Welcome to Ask Fairfax!, a forum for you and county staff to engage in online discussions about key topics in our community. To participate:
- View the list of upcoming topics below.
- Review the question guidelines.
- Submit your questions and then follow the discussion live (the chat takes place at the same address/link where you submit questions) or check back for the transcript.
- Spread the word to your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers.
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Tips and Tricks from County Master
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Wednesday, May 4 at 11 a.m.
Did you know that Fairfax County has a robust volunteer Master Gardeners program? Now is prime time for planning and planting, and Master Gardeners John Meenan and Sunny Greene are here to help. Join them online Wednesday, May 4 at 11 a.m. to learn more about the program, how to become a volunteer and how to find gardening success with your own plot of land in the county.
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Recognizing and Treating for Emerald Ash
The emerald ash borer (EAB) is an invasive pest that is causing a rapidly advancing tree mortality and safety issue for property owners in the county. Although EAB may not be visible yet, the pest is here and there is a very small window of opportunity for residents to treat and save their ash trees. On Wednesday, April 20 at 11 a.m. log online and speak to county urban foresters about the EAB pest and what to do to protect your trees.
All About Pollinators
Dying honeybee populations are said to be a worldwide problem. Without them, people would not have many foods that are important to human health and enjoyment. These hard working insects help pollinate more than 75 percent of flowering plants and crops, such as potatoes, broccoli, blueberries, squash, almonds, cocoa and many flowering plants. The county is now planting a meadow to help these and other pollinators. On Wednesday, April 13 at 11 a.m., chat live online with experts about pollinators; the plants that help them; and what the county - and you - can do to help.
Recognizing the Signs, Seeking Help
The number of deaths from heroin overdose doubled between 2013-2014, and Fire & Rescue personnel responded to almost 300 suspected heroin overdoses between 2011-2014 in Fairfax County. Join us on Friday, March 18 at 11 a.m. as Lyn Tomlinson, M.ED., CCS, CADC, assistant deputy director of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board and Captain Jack T. Hardin, commander, Fairfax County Police Department Organized Crime and Narcotics Division, answer your questions regarding the increasing prevalence and risk of heroin and opiate addictions facing our community. Please join us to learn how to recognize drug use, overdoses, and how you can help a loved one, colleague, or neighbor facing addiction. There is help. There is hope. You’re not alone.
Proposed FY 2017 Budget Chat with the County
County Executive Ed Long will discuss his proposed FY 2017 budget on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 3:30 p.m. Submit a question online or log on and ask questions about his proposal live.
Zika virus is spreading throughout the southern hemisphere, but what does that mean for people here in Fairfax County? Join a health department epidemiologist for an online chat Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. to get your questions answered about Zika virus - what is, where it is, and why it is of concern. Submit a question in advance or visit online Feb. 19 to participate.
Are You Ready to Vote in the March 1 Primary?
Join General Registrar Cameron Sasnett online Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. as he answers questions about voter registration, absentee voting and our need for election officers. You may also submit your question in advance and check back to this page after the chat for a transcript.
Tips and Tricks from County Master Gardeners: Fall
The Master Gardeners are back to help residents prep their lawns for the coming fall and winter seasons. Master Gardener Volunteers John Meenan and Sunny Greene will be taking questions about testing soil, planting grass and other fall maintenance lawn and garden projects. Join them online Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. to learn more about the Master Gardeners program, how to become a volunteer and how to find gardening success with your own plot of land in the county.
Recent reports of bears, foxes, beavers and raccoons in the county have been hitting the news, but is there a need to worry? Join wildlife management and health department specialists for an online chat Wednesday, July 22 at 11 a.m. to get your questions answered about rabies concerns, potential diseases, population control and more.
World Police and Fire Games
Fairfax County is hosting the 2015 World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) June 26-July 5. Join WPFG staff and members of the county's Office of Emergency Management on Wednesday, June 17 at 3 p.m. to learn about the games, volunteer opportunities, traffic information and more. Your questions are welcome!
Help Fairfax County Finalize its
Ten Year Bus Plan
Join Nick Perfili and Randy White from the Fairfax County Department of Transportation on Thursday, May 7 at 11 a.m. for a discussion about Fairfax County’s Comprehensive Transit Plan Update. Ask questions about the “Connections 2015” program; provide comments on draft transit service recommendations; and share other suggestions on how the regional bus network can better serve your needs.