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Public Hearing to Gather Input on Environmental Concerns

From the County of Fairfax:

The Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) will hold a public hearing to solicit comments from interested parties on environmental issues of concern and on the state of the environment in Fairfax County.  The public hearing will be held on Monday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Board Auditorium, Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. 

Pig-a-Palooza at Jackson 20

Alexandria Elementary School Receives USDA Award

The following was sent to us from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Mid-Atlantic Region:

Alexandria, Virginia November 8, 2010 – Today Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan will present the HealthierUS School Challenge Gold Award to Cora Kelly School in Alexandria, Virginia.  A dynamic multicultural elementary school, Cora Kelly boasts a student population that is 46% Hispanic, and serves as a magnet school for programs in math, science and technology. 

USDA's HealthierUS School Challenge is a voluntary school nutrition and wellness initiative for schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program. To be recognized, schools must meet criteria for nutrition, nutrition education, and physical activity established by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, which, in turn, recognizes them with Gold of Distinction, Gold, Silver, or Bronze status.

“The Giving Circle of Alexandria” answers First Lady’s Call

The following was sent to us by The Giving Circle of Alexandria:

Alexandria, VA, Tuesday, November 09, 2010  The Giving Circle is holding a free informative forum addressing the issue of childhood obesity, with guest speaker Debra Kibbe, Director of Physical Activity & Nutrition at the International Life Science Institute. Childhood obesity is on the rise nationwide; this is not just an inner-city problem, suburban communities are severely affected.  The nationwide obesity crisis has even captured the attention of the White House and First Lady. 

72 Local Soldiers Depart for Afghanistan Today

72 soldiers from the Maryland and Virginia National Guard are being deployed to Afghanistan today. Yesterday, Virginia Guard’s Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division conducted a departure ceremony for these Soldiers. Families and friends of the Soldiers gathered on Fort Belvoir’s Long Parade Field to say goodbye before they leave for what is expected to be one year.

What is unique about this group of soliders is that they are all very senior with high rank and have been in duty between 15-25 years. They will be part of the International Security Assistance Force, a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan. The nature of their mission is to work with the Afghanistan National Security Forces Development Assistance Bureau (ADAB).  In other words, they will be working with senior leaders on assessment and training for the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police.

4th Annual Alexandria Film Festival

The Fourth Annual Alexandria Film Festival November 4 - 7 and includes 38 fantastic films 25 of which are premieres, in six different venues including AMC Hoffman, Old Town Theatre, the Athenaeum, the Lyceum, Convergence and the Durant Arts Center.  We have something for everyone - foreign films, a silent film with live piano accompaniment, an award-winning documentary by a local filmmaker, stars and filmmakers.  For a complete schedule and tickets visit http://www.alexandriafilm.org/.

Leesburg's Thomas Birkby House Featured as a Destination Wedding Locale by Martha Stewart Weddings

From the Town of Leesburg – The Thomas Birkby House, a wedding and special event venue located in Leesburg’s historic downtown, is featured on the Martha Stewart Weddings website, as one of “50 Ways to Wed in the United States.”  The website article lists one destination wedding site in each of the fifty states.