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How to save your breasts and your wallet by October 2nd!

Insurance companies state that they are willing to pay 100% of a "screening mammogram", but not for the “I think we found something”; what the @#!$ does that mean?  In my case, I felt a lump, and made the mistake of mentioning it to the technician during my mammogram.  Should I have mentioned the lump, or should have I played dumb?  Well, mentioning the lump cost me $600, and that is with my health insurance coverage (part of that was the “you need to come back because I think we found something” factor).  So two mammograms, $600 out of my pocket, two missed days of work, 4 weeks of no good sleep (because I could not get an appointment any earlier), and a potential ulcer from all the stress….it was normal!  Was it worth it?  Could I have done things differently? Well…. 

Get Registered for the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics

The 2010 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics is being held September 18 through September 29. The deadline to register is Wednesday, September 1! To be eligible you must be 50 years old by December 31, 2010 and live in a sponsoring jurisdiction, which include the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun and Prince William, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church. $10 includes one event and the following events are open:

Track & field, team line dance, racquetball, ten pin bowling, eight ball pool, Wii bowling, bocce, tennis, table tennis, fencing, golf, shuffleboard, chess, miniature golf, bunco, horseshoes, softball hit & throw, backgammon, scrabble, cribbage, yo-yo tricks, duplicate bridge, swimming, diving, pickleball, men’s basketball,  men’s and women’s free throw basketball

For more information you can visit www.nvso.us or call 703-228-4721.

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Tigerlily Foundation to Host 2nd Annual Gala

The Tigerlily Foundation, which is headquartered in Reston, VA, is an organization dedicated to educating and supporting young women affected by breast cancer. The foundation will be hosting their 2nd Annual Gala on September 29, 2010 and the theme is Pink Masquerade Ball. The gala will be held at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel at 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington D.C.

The evening will run from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will include a cocktail reception, dinner, live and silent auctions, raffles, speeches and entertainment. The keynote speaker and honoree is Rep. Donna Christensen of the United State House of Representatives, D-VI.

The gala tickets are being sold online now for $175 each. To buy a table, tickets, or sponsor you can visit www.tigerlilyfoundation.org/gala2010.html. The deadline to purchase your tickets is September 27, 2010.

Smart Markets to Continue Through October 29

Smart Markets Inc., founded in early 2008 by Jean Janssen, is the newest group of farmer’s markets to the Northern Virginia area. Janssen herself has been a resident of Northern Virginia for 25 years. These markets serve Centreville, Fairfax Corner, Gainesville, Herndon, Oakton and Reston and provide guaranteed producer-only farmers’ markets.

Some vendors at the Centreville Market include Angelic Beef, Bonjour La Parisienne, Jose’s Produce, Tommy V’s Fresh Salsa, and many more. For a full list of vendors visit http://smartmarkets.org/our-markets.html.

Come check out the Centreville Market any Friday between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. at 5875 Trinity Center now through October 29th!

Yogen Früz Does Frozen Yogurt With a Twist

This year’s summer treats can be diet-friendly and flavorful. Yogen Früz, a frozen yogurt shop right on 1825 Discovery Street in Reston, VA, and in Mclean’s Tyson’s Corner on 1961 Chain Bridge Road, introduced their newest flavor this past spring: chai latte.

If that new flavor doesn’t satisfy your taste buds enough, Yogen Früz offers a “Mix-It” machine that blends in any fresh fruit of your choice. This machine helps create a personalized fruit flavored yogurt right in front of the customer that is both refreshing and nutritional.

Bathing suit season is not quite over yet, so go on in and try out your own “Mix-It” combination with this non-fat tart frozen yogurt. Yogen Früz yogurt also is filled with 1 billion healthy pro-biotics per serving, giving it yet another health advantage. No guilt trips after this sweet treat!

Three More Months Left of Reston Farmer's Market

As the summer begins the slip away, we are reminded there are only a few more months left of the Reston Farmer’s Market. The Reston Farmer’s Market at Lake Anne first opened on May 8th and will continue through October. If you still haven’t had a chance to visit, the market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Some vendors include Grace’s Pastries, Colonial Kettle Corn, Cherry Glen Goat Cheese Co., Ole Pioneer’s Kitchen, Reid’s Orchard Winery, and Middleburg Creamery to name a few. For a full list of vendors visit: http://www.restonfarmersmarket.com/vendor-info.htm

Keep in mind that buying local is a way of support a sustainable community! Also remember to keep your pooch at home because no dogs are allowed at the market. Want to be a vendor yourself?