News to Use Podcast Transcript: June 13, 2012

Fairfax County Podcasts 

Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for June 13, 2012. Coming up, learn about upcoming parenting classes, summer entertainment options across Fairfax County, a three-part series on the evolution of Fairfax County and the county’s farmers markets. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

The Fairfax County Department of Family Services is enrolling families for upcoming parenting classes. Parents and children attend the classes in different classrooms. Classes are for Fairfax County residents; meet from 5:30 to 8 p.m.; are free; and include dinner and child care. Classes meet once a week for 12, 13 or 21 weeks depending on the curriculum.  Call Krissa Slone for more information at 703-324-7745. That number again; 703-324-7745.


The Fairfax County Park Authority, in partnership with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and with generous contributions from local businesses and corporations, presents a summer-long calendar of shows, concerts and movies appropriate for you and your family. These concerts, held in local parks, are the perfect place to bring a picnic dinner, blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the best local and regional entertainers. Best of all, they are close to home and absolutely free!


Performances range from children's puppet shows to big band, jazz, bluegrass, rock, classical and world music. For those who love a classic, enjoy a nostalgic return to the good old days and the drive-in theatre where you can view classic movies on a large, outdoor screen from the comfort of your car. You'll find performances stretching from one end of the county to the other at a wide array of outdoor amphitheaters and locations. For highlights of upcoming performances and brochures on each summer entertainment series, visit


Chairman Sharon Bulova, in partnership with the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations presents the “Evolution of Fairfax,” a three part series on where we were, where we are and where we want to be. The programs begin at 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday night – June 13, June 20 and June 27. Each session will be held at the George Mason University Mason Inn and Conference Center, 4352 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax. RSVP by calling 703-324-2321 or email More details are online at


There's nothing like the taste of a fresh tomato or a juicy peach to bring out the flavor of summer. Fairfax County's 11 farmers markets are now open with a feast for the senses. The vibrant colors of freshly picked fruits and vegetables contrast with the fragrant perfume of cut flowers. The aroma of freshly baked bread and pastries floats across the market while patrons savor samples of creamy artisan cheese. You will also find fresh eggs, meats and other edible delights along with gardening plants of all sizes. All products sold are produced by vendors within 125 miles of Fairfax County, and brokers or resellers are strictly prohibited. You can be assured that the produce you purchase at the Park Authority Farmers Markets is fresh, locally grown and consistently good. Stop by and shop at your local farmers market today. Find market locations and more information online at


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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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