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Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce to Hold Networking Mixer

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce is planning on holding a Networking Mixer tomorrow evening, Thursday, November 18 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express. The hotel is located at 6401 Brandon Avenue in Springfield, VA.

Join Chamber members and guests for this after-hours networking opportunity. The Networking Mixers are free for all employees of Chamber member companies as well as first and second time visitors; $15 after the second visit.

Fair Oaks Mall Ice Palace Kicks Off the Holiday Season

The following was sent to us by Allied Integrated Marketing:

Tonight at 6:30 p.m., the Grand Court in Fairfax will transform into a winter wonderland with the debut of the Ice Palace. Brimming with the magic of winter and the essence of holiday snow globes, the soaring 30-foot Ice Palace appears to be literally carved from ice. The exhibit features highlights from this holiday season’s highly anticipated movie, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader from Twentieth Century Fox and Walden Media. To celebrate, the stars from the film will host a lighting ceremony in Los Angeles that will be streamed live to 15 shopping centers across the country.

This Saturday, Join Work It, Girl! Networking for its 1st Annual Gobble, Gobble, Giveathon!

Work It, Girl! Networking is hosting its 1st Annual Gobble, Gobble Giveathon!

Distracted Driving Awareness & Summonses on the Rise

From the Fairfax County Police Department:

            In an effort to increase public awareness on the dangers of distracted driving, police launched an intensive enforcement and education effort September 10; and they’re getting results.

            There was a 66 percent increase in citations written for failure to pay full time and attention (and texting while driving) in 2010 compared to the same time period in 2008. Police have issued 7,165 summonses for these offenses this year compared to 4,305 in 2008.

Firefighters Check Smoke Alarms, Provide Home Escape Plans

From the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

On Saturday, November 6, 2010, from 9 a.m. to noon, firefighters will canvas homes in selected neighborhoods throughout Fairfax County, checking for working smoke alarms, and providing family fire escape plans for residents.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will partner with the U.S. Fire Administration in supporting the Install. Inspect. Protect. Campaign. The initiative emphasizes smoke alarms, escape plans, and home safety walk-through to eliminate fire hazards from homes.

A working smoke alarm can help you and your family to escape a deadly fire. It can also help save the lives of firefighters who would otherwise have to risk their lives by searching a burning home for residents. A working smoke alarm continuously scans the air for smoke, 24/7. It never sleeps.

Firefighters Help Bring New Winter Coats to Kids

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Fairfax County firefighters, in cooperation with the Coats for Kids Foundation, Progressive Firefighters of Fairfax County, Inc., and the Fairfax County Professional Firefighters and Paramedics, will collect and distribute new winter coats for children and youths through high school age, Thursday, October 28, 2010, 11 a.m., at Penn Daw Fire and Rescue Station 11, 6624 Hulvey Terrace, Alexandria, Virginia.

Through generous support and donations from organizations and businesses, it is anticipated that approximately 1,000 youths and their families will benefit. This is the fifth year firefighters and the department have sponsored this community event.

Take a Night Hike and Hear Halloween Tales at Hidden Pond

The following was sent to us by The Fairfax County Park Authority:

Kick off your Halloween weekend at Hidden Pond Nature Center’s Halloween program, Another Haunted Pond, featuring a night walk into the forest in search of foxes, deer and owls. Younger ghouls, ages four and older, are invited to gather around a campfire from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 29. The cost is $5 per person.

Register online or call 703-222-4664. For more information, call the nature center at 703-451-9588. Hidden Pond Nature Center is located at 8511 Greeley Blvd. in Springfield.