Sunday, August 27, 2017

Annual Neighborhood Block Party: Perfect Weather!

The weather could not have been more lovely for Raymondale's annual community block party on Ellis court on Friday night. That, plus hot dogs, hamburgers, watermelon, shrimp fried rice, sides and salads --and a 6-foot table full of desserts -- made lingering easy(!)

One of the great things about the annual picnic is making new friends and catching up with old ones without having to get in a car, dress fancy  or hire a babysitter. The kids had a grand time of their own, running around on scooters, visiting the dessert table, staging a water balloon fight, revisiting the dessert table, creating glow stick creations in the dark, drawing on the sidewalk and doing whatever they wanted before summer finally officially draws to a close.

Thanks to Dustin and Larry for grilling, and to all the neighbors who came, brought something to share, and pitched in. Let's do it again next year! (written by Whitney Redding)











Saturday, June 24, 2017

School's Out! So, Burn That Old Homework!

Lots of fun was had at the Raymondale homework burn off this evening on Ellis Court! Kids ripped into their  old school papers with a vengeance before switching to summer with hearty round of Smore's. Final fun was Water balloon toss game and then the kids conspired to chase down An innocent bystander father who got a good soak out of it. Thanks to the Peters family for hosting!



Monday, April 17, 2017

Annual Egg Hunt on a Beautiful Day!




We had gorgeous weather and a big turnout at today's Spring egg hunt on St. James Place. Kids under five got a head start searching for plastic eggs full of goodies,and then the rest of the kids up to 11 years old were off and running. When it was done, lots of people stayed to enjoy meeting new neighbors, picking out free books from the little library, munching on donuts and candy or searching, searching, searching for that last little hidden treasure in the grass. Many thanks to the Brittons for hosting the egg hunt this year! And to the teens who helped hide the goodies before the young ones arrived. Have a good weekend everybody!







Wednesday, April 5, 2017

No Foolin'! April 1st Luria Park Clean Up a HUGE Sucess!

On Saturday Morning, April 1st, over 80 volunteers filled 70 bags of trash along with a bunch of tires, chairs, and other assorted treasures. Thanks especially to the 40+ students and parents from the Belvedere Elementary School Outdoor Club who arrived on mass in a school bus! Neighbors from Raymondale and Holmes Run Acres joined the students and combed the park with pincers, gloved hands, and large trash bags provided by Fairfax County Parks. Some of us (this blogger and other parents) actually got into the creek with a pitchfork and removed the debris stacked up against the fallen tree near the basketball court. It was wonderful seeing the results of the hard work of so many!




Monday, October 31, 2016

Fun Around The Fire In October

Many families showed up tonight to Ellis court to enjoy s'mores and hotdogs cooked over a campfire and to get in the mood for fall and Halloween! In this photo kids enjoyed "bobbing" for donuts on a string with their hands behind their back. Much hilarity ensued!





 Parents and the littlest ones (and a few dogs) hung out and enjoyed the gorgeous early fall  evening while kids of all ages took over Ellis ct and had a great time. Many thanks to Mary peters and Chris Ball for hosting all the fun!




Monday, August 22, 2016

Annual Block Party A BIG Success!

Raymondale's Annual Block Party on Ellis Court was a smashing success! Set up began after a mid-afternoon ran shower. Neighbors arrived at six and continued trickling in until the number of folks who came went over 75! The most well-attended block party ever!



The food was great and so much! The tables groaned with delicacies generously brought by everyone! And a big thanks to Chris, the ultimate grill master!





The children certainly enjoyed the last days of summer vacation with water balloons so generously provided by the Wilson family!






Everyone had the best time. Long time residents and new residents got to meet and greet and enjoy the lovely evening.






A little past halfway into the gathering the sky opened up for a brief heavy shower. The food was covered and some of the children took cover!


After the rain, the fire pit came out and so did the yummy marshmallows!
THANK YOU to everyone who came, helped set up, clean up, and organize this FABULOUS annual neighborhood event!





Monday, June 27, 2016

Raymondale Little Library Sunday Afternoon!


Raymondale's first Summer Reading Kickoff at the Little Free Library was a big success. About 30 neighbors wandered through, browsing through 200+ free books for all ages and tastes, dropping off a few more, sipping lemonade and talking over their favorite books and recent reads. Kids jumped on the trampoline, nabbed cookies or just enjoyed reading in one of the chairs set up the shade of a sprawling apple tree. Adult books ranged from  literary prize winners to bestsellers, from anthologies  to cookbooks, from timeless classics to out-of-print titles that evoke a different era. Many thanks to Nicole and Tony Britton for hosting the event -- and most especially for starting the Little Library and keeping it well stocked 24/7 with interesting titles! 
And please browse the list of Online Resources (after the photos) kindly provided by Nicole Britton to help your little readers with summer reading programs! Happy Summer! Happy Reading!











online resources

summer reading Programs

FCPS Book Your Summer  Program
                  http://fcps.edu/is/book/
Fairfax County Library’s Summer Reading Program
                  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/srp/
Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge
Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading Triathlon
                  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/b/summer-reading/_/N-rs9
Pizza Hut’s BOOK IT! Summer Reading Program
                  http://www.bookitprogram.com/summer/default.asp

Book Lists & other resources

PBS Kids Summer Adventure
                  http://www.pbs.org/parents/summer/
Reading Is Fundamental’s Free E-Books                                                    
                  http://www.rif.org/50ebooks/
Association for Library Service to Children- 2016 Summer Reading Lists
                  http://www.ala.org/alsc/2016-summer-reading-list
Reading Rockets Summer Book List
National Endowment for the Humanities Non-Fiction Book List
Start with a Book
                  http://www.startwithabook.org/
Library of Congress Family Activities