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Be Alert For Deer

From the Fairfax County Police Department:

Police caution motorists to stay alert for deer in the roadways.

Virginia was ranked among the top10 states in the nation for deer/vehicle collisions in 2009. The vast majority of these collisions occur during the deer breeding season between now and early January. Motorists should pay close attention and remain alert at all times, especially at dawn and dusk when deer are active and are likely to be seen quickly entering roadways in herds. Police are posting a mobile sign board on roads where deer/vehicle collisions have been reported in recent weeks, such as Braddock Road and Pleasant Valley Road.

Safety tips for motorists include:

The Dandelion Patch Opens its Third Area Location at Village at Leesburg

The Dandelion Patch, a 16-year-old fine stationery store, announced the opening of its Leesburg location today. The Village at Leesburg locale is the fourth store in the company’s continued expansion, with its first locations in Vienna and Reston, Virginia and Georgetown in Washington DC, respectively.

In recent years, The Dandelion Patch has grown by more than 425%. In addition to offering fine stationery, custom invitations, and unique gifts for all occasions, the company has built a solid reputation for its exceptional service, attention to detail, and wedding expertise.

Volunteer Fairfax Present: VolRUNteer 5k & Fun Run

The following was sent to us by Kevin Hunter of Volunteer Fairfax:

Fairfax, Va -- In an effort to encourage volunteerism and a healthy lifestyle, Volunteer Fairfax is hosting it’s first-ever volRUNteer 5k and Fun Run, November 14th 2010. The volRUNteer 5k and Fun Run’s aim is to promote volunteerism, along with offering families the opportunity to get fit by being part of the 5k or fun run. All participants will have the chance to give back, by participating in on site service projects race day. The race commences at 8:00 a.m. November 14th, 2010 at George Mason University.

4th Annual Southgate Community Day

This Saturday, October 30, the Southgate Community Center located 12125 Pinecrest Road, in Reston, VA will host the 4th Annual Southgate Community Day! There will be entertainment, games, door prizes, health and eye exams, bike repair and refreshments. The event will run from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. and will allow residents in Reston to meet and celebrate the diversity of the surrounding community. There will be a variety of recreational activities designed to create a strong and connected multicultural community.

Virginia History Textbook Said To Contain Big Lie

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) - It's well known, thanks to the movie Glory, that black soldiers fought for the Union. In the Confederate Army, historians say thousands of slaves worked as laborers, not as soldiers, but a new fourth grade textbook, "Our Virginia: Past and Present," has a different take.

"The people in Richmond who approved this book should be fired," said Jeremy Mayer, George Mason University Public Policy Associate Professor. "What do you have a credentialling board for textbooks for if not to catch howling errors?"

He and many historians are outraged about this line in the book, "Thousands of Southern blacks fought in the Confederate ranks, including two black battalions under the command of Stonewall Jackson."

Free Cupcakes Today In Reston

WASHINTON DC (WUSA) -- When new shops open, the latest trend is to do food giveaways to brings folks into the shop.  That's happening Friday, Oct. 22 with the grand opening of a fifth Red Velvet Cupcakery location in Reston.  Red Velvet is giving out free cupcakes in honor of the occasion, between 11 am and 11 pm. The store expects to hand out up to 6,000 cupcakes.

Yesterday, Pinkberry was handing out free yogurt for the opening of its new Fairfax Corner location. 

 

The "hidden" snack inside your Halloween pumpkin

If you’re carving up a pumpkin for Halloween, you’ve got a great snack just begging to be made!  The seeds inside the pumpkin are delicious when baked.  Sure you can purchase pumpkin seeds at most grocery stores, but it’s more fun to make your own!

Scoop the seeds from the pumpkin and place in a colander.  Thoroughly wash and remove all the stringy fiber from around the seeds.  This takes time—be patient!  Once cleaned, dab the seeds with a paper towel to remove moisture.

Place the seeds on a flat baking sheet, drizzle with two tablespoons of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of salt and bake at 350° for 12 to 15 minutes.  The baked seeds will be crispy and delicious.  Eat alone or sprinkle over soups and salads.

To learn more about fall vegetables and great recipes, follow this link:

http://www.mrsrobinsoncooks.com/news/october2010.html