Fashion Santa + Tasting of Jiwa Singapura

Meet Fashion Santa + Preview of Jiwa Singapura

December 13 at Tysons Galleria

Get festive at Tysons Galleria as we celebrate the season with Fashion Santa, the suave brother of our favorite jolly holiday icon.

Dress for your moment with Fashion Santa—complete with selfies in front of a glam, shimmery wonderland—and stay for the sneak peek tasting of Jiwa Singapura.

Chef Pepe Moncayo, best known for the Michelin-starred Cranes in D.C., will feature a preview of bites from his newest restaurant, set to open in Tysons Galleria in early 2023. Jiwa Singapura is Moncayo’s tribute to Singapore, where Moncayo, aka Chef Mamu  lived, met his wife, had his children, and deepened his love for cooking and the art of hospitality. He calls it his “home, forever.”

Jiwa Singapura will occupy a 7,110-square-foot space inside the Galleria. Reservations will be available on Resy for meals served starting at 11:30 a.m. each day.

According to his reps at Eleven Eleven PR, Mamu “has dedicated his life to reinventing the heritage dishes from [Singapore].”

Donations to Capital Area Food Bank are encouraged during the event.

Location: Level 1 outside of Neiman Marcus

Malaysian chef Rashidin Bin Abd Rashid has cooked across the Globe from the Maldives to Kazakhstan. In 2023, the man better known as Chef Mamu, opens his latest, Jiwa Singapura inside Tysons Galleria.

Jimmy Bierman announces bid for Dranesville District supervisor seat

The Dranesville District seat on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has its first candidate for next year’s election.

Jimmy Bierman, a Democratic McLean resident, announced his candidacy last night. Current Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust is not seeking re-election.

“My priorities include promoting trust and accountability in our local government, ensuring that Fairfax County remains the safest jurisdiction of its size in the country, developing a workforce equipped for a dynamic and evolving economy, fully funding our public schools, and investing in smart and sustainable development,” Bierman, the former chair of the Dranesville District Democratic Committee and current member of the county’s Police Civilian Review Panel, Bierman wrote in a statement.

In a statement to FFXnow, his campaign manager further identified the following top priorities:

Ensuring that County government acts with speed, consistency, and predictability to support the diversification of our local economy and expand our 21st-Century knowledge-based workforce.

Mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change through investments in infrastructure to support and promote green jobs and a green economy.

Fight for the most vulnerable in our community and connect those in need with much-needed food, housing, rent, reproductive health, and mental health resources.

Create viable transportation options to relieve gridlock through enhanced transit, bicycle, and pedestrian amenities.

A self-described progressive activist, Bierman graduated from Williams College and Stanford Law School. He previously worked as an attorney advisor to the Department of Homeland Security.

“I want to thank Supervisor Foust for his many years of service to our District,” Bierman said. “John has served our community with distinction since 2007, and I’m running to build upon his success addressing issues concerning County residents. Few people work as hard as John, but I’m going to try.”

He commended Foust as “a noted leader” in the county’s “economic development, affordable housing, and LGBTQ+ inclusion efforts.”

The Dranesville District covers McLean, Herndon and Great Falls. The general election is slated for Nov. 7, 2023 following a June primary.

Holly Dangles! Be Jeweled – Polymer Clay Beginners Workshop

Shipgarten Tysons Corner: December 18,  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

It’s the season to be jolly. Grab a drink and let’s clay! Polymer clay is a fun and super versatile material that is extremely lightweight. Come learn the basics of polymer clay jewelry and create your one of a kind piece of wearable art! Together we’ll go through the steps of conditioning, seasonal color mixing, shaping, and baking and by the end of class you’ll leave with TWO pairs of finished dangles earrings to call your own! No experience is necessary.

Ticket Includes: Happy hour – One Free Drink per ticket ($10 value). All the supplies, knowledge and guidance to make your very own two pairs of dangle earrings.

Christmas Tree Sale

Come to St. John the Beloved for this year’s fresh cut trees, garland and wreaths. Don’t miss this opportunity to support St. John the Beloved Academy and have the best tree, wreath and garland in the community!

Beginning December 1 – December 20 the tree lot will be set up from:

Wednesday-Friday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. &
Saturday-Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Winter Lantern Festival

The Winter Lantern Festival comes to the Northern Virginia area for its first immersive Winter Lantern Festival! This is an experience you don’t want to miss! Starting December 16 , Lerner Town Square will transform into a dazzling world of light with over 1000 Chinese lanterns; all handmade by artisans with decades of experience. Our lanterns and bright displays will light the night and bring warmth this holiday season!



Start Date: 12/16/22

End Date: 02/12/23

Open Friday – Sunday from 12/16/22 – 02/12/22

Open Daily from 12/23/22 – 01/01/23

Hours are from 5:00PM – 10:00PM


General Admission: $29.99/person + $2 service fee

Youth (ages 3-12): $17.99/youth + $2 service fee


Car & Parking: Search Lerner Town Square on your navigation or call an Uber/Lyft. The address is 8025 Galleria Drive, Tysons, VA 22102

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Perspectives Speaker Series

Pulitzer Prize Winner Nikole Hannah-Jones

Perspectives Speaker Series
Presented in partnership with the Fairfax County Library
“The 1619 Project—A New Origin Story”
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2 p.m.
Free. Registration through the Fairfax County Library website is required. Registration opens 1/22/23

Co-creator of the award-winning “The 1619 Project,” Nikole Hannah-Jones is an investigative reporter who covers civil rights and racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine. She has been honored countless times, including Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People 2021, a MacArthur “Genius” grant, NAACP Image Awards and a Peabody Award. In this talk she will discuss her latest book, a collection of essays and poetry featuring an elaboration of the original project’s Pulitzer Prize–winning lead essay by Hannah-Jones on how the struggles of Black Americans have expanded democracy for all Americans.

Photo: James Estrin, New York Times



Feb 19 2023


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Sweetheart Parent-Child Dance

Sweetheart Parent-Child Dance

The McLean Community Center


Friday, Feb. 24, 7–9 p.m.
$20 per participant

Activity No. 4501.323

For all ages. Children are invited to come to MCC for a fancy “date” with their parent or guardian. Featured activities include a DJ, photo booth, craft projects and light refreshments. Create lasting memories by joining us at MCC’s Sweetheart Dance.

Space is limited so register early! Parents must attend the event with their child(ren) and each participant must register individually.

The Alden’s 2023 Youth Production


Tues-Wed, Jan. 24 and 25, 7–9 p.m.
Call Backs:
Wed, Jan 26, 7–9 p.m. (By invitation only)
$150 participation fee, if cast in the show.
Sat-Sun, April 29–30, 2 p.m.
$15/$10 MCC district residents.

Back by popular demand! The Alden’s 2023 production will be a devised theater piece created by the actors in the show. The rehearsal process will involve improv games for idea generation and plot discovery, which will be written into a brand new script by the director and the cast.

Who Can Audition: Anyone age 10-16 who lives in the MCC tax district can audition. Please provide your availability on the audition dates; a 20-minute time block will be confirmed via email. Preregistration is strongly recommended.

Questions? Please contact Director of Youth Theatre Programs Danielle Van Hook at

Click here for an audition form.

For those cast, rehearsals are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., February through April 20. The week of April 23 is tech week and is mandatory. Additional rehearsals may be required. Because theater-making is a group activity, only limited conflicts with the rehearsal schedule are allowed and must be submitted to the director by the audition date.

Mason Jar Hostess Gift Class

Shipgarten Tysons Corner: December 8, 7 p.m.

With so many events going on in the coming month, make sure you never show up empty handed. Join the JLNV for a Mason Jar-crafting class where we will make hostess gifts perfect for this time of year. Who doesn’t want a Hot Cocoa Kit or Spa Gift to use as a stocking stuffer or for your next party? Not only will you leave with two completed hostess gifts to prepare yourself for the season ahead, but you’ll also be armed with the know-how to create as many gifts as you have hostesses to impress! Tickets are $25.

Tysons Library Friends Used Book Sale

The Friends of Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library quarterly Used Book Sale will take place December 1 – 4. Thousands of books are available, waiting for a good home or to be wrapped and placed under a tree! Most are priced between $0.25 and $3.00.Thursday, December 1 through Sunday, December 4from 10:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. each dayTysons Pimmit Regional Library7584 Leesburg PikeFalls Church, VA 22043Proceeds benefit the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library and related activities. Donations of books and media are appreciated. Volunteers are welcome. For more information contact the Friends of Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library at, or 703-338-3307.