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Fairfax County December Open Houses at the Library

From Fairfax County:

Celebrate the holidays during special open houses at Fairfax County Public Library in December. Enjoy music and other activities at the following branches: Herndon Fortnightly, Sherwood Regional library, Reston Regional Library, Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, Oakton Library and Martha Washington Library. For details call the specific branch or see the library’s online Calendar of Events at the library’s website www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library.

Centreville Regional Library
Saturday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
14200 St. Germain Dr., Centreville, 703-830-2223
Come enjoy soothing sounds of the season, evoking the feel of winter.

Online Discussion Set With Park Authority Director; Public’s Questions, Comments Invited

From Fairfax County Park Authority:

Park Authority Director John Dargle Jr., is well-known for his Listening Forums that travel throughout Fairfax County every other month, providing a venue for residents to discuss local parks and related issues.  Now he is taking that discussion online with Ask Fairfax!, another opportunity for park lovers, critics and people with a great idea or two to get instant feedback on park topics.

On Friday, December 2, 2011 beginning at 9:30 a.m. you can ask questions about our parks.  The Fairfax County Park Authority is a tremendous asset to the community with more than 23,000 acres of parkland, nine recenters, golf courses, historic sites, more than 250 miles of trails, and over 400 parks.  You can enjoy lakes or ball fields, and nature centers or swimming pools. 

National Parks to Waive Entrance Fees November 11-13

National Parks to Waive Entrance Fees November 11-13

This notice comes to us from Bill Line and the National Park Service:

Riverbend Park’s Night Sky Festival Focuses on Jupiter

From Fairfax County Park Authority:

On Saturday, November 19, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m., visitors will gaze through a 10-inch telescope at our solar system’s largest planet, Jupiter, during Riverbend Park’s annual Night Sky Festival. Due to the dark, moonless night, Jupiter’s colors and banding should be visible. The planet’s four Galilean moons (Ganymede, Io, Europa, Callisto) are also expected to be seen. The festival occurs near the peak of the Leonid meteor shower and, although rare, participants may occasionally see shooting stars while listening to stories by a warm campfire.

Parks Seek Volunteers to Restore Habitat During VolunteerFest

From Fairfax County Park Authority:

The Invasive Management Area (IMA) program is participating in Volunteer Fairfax’s VolunteerFest® on October 22, 2011, which coincides with the National Day of Service.  Conveniently located IMA sites are holding events this year for volunteers to help restore native habitat in parks. Pulling invasive weeds and planting native species benefits local communities and is a great way to socialize with friends and neighbors. To register as a volunteer at an IMA site, call IMA Coordinator Erin Stockschlaeder at 703-324-8681, or send her an email at Erin.Stockschlaeder@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Events on October 22