News to Use Podcast Transcript: June 12, 2013

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Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for June 12. Coming up, learn about the Fire Department’s new "Safety in Our Community" campaign, upcoming two important programs for older adults at the Reston Community Center, the Weekender, 50+ Action Plan, the library’s summer reading program Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department has started a new countywide community outreach initiative branded "Safety in Our Community" (SIOC), supporting the overarching goal of "preventing the 911 call." Every Saturday afternoon throughout the summer, fall, and spring, from 2 to 4 p.m., firefighters will be in the community checking and installing working smoke alarms and providing seasonal fire and life safety tips for residents. If residents are not home, firefighters will leave behind a door hanger with important smoke alarm and fire and life safety information. The SIOC initiative will continue to be delivered to residents

Older adults can make the most of the golden years with classes at Reston Community Center. Are you prepared for summer weather emergencies like the derecho of 2012?  Join RCC on June 20 as Marcelo Ferreira of the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management details strategies to stay safe and be prepared. This “Prepare for Summer Emergencies” class is free, but registration is required. Then on June 22, RCC presents “Beyond Financial Security,” a class to learn how to take strategic steps now to design for and prepare for retirement dreams. Visit or call 703-476-4500 to register, and to browse the full summer schedule of courses. 

The “Weekender” is Fairfax 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

Get ready to enjoy “Dig onto Reading” during the 2013 Summer Reading Program at the Fairfax County Public Library. You can register online or in person at your local library beginning June 18. Preschoolers through high schoolers earn a coupon book with great prizes including free and discounted items by completing their reading and going to their local library branch by Aug. 31. Activities are planned for families, preschoolers, school-age youngsters, teens and adults throughout the summer. Pick up a copy of the Summer Reading Program calendar at your local branch and remember – read for fun this summer.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, together with the Fairfax Area Commission on Aging, is working on a plan to create a more older adult-friendly community for its older residents. This summer they are hosting community forums throughout the county to hear what residents have to say. The three focus areas include housing and transportation; easy access to services; and healthy lifestyles and community engagement. This is your chance to share your ideas on what the county needs to do together to ensure the county continues the progress of the 50+ Action Plan for a more livable, lifelong community for the county's growing older population. Visit for more information and details on how to register for upcoming community forums.

 Finally, did you know that 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. Learn more and subscribe at

That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast, and for news updates, visit You also may 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, Va., Government. 

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