My Favorite Places

My Favorite Places

State delegate shares tips on places to see, things to do.

Dear Connection Readers:

Since 2010, I have been honored to serve the 41st District as your representative in the Virginia House of Delegates. The Virginia House is the Western Hemisphere's oldest continuously operating legislative body, a heritage extending back to 1619.

Although the Virginia General Assembly is a part-time citizen legislature, members serve year-round. Our annual session in Richmond is held over 6-8 weeks, beginning each year in mid-January. As your representative, I am always available to address any questions you may have regarding State Government, or assist with any problem you may be experiencing with such agencies as the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Division of Motor Vehicles, the Virginia Department of Social Services or other governmental services.

On a personal level, I have lived in Fairfax County for over 20 years, and my husband and I have raised our two children (now 16 and 18) in this area. While we are always finding new restaurants and interesting sites to visit, we have some favorite activities in the area that you may want to consider. When our children were younger, we always enjoyed taking them to Burke Lake Park. This exceptional community facility offers beautiful natural scenery, a miniature golf course, a sightseeing train and carousel rides. Regardless of the ages of your young ones, the park offers entertainment options for everyone.

In October, the Burke Nursery and Garden Centre holds a Fall Festival and Pumpkin Playground. All those who attend receive a small carveable pumpkin as well as hay rides around the area. My own personal favorite annual events include the Mantua Community Association Parade and Picnic in June, the Orange Hunt 4th of July Parade, National Night Out events in August and the Burke Centre Festival in September.

As part of my responsibilities as State Delegate, I regularly travel throughout the 41st District—Burke, West Springfield, Fairfax and Fairfax Station—meeting with constituents and organizations and attending events.

Please do not hesitate to contact my office if I can ever be of service. You can reach me at or by phone, at 571-249-3453. You can also visit my website at

Again, welcome to the 41st House District of Virginia. I look forward to seeing you out and about.