News to Use Podcast Transcript: May 14, 2013


 Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast. Coming up, learn about the environmental excellence award, McLean Day, the Fairfax 50+ Employment Expo and Older Americans Month activities at the Reston Community Center.Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

Excellence always deserves recognition, and you can help recognize environmental leadership by nominating a person, organization or business for a Fairfax County Environmental Excellence award. This honor is given to those who give time and energy to benefit the environment, support county environmental efforts or are a role model for others. The nomination deadline is May 31. Nomination forms and more information are online at

Welcome the happy return of fun in the sun with McLean Day 2014. Sponsored by the McLean Community Center, the event is the perfect place for friends, neighbors, local businesses and organizations to come together to enjoy all that makes the McLean community special. “McLean Day 2014: Celebrating Our Hometown” is Saturday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Road. Admission is free. For more information, call the center at 703-790-0123 or visit

Meet dozens of job recruiters at the Fairfax 50+ Employment Expo on Friday, May 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax. No registration is necessary – just drop by. Admission and parking are free. Attend seminars on changing careers, online job searching, starting your own business, training, resume writing and interviewing. Joyce A. Russell, vice dean of the University of Maryland’s School of Business and a contributor to the Washington Post’s Capital Business, will discuss the importance of job coaching. That’s the Fairfax 50+ Employment Expo on Friday, May 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Fairfax County Government Center.

Reston Community Center celebrates Older Americans Month this month. On Tuesday, May 20, former chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Kate Hanley visits RCC to discuss that it’s “Never Too Late to Try Something New.” A light lunch will be served and blood pressure screenings and exhibits will also be available. Registration required. And be sure to stop by Reston Community Center Lake Anne all month long to see an art exhibit celebrating RCC’s visual arts program. The 15th Annual Teacher to Student Exhibition runs through the end of May. Art exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information, visit online or call Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500.

Do you work in Tysons? If so, the Park Authority wants to hear your thoughts on what park and recreational opportunities should exist in the Tysons of the future. Stop in and meet with Fairfax County Park Authority planning staff at the Tysons Parks open house, Thursday, May 29, from 12:15 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to tell planners what you want to see. The informal gathering will be held at Tysons Pimmit Regional Library located at 7584 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church. Creating an urban park system as Tysons transforms to the county’s downtown will require vision, collaboration and a plan. A connected network of urban parks will help distinguish Tysons from other urban areas and bring benefits to the local economy as well as improving the quality of life. For more information about the plan, call 703-324-8692 .

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