News to Use Podcast Transcript: June 16, 2010
Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for June 16, 2010. Coming up, find out about the newly renovated Thomas Jefferson Library ribbon-cutting, Park Authority day trips, a community block party, Virtual Fairfax, and new hours for the county’s public libraries starting July 1. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
The newly renovated and expanded Thomas Jefferson Library will officially open to the public on Saturday, June 26, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be followed by special programs including dragon dancers, a martial arts demonstration, face painting, caricatures, a children’s book character, a puppet show at 1 p.m., a magic show at 2:30 p.m. and Spanish music at 4 p.m. The programs are sponsored by the Fairfax Library Foundation and Friends of Thomas Jefferson Library. The Thomas Jefferson Library renovation was funded through the 2004 bond referendum at a cost of approximate $7 million. More information is online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library.
Treat yourself, your friends and family to a day away with the Fairfax County Park Authority. There are trips for every age and every interest — weekend day trips to New York City and Atlantic City; cruises; theater shows; beaches and much more. Contact the Park Authority at 703-222-4664 for more details about upcoming trips.
The Sacramento Neighborhood Center will host a Community Block Party on Saturday, June 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free. Meet friends and neighbors; enjoy free BBQ, beverages and goodies for the kids; a variety of community talent, games, contests and giveaways; karaoke singing, a live DJ; face painting and other hands-on activities. Vendors and free community resources will also be available. More information is online, or by calling 703-619-2964.
Virtual Fairfax is a powerful new application on the county website that allows you to discover Fairfax County through several advanced functions:
- Interactively explore the county in three-dimensions and six-degrees of motion.
- See hundreds of very realistic 3-D buildings in several commercial corridors.
- Take dynamic tours of the county, such as historic sites or commercial areas.
- Search for addresses, schools, parks and county places.
- Link easily to other Fairfax County data like detailed neighborhood reports in My Neighborhood, Tax Administration assessment information from the real estate tax assessment information site, and land development information in LDSNet.
- Turn map layers on and off such as parcel boundaries, streets and historic sites.
- And export map scenes and create web links to places in the map.
Check out Virtual Fairfax at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/gis/virtualfairfax.
The Fairfax County Public Library will change its hours as a result of countywide budget reductions. The new hours will take effect at branches July 1. Regional and community library branches, with the exception of Access Services, which is located at the Fairfax County Government Center, will alternate morning and evening hours four days a week allowing customers to access a library somewhere in the county from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Although the change represents a reduction in the overall number of hours the library is open each week, the new schedule allows branches to extend their evening hours from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. More information on the new hours is available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library.
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.