Halloween Candy and Food Allergies

TPP-Blog-BadgeWhen purchasing candy for Halloween, consider offering alternatives to candy. With the growing number of kids with food allergies (peanuts, gluten, dairy, and more), candy might not be an option for them. Food Allergy Research & Education’s Teal Pumpkin Project is encouraging families to offer alternatives to candy for kids who have these allergies. You can download and print a flyer to post on your door to encourage kids to visit your house!

Note that this doesn’t mean that you can’t also hand out candy. Who knows, maybe other kids will also want alternatives to candy. I know I personally loved the houses that handed out pennies or nickels instead when I was a kid! Stickers were also a hit. A dentist in our neighborhood hands out tattoos, and my own kids can’t wait to put them on every year.

For more information about the Teal Pumpkin Project, what you can do to help, and to download a flyer, visit the FARE website.

22 Open houses this weekend, 10/18-10/19

Looking for a new home? Visit an open house in Oak Hill! Home prices range from $294,900 for a 2-bedroom, 3 bath, 1509 sq ft condo on Quick Street to $1,299,000 for a 5-bedroom, 5-bath, 6777 sq ft home on Winter Wren Ct.

Looking for a rental? There’s an open house for that! This townhouse on Beckingham Drive features 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms for $2,100 per month.

Need an agent to show you these or other homes on the market? I’d be happy to help! Visit my other site, http://www.oakhillvahomes.com/ to search for a home and request a visit or contact me directly using any of the contact methods on my Contact Form.

Things to do this weekend – Weekend of October 17, 2014

Thursday, Oct. 16

  • Fall Carnival Fun. 6-10 pm. Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Virginia. Free parking and admission. Games, rides, and tasty fair food. Rides take 3-5 tickets each. Regular ticket price is $1 each or 24 tickets for $20. Discount unlimited-ride passes available for use Thursday evening 6–10 p.m. and Sunday afternoon 12–4 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 17

  • Fall Carnival Fun. 6-10 pm. Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Virginia. Free parking and admission. Games, rides, and tasty fair food. Rides take 3-5 tickets each. Regular ticket price is $1 each or 24 tickets for $20. Discount unlimited-ride passes available for use Thursday evening 6–10 p.m. and Sunday afternoon 12–4 p.m.
  • Wine Tasting at Total Wine and More, 13055-C Lee Jackson Highway, Greenbriar Town Center, Fairfax , VA 22033. 12 pm – 6 pm. “Every week, our store features a new theme at our Tasting Table. This week, we are showcasing a selection of Cabernets. Join us as we taste these wines, plus additional selections as chosen by our Wine Manager. Coupons available for tasting selections. Selection subject to availability.” FREE
  • Pumpkins by the CampfireRoast marshmallows at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy cookies and juice, and make crafts as we share stories about pumpkins that aren’t scary. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Saturday, Oct. 18

  • Fall Carnival Fun. 12-10 pm. Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Virginia. Free parking and admission. Games, rides, and tasty fair food. Rides take 3-5 tickets each. Regular ticket price is $1 each or 24 tickets for $20. Discount unlimited-ride passes available for use Thursday evening 6–10 p.m. and Sunday afternoon 12–4 p.m.
  • Farm Harvest Days. 10 am – 3 pm. Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Virginia. Fall is a busy time on the farm! Watch the cider press in action, milk a goat or a cow, shell corn, peel apples, meet the farm animals and see traditional farm demonstrations. Add a wagon ride ($3) or a visit to the Fall Carnival for even more family fun! Some activities may have fees.
  • Wine Tasting at Total Wine and More, 13055-C Lee Jackson Highway, Greenbriar Town Center, Fairfax , VA 22033. 12 pm – 6 pm. “Every week, our store features a new theme at our Tasting Table. This week, we are showcasing a selection of Cabernets. Join us as we taste these wines, plus additional selections as chosen by our Wine Manager. Coupons available for tasting selections. Selection subject to availability.” FREE
  • Beer Class: Not Your Father’s Lagers & Ales, Total Wine and More, 13055-C Lee Jackson Highway, Greenbriar Town Center, Fairfax , VA 22033. 3 pm – 5 pm. “We’re pulling out some flavorful, strong beers for this class. This beer journey goes way beyond what your father probably had in the fridge. Taste a range of different color beers covering a wide, palate-smacking flavor spectrum.” $15 per person.
  • Historic All Hallows EveIn the 18th and 19th centuries, Virginians celebrated All Hallows Eve with storytelling, fortune telling, fall foods and family gatherings. Experience these traditions as you tour Sully Historic Site by lantern light from 4 to 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.
  • Watershed Clean-Up Day. Be part of the International Coastal Cleanup from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Trash bags and appreciation provided. This is a great community service project! Please call to reserve a section of the watershed at one of these sites:
    Frying Pan Farm Park, 703-437-9101
    Lake Fairfax Park, 703-471-5414
    Sully Historic Site, 703-437-1794
    Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 703-631-0013
  • Dinosaurs GaloreFollow a naturalist as you and your child (ages three to seven) dig into dinosaurs and explore this prehistoric world at Cub Run RECenter from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-817-9407.
  • Life in the Leaf LitterJoin a naturalist for a hike from 2 to 4 p.m. and explore the forest floor at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.
  • Zoo Boo at Reston Zoo! Reston Zoo, Vienna, VA. Kids ages 12 and under. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (admission ends at 3 p.m.) Designed for a younger audience, Zoo Boo offers scare-free fun! Join our safe zoo neighborhood of Halloween entertainment, fun and the trick-or-trick trail! All are encouraged to wear fun (not scary) costumes. $12 admission.

Sunday, Oct. 19

  • Fall Carnival Fun. 12-7 pm. Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Virginia. Free parking and admission. Games, rides, and tasty fair food. Rides take 3-5 tickets each. Regular ticket price is $1 each or 24 tickets for $20. Discount unlimited-ride passes available for use Thursday evening 6–10 p.m. and Sunday afternoon 12–4 p.m.
  • Farm Harvest Days. 11 am – 3 pm. Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Virginia. Fall is a busy time on the farm! Watch the cider press in action, milk a goat or a cow, shell corn, peel apples, meet the farm animals and see traditional farm demonstrations. Add a wagon ride ($3) or a visit to the Fall Carnival for even more family fun! Some activities may have fees.
  • Pumpkins in the Park Festival. Lake Fairfax is excited to bring back its fall festival from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy activities for the whole family like our burlap sack slide, face painting, class demonstrations, carousel rides, food and outdoor fun. The cost is $7 per person. For information, call 703-471-5415.
  • Preschool Pumpkins in the Park. Children with a registered adult enjoy activities including pumpkin painting, face painting and a puppet show at Lake Fairfax Park from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. A small pumpkin is included in the $7 admission fee. Register online. For information, call 703-471-5415.
  • Microscopic MonstersUse a microscope to discover the invisible organisms that make Walney Pond their home. This one-hour program meets at E.C. Lawrence Park at 1 p.m. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.
  • Zoo Boo at Reston Zoo! Reston Zoo, Vienna, VA. Kids ages 12 and under. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (admission ends at 3 p.m.) Designed for a younger audience, Zoo Boo offers scare-free fun! Join our safe zoo neighborhood of Halloween entertainment, fun and the trick-or-trick trail! All are encouraged to wear fun (not scary) costumes. $12 admission.

Open houses this weekend, 10/11-10/12

Looking for a new home? Visit an open house in Oak Hill! Home prices range from $299,000 for a 2-bedroom, 3 bath, 1182 sq ft townhouse condo on Angeline Drive to $1,499,999 for a 4-bedroom, 6-bath, 7249 sq ft home on Rose Grove Dr.

Need an agent to show you these or other homes on the market? I’d be happy to help! Visit my other site, http://www.oakhillvahomes.com/ to search for a home and request a visit or contact me directly using any of the contact methods on my Contact Form.

Things to do this weekend – Weekend of October 10, 2014

Friday, Oct. 10

  • Oktoberfest Reston. Reston Town Center Pavilion and Market Street, 11900 Market Street, Reston. Enjoy food, wine, beer, and live music and entertainment.
  • Wine Tasting at Total Wine and More, 13055-C Lee Jackson Highway, Greenbriar Town Center, Fairfax , VA 22033. 12 pm – 6 pm. “Every week, our store features a new theme at our Tasting Table. This week, we are showcasing a selection of Rhône wines. Join us as we taste these wines, plus additional selections as chosen by our Wine Manager. Coupons available for tasting selections. Selection subject to availability.” FREE

Saturday, Oct. 11

  • Oktoberfest Reston. Reston Town Center Pavilion and Market Street, 11900 Market Street, Reston. Enjoy food, wine, beer, and live music and entertainment.
  • Fall Leaf Collecting and Art for Kids. 9 a.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna. This children’s program starts with a walk to collect beautiful fall leaves and to discover how leaves change color. Back at the Visitor’s Center while sipping on apple cider, the children will use these leaves to create animal artwork. The program fee is $5 per child, and reservations are required. Space is limited to 20 children. Children younger than age 5 are required to be accompanied by an adult. Parents are welcome to join in on the walk and assist with the craft—regular garden admission applies. For reservations, call 703-255-3631 x103 or jmal...@nvrpa.orgSource: Connection Newspapers
  • Mushroom Hike. 10:30 a.m. – Noon Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive, Reston. Adults join local mushroom expert Mark Richman to explore forest flora and fauna, edible mushrooms and their fakes. Make reservations by Oct. 8. Fee: $5/person RA members, $7/person non-members. natu...@reston.org. 703-476-9689 and press 5. Source: Connection Newspapers
  • Wine Tasting at Total Wine and More, 13055-C Lee Jackson Highway, Greenbriar Town Center, Fairfax , VA 22033. 12 pm – 6 pm. “Every week, our store features a new theme at our Tasting Table. This week, we are showcasing a selection of Rhône wines. Join us as we taste these wines, plus additional selections as chosen by our Wine Manager. Coupons available for tasting selections. Selection subject to availability.” FREE
  • Dog Adoption. 12 -3 p.m. Petco, Greenbriar Towncenter, 13053 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax. Call 703-817-9444 or visit http://www.hart90.org/Source: Connection Newspapers
  • October Bulb Sale. 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Vienna Farmers Market, Center Street, Vienna. The Ayr Hill Garden Club will host their annual Spring bulb sale. This is the opportunity to buy unique premium spring blooming, fall planted, bulbs. Some of the many specialty bulbs offered include: four varieties of Alliums, the “Pittsburgh” tulip and an “instant garden” mix of bulbs. Sale proceeds go to support the five public gardens planted and maintained by Ayr Hill Garden Club in Vienna. Source: Connection Newspapers
  • Fire Prevention Open House. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Any Fairfax County Fire Station.

Sunday, Oct. 12

  • Oktoberfest Reston. Reston Town Center Pavilion and Market Street, 11900 Market Street, Reston. Enjoy food, wine, beer, and live music and entertainment.

Monday, Oct 13 (Columbus Day)

  • Changes by Degrees: Addressing the Climate Challenge. 7-8:30 p.m. Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive, Reston. Adults, participate in a six-week, facilitated discussion course co-sponsored by Sustainable Reston. Examine the global climate change and learn to see the big picture of energy. Fee is due when materials are picked up: $30 RA members, $40 non-members. natu...@reston.org. 703-476-9689 and press 5. Source: Connection Newspapers

 

Fire Prevention Open House, Saturday, October 11, 2014

fire_prevention_weekNews Release from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Who: Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

What: Fire Prevention Open House

Where: All Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Stations

When: Saturday, October 11, 2014, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

In an effort to prevent home fires before they start, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will host Fire Prevention Week Open House, Saturday, October 11, 2014, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at all stations throughout the county. The theme for Fire Prevention Week is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives. Test Yours Every Month!”

Firefighters and paramedics will have displays and activities emphasizing fire and life safety, including preventing fires and fire injuries, especially in the home, and hands-only CPR demonstrations. Residents are encouraged to visit a nearby fire and rescue station to participate in the activities and learn more about fire safety.

FAST FACTS ABOUT FIRE

  • In 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to 370,000 home structure fires. These involved 13,910 civilian injuries, 2,520 civilian deaths, $6.9 billion in direct damage.
  • On average, seven die in U.S. home fires every day.
  • Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, followed by heating type fires. Smoking is a leading cause of civilian home fire deaths.
  • Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen.
  • Unattended cooking is a factor in 34 percent of reported home cooking fires.
  • Ranges accounted for 58 percent of home cooking fires. Ovens accounted for 19 percent.
  • The leading factor contributing to heating equipment fires was failure to clean, primarily creosote from chimneys.
  • Portable heaters, including wood stoves, were involved with one-third of home fires.
  • Almost two-thirds of reported home fire deaths resulted from fires with no working smoke alarms.

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres.

For 93 years, Fire Prevention Week has been sponsored by the National Fire Prevention Association and is proclaimed by the President of the United States each year. This is the longest running safety commemoration and is the premier fire safety program of the fire service, drawing the participation of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and other fire departments in the U.S. and Canada.

To learn more about fire prevention, go to www.firepreventionweek.org.

For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I William Moreland, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711. Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request.
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Register for the 8th Annual K-9 Krawl 5k

Register for the 8th Annual K-9 Krawl 5k

The Fairfax County Police Department is raising awareness about domestic violence. On Saturday, October 18, 2014, they will be hosting the 8th Annual K-9 Krawl 5k at the Fairfax County Government Center. Walkers are encouraged to bring their K-9 companions to show support for domestic violence victims.

From the Fairfax County Police Department Blog:

The event was created to highlight the link between domestic violence and the link to animal cruelty. According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, “The relationship that battered women and their children feel towards their pets complicates their willingness to leave a violent situation; if they do this would potentially put the lives of their pets at risk. Various studies show that approximately 20-48% of women have refused to leave their abusive situation because of their pet. Experts estimate that between 48-71% of domestic violence victims also have pets that have been abused or killed by their abusive partner.  70% of women in violent homes report that they have animals that are at risk of being abused as well.  Abusive partners use the relationship that their victims have with their pets as a way to control and manipulate—victim’s often believe that the threat to harm their pet is likely to occur if they leave or don’t do what they are being told to by the abuser.”

Register for the walk at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FCPD2014K9KRAWL.

NEW – Classifieds section

As some of you may know, I am a moderator/admin for the Reston VA Online Yard Sale Facebook Group. If you are a member of that page, you know that we have thousands of members, and the number of postings has become unmanageable – both as a moderator and as a user. Facebook Groups are just not conducive to selling things. My goal is to move those people to OakHillVA.com’s classifieds section.

First, I am announcing it to those of you who are current OakHillVA.com subscribers as a pilot run. I invite you to list your things in a more organized fashion. There are only a few categories to start. If you can’t find a category that fits for your yard-sale type item, please list it under General, and I’ll work on new categories.

All listings are for 30 days.

Featured listings cost $2.99 for the month. Retail (business sales, including Longaberger, Thirty-One, etc) and service (handyman, housecleaning, etc) listings also have fees. These fees are intended to minimize spam postings on the site. Retail and service postings that are intentionally posted in a way to avoid fees will be banned from posting in the future.

Please keep it local. I am not trying to compete with Craigslist, just trying to make it easier for people local to Oak Hill to sell things to people in the immediate area.

Locality filters are also applied. If you try to list something and it doesn’t let you because of your location, and you are located within 10 miles of Herndon/Oak Hill, please contact me!

I will also be enabling comments to allow communication and feedback on listings shortly.

Thank you for your patience, and I hope that you enjoy this site!

Voter Photo ID Requirements – New This Year

This November 4th, voters will be required to show a valid photo ID in order to vote. What does that mean?

A Valid Photo ID is one of the following:

  • Valid Virginia Driver’s License or Identification Card
  • Valid Virginia DMV issued Veteran’s ID card
  • Valid United States Passport
  • Other government-issued photo identification cards (must be issued by US Government, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or a political subdivision of the Commonwealth
  • Valid college or university student photo identification card (must be from an institution of higher education located in Virginia)
  • Employee identification card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by an employer of the voter in the ordinary course of the employer’s business
  • Virginia Voter Photo ID Card obtained through any local general registrar’s office

Voters without a photo ID will be offered a provisional ballot. For additional information about the new rules, and how to get a photo ID if you don’t already have one, please visit the Virginia Department of Elections website.

In-Person Absentee Voting Starts This Weekend

Will you be out of town or otherwise unable to vote on November 4th this year? In-person absentee voting at satellite locations starts this weekend!

Locations closest to Oak Hill:

Dates
Monday – Friday, October 14th – October 31st

Hours: 3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturdays, September 27th, October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th and November 1st 
Hours:
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The satellite locations will be closed on Monday, October 13th in observance of Columbus Day

For more information and additional voting locations, please visit the Fairfax County Office of Elections website.

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