Seminary Valley

— It may be the dog days of summer, but there is a lot of neighborhood action and news to take in before we head into fall.

One of the neighborhood’s favorite activities is coming on Monday, Aug. 6 at the Polk Playground, when the BSCVA hosts the Neighborhood Night Out. The evening usually featured some fun for the kiddies and a visit from local police and fire officials with their trucks and canine companions. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m.

Our household will be getting to send two offspring off to college in a few weeks; while getting their possessions together, I am going to try to put together a good number of items for this year’s Annual Mile-Long Yard Sale, which is set for Saturday, Sept. 22. The event starts at 8 a.m. and is held rain or shine.

Belated congratulations to two graduates who I neglected to mention in my last column: Tamara Wilkerson, who graduated from George Mason University, and Lily Ramey, who graduated from St. Stephens/St. Agnes and is headed to Virginia Tech in a few weeks.

Congratulations also to our local summer swim team, the Dowden Terrace Dolphins, a 150-member-strong team that fought it out with Great Falls all season and ended up with a 4-1 record in second place. DT is sending several neighborhood swimmers to the All-Star meet next weekend: Jacob Foster, MacKenzie Prall, Abby Cox (who also coached), Colleen Cox and Brendan Richichi. A shout-out also to Larry Dow and Stephen Hetzer, two DT alums who served on the coaching staff this year.

Thirteen-year old Will Augustine has done it again. Will won his division of the 2012 K-Pro Hydro National Championship, held in Lake DePue, Ill., for the second year running. Will is an avid outdoorsman, just having completed a spelunking camp.