Spend an Evening Under the Stars, Weigh in on Changes to Metrobus 29 Line, and More

Find out what's going on around Fairfax this week.

The George Mason University Observatory (Photo: GMU)
The George Mason University Observatory (Photo: GMU)

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) will be holding public hearings this Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 26 and 27, on potential changes to the Metrobus 29 line, which runs through Fairfax City. Members of the community with a vested interest in the bus line are invited to attend. The Tuesday meeting will take place from 6-8 p.m. at the Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria. The Wednesday meeting will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the NVCC Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. For more information, click here.

Fall semester officially begins today, Monday, Aug. 26, at George Mason University. From all of us at Fairfax City Patch, welcome! And best wishes for a wonderful semester.

As you probably heard, we're in the middle of the 50th anniversary celebrations for the March on Washington, leading up this Wednesday, Aug. 28 - the official date of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech back in 1963. Special events are taking place in D.C. all week. Click here to read an article by our Georgetown Patch editor, with a complete guide to transportation, road closures and all the events taking place this week.

George Mason Observatory’s ‘Evenings Under the Stars’ series - where you’ll also get a look at awesome galaxies, stars, planets and more through the school's 0.8 meter telescope - is back for Fall 2013, and it all kicks off tonight, Monday, Aug. 26. Dr. Harold Geller will speak about the expectations associated with future visits of extraterrestrial intelligent civilizations in a talk titled "How Will the Kanamits Serve Mankind - Shall We Expect Extraterrestrial Altruism or Extraterrestrial Malevolence?" The talk takes place at both 8 p.m. and 8:45 p.m., and star observing will be from 8:30 to 10 p.m. It all takes place in the GMU Observatory's Research 1 building. Click here for directions, and click here for more information on the fall 2013 observing program.

What's on your calendar this week as we head into the Labor Day weekend? Tell us in the comments.


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