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Community Invited to Celebrate National 'Make a Difference Day'

This was sent to us by Christopher Copley of Volunteer Fairfax:

Fairfax County, VA – Registration opens on September 20 for this year’s VolunteerFest®, to be held on Saturday, October 23, 2010. Over 1,500 volunteers are needed at area nonprofits, schools and parks to complete 31 projects on this county-wide day of service, held in conjunction with national “Make a Difference Day.” Individuals, families, corporations and civic groups are encouraged to participate.

The 16th annual VolunteerFest® encompasses a variety of volunteer projects, including assembling care packages for troops, entertaining seniors, creating wildlife habitats, painting houses and beautifying libraries inside and out across Fairfax County.

“In this time of economic distress, we should realize that service is a solution to some our toughest challenges and volunteers are needed now more than ever,” says Jeanne Sanders, executive director of Volunteer Fairfax. 

The Barns at Wolf Trap Kicks Off Its 2010/2011 Season!

This was sent to us by Graham Binder of Wolf Trap:

The Acoustically-Perfect Barns at Wolf Trap Begins 2010/2011 Season with Six Locally Connected Troubadours

Robbie Schaefer

Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 8 p.m.

$20

Celebrate Fairfax

Get ready to have some fun! Come out to the Celebrate Fall for Fairfax event this Saturday at Fairfax Government Center. Fall for Fairfax will run from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Activities include a train ride, a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, inflatables and several kid's performances. There will also be exhibits on education, sport and fitness, public saftey, personal health and the environment.

It is free to attend. For more info please go to http://www.celebratefairfax.com/ or you can contact (703) 324-3247.

Louise Archer Elementary School Sunshine 5K and Fun Run

This was sent to us by Jennifer Elmas for Louise Archer:

The Louise Archer Elementary School PTA will host a 5K/1K to promote healthy behaviors and raise much-needed funds for our school. The race is on Sunday, October 17 in Central Vienna, VA, on the W&OD Trail, beginning at the intersection of Dominion Rd. and Ayr Hill Rd. The race will begin at 8:00 a.m.

Favorite Restaurant

So, I have been in Chicago for the past few days getting out and checking out the sites - it is crazy how much that town has changed since I lived there. It’s always good to get back to my roots and the food there – unreal. I forget how many great restaurants there are out there and that is probably because I spend my life in one. So, I need some help. I don’t have much time to get out so I need some recommendations for some of Virginia and DC’s best restaurants. Any type of food, any type of ambiance – I just want to know what the next place is that I should try. Hook a brother up.

Also, in case you want to follow me further, check out my blog at http://stevenlukisblog.wordpress.com/. Look forward to seeing you there.

Bluemont Hosts Its 41st Annual Country Fair This Weekend

This Saturday and Sunday, September 18-19, the Bluemont Cititzens Association invites "neighbors" from surrounding communities to join them for a country fair. The fair, a tradition of 41 years, is held in the center of Bluemont, a quaint and delightful village in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.

The fair offers more than thirty types of attractions and is sure to please everyone in your family. You'll find juried crafters and live demonstrations of historic crafts. Ladies from towns all around will bring home-baked goods to please your palate, and there are even pie and pickle—yes, I said pickle—making contests. There is an abundance of live music, and your children will also be entertained with games and fun especially for them.

Vienna Volunteer Fire Department Open House

This was sent to us by Vienna Volunteer Fire Department:

On Saturday October 9th the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department (400 Center Street South, Vienna, VA) is pleased to host its annual Open House. This day is the culmination of Fire Prevention week. The 2010 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) theme is simply: “Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!” The Open House will help educate the public on the importance of working smoke alarms, how to properly use and maintain smoke alarms and what to do should a home fire occur.

The Vienna Volunteer Fire Department offers the following tips for making sure smoke alarms are maintained and working properly:

•Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button, and make sure everyone in your home knows their sound.

•If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.