News to Use Podcast Transcript: July 28, 2009

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Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for July 28, 2009. Coming up, find out about a program to honor “good sports” in your community, relive the old-fashioned fun of a drive-in movie, and learn how you can help residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities to advocate for their rights.


The Fairfax County Athletic Council (FCAC) is now accepting nominations for the ninth annual Fairfax County Champions of Character Awards.  This awards program honors youth, coaches and parents for extraordinary service in pursuing victory with honor.  The program’s aim is to help restore the fine tradition of amateur athletic competition by highlighting positive role models and examples of players, parents, and coaches who demonstrate character in sports. 

The FCAC invites nominations for outstanding youth and adults who have demonstrated extraordinary service in the sports community while modeling the basic traits of good character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Athletes 18 and younger, along with coaches and parent nominees, should be Fairfax County residents who have demonstrated outstanding strength of character on and off the field.  More information on the awards criteria as well as the nomination process, can be found online, or call Fairfax County’s Community and Recreation Services Department at 703-324-5533.   The deadline to submit nominations is 4 p.m., Friday, August 7.


The drive-in movie theater was once an icon of American social life. Millions of avid movie-goers were entertained in the comfort of their cars by films shown on big screens, outdoors. Now, there is Starlight Cinema. The Fairfax County Park Authority has revived the fun of drive-in movies for a new generation.  Starlight Cinema evenings begin at 7:30 p.m. with an outdoor pre-movie program – music,

food and children’s activities. The movie begins at dark. Bring blankets and chairs or watch from the comfort of your car.  Admission is free and the event is appropriate for the entire family. Gate opens at 6 p.m.  Starlight Cinema evenings take place at the Trinity Center, in Centreville, on Saturdays, August 1-22.  Featured movies are Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa; Kung Fu Panda; Hotel for Dogs; and The Tale of Despereaux.  For more information visit


Help residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities advocate for their rights, resolve conflicts and improve their quality of life. The Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers who can commit a minimum of four hours a week for one year. Volunteers set their own schedules with visits usually occurring between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays. Volunteers receive training and continuing support.

Call 703-324-5861 or 703-324-5422; e-mail or visit Apply now to attend the three-day annual training in September, and find out why so many volunteers say, “I receive so much more than I give!”

The Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program serves the City of Alexandria and the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William, including all towns and cities within these jurisdictions. The program is part of the Department of Family Services’ Fairfax Area Agency on Aging.

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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