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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. 

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.

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.