Nov. 7, 2018
Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast. Coming up, learn about an annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show, Fairfax County’s 2018 demographics report, a community feedback survey, Medicare 101 events across the county and how rain gardens can reduce stormwater runoff. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold its 41st Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show at Audrey Moore RECenter on Saturday Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2. This is your opportunity to find unique holiday gifts at one of Northern Virginia’s longest-running arts and crafts shows. Show hours are from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Shop for top-quality handmade arts and craft offered by nearly 100 of the area’s finest artisans. The event will feature door prizes as well. Admission is $2 per person; children ages 12 and under are admitted free. Audrey Moore RECenter is located at 8100 Braddock Road, Annandale. For more information, call 703-321-7081.
Fairfax County’s 2018 Demographics Report is now available online. This report is a valuable planning tool for programs, services and development in Fairfax County. The 2018 report (PDF) provides a wealth of demographic data on a variety of topics, including:
- Population estimates and forecasts.
- Housing units and their characteristics.
- Residential development activity.
- Commercial and industrial gross floor area.
The information is broken down by supervisor districts, towns, planning districts, human services regions, ZIP codes and census tracts and is frequently used for planning for future infrastructure and economic development; programs and services; budgeting; grant writing; and more. The annual Demographics Report is prepared by the Economic, Demographic and Statistical Research Unit of the Department of Management and Budget. For specific information or answers to questions, email DMBInfo@fairfaxcounty.gov. To find the current, and past reports, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/demographics/recent-reports.
Fairfax County is seeking public input to validate community priorities for committing county funds to address human services needs. The county’s Consolidated Community Funding Pool is an allocation of funds earmarked by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to be administered to local nonprofits and community-based organizations as an investment in programs and services that fill identified needs within communities across the county. Funding is awarded on a two-year cycle. Please take a moment to share your thoughts and opinions by taking the Community Feedback Survey online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/fundingpool. The survey is available until Saturday, Dec. 15. All responses are anonymous.
The Medicare election period, underway now through Dec. 7, is the time to review your current Medicare health and drug plans. Why is this important? Because each year, plans can change their costs and coverage. They can also change the providers and pharmacies covered by the plan. Consider attending one of the county's Medicare 101 events. Medicare experts will review what you need to know to make the best choices for 2019. To find the next event, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov and search “Medicare 101 Events.”
Compared to a lawn area, rain gardens absorb 30 percent more water, preventing runoff, erosion and flooding, which is becoming a problem for many municipalities and their stormwater infrastructure. Every homeowner and business that installs a rain garden will be doing their part to protect communities from flooding; streams and lakes from pollution, sedimentation and erosion; the water table and underground aquifers; and the beauty of local communities. Rain gardens are composed of plants that are good at trapping and slowing water and sediment runoff after rainfall. They also provide valuable habitat for pollinators, birds and butterflies. A rain garden is not a pond and is intended to be dry between rainfalls. To be effective, rain gardens must be constructed in a specific way. Water in rain gardens should quickly soak into the ground. Some planning is required before a rain garden can be installed. For assistance and more information on rain gardens and their construction, visit the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District website at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/soil-water-conservation or call 703-324-1460, TTY 711.
Finally, Fairfax County’s Weekly Agenda provides meeting agendas and information for the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals, plus county news. Find it in your inbox Thursday mornings by subscribing at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/email/lists.
That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for news updates, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news. You also may call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or email firstname.lastname@example.org. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Va., Government.