Neighborhood and Community Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

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703-324-4600 | TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Lloyd Tucker, Director

WHAT WE DO

Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) promotes the well-being of individuals, families and communities by providing a variety of recreation, educational and developmental programs and services; by facilitating community engagement to identify areas of need and enhance countywide capacity for serving those needs; and by connecting residents with a broad spectrum of county- and community-based resources and services to help them be safe, be healthy and realize their potential.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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9:00AM, Wednesday, April 14, 9-10 a.m.  This is a low impact exercise form…

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10:30AM, Wednesday, April 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m. A strength, balance and fitness…

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10:30AM, Wednesday, April 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Topic: Broadway Show Tunes…

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12:00PM, Wednesday, April 14, Noon-1 p.m.  A social time with friends - have…

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1:15PM, Wednesday, April 14, 1:15-2:15 p.m.  Test your knowledge and skills!…

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1:15PM, Wednesday, April 14, 1:15-2:15 p.m.  Stretching promotes flexibility…

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2:30PM, Wednesday, April 14, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Full body invigorating low impact…

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2:30PM, Wednesday, April 14, 2:30-3:30 p.m. This is an intermediate/basic…

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5:30PM, Wednesday, April 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Let’s celebrate each other, our…

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9:00AM, Thursday, April 15, 9-10 a.m.  Tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial…

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9:00AM, Thursday, April 15, 9-10 a.m. Special presentation! Digital Literacy:…

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10:15AM, Thursday, April 15, 10:15-11:15 a.m.  Low impact with moderate…

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10:30AM, Thursday, April 15, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Special presentation! The…

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11:45AM, Thursday, April 15, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Special program! Topic:…

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12:00PM, Thursday, April 15, Noon-1 p.m.  A social time with friends - have…

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1:15PM, Thursday, April 15, 1:15-2:15 p.m. Yoga and mindfulness can be helpful…

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1:15PM, Thursday, April 15, 1:15-2:15 p.m.  Come play this classic game. To…

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2:30PM, Thursday, April 15, 2:30-3:30 p.m.   Expand your German learning…

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2:30PM, Thursday, April 15, 2:30-3:30 p.m.  Enjoy a lower-intensity version of…

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9:00AM, Friday, April 16, 9-10 a.m.  Relax and strengthen your mind and body. …

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9:00AM, Friday, April 16, 9-10 a.m. Special presentation for Mandarin speakers…

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10:30AM, Friday, April 16, 10:30-11:30 a.m. New featured book! Join us as we…

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10:30AM, Friday, April 16, 10:30-11:30 a.m. A strength, balance and fitness…

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12:00PM, Friday, April 16, Noon-1 p.m.  Topic: Spring Cleaning with Fairfax…

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1:15PM, Friday, April 16, 1:15-2:15 p.m.  Beginner level conversation and…

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1:15PM, Friday, April 16, 1:15-2:15 p.m.  Fun and energetic fitness class!…

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2:30PM, Friday, April 16, 2:30-3:30 p.m.  Explore the creative process of…

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11:00AM, Rec-PAC Hiring Goes Virtual - Featuring On-the-Spot Job Offers!

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11:00AM, Rec-PAC Hiring Goes Virtual - Featuring On-the-Spot Job Offers!

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6:00PM, Rec-PAC Hiring Goes Virtual - Featuring On-the-Spot Job Offers!

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11:00AM,   Rec-PAC is hiring to fill more than 200 positions for its six-week…

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9:00AM, Every day, hundreds of local residents lose their hard-earned money to…

News and Information

Photos of Tom Teasley, Tammarrah Addison, Ken Avis and Kelly King

April 12, 2021
Coinciding with Older Americans Month in May, the Arts for Life Festival (previously known as the Creative Aging Festival) has been a cherished month-long celebration of the arts, transforming Fairfax County Senior Centers into hives of activity with classes and events that highlight the benefits of participating in the arts. Although Senior Centers remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Virtual Center for Active Adults and ArtsFairfax have partnered to offer virtual Artist Residencies on the VCAA. During May and June, four teaching artists representing a range of disciplines will lead weekly interactive sessions and programs on the VCAA.  Tom Teasley Award winning percussionist, composer and educator, Tom Teasley, will lead a series of workshops that showcase his extensive musical knowledge. Called World of Rhythm and Sound, the series will consist of musical and instrument demonstrations and performances that encourage participants to join in. “My residency will bring the world of music, rhythm and multi-national cooperation to the residents. We will interact in real time with instrument demonstrations, stories of my travels, performances and even a sound meditation to end the program,” says Teasley. World of Rhythm and Sound will take place every Wednesday and Thursday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., starting May 19 through June 24. Tammarrah Addison Master Poetess Tammarrah Addison will host a series called Pictures and Poetry: Visualizing your Words for the World, a fun and interactive low stress gathering where participants will gain inspiration to write poetry by viewing visually pleasing images selected to evoke an array of emotions and responses. Addison uses the images as a catalyst for conversation, healing, laughter, and insight. Participants may also share their own images for inspiration. Addison looks forward to leading the workshops, saying “This residence is important because it highlights creativity and the arts, but it also allows for the missing voices such as the older demographics to be seen and heard and this gathering empowers and reminds them that every image, voice and word creates some type of change and reaction in this world! I am excited to learn, give and receive from my community! We are Fairfax Strong.” Pictures and Poetry will take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m., starting April 27 through June 10. Please note: no workshops on May 27 or June 8. This workshop has limited capacity and registration is required.  Ken Avis Musician, broadcaster, and historian Ken Avis will explore Washington D.C.’s lesser-known and fascinating musical history in his series, Music City DC! - The History of Popular Music in the Nation’s Capital. Avis will use film and recording to bring legendary musicians to life as he shares how social change, technology and business innovations have shaped the music that has emerged from Washington D.C. “For me, this residency is an opportunity to surprise and delight a curious audience with the rich and fascinating history of DC's music culture” says Avis. “It's a culture which has often been hidden due to the area's obsession with politics, but one which has nevertheless made a mark on the world and been shaped by the people and resources of the area.” Music City DC! will take place every Monday and Thursday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., starting May 17 through June 28. Please note: no workshop on May 31. Kelly King; photo by Ossie White III. Dancer, choreographer and teaching artist Kelly King will lead Moving Dialogues, a movement workshop series that encourages participants to tap into their own creativity while connecting with others to create deeper meaning. No dance experience is needed to participate, and everyone is welcome. “We have lost a lot in this year; but we are still here,” says King. “We still have a body. We still have each other. We will explore what our fantastic dancing bodies have to tell us; and perhaps heal with each other as we celebrate what we can do - together.” Moving Dialogues will take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., starting May 11 through June 17.       Thank you to Claude Moore Charitable Foundation and Reston Community Center for sponsoring the Arts for Life Residencies. The VCAA will be offering additional arts programming in May, including Arts for the Aging workshops on Thursday, May 6 and 20 at 1:15 p.m. and a virtual art show on Friday, May 21 at 2:30 p.m. Visit the Virtual Center for Active Adults to view the full schedule of VCAA programs and events.

April 6, 2021
  Fairfax County Office for Children has been awarded the Child Development Associate (CDA) Gold Standard by the Council for Professional Recognition. The Fairfax County Office for Children works in partnership with families, educators, and community organizations as well as other partners across Virginia to support the school readiness of our county's youngest children. “We are pleased to provide quality professional learning opportunities for the Fairfax County early childhood community, and to support educators in meeting competencies and quality standards of Virginia’s unified early childhood system” shared Anne-Marie Twohie, OFC director. The CDA Gold Standard is a recognition of excellence in early childhood education learning opportunities offered to professionals. The Office for Children met all assessment criteria, including a site visit, and demonstrated that the professional learning opportunities offered for early childhood educators are aligned with CDA subject areas. School Readiness Coordinator, Betsi Closter, coordinated this effort with all divisions within OFC. For example, courses, workshops and online sessions provide educational opportunities that support quality learning experiences and quality learning environments for children ages birth to five years; continuing education classes help meet professional learning requirements for Fairfax County family child care permitting and Virginia State licensing; course offerings are analyzed to ensure all CDA Subject Areas are being met for all settings and all age groups, birth to five years; and courses offer a pathway of comprehensive coursework that covers the required 120 hours of professional learning in all CDA Subject Areas for Preschool, Infant-Toddler, and Family Child Care Credentials. Visit Child Development Associate (CDA) Gold Standard by the Council for Professional Recognition to learn more. For more information about School Readiness in Fairfax County, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/office-for-children/school-readiness  

Photo of a young boy on an accessible swing

March 29, 2021
Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services’ Therapeutic Recreation Services is now hiring to fill more than 100 positions for its six-week summer camp program for school-aged youth with varying disabilities. Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Services is hosting a series of eight virtual open hire and information sessions for summer job seekers interested in working as a camp counselor or camp director. These live, interactive open hires will take place virtually via Zoom. Each session will include the opportunity for attendees to engage with TR staff, learn more about available positions, and participate in a question-and-answer period. Job seekers will have an immediate opportunity to interview for the position they are interested in and potentially be offered positions on the spot! Therapeutic Recreation offers competitive hourly pay starting at $14.31 for camp counselors and $18.88 for camp directors. Join us for one of these hiring opportunities on: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 from 3 – 5 p.m. Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 10 a.m. – noon Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 3 – 5 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 10 a.m. – noon Tuesday, May 4, 2021 from 3 – 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 3 – 5 p.m. Saturday, May 15, 2021 from 10 a.m. – noon Tuesday, May 18, 2021 from 3 – 5 p.m. In addition to discussing job duties, answering questions, and interviewing, the session will provide information about COVID-19 precautions and the onboarding process. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must have or be willing to obtain CPR and first aid certifications. Applicants must have at least 250 hours of experience in a recreation or school setting serving individuals with disabilities (college course work can supplement experience). Staff must be able to work all six weeks of camp, which is tentatively scheduled for June 28 – August 6, 2021. Additional trainings for these positions are provided and attendance is mandatory; tentative training dates are June 16 – June 25, 2021. Download a flyer with Open Hire information.  For more information about TR, visit our website at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/neighborhood-community-services/therapeutic-recreation.  

About Health & Human Services

This agency is a part of Fairfax County Health & Human Services (HHS). HHS is a network of county agencies and community partners that support the well-being of all who live, work, and play in Fairfax County.

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