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In the summer time, when the living is easy… or so the song says, right? Well, things do slow down in the summer, and traffic is noticeably lighter during the morning and evening commutes. But getting out of town for beach or mountain weekend getaways can be challenging. Seems like Fridays and Sundays (and now creeping into Thursdays and Mondays) our major arteries in and out of town are completely clogged. So, what better way to avoid the weekend cluster than staying put. That’s right – weekend staycations can be much less stressful, and frankly, a lot of fun. In this edition we have highlighted a long list of swimming facilities and water parks located in Northern Virginia. Most of these are accessible by local trails, so walking or biking to these swimmin’ holes is even more relaxing and good exercise. Summer is also the high time for local fairs. Fortunately in Northern Virginia we host a wide variety of county fairs – from the traditional, farm oriented – to the
amusement park ambience. Check out our listing and take the whole family out to these unique experiences. Good food and good times await you! And last, but certainly not least, it is with some sadness that I am writing my last note to you as the Executive Director of DATA. Like the seasons, professional careers change over time. I have accepted a new position at Arlington County, serving as their Bureau Chief of Commuter Services. I have thoroughly enjoyed my 16 years at DATA – meeting incredible people and working with very talented staff and board. But it is time to open another chapter in my life. I sincerely hope that @livemore continues to prosper and expand its readership, and that DATA continues to grow as an organization. There are many fine people that I will miss, but in all honesty I will simply be “around the corner” living more and commuting less – but it will just be in Arlington.
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Can A Mobility App Revolutionize How We Travel? Volkswagen is Betting on It MOIA recently purchased the mobility app Split, which has been present in the DC area for a little over a year, but ceased to operate in October due to funding issues. The Split app is an innovative ride matching software package that helped drivers pick up multiple riders and find the shortest distance to their multiple destinations. MOIA, a mobility company in the Volkswagen Group (VW), and Hamburger Hochbahn AG (HOCHBAHN) are jointly working on the development of a new and environmentally friendly mobility service for Hamburg. As part
of this project, an on-demand shuttle service with electric vehicles is set to go into operation in 2018. This service will supplement the public transport network and represent an attractive alternative to travelling by car. Passengers will be able to book the service via the app on their smartphone by entering their location and destination. Split will serve as the basis for this service. The MOIA shuttle will then fulfil the journey requests of passengers who are travelling in a similar direction. An algorithm will combine these requests, plan the route and
calculate the journey duration and arrival times for each individual passenger. The planned integration into HOCHBAHN’s platform will add a new and environmentally friendly shared mobility solution to the current range of car-sharing vehicles and rental bikes that can be booked online. The new mobility service in Hamburg will be fully financed by MOIA and run using the company’s own vehicles and drivers. To this end, MOIA is currently developing a vehicle for up to six passengers that will be powered only by
electricity and thus completely emission-free. The aim is to roll out the service with around 200 electric shuttle vehicles in Hamburg in 2018 following a successful test run. A further expansion of the fleet is planned for 2019. After its successful introduction in Hamburg, MOIA plans to launch the service in other cities. According to Ole Harms, MOIA’s CEO: “Last year, the Volkswagen Group and the city of Hamburg established the first strategic mobility partnership aimed at making urban mobility in Hamburg safer, more environmentally
friendly, more reliable and more efficient. MOIA’s ondemand shuttle will be an important milestone in this partnership.” Unfortunately for DC area residents, MOIA has no immediate plans to place services here in the near future.
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Use Your Feet to Beat the Heat This Summer A variety of public swimming pools and waterparks are at your doorstep The Fairfax County Park Authority and NOVA Parks, our regional park authority, operate a wide variety of indoor and outdoor swimming venues. Almost all of them are accessible by either walking or riding a bike to visit. Both season and day passes are available. Some of these local venues, such as the Water Mine and Wave pool, offer very unique experiences for the whole family to enjoy. Waterslides, tube rides and body surfing are virtually at your doorstep! Check out the list of locations below and stroll or pedal on over to cool off this summer. And remember to swim more and commute less this summer!
Fairfax County Park Authority Swimming Venues Outdoor Swimming Facilities The Water Mine 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive Reston, VA 20190 Phone: 703-471-5415 fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ rec/watermine/ This family water park captures the excitement of the Old West’s Gold Rush with attractions tailored for all ages. The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole offers more than an acre of slides, flumes, sprays, showers, floatables, and an interactive water playground. Careen off covered wagons, float on wild animals and dash through showers tipped from water-filled ore carts. The activity pool is encircled by Rattlesnake River, a 725-foot lazy river; you can enjoy a relaxing float as the current gently nudges you along.
The centerpiece is Pete’s Peak, a craggy mountain dotted with boarded up mine shafts and tunnels. Several slides of various size and intensity jut from the mountain, giving a variety of thrills you’ll return to again and again. Enjoy a slide down Big Pete and Little Pete, or experience the thrills of Prospectors Plummet, with one of three 3-story waterslides! The mountain and slides are named for Pete the Prospector. According to Lake Fairfax legend, he staked his claim there in 1849, searching for gold. Sadly for Pete, his years of digging found only water. But now, with The Water Mine, the Park Authority is turning Pete’s worthless old strike into the golden fun of summer. There’s something here for everyone. Tenderfoot Pond, with its pint-sized slide and gentle bubblers, gives toddlers a perfect place for water play. Children will delight at the never-ending bubblers and spray fountains in Boomtown, a multi-level water playground, along with the interactive slides and additional interactive features in the tot spray pad area! The more adventurous can test their skills on Box Canyon Crossing, the log walk obstacle course. Teenagers can join a game of water volleyball or enjoy the thrill of Prospectors Plummet, and everyone will enjoy going with the flow in a tube on Rattlesnake River.
Our Special Harbor Spray Park at Lee District RECenter Lee District Park, at the intersection of Rose Hill and Telegraph Roads. fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/rec/ leerec/lee-spraypark.htm
Great Waves. Photo courtesy of NOVA Parks. If you like running through the sprinkler, you’ll love Our Special Harbor spray ground at Lee District Park in Franconia. The fully accessible complex features Chesapeake Bay-themed attractions including a spraying osprey nest, Chessie the sea serpent, misting sunflowers and a lighthouse. The beach area is quieter with softer bubblers and interactive water tables. The computerized water maze and dumping crab basket provide more lively activity. Children will also enjoy the fully accessible tree house and the accessible Tiki Village playground in the nearby Family Recreation Area. Children (15 years and younger) on the spray pad must wear aquatic shoes or sandals at all times with an enclosed heel or strap on back to keep secured to the feet. Non-standing/non-mobile babies are exempt. Adults/ parents/guardians, including employees, may wear flip-flops in lieu of the above. Street shoes are not permitted on the spray pad. For more information call 703-922-9841. General Admission is free;
however there is a daily fee for each participant and chaperone for commercial or nonprofit groups (including day care centers, martial arts camps, YMCA, church groups, etc.). $5 for Fairfax County residents, $10 for Non-County residents. This fee does not apply to families. Space is limited for commercial/nonprofit groups. Reservations can be faxed to 703-719-0987 or inperson through the Manager on Duty at Lee District RECenter prior to the visit.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Pool Martin Luther King, Jr. Park near Richmond Highway (Route 1) at 8115 Fordson Road. fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ mlk-pool.htm The MLK pool features two slides and a children’s wading pool – and admission is free for individuals! The pool will open on Memorial Day weekend and be open each Saturday and Sunday until Fairfax County Public Schools dismiss for the summer. The pool will be closed on Tuesdays.
There is a daily fee of $3 for each participant and chaperone for commercial or nonprofit groups, including day care centers, martial arts camps, church groups and others. Space is limited for groups and must be coordinated in advance with the aquatic supervisor or assistant at Mt. Vernon RECenter at 703768-3224. The fee does not apply to families picnicking in the park. The park features a playground, an open field and a picnic area, which can be reserved for a fee online. The facility has a maximum capacity of 140 patrons so be advised that on busy days when capacity is reached, there will be a wait.
Indoor Pool Facilities Cub Run Recreation Center 4630 Stonecroft Blvd. Chantilly, VA 20151 703-817-9407 fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ rec/cubrun/ Cub Run RECenter is a 65,000 square foot facility that includes a 4,860 square foot leisure entertainment pool featuring two water slides and a water
JULY/AUGUST 2017 playground, a 25-yard by 25-meter swimming pool, a 9,600 square foot fitness center and two multipurpose rooms - one a 3,000 square foot room that can be divided in half, the other a 1,700 square foot room, and a 270 square foot party room. The natatorium leisure pool includes a 30-foot-high slide that exits the building in an enclosed tube, a 20-foot-high slide with an open tube, a spa, a vortex, a current channel, an open shallow water area and a water playground with interactive play features, a tiny-tot slide and a zero depth entry. The 25-yard by 25-meter competition pool includes two 1-meter diving boards and a seating capacity of 175.
Audrey Moore RECenter 8100 Braddock Road Annandale, Virginia 703-321-7081 fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ rec/moore/
Audrey Moore RECenter at Wakefield Park is approximately 76,000 square feet in size and houses a 50-meter pool with one 3-meter and two 1-meter diving boards. The natatorium also contains spectator seating, doors that lead to a spacious outdoor sundeck, and locker rooms containing saunas and showers. In addition to the various racquetball/wallyball and squash courts, the center has a large gymnasium with six basketball hoops, and volleyball nets. The center also contains a cycle studio, a dance room, a pottery lab and kiln, an arts and crafts room, three multi-purpose activity rooms, and a senior center.
George Washington RECenter
Center has a heated indoor 25meter pool with a poolside spa, beach and wading area, saunas, showers and fully equipped locker rooms. The fitness area includes two treadmills, and recumbent and stationary bicycles. This completely accessible facility (curb cuts, dressing stalls, pool ramp) also features newly resurfaced lighted tennis courts and a picnic area.
Lee District RECenter 6601 Telegraph Road Franconia, Virginia 703-922-9841 fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ rec/leerec/
Lee District RECenter, approximately 83,600 square feet, is comprised of three major areas; Natatorium, Gymnasium and Fitness Center. In addition to these main features, the RECenter also contains racquetball/wallyball courts, two mirrored dance/ fitness rooms, three multipurpose rooms, a mezzanine, and preschool. The surrounding 193-acre park has one soccer field with two overlay T-Ball fields, two football fields with two overlay softball fields, four basketball courts, an amphitheater, a playground and tot lot, four lighted tennis courts, a tennis practice wall, and walking trails. The Natatorium includes a heated, indoor 50-meter by 25yard pool, two 1-meter and two 3-meter diving boards, spa, spectator seating, locker rooms, family changing room, saunas, and showers and an outdoor sun deck and grassed sunbathing area.
Mt. Vernon RECenter 2017 Belle View Blvd. Alexandria, Virginia 703-768-3224 fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ rec/mtvernon/
8426 Old Mt. Vernon Road Alexandria, VA 22309 703-780-8894 fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ rec/geowash/ RE-
Mount Vernon RECenter has
a 25-meter x 25-yard pool with a one-meter Duraflex springboard, a beach area with aquatic toys, an outdoor sundeck, poolside spa, and locker rooms with saunas and showers. Our comprehensive programs promote safety, skill development, fitness, social interaction and fun. Various user groups share pool space. Swim teams and Aquatic Adventures Scuba Diving rent space for practice and meets. FCPA and Fairfax County Public Schools share the commitment for hosting the high school swim and dive teams for practice and meets November through February.
Oak Marr RECenter
3200 Jermantown Road Oakton, Virginia 703-281-6501 fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ rec/oakmarr/ Oak Marr RECenter has an Olympic-size heated indoor pool with 1 and 3 meter springboards, 3 and 5 meter platforms, a 2,300 sq. ft. beach and wading area, a 3,300 sq. ft. outdoor sundeck, saunas, locker rooms with private showers, and a family changing room. Fairfax County Park Authority RECenter pools have something for everybody! Their comprehensive programs promote safety, skill development, fitness, social interaction and fun.
7525 Marc Drive Falls Church, Virginia 703-698-1351 fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/rec/ providence/ Providence RECenter has a 25-yard X 25-meter heated indoor pool with wading area, springboard, outdoor sundeck, 2 spas, saunas, locker rooms, family changing room, and bleacher seating. There is a wheelchair ramp built in to the main pool. Various user groups share pool
Pirates Cove. Photo courtesy of NOVA Parks. space. Nationally ranked swimming teams rent space for practice and meets. FCPA and Fairfax County Public Schools share the commitment for hosting the high school swim and dive teams for practice and meets November through February.
South Run RECenter 7550 Reservation Drive Springfield, Virginia 703-866-0566 fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ rec/southrun/
The South Run RECenter has a 25 x 25-yard pool with two onemeter Duraflex springboards, an outdoor sundeck, poolside spa, and locker rooms with saunas and showers. Their comprehensive programs promote safety, skill development, fitness, social interaction and fun.
Spring Hill RECenter 1239 Spring Hill Road McLean, Virginia 703-827-0989 fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ rec/springhill/
The Spring Hill RECenter has a 25-yard by 25-meter heated indoor pool with two one-meter Duraflex springboards, outdoor sundeck, saunas, locker rooms with showers, and poolside spa.
Their comprehensive programs promote safety, skill development, fitness, social interaction and fun. Three or more lap swimming lanes are always open for customers during operating hours. Shallow (3 1/2 ft.) play space is available after 12 Noon on most days.
NOVA Parks – Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority Atlantis Waterpark at Bull Run Regional Park Bull Run Regional Park 7700 Bull Run Drive Centreville, VA 20121 703-631-0552 www.atlantisbullrun.com
Get ready for a full day of sliding, splashing and playing at Atlantis Waterpark, located just outside Centreville, at Bull Run Regional Park. From two huge, adrenaline-inducing waterslides and a 500-gallon dumping bucket, to relaxing open pools and dedicated play areas for the little ones, Atlantis offers a thousand ways to stay cool between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Rely on shade areas, sundeck and snack bar to relax and stay cool between slides. Atlantis’ daily rates are always reasonable, or
JULY/AUGUST 2017 buy an Annual Waterpark Pass to visit all five NOVA Parks waterparks all summer long.
Great Waves Waterpark at Cameron Run Regional Park
4001 Eisenhower Avenue Alexandria, VA 22304 703-960-0767 www.greatwaveswaterpark.com Bring the family for a full day of summer adventures at Great Waves Waterpark, located at Cameron Run Regional Park in Alexandria, Virginia. Thrillseekers love the speed slides and waterslides, while little ones play in the interactive splash pad and wading pool. Take the adventure further and body surf in the 17,500 square foot wave pool, or watch the kids climb, slide and bounce in the Paradise Play area. Naturally, there are also comfy shaded areas where visitors can order food and take a well-deserved rest. Daily rates are always reasonable, or buy an Annual Waterpark Pass to visit all five NOVA Parks waterparks all summer long.
Ocean Dunes Waterpark at Upton Hill Regional Park
6060 Wilson Boulevard Arlington, VA 22205 703-534-3437 www.oceanduneswaterpark.com
Make it a beach day — with waterslides — at the beachthemed Ocean Dunes Waterpark in Arlington’s Upton Hill Regional Park. Find excitement on the 230-foot open slide, or 170-foot covered waterslide, or set the kids free in the play area to splash, slide and play in the water jets. The 500-gallon dumping bucket is a favorite hangout during the hottest days of the year. Sliding is hard work! Take a break under the shade umbrellas and order a meal at the snack shack. Daily rates are always reasonable, or buy an Annual Waterpark Pass to visit all five NOVA waterparks all summer long.
Pirate’s Cove Waterpark at Pohick Bay Regional Park 6501 Pohick Bay Drive Lorton, VA 22079 703-339-6102 www.piratescovepohick.com
Arrgh matey! Bring the family for a swashbuckling ride at Pirate’s Cove Waterpark, located at Pohick Bay Regional Park in Lorton, Virginia. Set the kids free on Buccaneer Beach or let them frolic in the water jets and on the pirate-themed play area. Adrenaline fiends will find their way to two thrilling waterslides or cool down beneath the 500-gallon dumping bucket. Make a day of it and stop for a snack or meal at the Captain’s
Galley Café. Pirate’s Cove daily rates are always reasonable, or buy an Annual Waterpark Pass to visit all five NOVA waterparks all summer long.
Volcano Island Waterpark at Algonkian Regional Park 20015 Volcano Island Drive Sterling, VA 20165 703-430-7683 volcanoislandwaterpark.com
It may be the most fun anyone can have while staying cool. Bring the kids to the island-themed Volcano Island Waterpark at Algonkian Regional Park in Sterling, Virginia. Get an adrenaline rush on two waterslides, feel the cool rush of a 500-gallon dumping bucket, and set the kids loose in the giant wading pool and water play structure. Relax underneath palm trees and tiki canopies, then enjoy a meal from the Paradise Café. Daily rates are always reasonable, or buy an Annual Waterpark Pass to visit all five NOVA waterparks all summer long.
Reston Association Aquatic Facilities Below are brief descriptions of each of the Reston Association’s 15 aquatic facilities. They may include1-meter spring boards, 50- and 25-meter lap lanes, a 2-story winding slide, interactive fountain play area, full sun decks, extra shaded decks, and even outdoor hot tubs. All pools are situated close to other great Reston Association amenities and many are accessible by walking or riding a bike on Reston Association’s pathways. More information on hours and fees can be found at: reston. org/Parks,RecreationEvents/ Aquatics/AquaticsOverview Autumnwood: 703-4670903, 11950 Walnut Branch
Watermine. Photo courtesy of Fairfax County Park Authority.
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grass area, tennis courts and playground. (Lap lanes: 25 meters, 3.5 to 5.5 feet deep). Dogwood: 703-476-5717 2460 Green Range Road. Diving well, diving board, wading pool, picnic tables, large grass beach area. (Lap lanes: 20 meters, 3.5 to 5.5 feet deep). Glade: 703-476-5732, 11550 Glade Drive, 20-foot slide with slide well, 1-meter diving board, spa, wading pool, tennis courts and playground. (Lap lanes: 25 meters, 3.5 to 12.5 feet deep). Golf Course Island: 703435-8397, 11301 Links Drive Diving board, two grass beach areas, wading pool, playground and pavilion. (Lap lanes: 25 meters, 3 to 12 feet deep). Hunters Woods: 703-3912187, 2501 Reston Parkway. Separate water basketball and volleyball areas, diving board, children’s splash area, large spa, ADA ramp into main pool, playground and pavilion. (Lap lanes: 25 meters, 3.5 to 8.5 feet deep). Lake Audubon: 703-8603080, 2070 Twin Branches Road. Diving well, diving board, grass beach area, wading pool, boat ramp to Lake Audubon nearby. (Lap lanes: 25 meters, 3 to 5 feet deep). Lake Newport: 703-4670694, 11601 Lake Newport Road. Diving well, two 1-meter diving boards, wading pool, covered picnic area with grills, sand volleyball area, large grass area, playground, softball field and basketball court. (Lap lanes: 50 meters, 3.5 to 5.5 feet deep). Lake Thoreau: 703-8600640, 2040 Upper Lake Drive. Diving well, diving board, spa, wading pool, grass beach area, picnic tables. (Lap lanes: 25 meters, 3 to 5 feet deep). Newbridge:
11768 Golf Course Square Diving well, diving board, wading pool, picnic tables, tennis courts and playground. (Lap lanes: 25 meters, 3.5 to 12 feet deep). North Hills: 703-4356769, 1325 North Village Road. Two shallow play areas (one with fountain), spa, picnic tables, grass beach area, picnic pavilion with grills, tennis courts in walking distance. (Lap lanes: 25 meters, 3 to 5 feet deep). North Shore: 703-689-4091 11515 North Shore Drive. Parking available only on North Shore Drive. Spa, wading pool, ADA ramp to pool deck, ADA hydrolift chair into main pool, shaded upper deck with picnic tables, Lake Anne Plaza and tennis courts. (Lap lanes: 25 meters, 3 to 11 feet deep). Ridge Heights: 703-4767084, 11400 Ridge Heights Road. Diving well, diving board, wading pool, two large grass beach areas. (Lap lanes: 25 meters, 3 to 5 feet deep). Shadowood: 703-8608075, 2201 Springwood Drive. Small slide, wading pool, small grass beach area with picnic tables. (20-meter length, 3 to 5 feet deep, no lap lanes). Tall Oaks: 703-435-1072, 12025 North Shore Drive 1-meter diving board, wading pool, picnic tables, Tall Oaks Shopping Center nearby. (Lap lanes: 25 meters, 3 to 12 feet deep). Uplands: 703-435-2586, 11032 Ring Road. Upper lap pool with in-water benches, lower splash pool with zero-depth entry and in-water benches, large interactive fountain features and fenced splash pad play area on deck. (Lap lanes: 25 meters, 3.5 to 8.5 feet deep).
Arlington Ranked Best Place for Millennials The Accolades for NoVa Area Keep Stacking Up! places for millennials to live in the United States. Washington, DC came in at a respectable twelfth place. The website Niche, recognized these localities as “the best cities for young professionals based on the number of millennial residents, job opportunities, and access to bars, restaurants, and affordable housing.” Niche’s rankings are based on data from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS, and other sources.
tional monuments near by to visit and admire. Lots of trails for exercising and health food stores for people who love to live that healthy lifestyle. Only down side would be the traffic, but it’s not anything someone can’t handle.” Alexandria, coming in at a respectable fourth was recognized as “a beautiful and historic town with many fine dining and expensive store fronts. It’s an affluent area. It can be hard to afford to live here. But if you can, it’s a wonderful place to be!” For many of us who already call these communities home, these accolades are a given, but it sure is still nice to see what a great Arlington County, along with the City of Alexandria, were recently The website noted that “Arlington place this region is when compared to included as some of the top ten best is a very beautiful area! So many na- many other areas in the US.
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Summer is A Fair Time to be in Northern Virginia Taking a staycation this summer? Don’t fret, there is plenty to do here in Northern Virginia during the summer months. A wide variety of events, music, food, rides and other entertainment can be found this summer at any one of the fairs listed below. You can explore animal competitions, carnival rides and first class music. Fair time in Northern Virginia is certainly livemore time! Take your family out and support these community events.
Arlington County Fair
The Arlington County Fair is a summer family event complete with carnival rides, live animal shows, musical entertainment, arts and craft exhibits, and a variety of international foods. Local crafters will display their needlework, apparel, dolls,
photography, creative writing, flower arrangements and ceramics. On Saturday, there will be a parade to the fair, starting at 10 a.m. outside the Arlington Career Center, proceeding along S. Highland to 2nd St. and finishing at the fairground. New this year, there’ll be even more culinary delights to choose from, with an expanded array of food trucks. There will also be a Photo of the Day Contest and a “Find the Disco Ball” contest (a tribute to the Fair’s 1977 birth), with prizes for the winners. Admission to the fair is free. Dates and Times: August 16-20, 2017, Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 5-10 p.m. (outdoor only), Thursday, August 17, 2017, 5-10 p.m. (outdoor only), Friday, August 18, 2017, 2-10 p.m. (outdoor); 4-10 p.m. (indoor), Saturday, August 19, 2017, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.(outdoor); 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
(indoor), Sunday, August 20, 2017, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (outdoor); 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (indoor) Location: Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 South Second Street, Arlington, VA.. Parking: There is no public parking at the Fair and parking on nearby streets is restricted to neighborhood residents with temporary permits. The Community Center parking lot will be used for fair vendors and exhibitors only. Shuttles will run continuously from the Ballston and Pentagon City Metro station, and from the I-66 parking garage and Arlington Career Center lot for $2 round-trip. Children under 12 may ride for free. Bike Arlington and partner Two Wheel Valet have teamed up to provide free valet bike parking on the tennis courts.
Fair Highlights: Harlem Wizards, Racing piglets Air-conditioned Indoor Exhibitor Hall and Entertainment: interactive aquarium area, indoor community entertainment, arts/crafts, jewelry, competitive exhibits, community and commercial exhibitors Outdoor fun begins with the 5 p.m. ribbon-cutting on Wednesday in front of the Thomas Jefferson Community Center. There will be pony rides, True Health Kids Obstacle Course and animal races. The following days will feature free musical performances, Harlem Wizards, dancers, exhibitions and more.Kids’ Court: inflatables, face painting, and Monster Mural. Cole Amusement Midway: Kiddie/Thrill Rides, Games and Pony Rides. The ride lineup includes Catch N Air, Cliff Hanger, Rainforest Expo Wheel, Funnel Force, Hurricane, Super Shot, Tilt-A-Whirl, Zipper, Money Maze, Dizzy Dragons, Go Gator, Jolly Choo Choo, Jungle Crawl, Magic Carpet Slide, Skipper the Dolphin, Willie the Whale and more. 5K run/walk: Saturday 8 a.m. Website: arlingtoncountyfair.us
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Fauquier County Fair
The Fauquier County Fair features livestock, rabbits, poultry, produce, homemade arts and crafts, animal shows, contests, games, demonstrations, homegrown dinner and a variety of live music. The competitions are especially popular and include the Animal Sounds Contest, ATV Rodeo, Corn Shucking Contest, Hot Dog Eating Contest, Lawn Mower Pull, Pie Eating Contest, Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest, Zucchini Races and much more. Fauquier County provides a perfect setting for an old-fashioned fair. The area is known as horse and wine country set in the beautiful rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The area offers a contrast as both a natural haven and gateway to bustling Washington DC metropolitan area. Dates and Times: July 1215 2017, Wednesday, July 12th, 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Thursday, July 13th, 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Friday, July 14th, 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, July 15th, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Location: Fauquier Fairgrounds, 6209 Old Auburn Road, Warrenton, Virginia
Admission: Youth: (12 & Under) $5, Adults: $10,Babes in arms: FREE, Adult Military: (with military ID) $5, Senior Citizens: (65 & Over) $5, Parking is free. Website: fauquierfair.com
Loudoun County Fair
The Loudoun County Fair is held at the Loudoun County Fairgrounds each July and is best known for its Kiss-aPig fundraiser and livestock auction. Other fair highlights include a carnival, rodeo-bull riding, dairy show, goat show, horseback demonstrations, magic acts, pet shows, floral exhibits, obstacle courses, tug-of-war, live musical entertainment and a special dinner each evening. Dates: July 24-29, 2017 Location: Loudoun County Fairgrounds, 17564 Dry Mill Rd. Leesburg, Virginia. Located near the intersections of Routes 7 and 9. Admission Daily: Purchased at gate - $12.00 per adult; $5 per child ages 6-12; ages 6 and under are free. Weekly Passes: Purchased at gate - $25.00 per adult; $15 per child ages 6-12; ages 6 and under are free.
Lucketts Community Center on weekdays. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.
Lucketts Fair (Loudoun County)
Visit with local non-profit organizations to learn about ways that they give back to the Lucketts community. Groups including The Journey Through Hallowed Ground, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, Equine Rescue League and Loudoun Beekeepers, among others, will demonstrate their missions through activities. Bring the entire family, young, old and everyone in between. Stay the weekend each day offers new country flavored delights.
Re-discover the Lucketts Fair, a family friendly event which honors Lucketts’ agrarian roots. Enjoy bluegrass music all weekend under the gazebo, thrill at the border collies herding sheep, take a load off and enjoy a hayride, let the little ones loose in the hay maze, squish grapes and sample the juice, dominate the mechanical bull, dance with the cloggers, visit with authors in the Reader’s Garden, shop at the juried crafters and artisans, explore for antiques, refuel on great fair food, squeeze some apple cider and so much more! Join in the fun by entering the Best Fruit Pie and the Largest Vegetable contests. Don’t miss the Cake Walk. Winners take home an amazing homemade cake. The Bakery is back and beckons you into the Old School auditorium for freshly baked goodies and a cup of knock-your-socks-off coffee. Stop by the Old School House Market tent during fair days to purchase raffle tickets for your chance to win this hand-sewn quilt. You may also purchase tickets and view the quilt in advance at the
Dates: August 19-20, 2017, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Rain or Shine Admission: $7. Children 7 years old and under are free. Location: Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Road, Leesburg VA Website: theluckettsfair.com
Prince William County Fair
The Prince William County Fair dates back to 1949 and today is Virginia’s largest
county fair. The annual event in Manassas, Virginia includes livestock exhibits, a variety of midway shows, truck and tractor pulls, Monster Trucks, Lawnmower Racing, a rodeo, demolition derbies, baby contests, pet shows, live music, storytelling, games and carnival rides. Dates: August 11 - 19, 2017 Mon, Wed, Thurs, and Fri 5 p.m. - Close, Tuesday 2 p.m. - CloseSat and Sun 12 p.m. Close Closing time is usually around 11 p.m. but varies with attendance.
Admission: One Admission Adult Ticket $10, One Admission Child/Senior Ticket $6, Ride wristbands:, Weekdays: $18 Sun 8/14: $22, Fri 8/19: $20, Sat 8/20: $22 Specials: Tickets are half price on Half Price Night—Aug 14th.FREE GATE ADMISSION. 2-5 p.m. only on Tues, Aug 15th. Ladies admitted FREE on Ladies Night—Aug 16th. Children 4 and under and Active Military admitted FREE daily. Website: pwcfair.com
Location: Prince William County Fairgrounds, 10624 Dumfries Road Manassas, Virginia. The fairgrounds are located near I-66, off of Virginia Route 234.
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A Smart Commute is the Best Commute Do you have a Smart Commute – some perk or incentive that makes your commute a bit easier to handle? Maybe you telework one day a week, or get preferential parking because you are part of a vanpool. There are many strategies to easing a bad commute, and the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) is focused on helping residents in the Prince William County area to put them to use! In addition to its OmniRide and OmniLink bus services, PRTC offers Omni SmartCommute, a free service that helps employers in the Prince William County area to create, implement, and expand incentives that ideally will persuade employees to choose alternatives to driving alone. The end result: fewer vehicles on the road, more predictable commutes, reduced stress, and workers who save time and money! Omni SmartCommute is fully funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and is available to help employers with: • Employee Commute Surveys – Omni SmartCommute can provide research that holds key insights into staff and their commuting behavior. The data can be used to determine employee interest in commuter benefit programs
as well as which types of benefits and programs might be most beneficial to a company and its employees. Surveys can be conducted on paper or online in both English and Spanish. • Telework Programs – Creating a telework program allows staff to avoid the hassles of a daily commute. Telework programs are often highly valued by employees and numerous studies have shown that employees who participate in a telework program are more productive. • Emergency Preparedness – A snowstorm or natural disaster doesn’t mean that your business needs to shut down. Be prepared for an emergency, and develop a business continuity plan to keep your business open by helping employees with their commutes during a crisis. An established Telework Program is a key component to emergency preparedness. • Transit Subsidies – Employees who take public transportation or ride in vanpools are eligible to set aside up to $255 of their salary each month for their commuting costs. Employers can also provide up to $255 per month directly to employees as a tax free benefit. The SmartBenefits program administered
by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (Metro) helps employers manage their employees’ transit benefits for free! • Carpool/Vanpool Formation – Let Omni SmartCommute help find colleagues interested in starting a carpool or vanpool. Omni SmartCommute can also tap into the ridesharing programs run by OmniMatch, Commuter Connections, and others to find commuters with similar origin and destination points looking to share rides to work. • Biking/Walking to Work – Become a bike-friendly workplace by providing staff with places to lock up their bikes and change for work. Biking is an affordable and a healthy way to get to work. Omni SmartCommute has tips and ideas for how to make businesses bike-friendly. • Alternative Work Schedules – Whether it’s allowing employees to work more hours over fewer days or letting them choose what time they arrive and depart each day, Alternative Work Schedules are a great way to improve a commute. Alternative Work Schedules keep people off the roads during rush hour and can help them achieve a better work/life balance.
• Parking Management – Overflowing parking lots are easily controlled when staff uses transit, carpools, or works from home. Omni SmartCommute can help develop strategies for maximizing parking at your workplace by offering employee incentives to not drive alone. • By implementing some of these alternatives, employers can simultaneously improve the commuting experience for workers, attract and retain talented staff, and help to reduce congestion on area roadways. It’s a win-win all around! PRTC is happy to talk with you or your employer anytime! Visit PRTCtransit.org, email us at info@omnismartcommute. org, or call (703) 580-6130.
Hey Kids! Let’s Get Out And Explore Nature! Fairfax County Libraries Now Check Out Nature Backpacks Remember when mom told you “It’s a beautiful day, go outside and play”? Fairfax County’s public library system is doing the same, but oneupping mom by loaning free nature-themed backpacks so kids of all ages can enjoy the outdoors and learn about nature and science. It is a great outside activity for families and groups such as Scouts and other youth organizations. The 32 backpacks were
provided to Fairfax County by the Library of Virginia through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Each backpack contains great resources for exploring your local parks or open spaces near your home. The contents include: • A parking pass that allows the library customer to
visit any one of 36 Virginia State Parks at no cost
• Port-a-bug field observation container
• You can also use the backpacks at one of the Fairfax County parks, always free to County residents
• Dip net and magnifying lens
• Pocket guides: Edible Wild Plants, Medicinal Plants and Weather
• Other nifty things like star charts and activity guides
Tarp and paracord
• Big Foot Leave No Trace Ethics Card
• Learn & Live outdoor skills card
So grab your sense of adventure…and “check it out!”
Dulles in the Spotlight at Nation’s Premier Travel Industry Convention BY ROB YINGLING As summer heats up, in- Destination D.C., Virginia ternational travel increases Tourism Corporation, Visit from Dulles International Fairfax and Visit Loudoun. to destinations in more than The convention instilled a 40 countries all around the positive and lasting impresworld. With service on 31 sion on attendees. Dulles airlines to more than 125 cit- rolled out a first-class welies, Dulles Airport’s strong come for arriving delegates, air service connectivity is of tours and cultural experiences major interest to thousands showcased the best of the reof travel industry buyers and gion’s offerings and signature journalists who recently con- events celebrated the unique vened in Washington, D.C. appeal of the National Capital The convention, called IPW Region. Tourism to the region 2017, featured more than is already strong, but IPW’s 800 meetings between travel research shows that the host planners andDATA-2017-6-58125x4-rev-1.pdf local tourism city typically gains one 1milpromotion organizations like lion additional international
visitors within three years. That’s great news for airlines, hotels, Virginia wine country and downtown D.C. attractions. The arrival of new visitors through Dulles will ultimately benefit the regional economy and job market. Visitors to the region are encouraged to check www.flydulles.com and read the airport’s free magazine at www.flywashington.com to learn about the airport and 4/6/17 interesting10:03 ways toAM maximize their stay.
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July 4th Events Alexandria - Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St., Alexandria, Virginia. Celebrate Alexandria’s Birthday & the USA’s on Saturday, July 8, 2017, 7-10 p.m. Enjoy a concert by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra at 9 and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Fairfax - Fairfax City, Independence Day Parade through the downtown area beginning at 10 a.m. Musical entertainment begins at 6 p.m. at Fairfax High School with a spectacular fireworks display at dark. Tuesday July 4, 2017 – rain date – July 5th. (703) 385-7858. Falls Church - George Mason High School, 7124 Leesburg
Pike, Falls Church, Virginia. Live music will start at 7 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday July 4, 2017. Herndon - Bready Park, Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave. Herndon, Virginia. (703) 787-7300. Face painting, balloon sculpturing, bingo and crafts begin at 6:30 p.m. Music at 7 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Leesburg - Ida Lee Park, Rt. 15 (King Street) and Ida Lee Drive, Leesburg, Virginia. (703) 777-1368. Parade on King Street at 10 a.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. Music starts at 6:30 p.m.
Fireworks around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday July 4, 2017. Leesburg – Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodridge Parkway, Leesburg, VA. (703) 729-8400. July 2, 2017. Live concert from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. followed by fireworks at approximately 9:45 p.m. Food and drink vendors on-site. No outside coolers allowed. Mt. Vernon - 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway Mount Vernon, Virginia. Mansion tour and fireworks $34 for adults; $24 for youth; No Mansion Tour: $30 for adults; $20 for youth. June 30 and July 1, 2017, 6:45 – 9 p.m.
Manassas - 9431 West Street, Manassas, Virginia. (703) 335-8872. Enjoy live music, children’s activities, food and fireworks. Entertainment begins at 3 p.m. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday July 4, 2017 – Rain Date – July 5th. Reston - Lake Fairfax Park, 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr., Reston, Virginia. (703) 471-5415. Fireworks begin around 9:15 p.m. Saturday July 1, 2017 – Rain Date – July 2. Vienna - Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street Southeast, Vienna, Virginia.
Arts and crafts, food, live music, vendors, and games. Celebrations start at 11 a.m. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. at Southside Park on Ross Dr. Tuesday July 4, 2017 – Rain Date – July 5th.
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Fairfax County Commuter Services Ridesharing Carpools and Vanpools: Fairfax County Ridesources fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/sources.htm NuRide: Online ridematching nuride.com Commuter Connections: Resources for commuters commuterconnections.org Slug Lines: Organized system of casual carpooling slug-lines.com
Fairfax Connector fairfaxconnector.com, 703-339-7200, TTY 703-339-1608 Metrorail, Metrobus and Richmond Highway Express (REX) wmata.com Virginia Railway Express (VRE): Commuter Rail vre.org Transportation Association of Greater Springfield (TAGS) tagsva.org
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Resources Fairfax County Department of Transportation: Employer Outreach, Bicycle & Pedestrian Programs, Park & Ride Lots fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot, 703-877-5600, TTY 711 SmartBenefitsÂŽ Plus 50 Incentive Program: Offers employees a free $50 SmarTripÂŽ card just to try transit fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/smartbenefits, 202-962-2793, TTY 202-638-3780 Car Free A to Z: Multimodal trip planning and comparison tool - carfreeatoz.com Telework!VA: Resource for businesses and individuals looking to learn more about telework and incentives teleworkva.org Best Workplaces for Commuters designation (BWC): BWC Designation acknowledges employers who have excelled in implementing green commuter programs. Fairfax County Department of Transportation will provide a FREE Two Year Membership in Best Workplaces for Commuters ($400 value) - bestworkplaces.org
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