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Old Town Manassas Farmer's Market Open

Old Town Manassas Farmer's Market Open

OLD TOWN MANASSAS FARMER’S MARKETS OPEN

Local, Fresh Produce Available on Thursdays and Saturdays

Old Town Manassas Farmer’s Markets are open Thursdays and Saturdays, now through November. The Thursday Farmer’s market is open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Harris Pavilion and the Saturday market, located in Lot B, is open 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  For more information about the Historic Manassas, Inc., call 703.361.6599 or go to www.visitmanassas.org.

It’s definitely a sign of spring when our local Farmer’s markets open for business, and we’re happy to host a place for our community to purchase local produce, said Debbie Haight, Historic Manassas, Inc. executive director.

Emergency Phone Number for Wastewater and Stormwater Backups Restored

From Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs:

Service has been restored to the county's regular 24/7 emergency phone number for reporting sewer back ups. To report these problems, residents should now call 703-323-1211, TTY 711. This phone number was temporarily out of service yesterday as Verizon repaired its phone lines.

This number also can be used to report storm drain flooding after normal business hours. During business hours, however, residents should call 703-877-2800, TTY 711, to report storm drain flooding.

Storm drain backups also can be reported online. For street flooding, call the Virginia Department of Transportation at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623), TTY 711.

5 Tips for Greening the Closet

5 Tips for Greening the Closet

With Earth Day just around the corner, it is a good time to think about greening the home. One place that most people overlook when trying to make environmentally friendly choices is the closet. While it may be tucked way and largely out of site, the closet can play an important role in creating an environmentally friendly home. Greening the closet is not only important, but is actually quite easy!

“Our closets hold so much of who we are, from the clothes we wear on a daily basis to the special vintage items we want to preserve,” says Fred Silber of Creative Organization, a New Jersey-based company that has created a line of sustainable, eco-friendly closet organizing products. “Because they tend to hold so much, and such a variety of things, it is important to make sure that it is an area of the home that is not overlooked when trying to live in an environmentally friendly way.”

Here are five tips to keep in mind when greening the closet:

Fourth Old Town Manassas Spring Cleaning Day in April

Fourth Old Town Manassas Spring Cleaning Day in April

On Sat., Apr. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Old Town Manassas will host the Fourth Annual Spring Cleaning Day at the Harris Pavilion at 9201 Center Street in Manassas, Va., where attendees can recycle their gently used household items or clothes and donate them to local non-profits, visit recycling and conservation exhibits, and kids can make earth-friendly art projects. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.visitmanssas.org or call 703.361.6599.        

 

The Manassas Art Guild will also be featuring a spring Earth exhibit, where artists showcase their artwork reflecting themes of recycling, natural materials and the environment. 

Spring Cleaning Day will also provide live entertainment from local entertainers, inflatable moon bounces for kids and a special preview of this summer’s Manassas farmer’s market vendors.

The Capital Home and Garden Show Gears Up for a Big Weekend

The Capital Home and Garden Show Gears Up for a Big Weekend

Preparations are well underway at the Dulles Expo Center for this weekend's Capital Home & Garden Show. The show starts this Friday, February 25th and runs through Sunday, February 27th. This marks the 15th Capital Home and Garden Show and show manager, Alyson Caplan, is looking forward to hosting her first spring show after holding a successful fall show this past September. “This is the time of year people are planning spring projects,” said Caplan.

Learning to Live With Coyotes

Learning to Live With Coyotes

From the Reston Association:

Want to know more about coyotes and how they may impact Reston?  Spend an evening learning about coyotes in the Washington, D.C. area with Shannon Pederson of the Wildlife Society.  Ms. Pederson has studied coyotes and written about living with coyotes in the metropolitan area.  Get all your questions answered by an expert. 

Mark your calendars now for the program on Friday, February 4, 2011 from 7-8 p.m. It will be held at the Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.  You’ll need to secure a reservation by February 2.  Call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.  The cost is $5 a person for Reston Association members and $8 a person for non-members.

Put Deer Resistant Plants in Your Yard

Put Deer Resistant Plants in Your Yard

From Fairfax County Park Authority:

They’ll eat almost anything if they’re hungry enough. That’s the first thing to understand about deer and plants. But given the array of table fare available to them in Northern Virginia, they may ignore any deer-resistant plants you put in your yard.