News to Use Podcast Transcript: July 9, 2014


 Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast. Coming up, learn about building your own composter and rain barrels, a free summer concert series in Reston, e-cycling and this month’s “County Magazine” on Channel 16. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

On Saturday, July 26, you can learn to build your own tumbling composter. At this workshop, you start with a pile of recycled lumber, a recycled pickle barrel and assorted screws and bolts, but you leave with a fully functioning tumbler-style composter. Registration is limited. For more information, go online to


Reston Community Center celebrates summer with free summer concert series for audiences of all ages. Bring a chair or visit a Lake Anne Plaza restaurant on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. for the Take a Break concert series, featuring different musical genres every week. Then bring the kids to the Reston Town Center Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. for an exciting lineup of musicians, magicians and other children’s performers.  All performances are free and are weather permitting. Visit or call 703-476-4500 for more information.


Do you have old or unwanted electronics stacked up and waiting for the county’s next e-cycling event? Well, wait no longer. Beginning this month, Fairfax County residents will be able to recycle televisions, computers, gaming systems and other household electronics any day of the week at the I-66 Transfer Station in Fairfax and the I-95 Landfill Complex in Lorton. This is a free e-cycling opportunity for Fairfax County residents only – proof of residency may be requested. For details, go to or contact the Solid Waste Management Program at 703-324-5230, TTY 711.


Rain barrels collect water that can be used to water your lawn or garden. Learn how to bring a rain barrel into your landscape this summer. There are two rain barrel workshops this month. There is a rain barrel sale in Falls Church on Saturday, July 12, from 1-4 p.m. On Tuesday, July 22, at 6:30 p.m. there is a “Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop” in Herndon. For details, go online to


On the July edition of “County Magazine,” learn about evolving trends in the modern work environment. Get information on taking care of pets during summer months.  Hear from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department on how to safely use charcoal and gas grills. See highlights from this year’s Celebrate Fairfax!  “County Magazine” airs on Channel 16 throughout the month:

  • Mondays and Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

  • Thursdays at 10:30 p.m.

  • And Fridays and Saturdays at 3:30 p.m.

"County Magazine" can also be seen on your computer with live video streaming or anytime with video on demand. Go to and search “Channel 16.”


Are you new to Fairfax County? Then you‘ll want to check out the Newcomer’s Guide online at On that Web page you’ll find everything you need to know to get started in Fairfax County, from schools information to the locations of your local library or park; bus routes, Metrorail info and park-and-ride locations; where to vote and how to register; how to pay the property tax and register your vehicle with both the county and the state; license your dog; and much, much more. Again that address is


Finally, be sure to subscribe to “Weekender,” the county’s weekend arts and entertainment e-newsletter. “Weekender” brings together offerings from around the county and delivers them to your inbox every Thursday evening. Don’t miss out on fun happenings throughout the county. 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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