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Now at Panera: Pink Ribbon Bagel to Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Panera Bread's signature Pink Ribbon Bagel is back for the month of October to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Panera Bread has Northern Virginia locations in Arlington, Falls Church, Bailey's Crossroads, Alexandria, Merrifield, McLean, Virginia, West Springfield, Fairfax and Reston participating for the 10th year in a row to help support the fight against breast cancer.

The bagels will be sold throughout the month of October and the participating bakery-cafes will donate a portion of the proceeds from each Pink Ribbon Bagel to the Inova Health Systems Life with Cancer Program. Not only will the bagel support breast cancer awareness, it is also delicious! The bagel includes cherry chips, dried cherries and cranberries, vanilla, honey and brown sugar.

Enjoy Breakfast With The Birds at Lake Accotink Park

From Fairfax County Park Authority:

Take a nature walk on Saturday, October 9, 2010 from 8 to 11 a.m. and search with a guide for eagles, waterfowl, hawks and other birds at Lake Accotink Park. Warm up with hot coffee and muffins at the visitor center after the walk. This program is free and intended for adults.

To register, please call 703-569-0285. For more information about the park, visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/accotink/.

Lake Accotink Park is located at 7500 Accotink Park Road in Springfield, VA.

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. 

Volunteer Fire Department Fire Prevention Week Open House

This was sent to us by Rick Machado of the GSVFD:

Join the Greater Springfield Volunteer Fire Department in support of this years Fire Prevention Week activities at our Open House on October 9th form 8am until 2pm at our station located at 7011 Backlick Rd, Springfield, Va 22150.

Learn how important Smoke Alarms are in additon to other activities to help educate the community in being fire smart & safe.

The day starts with a Pancake Breakfast from 8am until 11am with ongoing fire safety activities, moon bounce, tours and hands-on with fire & rescue equipment.

For more information, visit our website at http://www.GSVFD.org

Remember - Be Fire Safe - Install Smoke Alarms - Check them Monthly and repalce batteries regularly - NEVER disable a smoke detector or remove its batteries.

No Boats This Weekend at Lake Accotink Park

There will be no boats allowed on the water this weekend at Lake Accotink Park due to the inclement weather. However, the rest of the park will be open. Residents will still be able to play minature golf, use the carousel, and use the snack bar.

Last Day for School Supply Drive Donations

Today is the last day of the school supplies drive at Springfield Mall in Springfield, VA. "Tools for School Supply Donations" started on August 1 and all donations have benefited area school children and have been distributed through Life Acts Community Care. If you have any last minute donations, you can drop them off at the Customer Service Desk today! 


Fairfax Genealogical Society 7th Annual Fall Fair

Saturday, October 30, marks the 7th Annual Fairfaix Genealogical Society Fall Fair. Be sure to register before October 21st! Registration to fair includes lunch, entrance to all four lectures, and access to the vendor hall.