6 Ways to Embrace the Last Weeks of Summer

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It might seem like everyone but you is on vacation and there have been too many days of 90+ degree weather. Don’t despair, it’s still summer and that’s a good thing. (And seriously, don’t you prefer the dog days of summer over a polar vortex?)

We offer these 6 ways to embrace the dwindling days of summer. There’s still time to make the most out of summer 2016!

1. Sign Up for Women Unplugged Weekend

The Park Authority’s Women Unplugged weekend is Sept. 3-4. Sign up with a of couple friends who also need some time away from cell phones and laptops. The adventure includes kayaking, dinner by a bonfire and learning to shoot a bow and arrow. You also have a choice of sleeping in the great outdoors or inside a nature center. Most meals are provided.

Register for Women Unplugged Weekend


2. Learn to Love Your Plants

The Library has a full calendar in August of plant clinics with volunteer master gardeners. Unhappy with your pepper plants, or your roses just aren’t doing well? The master gardeners can help you with horticultural tips, techniques, advice, as well as plant and insect identification, soil tests and more. Bonus – all our Library branches are air conditioned!

Find a Library Plant Clinic


3. Clean Out Your Basement

So you know how you were going to clean out the basement during last winter’s snowstorm? Six months later and your old electronics are still sitting there gathering dust. You can e-cycle old or unwanted electronics any day of the week at both the I-66 Transfer Station and the I-95 Landfill Complex. Acceptable materials include computers (and related equipment), televisions, gaming systems, stereos and other household electronic devices and cables. There are no fees associated with this service; however customers may be required to show proof of residency.

Find Out How to E-cycle


4. Listen to the Sounds of Summer

It’s August and you still haven’t been to one of the county’s outdoor concerts?!! Grab a chair and head out to listen to bluegrass, Rocknoceros, southern rock or a plethora of other musical choices this month. No excuses – it’s close and it’s free!

Picture of horn player at summer concert.

Find Summer Music Details


5. Help a Neighbor or Your Community

If you are sending your kids off to college this month and find yourself with some free time, or your teenagers are SOOO bored, we can use your time and assistance. Consider one of hundreds of volunteer opportunities available around the county or contact one of our homeless shelters to see if they need supplies.

6. Watch a Cat Video

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