Archive: Community Events

Culmore Center Expands Programs

The Culmore Family Resource Center near Seven Corners and Bailey's Crossroads, long a place were members of the area's immigrant community have sought information and support, is expanding its services by opening a health center and offering literacy classes for Spanish speakers. Read more in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 13, 2008; 03:19 PM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax City Opens New Library

Check out this cover story from today's Fairfax Extra for an early peek inside the new Fairfax City regional library branch. The library, which is set to open Saturday, is at the heart of the revitalized downtown of the city....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | January 24, 2008; 12:23 PM ET | Email a Comment

Recycling Opportunities

Got an old computer gathering dust in the garage? A small business that needs some waste materials safely disposed of? How about some sensitive documents to be destroyed? The Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program has some recycling events scheduled over the next several weeks. Today's Fairfax Extra has the schedule....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 27, 2007; 01:33 PM ET | Email a Comment

Fall for the Book

Fall officially begins Sunday morning and so does Fall for the Book, George Mason University's annual community event to promote reading and literature. The Fairfax Extra has a run down of all the literary luminaries set to appear and details about what else to expect at this year's festival....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 20, 2007; 11:36 AM ET | Email a Comment

Independence Day Celebrations and Closings

Courtesy of your Fairfax Extra, here are lists of holiday events and closings for next week....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 28, 2007; 12:55 PM ET | Email a Comment

City of Fairfax Arts Festival Opening Delayed, Some County Activities Canceled

From http://www.fairfaxspotlight.org/: In memory of the fallen students and as a mark of respect to the students, families and friends of Virginia Tech. President, the Honorable Jane Woods and the Board of Spotlight on the Arts have decided to postpone the opening Musicale and Reception planned for...Friday 20th April at 8pm. Governor Kaine has declared [today] a day of mourning and Dr. Dale, Superintendent of FCPS Schools has planned a memorial [this] evening at 7:30pm in the Robinson Secondary School Field House, many of the students who would have performed at the opening Musicale will be at that ceremony. This event is open to all members of the community. We will reschedule the Spotlight opening, which appropriately this year honors George Stepp, the Superintendent of City of Fairfax Schools. Please visit our website for updated information www.fairfaxspotlight.org or call 703 352 2787 A message from the Fairfax County government regarding...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | April 20, 2007; 10:16 AM ET | Email a Comment

Hate Litter? Like Volunteering?

The 19th annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup is set for this weekend from 9 a.m. to Noon Saturday and Sunday. The Fairfax Extra has the particulars and registration is at www.hardbargainfarm.org....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 29, 2007; 11:41 AM ET | Email a Comment

School Budget, Flood Study Meetings Tonight

Check out the Fairfax Extra for details on these two high profile meetings set for this evening....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | January 11, 2007; 02:31 PM ET | Email a Comment

Relocated African-American Dead Are Honored

Three dozen descendants of people who were buried in a tiny Civil-War era African American graveyard, gathered on Saturday to honor their forebears. The graves, relocated last month, were nearly lost in a road-widening project....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 2, 2006; 11:36 AM ET | Email a Comment

Love Books? GMU Has Something For You

Here is a look at what book lovers can expect at the eighth annual Fall For the Book Festival at George Mason University. The festival began yesterday....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 28, 2006; 12:31 PM ET | Email a Comment

Local Governments' Remembrances of Sept. 11

As the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon draws near, officals in Northern Virginia plan subdued commerations. Read about the plans here....

 

By | August 31, 2006; 11:56 AM ET | Email a Comment

Adopted Children Learn About Cultures at Camp

At Adoption Service International Agency's annual Culture Camp, internationally adopted children spend three days each summer learning about the cultures of their birth countries and sharing experiences with other families like their own. Read about it in the Fairfax Extra....

 

By | August 10, 2006; 12:11 PM ET | Email a Comment

Police Departments Prepare For National Night Out

Tuesday night is the 23rd annual National Night Out, when people are asked to gather outside their homes with their neighbors in an effort to raise awareness about crime prevention. Details are in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By | July 27, 2006; 11:16 AM ET | Email a Comment

Meeting to Air Hunter Mill Road Plans

From today's Metro section: A consultant's suggestions for "traffic calming," traffic management and safety improvements for Hunter Mill Road in Fairfax County will be presented May 24 at a public meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. at Unity of Fairfax Church, 2854 Hunter Mill Rd. in Oakton. Some of the measures being considered by the consultant -- hired last year by the Northern Virginia Regional Commission -- include signs pointing out features of historic interest along Hunter Mill Road, roundabouts, trails along the roadway for pedestrians, cyclists and horses, along with crosswalks and markers for intersections of trails and the roadway. Hunter Mill Road is a rolling, scenic 7.2-mile minor arterial designated as a Virginia byway and eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks register. The road connects Route 123 to the south with Baron Cameron to the north....

 

By | May 18, 2006; 09:55 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax: The 2006 Guide

An Introduction To The Guide Trying to make sense of Fairfax? Join our club. To help newcomers learn and old-timers discover new possibilities, here's The Guide for 2006. We know how easy it is to get confused here, because there are about a million people -- more people than seven states have -- and trying to make sense of the governing machinery can be tricky. The local governments include those of the county and two cities, the City of Fairfax and the City of Falls Church, each with its own idiosyncrasies and treasures. What you'll find in these pages is our attempt to lead you to old favorites you had not thought of for a while or to what might become favorites. There's golfing and fishing and biking and walking, just to name a few leisure pursuits. If you have students in the family, there's a place within the county...

 

By | April 28, 2006; 09:51 AM ET | Email a Comment

Meeting Tonight to Address Flu Preparedness

Updated 4/20 Flu Plan to Be Ready by Summer Fairfax County officials said at a meeting last night that the county's response plan for possible pandemic flu should be ready by this summer as a supplement to the county emergency plan. They spoke to about 200 people at a town hall session called to hear about preparedness for a possible outbreak. Officials said they were putting together a plan that will address public health, vital infrastructure and resource management. -- Leef Smith Originally posted 4/19 From today's Metro section: Fairfax County officials will host a public meeting tonight to discuss pandemic flu and the development of the county's readiness plan. The meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. in the board auditorium of the Government Center at 12000 Government Center Pkwy., will feature a panel of experts, including Fairfax Health Director Gloria Addo-Ayensu and Virginia Department of Health veterinary epidemiologist Julia Murphy....

 

By | April 18, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax First Reponders Recognized For Valor

Last week marked the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce's annual Valor Awards and 51 fire, police and rescue personnel were awarded for bravery. An article about the awards and a list of recipients is in this week's Fairfax Extra....

 

By | March 17, 2006; 12:06 PM ET | Email a Comment

Comments Sought on Metro Extension

From today's Metro section: A public hearing will be held next month to get comment on design changes for the first half of the planned Metrorail extension through Tysons Corner to Dulles International Airport. Project managers released a report on the effect of the changes. The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 28 at Kilmer Middle School, 8100 Wolftrap Rd., Vienna. Comments may also be submitted to eacomments@dullesmetro.com . Those changes include shortening the underground portion of the line in Tysons Corner, which would enable the Tysons station to be at ground level instead of below ground as initially planned....

 

By | February 28, 2006; 11:37 AM ET | Email a Comment

Please Read: Rules Issued for Commenting on Fairfax Focus Blog

Some readers of this blog have recently raised questions about the role of The Washington Post in policing Fairfax Focus. I have deleted a few blog posts because they did not meet The Post's standards for fairness. For more clarity about how to play by the rules, Jim Brady, the executive editor of washingtonpost.com has posted a message explaining the rules for readers participating in the site's Live Online discussions, discussion forums and for posting comments on the company's blogs. The complete list of rules is here. --Steve Fehr, Fairfax Extra Editor...

 

By | February 17, 2006; 01:06 PM ET | Email a Comment

McLean Center Seeks Candidates for Board

is looking for people to serve on its 11-member governing board for 2006-07. Four adult positions and two youth positions are open this year. www.mcleancenter.org The board sets policy and oversees the community center's buildings and programs, including the Alden Theatre and the Old Firehouse Teen Center. All residents of Dranesville Tax District No. 1 are eligible to run for a seat on the board. Candidates are required to obtain the signatures of 10 McLean area residents to have their names placed on the ballot....

 

By | February 12, 2006; 03:08 AM ET | Email a Comment

Reston Community Center To Conduct Hearings

Reston area residents are invited to public hearings Saturday (Feb. 11) and Wednesday to discuss the future of the Reston Community Center. The key issues, according to a letter sent to residents, "concern the relative balance between the benefits the center affords its community and the tax burden it imposes, and the extent of consensus among various segments of Reston as to whether the current balance is appropriate." var technorati = new Technorati() ; technorati.setProperty('url','http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/08/AR2006020800945_Technorati.html') ; technorati.article = new item('in brief','http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/08/AR2006020800945.html','The county library system is asking the Board of Supervisors to restore Sunday hours at 12 community branches that currently are not open because of budget cuts.','') ; document.write( technorati.getDisplaySidebar() ); The community center is supported by residents of Small Tax District No. 5. They pay an additional 5.2 cents for each $100 of assessed value on real estate to fund the center. The district includes Reston and some adjacent...

 

By | February 9, 2006; 03:06 PM ET | Email a Comment

Speakers Express Concern About MetroWest at Hearing

Post coverage of last night's hearing, where the majority of speakers were critical of the project's potential impact, is in today's Metro section....

 

By | February 9, 2006; 09:50 AM ET | Email a Comment

Hearings Today and Thursday on Dominion Virginia Line

From today's Metro section: The State Corporation Commission will hold three public hearings today and tomorrow in Loudoun County on Dominion Virginia Power's proposal to build a transmission line from its Pleasant View substation east of Leesburg to a new substation northwest of Hamilton. The utility says the line would serve development in the western part of the county. After residents and county supervisors opposed a proposal to build the line along the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, Dominion agreed to propose an option that would install the line mostly along Route 7. The first hearing is at 1:30 p.m. today, the second at 7 p.m. and the third at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow. All will be in the boardroom of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison St. SE in Leesburg. For more information, visit http://www.loudoun.gov/issues/power.htm ....

 

By | February 8, 2006; 11:54 AM ET | Email a Comment

For Chocolate Lovers, Truffles In Paradise

Coverage of the 14th annual Chocolate Lovers Festival, held this past weekend in Fairfax, is here....

 

By | February 6, 2006; 11:24 AM ET | Email a Comment

Group Encourages Citizens To Attend MetroWest Hearing

The text of a letter to the Fairfax Extra: Fairfax County's strong electoral support for Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) reflected its desire to place checks and balances on runaway development. The rezoning decision on the proposed MetroWest project near the Vienna Metro station is the county government's first opportunity since the election to act on this message from the voters. We encourage concerned citizens to speak at or attend the rezoning hearing before the Planning Commission at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday. For details, see http://www.fairgrowth.org . Your perspectives will help the commission adjust the final shape of the project to reflect broad community interests....

 

By | February 2, 2006; 01:35 PM ET | Email a Comment

Reps. Davis, Wolf Plan Town Meetings

From today's Fairfax Extra: Reps. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) and Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) are hosting town meetings Saturday and Feb. 11 in their districts. Davis will speak with constituents from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Vienna Town Hall, 127 Center St. South. From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Davis will be at Fairview Elementary School, 5815 Ox Rd., Fairfax Station. Wolf's town meeting is at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 11 at Franklin Middle School, 3300 Lees Corner Rd., Chantilly....

 

By | February 2, 2006; 01:07 PM ET | Email a Comment

MetroWest Meeting Set for Feb. 1

The Providence District Council will hold a meeting on the MetroWest project, south of the Vienna Metro station, from 7 p.m to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 1 at Mosby Woods Elementary School. The meeting, which is open to the public, comes in advance of the rezoning hearing before the county Planning Commission on Feb. 8. Both the project in general and the large county staff report will be discussed. The school is at 9816 Five Oaks Road, Fairfax....

 

By Steve Fehr | January 21, 2006; 07:26 AM ET | Email a Comment

Community Dialogues Set on Future of Tysons Corner

From the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs: Tysons Corner Community Invited to Dialogue Sessions Residents, businesses and nonprofit organizations are invited to participate in a series of initial community dialogues in January and February to identify important issues regarding the future of Tysons Corner and how the introduction of rail stations will affect growth. The schedule of dialogue sessions, hosted by the Tysons Land Use Task Force, and more information on the Tysons planning study can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/tysonscorner/.    To reserve a space in one of the dialogues, call the Tysons Community Dialogue Hotline at 703-324-1344, TTY 711, or e-mail tysonscornerspecialstudy@fairfaxcounty.gov. Since dialogue locations have different capacities, please sign up in advance so accommodations can be made for as many people as possible. Community members unable to attend a dialogue may provide comments online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/tysonscorner/surveyform.htm. The results of the dialogues and comments submitted online will be...

 

By | January 19, 2006; 03:39 PM ET | Email a Comment

Hyland To Host Town Meeting

Supervisor Gerald W. Hyland (D-Mount Vernon) will hold his 19th annual town meeting, complete with a virtual bus tour of the district, on Feb. 4 in the Alexandria area. <...

 

By | January 16, 2006; 01:48 AM ET | Email a Comment

Wolf Set to Speak At Meeting On Gangs

From today's Fairfax Extra: The Fairfax League of Women Voters will discuss the problem of gangs on Jan. 21 in Chantilly, with U.S. Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) as the featured speaker. var technorati = new Technorati() ; technorati.setProperty('url','http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/11/AR2006011100867_Technorati.html') ; technorati.article = new item('in brief','http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/11/AR2006011100867.html','A portion of Wilson Boulevard in the Falls Church area would be named Saigon Boulevard under a proposal made by the county Board of Supervisors to the Virginia Department of Transportation.','') ; document.write( technorati.getDisplaySidebar() ); Wolf will talk about legislation he has sponsored to address the gang problem in Northern Virginia. The 10:30 a.m. meeting will be at the International Country Club, 13200 Lee Jackson Hwy. Registration is required; call 703-404-0498 by Saturday. Attendance is free, but a luncheon scheduled to follow is $25. For more information, call 703-658-9150 or go to http://www.lwv-fairfax.org and click on "What's New."...

 

By | January 12, 2006; 12:50 PM ET | Email a Comment

Party for Life Fundraiser To Help Prevent Suicide

From today's Fairfax Extra: The annual Party for Life fundraiser for suicide prevention is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Clarendon Grill in Arlington. Founded in 2002 by two Northern Virginia friends who lost their fathers to suicide, Party for Life has raised more than $70,000 for suicide prevention and mental health awareness programs. All proceeds benefit Active Minds, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, CrisisLink and the National Mental Health Association's "mpower" program. The grill is at 1101 N. Highland St. Tickets are $45 in advance ($50 at the door) and include two drinks, appetizers, a raffle ticket and entertainment from the rock band Gonzo's Nose. For more information or to register, visit http://www.partyforlife.com . I wrote a detailed article about Party For Life last year....

 

By | November 13, 2005; 03:05 AM ET | Email a Comment

Filmmaker Ron Maxwell To Speak At History Conference

Maxwell, who directed "Gettysburg" and "Gods and Generals," will speak at the first annual Fairfax County History Conference on Saturday at Frying Pan Park in Herndon. Details are in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By | November 11, 2005; 03:17 AM ET | Email a Comment

Watershed Protection Meeting Tonight

Fairfax County will hold a workshop from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. tonight at Longfellow Middle School in McLean for residents and businesses in the Middle Potomac watershed. Officials want the public to review and provide feedback on proposals to protect and restore the watershed. The Middle Potomac area includes Pimmit Run, Scotts Run, Turkey Run, Dead Run and Bull Neck Run. A watershed is the land area that drains into a particular body of water....

 

By | October 28, 2005; 11:55 AM ET | Email a Comment

Know Someone Who Isn't 'Net Savvy?

Don't have the patience to teach them yourself?The Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods will hold an introductory class on how to navigate the Internet on Nov. 7 and 9....

 

By | October 27, 2005; 05:12 PM ET | Email a Comment

Speech Tomorrow About Rebuilding Iraq's Schools

Robert Gordon, an international education consultant and engineer, is scheduled to talk to Reston area residents at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 about the challenges he faced heading up a project to rebuild Iraqi schools following the war....

 

By Steve Fehr | October 23, 2005; 07:12 AM ET | Email a Comment

Public Transportation Barriers Forums Scheduled

The county government is planning to hold three forums in November to solicit comments about barriers on public transportation that prevent people with disabilities from riding buses, taxis and trains.Publicly -funded transportation systems in the county include the Fairfax Connector, Metro, MetroAccess, FASTRAN, Medicaid-subsidized funded transportation, taxi services and Seniors-On-the-Go.The forums will be: 7-9 p.m. Nov. 1 at the South County Government Center, 8350 Richmond Hwy. (Route 1) in the Alexandria area.Noon-2 p.m. Nov. 3, Department of Systems Management for Human Services Building, Region 3, 11484 Washington Plaza W., Reston.10 a.m.-noon Nov. 5, Virginia Tech's Northern Virginia Center, 7054 Haycock Rd., city of in Falls Church....

 

By | October 23, 2005; 03:18 AM ET | Email a Comment

Taxpayer Alliance Meeting This Weekend

The annual meeting of the Fairfax County Taxpayers Alliance will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday 10/22 at the Marco Polo restaurant in Vienna.The meeting will center on a discussion of public-private transportation partnerships. The speaker will be Patrick M. McSweeney, chairman of the Virginia Conservative Alliance.The alliance describes itself as a non-profit, non-partisan, volunteer organization founded in 1956 to prevent excessive real estate tax increases in the county.The restaurant is at 245 Maple Ave. Wes. For more information, call 703-642-5567 or send an e-mail to luncheon@fcta.org....

 

By | October 21, 2005; 02:41 AM ET | Email a Comment

Building Backyard Nature Preserves

The cover story in today's Fairfax Extra takes a look at how, in the face of increasing development, some residents and businesses are using environmentally friendly landscaping in an effort to preserve native plants and animals....

 

By | October 13, 2005; 12:56 PM ET | Email a Comment

New Boys & Girls Club in Herndon Aims To Prevent Gang Involvement

That the new extension of the Boys & Girls Club at Hutchison Elementary School in Herndon will help discourage young people from joining gangs is the hope of town officials, according to a Fairfax Extra article published today....

 

By | October 6, 2005; 02:52 PM ET | Email a Comment

Family Civics Seminar Tonight

The Fair Oaks Academy will host a town-hall-style meeting for young people and their families tonight to encourage civic involvement. The forum, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., is open to the public and will include community leaders and state and local lawmakers....

 

By | October 4, 2005; 01:59 PM ET | Email a Comment

Suicide Prevention Walk in Reston This Weekend

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will hold a community walk at 8 a.m. Sunday 10/2 at the Reston Town Center.Money raised will benefit suicide prevention research, education and awareness programs to prevent suicides and help those who have been affected by suicide....

 

By | October 1, 2005; 05:15 PM ET | Email a Comment

Volunteer Litter Clean-Ups Set For Cub Run and Lake Accotink

The Pleasant Valley neighborhood connection will conduct a waterway cleanup Saturday 10/1 at Cub Run Stream and Oct. 22 at Lake Accotink Park.Volunteers will bag up beverage containers, discarded cigarette filters, deflated balloons, fishing line and other pieces of litter....

 

By | September 30, 2005; 05:26 AM ET | Email a Comment

Hunter Mill Road Task Force Meets Tomorrow

The Hunter Mill Road area special task force will hold a public visioning workshop from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Madison High School in Vienna.Attendees will work in small groups led by volunteer facilitators. The workshop will result in a written document that will be submitted to the task force in November. The panel is trying to decide the future look and density of the area between Reston and Tysons Corner....

 

By | September 30, 2005; 04:26 AM ET | Email a Comment

Hearing Tomorrow On Plans For Future Of Great Falls National Park

A hearing on the draft management plan that addresses the future of  Great Falls National Park begins at 1p.m. tomorrow. Yesterday's Fairfax Extra had the story....

 

By | September 16, 2005; 10:16 AM ET | Email a Comment

Katrina Aid Concert Scheduled for Sept. 24 at Hayfield

The Critics and Awards Program, also known as Cappies www.cappies.com , is sponsoring a Katrina aid show Sept. 24 featuring high school performers from throughout the Washington area....

 

By Steve Fehr | September 11, 2005; 06:26 AM ET | Email a Comment

Native American Festival Tomorrow in Great Falls

The annual Virginia Indian Festival will be held Saturday at Riverbend Park in Great Falls. The festival includes the reenactment of village life by members of the Mattaponi Tribe, traditional dances by members of the Rappahannock Tribe, native American pottery, crafts, spear throwing and dugout canoe building. The county Park Authority, the Friends of Riverbend and the Fairfax County History Commission are among the sponsors. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5; children two and under are free. For more information, call 703-759-9018 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks....

 

By Steve Fehr | September 9, 2005; 07:00 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax City To Collect Money for Katrina Relief

Fairfax City officials announced today that the city government would collect money at two special events this weeked on behalf of those affected by Hurricane Katrina. See the details at www.fairfaxva.gov/News/News.asp?418...

 

By Steve Fehr | September 8, 2005; 03:26 PM ET | Email a Comment

 

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