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DOC aims to test all inmates for Covid-19

Virginia Department of Corrections says it is aggressively testing incarcerated offenders for COVID-19. While the nationwide struggle to adequately test for the coronavirus continues, the Virginia DOC has already tested more than one-third of the state’s approximately 29,000 offenders. Most offenders being tested have no symptoms; the DOC is conducting point prevalence testing to catch cases before there are any symptoms.

Step back in time to 1930s and 1940s at Prince William Forest Park’s Oct. 13 Heritage Festival

Heritage Festival at Prince William Forest Park in Triangle VA on Oct. 13 will feature woodworkers, blacksmiths, and masons demonstrating the crafts that the 2,000 members of the Civilian Conservation Corps used to build the 15,000-acre park in the 1930s. Learn about spy training and Morse Code. Exhibits will highlight the development of the park as a depression-era recreation area and many aspects of 1930s and '40s pop culture.

Helping Haitian Angels founder heard call to help struggling children

Haymarket VA-based Helping Haitian Angels works to help orphans in this country. It will host its second Annual Wine Festival at Barrel Oak Winery on Sept. 22. There will be music, barbeque, a silent auction and, of course, wine. Barrel Oak Winery is located at 3623 Grove Lane in Delaplane, VA.

Could Gainesville singer be “The Next?”

After mentoring by Joe Jonas, Gainesville VA's Jordan Baird, a pop, R & B and soul singer/songwriter who graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas, will compete with five city winners and 18 television fan-favorites among previous non-winners in the upcoming semifinals that could eventually put him on the path to stardom.

Lifelong Learning Institute offers networking event and starts classes Sept. 14

The Lifelong Learning Institute is starting its ninth year of offering affordable and stimulating college level classes to people 50 and up. Get all the details and network with other students on Friday, Sept. 14, at Northern Virginia Community College in Innovation Business Park, 9485 Innovation Dr., Manassas, VA from 1 to 3 p.m.

Volunteers needed to help with cleanup of Hooes Run on land and water Oct. 13

Volunteers are needed to work from land or from canoes and kayaks in the water on Saturday, Oct. 13 to help with the clean up of trash and debris from the Hooes Run part of the Occoquan Reservoir. The event is being organized by the Prince William (VA) Trails and Streams Coalition.

Supervisor Nohe to host first Community Pride Day for Yorkshire and Loch Lomond on Saturday, Sept. 8

Prince William County VA Supervisor Marty Nohe will hold his first Community Pride Day in the Yorkshire/Loch Lomond area on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Joseph D. Reading Park. The area, historically in Brentsville or Gainesville District, was moved into Coles District boundaries during the redistricting. Munch a hot dog, get some info, let the kids try the moon bounce, drop off bulky items, meet neighbors and Supervisor Nohe.

Hoofbeats to Hope horse show Sept. 9 to raise funds for ovarian cancer research

The second Homestead Farm Musical Freestyle Challenge horse show in Catlett VA on Sept. 9 to benefit ovarian cancer research will be dedicated to Marikae Kinross-Wright, the sister of Hoofbeats to Hope’s founder.

Professional anglers will guide kids to “Catch a Special Thrill” Sept. 15

Thirty children ages 5-14 will visit Leesylvania State Park, in Woodbridge and go fishing with volunteer professional anglers from large bass boats on the Potomac River Sept. 15. he program is designed to give children with special needs and their caretakers the opportunity to leave their problems on shore and enjoy a day of fishing with professional bass fishermen. Included in the day’s events will be water safety, boating, and natural resource demonstrations.

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