News to Use Podcast Transcript: Dec. 26, 2013



Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast – I’m your host Jim Person. Coming up, learn about an upcoming Green breakfast, a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday event at The Alden, having a healthy 2014 with publications from, a winter reading program at several regional libraries, holiday gift returns and exchanges, and how to get the “Weekender” email newsletter. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

How would you like to learn about and discuss environmental topics in a casual setting on a Saturday morning over breakfast. The next Green Breakfast will be Saturday, Jan. 11. For more information, visit

Did you receive an e-reader this holiday season? Trying to figure out how to download free library eBooks? Many library branches are offering workshops and one-on-one sessions so call your local branch or visit the library website at to find out more.


In observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, The Alden at the McLean Community Center will present Ambassador Andrew Young:  “A Continuing Legacy,” at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17. Young, whose efforts have served and shaped the country for more than 50 years, will share personal memories of Dr. King and his years in the Civil Rights movement. Tickets are on sale now. The Alden is located at 1234 Ingleside Avenue, inside the McLean Community Center. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit: or call 703-790-0123.


Make 2014 your healthiest year yet with a free packet of publications from Get the facts on some of the most common health concerns that could impact you or your loved ones -- like high blood pressure and sleep problems -- and resolve to find healthy ways to manage them. Learn how to recognize and avoid quick fixes and scams. And keep your wallet healthy too with money saving tips from the Consumer Action Handbook. Order your English or Spanish packet of these free publications sponsored by FDA’s Office of Women's Health online at


Do you miss the library’s summer reading program? Four library branches are offering winter reading programs this year including Herndon Fortnightly, Martha Washington, Pohick Regional and Tysons-Pimmit Regional branches. Kids and teens can read five books and win prizes. For dates, age ranges and other details, call the library branch or visit the library website at


The holiday season continues, and now we’re in the holiday gift refund and exchange season. If you received a gift – or gifts – over the holidays that you would like to return or exchange, the Fairfax County Consumer Affairs Branch advises that you’ll want to find out the seller’s return policy and timeline. Return policies vary. Common return policies include cash-back, a credit card refund, a corporate refund check or store credit. You’ll also want to check if there are restocking fees for returned items. And if you have the receipt, or a gift receipt, along with any other documentation regarding the purchase, you’ll want to take that to the store with you. Your receipt serves as proof of purchase. If you need more information about gift refunds or exchanges, contact the Fairfax County Consumer Affairs Branch at 703-222-8435, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, or email


Finally, be sure 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

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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