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Reach for a Peach

It’s peach season. I know because there is a pile of peaches inside the fridge. This year the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reports that Virginia peaches are hefty in quantity and oozing with quality. It’s true, I’ve tried ’em. Click to read more »

Kids in the Kitchen

Regardless of their age, kids in the kitchen frequently leads to chaos. Here’s an article to cure that chaos! Click to read more »

Emergency Planning Help

Do you have an emergency plan prepared for your family? It’s one of those things that you believe (hope?) will never be required. While it may be difficult to imagine, bad things happen. Better to be prepared than to “wing it” and hope for the best. Click to read more »

Report Road Hazards

When not driving, or if you are a passenger, call VDOT at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) to report road hazards or ask a question. Learn more at the VDOT website.

Cooling Center Open

The City of Fairfax is offering the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, as a cooling center from noon to 8 pm July 21-22.  For information, call 703-385-7855.

5 Things To Do

Annandale Patch collected 5 things to do the weekend of July 22 through 24 – click this to check ’em out!

Young Scholars

Students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) are helping out in their neighborhoods this summer at Young Scholars programs in 18 elementary schools. Click to read more »

Be a Great Guest

It never hurts to have a little refresher course. This is especially true for holiday etiquette and RealSimple.com is here to tutor. Click this to see their lengthy list packed full of tips for an open house, the office party, a weekend with relatives and that New Year’s bash. Click this to see the list at RealSimple.com.

Missing Kids on MapQuest

MapQuest helps find missing children with MissingKids.com. A new “widget” (that’s a little online tool on their website) can now be found on the local version of the MapQuest service. Click to read more »

Beads Provide Sun Warning

Wear these beads out in the sun and they change color, warning you to increased exposure to UV rays. Click to read more »

Recipe: Squiggly Wiggly Wrap

It’s a quick and easy tasty treat for Summertime. Combine cream cheese, fruit preserves and a tortilla into a cream cheese and jelly sandwich. Click this for the specifics at RightAtHome.com.

Kids: Avoid Dog Bites

During the Summer months more kids are bitten by dogs. Here are some tips to help the kids remain bite-free. Click to read more »

Recall: LeapFrog Plush Toys

The “My Pal Scout” toy dogs have been recalled due to a choking hazard. Click to read more »

Saliva May Warn of Premature Birth

A British study indicates that a simple saliva test may warn of premature birth risk. Click to read more »

Bald Eagle Day July 25

This Saturday, July 25 three bald eagles will be released into the wild at Mason Neck State Park in Fairfax County. Click to read more »


Planning a Family Trip? Be Prepared!

I always find myself feeling confident in the ability to pack for a family trip. That feeling is immediately followed by the realization that I neglected some very important chunk of stuff that leaves me feeling completely unprepared. We discovered that a bunch of folks have prepared guides to help us remember every little thing to make a trip run smoothly. Click to read more of this story »

Summer Fun

4H at Frying Pan

The annual 4H Fair returns to Frying Pan Park on August 4 and continues through August 7. Not only is Frying Pan Park an impressive and well equipped facility (have you seen the new event hall?) but the 4H Fair is always a fun and educational experience for the kids. Click to read more »


Kindergarten: The Best Strategy for Success

Rick Ackerly published “The Genius in Children” at his website in which he explains how parents can determine when their child is ready for the plunge into kindergarten. He also shares what parents can do, or shouldn’t do, to assure their child has the best opportunity for success in kindergarten. In short – leave ’em alone! One important component a child must possess for kindergarten is decision making. Click this to read Rick’s guidance (it’s short – three simple tips, really) for parents with a kindergarten-bound child.

Summer Theater

Chicago onstage at Westfield July 21-24

Westfield Summer Stage presents Chicago July 21-24 at 7:30 p.m. at Westfield High.  The story of corruption, crime, and greed features 52 middle and high school performers from across Northern Virginia. Parents are cautioned that some material in Chicago may not be appropriate for children under 13.  For more information or to order tickets, Click to read more »


Tax Holiday August 5–7

Families in Virginia will get a sales tax break on clothes and supplies for school when the state holds its annual Virginia tax holiday, August 5-7. To be eligible for the tax break, school supply items must be priced at $20 or less, and clothing and footwear must be priced at $100 or less.  The tax holiday does not apply to the purchase of computers. Among the eligible school supplies are art and music supplies, composition books and notebooks, paper, dictionaries, crayons, lunch boxes, pens, pencils, and reference books. Click this for more information about the Virginia tax holiday, including complete lists of eligible school supplies and clothing items.

Fun Things To Do

Entertainment for July 22 Through 27

Fairfax County Park Authority has published their list of nearby entertainment for the entire family that goes through July 27. See the list below and click this for all the details at the Fairfax County website. While planning your outing they remind you to bring plenty of water, wear light colored clothing. Children’s shows on Saturday mornings are in the shade! Click to read more »

Fairfax Schools

One-room School to Move

It’s an old, teensy little building obscured by overgrown brush and scraggly trees. But it is important enough to move and refurbish it for Fairfax kids to experience. It’s the old Crouch School sitting at the corner of Compton Road and Union Mill Road in the Clifton part of Fairfax County. Students in Fairfax attended the little school until the 1920s when it was sold to the Crouch family. The little one-room school house will be moved to the campus of Liberty Middle School on Union Mill Road and then patched up to welcome guests. Much of the work is being donated by local contracting companies. Preparations begin July 25 with the physical move expected August 11. Click this to see more details in the FCPS news release and then click here to visit the “Save Crouch School” website that led the effort to preserve the little, old building.

Health & Safety

Caution: Acetaminophen and Safe Child Dosage

The FDA recently published the article, “Reducing Fever in Children: Safe Use of Acetaminophen” that reveals the cautious steps and risks associated with administering this over-the-counter medication. Most commonly known as Tylenol, acetaminophen is one of the most frequent treatments parents use to relieve pain or a fever in their children. An overdose of the medication can cause nausea, vomiting, liver failure and even death. According to the FDA’s article, acetaminophen poisoning is a leading cause of liver failure in the U.S. Click to read more »

Staycation Ideas

Try a Staycation

George Mason University is gathering information to help your family have fun on a tight budget. This year the idea of a “staycation” has become increasingly popular. With the flaky economy and less discretionary income many of us will scale-back vacation plans. Maggie Daniels, associate professor of tourism and events management at Mason, compiled her Top Five “Staycation” Ideas for the DC area. She even includes ideas for the grown ups with some nearby wineries. Click this for her full report on the Mason Spirit website.

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