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Safety Tips for Using Moon Bounces

Safety Tips for Using Moon Bounces

From Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs:



Inflatables, like moonwalks, bounce houses and jumpers, can be fun—and safe—if they’re set up properly.

Fairfax County’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services inspects inflatables that are set up at fairs, carnivals and amusement parks. These inspections help prevent inflatable mishaps and accidents, including at least 10 accidents this summer across the country.

However, the county doesn’t check inflatables at private events, like a backyard children’s party. Here are safety tips from the county inspectors that you can use.

Make sure the inflatable is properly anchored and set up on level ground.

Fairfax Animal Shelter Re-opens for Cat Adoptions

Fairfax Animal Shelter Re-opens for Cat Adoptions

From Fairfax County Police Department:


The Fairfax County Animal Shelter has reopened for cat adoptions.  To celebrate the reopening of the cat adoption room, the shelter is hosting ExtravaCATza! 2011 and will also be extending the summer adoption event throughout August. As part of the event, the first 100 cats adopted from the shelter during July and August will receive a free spay or neuter at the shelter’s veterinarian. There will also be no adoption fee for cats who are seven years or older.

Families interested in adopting a cat or kitten are encouraged to drop by the shelter throughout July and August to meet the wonderful animals that are available and looking for loving new homes.

America’s Night Out Against Crime is Coming Soon

America’s Night Out Against Crime is Coming Soon

From Fairfax County Police:

Join your friends and neighbors on August 2 for National Night Out 2011 and send a loud, clear message to criminals:  Don’t mess with us!

Free Summer Camp for Teens: Camp SEED

From Fairfax County:


Session 1: August 8 – 12

Session 2: August 15 - 19

James Lee Community Center – 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church, VA 22042

Kids in grades 6 – 10 are invited to join us for a FREE camp!  Camp SEED (Students Encouraging Environment Discovery) is a weeklong camp with two overnights at Shenandoah National Park.  This is a great opportunity to learn about the environment!  Scheduled activities include:

Tranquility Day Spa Raffles $1300 Gift Card Package to Help Build Home for Zambian Orphans


Tranquility Day Spa and Salon of Haymarket, Va. is raffling off a $1300 gift card package to help raise funds to build a house for eight Zambian orphans. Tickets are being sold from now through July 30, 2011 and are $20 per ticket. The prize is a $1000 gift card to Tranquility Day Spa and Salon and a $300 gift card to Girasole or Panino, located in The Plains, Va., and Manassas, Va., respectively.  The raffle winner will be announced on Sat., July 30, when the spa will celebrate the building of the new orphanage and provide food, entertainment and prizes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 571-248-4150 or visit www.tranquilitydayspa.com.

Celebrating the Meaning of the Fourth!

Last night my family and I watched the fireworks. It has long been my feeling that for national holidays such as these, that everything should be closed. July Fourth, Memorial Day, and so on, end up being retail sales days.

I believe people forget the meaning of the actual day, especially children who haven’t really learned the meaning yet. Men and women have died in order to protect our country. As more and more people from different lands come to the United States to live, it is of great importance that they know the meaning of what they are celebrating, and then in turn, can teach their families.

So while we may have celebrated these holidays it is not too late to celebrate what they stand for and to wish the home of the brave and the land of the free a very Happy Birthday.  If you have not already, have this conversation tonight at dinner!

It’s a wonderful time to talk about your family values and the values of our country.

Are You A Weiner, A Whiner, Or A Winner?

Are You A Weiner, A Whiner, Or A Winner?

With more than 14 million Americans currently looking for work, it is definitely a buyer’s market out there.  Companies understandably want to hire the best candidates they can find.  With so many people to choose among, businesses are looking beyond black-and-white credentials such as education and experience to identify prospective employees who bring something more to the table, such as basic common sense. 

In this regard, New York Congressman Anthony Weiner’s recent fall from grace should serve as an object lesson for anyone who has a job...and especially for anyone who is seeking a job.