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The "hidden" snack inside your Halloween pumpkin

If you’re carving up a pumpkin for Halloween, you’ve got a great snack just begging to be made!  The seeds inside the pumpkin are delicious when baked.  Sure you can purchase pumpkin seeds at most grocery stores, but it’s more fun to make your own!

Scoop the seeds from the pumpkin and place in a colander.  Thoroughly wash and remove all the stringy fiber from around the seeds.  This takes time—be patient!  Once cleaned, dab the seeds with a paper towel to remove moisture.

Place the seeds on a flat baking sheet, drizzle with two tablespoons of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of salt and bake at 350° for 12 to 15 minutes.  The baked seeds will be crispy and delicious.  Eat alone or sprinkle over soups and salads.

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Free Workshop on Estate Planning

From the Town of Vienna:

The 5-Step Estate Plan workshop will be presented on Monday, November 8, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street, SE.

Attorney David Hoffman will discuss wills, trusts, taxes and probate in easy-to-understand terms.

This program is free of charge and no advanced registration is required.  For more information, call the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department at 703-255-6360 or visit www.viennava.gov.

Leesburg Executive Airport Hosts 2010 Open House and Air Show on Saturday, October 23, 2010

Free event promises fun for the whole family

Fairfax Area Community Health Survey

From the Fairfax County Health Department:

The Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax is a coalition of community members and diverse organizations working together to improve community health in the Fairfax community, which includes Fairfax County, the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church and the towns of Clifton, Herndon and Vienna.

A critical component of the Partnership's work is a Community Health Survey to gather perspectives about community strengths and the issues needing more attention. The brief anonymous survey will be posted online through November 15, 2010. Everyone who lives, works, or plays in the Fairfax community is encouraged to take a few minutes to answer some simple questions. This is a chance to get involved and make a difference as we work together to improve community health. Your opinion counts!

Bloomingdale's 13th Annual' Love Where You Live' Charity Event

Bloomingdale’s will host Love Where You Live on Thursday, October 20 and 21, 2009 from 10am-10pm in its three area locations: Chevy Chase, Tysons Corner and White Flint.  Dedicated to supporting six of the Washington, D.C. area’s prominent non-profit organizations, this charity event features live entertainment, fashion events, culinary demonstrations, incredible discounts, and more, as well as focuses on giving back to the community.  This year’s charities include Autism Speaks, U.S. Dream Academy, National Capital Area of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Junior League of Washington, Family Support Center and Choral Arts Society.

Fall Volunteer Day at the Teen Center

From the Town of Vienna:

Fall Volunteer Day will be on Thursday, November 11, at 4:00 p.m. at the Club Phoenix Teen Center, 120 Cherry Street, SE.  Teens are invited to volunteer at the Teen Center to clean, organize and help make the Teen Center look like new.  In exchange, teens will receive hours for school requirements.

For more information, contact the Vienna Parks and Recreation at 703-255-6360.

The Halt to Foreclosures will have an impact to DC area homeowners

Recently, there has been a halt to foreclosures on homes where the mortgages have fallen into default. The onus has been put on the lenders to prove that they have the right to foreclose. Judges have started dismissing foreclosure actions against homeowners as it has become clear that the banks do not have clear title or standing to foreclose.

What this means to struggling homeowners is that they now have an opportunity to challenge banks that may not have been helpful in the loan modification process. Very few homes have been successfully modified under the HAMP program and the blame for this is being laid right at the banks front door. From the entire modification process being characterized as unhelpful to downright deceptive, this moratorium on foreclosing will give homeowners a chance to negotiate favorable terms with their lenders.