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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.

FREE Scary Face Pancakes This Friday at IHOP

The following was sent to us by Amanda Kelly of Wills Communications, Inc.:

No Tricks – Just Treats As Kids 12 And Under Celebrate Halloween A Little Early

IHOP restaurants in the DC area will celebrate Halloween a little early this year, offering kids 12 and under a free Scary Face Pancake as part of a national No Tricks – Just Treats program designed to provide kids with a safe and fun Halloween event.  The “design-your-own” Scary Face Pancake includes an oversized signature buttermilk pancake with a whipped topping mouth and strawberry nose, served with two mini OREO® cookies and candy corn on the side to allow kids to create their own Halloween hotcake. 

IHOP wants to provide trick or treaters with a safe and fun Halloween celebration that they can enjoy with friends and family as part of the company’s ongoing effort to give something back to the communities in which it operates.

Volunteer Fairfax Present: VolRUNteer 5k & Fun Run

The following was sent to us by Kevin Hunter of Volunteer Fairfax:

Fairfax, Va -- In an effort to encourage volunteerism and a healthy lifestyle, Volunteer Fairfax is hosting it’s first-ever volRUNteer 5k and Fun Run, November 14th 2010. The volRUNteer 5k and Fun Run’s aim is to promote volunteerism, along with offering families the opportunity to get fit by being part of the 5k or fun run. All participants will have the chance to give back, by participating in on site service projects race day. The race commences at 8:00 a.m. November 14th, 2010 at George Mason University.

New to the Workhouse Arts Center: The Sumi-e Society Exhibition

The following was sent to us by Workhouse Arts Center:

The Sumi - e Society Exhibition opened on October 13, and will continue through November 20. The Workhouse is proud to host the Sumi - e Society Exhibition, The Society's mission is to foster and encourage an appreciation of East Asian brush painting techniques through publications, workshops, lectures and exhibitions; to serve as a cultural bridge between East and West; and to furnish information to all persons who wish to learn about this art. The exhibition is open to all artists, and aims to publicly show the best current East Asian brush paintings and calligraphy.

Firefighters Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The following was sent to us by Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department personnel will don pink shirts between October 26 - 29, 2010, to heighten awareness of breast cancer.  Firefighters and staff will wear the t-shirts as they respond to emergency and non-emergency calls throughout the four-day period. 

This October is the 26th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with many other organizations joining the fight to eradicate this disease.  For example, at their 50th annual convention, the International Association of Firefighters approved a resolution to encourage participation in campaigns honoring women fighting cancer.  Additionally, the National Football League has added a pink ribbon to its logo this month, and players are wearing pink cleats, wristbands, gloves, chin straps, and other items showing their support of Breast Cancer Month.