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NoVA Preschoolers Take Part in Earth Day by Releasing Thousands of Ladybugs

NoVA Preschoolers Take Part in Earth Day by Releasing Thousands of Ladybugs

Today 153 preschoolers at Chesterbrook Academy in Fairfax released 3,000 ladybugs into the environment for an Earth Day activity.

Why release ladybugs? "Lady bugs basically kill the bad insects that harm our trees, and our plants and our flowers. They eat those and the children have learned that for the week," said Maria Murphy, the Principal of the school. Murphy has been Principal of Chesterbrook Academy since 2007 and this is the school's second time doing the ladybug release. 

"It has been a week filled with Earth Day events, so they have been excited for this all week," said Murphy. Watch the reaction of the children as the ladybugs tickled their palms and crawled around their arms. Priceless! 

Chesterbrook Academy in Chantilly and Sterling also participated in today's ladybug release. 

 

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:

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:

Fourth Old Town Manassas Spring Cleaning Day in April

Fourth Old Town Manassas Spring Cleaning Day in April

On Sat., Apr. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Old Town Manassas will host the Fourth Annual Spring Cleaning Day at the Harris Pavilion at 9201 Center Street in Manassas, Va., where attendees can recycle their gently used household items or clothes and donate them to local non-profits, visit recycling and conservation exhibits, and kids can make earth-friendly art projects. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.visitmanssas.org or call 703.361.6599.        

 

The Manassas Art Guild will also be featuring a spring Earth exhibit, where artists showcase their artwork reflecting themes of recycling, natural materials and the environment. 

Spring Cleaning Day will also provide live entertainment from local entertainers, inflatable moon bounces for kids and a special preview of this summer’s Manassas farmer’s market vendors.

Open Burning Restricted in Loudoun County: February 15 - April 30

Open Burning Restricted in Loudoun County: February 15 - April 30

From Loudoun County (VA) --- The Loudoun County Fire Marshal's Office is reminding citizens that open burning is restricted in Loudoun County between February 15 and April 30. The regulations, which prohibit open air fires between the hours of midnight and 4:00 p.m., are enforced by the Virginia Department of Forestry and the Loudoun County Fire Marshal. Known as the 4:00 p.m. law, these restrictions are in place due to the potential for rapid fire spread across woodland and grassland areas that is the result of dry outdoor fuels, high winds and temperature increases that are normally present in the late winter and early spring seasons.

Two Fires Attributed to Woodstoves; Fire Marshal Urges Safety Precautions

From the County of Loudoun: