News to Use Podcast Transcript: June 26, 2013


Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for June 26, 2013. Coming up, learn about an upcoming rain barrel sale, Fairfax Trail Buddy, the Reston Multicultural Festival and smoke alarms. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

Rain barrels collect rainwater to use in the garden. Come and purchase a sturdy rain barrel for your garden on Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Falls Church Property Yard, 7100 Gordons Road, Falls Church. The barrels, from the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, hold 55 gallons and cost $65 each. You can pre-register or walk in. Exact cash or checks made out to NVSWCD will be accepted. For more information and to register, visit or call Taylor Beach at 703-324-1428, TTY 711.


Fairfax County has mapped over 900 miles of trails, bikeways and sidewalks for non-motorized transportation using a Geographic Information Systems database. Fairfax Trail Buddy, an interactive web-based mapping application, can help you navigate the extensive network of county trails. It also provides access to the Bike Fairfax Interactive Bike Map, which highlights the most desirable on-road and off-road bike routes for recreational and commuter bicyclists. The web map is accessible from all types of devices and operating systems. Learn more about Fairfax Trail Buddy at


Save the date for the Reston Multicultural Festival – Saturday, Sept. 28. This annual celebration highlights the diversity and multicultural spirit of the greater Reston community.  Dress in attire from your cultural roots and bring the whole family for food, fun and entertainment from around the world.  The festival includes entertainment stages, an art exhibit, ethnic food vendors, an international book fair, arts and crafts stations, and a naturalization ceremony. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit online or call Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500.


The Fairfax County Demographic Reports 2012 is now available. This annual publication contains estimates and forecasts of population, households and housing units by sub area of the county. It also contains information on housing characteristics such as types of units, age and market value information. Residential development activity and nonresidential gross floor area are also part of the report. These data are represented by supervisor districts, towns, planning districts, human services regions, ZIP codes and census tracts. To see the report, just search for “Fairfax County Demographic Reports 2012” on the county website,


Be on the lookout for county firefighters in your community every Saturday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. throughout the summer, fall and spring. They’ll be installing working smoke alarms and providing seasonal fire and life safety tips for residents. If you are not home, firefighters will leave behind a door hanger with important smoke alarm and fire and life safety information. Learn more at


Finally, join Fairfax County on Facebook at and Twitter at If you don’t have a Twitter account you can get tweets by text. Just text the words and symbol “on @fairfaxcounty” to 40404. And be sure to get Fairfax County’s NewsWire, which keeps you up-to-date on news that affects you, your family and your community. 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 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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