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Thomas Scott Baldwin And His Red Devil

Thomas Scott Baldwin, "Captain Tom," as he was known, was a famous exhibition balloonist, who moved on to powered airships, then took up fixed wing aircraft in association with Glenn Curtiss. Senior curator Tom Crouch will discuss Baldwin's long career, with a focus on his best known aircraft -- The Red Devil, which is on view at the Udvar-Hazy Center.

The Ask An Expert lecture series at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is presented every 2nd and 4th Thursday at 12:30 PM. A Museum staff member talks to the public about the history, collection, or personalities related to a specific artifact or exhibition in the Museum.

Admission : Free, Parking $15

Location : Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, The National Air and Space Museum

Closure For Victims Of Gold Burglaries

NORTHERN Va. (WUSA) -- A huge victory for the Indian-American community in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties after a thief pleads guilty.

A New York woman pleaded guilty to 37 burglaries and stealing more than half a million dollars worth of gold and other valuables.

34-year-old Melinda Soto's crime spree has ended.  But she nearly got away with it all. Her husband Dagoberto Ramirez-Soto and another man Francisco Gray have also been charged. 

Soto will testify against her husband as part of the plea deal. Gray has been deported to Peru.

Manashi Laha had 100 thousand dollars worth of diamonds and family gold snatched up last October.

Manashi Laha says, "Wow! I believe there is a justice system. We feel safe again."

But feeling safe was hardly the case for her and her South Riding community and dozens of other South Asian Americans who became victims.

Centreville Immigration Forum

There will be another Centreville Immigration Forum on Tuesday September 28. The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Centreville United Methodist Church. The church is located at 6400 Old Centreville Road in Centreville, VA.


Virginia Indian Festival This Weekend


This Saturday, September 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. is this year's Virginia Indian Festival at Riverbend Park in Centreville, VA. The festival includes eight Virginia and Washington, DC area tribes, including the Rappahannock dancers and drummers. Indian crafts, pottery and music will be for sale at the festival. There will also be live demonstrations and talks by tribe members, tool-making experts and local archaeologists, plus bow and arrow shooting and spear throwing with an atlatl. You will even get the chance to help build an authentic dug-out canoe! Don't miss this special festival. Everyone is welcome to attend; tickets are $5 per person.

Fairfax County Schools Drop Chocolate Milk, Nuggets, Corn Dogs

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) - Fairfax County elementary school students will no longer be able to buy chocolate milk in school cafeterias. It's one of several new recommendations to make school food healthier, according to the Fairfax County Public Schools.

"They don't need all that sugar and calories. No child does," says Penny McConnell, Director of FCPS Food and Nutrition Services.

Not all parents are happy about this new decision. Some worry if there's no chocolate milk, their children won't drink any milk. McConnell says if kids won't drink fat free milk, they can drink water.

But some parents support the decision. "Chocolate milk is only for special occasions. It's like a milkshake, not for everyday," said Monika Sibert.

McConnell and her team have also taken corn dogs and chicken nuggets off the menu because they're too high in fat. More meaty, less breading chicken tenders are still available and so are low fat hot dogs on a whole wheat bun.

St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic School to Host 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run

This was sent to us by Cathy Neubauer:

St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic School in Clifton, VA will be hosting it's 3rd annual 5K Run and 1 mile Fun Run on Saturday October 2nd at 7:30 a.m.  The race will start and finish in the St. Andrew church parking lot.  This is a USATF Certified 5K single loop course, with cash prizes to the top 3 male and female finishers.   Free t-shirt to those registered by September 15th, $25 entry fee for 5K and $15 for the fun run.  For more information or to register click on www.standrew-clifton.org.


Centreville High School Cake-Walk

Have some cake, Wildcats! Centreville High School's Cake-Walk, sponsored by the SGA, will be held at the Back to School Festival on September 1. Tickets will just be a $1! Centreville SGA is looking for anyone willing to donate a cake. Also, if you are in SGA for this upcoming school year, you can get portfolio points for your contribution. Cakes need to be at the main office on Wednesday, September 1 to be entered into the Cake-Walk.