St. Baldrick’s Day Celebration
On Saturday, March 17, Centreville’s eighth annual St. Baldrick’s Day celebration will be held at Fast Eddie’s in the Newgate Shopping Center at Routes 28/29. Bands will perform at 3 and 4 p.m. Then at 5 p.m., participants will have their heads shaved bald while friends and families cheer them on. Mechanical bull rides will be available for $5, with proceeds going to St. Baldrick's. The event raises money for childhood cancer research and is open to the public. To participate or to make a donation, go to http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/149/2012.
County Budget Meeting, March 22
Supervisor Michael R. Frey (R-Sully) is holding a Sully District Town Hall meeting to discuss Fairfax County’s proposed 2013 budget. It’s set for Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m., in the cafeteria of Rocky Run Middle School, 4400 Stringfellow Road in Chantilly. Also participating will be Sully District School Board representative Kathy Smith, plus representatives of the county’s Office of Management and Budget.
Free Carseat Inspections
Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections Thursday, March 22, from 5-8:30 p.m., at the station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. No appointment is necessary. But residents should install the child safety seats themselves so technicians may properly inspect and adjust them, as needed.
However, because of time constraints, only the first 35 vehicles arriving on each date will be inspected. That way, inspectors may have enough time to properly instruct the caregiver on the correct use of the child seat. Call 703-814-7000, ext. 5140, to confirm dates and times.
Learn Centreville Railroad History
Centreville railroad history is on tap for the quarterly meeting of the Historic Centreville Society. It’s slated for Monday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m., in the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 Saint Germain Drive. This event is free and open to the public and will include the election of officers, plus light refreshments.
Centreville had the first railroad in the world constructed for military purposes. It was built in February 1862, and the public is invited to join Civil War re-enactor and historian Arthur Candenquist — portraying Confederate Capt. Thomas Sharp. He’ll talk about the building of the Centreville Military Railroad and the events surrounding it, including Jackson's famous raid in May 1861 on the B&O railroad to "appropriate" engines for use by the Confederacy.
Sully District Council Meeting
The Sully District Council of Citizens Associations and its Land-Use Committee will meet Wednesday, March 28, at 7 p.m., in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. The topic will be Fairfax County’s FY 2013 budget, presented by Christina Jackson and Ellicia Seard, both with the Department of Management and Budget. For more information, call Jeff Parnes, evenings, at 703-904-0131.
Park Authority To Meet
The Fairfax County Park Authority will meet Wednesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m., in the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 900 in Fairfax. Call Judy Pedersen at 703-324-8662.
Meals on Wheels Volunteers
Fairfax County needs Meals on Wheels drivers in Chantilly and group Meals on Wheels coordinators in both Chantilly and Fairfax. Contact Volunteer Solutions at 703-324-5406, TTY 711, VolunteerSolutions@fairfaxcounty.gov or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/volunteer-solutions.htm.
Free Income Tax Preparation
People who worked in 2011 and earned less than $50,000 may qualify for free, income-tax preparation. It’s available Saturdays, through April 14, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road in Chantilly. If married and filing a joint return, both spouses must be present. For a list of items participants must bring with them, go to www.nvacash.org and click on “free tax preparation.”
WFCM Seeks Food, Volunteers
Western Fairfax Christian Ministries’ (WFCM) food pantry urgently needs donations of oil (48 oz. or smaller); flour (2-5 lb. bag); sugar (2-5 lb. bag); canned meats; juice (64 oz. or smaller); jelly; jam; canned fruit; canned beets, spinach, greens, potatoes and mixed vegetables; pancake mix and syrup; mayonnaise, baby food (stages 1 and 3); cocoa, coffee, ketchup and mustard. Also needed is laundry detergent.
Bring all items to WFCM’S food pantry at 13981 Metrotech Drive (near Backyard Grill and Bar) in Chantilly. Volunteers are also needed:
Thrift store: General assistance needed Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. A regular weekly volunteer is needed Thursdays, from 1-6 p.m., as well as Saturdays, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, contact Volunteer Manager Annette Bosley at 703-988-9656.
Furniture ministry: One person is needed to help move furniture that will be given to clients in need.