Fight Back Against Mold Illness with Help from Proactive Wellness Centers

CIRS Mold Toxicity Treatment in Centreville, VA

Experiencing mold toxicity is a terrifying thought for most people. Although it may seem like an interesting concept for a medical drama, nobody wants to experience the effects of mold exposure firsthand.

Mold is a fungus that thrives in wet environments, such as under tiles, wood floors, and ceilings, pipes, and roofs. While several types of mold exist, some are more hazardous than others, and some individuals may be allergic or sensitive to mycotoxins, the toxins that mold naturally produces. Exposure to excessive amounts of mold, or the types of mold that trigger health problems, can lead to mold toxicity and even CIRS - Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome. This acute and chronic systemic inflammatory response syndrome is typically acquired after exposure to mold or other producers of biotoxins, usually from damaged water buildings.

If you believe that you're suffering from mold toxicity or mold illness, it can seem like the world is folding in on you. No matter what you do, your symptoms persist, lowering your quality of life and eliminating your peace of mind. Fortunately, there is reason to be hopeful: Proactive Wellness Centers now offers a research-backed, highly effective mold illness poisoning treatment in Centreville, VA for men and women just like yourself and your children as well if they have been impacted.

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CIRS and Mold Toxicity

CIRS and mold illness are on the rise, and accurate diagnosis of the issue plays a major role in this trend. Thanks to Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, there is a huge body of evidence that covers diagnosing and treating patients with CIRS. Dr. Lawson is one of less than 30 practitioners in the United States that are fully certified by Dr. Shoemaker for diagnosing and treating CIRS. The body of evidence by Shoemaker and many associates is the largest body of scientific evidence that is published in major medical journals. Around 80% of CIRS/Mold cases are caused by indoor air contaminated with mold toxins and other triggers. However, it's important to note that CIRS can also be caused by biotoxin producers such as cyanobacteria and a marine dinoflagellate that produces the Ciguatera toxin found in certain types of fish.

When mold or biotoxins are not processed effectively, a series of biochemical changes known as the Biotoxin Pathway occur. Genetic studies have revealed that approximately 24% of individuals have a genetic makeup that makes them susceptible to developing an illness related to mold or biotoxins. The remaining 76% of the population can typically eliminate these toxins from their system and avoid the development of the Biotoxin Pathway that can lead to various diseases.

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CIRS and Mold Poisoning Misdiagnosis

CIRS and mold exposure symptoms overlap with many other chronic illnesses, which makes diagnosis challenging and can even lead to missed diagnosis of CIRS. Based on research from Proactive Wellness Centers, CIRS is frequently misdiagnosed. Some of the most common misdiagnoses include:

  • Lupus
  • Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • PTSD
  • More

Lyme disease, in particular, is often misdiagnosed. We have treated a number of patients whose symptoms were in line with Lyme disease. Fortunately, we were able to confirm the presence of CIRS and mold and were able to successfully help those patients using CIRS treatment in Centreville, VA.

Note that many of these patients have CIRS and Lyme disease and in that case, it is necessary to treat both in order for full recovery. Treating one or the other will invariably leave the patient with debilitating symptoms and even more frustration with their medical team. At Proactive Wellness Centers, we are skilled In diagnosing and treating both.

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CIRS and Mold Poisoning Symptoms

If you're reading this page, chances are you're concerned that you might have CIRS or some form of mold poisoning. You may be wondering what you have - is it CIRS, or is it something else like Lyme disease? We can't provide the answer to that question without consultation and testing at our wellness center in Virginia. However, there are common symptoms of CIRS and mold toxicity you should know.

Some of the most common symptoms of CIRS include:

  • Fatigue
  • Decreased Word Finding
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Morning Stiffness
  • Tremors
  • Excessive Thirst
  • Tingling
  • Night Sweats
  • Frequent Urination
  • Confusion
  • Mood Swings

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Tools for Diagnosing Mold Sickness and CIRS

Identifying and confirming if a patient is being impacted by CIRS and identifying the cause and source of the biotoxin are the two main steps in diagnosing CIRS and Mold Exposure. To diagnose CIRS and Mold Exposure, the following diagnostic tools are commonly used:

To learn more about the debilitating symptoms of mold sickness and to find out whether you have CIRS or something else, contact Proactive Wellness Centers. Our team of medical professionals is here to help you every step of the way.

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Hope for Patients with CIRS: Proactive Wellness Centers' Mold Illness Treatment in Centreville, VA

Our approach to treating CIRS utilizes integrative and functional medicine, The Shoemaker Protocol along with the latest evidence-based approaches to treating mold illness and the related secondary issues that it causes. We begin by utilizing advanced diagnostics to confirm the presence of the condition and identify the specific environment causing continued exposure to biotoxins. Next, we take a stepwise approach to halt the progression of the disease, eliminate biotoxins from the body, and reverse any damage to cellular structures. Our goal is to help patients achieve a full recovery.

To do this, we not only have to identify the primary condition like CIRS or Lyme disease, but we then have to continue looking to see if you have any of the common secondary conditions like reactivated EBV, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), and others. Once we understand the totally of your condition, then we can implement a treatment plan tailored for you. Yes, it will leverage the Shoemaker protocol, but we have found that we have to extend the protocol to cover the secondary issues that we uncover.

The steps we follow to reach that goal include:

In order to initiate the recovery process, it is important to address and resolve any affected areas, or, alternatively, relocate the patient from that environment if necessary. Prolonged exposure to mold can hinder the success of the treatment plan and impede the healing process.

Two commonly used binding agents in the process of treating Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome are Welchol and Cholestyramine. Cholestyramine is particularly effective in binding biotoxins that are processed in the liver's bile ducts and helps to eliminate them from the body. It has been scientifically proven, through placebo-controlled studies, to reverse multiple aspects of the inflammatory process associated with CIRS.

Many individuals experiencing mold sickness and other chronic inflammatory illnesses may have a staph infection called MARCoNS (Multiple Antibiotic Resistant Coagulase Negative Staphylococci) residing deep in their nasal cavities. This infection is resistant to antibiotics and needs to be eliminated for the patient to fully recover.

Each patient requires a customized plan based on the affected areas and CIRS severity. Retesting is necessary after each step to confirm balance restoration. Testing may include some or all of the following:
  • VIP
  • TGF Beta 1
  • MMP9
  • ADH
  • Antigliadin
  • Androgen Imbalance
  • C4a
  • More

In order to halt the growth of mold fungi, patients need to avoid foods that can cause mycotoxins. Some examples of these foods include:
  • Barley
  • Cottonseed
  • Peanuts
  • Corn
  • Black Pepper
  • Figs
  • Rice
  • Bread
  • Beans
  • More
Proactive Wellness has a proven track record of treating patients who have experienced severe health issues without any clear explanation. Unlike other "syndromes," our diagnosis process involves specific tests to confirm a diagnosis rather than simply ruling out other diseases.
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Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Chronic Fatigue, and Chronic Pain Syndrome are examples of illnesses that are often diagnosed without such confirmatory tests. If you are experiencing unexplained health issues or have been exposed to water-damaged buildings, it is possible that you are suffering from CIRS or a mold illness.

The good news is that we can diagnose and address this disease with a mold illness treatment program in Centreville, VA tailored to your body and your symptoms. That way, we can help you regain your health as soon as possible.

Be Wary of These

5 Symptoms of Mold Exposure

Mold spores can easily be brought into your home on your shoes or clothing or through open windows or doors. If these spores can find a warm, damp, humid environment, they can begin to multiply. Soon, your home can be filled with toxic mold. If you think mold has invaded your home or another environment, like in an office or warehouse, it's important for you to know about the symptoms.

Unfortunately, diagnosing mold issues can be exceptionally difficult. But why? The answer can be quite frustrating.

Understanding the Difficulty of Diagnosing Mold Symptoms

Many doctors fail to recognize the impact of mycotoxins emitted by certain indoor mold species, which can lead to chemical and inflammatory reactions. While conventional medicine acknowledges that mold can cause allergies, it may overlook this crucial aspect of mold-related health issues.

This can happen for several reasons:

  • Standardized treatment protocols for mold toxicity are offered mostly by Functional/Integrative physicians as the conventional physicians are not on board despite over 20 years of published research. Due to this issue, patients spend precious months/years going from doctor to doctor in the conventional channel with no answers.
  • Though ERMI testing has been accepted in the integrative/functional medical community, there isn't a "gold standard" in mold testing that is universally accepted.
  • Mold symptoms can manifest in vastly different ways depending on the patient.
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After understanding the points above, it's no wonder that mold poisoning can be hard to diagnose. Fortunately, integrative and functional holistic medicine providers and wellness centers like Proactive Wellness are flipping the proverbial script. Unlike traditional clinics, our team considers environmental factors that can affect patient health and has advanced training to provide mold poisoning treatment in Centreville, VA.

Now that you understand why mold symptoms are so hard to diagnose let's take a closer look at five of the most common indicators of mold sickness.

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Fatigue is probably the number one symptom of well over 90% of CIRS patients. The level of fatigue varies from 5 on a 10 point scale all the way to 10 on a 10 point scale. Many patients can no longer work or remain productive as in the worst cases, the fatigue is overwhelming. College students living in moldy dorms frequently have to drop out of school until the illness is treated effectively. Older adults have to retire or stop working due the fatigue. If you have overwhelming fatigue, CIRS may be a major contributor to your illness.

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Breathing Problems

Exposure to mold can cause a host of respiratory problems, such as breathing difficulties, allergies, and asthma, especially in individuals with a weakened immune system. Mold can worsen asthma, irritate the nasal passages, lungs, and throat, and lead to symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, and nasal congestion. Other health issues such as hypersensitivity pneumonitis, sinus congestion, allergic rhinitis, asthma, and allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis have also been associated with mold sickness.

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Sadness and Depression

Mold can cause a variety of illnesses that can show up in different ways, such as psychological symptoms like anxiety, depression, insomnia, concentration problems, and memory loss. It has been reported that nearly 40% of people who live in moldy homes experience depression. Researchers suggest that exposure to toxic mold and dealing with the physical symptoms of mold illness can contribute to mental health issues.

Due to this phenomenon, many mold patients are given antidepressant medications in the conventional channels.

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Feeling "Pins and Needles"

Numbness, twitching, or tingling in the extremities, such as hands, feet, legs, and arms, is another symptom of mold illness. The sensation is similar to pins and needles, which are often felt when the body is held in an uncomfortable position for a long time. While this sensation can indicate serious nerve damage or disease, it can also be a symptom of mold sickness.

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Digestion Problems and Disorders

When exposed to mold, individuals may experience various digestive problems. Some may lose their appetite, leading to unintentional weight loss. Others may suffer from stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. Furthermore, the influx of mold spores may trigger systemic inflammation, causing bloating and weight gain due to the digestive system's exposure to harmful mold.

Top Tips for

Controlling Mold in Your Environment

It's not possible to completely eliminate all mold and mold spores from your home or place of work. However, since mold spores need moisture to grow, the best way to prevent or get rid of growth is to reduce the moisture in your environment. If you already have mold growing there, it's important to clean it up and address the issue causing dampness. If you only clean up the mold and don't address the underlying problem, the mold is likely to return.

Here are some tips to help reduce moisture throughout your home or office:

  • Use A/C or Dehumidifiers. This is especially important if you live in a hot, humid area of the United States.
  • Ensure A/C drip pans are clean, dry, and obstruction-free.
  • Thoroughly dry areas that are damp or wet within 48 hours.
  • Be sure to install insulation in cold areas like your home's exterior walls and windows. Doing so will reduce condensation.
  • Work with an HVAC company to check your HVAC system. Doing so can help ensure your unit is removing as much humidity as possible.
  • Keep the humidity in your home below 60% whenever possible.
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Here are some tips to help reduce moisture in your kitchen:

  • Check for leaks near your ice makers, sinks, and anywhere else water is present.
  • Make sure your exhaust fans are directing moisture outside, not into your attic.
  • If you notice your appliances are causing moisture on windows and other surfaces, turn them off as soon as you're done using them.

Here are some tips to help reduce moisture in crawlspaces:

  • Use a plastic covering on the dirt in your crawlspace. Doing so will prevent moisture from saturating the ground.
  • Ensure that your crawlspace or basement is ventilated well.
  • Check your home's gutters. Make sure they're directing water away from your property, not toward your foundation or crawlspace.

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Mold Toxicity Treatment in Centreville, VA

Trying to "tough it out" through life with CIRS isn't any way to live. If you're suffering from the effects of biotoxin illness, you should know that there are solutions available to help you reclaim your health and your life. With the help of a can-do attitude, healthy living, and mold illness treatment from Proactive Wellness, there's light at the end of the dark tunnel you're trapped within. Contact our office today to get started on your first step toward recovery!

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'I've never seen anything like it' | Hail and high winds blow through Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland

CENTREVILLE, Va. — Severe thunderstorms brought rain, hail and high winds to parts of the DC region Friday. WUSA9 weather watchers spotted hail through Allegany County, Maryland to Frederick County, Fairfax County and Prince William County in Virginia.You can share ...

CENTREVILLE, Va. — Severe thunderstorms brought rain, hail and high winds to parts of the DC region Friday. WUSA9 weather watchers spotted hail through Allegany County, Maryland to Frederick County, Fairfax County and Prince William County in Virginia.

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Storms started popping up in Eastern Allegany County, Maryland at around 4:00 p.m Friday. Matt Jones shared this photo of the hail near his house.

That storm then dumped hail in Brucetown, Virginia near the West Virginia line.

In Loudoun County, Virginia the hail fell for about 15 minutes in the town of Bluemont according to Weather Watcher Michael R. Van Dyke. The hail stones were just smaller than a quarter.

Storms then swept through Centreville, Virginia in Fairfax County. Weather Watcher Ann Susie Rourke captured the hail, which took down tree leaves in her yard. "I've never seen anything like it," Rourke told WUSA9 Friday.

"All of a sudden I had to get up and run. It was cold, and hail just was flying onto the deck, the wind, there was so much hail," Rourke said.

Storms also brought hail and high winds to Woodbridge in Prince William County, Virginia. Tanya Kelminsky shared this video.

Storms then crossed the Potomac and over into Southern Maryland. In La Plata, Jen Harris said the storm sounded like a tornado. There was no tornado warning issued, or indication of a tornado from radar. Harris said there was damage to some neighboring homes.

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The Dog Stop Set to Open First Location in Centreville, Virginia

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Dog Stop, the all-inclusive and award-winning dog care brand rapidly expanding across the U.S, is on the brink of a significant milestone as it prepares to open its first location in Northern Virginia in the city of Centreville. Located at 6001 Centreville Crest Ln., the new facility’s doors are set to open on September 9th and promises a comprehensive range of services designed to enrich every facet of a dog&rs...

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Dog Stop, the all-inclusive and award-winning dog care brand rapidly expanding across the U.S, is on the brink of a significant milestone as it prepares to open its first location in Northern Virginia in the city of Centreville. Located at 6001 Centreville Crest Ln., the new facility’s doors are set to open on September 9th and promises a comprehensive range of services designed to enrich every facet of a dog’s life. From daily daycare and year-round boarding to opulent nutrition and a full-service grooming spa, The Dog Stop has earned accolades for its ability to captivate both dogs and their devoted owners alike.

The grand opening event is poised to be a jubilant affair for owners and dogs alike, featuring door prizes, raffles for both dogs and their companions, engaging dog-centered activities, exclusive service discounts, coupons for the neighboring El Fresco, and more. Beyond this inaugural celebration, The Dog Stop actively participates in charitable efforts by collaborating with community shelters and rescues, demonstrating their commitment to supporting adoption and fostering initiatives, as well as other facets of the community like schools and local businesses. The Mehta family has been very close to some of these organizations as a previous foster home for many dogs, as well as having adopted their own dogs through them to bring new members permanently into the family.

Spearheading this exciting venture is Hiral Mehta, whose passion for the highest quality of care for all dogs had her searching for a place made for dogs by those who love them. The Dog Stop was exactly that. With one new location and the dream of many to come, Hiral is accompanied by her husband Bhavesh, son Sahil, and daughter Anjali who all have rolled up their sleeves to help bring this vision to life. To the Mehtas and the rest of the dog community, The Dog Stop is more than a business and is the beginning of a bigger family brought together by a profound love of animals.

As their children transitioned into adulthood and began their own paths, Hiral is transitioning from her IT job to a dog-centered vocation. “Our journey with The Dog Stop isn’t just about providing a place for dogs to stay but to create a place where we would feel confident leaving our dogs - because they are family, we want only the best for any pet or parent that comes through our doors,” Hiral explains. “Centreville has been our home and a place where our family flourished, and our commitment to enhancing the lives of its residents, both human and furry, is paramount.”

The foundation of The Dog Stop goes beyond its top-tier services and products. The Centreville facility has been meticulously crafted to offer a sanctuary for our four-legged friends. Equipped with a state-of-the-art hospital-grade HVAC system and UV lights targeted to kill airborne viruses, bacteria, mold and more, the facility prioritizes the health and well-being of both canine visitors and their human companions with this advanced cleaning protocol.

Hiral further emphasizes, "The Dog Stop's comprehensive approach to pet care perfectly suits our community's needs. As lifelong dog owners ourselves, we understand the importance of a dedicated space that caters to every aspect of a dog’s requirements. This venture allows us to extend our heartfelt care to fellow pet owners, bringing them the exceptional and trustworthy pet care they deserve.”

Owned and operated by dog people since 2009, The Dog Stop understands the complex process involved in dog care and knows that there is no such thing as a one size fits all approach. At The Dog Stop, expert staff at each location stay up-to-date on the ever-changing science that applies to dog care, behavior, grooming, and nutrition. A one-stop-shop also offering pet care products and supplies, each item on its shelves is the latest and greatest in its respective category, ensuring that each dog who stops by receives the very best treatment.

“We are eager to partner with the Mehta family to bring The Dog Stop to the Virginia area,” said Jesse Coslov, CEO and Co-Founder of The Dog Stop. “We are committed to filling a gap in the community for reliable, high-quality boarding and other dog care services, and providing a level of care that Centreville and the surrounding area can trust.”

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Project to widen Route 28, add shared-use paths reaches substantial completion

(Updated at 12:05 p.m.) The Centreville section of Route 28 is now two lanes wider and, local officials hope, noticeably less challenging to travel.Construction is substantially complete on the project to widen Route 28 (Centreville Road) from four to six lanes between the Bull Run bridge at the Fairfax and Prince William county line and Route 29.Fairfax County elected representatives joined regional and...

(Updated at 12:05 p.m.) The Centreville section of Route 28 is now two lanes wider and, local officials hope, noticeably less challenging to travel.

Construction is substantially complete on the project to widen Route 28 (Centreville Road) from four to six lanes between the Bull Run bridge at the Fairfax and Prince William county line and Route 29.

Fairfax County elected representatives joined regional and state transportation officials at the Centreville United Methodist Church Park and Ride (6400 Old Centreville Road) for a ribbon-cutting yesterday (Wednesday) to celebrate the milestone, which arrived right on schedule with two new lanes opening in early October.

“The anticipation surrounding this project in our community is palpable, with residents eagerly looking forward to the profound improvements in accessibility and…efficiency this project promises to bring,” Sully District Supervisor Kathy Smith said at the ceremony. “The successful execution of the Route 28 widening project is poised to significantly enhance the quality of life for our residents.”

Under construction since September 2021, the Route 28 widening is intended to reduce traffic, improve safety and provide more transportation options on a highway that sees approximately 60,000 vehicles a day, according to the Fairfax County Department of Transportation.

In addition to the new lanes, the $79.5 million project constructed a 10-foot-wide shared-use path for pedestrians and bicyclists on both sides of the roadway. It also made improvements to intersections and side streets, including installing upgraded traffic signals and removing some median breaks and crossovers.

“Whenever we make road improvement projects like this in Fairfax County, we focus on not just the road improvements, which are absolutely critical to moving traffic and people, but also all the multimodal improvements, improvements for pedestrians and safety improvements for people who live along this corridor,” Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff McKay said.

Work is expected to continue until May 2024 on some of those elements, including the shared-use paths, noise barriers, storm water management facilities and side street improvements.

However, FCDOT says drivers have already reported shorter trips and less cut-through traffic.

“Morning rush-hour commuters from Manassas Park to I-66 have reported experiencing a reduction in their commute of 10-15 minutes each day,” the department said. “They have also reported a reduction in morning rush hour cut through/bypass traffic on Ordway Road and Old Centreville Road.”

A study conducted by the Virginia Department of Transportation in 2015 found that widening Route 28 would shave about 15 minutes off current travel times, though trips through the 5-mile stretch were still projected to take 40 minutes in the morning due to the area’s increased density and development.

Benefitting Loudoun and Prince William counties, as well as Fairfax, the Route 28 widening has “regional significance,” Northern Virginia Transportation Authority CEO Monica Backmon said. The regional transportation planning agency contributed $26 million to the project, which also got local, state and federal funds.

(Correction: The spelling of Monica Backmon’s name has been fixed.)

Lauding the “innovative design” of the expanded roadway, which could be widened even further to eight lanes in the future, Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity highlighted the project’s benefits for his constituents, even though it’s in the Sully District.

“Much of the benefit from this project will be felt in the Springfield District, as we start the process of alleviating all the cut-through traffic in the Occoquan watershed and through the Town of Clifton,” he said. “Those are people who really should be using this route, but it’s too congested. This project is the first step in making it less congested.”

The next step, Herrity said, is for Prince William County to widen Route 28 to six lanes on its side of the border. A preliminary design for that bypass project was presented in the spring, but construction isn’t slated to start until 2026.

Virginia Holiday Event Guide 2023: Pop-up bars, performances, lights and more

WASHINGTON - The holiday season has arrived and FOX 5 has your guide to the best attractions and events taking place in Virginia to celebrate!Holiday lights in VirginiaThe 2023 Festival of Lights is a dazzling 2.5 mile holiday light display that allows visitors to drive the full route from the comfort of your car.Nov. 11 - Jan. 7 | 7700 Bull Run Dr. Centreville, VA 20121$30 per vehicle online$40 per vehicle in personMore information ...

WASHINGTON - The holiday season has arrived and FOX 5 has your guide to the best attractions and events taking place in Virginia to celebrate!

Holiday lights in Virginia

The 2023 Festival of Lights is a dazzling 2.5 mile holiday light display that allows visitors to drive the full route from the comfort of your car.

Nov. 11 - Jan. 7 | 7700 Bull Run Dr. Centreville, VA 20121$30 per vehicle online$40 per vehicle in personMore information here.

Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights is a luminous garden trail aglow with countless sparkling lights. The half-mile paved trail is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Nov. 10 - Jan. 7 | Meadowlark Botanical Gardens5 p.m. - 10 p.m.$18 online, $22 in personMore information here.

This outdoor light show includes unique light displays and an ice skating rink under the stars.

Nov. 17 - Jan. 1 | Cameron Run Regional Park5 p.m. -10 p.m.$8 admission, $20 admission and skatingMore information here.

Watch the North Garden, Virginia barn light up with a dazzling display of twinkling lights. There will be letters to Santa, pony rides, food and more!

Sunday, Dec. 17 | North Garden Barn5 p.m. - 8 p.m.$10 admissionMore information here.

Holiday pop-ups and celebrations in Virginia

The Miracle pop-up is back with their holiday-themed dine-in experience at Sense of Thai. The Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar will be offering seasonal drinks in a festive setting until the end of the year.

Sun. - Thurs. 11 a.m. - 12 a.m. | 20413 Exchange St., Ashburn VA 20147Fri. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.FreeMore information here.

This holiday pop-up bar is serving up festive cocktails, late night snacks, and tasty bites.

Mon. - Weds. 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. | 2312 Mount Vernon Avenue Alexandria, VA 22301Thurs. - Sat. 5 p.m. - 12 am.Sun. 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. FreeMore information here.

The 23rd annual boat parade features dozens of brightly lit boats cruising along one mile of the Potomac River shoreline. Visitors can enjoy dockside festivities in Waterfront Park, including a pop-up beer garden from Port City Brewing Company, food, activities and more.

Dec. 2 | Old Town Alexandria Waterfront1 - 9 p.m.FreeMore information here.

Head over to Mount Vernon and enjoy an evening filled with activities. Visitors can go on a mansion tour, enjoy wintry lights, and stunning holiday fireworks over the Potomac River.

Dec. 15 - 16 | Mount Vernon5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.Members: Adult with Mansion Tour: $50, No Tour: $48 | Youth with Mansion Tour: $28, No Tour: $26General Public: Adult with Mansion Tour: $50, No Tour: $48 | Youth with Mansion Tour: $28, No Tour: $26More information here.

Enjoy a number of holiday activities in Purcellville, from a holiday market to a detailed Lego display. Visitors will also be able to enjoy an annual holiday lights tour.

Dec. 9 | 221 South Nursery Avenue Purcellville, VA 2013212 p.m. - 6 p.m.FreeMore information here.

Join a holiday tradition with a walking tour in historic Hillsboro, see decorations, historic homes with self-guided and guided options!

Dec. 9 | 37098 Charles Town Pike Hillsboro, VA 2013210 a.m. - 7 p.m. $15 - $22More information here.

At Santa's Workshop at The Boro, guests of all ages will be invited to enjoy a fun filled morning of holiday kids crafts, a DJ dance party, specialty hot chocolate bar with lots of fun fixings from Bluestone Lane, a holiday themed bounce house, and calligrapher on site to customize ornaments.

Dec. 9 | 8350 Broad Street Tysons, VA 2210211 a.m. - 2 p.m.FreeMore information here.

Holiday performances in Virginia

Enjoy a winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes, candy canes, a ginger bread house, and sugar plum fairies in the timeless holiday favorite, The Nutcracker.

Dec. 16 - 17 | Center for the Arts at George Mason University4 p.m.$54+More information here.

This festive musical performance will include uplifting audience singalongs of a number of beloved carols.

Dec. 9 | Center for the Arts at George Mason University4 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. $36+More information here.

Ice skating in Virginia

Pentagon Row’s 7,200 square foot ice rink is now the largest outdoor rink in Northern Virginia and the second-largest in the state! Enjoy the outdoor dual-sided stone fireplace and many shops, restaurants and a coffee shop.

November - March | 1201 S Joyce St, Arlington, VA 22202Hours varyAdults: $13, children: $12, Seniors: $10, $6 skate rentalMore information here.

Skate, hop and jump while skating at the Reston Town Center rink! The Ice Skating Pavilion is open seasonally from early November-mid-March, offering public skating every day and extended hours for all Holidays.

November - March | 1818 Discovery Street, Reston, VA 20190Hours varyAdults: $11, Children (12 and under): $9, Senior (55+): $9, Military: $9, Skate Rentals: $7More information here.

Winter magic awaits you at the Stonebridge Ice Rink at Potomac Town Center. After hitting the ice, shop or dine at one of the many stores or restaurants in the center. Character skate nights are also held every Thursday in December!

Now - Feb. 25 | 14900 Potomac Town Pl., Woodbridge, VA 22191Hours varyAdults: $10, Children: (12 and under): $9, Senior/Military: $9, Skate Rentals: $6More information here.

Enjoy the winter fun at the Harris Pavilion in downtown Manassas. Buy tickets online for your 1 ½ hour skating session. Guests are asked to arrive early to make sure they hit the ice on time.

October - February | 9201 Center St, Manassas, VA 20110Hours varyAdult admission and skate rental: $16, Children admission and skate rental: $14More information here.

November 1 – March 31 | 3779 Pickett Rd., Fairfax, VA 22031

Hours varyWeekday admission: $9, Weekend/Holiday admission: $10, Skate Rental: $4More information here.

Year-round | 21595 Smith Switch Rd., Ashburn, VA 20147Hours vary$9More information here.

Wreath-Making Workshops in Virginia

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop at Hedge Fine Blooms

Holiday Wreath Making - Kents Store

Second Annual Holiday Wreath Making at the Venue at Orchard View Farm

40K Without Power In Virginia After Storms

Updated at 11 p.m. MondayVIRGINIA — As strong thunderstorms rumbled through the Washington, D.C., region Monday, heavy rain and gusty winds knocked out power to more than 40,000 utility customers.At 11 p.m., the PowerOutage.US site said 41,542 utility customers were without power across Virginia. The most outages were in Fairfax County with about 13,829; followed by 2,744 outages in Loudoun County, 8,903 in Fauquier C...

Updated at 11 p.m. Monday

VIRGINIA — As strong thunderstorms rumbled through the Washington, D.C., region Monday, heavy rain and gusty winds knocked out power to more than 40,000 utility customers.

At 11 p.m., the PowerOutage.US site said 41,542 utility customers were without power across Virginia. The most outages were in Fairfax County with about 13,829; followed by 2,744 outages in Loudoun County, 8,903 in Fauquier County, and 3,485 outages in Prince William County.

Arlington, Fairfax City and counties to the south of Fauquier all reported power outages that totaled between 2,000 and 200 customers.

A tornado watch was issued for Northern Virginia and the Washington metropolitan region, according to the National Weather Service. The watch was in effect until 9 p.m. Fifteen counties were included in the watch with heavy winds — possibly reaching 80 miles per hour, the speed of a category 1 hurricane — predicted.

The National Weather Service's Sterling office let a severe thunderstorm warning expire at 6:45 p.m. for parts of Arlington, Loudoun, Fairfax, Stafford, Fauquier and Prince William counties, and the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, and Fairfax. The warning was originally going to expire at 5:15 p.m.

Areas affected by the thunderstorm warning include Arlington, Alexandria, Dale City, Annandale, Springfield, Fairfax, Langley Park, Fort Hunt, Vienna, Groveton, Forestville, Falls Church and Huntington.

The watch encompasses these localities in Northern Virginia:

"A very dangerously powerful storm system is moving through this Monday afternoon and into Monday night. Everybody needs to be aware of this, because this is not the normal storm situation that we have," said Chris Strong, of NWS' Baltimore-Washington forecast office.

The main portion of the storm will be moving through the west of the Blue Ridge and Catoctin mountains, northwestern Virginia and western Maryland, according to Strong. The storm will progress in an easterly direction, sweeping through the Baltimore and Washington metro areas, Charlottesville and Fredericksburg between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

"We want you to have yourself in a place of safety when these storms come through," Strong said. "To the best of your ability, monitor the warnings that come out of the National Weather Service, and either be in a safe place ahead of time or certainly ready to get to a safe place when the storms come through."

Heavy winds — possibly reaching 80 miles per hour, the speed of a category 1 hurricane — are expected to be under the threat of numerous strong to severe thunderstorms from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, according to the NWS.

"There is a significant threat for damaging and locally destructive hurricane-force winds, along with the potential for large hail and tornadoes, even strong tornadoes, the weather service said when it issued the tornado watch.

WHAT TO DO: Fairfax County Tornado Preparedness

National Weather Services issued a tornado warning until 4:30 p.m., for Staunton, Stuarts Draft and Fishersville in western Virginia.

With the extreme weather forecast, Arlington County announced its government operations will shift to virtual at 4 p.m. In-person facilities and programming, including Arlington Public Library branches, will close at 4 p.m.

Ahead of the severe storms, the Office of Personnel Management said it will close federal offices at 3 p.m. Monday. “Employees should depart 2 hours earlier than their normal departure time and may request Unscheduled Leave to depart prior to their staggered departure time,” OPM said on its website. “All employees Must Depart no later than 3:00 at which time Federal offices are Closed.”

Fairfax County Government is continuing to operate on a normal schedule, although some of its programs and locations may be affected by the storm. The county released the following guidance:

FOR RESIDENTS: Information and services are available online at any time.FOR EMPLOYEES: Employees who are eligible to telework (fixed schedule or occasional) are expected to work or use personal leave when unscheduled or administrative leave is called and should maintain their regular schedule to the extent possible. Contact your supervisor regarding any schedule changes. Emergency personnel should report as scheduled.

Here a some of the closures that have been reported due to Monday afternoon's inclement weather:

As the storms get closer, all hazards are possible with widespread damaging winds as the primary threat. Some of these winds may become locally destructive in nature. Additionally, large hail and a few tornadoes are also possible, according to the NWS forecast.

Virginians should monitor TV, radio and their phones this afternoon and into the evening for the latest forecast and alerts about severe weather developing, and sign up for weather alerts.

East of the Blue Ridge mountains, Virginians can expect the high temperature on Monday to push into the upper 80s and lower 90s, with the heat indices in the 100 to 105 degree range, according to NWS.

Showers are expected into the evening hours on Monday, with the possibility of a thunderstorm developing after 5 p.m., according to the NWS. This could bring heavy rain and damaging winds across the region. Rainfall amounts of a quarter and a half of inch are possible.

Winds of 9 to 14 mph from the sought are expected across in Northern Virginia, with some gusts as high as 23 miles per hour.

"Multiple ingredients are in place today for numerous strong to severe thunderstorms, some of which could contain damaging winds, hail and flooding,"according to the Capital Weather Gang's forecast for Monday. "It’s even possible that tornadoes develop somewhere in the region."

The Capital Weather Gang's forecast sees the weather becoming more tranquil through midweek, with a higher humidity and a chance of showers reappearing on Thursday.

The following is the six-day forecast for Northern Virginia from the National Weather Service.

TuesdayPartly sunny, with a high near 84. Breezy, with a west wind 13 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.

Tuesday NightPartly cloudy, with a low around 67. West wind 6 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

WednesdaySunny, with a high near 87. West wind 8 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Wednesday NightPartly cloudy, with a low around 68.

ThursdayA chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Thursday NightA chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

FridayMostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Friday NightPartly cloudy, with a low around 70.

SaturdayMostly sunny, with a high near 90.

Saturday NightPartly cloudy, with a low around 69.

SundayMostly sunny, with a high near 87.


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