News to Use Podcast Transcript: Oct. 2, 2013



Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast. Coming up, learn about October promotions at the county’s animal shelter, putting a zip on homelessness, free child ID cards from the Sheriff’s Department, Wolftrap Creek restoration, Fire Prevention Week and open houses, a Pathway to Wellness conference, rain barrel workshop and a teen volunteer information night. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

During October, it’s “Meow-oween” at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. And that means half off adoption fees on all adult cats all month long. Oct. 25-27, the shelter is having a Family Halloween adopt-a-thon. Fees will be waived on adoptions for all adult pets, plus there will be games, prizes, tricks and treats for kids and shelter pets – and even a haunted cat condo decorating contest. For more, call the shelter at 703-324-0231.


Did you know that nearly 3,000 children, women and men face homelessness in our community every day? Join Fairfax County as they help “Put the Zip on Homelessness” by participating in Jeans Day on Oct. 18. Simply pledge $5 – or more – to the county’s Office to Prevent and End Homelessness and then join them in wearing jeans on Friday, Oct. 18, to show your support for their efforts. Sign up now at or log on to to learn more.


The Sheriff’s Office is offering free child ID cards – with a photograph and fingerprints – at several upcoming events:

  • Thursday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Joyce Kilmer Middle School, 8100 Wolftrap Road in Vienna.

  • The weekend of Oct. 5-6 at Fall for Fairfax KidsFest.

  • Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue open house, 9501 Old Burke Lake Road.

  • Sunday, Oct. 13, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Clifton Day Festival.

For more information, visit


A section of Wolftrap Creek in Vienna’s Wildwood Park was recently restored through a joint effort between Fairfax County and the town of Vienna. The restoration has transformed the stream from a deeply incised channel with eroding banks to an environmental benefit for people and animals. The project raised the stream bed, sloped the stream banks, removed unstable trees and improved accessibility and safety in that area of the park. Native trees, shrubs and other plants were installed as part of the stream restoration. Residents are invited to visit the park and see the restoration. The stream restoration begins at Follin Lane, in the park. For more information about this project or about stream restorations in general, call 703-324-5500, TTY 711.


The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is promoting Fire Prevention Week Oct. 7-13. This year’s theme is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” There are Fire Prevention Week open houses on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at local fire stations. In conjunction with the open houses, the county’s newest fire station, Fire Station 42 Wolftrap, will host its new engine housing ceremony at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. Visit for your local station. You also can find Fairfax County Fire and Rescue on Facebook for additional safety tips and department information.


Do you have challenges with mental health or substance use? Does someone you care about have these challenges? To learn more about resources and supports for wellness and recovery in Fairfax County don’t miss the Oct. 11 conference, "Together on the Pathway to Wellness," at Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale campus. The cost is $20 and includes lunch. Some scholarships are available. To find out more and register, visit or call 703-980-4641, TTY 711.


A rain barrel workshop will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m. at the Mount Vernon Government Center. Rain barrels are placed under a downspout to collect rainwater to use in your garden. Build and take home your own rain barrel. The cost is $55 per barrel.  Pre-registration is required by Oct. 23 at  or call 703-324-1428, TTY 711.


A Teen Volunteer Information Night will be held at Martha Washington Library on Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Hear from teens involved the Volunteer Fairfax Youth Advisory Board and get connected with the Youth Service Learning Directory to make volunteering a reality with impact for this school year and beyond. Martha Washington Library is located at 6614 Fort Hunt Road in Alexandria. Call 703-768-6700 for more information. No registration needed.

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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