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WFCM Holds Back-to-School Backpack Collection

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) is holding their annual backpack collection as we approach the new school year. They collect backpacks for the elementary, middle and high schools in areas such as Centreville, Fairfax Station, Clifton, and Chantilly to name a few.

WFCM is asking area residents to contribute whenever possible because so far they have requests for over 1,300 backpacks which are given to students with free or reduced-price lunches. Due to the rough economy, the numbers of backpack requests have gone up by 15% since last year. Some schools don’t even request a number, they just have asked for as many as possible.

If you would like to donate a backpack you can drop it off at WFCM located at 13981 Metrotech Drive in Chantilly, VA. WFCM asks that the backpack donations are dropped off on or before August 25 because the deliveries to the schools will occur by August 27.

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.

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!

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Green Thumb Events in Burke this Weekend

The Burke Farmer’s Market will be held this upcoming Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 5671 Roberts Parkway in Burke, VA. This farmer’s market is running through November 20. Some local vendors include Blue Ridge Dairy, Cibola Farms, Red Rake Farm, Susie’s Cookies and Westmoreland Produce.

The Master Gardener Plant Clinic will be on site at the market to answer any of your questions about plants that you may be growing. If you are looking for more tips for your landscape you can go to the Neighborhood Plant Clinic this upcoming Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road. The Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association will be giving lots of great planting and landscaping strategies out to attendees.