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Cat hoarders took good care of their 130-plus cats but just got overwhelmed

The cat ladies, Paula and Eleanor, “have been doing cat rescue for years and just got overwhelmed,” said Linda Kozaryn, who lives across the street from the cat hoarders. “These people love animals but are too old to care for the volume.”

Hear Tales About Owls and Bats During a Campfire Program

From Fairfax County Park Authority:

Owls and bats keep a low profile most of the year. But as Halloween approaches, these nocturnal hunters rise to mythical status as symbols of everything to fear in the night. The Fairfax County Park Authority will entertain and educate families at two campfire programs during the Halloween weekend.

Roast marshmallows and relax during the Folktales Campfire on Saturday, October 30.

Families with children ages four and older can cozy up to the campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. to hear folktales of the season. Stories will feature bats, owls and other Halloween creatures. The cost is $5 per person.

Hidden Oaks Nature Center is located at 7701 Royce St. in Annandale. Register online or call 703-222-4664. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Be Alert For Deer

From the Fairfax County Police Department:

Police caution motorists to stay alert for deer in the roadways.

Virginia was ranked among the top10 states in the nation for deer/vehicle collisions in 2009. The vast majority of these collisions occur during the deer breeding season between now and early January. Motorists should pay close attention and remain alert at all times, especially at dawn and dusk when deer are active and are likely to be seen quickly entering roadways in herds. Police are posting a mobile sign board on roads where deer/vehicle collisions have been reported in recent weeks, such as Braddock Road and Pleasant Valley Road.

Safety tips for motorists include:

Share Your Thoughts at The Next Park Listening Forum

This was sent to us by the Fairfax County Park Authority:

The Fairfax County Park Authority will host a Listening Forum at Wakefield Chapel on Thursday, November 4, 2010, at 7 p.m.  Come participate in an open discussion about parks and recreation in your community with Fairfax County Park Authority Director John W. Dargle, Jr.

The Braddock District Listening Forum is the perfect place to informally share thoughts and concerns, and exchange ideas with Park Authority staff.  Community feedback from previous forums can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/listeningforums.htm.

For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.

Wakefield Chapel is located at 8415 Tollhouse Road in Annandale, VA.


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.