News to Use Podcast Transcript: Apr. 17, 2013


 

Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for April 17, 2013. Coming up, learn about Springfest, improperly discharged pool water, movies at the Reston Community Center, car donations, scholarships for high school students and an upcoming Green Breakfast. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.


Enjoy a day of family fun and entertainment at this year’s Springfest on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center at 9601 Ox Road in Lorton. Admission is free. Activities include a climbing wall, pony rides, nature hikes, music, entertainment, games, workshops and more. This year’s Springfest is also the official kickoff of the 2013 Farmers Market season. Parking and events will be held at both the Workhouse Arts Center and the nearby Occoquan Regional Park with free shuttle service between sites all day long. For event details go to www.springfestfairfax.org.

 

Improperly discharged pool water can have a negative effect on the overall environmental health of streams, and often results in fish kills, harm to aquatic plants and animals, stream bank erosion and flooding of personal property. In a typical spring, county officials respond to several localized fish kills that are the result of pools being drained for cleaning and maintenance.  Pool water is oxygen-deficient, and discharging it directly into a stream or into a storm drain may result in dead fish and the loss of aquatic insects that inhabit the stream system. When swimming season is over in the fall, pool operators and maintenance personnel should be careful about how and where they discharge pool water when they lower the level of the pool.  Rapidly discharged water can cause erosion of stream bed and banks, especially in smaller receiving streams. For information, contact the Stormwater Planning Division, 703-324-5500, TTY 711. Commercial swimming pool operators should contact the Fairfax County Health Department at 703-246-2300, TTY 711.

 

Reston Community Center celebrates cinema with movies for all ages! On Tuesday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m., RCC partners with Sustainable Reston to present “A Community of Gardeners” – a documentary highlighting public gardening in D.C.  On Saturday, May 4, at 2 p.m., bring the kids to the CenterStage for a screening of the Oscar-nominated movie “Rio.” Adults are welcome back on Monday, May 13, at 9:15 a.m. for breakfast and a screening of the movie classic, “Suddenly Last Summer,” starring Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn and Montgomery Clift. These events are free and open to the public. For more information, call Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500.

 

Do you have an old car that is in running condition but you no longer need or want it? Consider donating it to the Fairfax County Police Department to use as they train new officers. Each year, the agency uses around 20 cars and vehicles to prepare officers for the rigors of police work. Your old car could help officers with precision pursuit driving techniques. When it’s no longer “drive-able,” it could then help train new explosive ordinance officers or as a prop in an active-shooter scenario. Nothing will go to waste and your valuable contribution will serve many constructive purposes. For more information on vehicle donation, contact Tom Beckman at 703-818-1924, TTY 711; or email tom.beckman@fairfaxcounty.gov.

 

Selected high school students from across Virginia will come together at a week-long conservation camp in July to learn in an outdoor hands-on setting from environmental professionals. Students with an interest in the environment and the outdoors are encouraged to apply by April 29. For more information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd/scholarship.htm#ycc

 

Finally, on a Saturday morning every other month, a Green Breakfast brings together individuals to learn more about environmental challenges, innovations and solutions from a variety of speakers. The next Green Breakfast will be held Saturday, May 11, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at Brion’s Grille in Fairfax.  The talk will focus on green building.  There is a $10 cost for the breakfast buffet, including tax and tip, but attendees are also welcome to come and just have coffee. For information, call 703-324-1460, TTY 711, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd.


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.  


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