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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.

Does Your Neighbor Have a Nice Yard? It's Yard of the Month Award Season!

Now is your chance to nominate your own or your neighbor's yard for the town's Yard of the Month Award. This award program recognizes the efforts of town residents whose yards contribute to the beautifcation of the town and its neighborhoods. The winner of Yard of the Month will receive gift certificates from Meadows Farms, as well as recognition from the Mayor and Town Council. Get your October award nominations in by September 20th!

Herndon Community Center Introduces Revised Fees

The Herndon Community Center continues to offer classes for all ages and all interests. These classes are year round and give you the opportunity to learn some new skills or improve on the ones you have for a variety of different activities. Starting on September 7, the Herndon Community Center will have revised fees for admission and passes. Also, the center hours starting on September 7 are as follows:

Monday – Friday               6:00 a.m.

Commander Swim Season Coming Up

The 2010-2011 swim season is right around the corner. Head coach, Bruce Andersen, is holding a mandatory meeting for all Commander parents on September 8.

The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Herndon Community Center at 814 Ferndale Avenue. For more information about the swim team you can contact Coach Anderson at Bruce.Andersen@herndon-va.gov or call him at 703-435-6800 X 2122.

Community Center Holiday Closures

The Herndon Community Center will be closed August 28, 29 and September 4 through 6 for the Labor Day holiday. The center will be open on August 30 through September 3, but there will be limited operating hours on these days to only accept registrations for Fall programs or classes, admission sales and passes. The hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

During the center closures there will be no programs or classes and the facilities will be closed for public use. If you would like more information, you can call the center at 703-787-7300.



Smart Markets to Continue Through October 29

Smart Markets Inc., founded in early 2008 by Jean Janssen, is the newest group of farmer’s markets to the Northern Virginia area. Janssen herself has been a resident of Northern Virginia for 25 years. These markets serve Centreville, Fairfax Corner, Gainesville, Herndon, Oakton and Reston and provide guaranteed producer-only farmers’ markets.

Some vendors at the Centreville Market include Angelic Beef, Bonjour La Parisienne, Jose’s Produce, Tommy V’s Fresh Salsa, and many more. For a full list of vendors visit http://smartmarkets.org/our-markets.html.

Come check out the Centreville Market any Friday between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. at 5875 Trinity Center now through October 29th!

Next Steps in Herndon’s Downtown Master Plan

Herndon is in the midst of a major Downtown Master Planning effort. The Town Council has appointed a Steering Committee and a consultant team through a competitive process. Tonight the Planning Commission plans to hold a public hearing on the Downtown Master Plan at 7:00 p.m. in the Ingram Council Chambers at 765 Lynn Street in Herndon, VA. All interested parties are welcome to attend.

This past June, the Town Council remanded the Downtown Master Plan Comprehensive Plan Amendment to the Planning Commission for more consideration. Tonight the public hearing will go over several key points and move towards final revisions. The complete Downtown Master Plan will ultimately determine the future of downtown Herndon.