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Hidden Oak Nature Center Hosts a Weekend of Fun for Kids

This upcoming weekend the Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Annandale, VA has lots of fun activities in store. On Saturday, August 14, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. there is the “Goodnight Walk: Abounding Bats” for ages 4 and up and adults are welcome! You will get the opportunity to join a naturalist teach you about bats and take a stroll along the Old Oak Trail to look for bats.

The on Sunday, August 15, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. the center is hosting “Water Festival and Science Day.” This will be a day of science experiments, hiking to Bugg Creek to find crayfish and salamanders, watershed activities, examining erosion, and a water limbo contest. Be sure to pack your bathing suit! Kids ages 5-10 years old are welcome.

Reservations and advanced payment are required for both days and the cost for Saturday is $5 per person and Sunday is $6 per person.

Fun-Filled Weekend for Annandale Residents

This weekend in Annandale is the annual Crazy Days and Sidewalk Sale and Watkins Fire Department's “Kraut N’ Wurst Days.” Both of these events run Friday and Saturday. The “Kraut N’ Wurst Days” event includes a 5K race, tractor pull, petting zoo, live music and more.

You still have time to check out the Annandale Farmer Market this weekend before the summer slips away. The market is open at 8:00 a.m. this Saturday, August 7 and is located near the post office and city hall in downtown Annandale.

Local Teens Focus on Education in West African Coastal Nation

Two local teens are focusing in on building education, but reaching much further than education for their Annandale classmates. 16 year-old Bashir Warsame and 17 year-old Sahnun Mohamud are focusing on education in Somalia.

The two high school boys are focusing on building an educational program in the West African coastal nation of Somalia. This happens to be the home of many of their relatives and the birthplace of their parents. While both of the boys have not visited, they are aware that the education system there has been nearly destroyed because of war. One goal of their education program is to help prevent young child from being soldiers.

Warsame and Mohamud hope that have two schools established by 2011 and they have raised around $4000 thus far. The Loudoun County-based Rotary Club has donated $600 of these funds, while smaller contributions have come from local family members, friends of the boys and community members.