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Bright Space to Give Fairfax County Homeless Children a Dedicated Play & Learning Environment

From Shelter House:

[Falls Church, VA.] – On Monday, November 14 at 11:00 a.m., members of Bright Horizons Family Solutions, the Booz Allen Hamilton Family Center and Shelter House, Inc. will cut the ribbon to officially unveil the new Bright Space for homeless children and families at the Patrick Henry Family Shelter. Bright Spaces are designed to provide children and families in shelters with a dedicated warm, enriching area to play, learn and relax. Faculty and families from the Booz Allen Hamilton Family Center/Bright Horizons Family Solutions in McLean, VA, raised money and renovated the existing community room at the shelter into the Bright Space room.

National Parks to Waive Entrance Fees November 11-13

National Parks to Waive Entrance Fees November 11-13

This notice comes to us from Bill Line and the National Park Service:

Riverbend Park’s Night Sky Festival Focuses on Jupiter

From Fairfax County Park Authority:

On Saturday, November 19, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m., visitors will gaze through a 10-inch telescope at our solar system’s largest planet, Jupiter, during Riverbend Park’s annual Night Sky Festival. Due to the dark, moonless night, Jupiter’s colors and banding should be visible. The planet’s four Galilean moons (Ganymede, Io, Europa, Callisto) are also expected to be seen. The festival occurs near the peak of the Leonid meteor shower and, although rare, participants may occasionally see shooting stars while listening to stories by a warm campfire.

Fair Oaks Mall Presents 24th Annual Mall-O-Ween

Fair Oaks Mall Presents 24th Annual Mall-O-Ween

From Fair Oaks Mall:

One of the most popular Halloween traditions in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area will continue this Monday, October 31 from 6 – 8 p.m. when Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, Virginia presents its 24th annual MALL-O-WEEN. Children are invited to dress in costumes and trick-or-treat store-to-store throughout the shopping center with more than 190 specialty stores, services and restaurants while their family and friends discover special Halloween discounts and offers at participating locations.

Fair Oaks Mall’s distinctive 760 square foot Fountain Court will be filled with dry ice, offering a uniquely eerie backdrop for the Halloween evening. New this year to MALL-O-WEEN will be such costumed characters as witches and ghosts strolling throughout the mall greeting children as the wander through the second largest shopping mall in the state of Virginia. 

Parks Seek Volunteers to Restore Habitat During VolunteerFest

From Fairfax County Park Authority:

The Invasive Management Area (IMA) program is participating in Volunteer Fairfax’s VolunteerFest® on October 22, 2011, which coincides with the National Day of Service.  Conveniently located IMA sites are holding events this year for volunteers to help restore native habitat in parks. Pulling invasive weeds and planting native species benefits local communities and is a great way to socialize with friends and neighbors. To register as a volunteer at an IMA site, call IMA Coordinator Erin Stockschlaeder at 703-324-8681, or send her an email at Erin.Stockschlaeder@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Events on October 22