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You're Invited to Join the Kings Park Concert Band

Come out and join the Kings Park Concert Band every Tuesday evening from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. The rehearsals take place in the White Oaks Elementary School cafeteria at 6130 Shiplett Boulevard in Burke, VA.

You are not required to audition. If you are an adult who played in your high school or college band or in any orchestra and are interested in joining the concert band you are more than welcome to attend! For more information you can call Gary Rathke at 703-220-8356 or visit http://www.iloveburke.com/html/main/announce_display/eventID/31582/index.html

You can also email the band at kpband@kingsparkband.org for more inquiries.

DC Restaurant Week Hits VA Neighborhoods

Luckily DC Restaurant Week is not limited to the District. DC Summer Restaurant Week starts tonight and runs through Sunday, August 22. Over 200 restaurants are participating, and many of them are in Virginia neighborhoods. Make your reservation today on OpenTable.com and get your taste buds ready for a gourmet, multi-course meal!

This 16th biannual DC Restaurant Week is sponsored by Cadillac and American Express. For all participating restaurants the pricing is set as follows:

Lunch: $20.10 for a three-course fixed-price meal
Dinner: $35.10 for a three-course fixed-price meal
Beverages, gratuity and tax are not included.

Here are the participating Virginia restaurants:

2941 Restaurant
2941 Fairview Park Dr.
Falls Church, VA 22042
703-270-1500

A la Lucia
315 Madison St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-836-5123

Burke Annual Festival Coming Soon

The Burke Centre community’s annual festival is right around the corner. This year’s festival falls on Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12. It will run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Burke Centre Conservancy at 6060 Burke Centre Pkway in Burke, VA.

Come and enjoy festival foods, listen to live music, watch dance performances, and shop for hand-made artist’s crafts. There will even be an interactive wildlife show. The festival is a perfect venue for kids with games, ponies, face-painting, rock-climbing, and more. The “After-Hours Wine Garden” is a perfect way for those 21 and over to enjoy music and unwind while tasting some of Virginia’s best wines from Three Fox Vineyards. Mark your planner now for the community festival today!

Come Celebrate Summer Nights in the City

Summer Nights in the City will be held this Saturday, August 14 in Old Town Fairfax. There will be an open-air movie at 8:00 p.m. and live music beginning at 7:00 p.m. on North Street. Come out early to check out the shopping, dining and more! The movie played on the big screen will be Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (rated PG). Movie-goers should bring their own blankets or low-seated chairs.

As a reminder, North Street will be closed for this event starting at 6:45 p.m. until the event is over at 11 p.m. so traffic will be detoured. If there is inclement weather, the event will be cancelled. For more information you can call 703-273-6097.

Summer Reading Program Recognizes 2 Grand Prize Winners

The Burke Centre Library of Burke, VA had over 275 adults sign up for this year’s summer reading program. This group read a total of 1,974 books! The library gave away lots of smaller prizes and two grand prizes. Burke resident, Edna Weller, won an Amazon Kindle and Burke resident, Ashley Gammon won an iPod.

The Burke Centre Library is located at 5935 Freds Oak Road in Burke, VA. If you missed out on this summer reading program, there are lots of different events and programs coming this fall so be sure to check them out at http://www.bcpls.org/adult.php.

Put Your Dancing Shoes On!

The Northern Virginia Country Western Dance Association holds dances on the first, third, and fifth Saturday of every month. The dances include line dancing lessons at 7:30 p.m. followed by couple’s specialty dancing at 8:00 p.m. Then a DJ plays for open dancing from 8:30-11:00 p.m.

The dance lessons are at Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church located at 10125 Lakehaven Court in Burke, VA. It is a non-smoking, non-drinking environment and families are welcome. No partners are required! For more information you can visit www.nvcwda.org or call 703-860-4941.

There will not be any dances on Labor Day weekend (September 4). However, the annual Anniversary Dance will be on September 18, so get ready to celebrate 24 years of NVCWDA at this special dance!

Admission costs:

100 Needy Students Receive School Supplies Shopping Spree

Early this morning 100 local students in need were given the opportunity to visit a local Target store to buy back-to-school supplies. The Salvation Army and Target teamed up to help these students purchase a variety of supplies for the upcoming school year.

The Salvation Army and Target are helping a total of 12,000 students nationwide with the Target School Spree. Each student that is selected by the Salvation Army gets an $80 Target Giftcard for school supplies.

There were 30 students from DC and Prince Georges County, 30 from Alexandria and Arlington County, 30 from Fairfax and Prince William County, and 10 from Montgomery County.