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The holidays are fast approaching, so this edition of @livemore will explore what local events and activities are occurring in the region. See our calendar of events for more details. There is plenty to do and see. In celebration of the holidays we have also included some party planning tips. Be it for your office or family, the fine staff from Mon Ami Gabi have put together a nice list to make your event a success. During the holidays we also see an uptick in volunteerism. We would like to remind all our readers that these community-based organizations could really use volunteers year round, not just during the holidays. These organizations often make a huge difference in the quality of life for many of our residents, so please consider donating your time, materials or money to one of the organizations highlighted in this edition. We have also described a recent study conducted by the transportation analysis firm INRIX, that examined two months of

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congestion data across the country to facilitate their efforts in identifying the nation's worst traffic hot spots. You guessed it...Northern Virginia came in first, specifically south bound I-95 between the Fairfax County Parkway and Fredericksburg. Interestingly, INRIX also quantified the “cost” of this congestion for all of these hotspots in an effort to help public officials better prioritize public investments in transportation infrastructure. This type of information is critical in developing solutions to our growing gridlock. As we celebrate the holidays, please remember to moderate your food and drink intake. We all have a tendency to over indulge during the holidays. Please also take advantage of Uber, Lyft or a taxi if you do consume alcohol. We have a lot of ways to get you home safely, so use them! Taking all of this into consideration – volunteering, moderating your holiday celebrations, and using alternative means of getting home, will allow all of us to Live More and Commute Less!

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Did you know you could get $50 from Fairfax County to try transit? Fairfax County Commuter Services team attended DATA’s LiveMore Block Party on October 4th in the Reston Town Center to inform companies and employees about the County’s many commuter benefit programs, including Plu$50. “The Plu$50 program has been one of our most successful incentives in getting people to try transit, which reduces congestion

for everyone.” Says Walter Daniel, Fairfax County Commuter Services. The Commuter Benefits program is an IRS compliant platform that allows employees to assign a portion of their pre-tax income directly to a SmarTrip card, for use on Metrobus, Metrorail and Fairfax Connector buses. Fairfax County Commuter Services (FCCS) supports individuals trying transit for the first time, through their employer’s Commuter Benefits program, by providing them with a SmarTrip card free of cost and preloaded with 50 dollars! There is no cost to eligible

Fairfax County employers, or their employees, to participate in the Commuter Benefits and Plu$50 programs, which reduce taxable income and provide a quick and easy way to pay for daily commutes. Ask your Human Resources Department to contact Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority (at: smartbenefits@wamata.com) to establish a Commuter Benefits program and/or ask about FCCS’ Plu$50 incentive program. *The SmartBenefits Plu$50 program is available while funding lasts.* Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT)

ensures nondiscrimination in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act

(ADA). To request this information in an alternate format, contact FCDOT at 703-877-5600, TTY 711.


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Holiday Festivities for the Family November 10 Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights

November 10, 2017, and continues every night (Thanksgiving, Christmas and News Year’s too!) through Sunday, January 7, 2018. Open nightly at 5:30 p.m. (The last admission is at 9:30 p.m. Winter Walk, concessions and the Snowflake Shoppe close at 10 p.m.). In order to ensure your Winter Walk of Lights experience  please purchase your tickets prior to your visit. Tickets are not available at the door on peak nights and special events. To ensure your admission please purchase your tickets in advance online. *Timed tickets are required* Bring the family to enjoy the magical Winter Walk of lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia. Every year from mid-November until just after New Year’s Day, the garden is transformed into a half-mile, animated walk of lights. Revisit perennial favorites such as the Lakeside Lights, the Fountain of Lights, and the Holiday Nature Walk - and look for new displays each year. Put on your walking shoes and bring the family to experience a Northern Virginia festive tradition. Round out your visit by roasting marshmallows, and sipping on hot beverages by the fire. (Available for purchase at Light Refreshments).

include Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's. Bull Run Regional Park The Bull Run Festival of Lights is a NoVA favorite. Hop in the car and enjoy a very merry light and music show. Be advised: Fridays are one of the festival’s busiest days, so be prepared. Still, it’s one of the best days to go, as the carnival will be open until late! Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville; 703-3594633; Day) nvrpa.org/park/ bull_run_festival_of_lights; Prices vary.

24 Reston Holiday Parade, Tree Lighting, and Sing Along

Friday, November 24; 11:00 AM–10:00 PM; Reston Town Center Reston Town Center launches the festive season at the 27th annual Reston Holiday Parade at 11:00 a.m. with Macy’s-style balloons, musicians, dancers, antique cars, characters, community groups, dignitaries, special guest emcees, and much more. The one-ofa-kind, one-hour, half-mile parade along Market Street also welcomes the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage. Since 1991, rain or shine, the parade has been an annual tradition on the day after Thanksgiving. Before the parade begins, thousands of jingle bells will be handed out to spectators lining the route. After the pa22 Bull Run Festival rade, enjoy visits and photos of Lights with Santa and Mrs. Claus November 22–January plus Mini-Train rides until 7, 2018; Monday – Thurs- 4:30 pm, and street entertainday: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. ment. The Clauses will return Fridays – Sunday & holidays*:  for the Fountain Square Tree 5:30 to 10 p.m. *(Holidays Lighting and Sing Along at

6 pm. Afterwards, there’ll be horse-drawn carriage rides on Market Street from 6:30 until 10 pm. Proceeds for the photos and rides benefit local charities. The acclaimed Ice Skating Pavilion is open all day and every day from November until March. Phone: 703-579-6720

Christmas at Mount Vernon

Friday, November 24 – Friday, January 5; 9:00 AM–4:00 PM; George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens Mount Vernon has decked the halls for the holiday season and invites you to celebrate this festive time of year with a special daytime program offered through January 6! Visit George Washington’s estate and see Aladdin the camel on the grounds, in honor of the camel that Washington paid to visit Mount Vernon in 1787. Stroll through the estate during the Christ-

mas season and see sparkling holiday decorations, featuring 12 dazzling Christmas trees, and historical chocolate-making demonstrations.

ning when the President of the United States lights the National Christmas Tree and brings a message of peace to the nation and world.

Experience Christmas how the Washingtons would have celebrated it on a tour of the Mansion. Go behindthe-scenes and tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion. 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA 22309. Phone: 703-780-2000; Admission Fee: $17/adults; $8 child. www.mtvernon.org

To learn more about the National Christmas Tree Lighting and December events at the National Christmas Tree, please visit thenationaltree.org.

30 National Christmas Tree and State Trees

Thursday, November 30, Ellipse in Washington, D.C. On November 30, 2017 the National Park Foundation and National Park Service will present the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting. Popular entertainers and a United States military band add to the celebratory eve-

The National Christmas Tree will be lit every night through January 1. The Pathway of Peace around the National Christmas Tree is free and open to visitors 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through January 1. The pathway loops around the National Christmas Tree and features 56 unique Christmas trees and ornament displays representing every U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia. Located on the Ellipse on Constitution Avenue side of the White House. Though January 1, 2018.


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December 1 Christmas in Middleburg

Friday, December 1 – Sunday, December 3; 11:00 AM Friday–4:00 PM Sunday; Downtown Festivities begin December 1, The Tree Lighting Ceremony and Carols, behind the Pink Box, 12 North Madison St., 5:00pm on Friday. Starting at 11 a.m. the Middleburg Hunt takes to the streets creating a spectacular sight as approximately 100 horses, riders in red coats and dozens of hounds come through the town. The Middleburg Christmas Parade begins at 2 p.m. as spectators line the sidewalks along Washington Street (Route 50) to watch as a unique assortment of floats, troops and bands march by in a mile-long parade. In keeping with the animal friendliness of the town, the parade includes over 700 horses, llamas, alpacas and dogs. Not to be missed are the antique fire trucks, children on floats, and of course, Santa brings up the rear riding on a beautiful horse drawn coach. Through the day there are hayrides, choir performances, the Garden Club’s Christmas Flower & Greens Show and the Craft Show as well as shopping and dining in the town’s shops and restaurants, creating a day-long family festival for visitors. A Wine Crawl is the final element, allowing adults to wind down and relax while sampling wines from area vineyards, and foods in local restaurants. Phone: 540-687-8888. christmasinmiddleburg.org.

Merry Old Town: Manassas Christmas Tree Lighting

Friday, December 1; 5:30 PM–8:00 PM; Manassas Museum Lawn

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Make time to enjoy oldfashioned family fun at the “Merry Old Town” celebration in Old Town Manassas! The holiday fun begins at 5:30 p.m. with holiday music and at 6:00 p.m. when Santa arrives at the Manassas Depot via VRE train. The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be at 6:30 at the Manassas Museum. Take a free hayride around Old Town and go for a skate at the Harris Pavilion ice rink. Of course, Santa will hear the Christmas wishes of all the children at the Harris Pavilion gazebo. 9101 Prince William Street. Free admission.

Town of Leesburg Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting

Friday, December 1st, 6:00pm; Town Green Join friends and neighbors and celebrate the start of the holiday season in Leesburg at the annual Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony on the Town Green. The festive ceremony will feature performances from local schools and a holiday message . The crowd will be encouraged to join in on a holiday sing-a-long and view the lighting of the Christmas tree and menorah.

2 Herndon Annual Tree Lighting and Sing-Along

Saturday, December 2; 5:00 PM–6:00 PM; Town of Herndon Town Square Start the holiday season with this annual celebration. Carols, tree lighting, and a visit from Santa. Corner of Lynn and Elden Streets, Herndon. Sponsored by the Dulles Regional Chamber. 730 Elden Street. Phone: 571323-5301. Free admission.

Merry Old Town: 72nd Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 2; 10:00 AM–12:00 PM, Historic Downtown Join us for the 72nd Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade on December 2, 2016. Please visit www.gmchristmasparade.org for details, including parade route. Free parking for the parade is available in the parking garage on the corner of Prince William St. and Main St. There is also timed parking available on the street. Handicapped parking is available in the BB&T parking lot located on Center Street and the 7-11 parking lot located at the corner of Grant and Center Street. Free admission. Rain or shine.

Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Show at Ida Lee Recreation Center

December 2nd, 9:00 AM4:00 PM and December 3rd, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. No big-box shopping here! This show features over 90 local and regional artisans selling hand-made items including candles, stained glass, carved wood, jewelry, leather products, table linens, and much more. Find something for everyone on your shopping list and a little something to brighten your home this season. Admission and parking for this show are free.

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Sunday, December 3; 10:00am-4:00pm; Herndon Community Center Over 80 artisans and craftspeople will exhibit and sell their work at this annual arts and crafts show sponsored by the Town of Herndon Department of Parks and Recreation.

A variety of handcrafted items and fine art will be on sale including wreaths, quilts, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, decorations, original artwork, photography, stained glass, and more. 814 Ferndale Ave., Herndon, VA. Free admission and parking. Additional parking at the Herndon Centennial Golf Course.

9 Annual Leesburg Christmas and Holiday Parade

Saturday, December 9th 6:00pm On the second Saturday of December, the holiday spirit will be in full swing as Leesburg hosts the annual holiday parade starting at 6pm. The parade will usher Santa and his friends down King Street, through Historic Leesburg. The parade will begin at Ida

Lee Drive and end at Fairfax Street. Parade participation is open to the public, including businesses, civic groups, teams, organizations, and community groups.

Jingle Jam Concerts

Saturday, December 9th 11:30 am Junior Jam, 2:30 pm, and 8:30 pm Leesburg’s holiday rock n’ roll concert features many local and regional artists playing traditional holiday tuneswith a little edge. Proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Tickets will go on sale on November 13, 2017, at 5:00 am at Ida Lee Park Recreation Center, in-person sales only with a 5-ticket limit.   Matinee and evening tickets are $25; Junior Jam tickets are $5.


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Stay Local, Buy Local This Holiday Season The farm to table movement has gathered serious momentum in the restaurant industry, and it should be doing so at your table too! There is nothing better than fresh, locally grown products. This holiday season, venture out to some of these local suppliers and order your turkeys, hams, veggies and assorted accoutrements and help support our local growers. Buy local and "Live More!"

Checkmate Farm

18923 Checkmate Lane Bluemont, VA 540-554-2858 kathy@checkmatefarm.com checkmatefarm.com

Freezer lamb from fat tailed sheep. natural and dyed roving, fleeces, pelts, sheep breeding stock, eggs, poultry, buckeye chicken breeder.

East Lynn Farm

19955 Airmont Road Round Hill, VA 571 257 4243 locallygrownva@gmail.com eastlynnfarm.com

CSA, inn and events on a 143-acre working farm nestled between the beautiful Bull Run and Blue Ridge Mountains. Seasonal produce, eggs, flowers, poultry, duck, heritage breed fowl, pasture raised angus beef and lamb, Thanksgiving turkeys, Easter and Passover lamb, Kosher beef and lamb.

Fair Oaks Farm

23718 New Mountain Road Aldie, VA 571-257-4243 locallygrownva@gmail.com

On-farm shop and CSA. Free-range turkeys, beef, chicken, lamb and eggs. A large assortment of locally

grown and all natural produce is available seasonally. Locally grown sunflowers, corn, beans and squash. CSA shares of fresh, locally grown vegetables, herbs, free-range eggs, flowers, pasture-raised beef, lamb and poultry directly to our members.

Fields of Athenry Farm

38082 Snickersville Turnpike Purcellville, VA 703-300-5765 elaine@ fieldsofathenryfarm.com fieldsofathenryfarm.com

Beef, lamb, pork, poultry, Thanksgiving turkey

If It Flies Farm

Alexander Bates 42969 Buna mae Lane Leesburg, VA 20175 703-969-5595 alex.bates00@gmail.com ifitfliesfarms.com

Free range chickens and holiday turkeys along with bee hives.

Meadowview Farmstead Meredith Kope P.O. Box 2663 Purcellville, VA 20134 540-751-8121

HOLIDAY RECIPE: from chef phil frederick, mon ami gabi

Apple Tarte Tatin with Vanilla Ice Cream Yields 4 portions

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¾ cup sugar 5 oz. butter 6 gala apples Frozen puff pastry sheets (4 5” diameter rounds)

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1.Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. 2.Put butter and sugar in small saute pan. Cook over medium heat until it has reached a deep golden brown color. (Mixture will appear separated.) 3.Divide mixture evenly into

four 4½” diameter oven-safe baking ramekins. 4.Peel apples, cut in half and remove the cores. 5.Place three apple halves in each ramekin standing upright. 6.Place four ramekins onto a baking sheet and bake in a 350 degrees oven for 25 minutes. 7. Flip apples over and bake another 25 minutes, then flip apples again. Continue baking until the apples are caramelized and very soft. 8. Remove from oven and let cool. 9. With a fork, prick puff pastry rounds several times.

10. Place a puff pastry round over each ramekin, tucking the edges in between the apples and the edge of the ramekin. 11. Place back in the oven and bake until pastry is golden brown and puffed (approximately 25 minutes). 12. Remove from oven and let cool completely. 13. To serve, warm Tarte Tatin briefly in oven. 14. Remove from oven and run a knife along the edge to loosen, and unmold onto a plate. 15. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Engineering, Planning, and Environmental Consultants 11400 Commerce Park Drive Suite 400 Reston, VA 20191 (703) 674-1300 www.kimley-horn.com

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A small farm located just outside of Purcellville, Virginia. We grow cut flowers and herbs and raise heritage breed hogs, chickens, and turkeys on pasture.


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Dockless Bike Share Comes to Washington With distinctive bike color differences, a veritable rainbow of bike sharing options have arrived for the workers and residents of this region. Dockless bikesharing, an approach that has been incredibly popular in China and other foreign countries, is now just appearing in U.S. cities such as Seattle, Dallas and San Francisco. In September pilot programs were launched in DC. The concept does away with having to retrieve and replace a shared bike at specific “docking” kiosks, as the popular Capital Bikeshare program that we use now, requires. Instead, the smart bikes are equipped with electronic

locking systems and GPS technology that allows users to find and unlock the bike using an app on your phone. When you are finished using the bike, you leave it at your destination and lock it with your app. The companies track fees through the GPS and time that you have had the bicycle unlocked. Like Uber and Lyft, payments are made electronically when you establish an account with the bike service. In September, four new “dockless” bike sharing companies were given the green light by DCDOT to start pilot programs in the city. Mobike, Spin, LimeBike and Jump were all given permission to

place 400 bikes each. In October, Montgomery County granted Mobike permission to place bikes in downtown Silver Spring and indicated that they may permit Mobike’s competitors to start pilots as well. Virginia’s inner localities, Arlington and Alexandria, are contemplating similar programs. In a recent

Washington Post article, the owner of LimeBike predicted that, based on the high usage of bicycling and the demographics, DC needed a 20,000 bike share infrastructure to substantially reduce single occupant vehicle usage. Capital Bikehare currently has 4,100 bikes and 480 stations in DC and the suburbs.

The new competition is cheaper, charging $1 for every 30 minutes compared with $2 for the same trip on Capital Bikeshare. Local mobility planners think the addition of competition will increase and expand availability of bikes into areas that might not by typically served.

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Northern Virginia Strong – Show It and Volunteer Northern Virginia is one of, if not the most, wealthy region in the United States, yet there are many, many residents in need of a wide variety of assistance. During the holidays there seems to be an uptick in volunteerism, yet volunteers are vital year round to the lives of many of the people these organizations assist. Visit one or more of the organizations below and make a difference in your community. Volunteer so that every resident in Northern Virginia can Live More!

Fairfax County-Wide Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers contributed more than $33.8 million worth of their time to make the Fairfax Community Thrive! Recognizing the significant value and importance of volunteering, Fairfax County has created an easy way to see, apply and track ways to volunteer...The Volunteer Management System or VMS.  Located online at www.volunteer.fairfaxcounty.gov, the system serves as a one-stop shop for volunteering to support Fairfax County programs and services. Those interested can fill out one application electronically and then search for opportunities by geographic location, dates, type of people or program type. It also allows for group volunteering, and highlights opportunities for students needing service hours or anyone looking to fulfill court-mandated volunteering requirements. VMS also allows users to track their hours and review upcoming and past volunteer jobs and, when needed, volunteers who indicate their willingness to serve in times of emergency can be called upon and placed quickly through an automated alert system that is all built into the new system.  Contact Infor mation volunteer.fairfaxcounty.gov

Children’s Science Center

The Children’s Science Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedi-

cated to filling the gap in Northern Virginia with a permanent, worldclass interactive exploration center that incorporates traditional museum exhibits with cutting edge discovery experiences. Our mission is to instill the love of learning STEM in all children by providing unique opportunities to explore, create, and be inspired. Volunteers are the foundation of the Children’s Science Center. Volunteers do not need a math or science background or any specific experience to help out; they just need a lot of enthusiasm and a little bit of time. We offer a variety of opportunities for children, teens, adults and groups depending on interests and availability, including behind the scenes preparation or direct interaction with children and families. We welcome volunteers to help at our Children’s Science Center LAB (11948 Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax, VA 22033) or at events throughout the Northern Virginia area. Contract Information: For those interested, please visit our website to fill out an online Volunteer Application (www.childsci. org/get-involved/volunteer/). For further information, please contact Traci McGillicuddy, Volunteer and Program Coordinator, at Volunteer@childsci.org

Connect Northern Virginia

Connect Northern Virginia is an initiative to expand understanding of important community needs in Northern Virginia. The Connect Northern Virginia website offers public and private sector information about a wide range of community issues and resources. The website also connects you to a regional calendar of events and activities, volunteer opportunities and more. Organizations may register and submit events for the online calendar. In addition to information about Loudoun County, it also connects the Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William with the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls

Church, Manassas and Manassas Park and with the Towns of Dumfries, Herndon, Leesburg, Purcellville and Vienna. Connect Northern Virginia’s funders include governments, chambers of commerce, nonprofits and foundations. In addition to the Loudoun County Government, funders include the Claude Moore Foundation, Comstock Partners, Fairfax County Government, HCA/Reston Hospital Center, Town of Leesburg, Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, McLean Community Foundation and Unanet. Contact Information: connectnorthernvirginia.org.

Alexandria/Arlington CASA

Be the chance for a child- CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers are ordinary people – men and women, retirees and busy professionals - who become the voice for a child whose home is no longer safe.  When a child enters the foster care system, because his or her home is no longer safe, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to help them. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate®, or CASA. CASA volunteers are screened and highly trained and then appointed by Family Court Judges to represent and advocate for a child’s best interests while they are involved with the child protection system. Once assigned to a child, advocates gather information from the children, families, and professionals involved in the case and submit a written report to the court with their findings and recommendations.  A CASA’s job is to be an objective observer who advocates for the best interest of the child. Our single goal is to ensure that every child has a safe, stable and permanent place to live. If you are interested, the next step to learn more is to sign up and attend an orientation.  Orientations are held once a month and the next two are scheduled for Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 12:30 PM and Tuesday, De-

cember 12, 2017 at 6:30 PM Tuesday, at the SCAN office at 205 S. Whiting Street, Alexandria, VA.  Sign up at scanva.org/support-scan/volunteer. Contact Information: Amy Wilker, Program Manager,Alexandria/ Arlington Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) of Northern Virginia 205 S. Whiting Street, Suite 205 Alexandria, VA 22304 Telephone: (703) 820-9001 – ext. 112 Fax: (703) 820-9002

Fairfax CASA

The mission of Fairfax CASA is to advocate for the best interests of each abused and neglected child referred by the Fairfax County Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court through the promotion and support of quality volunteer representation. We seek to ensure that each child’s needs are identified and addressed with the goal of living in a safe and permanent home. As permitted by our legislative charter, we also provide assistance to youths entering adulthood who have been referred to the CASA program by the Court, up to the age of 21. Needed: Volunteers 21 and up that advocate for abused and neglected children, being their voice in the Courts. Our volunteers are committed for the long term, serving a child on a case for an average of 23 months. Contact Information: Fairfax CASA 4103 Chain Bridge Rd, Suite 200, Fairfax, VA 22030 Volunteer Coordinator: Shaina Goldberg,  Phone: 703-327-3526, ext. 18 Email: sgoldberg@casafairfax.org

Loudoun Cares

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individuals should register in preparation for severe winter weather and other emergency events. The Loudoun Cares Volunteer Center provides an online tool that helps connect nonprofit and community organizations in Loudoun County with volunteers and resources.  For example, homeowners associations can create profiles and post volunteer needs. The Volunteer Center connects residents who have previously signed up to the volunteer opportunities that are posted by the HOAs and are alerted when needs arise. For assistance creating your profile, contact Loudoun Cares.

How Do You Get Started? Organizations 1. Create a profile before a winter weather event occurs. Groups, such as nonprofits, HOAs, faith communities, and others, should identify a person to act as the “Agency Manager,” who can create a profile now to prepare for winter weather or another emergency event where volunteers are needed. 2. Once the profile is created, Loudoun Cares will provide more information and training about how to use the tool and post a need for volunteers. Groups can then invite members of their communities or neighborhoods to sign up to volunteer. 

Contact Information www.loudouncares.org

Attendance at an orientation is required before volunteering with SCAN. After orientation, potential volunteers will receive a volunteer application to complete and be routed to the appropriate program(s).

SCAN of Northern Virginia

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grams that can best assist with callers’ specific needs.

Our vision is that every child in Northern Virginia will grow up in a safe, stable, nurturing family, with the supports they need to contribute to stronger communities today and as adults tomorrow. Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia is a non-profit Volunteers organization whose mission is to Individuals can create a profile promote the well-being of children, and become a “fan” of any group improve parent-child relations and that they would like to follow. By be- prevent child abuse and neglect by: coming a fan of a group, volunteers EDUCATING the community about will receive notifications when the the scope, nature and consequences of group posts opportunities to serve. child abuse and neglect and the importance of positive, nurturing parenting; Loudoun Cares Information & PROVIDING direct parent education; & ADVOCATING for children in Referral Helpline Loudoun Cares also operates an In- the community, the legislature and formation & Referral Helpline at 703- the courts. 669-INFO (4636). The helpline offers free and confidential assistance to Volunteer Loudoun residents who have questions The first steps toward becoming a or issues related to health and human SCAN volunteer are to complete the service needs. The helpline connects SCAN Volunteer Interest Form and callers with the agencies and pro- to attend a volunteer orientation.

SCAN also accepts donations to help fund their programs. To donate, go to www.scanva.org/donations/ Contact Information: SCAN of Northern Virginia 205 S. Whiting Street, Suite 205 Alexandria, Virginia 22304 Phone: 703-820-9001 Fax: 703-820-9002 Email: info@scanva.org TTY: Dial 711 Se Habla Español

Women Giving Back

WGB’s mission is to support women and children in crisis, and build their confidence and self-esteem, by providing great quality clothing at no cost, assisted by caring and committed volunteers who offer personalized service and interaction. WGB has ongoing volunteer opportunities throughout the year, every month.

WGB consistently has opportunities the second and third Saturday of each month from 9 AM to Noon. Parents with children > 10 years old are always welcome. Sign up is always preferred and other options in addition to the two days mentioned are available by visiting WGB’s website:  signupgenius.com/go/ 20f0845ada622a7f49-wgbvolunteer WGB also accepts donations. WGB typically asks their volunteers to help us sort and organize clothing donations. Adult Women can opt into helping our benefactors with a dignified shopping experience by helping them choose their clothing items. WGB needs gently used, clean women's and children's clothing in good condition. Gently worn shoes, jewelry and accessories, purses and totes, new toilet kits, make-up items and toiletries. Baby clothes, but no opened disposable diaper supplies. Contact Information: Women Giving Back 20 Export Drive Sterling, VA 20164 Phone: (703) 554-9386 Email: info@womengivingback.org Website: womengivingback.org


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DATA Welcomes New Member Froehling & Robertson, Inc. For over 70 years, Froeh- full range of engineering serling & Robertson, Inc. has vices, including their core been helping the public and competencies of geotechnical private sectors complete their engineering, construction matransportation construction terials testing, and environprojects on time and under mental services. F&R offers a budget. During this time, comprehensive scope of geoF&R have proudly provided technical engineering explomulti-disciplinary engineer- ration and design services to ing services not only for some assist in the design and conof the mid-Atlantic region’s struction of foundations, roadmost transformational high- ways and earth structures for way and bridge construction all types of transportation projects, but also for many of projects. Their materials testthe smaller, municipal quali- ing field and laboratory proty-of-life projects that are so fessionals are DOT certified important to maintaining effi- throughout the mid-Atlantic cient and liveable communities. to provide the most thorough Established in 1881, F&R inspections and accurate re1 has providedDATA-2017-6-58125x4-rev-1.pdf clients in the porting available in the industransportation sector with the try. Let them show you how

over a century of engineering experience can keep your transportation projects rolling along to successful completion. F&R performed the very first subsurface explorations in support of what is now Dulles International Airport, and to this day have completed a number of noteworthy transportation projects in the Metropolitan Washington Area. These include the Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge over the Potomac, the 11th Street Corridor Reconfiguration in Washington, DC, and the 4/6/17 I-95 Hot 10:03 Lanes AM in Northern Virginia. “Off road”

projects include the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Expansion, and

the Virginia Square Towers in Arlington. DATA welcomes F&R and looks forward to working with them in the future.

Taking the Metro to Dulles International?

Washington Dulles International Airport

Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station

It’s an easy door-to-door connection between the airport and the Metro with a short ride on the Silver Line Express bus.

Metro to Dulles. Closer than Ever.

SILVER LINE E PRESS Bus www.washfly.com


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Northern Virginia Awarded Another Dubious Traffic Distinction – Worst Traffic Hotspot in US

I-95 gridlock, photo courtesy of VDOT. If you have ever driven in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta or Dallas, you will very much agree their traffic is horrific. And it is...all rank in the top five for the worst traffic in metropolitan areas. But DC likes traffic misery too. We ranked third, just behind LA and New York. But wait, we beat them out in a new analysis – worst traffic

hotspot in the US. Congratulations to Northern Virginia! As reported recently in the Washington Post, INRIX, a traffic analysis and traffic app company, surveyed metropolitan areas over a two month period (March-April) to ascertain where and how many times traffic back ups occurred, and then put dollar

figures on what the lost time and productivity cost each metro region. The I-95 south segment between the Fairfax County Parkway and Fredericksburg took the gold medal for worst traffic hotspot in the US. Anyone who commutes this segment of roadway would never disagree, but the analysis brings to light just what these commuters experience every day, a “whopping 23 traffic jams a day” and they lose “an average 33 minutes in backups that leave brake lights stretching an average 6.5 miles.” Those are truly painful numbers, but wait, there is even more alarming news for our region. The WaPost article goes on to note that “If congestion doesn’t improve over the next decade, the researchers said, that stretch of I-95 will cost local motorists $2.3 billion in wasted time,

lost fuel and additional carbon emissions.” And that is just on one segment of our region’s road network. Two more segments made the nation’s top 25 – “Northbound I-95 from an area south of Fredericksburg to Exit 143 (Garrisonville Road), also in Northern Virginia, came in seventh with “936 traffic jams,” and “the eastern part of the Capital Beltway between Kenilworth Avenue (Route 201) and just east of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Prince George’s County

ranked ninth worst with nearly 700 backups.” INRIX conducted this research to assist policy makers to prioritize where to dedicate scarce funding for infrastructure improvements... essentially what gives public investments the most bang for buck. This type of analysis also demonstrates, at least to those who work in the alternative mobility fields, the needs to find transportation alternatives for these commuting corridors.

10-YEAR OF CONGESTION (BILLIONS OF $)

Los Angeles - $90.9 New York - $63.9 Washington – $29.2 Atlanta - $28.9 Dallas - $28.2

Dulles Matters

Dulles Airport by the Numbers BY ROB YINGLING Looking back on Dulles International’s 55th year as an airport, some impressive numbers come to light. Dulles handled about 23 million passengers and 266,000 flights in the last twelve months - serving 120 cities with nonstop flights,

including 34 capitals around the globe. Dulles hosted the 25th anniversary Plane Pull - which has raised more than $2.5 million for Special Olympics Virginia since the first Plane Pull in 1992. Active construction continues along 11.4 miles of new

Metrorail track with six new stations taking shape. The track through the airport is approximately 3.8 miles long. 72 new shops and restaurants opened at Dulles since concessions redevelopment began in 2013. Passengers can visit fly-

dulles.com to learn about the latest airport offerings, specials and security wait times. New restaurants such as the Washington Redskins Burgundy and Gold Club (Bgates), Pei Wei (B-gates) and Chef›s Table by Wolfgang Puck (C-gates) await travel-

ers. And a new, free Wi-Fi system in the airport has dramatically increased connection speeds for people traveling with devices. Happy holidays, and have a safe and enjoyable journey!

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Party Planning 101 Where will you be jingling and mingling this Winter? BY: MON AMI GABI ‘Tis the holiday party season! Read these party planning tips to create the perfect holiday bash that will leave your guests in awe.

Scout It Out

Live local? Set up a time to see the space and meet the catering team. Out-of-towner? Request photos or schedule a visit for when you’re in town.

Cheers

Restaurants offer multiple drink options to best suit your needs. "Does Uncle Mike love single-malt Scotch?" Select an all-inclusive beverage

packages so Mike doesn’t blow your budget. If you don’t want your guests drinking on your dime, offer them a cash bar!

Food

From passed hors d’oeuvres and reception style cocktail stations to full seated dinners with perfectly paired wines, find a restaurant that can cater to all your needs. Don’t forget the kids, either!

Decor

Make the space yours with decor! Candles and ambient lighting make everyone look better. Add a splash of color

with a table runner or linen napkins. And remember, flowers aren’t just for spring; work with a local vendor or use DIY arrangements. At Mon Ami Gabi’s cozy French bistro, we’ll work closely with you to plan your holiday event in one of our private party rooms. Choose your menu items, bar package and time of day. Contact our Catering Manager at monamirestonparties@ leye.com and visit our website at monamigabi.com for more information.

STAY ALIVE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!

Don't Drink and Drive!

C ALL AN U BER , L Y F T O R T A XI IN S TE AD.

Friends don't let friends drive drunk!

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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

Fairfax County Park & Ride

Commuter Friendly Community

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

Serving Fairfax County Since 1977

County of Fairfax, Virginia

Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) ensures nondiscrimination in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To request this information in an alternate format, contact FCDOT at 703-877-5600, TTY 711.


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