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In 2011, Loudoun County Public Schools Will Resume Before Labor Day

Yesterday, the Loudoun County School Board adopted a 2011-2012 calendar that provides for Loudoun County Public Schools to begin the week before Labor Day.

In September, Dr. Ed Hatrick, Superintendent for Loudoun County Public Schools, told School Board members that he intended to open schools before Labor Day for the 2011-2012 school year. And after seeking parent, student, and staff input, the School Board voted unanimously to adopt a new calendar. As a result, students will begin the new school year on August 28, 2011, and conclude the school year on June 8, 2012. They will have typical Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks.

Learn to Stuff A Scarecrow at Frying Pan Farm Park

This was sent to us by the Fairfax County Park Authority:

Families are invited to Frying Pan Farm Park’s scarecrow making workshop on Sunday, October 17, 2010. Bring an old outfit and a pair of pantyhose to stuff. Create a traditional denim-clad scarecrow, or get creative. Frying Pan will supply materials to give your scarecrow’s face a special touch. Take your scarecrow home to display during Halloween season. Then store it for use next year to protect your garden from unwanted visitors.

This program is held outside the visitor center from 1 to 2 p.m. and again from 2 to 3 p.m. Participants are advised to dress for the weather. The program will be canceled it rains. The cost is $7 per person.

While you’re visiting the farm, take a tractor-drawn wagon ride through the woods and fields. Learn about the park’s diverse plants and animals during this scenic 20-minute ride. Rides are $3 per person.

Are You An Anonymous Gifter?

What if you could give just $25 and know that it would make a considerable difference to someone right here in our area?

This Weekend: Loudoun Ballet Company Presents Deep in the Forest

Deep in the Forest, an original story ballet created by Artistic Director Maureen Miller, premiered in the spring of 2005 with rave reviews. Deep in the Forest tells the story of a fairy princess, her unicorn, a pesky dragon, and a host of woodland characters that are bound to charm audiences of all ages with its happy ending and moral lesson.The inspiration for Deep in the Forest came from Miller's fairy collection, which numbers about 100 pieces. And not surprisingly, many of those fairies were gifts from ballet students over the years.Join LBC and its talented dancers this weekend only Potomac Falls High School. Showtimes are Saturday, October 9, at 1 PM and 4PM. And Sunday, October 10, at 4PM. Tickets will be sold at the door and are general admission. Prices are $15.00 for Adults, and $10.00 for Children (12 & under) & Seniors (60 & above).

Unprecendented Need Expected for Fairfax Holiday Sponsor-a-Family Program

This was sent to us by Heather Webb of Our Daily Bread, Inc.:

FAIRFAX, VA. (October 5, 2010) – Fairfax-based non-profit Our Daily Bread, Inc. (ODB) announces the launch of its 2010 Holiday Program to assist needy families in the Fairfax County area. The organization is seeking individuals, families, companies and community groups to “sponsor” eligible families by providing a Thanksgiving meal, December holiday meal and gifts for children.

ODB operates the Holiday Program through a grant from the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. Coordinating closely with social workers and community-based organizations who serve families throughout the County, ODB works to ensure that as many eligible families as possible who have been identified as having a great need are able to receive holiday assistance.

Child Passenger Saftey Week

This was sent to us by the Herndon Police Department:

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 3 to 6 and 8 to 14. That’s why the Herndon Police Department is urging all parents and caregivers to attend the “National Seat Check Saturday” event on September 25, 2010.  As part of Child Passenger Safety Week (September 19-25, 2010)

The Herndon Police Department will have certified technicians available to provide on-site child safety seat inspections and education from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 494 Elden Street (K-Mart Shopping Center) and 2:00 – 5:00 pm at 1086 Elden Street (Dulles Park Shopping Center).