News to Use Podcast Transcript: Mar. 19, 2014



Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast – I’m your host Jim Person. Coming up, learn about the Venture into Volunteering Fair, Bluebells at the Bend Festival at Riverbend Park, Reston Community Center’s Eggnormous Easter Egg Hunt, National Public Safety Telecommunications Week and the Barbara Varon Volunteer Award. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

Don’t miss the Venture into Volunteering Fair on Thursday, March 27, 10 a.m. to noon at the Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center, 2709 West Ox Road in Herndon. County and nonprofit agency representatives will be on hand to discuss a wide range of volunteer opportunities including helping kids with homework, delivering meals on wheels to older adults and serving as a court-appointed advocate. No registration is necessary. Call 703-704-6075, TTY 711, for more information and reasonable ADA accommodations.


The trails of bluebells at Riverbend Park are one of Fairfax County's most noted and beautiful spring sights. It's time to plan a trip to see them. Follow the progress of the bluebells on the Park Authority blog at You'll also want to head out to Riverbend Park on Saturday, April 12, for the Bluebells at the Bend Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit the Park Authority online at and search for “Bluebells.”


Kids ages 1 through 8 are invited to Reston Community Center’s Eggnormous Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 12. Join in for carnival games, entertainment, moon bounces and the ever-popular egg hunt at 10:30 a.m. All activities are free. The festival takes place at Brown’s Chapel Park on Baron Cameron Avenue from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The rain date is April 19. For more information, call 703-476-4500, TTY 711, or visit


Each year, the second week of April is recognized as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. This is a time for residents to show their appreciation for professionals in the field of public safety communications. The weeklong event was initially set up in 1981 by the Contra Costa County, Calif., Sheriff’s Office, but it grew to be nationally recognized. The public safety telecommunications group encompasses everyone involved from the first moment a call is connected to a  public safety answering point until the last line has disconnected and help has physically arrived. These individuals work tirelessly to ensure that when others need help, someone answers the call. The Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications – the Fairfax County 9-1-1 Call Center – uses this week to recognize its outstanding employees at an awards ceremony. This year will be the 9th Annual DPSC Telecommunicators Awards Ceremony. Awards will be presented to employees based on recognitions by their peers and supervisors for outstanding performance over the past year. The ceremony is Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center. Residents are invited to attend to show your support for 9-1-1 Center staff.


Nominations are being accepted for Fairfax County’s Barbara Varon Volunteer Award, which recognizes a county resident whose dedication to improving the community through volunteer service honors the memory of Barbara Varon, former chair of the Fairfax County Electoral Board. Nominations must be received by the second week in June. Nominees must live in Fairfax County, demonstrate an appreciation for the diversity of the community’s population and exhibit patriotism by participating in the electoral process, educating others about the rights and privileges of all citizens to participate in the electoral process and/or participate in voter registration outreach. Applications are available by calling the office the Office of Human Rights and Equity Programs Division at 703-324-2953, TTY 711.


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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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