Who’s Ready for a Halloween Haunt?


First and foremost, be sure to RSVP early for this one folks! We’re planning on having a haunted outing at Kings Dominion on Saturday, October 5. Kings Dominion is famous for spreading thrills & chills. This year they’re rolling out even more Halloween and fall-themed fun with Howl-O-Fest.

Lunch will be provided; however, transportation and parking are not included. Please check the RSVP website for more information. We won’t be at the park during the evening hours, so it won’t be too scary for you and especially those young ones! In fact, our trip is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

If you’re not familiar with the Halloween Haunt, do yourself a favor and check out what it is they’re all about! Please, RSVP by Thursday, September 26, to ensure your spot to the haunting of the season. We can’t wait for all the spooky fun!




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Breakfast on the Go for Dahlgren Residents

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Do your kids eat breakfast? By many reports, 40% of kids don’t. But everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Here is some proof:

  • Children who eat a healthy breakfast meet their daily nutritional needs, keep their weight under control, have lower blood cholesterol levels, attend school more frequently, and make fewer trips to the school nurses office complaining of tummy aches.
  •  Kids who eat breakfast are more likely than children who skip breakfast to consume foods with adequate levels of minerals, such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and vitamins, such as riboflavin, vitamins A, C, and B12, and folate.
  • Kids who skip breakfast do not make up for the missed calories at other meals.

So why aren’t your kids eating breakfast each day? Most likely, it is because your family is already rushed in the morning and you don’t feel like you have time to provide a nutritious breakfast. But remember that breakfast doesn’t have to mean home-made waffles or french toast every day. There are many quick and easy breakfasts that you can give your kids that are also nutritious.

With that said, we will be hosting Breakfast on the Go, Friday, September 27th  at 7:00 a.m. at the Housing Office & Caffee Circle. This is a OPEN event to Dahlgren residents! Come get it while supplies last!

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Window Safety at Dahlgren Military Housing


Preventing falls out of windows is as important as learning how to use one in an emergency. Unattended children run the greatest risk of falls and injuries, so the best first step is to watch your children as they play. Nothing can substitute for careful supervision.

1. Windows provide a secondary means of escape from a burning home. Determine your family’s emergency escape plan and practice it. Remember that children may have to rely on a window to escape in a fire. Help them learn to safely use a window  under these circumstances.
2. When performing spring repairs, take care to make sure that your windows are not painted or nailed shut. You must be able to open them to escape in an emergency.
3. Keep your windows closed and locked when children are around. When opening windows for ventilation, open windows that a child cannot reach.
4. Set and enforce rules about keeping children’s play away from windows or patio doors. Falling through the glass can be fatal or cause serious injury.
5. Keep furniture — or anything children can climb — away from windows. Children may use such objects as a climbing aid.
6. If you have young children in your home and are considering installing window guards or window fall prevention devices, be aware that the window guards you install must have a release mechanism so that they can be opened for escape in a fire emergency. Consult your local fire department on building code official to determine proper window guard placement.
7. Some homes may have window guards, security bars, grilles or grates already covering their windows. Those windows are useless in an emergency if the devices on them do not have a functioning release mechanism. Time is critical when escaping a fire.
8. Do not install window unit air conditioners in windows that may be needed for escape or rescue in an emergency. The air conditioning unit could block or impede escape through the window. Always be sure that you have at least one window in each sleeping and living area that meets escape and rescue requirements.
9. The degree of injury sustained from a window fall can be affected by the surface on which the victim falls. Shrubs and soft edging like wood chips or grass beneath windows may lessen the impact if a fall does occur.





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MWR Auto Hobby Shop at Dahlgren


The MWR Auto Hobby Shop rents a various selection of equipment for your recreational needs. Available items include: camping equipment, water activities, sports equipment and party gear. If you need transportation around the base, they have bicycles for rent also. Equipment may be rented daily or for the weekend.

Daily Prices

  • Camping Chair-$2.00
  • Coolers- $5.00-$10.00
  • 2 Man Tent-$3.00
  • 4 Man Tent-$4.00
  • Air Mattress-$4.00
  • Camp Stove-$4.00
  • LED Lantern-$4.00
  • Volleyball Set-$10.00
  • Badminton Set-$4.00
  • Horseshoe Set- $4.00
  • Badminton Set-$4.00
  • Croquet Set- $5.00
  • Kayak- $15.00
  • Canoe- $15.00
  • Jon Boat- $15.00
  • Bike and Helmet-$5.00

You can also rent a trailer for the canoes and kayaks for a weekend of fun for $30.00/daily or $50.00 for a full weekend.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday-Saturday 1000-1700

Sunday, Monday, Holidays Closed

Stop by 1282 Golf Lane, Bldg 1828 Dahlgren, VA 22448 or call 540-653-4900 for more prices.




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Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lessons in Central Virginia


What’s SUP? No, I’m not asking you about your current demeanor, but I, literally, want to know what SUP is. Well, according to Black Dog Paddle it’s Stand Up Paddleboarding–a combination of canoeing, kayaking and surfing–and not only is it fun, but it’s a pretty good workout, too.

Black Dog Paddle brings stand up paddle boarding to Fredericksburg and Central Virginia, where they welcome you to learn the basics, and then take an ECO-tour. An ECO-tour is just about paddling in nature! All essential gear is provided, SUP board, paddle, PFD, and leash.

They use certified ACA SUP instructors, so you are guaranteed to receive the best possible instruction, and lessons cover all the basics as well as safety, strokes, and balance. If you decide to head to Black Dog, it is recommended to bring water, sunscreen, snack, towel and a change of clothes.

And if you’re really adventurous, you can give SUP Yoga a go! Good luck.



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Awareness and Fun Day at Sealston Complex in King George


Head over to Sealston Sports Complex in King George for a free, family-friendly Awareness and Fun Day for wounded warriors and active duty military on August 10 from noon – 4:00 p.m. The day will include music, speakers, entertainment, resource materials, games for the kids, raffles and door prizes. Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the day.

A number of local organizations are teaming up to sponsor the event:

  • American Legion Post 8, Unit 89
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America Mid-Atlantic Chapter
  • King George County Parks and Recreation
  • King George Chapter 1616, and the UDC Virginia’s Deer Hunters Association
  • Northern Neck Chapter

Volunteers are needed to help with this event, so if you’d like to get involved contact Janice Jones at 703-887-2878. If you haven’t been to Sealston Sports Complex yet, you’re missing out on a gem. It’s a 45 acre park adjoining Sealston Elementary School that currently consists of a 10 acre multipurpose field and four baseball/softball fields.

We hope to see you there!





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Back to School Savings with Tax Free Shopping Holidays


The first day of school for area students is right around the corner and the sate of Virginia knows it! According to the state site, Virginia’s back to school tax-free shopping period is the first full weekend of August (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) each year. Therefore, this year the holiday will take place August 2-4, 2013.

That’s a win for all the families with students around Dahlgren; but, what is considered eligible for the tax break? Well, purchases of qualifying school supplies $20 or less per item, and purchases of qualifying clothing and footwear $100 or less per item are exempt from sales tax. Easy enough.

Remember, the Navy Exchange Stores offer Price Match Policy, so take a competitor’s fliers to your Exchange and they will match up to $100. You can save some money and add to the turn-around dollars our Exchanges give back to military communities each year.

Happy Back-to-School Shopping!




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Paragon Village 12: A NoVa Establishment of Fun

There is fun to be had near Dahlgren Military Housing; there’s plenty if you know where to look! Just a 45 minute drive from home is an establishment that houses fun well worth the drive called Paragon Village 12. It’s a movie theater, bowling alley and restaurant!

Do you need more in-depth information? Paragon Village 12 is a 70,000 sq. foot entertainment center in Fredericksburg, VA. The theater portion boasts 12 high-definition digital screens, three of which include Premier VIP seating for 21 and over, and serve cocktails and food. The luxury bowling facility has 16 lanes of bowling with Splitsville‘s signature gourmet restaurant.

  • Expanded Food Offerings
  • Restaurants and Bar/Lounges
  • Reserved and VIP Seating
  • Ancillary Entertainment, Including Bowling and Expanded Arcade
  • Superior Customer Service

This theater actually has the biggest screen in the area with state of the art digital technology and 7.1 Dolby Digital surround sound! Ultimately, the best movie watching experience you can get in Virginia–the Pepsi Max Movie Experience!





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Don’t Miss the The Liberty Cup–The Super Bowl of Jet Skis


Colonial Beach, Virginia will be the place to be this weekend as jet skis and their people will take to the waters of the Potomac for an eventful 3 days! Labeled The Liberty Cup-UWP ISJBA Jet Ski Weekend, you won’t want to miss a minute of the thrashing fun–to say the least.

Along with all the on-water fun, there will also be plenty to do at Dockside Restaurant like eat and take in some live music. Full Steam Band takes the stage on Friday the 19th at 8:00 p.m. with Yoko Says No and Jerry Wimmer & Your Best Shot on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Check out a few of the scheduled events for the July 19-21 weekend:

Friday, July 19th

  • 10:30 Corporate Challenge races begin
  • 9-5 Arts & Crafts Vendors on the Boardwalk
  • Boyz Toyz Expo on Town Hill from 2-7pm

Saturday, July 20th

  • Jet Ski races from 9am-4pm
  • Boyz Toyz Expo on Town Hill 10-7pm
  • 9-5pm Arts & Crafts Vendors on the Boardwalk
  • The top two teams from Friday’s Corporate Challenge will compete again at some point in the day to determine the winner
  • Swimsuit Competition following the races at Dockside Restaurant

Sunday, July 21st

  • Races from 9-4pm
  • 9-5pm Arts & Crafts Vendors on the Boardwalk
  • Expo open 10-4pm
  • Awards ceremony at Dockside Restaurant following the races

Sounds like a great weekend, no!?



Be Sure to Visit King George Farmer’s Market this Summer!


There’s nothing like fresh fruits and veggies, but when you add other organically created goods, things get even better! And that’s why you have to make a trip to the King George Farmer’s Market this summer–because that’s what they’re all about.

America’s Favorite Farmers Market Winner (2010) is now open to growers from both King George and Westmoreland Counties. The Producers-Only market features fresh vegetables, fruits, berries, fish, breads and jams from the fields, forests and waters of our beautiful region. Join your neighbors for a fantastic new season, now until November.

Take note that the market is open every Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – noon at King George Elementary School at the corner of Rt. 3 and Rt. 205. Aside from it being open every weekend, Community Days are held the first Saturday of the month through October.

Be sure to connect with others in the community on the King George Farmers Market Facebook page. Will we see you next Saturday?




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