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Origins of Thanksgiving Traditions Explored at Park Program

From the Fairfax County Park Authority:

Come to the historic Hunter House on Thursday, November 4, 2010, from 10:15 to 11 a.m. and discover how wild turkeys and other plants and animals became part of our Thanksgiving traditions. The Gourds and Gobblers program is for children ages two to five years. The cost is $6 per child.

The Hunter House is located in Nottoway Park at 9537 Courthouse Road in Vienna, Virginia.

To register, please call 703-222-4664, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Be Alert For Deer

From the Fairfax County Police Department:

Police caution motorists to stay alert for deer in the roadways.

Virginia was ranked among the top10 states in the nation for deer/vehicle collisions in 2009. The vast majority of these collisions occur during the deer breeding season between now and early January. Motorists should pay close attention and remain alert at all times, especially at dawn and dusk when deer are active and are likely to be seen quickly entering roadways in herds. Police are posting a mobile sign board on roads where deer/vehicle collisions have been reported in recent weeks, such as Braddock Road and Pleasant Valley Road.

Safety tips for motorists include:

Vienna Town Green Offers Free Wi-Fi

The Town of Vienna is testing out a wi-fi pilot project to attract more customers to the downtown business area. The goals of providing free wireless Internet at the Vienna Town Green, at Maple and Mill Streets, also include encouraging Vienna residents to use the public park.

Users who want to take advantage of the free wireless Internet access can log-in using Vienna Gov’t Sponsored Free Wifi for the Service Set Identifier. Questions can be addressed to the I.T Administrator, Craig Griffin, at cgriffin@viennava.gov or 703-255-6364.