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First Listening Forum of New Year Scheduled

From Fairfax County:

Why not start 2011 off by participating in an open discussion about our parks and local recreational opportunities, concerns and issues with Fairfax County Park Authority Director John Dargle, Jr. It's time for the first Listening Forum of the year and the public is invited to participate.

The Springfield District Listening Forum will be held at South Run RECenter on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 7 p.m. It's the perfect place to share your opinions and ideas with Park Authority staff and the agency director.

South Run RECenter is located at 7550 Reservation Drive in Springfield. Follow the signs to the informal meeting. For more information please contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.

Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office Announces College Scholarship Opportunity

Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office Announces College Scholarship Opportunity

From Fairfax County Sheriff's Office:

Are you currently or will you be enrolled in a Virginia college or university? Are you pursuing a degree in the field of criminal justice? If you answered “yes” to both of these questions, then you are eligible to apply for a college scholarship from the Virginia Sheriff’s Institute (VSI) Scholarship Program. Scholarships are available to both full- and part-time students.

As part of the application process, Fairfax County Sheriff Stan Barry must submit a letter of recommendation on behalf of the applicant. To obtain a letter of recommendation, please contact Lieutenant Sonny Cachuela at shf-pio@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-246-3251.

For more information on the VSI Scholarship Program or to download the application, go to http://vasheriffsinstitute.org/scholarship/

25th Annual Washington Camping RV Expo

25th Annual Washington Camping RV Expo

From Affinity Events:

Local RV and camping enthusiasts are invited to start thinking about summer vacations as they shop the latest in RVs and camping supplies at the 25th annual Washington Camping RV Expo. The event will take place January 14 – 16, 2011, at the Dulles Expo Center. The Expo will feature RV dealers from Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania who will display tent campers, travel trailers, fifth-wheels, motorhomes, hi-line motorcoaches, truck campers, and conversion vans in a variety of floor plans to meet every budget and camping style. Consumers will also be able to explore accessories, campgrounds and esorts, maintenance and service plans, as well as insurance and financing options.

FCPS Career and Transition Services to Hold Open House January 19

From Fairfax County Public Schools:

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Career and Transition Services will hold an open house on Wednesday, January 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Woodson High School.  This event will showcase services that students with disabilities can access in high school as they prepare to transition from school to adult life. 

Designed for middle and high school-aged students and their parents, the sessions will provide information that families can use to help their sons and daughters. FCPS staff members who are interested in learning about transition services are also welcome to attend.

Career and Transition Services staff members will be available to share information and answer individual questions regarding the following services:

Early Bird Networking this Wednesday

Early Bird Networking this Wednesday

This Wednesday, January 5, the Springfield Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Networking breakfast from 7:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. Start the new year on the right foot. Gather you business cards and join us for early-bird networking at the Courtyard by Marriott located at 6710 Commerce Street.

Networking Breakfasts are free for all employees of Chamber member companies and $15 for non-members.

Kidz Act Holds Auditions In Early January For “FAIRY TALE COURTROOM”

Kidz Act Holds Auditions In Early January For “FAIRY TALE COURTROOM”

BUDDING YOUNG ACTORS/ACTRESSES AGES 7 – 16 ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE

Home 4 the Holidays: Fairfax County Animal Shelter Event

Home 4 the Holidays: Fairfax County Animal Shelter Event

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is offering free spaying and neutering for the first 100 cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies adopted during the month of December. This special offer is part of the Home 4 the Holidays adoption celebration to get homeless animals into loving new homes in time for the holidays!

I went in today and spent some time looking at the available animals that are hoping to get adopted during this holiday season. Hearing them bark and cry was pretty upsetting and I wish that I could adopt them all, but I am not even allowed 1 pet in my apartment. However, you can help! You can search online for pets available for adoption. Just go to www.petharbor.com, type in the zip code 22030 or your own zip code and click on Adopt a Pet. Check the box for Fairfax County Animal Services and “Use this Shelter List” and begin your search for whatever animal you are interested in adopting!