If proposed changes to the Fairfax County Public Library system have you concerned, the public is invited to this month’s meeting of the Fairfax County Public Library Board of Trustees this Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike in Annandale. Proposed changes that trustees have tossed around lately include cutting the number of staffers, and making a master’s degree in library sciences a preferred option instead of mandatory for librarians. A pilot test of the new system could soon be implemented in the Burke Centre and Reston libraries. Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova has encouraged members of the public to attend this week’s meeting and share their thoughts and ideas. Those wishing to speak must register their names in advance with the Library Administrative Office at 703-324-3100.
Lace up those running shoes! This Sunday, Sept. 15 is the annual Paul VI Runfest 5k Race. This year’s race will continue the Runfest tradition of raising funds for Paul VI Catholic High School's nationally recognized Options Program for students with intellectual disabilities, as well as the PVI cross-country and track programs. The 5K course is a certified, two-loop route with a few gentle hills that starts and finishes in the PVI parking lot behind the school at 10675 Fairfax Boulevard. There will be prizes for the top finishers as well as randomly-drawn prizes for all runners. All race registrations submitted before race day can be submitted online here. The entry fee for PVI students and faculty is $15, and $25 for all others. Registration at the race on race day is $35 for everyone. For more information, click here to read their event posting on Patch.
Interested in learning how to defend yourself? Starting this week, First Defense will begin offering self-defense and fitness classes for all ages at the Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax City. Classes will be offered on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Mondays, krav maga will be offered from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, a host of different classes will be offered – a Youth Anti-Bullying Course from 5:30-6:15 p.m., krav maga from 6:30-7:30 p.m., and body weight conditioning from 7:30-8:15 p.m. For more information including price and how to sign up, see First Defense’s event listing here on Patch.
Are you looking for a job, or want to expand your network? Join the Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) this Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 1-2:30 p.m. for a special, free workshop, “Getting a Job in the Age of Social Media.” Learn how to leverage social media networks like Facebook and LinkedIn to expand your network and contacts and help grow your career. Also – learn how to do so while protecting your privacy. This workshop will be repeated on Oct. 10, 1-2:30 p.m. It all takes place at the City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St. For more information, call 301-610-8380, e-mail email@example.com, or visit www.jssa.org/workshops-groups.
Historic houses across the commonwealth will fling open their wrought iron gates and solid oak doors and let visitors stream in for free this weekend, Sept. 14 and 15. There are more than 120 sites across Virginia classified as historic homes that span from pre-Colonial times through the Modern era, all of which provide cultural, historical, and architectural information and promote an understanding of Virginia history. For more information on which sites will be open for free next weekend, so you can plan your trips ahead,visit this story from our sister site, Old Town Alexandria Patch.
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