News to Use Podcast Transcript: July 24, 2013


Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for July 24, 2013. Coming up, learn about the “Weekender” e-newsletter, car tax bills, NewsWire, two Animal Shelter promotions and how to build a tumbler composter. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

Weekender is the county’s weekend arts and entertainment e-newsletter. It 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


More than 800,000 car tax bills will be mailed to county residents this summer. The deadline to pay is Monday, Oct. 7. If you have a question or concern about your tax bill you should contact the Department of Tax Administration at your earliest convenience. By avoiding the last minute rush, you will receive faster customer service. The phone number is 703-222-8234 (TTY 703-222-7594). For more information, go to


The Fairfax County NewsWire is your comprehensive county news source, offering the news that's important to you and your community. NewsWire is available in multiple formats, such as Twitter, email and RSS, for your convenience. Learn more and subscribe at


Visit the Fairfax County Animal Shelter this summer to take advantage of adoption promotions. For the remainder of July, celebrate ExtravaCATza! with half-off adoption fees on all cats and kittens. Spay or neuter, vaccines, a collar and a personalized tag are all included in the fee. If you adopt a senior cat, you will also receive a bag of goodies for your new best friend. Then in August, come be part of “Sunshine and Shelter Dogs,” a monthlong promotion to get available dogs and puppies out of the shelter and into the sun. Dog and puppy adoption fees are just $20. There are lots of special events happening, like doggie pool parties, dog-lovers volunteer orientations and shelter dog enrichment classes open to volunteers and the public. Find out more at


You can build your own tumbler composter on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Falls Church. Pre-registration required. In this workshop, participants will assemble and take home a tumbler composter made using a recycled pickle or olive barrel, gas pipe and pre-cut 2x4s. All materials and instructions are provided. The cost of the workshop is $75. For more information, visit, or call 703-324-1422, TTY 711.


Finally, here are a couple of ways to stay informed and connected with Fairfax County. First, join Fairfax County on Facebook and follow our updates at You can also follow Fairfax County on Twitter for key updates from across county government 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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