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Self-Defense Classes Available for Local Women

Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D) is a program of self-defense techniques and tactics for women-only that will soon be offered in your neighborhood. The program is open to ages 12 and up and provides the basics of awareness, prevention, risk avoidance, and hands-on training. The program is not Martial Arts; it is a program dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts against assault and provides females the knowledge they need for risk prevention.

This class is free as a public service of the Police Department, however, registration is required. The deadline to register is Friday, August 13th. The classes will be taught by nationally certified R.A.D instructors that are City Police Officers.

The classes will be held at Columbia Baptist Church (103 West Columbia Street) on August 16th, 17th, 19th, and 23rd from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Want to Adopt a Mistreated Cat or Dog This Weekend?

Volunteers from the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation are working to help find new homes for mistreated animals in different locations from Falls Church to Leesburg.

The founder of Log Dog and Cat Rescue, Pam McAlwee, has placed over 15,000 animals with new families since the launch of the organization in 2001. These non-profit group travels by van and continues to host up to 5 pet adoptions every Friday and Saturday morning.

Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation has a staff of 8 full-time employees and relies on another 300 people in volunteer positions who help out at the weekend events by walking, feeding, and taking care of the rescued animals.

Come this weekend, Saturday, August 7th, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to the PETSMART in Seven Corners of Falls Church, VA for the dog and cat adoption. The address is 6100 Arlington Blvd.

Local Shop Will Aid in a Healthy School Year

“Have Your Cake and Eat it Too” is helping lead the charge to fight childhood obesity. Lowry Martin is the CEO and President of this shop that makes healthy, delicious muffins. These muffins are made with fresh fruits and vegetables and natural ingredients and will be served in local schools in your neighborhood, Falls Church.

Aligned with the Michelle Obama’s initiative “Let’s Move” to raise a healthier generation of kids, Martin’s shop also is making an effort by visiting schools or classrooms. She and her team give an “Hour of Power” which includes a healthy eating discussion, exercise session, healthy word game, and easy quick recipe is prepared before the audience.

Some of Martin’s muffins include “Banana Surpise,” “Berry Very Blueberry,” Squashyalicisous,” and “Oh! That Corn.” These healthy and delicious muffins will be distributed in local Falls Church schools this fall.

Stratford University Brings the Spice

Stratford University in Falls Church, VA continues to hold unique culinary workshops. On August 14, the workshop will be dedicated to “Cooking with Spices from Around the World.” The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Falls Church campus and the cost is $60 per person.

Come learn how to bring your meals to the next level with different spices! The chef will show you how to use birds of paradise, pink peppercorns, lavender, and how to use and create your own spice rubs. Your plain old chicken won’t be so plain anymore.

Expect Road Delays Due to Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project

Beginning on August 4 the eastbound lanes of the Dulles Connector Road, Route 267, will be closed for 3 nights starting at 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. The construction will be impacting drivers using the eastbound Dulles Toll Road and the Dulles Airport Access Highway. Drivers will be required to detour onto the southbound I-495 Capital Beltway and exit on to northbound Route 123 toward McClean and then rejoin the eastbound Dulles Connecter Road from northbound Route 123.

While the initial construction has set times of closure, there will be more periodic closures over the next few weeks as required. However, the detour will remain the same. Keep in mind that all work is subject to change if there is inclement weather. For more information about the Metrorail project itself you can visit www.dullesmetro.com.