October 2, 2019
My granddaughter’s good advice to me on the environment:
We can recycle; we can plant a tree!
In this Issue
  • Commentary: We Will be Watching You!
  • Virginia Report
  • Bulletin Board
  • What Can I Do?
  • Check your Calendar 
We Will be Watching You!
For the second week in a row my column opens with a reference to sixteen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg who spoke to the United Nations Climate Action Summit last week after having sailed across the Atlantic on a zero-emissions sailboat. Her message was hard hitting. As she had said to a Congressional committee, it was not necessary that she speak for a long period of time for the scientists had already spoken in the numerous reports on climate change that had been written. As a leader who had inspired weekly sit-ins outside the Swedish Parliament resulting in a growing movement of youth climate activists holding their own protests in more than 100 cities worldwide her message was clear to the world leaders: "We will be watching you...How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you're doing enough, when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight!"

Gun violence is an issue about which young people have become increasingly concerned as well. A student who was at the high school in Parkland, Florida, when there was the mass shooting there has been quoted in the Washington Post as saying that "You see these shootings on TV every day and very little happening around it. It's painful to watch. And I think it's been really hard for me and many other students and people that we work with to find hope in this time." Once again, the young people are watching.

Students from the high school in Parkland have formed an organization called March for Our Lives whose very name indicates the seriousness with which they are approaching the issue of gun violence. They have more than 100 chapters nationwide. Their proposed plan to combat gun violence, "A Peace Plan for a Safer America," goes well beyond the limited measures being debated in the adult world. Their plan creates a national licensing program with a gun registry, a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, a waiting period for gun purchases, and a mandatory buy-back of assault weapons. Their program may seem extreme to many, but it deserves careful attention for it is written by young people who have the experience of having survived a mass shooting where their friends around them did not survive. Once again, we can expect that these young people and others will be watching what we adults do about this issue if indeed anything is done.

Many years ago I worked in a manufacturing plant in the Shenandoah Valley with a man who as a devout member of the Brethren Church. He would regularly remind me that we should live our lives as though someone is watching us for we could be sure that someone is watching us and observing our ethics, honesty and sincerity. We may be able to talk a good game, but those observing our behavior can learn more about us than we may care for them to know. In the political world these days there is way too much talk and too little action on critical life and death issues. Young people are watching and are calling us out!
Virginia Report 
Tune in to Ken's weekly television program,  Virginia Report , on  YouTube , Reston Comcast Channel 28 for public service programming or Verizon Channel 1981. Ken interviews state and local leaders who are making news by making a difference. 

TONIGHT: Wednesday, October 2 at 10:30 p.m., Delegate Plum talks with Elizabeth Bennett-Parker of Together We Bake 
Tuesday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, October 9 at 10:30 p.m. , Delegate Plum talks with Gwyn Whittaker about  The Game Changers film 
Countdown Begins to Obtain REAL ID Before Enforcement Starts at Airports
There is one year left to get your REAL ID before new federal identification requirements take effect for domestic travel at airports nationwide. Beginning October 1, 2020, the federal government will require a REAL ID-compliant driver's license or identification card, or another federally approved form of ID such as a passport, in order to board a domestic flight. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) began issuing REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses and identification cards one year ago, on October 1, 2018, to give Virginians time to obtain this optional credential if they desired in advance of the federal enforcement deadline. Learn more at  REAL ID
Purple Can Club--Regional Approach to 
Glass Recycling 
As of October 1, 2019, Fairfax County no longer accepts glass bottles and jars in the curbside recycling program. Residents should reuse glass containers or bring them to purple, glass-only recycling containers located throughout the region. If this is not possible, glass should be placed in the trash. More is at  Glass Recycling
Reston Amenities Map
Reston has 55 miles of paved and natural surface pathways (with 95 bridges) winding throughout Reston’s open spaces. Not only do these paths provide a great place to exercise and get some fresh air, they also connect neighborhoods, recreation areas and shopping centers. Visit Reston Association offices for a copy of the Reston map or follow this link for a detailed copy:  http://bit.ly/2l46Qck
What can I do? Civic Involvement
Absentee Voting for Upcoming November 5, General & Special Elections
Eligibility, important dates and more are at Voting Absentee .
Calendar of Events
Wednesday, October 2, Walk and Bike to School Day, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will participate in International Walk to School Day in an effort to promote physical activity and reduce traffic congestion and pollution near schools. Students and employees are encouraged to bike or walk to school and work on October 2. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children to school and to work with their school and PTA or PTO to assemble bike trains or walking groups for the event. Schools are encouraged to  register online with Walk and Bike to School.

Wednesday, October 2, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Venture Into Volunteering Fair, at Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly. Fairfax 50+ invites you to meet representatives from more than 90 organizations who are in need of volunteers. Details are at  Volunteering Fair.

Friday, October 4, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., HOAs and Condo Associations: Sustainable solutions to landscaping headaches, at Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center on NVCC Annandale campus. Is your community association board dealing with erosion or flooding problems? Is your property management company paying to maintain a lot of lawn that is not being used? Is your landscaping committee looking for ways to beautify community property while supporting birds and butterflies? Learn more and register at  Sustainable Solutions.

Saturday, October 5, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.,  Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park  Community Yard Sale. Spaces are selling fast for the October 5 yard sale at  Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon. Get yours while you still can. Thousands of buyers came to the last event. Reserve on line at  Yard Sale.

Tuesday, October 8, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., CONNEXT Learning Event with Mary Abbajay, at ServiceSource, 10467 White Granite Drive, 3rd Floor, Oakton. Mary Abbajay, author of the best-selling Managing Up: How to Move Up, Win at Work and Succeed with Any Type of Boss delivers leading-edge talent and organizational development strategies for managing at every level. Learn more and purchase tickets at  CONNEXT.

Saturday, October 5, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Women Empowerment & Development Day, at Reston Community Center Lake Annex, 1609-A Washington Plaza North, Reston. Join the ladies of Iota Epsilon Sigma Chapter as they host this 2nd event designed for women to relax and focus on improving your health and wealth. Lunch will be provided. Door Prizes!! Purchase tickets at  Empowerment & Development Day.

Saturday, October 5, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Vienna Oktoberfest, at 131 Church St NE, Vienna. Free admission--food, beer, wine, entertainment, and kids' activities. Learn more at  Vienna Oktoberfest.

Saturday, October 5, noon to 2:00 p.m., Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty Awards Luncheon, at United Christian Parish, 11508 N Shore Drive, Reston. Learn more and purchase tickets at  Awards Luncheon.

Saturday, October 5, noon to 7:00 p.m., Oktoberfest at the Frontier Culture Museum. Find out more and purchase tickets at  Oktoberfest.

Saturday, October 5, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., 2019 Choir Cabaret, at Washington Plaza Baptist Church, 1615 Washington Plaza, Reston. An intimate, family-friendly concert featuring a collection of standards, jazz, and Broadway favorites by local talent as well as special guest artists. More is at  Choir Cabaret.

Sunday, October 6, 3:30 to 6:00 p.m., School Board Candidates' Forum for Fairfax and Loudoun Counties, at the ADAMS Main Center, 46903 Sugarland Road, Sterling. Light refreshments will be served. Free, but register at  Candidates' Forum.

Saturday, October 12, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Fire Station Open House. In celebration of Fire Prevention Week (October 6 – 12), all Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Stations will be hosting an Open House. Stop by your local station that day to meet your firefighters, see the fire trucks, join in the activities and learn about fire safety. Learn more:  Fire and Rescue Stations Open House

Sunday, October 13, 8:15 to 10:00 a.m., Reston Pumpkin 5K & Kids' Dash, at Reston Town Center, 11900 Freedom Drive. Participants are encouraged to début their Halloween costumes and join in the fun with the whole family! Register, sign up to volunteer or sponsor at  Pumpkin 5K

Sunday, October 13, 2:00 p.m., Book Launch Party with Senator Janet Howell, at Scrawl Books, 11911 Freedom Drive, Reston Town Center. Janet and Theresa Howell will sign copies of their new book,  Leading the Way: Women In Power. See more at  Book Launch.

Sunday, October 13, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., League of Women Voters Hunter Mill District Candidate Forum: School Board and Senate Districts 32 and 33, at Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. Details are at  Candidate Forum.

Monday, October 14, 10:00 a.m., Gun Violence Awareness Vigil at National Rifle Association headquarters, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax. The vigil commemorates the anniversary of the day 26 children and educators were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Please DO NOT park in the NRA's parking lot. There is plenty of free parking in the office building lot on Fairfax Ridge Drive across Waples Mill Road. Signs and flags will be provided.

Monday, October 14, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Formal Dedication of the Virginia Women's Monument, Capitol Square in Richmond. The Virginia Women’s Monument Commission will be dedicating seven statues: Anne Burras Laydon, Cockacoeske, Mary Draper Ingles, Elizabeth Keckly, Laura Copenhaver, Virginia Randolph, and Adele Clark. More information is at  Women's Monument.