News to Use Podcast Transcript: July 25, 2012

Fairfax County Podcasts 

Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for July 25, 2012. Coming up, learn about the summer concert series, damaged trees, the Library’s summer reading program and the “Weekender” newsletter. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

The Fairfax County Park Authority continues its summer long calendar of shows, concerts and movies in local parks – the perfect place to bring a picnic dinner, blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the best local and regional entertainers, for free! There’s still plenty of summertime fun to enjoy. Visit for information and a schedule of events.


Following the severe thunderstorms that struck our area the beginning of July, Fairfax County residents should have a certified arborist examine their trees to see if they present a danger. The derecho storm may have weakened trees that are already in poor health, putting them in greater danger of toppling. While it may not always be obvious when a tree could pose a hazard, these are signs that may indicate a tree could be in danger of falling:

  • Dead branches in the tree or on the ground near the tree.

  • Mushrooms near the base of the tree.

  • Excessive leaf loss or dead leaves at the top of the tree.

  • Cavities, cracks or seams in the tree or areas of rotten wood.

  • Nearby trees are dead or have significant damage.

  • A change in how the tree leans.

  • The surrounding ground is damaged from construction, erosion or storms.

If a tree presents an immediate life-threatening hazard, including falling onto electric wires or blocking a public road, call 9-1-1. If a tree falls onto utility lines, call your power company: Never approach or touch trees or limbs that contact power lines, as may be energized, and extremely dangerous!


The Fairfax County Public Library Summer Reading Program encourages children and teens to read for pleasure during summer vacation. Held in cooperation with the Fairfax County Public Schools system, it is underway through Sept. 1. Preschoolers to sixth-graders read 15 books. Children can have books read to them. Students in grades seventh-12 read eight books. Sign up and record your books online or get a reading log at your library. More details are at


Finally, subscribe to “Weekender,” the county’s weekend arts and entertainment e-newsletter. “Weekender” brings together offerings from around the county including theater, concerts, outdoor adventures, gardening workshops, presentations on nature and history, family fun and much more, and delivers them right to your inbox every Thursday evening.  Don’t miss out on fun happenings throughout the county.  Subscribe to “Weekender” today at

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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