News to Use Podcast Transcript: May 5, 2009


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Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for May 5, 2009. Coming up, find out how to get more fruits and veggies in your diet while supporting local agriculture, weigh in on recycling and other important solid waste issues, and take advantage of the county park authority’s RECenter pass sale to get fit for summer.

 

Fairfax County Farmers Markets are opening up, to the delight of local residents who know there’s no better place to find colorful, nutritious vegetables and fruits, delicious breads and pastries, fresh eggs, honey, cheese and much more.   

The Farmers Markets are supervised by the Fairfax County Park Authority. The daily operations of the markets are managed by volunteer Market Masters.

All but the Frying Pan market host Fairfax County Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Plant Clinics, where residents can bring plant or insect samples for pest identification or disease diagnosis. Master Gardeners also offer informational displays at the markets, on topics such as Container Gardening and EcoSavvy Gardening.

All products sold at the Farmers Market are produced by the vendors within 125 miles of Fairfax County. Buy local and support sustainable agriculture in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. You will find the freshest and most desirable fruit, vegetables, plants, baked goods, eggs, dairy and meats available.

For locations and other information about the markets, call 703-642-0128.

 

Each year members of the Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program host a public meeting, during which staff reviews the program’s highlights from the past year, and plans for the next year. The meeting also provides an opportunity for dialogue between staff and the community in order to highlight items of interest or concern.  This year’s Solid Waste Forum will be held on Tuesday, May 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fairfax County Government Center’s conference room 4/5. 

Significant changes in business and multi-family recycling programs are already taking place.  Recycling events have increased in number and materials collected, including electronics. Solid Waste Management staff members are also very excited about a new renewable energy project implemented this winter, which will use landfill gas to heat a large county facility.  Attend the meeting for an update on this project and other important developments. 

For more information, call 703-324-5230.

 

Get fit for less with the Fairfax County Park Authority’s “Spring Savings, Summer Results” fitness pass sale, through June 15.  The park authority offers fitness center options with no contracts, no initiation fees and no hassles.  And now, passes can be purchased or renewed online, making it even easier to get in shape.  Fairfax County residents can purchase a four-month or 12-month pass and save 14% during the spring sale. 

Fairfax County Park Authority's nine recreation and fitness centers serve over one million customers annually, offering the latest exercise equipment, the metro area's top aquatics facilities and classes that cover the leisure alphabet from Aerobics to Zoom Photography. RECenters are places where anyone can be comfortable improving their fitness level. Friends and family can play together in the water or on the courts. All RECenters have classes and camps for children and some have pre-school programs for our littlest customers.

Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks for more information.

 

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 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news. 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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