21st Annual Fall for Fairfax KidsFest: It's an extravaganza, just for the wee ones - pumpkin painting, hay rides, scarecrow making, a petting zoo, pony rides, a trackless train ride, live acts, kids' crafts, model trains, costumed characters, bounce houses, a carnival and more. Plus, for parents, there's a farmers market, vendors, a county showcase and more. It all takes place at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and 6. Admission is free, but rides and some features have a cost. Discounted, all-you-can-ride carnival passes are available online at www.FallForFairfax.com.
GMU Alumni Weekend Bashes: Calling all green and gold alumni! Festivities kick off Friday for a weekend of fun at GMU. Saturday night's Green & Gold Bash features wine, beer and honey tastings, food tastings from gourmet chefs from around the D.C. Metro area, and the fun doesn't stop until the farewell champagne brunch on Sunday. For more information on tickets, on-campus hotel rooms and more, click here, and watch the short video above. Note: If the screen above looks blank, refresh the page once and it should appear. If not, watch it here on YouTube.
Huge Children's Consignment Sale: We all know, children's clothes can be expensive, and they usually grow so fast they're not wearing them for long. Come out to the Children's Consignment Sale at Christ Church, 8285 Glen Eagles Lane in Fairfax Station this Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 a.m. Half-price from noon to 2 p.m. Due to the tight space, no strollers allowed.
Fairfax County Taxpayers' Annual Luncheon: Want to become a more involved advocate for local taxpayers' desires, and lower taxes overall? Attend the annual Taxpayers' Annual Luncheon and find out how to get more involved. This year's speaker will be Susan Stimpson, Chairperson of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors, and a runner-up for the 2013 Republican nominee for Lt. Governor. Her talk will be titled, "How Stafford County Cut Taxes." Also on the repertoire will be a talk by Arthur Perves, president of the Fairfax County Taxpayers' Alliance, entitled "Why Fairfax County Should Cut Spending." The luncheon is $20 per person with a choice of an 8-ounce strip steak or chicken florentine. To RSVP, e-mail email@example.com or leave a message at 703-337-7492 with your name, contact information and menu selection.
Turn Math into a Fun Game: Does your child struggle with math, or find it boring? Consider bringing them by Stellogix in Old Town Fairfax City this Saturday, Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. for a free workshop for kids in grades five through eight and their parents entitled "Math is a Game - Learn to Play." Your child will learn ways to make math more fun, like a game. Space is limited, register in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stellogix is located at 10370 Main St., Fairfax City.
Open House for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology (TJHSST): Thinking of applying your eighth-grader to TJHSST as a freshman for the 2014-15 school year? Come to an open house this Saturday to learn about the school and its admissions process. The deadline for applications for next year is Oct. 18. TJHSST is a Governor's Regional School and part of the Fairfax County Public School system, but has a separate admissions process. The school offers a comprehensive college preparatory program emphasizing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The school serves students who are selected on the basis of aptitude, prior academic achievement, and genuine interest and motivation in the biological, physical, mathematical, and computer sciences and who intend to pursue college preparation in the sciences, engineering, or related fields. Due to construction at TJHSST, the open house will take place at Holmes Middle School, 6525 Montrose St. in Alexandria, from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, visit www.TJAdmissions.org.
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