News to Use Podcast Transcript: Sept. 4, 2013



Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast. Coming up, learn about a family caregiver’s telephone support group, the upcoming small business Vendor Forum, coastal cleanups and native plant sales and Fairfax County’s Independent Living Project. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

Serving as a caregiver for an older adult family member has its rewards but it also has its challenges. Join Fairfax County’s Family Caregiver Telephone Support Group on the second Tuesday of each month. The group discusses caregiver issues, coping strategies and services you may not be aware of. The next one meets by phone on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 7 to 8 p.m. The topic will be “Keeping Organized as a Caregiver, What Works?” Register prior to the meeting at and click on caregiver support or call 703-324-5484, TTY 711.


Small business owners and those interested in starting a small business in Fairfax County, should mark your calendar to attend the 2013 Vendor Forum, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Fairfax County Government Center. The Vendor Forum is a free trade show for small, women-owned and minority-owned businesses. It is a unique opportunity to network with peers, obtain helpful information at workshops and browse business-to-business exhibits. Attendees also obtain valuable insight into Fairfax County Government business and procurement needs and requirements. For more information, contact Michael Estelle at 703-324-3104, TTY 711.


Fall is here, which means that it's time for international coastal cleanups and native plant sales. The international coastal cleanup takes place in September and October, as community groups from all over the world get out to — and in — local streams and the coastline. Special native plant sale events typically take place in the fall and spring. Fall is the best time to plant perennials, shrubs and trees. For more information about fall cleanups and native plant sales, visit the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District at


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


Live in the home you love as long as you want. That’s the motto of Fairfax County’s Independent Living Project, a free seminar and exercise series that helps older adults remain independent. The program also offers professional home safety reviews. The next series is scheduled for Wednesdays, Sept. 18 through Oct. 23, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. Register online at and click on independent living, call 703-324-7210, TTY 711 or email


Finally, 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

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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