Pizza and Bingo Night
Westfield High’s band is holding a Bingo night to raise money for its 2014 trip to perform in the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, Calif. It’s slated for this Friday, Feb. 22, in the school cafeteria. Pizza will be served from 6-7 p.m., followed by Bingo; winners will receive prize baskets.
Cost is $15/ticket for 10 games; pre-order includes two prize-raffle tickets. It’s $5/person for each additional pack of 10 cards. Raffle tickets for prizes are $1/each or six for $5. A single meal – a slice of pizza and a drink – is $2.50. Each family meal – a large, one-topping pizza and four drinks – costs $12. To pre-order, go to www.westfieldband.org, or just order at the door.
Recycle During Electric Sunday
Residents may recycle old TVs, computers, peripheral electronic devices – such as keyboards, speakers, printers and scanners, as well as household hazardous wastes – including fluorescent light bulbs and tubes, for free, during Fairfax County’s “Electric Sunday” events.
The next one is slated for Sunday, Feb. 24, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the I-66 Transfer Station, 4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax. For more information, call 703-324-5052.
School Boundary Meeting Set
Chantilly High, Franklin Middle and Rocky Run Middle are all schools involved in the boundary study students to relieve overcrowding at Fairfax High and Lanier Middle School. And the public is invited to join a community dialogue regarding possible scenarios for the movement of students from one school to another.
It’s set for Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 7-9 p.m., at Woodson High School, cafeteria, 9525 Main St., Fairfax (snow date - March 6). For more information, to sign up for the meeting and to submit questions and comments, go to http://www.fcps.edu/fts/planning/fairfaxlanier/index.shtml.
Fair Oaks CAC to Meet
The Citizens Advisory Council of the Fair Oaks District Police Station will meet Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m., in the roll-call room of the police station. It’s at 12300 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway in Chantilly.
Sully District Council Meeting
The Sully District Council of Citizens Associations and its Land-Use Committee will meet Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m., in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. On tap is an update of transportation developments by VDOT and Fairfax County’s Department of transportation. Call Jeff Parnes, evenings, at 703-904-0131.
Free Carseat Inspections
Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections Thursday, Feb. 28, 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.
Help Prevent Teen Suicide
On March 18, 2009, FCPS student Joshua Lee Anderson was just 17 when he committed suicide. Afterward, his grieving family formed The Josh Anderson Foundation (JAF) to keep his memory alive and to raise funds for the education and prevention of teenage suicide. Its goal is to promote youth, mental-health awareness by bringing innovative, creative and effective programs directly into high schools.
By the end of the 2012-2013 school year, JAF will have funded programs in 11 Fairfax County schools and impacted more than 17,000 students. These programs aim to reduce the negative stigma associated with mental and emotional challenges; increase the dialogue between students, peers and adults; and let students know they’re not alone and resources exist to help them.
Area residents can also help prevent teenage suicide by donating to JAF’s largest fundraiser of the year, The Rock ’n’ Roll Half Marathon/Marathon run slated for Saturday, March 16. More than $25,000 was raised for the Foundation in 2012 and this year’s goal is to raise $30,000.
To help, go to http://www.active.com/donate/joshafoundation2013 or make checks payable to The Josh Anderson Foundation and send them to 1300 Carpers Farm Way, Vienna, VA 22182.
Food Donations for WFCM
Western Fairfax Christian Ministries’ food pantry urgently needs donations of spaghetti sauce, canned fruit, rice (2-lb. bags), canned pasta, peanut butter, canned tuna and meat, hot and cold cereal, fruit juice, and pancake mix and syrup. Bring all items to WFCM’S new food-pantry location at 13888 Metrotech Drive, near Papa John’s Pizza and Kumon Learning Center, in Chantilly’s Sully Place Shopping Center.
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.
Give Caregivers a Break
Fairfax County needs Respite Care volunteers throughout the county to give family caregivers of a frail older adult a well-deserved break. Volunteers visit and oversee the safety of the older adult for a few hours each month. Volunteers are matched with families in or near their own neighborhoods. Support and training is provided. Contact Kristin Martin at 703-324-7577, TTY 711, or Kristin.Martin@fairfaxcounty.gov.
Women's Self Defense Program
The Fairfax County Law Enforcement Foundation is partnering with the Fairfax County Police Department to offer the Women's Self Defense Training program. It’s based on the SAFE program formerly provided by the Police Department, but now being taught by C&J Security Corp.
The program is a two-day class that will meet on consecutive Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:15-9:30 p.m. It’s currently offered free and all class materials are included. Program funding is provided through the Fairfax County Law Enforcement Foundation.
The course is offered to females, age 13 and older. A female guardian must accompany girls 13-18. No men other than the instructors are permitted to be present during a class. For more information, call 703-246-7806, e-mail WSD@fairfaxfoundation.org or go to www.fairfaxfoundation.org.