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Ashby Ponds Celebrates Grandparents Day!

Ashby Ponds Celebrates Grandparents Day!

On Sunday, September 9, the Ashby Ponds retirement community celebrated Grandparents Day with residents, family, and friends.  A celebration of games, food, and fun included the first ever Ashby Ponds fishing tournament from the observation deck of the community's newest pond.  Ashby Ponds hosted this event to honor the hundreds of grandparents at the community who make a difference in the lives of their family and friends each and every day.

NOVA-Woodbridge Plans 5K Race, Fun Run & Health Expo

NOVA-Woodbridge Plans 5K Race, Fun Run & Health Expo

The Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College will host a 5-kilometer race, 1-mile family fun run/walk, and free Health and Wellness Expo on Oct. 7.

The day will start at 8 a.m. with a 5-kilometer race and 1-mile family fun run/walk. The race begins at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center and ends at the Woodbridge Campus. Awards will be given for the fastest in each age group, fastest female, fastest male, fastest overall and fastest team. For registration information, go to www.nvcc.edu/foundation and click on the logo for Hustle2Health.

The Health and Wellness Expo will run from 8 a.m. to noon at the Woodbridge Campus, 15200 Neabsco Mills Road. The community is invited to visit booths staffed by local businesses, gyms, medical practices, food vendors and more. Attendees will enjoy musical entertainment and fitness demonstrations from yoga to martial arts.

5 Back-to-School Time-Saving Tips

5 Back-to-School Time-Saving Tips

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 79 million students will be heading back to school this fall. With the relaxing, and often even boring, summer break officially coming to a close, it will mean a drastic change for most families. The school year goes hand in hand with a busy family schedule – one that leaves many families unsure how to slow things down and make it a little less hectic.

“Families across the nation experience a major time crunch once the school bell rings,” explains Shawn Davis, otherwise known as Chef Big Shake, the founder of CBS Foods and The Original Shrimp Burger. “We only have so many hours in a day, and we have many things we need to fit into them. It’s crucial that we take the time to find ways to slow the pace, if only for our peace of mind.”

Here are 5 back-to-school time-saving tips that families can use to help slow the pace and help make life a little less hectic:

BACK-to-SCHOOL ‘HEALTHY’ BACKPACK TIPS for KIDS

BACK-to-SCHOOL ‘HEALTHY’ BACKPACK TIPS for KIDS

Advantage Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, LLC of Gainesville and Manassas Va. offers safety tips for kids’ carrying school backpacks to avoid strains and injury. For more information, go contact 703-753-1005 or visit www.aptronline.com.

“Many students and parents are inclined to overload their backpacks with books, lunches and jackets,” said Lisa Kerrigan, physical therapist and president of Advantage Physical Therapy in Gainesville and Manassas, Va. “Over time, children who carry excessive heavy loads can experience issues with back strain, posture and injury,” said Aram.

Advantage Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, LLC suggests top 10 tips when choosing a student’s backpack:

JCPenney's Offers Free Haircuts To Kids In August

JCPenney's Offers Free Haircuts To Kids In August

To help kids get ready for the back to school grind, JCPenney’s is offering free haircuts for students in grades kindergarten to sixth grade the whole month of August.

Customers can call 855-JCP-KIDS or stop by a local salon to schedule a free August appointment while they last.

Today, if you schedule a haircut, JCPenney’s will donate $1 for every free cut to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H.

To find JCPenney’s stores in your area, visit www.jcp.com, and click on “find a store” for locations.

WHS Alumni Update: July 20, 2012

WHS Alumni Update: July 20, 2012

Remember Pagent, our Foster Monday feature, and Rita, our pet of the week? We are thrilled to report they have each been adopted! Pagent is especially pleased to be paired with an active jogger and hiker to suit her energetic lifestyle. Check out some other happy graduates below – then help us make more alumni by adopting or fostering from WHS, and spreading the word!

Tommy and Penny
“When we went to adopt our cats at the New York Avenue adoption center we agreed on two. Penny picked out my boyfriend Mark, and Mark picked out Tommy. If it were my choice, we would have taken home all the cats in Kitty City! Here is my favorite photo of Tommy and Penny playing with a toy.”
-Alicia Fremling

If you can talk the talk, you can walk the walk – for the animals

If you can talk the talk, you can walk the walk – for the animals

You’re always telling your friends how much you love your pet, but maybe you’re looking to take a step beyond caring for your dog or cat to supporting all animals across Washington, DC. This September 29, go the extra mile with the Washington Humane Society (WHS) and be a part of the DC Walk for the Animals & Pet-A-Palooza. Join us in celebrating our community’s animals and walking to end pet homelessness in DC.