Community Connections


Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

This year marked the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. At the Board of Supervisors meeting on July 1, Supervisor Cook and the Board formally presented a proclamation recognizing this milestone.

William Pickens, the African American orator and essayist said, “To cheapen the lives of any group of men, cheapens the lives of all men, even our own. This is a law of human psychology, or human nature. And it will not be repealed by our wishes, nor will it be merciful to our blindness.”

Before the Board’s presentation, Supervisor Cook and the Fairfax County Office of Human Rights & Equity Programs hosted a reception celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which was attended by representatives from the Reston Community Center, Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc., Northern Virginia Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., League of Women Voters - Fairfax Area, and the Fairfax County NAACP.

The 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provided a time to reflect on the fundamental American idea that all people are created equal.  This Act was an important step in fulfilling the principle that the American Dream is available for all.  It was the pronouncement that discrimination has no place in America and that all have an equal opportunity to a successful, meaningful life.  Despite being delayed and filibustered for 75 days, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed, cementing itself the cornerstone of our civil rights protections.  The Civil Rights Act paved the way for the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which prohibits discrimination at the ballot box, and guarantees that each vote is counted and every voice is heard.

Metro Silver Line to Open July 26

The Silver Line is a new 23-mile Metrorail extension connecting the Tysons, Reston, Herndon, and Dulles Airport areas of Fairfax County to the regional Metrorail system. The Silver Line is being constructed by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) in two phases.

Phase 1, which will open July 26, includes these stations:

  • McLean Station
  • Tysons Corner Station
  • Greensboro Station
  • Spring Hill Station
  • Wiehle-Reston East Station

Braddock Neighborhood News

Supervisor Cook hosts a monthly television show, Braddock Neighborhood News, on Fairfax County Channel 16 which is available on most cable networks. Each month, Supervisor Cook invites topical guests to share pertinent and informative items with the viewers.

This month’s show features Laura Smith, the Director of Development for Lift Me Up! Therapeutic Riding Program, along with two of their riders. This program enables people with disabilities to learn to ride horses. The results encourage healing—physically, cognitively and emotionally. The power of being on a horse, coupled with the sensitivity of these wonderful instructors is making a huge impact on the quality of life of those with special needs. 

The shows air throughout the month and can be seen Sundays at 5 p.m., Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays at 5 p.m.

Events

Great Decisions Seminar
Date & Time: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Kings Park Library
Details: Roundtable discussion of U.S. foreign policy. Topic: Energy Independence

Free Evening Concerts and Wine Tastings
Date & Time: Thursdays, July 3 - Aug. 28, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Ellipse behind the Government Center
Details: If you like music and enjoy spending time with co-workers and friends, the free summer concert series, Evenings on the Ellipse, hosted by Chairman Sharon Bulova is back. The Government Center's "backyard" will be alive with music, picnic blankets, lawn chairs and free wine tastings offered by Paradise Springs and Bull Run Winery. Concerts are a “thank you!” to employees who wish to celebrate the end of the workday in Wolf Trap-esque style! At the same time in the front parking lot, the farmers market will offer fresh produce and baked goods. Some great food trucks are scheduled to make a number of appearances as well! Connect with the chairman on Facebook and Twitter to follow which food trucks are coming next.

English Conversation Group - Learning English
Date & Time: Friday, July 11, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Kings Park Library
Details:  Practice your English conversation skills. Adults

Sun Loving Plants for Wet Sites
Date & Time: Saturday, July 12 from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd, Alexandria, VA
Details: Take a tour of Green Spring Gardens' sun-loving plants that like wet soils with curatorial horticulturalist Brenda Skarphol. Learn about North American natives and some non-native plants that are great for rain gardens, stream banks, bio-retention areas and soggy sites. The cost is $15 for Fairfax citizens, $17 for non-citizens. Please register online or call 703-642-5173 for more information.

Preschool Reading
Date & Time: Monday, July 14th at 10:30 a.m.
Location: King Park Library
Details: Supervisor Cook will read to preschoolers at Stinky, Smelly Storytime: Stories, songs and fun for preschoolers.

Aging in Place - Transportation
Date & Time: Wednesday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Braddock Supervisor's Office
Details: Emergency Planning for Older Adults: Tips, Templates and Tidbits to help you be a survivor! (Important Items to Make Sure You Survive a local or regional disaster) By: Bruce A. McFarlane, Sr., AEM Assistant Coordinator & Community Resiliency Supervisor of Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management

Campfire Saturdays at Lake Accotink
Date & Time: July 19, Aug. 2, 16 and 30 in the evening
Location: Lake Accotink Park
Details: What better place for a campfire than on a lake?  Campfires will be held on Saturday evenings at Lake Accotink Park.

Lake Accotink Sunset Cruise
Date & Time: Sunday, July 20 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Lake Accotink Park
Details: Cruise the winding shoreline of Lake Accotink Park from 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. while your guide shares interesting facts about the surrounding area. The fee is $6 per person and participants should be age 18 or older. To register, call 703-569-0285. Have a canine buddy that loves the water? Check out the canine cruise on July 27th!

Pirate Fest at Lake Fairfax!
Date & Time: Saturday, July 26 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Location: Lake Fairfax Park
Details: Pirates, privateers, and ports of call, ahoy! This new festival at Lake Fairfax Park celebrates Virginia's seafaring past. Join with Ships Company Chanteymen singing traditional sea chanteys, tavern tunes and pirate ditties. Explore up-close the quarter scale ship called the "Lion" and learn sailor skills. Experience the life of a sailor firsthand with our many fun activity stations, including a pirate-themed tour boat ride. Wear your most dashing pirate clothes and enter our costume contest. Find out about global trade in the 18th century and discover the luxury goods that compelled pirates to sail the seven seas. Tickets are $10 in advance online; $12 at the gate. For more information, call 703-222-4664.

Dine Out for People with Disabilities 
Date & Time: July 29 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Clare & Don’s Beach Shack - 130 North Washington Street, Falls Church, VA 22043
Details: Come out to Clare & Don’s Beach Shack from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. to enjoy a good meal with live music. Visit the Arc website for more information. Check out the raffle prizes and all the details for July 29th, HERE! 10% of the entire day's sales will go to The Arc of Northern Virginia. There will be live music by the band Quarter Mexican and raffle prizes.

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles DMV2 Go customer service van
Date & Time: July 31, August 22, September 30, October 4, 5, 6, 31, November 24, December 15 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.
Details: The van will be parked near the front entrance of the Government Center and offers all DMV services, including:

  • Obtaining vehicle titles, license plates, decals, and transcripts.
  • Applying for or renewing your ID card— available for adults and children.
  • Applying for or renewing your driver’s license— taking road and knowledge tests; getting your picture taken; and reinstating driving privileges.
  • Getting a copy of your driving record.
  • Obtaining vehicle titles, license plates, decals, transcripts, disabled parking placards, or plates.
  • Updating DMV records, voter registration, record, with address change, etc.
  • Requesting a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to set up a myDMV account.

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