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2011 Loudoun County Spring Farm Tour May 21 & 22 - Spend a Weekend in the Country!

2011 Loudoun County Spring Farm Tour May 21 & 22 - Spend a Weekend in the Country!

From Loudoun County -- Spring is a beautiful time of year in the Loudoun Valleys, with views of the Blue Ridge, Short Hill and Sugarloaf Mountains.  From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, enjoy this free self-guided driving tour down tree-lined country roads to working Loudoun County farms. Visit horses, chickens, sheep and alpacas in their natural environment. Take a hayride or have lunch by a scenic pond. Select your own strawberries and orchids. Enjoy the colors, people and products of the Loudoun Valleys!    

Home Built by 90 FCPS Students is Part of this Weekend's Parade of Homes

Home Built by 90 FCPS Students is Part of this Weekend's Parade of Homes

For 40 years, students in the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) residential construction program have been building houses as part of the partnership between FCPS and the Foundation for Applied Technical Education, Inc. (FATE). This weekend, the 18th house in the series will be part of the Northern Virginia Parade of Homes. Parade homes are open from 1-5 p.m. on April 30 and again on May 1. 

Flower and Garden Festival Road Closures and Detours

Flower and Garden Festival Road Closures and Detours

From the Leesburg Police Department:

The 21st annual Town of Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival will be held this weekend in downtown Leesburg. The hours of the event are 10AM to 6PM Saturday April 16, 2010, and 10AM to 5PM Sunday April 17, 2010.

Beginning at 5:30 PM Friday April 15, 2010, several downtown street closures will be in effect for the vendor’s setup of displays. These street closures will be in effect until approximately 10PM on Sunday April 18, 2010.

The following streets will be closed for the event:

What is That Hammering Noise?

What is That Hammering Noise?

If you've been hearing a weird metallic hammering in your house and have been searching high and low for its source, take a look outside.  It is probably a woodpecker hammering away on your chimney cap or other metal object on your house.  Experts say the woodpeckers pound on these objects during the spring to show off to other birds how loud they can hammer.

Old Town Manassas Farmer's Market Open

Old Town Manassas Farmer's Market Open

OLD TOWN MANASSAS FARMER’S MARKETS OPEN

Local, Fresh Produce Available on Thursdays and Saturdays

Old Town Manassas Farmer’s Markets are open Thursdays and Saturdays, now through November. The Thursday Farmer’s market is open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Harris Pavilion and the Saturday market, located in Lot B, is open 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  For more information about the Historic Manassas, Inc., call 703.361.6599 or go to www.visitmanassas.org.

It’s definitely a sign of spring when our local Farmer’s markets open for business, and we’re happy to host a place for our community to purchase local produce, said Debbie Haight, Historic Manassas, Inc. executive director.

5 Tips for Greening the Closet

5 Tips for Greening the Closet

With Earth Day just around the corner, it is a good time to think about greening the home. One place that most people overlook when trying to make environmentally friendly choices is the closet. While it may be tucked way and largely out of site, the closet can play an important role in creating an environmentally friendly home. Greening the closet is not only important, but is actually quite easy!

“Our closets hold so much of who we are, from the clothes we wear on a daily basis to the special vintage items we want to preserve,” says Fred Silber of Creative Organization, a New Jersey-based company that has created a line of sustainable, eco-friendly closet organizing products. “Because they tend to hold so much, and such a variety of things, it is important to make sure that it is an area of the home that is not overlooked when trying to live in an environmentally friendly way.”

Here are five tips to keep in mind when greening the closet: