News to Use Podcast Transcript: Oct. 20, 2009

Fairfax County Podcasts 


Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for Oct. 20, 2009. Coming up get info on the county’s spook-tacular Halloween festivities, learn about an upcoming event celebrating adoptive families and find out how the community is combating substance abuse.


Get ready ghouls and goblins—frightful Halloween festivities abound in Fairfax County.  Hop aboard Burke Lake Park’s ghost train on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24 and 25, and again on Halloween day, and greet the Great Pumpkin when he arrives with treats for all!  Get your costume (and your running shoes) on and head to Burke Lake on Halloween Day for the third annual Costume Halloween Run, including face-painting, arts and crafts, goodie bags and more.  Or get your furry friends in on the fun with the Howloween Dog Costume Contest on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Lake Accotink.  Show off your dog's unique talents and compete for special prizes and treats from 2 to 4 p.m., followed by a walk through the "boneyard" to sniff out well-earned treats.  Finally, gather around the campfire on Friday, Oct. 30 at Hidden Pond Nature Center to hear scary stories, and take a nighttime walk into the forest. 
A number of fun Halloween events are also taking place at the county’s libraries, including a Monster Bash, a Halloween Parade, and spooky story times! 

For more information on Halloween events throughout the county, go to


On Friday, November 6, from 6 to 9 p.m., the Fairfax County Department of Family Services will host a celebration, “Under the Big Top,” in honor of adoptive families.  The event is part of National Adoption Awareness Month.
The circus theme will provide lots of fun for the entire family – clowns, face-painting, circus foods and prizes will be part of the celebration, as well as a special appearance by clowns from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus. The public is invited to join Fairfax County adoptive families in the celebration.

In addition to celebrating adoptive families, the event will also highlight the musical and artistic talents of adopted children. Children who have a talent and an interest in showcasing it at the event, can call 703-324-7792, by Monday, Oct. 26. For more information on the event, go to

Oct. 19 through 24 is Substance Abuse Awareness Week in Fairfax County.  In a continuing effort to promote programs designed to reduce substance abuse, the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB), in collaboration with many partner organizations and community groups, is sponsoring events during the week, including a full-day conference on Friday, Oct. 23.  Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout also takes place as part of Substance Abuse Awareness Week, now through Saturday, Oct. 24.  Help the community by monitoring and properly disposing of unused or expired medications.  Proper disposal helps prevent accidental poisoning and medication abuse, and protects the environment.  During Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout, Fairfax County residents may drop off unused medication (pills or liquids) at select area police stations, for proper disposal.  For more information on Substance Abuse Awareness Week, including police stations participating in Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout, go to


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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