News to Use Podcast Transcript: Dec. 15, 2010
Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for Dec. 15, 2010. Coming up, find out what’s on this month’s “County Magazine,” learn when the county is closed for the upcoming holidays, get information on transforming Tysons, find out where to get Fairfax County Park Authority gift cards and get a photo ID with fingerprints of your children. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
Fairfax County Government will be closed Thursday and Friday, Dec. 23 and 24, for the Christmas holiday, and Thursday and Friday, Dec. 30 and 31, for the New Year’s holiday. More information about holiday schedules for Christmas and New Year’s is online.
Many events, programs and great gift ideas can be found throughout Fairfax County during the holiday season. For one-stop information on what’s up in the area, check out holiday events, gift ideas and tips online. Find out about events at libraries and parks; the Park Authority gift card; how to spread holiday cheer by adopting a family; and activities such as ice skating, hayrides and Santa visits. There also are safety tips for the season and steps to prevent credit card fraud and protect your credit.
Speaking of holiday gifts, if you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift, consider a Park Authority gift card – you can give the gift of fun and fitness! Gift cards can be purchased at Fairfax County Park Authority RECenters, golf courses and nature centers. They are available in any denomination from $20 to $999 and may be used to purchase RECenter passes, Park Authority classes, Water Mine admissions, golf course fees and pro shop items and miniature golf rounds. Gift cards also may be used to purchase classes and passes online from the Fairfax County Park Authority. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/giftcards/ for more information.
By 2050, Tysons will be transformed into a walkable, green urban center. The plan envisions Tysons as home to up to 100,000 residents and 200,000 jobs by 2050. It will become a 24-hour urban center where people live, work and play. A video on Transforming Tysons is on the county’s YouTube channel; more information is on the Fairfax County website at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/tysonscorner/.
Finally, did you know that photo identification with fingerprints gives authorities vital information to help them locate a missing child? The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office periodically schedules events where you can get a free photo of your child and a set of his or her fingerprints using quick, clean, inkless technology. The Sheriff's Office will provide child identification services at Celebrate Fairfax's “Frostival” at the Dulles Expo & Conference Center in Chantilly on Thursday, Dec. 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 703-246-7687.
That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for continuous news updates, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news. You may also call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia, government.