News to Use Podcast Transcript: August 21, 2013


Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for August 21, 2013. Coming up, learn about back-to-school pedestrian safety and immunizations, a new program from the Domestic Violence Action Center, the “Weekender” e-newsletter and the library’s first-ever Book Club Conference. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

School starts soon.Whether your children take the bus or you drop them off directly, make sure to review the basic guidelines on how to safely cross the street from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the CDC, in 2010 nearly one in every five children between the ages of 5 and 9 killed in traffic crashes was a pedestrian. Remind your children only to cross the street in designated crosswalks and to look both ways before crossing. If there’s a crossing guard at an intersection, make sure to follow the guard’s directions. Learn more at


In addition to pencils, notebooks and other supplies, many parents also need to get immunizations for their children. These are required for school entry. Sixth-graders in particular need a T-dap booster. Find information about immunization guidelines from Fairfax County Public Schools on the Fairfax County Health Department’s Web page, The Health Department provides free school-required immunizations at its five clinics throughout the county. Vaccines are available Monday through Friday during regular clinic hours. In addition, the Health Department is offering extended clinic hours on Aug. 20, Aug. 27, Aug. 30 and Sept. 3. For more information about the clinic hours, locations and required-school immunizations, visit


The Fairfax County Domestic Violence Action Center (also known as DVAC) provides services to domestic violence or stalking victims and their families who reside in Fairfax County or were assaulted and/or stalked in the county. In addition to victim advocacy, intervention, emotional support, counseling, court accompaniment, emergency shelter, referrals and more, DVAC now offers a new service for clients – free business attire for court hearings or job interviews. To help build this new service, DVAC is collecting donations of new or gently used business attire for men and women. Do you have suits, dress tops or pants that you no longer wear? Please call 703-246-4573 to schedule a drop-off; it will help clients prepare for some of the most influential days of their lives. You can also visit for more details.


Looking for something to do this weekend? Then you’ll want to 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


Fairfax County residents can join book club members from around the area to learn more about starting, running and enhancing book clubs while networking with fellow readers at the Fairfax County Public Library’s first-ever Book Club Conference on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 9 a.m.-1:45 p.m. The conference will take place at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. To attend, sign up online at or call 703-324-8428.


Finally, Fairfax County’s NewsWire keeps you up-to-date on news that affects you, your family and your community. Subscribe 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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