I’m hoping that you can join me for several events this week. On Monday, I’m hosting a Town Hall with Delegate John Bell and Senator Jennifer Wexton. Thursday, I’ll pour you a drink at Jimmy’s to benefit Herndon-Reston FISH. Friday, I head to the farthest reaches of Virginia to volunteer at the Remote Area Medical Clinic (RAM) in Wise County. While I’m driving back, you can be saving lives by donating blood at Floris United Methodist Church - the Inova Bloodmobile will be there. Finally, I’ve included an opportunity for our High School juniors and seniors and college students. As you may know, cybersecurity is critically important and we need to educate our workforce. Virginia is partnering with the SANS Institute which is offering a free cyber security computer game. Students who excel will win scholarships. Practice now through July 28 and then play for real August 1 - 28. This is a fun way to figure out if a cybersecurity career is a good fit for our students.
Join Me for a Town Hall This Monday with Delegate John Bell and Senator Wexton
We are holding a Legislative Town Hall at Sterling Elementary School. Share our Facebook event post, http://bit.ly/2unt6jO, to invite your friends to join you. We will talk about the 2017 legislation that took effect on July 1 and you will have the opportunity to ask questions. Let us know what’s on your mind.
Date: Monday, July 17, 2017
Time: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Location: Sterling Elementary School, 200 W. Church Road, Sterling VA
Herndon-Reston FISH Benefit at Jimmy’s in Herndon - Thursday
Come to Jimmy's for dining and drinks on Thursday, July 20th from 6 - 10 p.m. There will be live music and great raffles. I’ll be guest bartending along with other locals. Herndon-Reston FISH, Inc. (Friendly, Instant, Sympathetic Help) is a volunteer, non-sectarian, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping people meet emergencies and short-term needs. Fellow bartenders include Bridgestreet CEO Sean Worker and Macedon Technologies VP Tim Kelly.
Look for the FISH décor and balloons inside and out. Jimmy’s is in the heart of Historic Herndon at 697 Spring Street.
Headed to Wise, Virginia to Volunteer for RAM - Remote Area Medical Clinic
On Friday, I head to Wise, Virginia - close to as southwest as you can go and still be in Virginia - to volunteer at the Remote Area Medical Clinic. Patients line up at midnight for free tickets to see doctors, dentists and opticians. This is the only medical care available for many of our fellow Virginians. Learn more at http://ramusa.org/volunteer/.
Be a Hero! Donate Blood.
While I am driving back from Wise on Sunday, you can be saving lives by donating blood at the Floris United Methodist Church Blood Drive. The Inova Blood Donor Services Bloodmobile will be located in the Lower Parking Lot (preschool level). Visit inova.org/donateblood, Click on Schedule a Donation, then click on Donate Blood, and use Sponsor Code 0635, or email John Ronan at email@example.com, or call 571-220-1982 or 1-866-BLOODSAVES (1-866-256-6372). All presenting donors receive a t-shirt. Please bring a photo ID and allow one hour for your blood donation.
Date: Sunday, July 23, 2017
Time: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: 13600 Frying Pan Road, Herndon, Virginia
Play CyberStart - a Free Video Game for VA HS Juniors & Seniors & College Students
Scholarships will be awarded to students who excel in the free SANS Institute CyberStart program. Practice the game now thru July 28, 2017. Then play the full-scale program from August 1 - 28, 2017. Governor McAuliffe supports the program: “Growing Virginia’s cyber workforce is foundational to maintaining our position as a national leader in cyber security. This is a great opportunity for us to expand our talent pipeline by engaging young people interested in learning more about cyber security and directing them to the appropriate training and career coaching.”
When asked why SANS is making this investment, SANS Director of Research, Alan Paller said, “Because the nation desperately needs more highly-skilled cyber professionals, and we have new evidence that CyberStart will radically improve the quality and preparation of people entering the cybersecurity field. SANS trains more than 30,000 advanced cybersecurity professionals each year for military and intelligence organizations and for large high-tech companies in the U.S. and its allies. We discovered that those who have mastered the topics taught and measured in the CyberStart program do far better than others in the advanced cybersecurity courses that prepare the critically needed people. By opening CyberStart to hundreds of thousands of students we may be able to help the nation identify the next generation of talented people who will excel in this critical field.” Learn more at cyberva.virginia.gov.
Monday, July 17, 2017, 9 – 11 a.m./ Inova Loudoun Hospital Mobile Health Services: free blood pressure screening. Location: William Watters House, 22365 Enterprise Street, Sterling
July 20, 2017, 6 - 9 p.m./Third Thursdays Arts Crawl Series: Arts Herndon joins with our Partners in the Arts, local downtown businesses, to produce the Third Thursdays Arts Crawl Series. Join in the festive atmosphere; purchase one-of-a-kind handcrafted items; try a free dance or instrument lesson; watch an art demonstration or listen to great live music. Start your Arts Crawl journey at ArtSpace Herndon, The Green Lizard, Monroe Street Studios, Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern or Town Hall Plaza and follow the Arts Crawl map around town. Admission is free and most participating businesses offer complimentary food samples.
July 22, 2017, 9 a.m. - noon/ Chairman Bulova’s Environmental Showcase: Join Chairman Sharon Bulova, Members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and Fairfax County businesses and residents to discuss local efforts to support and protect our environment. RSVP. Location: Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA
July 24, 2017, 2:15 - 4 p.m./Herndon Memory Cafe: caregivers and individuals with memory loss (this event is for early stage) gather for social interaction, sharing concerns and providing support. Call the Herndon Senior Center, 703-464-6200, for more information. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on Memory Cafes in other locations. Location: Herndon Senior Center, 873 Grace Street, Herndon, VA.
Herndon Farmer’s Market
The corner of Elden and Spring Streets, Herndon, VA 20172
Thursdays 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (May-November)
SNAP benefits available
Sterling Farmer’s Market
Cascades Market - the Senior Center behind Home Depot
21060 Whitfield Place
Sterling, VA 20164
Sundays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (May – November)
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