News to Use Podcast Transcript: Oct. 20, 2010

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Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for October 20, 2010. Coming up, learn about an annual conference for caregivers, the Fairfax County Animal Shelter’s recent recognition, a Park Authority listening forum, a Safe Night Out Haunted House, and the Fuel Assistance and Crisis Assistance programs. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at


The 24th annual caregiver conference, "Chicken Soup for the Caregiver's Soul," will be held on Thursday, Nov. 11, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Alexandria, 2932 King Street, Alexandria. The conference for professional and family caregivers will feature keynote speaker LeAnn Thieman, co-author of 10 Chicken Soup books, including "Chicken Soup for the Caregiver's Soul." All attendees will receive a free copy of an instructional DVD, "Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer's."  The $25 fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, materials and a certificate of attendance. For more information, call 703-324-5425.


The Fairfax County Animal Shelter recently received accolades from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments for its Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) program for outdoor cats in Fairfax County. As part of the program, feral cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated and placed back into managed colonies with human caretakers. Shelter staff and volunteers received the Animal Services Committee Humane Education Award for its Helping Community Cats class, a workshop to teach residents how to participate in the shelter’s trap, neuter and return program. For more information about the program or attending a workshop, contact the Fairfax County Animal Shelter at 703-830-1100.


The Fairfax County Park Authority will host a listening forum in the Braddock District at Wakefield Chapel, 8415 Tollhouse Road, Annandale, on Thursday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. Come participate in an open discussion about parks and recreation in your community with Fairfax County Park Authority Director John W. Dargle, Jr. For more information, call 703-324-8662.


The Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services presents a Safe Night Out Haunted House on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Gum Springs Community Center, 8100 Fordson Road, Alexandria. Ghoulish games, freaky fun and frightening food are all included. Adults must accompany children under 8 years. For more information, call 703-360-6088.


The Fairfax County Department of Family Services is accepting applications for the Fuel Assistance program and will soon be accepting applications for the Crisis Assistance Program. The Fuel Assistance program helps eligible low-income households with the costs of heating their homes. The application period closes on Friday, Nov. 12. The Crisis Assistance program helps households in emergency situations by providing primary heat security deposits and funding the repair or replacement of heating equipment. The application period begins Monday, Nov. 1, and closes on Tuesday, March 15. You can download an application online, request one by calling 703-324-7604, or pick one up at any of Family Services’ four offices in Fairfax, Falls Church, Reston or Alexandria.


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 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.  

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