drop off donations at Borek G, located at 3895 Pickett Road, Fairfax. More information can be found by calling the eatery at 571-230-6821

Brittney Stafford’s painting “Sunlit Poppies” has received the Falls Church Arts’ People’s Choice Award for their ColorLove exhibit. (Photo: Brittney Stafford)

Tax Relief For Spouses Of Military Personnel Approved

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted at its meeting on Tuesday, January 24th to adopt a lower property tax rate for certain surviving spouses of armed forces personnel who died in the line of duty.

The new ordinance establishes a tax rate of $0.01 per $100 of assessed value, which was the lowest rate allowed under the Code of Virginia. The new rate is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2022 and there is no cap to how much of a reduction may be applied for.

In order for a surviving spouse to qualify for real estate tax relief, the service member must’ve been killed in action on or after Jan. 1, 2015.

Surviving spouses can apply for tax relief by filling out an online application or contacting the Tax Relief & Exemptions office by calling 703-222-8234 (TTY 711) or emailing TaxRelief@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Snouts and Stouts Dog Park Set to Open in Arlington

Snouts and Stouts, a new indoor dog park and bar, opens in Arlington in August 2023. 

The 6,000-square-foot indoor space, climate controlled with specialized K9 turf and sanitation system, offers dogs a mud-free, off-leash playing experience.

Snouts and Stouts will feature drinking and dining options for humans and dogs alike, with a beer and wine bar, snack café, and dog treat shop.

Set to open at 2709 S. Oakland St., Snouts and Stouts will be steps away from Shirlington Dog Park, a public off-leash dog park with access to the Four Mile Run stream. 

F.C. Eateries Named To Washingtonian’s Best List

Washingtonian Magazine recently named three restaurants in the City of Falls Church to their list of top 100 very best restaurants in Washington.

The list includes La Tingeria, Thompson Italian and Rice Paper 

La Tingeria are best known for their chicken tinga and birria tacos of an entirely halal menu.  At Thompson Italian,  fresh pasta and hand-spun gelato is popular among customers. Rice Paper offers an expansive menu that vary from noodles, soups and of course, rice paper wraps.

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