National Night Out, Summer Nights in the Plaza and More

Find out what's going on around Fairfax this week.

The Irish band Sior Og performs at Summer Nights on the Plaza in Fairfax City this Friday night. (Courtesy Photo)
The Irish band Sior Og performs at Summer Nights on the Plaza in Fairfax City this Friday night. (Courtesy Photo)

Tuesday night is National Night Out! And it sounds like block parties, neighborhood barbecues and the like are being planned all over Fairfax City.  Members of the City of Fairfax Police – along with many special guests, like McGruff the crime-fighting dog – will be out circulating amongst get-togethers in an effort to get to know residents as well as share information about how neighbors can work together to keep an eye out for each other and keep communities safe. Mayor Scott Silverthorne and other members of the City Council are also expected to be out mingling at get-togethers. Read our recent article here.


Summer Nights On the Plaza continues this Friday night, Aug. 9, with a concert by Irish band Sior Og. The concerts take place by the fountain at Old Town Plaza at North Street and Chain Bridge Road, by Panera Bread. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Feel free to bring fold-up chairs to sit on.

Help raise money for a great cause, while potentially scoring yourself some sweet prizes, and eating some good grub as well. This Saturday night, Aug. 10 from 5-9 p.m., come enjoy a meal at Buffalo Wing Unversity (BWU) at 10312 Willard Way in Fairfax. Just mention “FOHA” to your server or bartender, and proceeds from your meal will help benefit Friends of Homeless Animals (FOHA), to help cover the costs of spaying and neutering dogs and cats. Grab yourself some raffle tickets, and you could score yourself a Kindle Fire HD, and gift cards to BWU, Papa John’s and more.


Calling all budding Indiana Jones! The Fairfax County Park Authority is offering a new archaeology camp for young adults, ages 12 to 18, at nearby Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly. Campers will work alongside archaeologists during a small excavation of a 1700s- and 1800s-era family farm site. Organizers call the camp “a well-rounded opportunity for teens to learn about the process of archaeological work and expand their appreciation for applied science and cultural history through working as part of a professional team.” The experience is also something that could help enhance college resumes, and give kids something interesting to write about in their college essays. Archaeological Dig Field Experience runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day the week of Aug. 12-16. The cost for Fairfax County residents is $425 per camper, or $440 for out-of-county campers. Registration for this camp is available at Parktakes Online or by calling 703-222-4664. For more information, call 703-631-0013.


Did we miss anything else newsworthy happening around Fairfax this week? If so, tell us about it in the comments.


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Jeff Smith August 06, 2013 at 06:13 PM
So is the next flea market this coming Sunday 8/11?
Jennifer van der Kleut August 06, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Jeff - it should be! It's the second Sunday of each month.
Jeff Smith August 07, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Maybe just as an idea the flea market could be added to the events page each month. Hopefully it will grow and become more popular. We go to the Arlington flea market every month and it attracts a couple of thousand people.
Jeff Smith August 07, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Oh and thanks for the quick response on my first comment Jennifer :-)


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