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Community Invited to Celebrate National 'Make a Difference Day'

This was sent to us by Christopher Copley of Volunteer Fairfax:

Fairfax County, VA – Registration opens on September 20 for this year’s VolunteerFest®, to be held on Saturday, October 23, 2010. Over 1,500 volunteers are needed at area nonprofits, schools and parks to complete 31 projects on this county-wide day of service, held in conjunction with national “Make a Difference Day.” Individuals, families, corporations and civic groups are encouraged to participate.

The 16th annual VolunteerFest® encompasses a variety of volunteer projects, including assembling care packages for troops, entertaining seniors, creating wildlife habitats, painting houses and beautifying libraries inside and out across Fairfax County.

“In this time of economic distress, we should realize that service is a solution to some our toughest challenges and volunteers are needed now more than ever,” says Jeanne Sanders, executive director of Volunteer Fairfax. 

Minimal Invasive Back Surgery

RESTON, Va. (WUSA) -- Melba Purkey, a 71-year-old Chantilly resident, had been coping with back pain her entire adult life. It was so bad and hurt her so much she could barely walk or stand up straight.

Melba strained her back from years as a nurse and long hours on her feet. "I would say the last 2 years it has been very gradual the curve it started developing and getting worst it is just unbelievable how much pain you can have when you have those nerves," she said.

Melba was diagnosed with degenerate disk disease and scoliosis. But for Melba undergoing major traditional back surgery worried her. She didn't want to be laid up for months.

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo

Starting today, Thursday, September 30 through Saturday, October 2, the Dulles Expo and Conference Center is hosting the "Original Sewing and Quilt Expo." You will have the opportunity to learn from different experts in the field, and find new products and techniques. The expo is located at 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center in Chantilly, VA.

Celebrate Fairfax

Get ready to have some fun! Come out to the Celebrate Fall for Fairfax event this Saturday at Fairfax Government Center. Fall for Fairfax will run from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Activities include a train ride, a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, inflatables and several kid's performances. There will also be exhibits on education, sport and fitness, public saftey, personal health and the environment.

It is free to attend. For more info please go to http://www.celebratefairfax.com/ or you can contact (703) 324-3247.

15th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival

The 15th Annual Craftman's Fall Classic Arts and Crafts Festival is right around the corner. The event will run Saturday, October 16, through Monday, October 18, at the Dulles Expo Center located at 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center in Chantilly, VA.

The event will feature original designs and work by over 350 talented artists and craftsmen from the US and Canada. You will get the chance to see the creative process in action and there will be something for every style, taste and budget.

Wildfire to Host Pork and Pinot Wine Dinner

This was sent to us from Wildfire Restaurant in Tyson's Corner:

Join us at Wildfire for a five course dinner featuring farm fresh ingredients from Round Hill Virginia’s Bay Haven Farm. Each course will be paired with a hand-selected pinot noir as Anna and Daniel Cohen, owners of Bay Haven Farm, share with us their journey from city to country life.

The evening will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 2010, at Wildfire, Tysons Galleria, 3rd floor, McLean, VA. The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and wine pairings at 7:00 p.m. Seating is limited.  Please call Michelle Bringham at (703) 442-9110 to reserve a table.

Sully Hosts Spain in the American Revolution

This was sent to us from the Fairfax County Park Authority:

On Sunday, October 3, 2010, from noon to 4 p.m., visit Sully Historic Site and discover some well-documented but little known facts about our country’s history.  Did you know that Spanish-speaking nations made great contributions to the success of the American colonies during our struggle for independence from Great Britain?  Soldiers from Spain, the Caribbean and the Americas fought against the British, and Spain provided funding, supplies and military intelligence to George Washington. 

Reenactors from the re-created Spanish Louisiana Regiment will present scenes of 18th century military life including musket and cannon firing, Spanish fencing, and camp cooking. 

Visitors will have an opportunity to “enlist” in the regiment and learn musket drill, and play games that were popular during the Revolutionary War.