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Celebrating the Meaning of the Fourth!

Last night my family and I watched the fireworks. It has long been my feeling that for national holidays such as these, that everything should be closed. July Fourth, Memorial Day, and so on, end up being retail sales days.

I believe people forget the meaning of the actual day, especially children who haven’t really learned the meaning yet. Men and women have died in order to protect our country. As more and more people from different lands come to the United States to live, it is of great importance that they know the meaning of what they are celebrating, and then in turn, can teach their families.

So while we may have celebrated these holidays it is not too late to celebrate what they stand for and to wish the home of the brave and the land of the free a very Happy Birthday.  If you have not already, have this conversation tonight at dinner!

It’s a wonderful time to talk about your family values and the values of our country.

Are You A Weiner, A Whiner, Or A Winner?

Are You A Weiner, A Whiner, Or A Winner?

With more than 14 million Americans currently looking for work, it is definitely a buyer’s market out there.  Companies understandably want to hire the best candidates they can find.  With so many people to choose among, businesses are looking beyond black-and-white credentials such as education and experience to identify prospective employees who bring something more to the table, such as basic common sense. 

In this regard, New York Congressman Anthony Weiner’s recent fall from grace should serve as an object lesson for anyone who has a job...and especially for anyone who is seeking a job. 

Hit the Trail

Hit the Trail

What would you expect a four-and-three-quarter-year-old to say at the end of a four-and-a-half-mile hike that she just finished using her own two feet? “What a wonderful day,” Sofi announced when we walked past the old Tavern (that I was wishing was still a tavern) at Great Falls National Park.

Free Summer Meals for Kids – Because Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation

Free Summer Meals for Kids – Because Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation

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Take Dad Outdoors on Fathers’ Day Weekend

Take Dad Outdoors on Fathers’ Day Weekend

From Fairfax County:

 

Dad loves the outdoors, and the weekend of Fathers' Day is perfect for spending time with him in a park. Our sites have so many options and great things to do -- nearby and affordable!

Drop in on Sunday, June 19, 2011 at Sully Historic Site, 3650 Historic Sully Way in Chantilly, for Sully's Annual Antique Car Show. From 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. you'll see more than 400 antique and classic cars, and you can even buy the car of your dreams at the Car Corral. The car show is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children. The fee includes a tour of the house built by Richard Bland Lee, Northern Virginia's first representative to Congress. Learn more by calling 703-437-1794.

It’s Not Too Late to Enjoy Summer Camp

It’s Not Too Late to Enjoy Summer Camp

From Fairfax County:

 

It's barely summer but already the kids are bored. Beat the annual summer boredom phenomenon with an affordable summer camp. Thousands of youngsters are already signed up for a great time, close to home at nearby RECenters, nature centers, parks and schools. The Fairfax County Park Authority is a leading provider of summer camps in the area.

Perhaps your children would enjoy a traditional, theme-based camp with arts and crafts, games, special events and swimming. If so, try the Summer R.O.C.S. (RECenters Offer Cool Stuff) camp! It's packed with exciting activities.

BEST OF DC Suburbs Survey: Vote Now!

BEST OF DC Suburbs Survey: Vote Now!

It’s that time of the year again where you, dear readers, can make your voices heard and help choose the absolute best the D.C. metro area has to offer. After an exhaustive elimination process, we have narrowed down the list to the below categories and selections so that you can help make our Best Of Issue the ultimate insider’s guide to the best of the best in this region. The deadline for voting is July 1st , so don’t wait and cast your vote for your favorite businesses and people in our area.


 

CLICK HERE TO TAKE SURVEY