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The Return to Earn initiative was launched in June of this year to help small businesses find and retain the talent they need while also helping unemployed Virginian’s transition back into the workforce.

As a program incentive, businesses can receive $500 per hire for a maximum of 25 employees. That means your business could receive up to $12,500 depending on hiring and staffing needs.

Basic eligibility requirements for program participation follow.

Employers must:

  • Be incorporated in Virginia
  • Be in good standing with the state
  • Have 99 employees or less

For new hires:

  • Must have been brought on board after May 31, 2021
  • The position must be W2 and come with a wage of $15 an hour or more (tips can be included in wage determination)
  • Must attest to having been unemployed at the time of hire*

The SkillSource Group, Inc. and Virginia Career Works Northern Region are working hard to make this program available to the small business community and to make the application, enrollment and reimbursement process as simple as possible. Stand out from the competition, increase new employee morale and take part in the Return to Earn Program. Click here to access an online application.

*Length of unemployment is dependent on time of hire

Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or [email protected].

I am part of a group of women who came together out of the Vienna Moms umbrella to form a weekly group of female entrepreneurs who meet to talk about all things business and motherhood.

I have become friends with many of the women, and I love supporting what they’re doing. This week, I’d like to take the opportunity to highlight two of them for you:

Tangible Designs, Emily Yahn

Emily Yahn is one of the most talented marketing brains I have had the honor of working with.

Full disclosure: Emily did all of my branding — my logo, my slogan, my website, my buyer and seller guides and my brand book so I know what colors and fonts to use when creating marketing materials.

She is amazing. I am wholly left-brained, so I gave her a concept I had in mind, and she ran with it. She’s worked with brands like DirecTV, the Gates Foundation, Bards Alley and DC College Counseling…

DC College Counseling — Colleen Paparella

I’m a few years away from having a kid apply to college, but I will be using Colleen to help when the time comes. She’s commonly featured on USA Today, CNN, The Washington Post and other publications on college admissions topics.

Her skill is combining strategy and execution to help get kids through the college application process. She has different packages depending on your level of need — whether you need a one-time consult, college essay assistance or the full monty of handing over the entire management process.

Follow DC College Counseling on Instagram at @DCCollegeAdvice for weekly college admissions updates, tips and tricks!

Both of these businesses are Vienna based, and both are led by fantastic humans. I hope you’ll consider them for your needs!

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Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or [email protected].

There’s an organization in our community called Food For Neighbors®.

As you can imagine, they help collect food donations for those in need of our community, but what you might not know, is that they specifically support 24 middle and high schools in Fairfax and Loudoun counties. They help provide food for kids.

I’m often looking for ways to teach my kids ways to help out in our community and this is definitely a kid-friendly, family-friendly way to do that. They have a program called the “Red Bag” where they provide you with a tote bag, you to fill it up, leave it out on your front steps, and they’ll come pick it up. They provide a grocery list for you to shop from. All you have to do is remember to put it outside by 8:30 a.m.

Their recent pick up day was this past Saturday, so you have plenty of time to request a bag, fill it up, and put it up. The last pickup for the year is November 6, 2021. They’ve already posted dates for 2022 if you want to plan ahead.

Request a bag here.

*Food for Neighbors® is a 501(c)(3) and provides a donation letter for you to use.

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Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or [email protected].

Hello, September!

Following up to last week’s post about nearby apple-picking spots, I had to spotlight some of the fun fall festivals we’re lucky to have in the area. Please make sure you check individual websites for ticket information as many are closed during the week and require advance ticket purchase.

My favorites are the hayride and slides at Cox Farms, but there are so many to check out, including…

  • Cox Farms Fall Festival: Sept. 18 to Nov. 7
    Admission includes slides, a hayride, farm animals, a cornfield adventure, rope swings, a goat village, live entertainment, apples, cider, amazing donuts and a pumpkin patch.
  • Great Country Farms Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival: Oct. 1-31
    The Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival features pick-your-own pumpkins (also apples), wagon rides, marshmallow roasting, cider pressing, live music, a 5-acre play area, donuts and a market.
  • Fall For Fairfax — KidsFest: Oct. 9 and 10
    This kids fall festival is for elementary and pre-school aged children and includes scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, model trains, rides, and 75 exhibits and food vendors.
  • City of Fairfax Fall Festival: Oct. 9
    The event includes over 400 vendors, children’s activities, three stages of music and entertainment, and carnival rides.
  • Reston Farm Fall Fest: Sept. 24 to Oct. 31 (on Saturdays and Sundays)
    The weekends feature moon bounces, a learning maze, games, train rides around the market, a petting zoo and food trucks.
  • Town of Vienna Halloween Parade: Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.
    This is a fabulous tradition that runs along Maple Avenue from Branch to Center Street. Read my tips on attending the parade from a past year.
  • Whitehall Farms: Oct. 2-31
    Find nature trails, lawn games, a field of pumpkins, animals, picnic tables, a corn maze, a moon bounce, wagon rides and more.
  • Butler’s Orchard Pumpkin Festival: Sept. 25 to Oct. 31
    This festival includes pick-your-own pumpkins, hayrides, jump pads, a tractor pull, animals, a corn maze, music, a playground, a spiderweb, a straw maze, giant slides, corn hole games and more.
  • Pumpkin Village at Leesburg Animal Park: Sept. 18 to Oct. 31
    The festival activities include wagon rides, giant slides, a zip line, a corn bin, a hay maze, pony rides, animals, a moon bounce pillow and more.
  • McLean Harvest Happenings: Sept. 25
    This is an indoor-outdoor festival with live entertainment, a petting zoo, crafts and games.
Photo via Gerda/Unsplash
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The 2021-22 school year has officially begun! After the last 1.5 years dealing with virtual learning, cancelled school days, kid-sized masks, too much Zoom, gallons of hand sanitizer, and maybe some grey hairs and/or hair-pulling, I think we all deserve some scroll-worthy study spaces to distract us from our homework.

Here are libraries, study nooks and kitchen islands/tables that will make this school year more enjoyable — no matter what curveballs we face this fall:

507 Arnon Lake Drive, Great Falls, VA 22066, listed for $3,250,000. At home library? Yes, please.

210 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, listed for $1,610,000. Study snacks, anyone?

5128 Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22312, listed for $599,000. No school year is complete without a chalkboard. Why not have it in your kitchen?

7824 Ridgewood Drive, Annandale, VA 22003, listed for $1,414,900. Find plenty of room to spread out and study in this 4685-square-foot new build.

1728 N. Rhodes Street #5-277, Arlington, VA 22201, listed for $294,990. How about reading a good book in this competitively priced condo?

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Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or [email protected].

You might think I’m crazy… If the floor really was lava, the air temp would be similar to what it is today. BUT September is just a few days away, and September brings all the fall things — football, apparently pumpkin spice lattes and apple season.

So, with a nod to the coming change in weather and hopefully cooler temps, I bring you a list of places to go apple picking.

Keep in mind COVID protocols might vary by farm and some may require advance purchase of tickets. Check websites for details.

There are also closer in options like DePaul’s Urban Farm, the Vienna Farmers Market or Reston Farm Garden Market. (Check out their weekend Fall Fest… discounted tickets end on Tuesday!)

More details on local fall festivals is coming soon… stay tuned!

Photo by Dan Burton on Unsplash
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Address: 904 Country Club Dr. NE, Vienna
Neighborhood: Westwood Manor
Listed: $1,050,000
Open: Sunday, Aug. 29, 1-4 p.m.

The Listing of the Day is a pristine 4 BD/2.5 BA colonial with a garage, well sited on a 12,700-square-foot lushly landscaped lot.

Recent improvements include:

  • Kitchen with warm wood cabinets with silent-close drawers, stainless appliances, granite tops, and center island, and thoughtful details cooks and bakers will appreciate
  • Renovated primary bathroom with sleek glass enclosed shower, stylish tile, lighting and accessories
  • Renovated hall bathroom with deep soaking tub and large vanity
  • Quality Pella windows with true divided and Pella front door with sidelights
  • 50-year architectural shingle roof
  • Fresh interior and exterior paint

Among the desirable details are a main level bedroom or office; gas fireplace with stone surround in the family room; doors open to the patio and fenced rear yard with two gates; a second tucked away patio surrounded by mature trees and shrubs and meandering walking paths; expanded primary bedroom with dressing and double closets, wood floors on main and upper levels; and versatile lower-level rec room for media, play, office or gym.

Near the heart of Vienna’s restaurants, shops, services, library and bike path, plus an easy commute to Tysons and business and government centers around the region.

Westbriar Elementary School, Kilmer Middle School and James Madison High School.

An appealing home brimming with light, character and value.

Photo taken pre-COVID. All cleaning professionals wear masks while in your home.

Believe it or not, Labor Day is just around the corner, marking the unofficial end of summer.

Whether you have plans to travel, host family and friends, or just want to decompress amid the back-to-school chaos, get your home professionally cleaned ahead of the three-day respite.

And Well Paid Maids, based in the D.C. area, is here to help.

Well Paid Maids isn’t your typical cleaning company. It’s committed to paying its workers a living wage of at least $20 an hour or more. Even more: Cleaners are employees — not contractors — meaning they get benefits like health, dental and vision insurance; 22 paid days off a year; and 100% employer-paid commuting costs.

What better way to honor our country’s workers than to support a company that pays fair, livable wages?

It also uses healthy and sustainable cleaning products, rated “low concern” or “lowest concern” by the Environmental Working Group.

So whether you want to return to a clean home after vacation or host your family and friends for the weekend, book your summer cleaning today before spaces fill up. It takes less than 60 seconds!

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Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or [email protected].

HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, FAIRFAX! Yes, I intentionally used all caps because I’m that excited to be working from a quiet home today. ALONE.

I hope everyone who has a child returning or starting school today has a wonderful first day of school!

I walked in my front door at 8:45 a.m. and, naturally, began cleaning up the mess that was left from the tornado of the first day of school chaos. I also looked at all the stuff that was never touched, even in 18 months of days at home.

If you’re like me and can’t wait to purge all the things from your home when the kids aren’t looking, please keep these organizations in mind as you’re looking to donate gently used goods.

  • Women Giving Back — Sterling, Virginia
    They’re accepting women and children’s casual, professional and formal attire, shoes (like new), maternity apparel, and winter gear. They don’t accept books, toys or car seats. You can drop off items this Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. (In-season attire only.)
  • Second Story — Vienna, Virginia
    They have a page they’re updating for donation needs, so please check it again, but as of right now, they need hair products, headphones, baby-proofing items, sweatpants, gender neutral shirts, and they’re always looking for food donations.
  • Hope of Northern Virginia — Falls Church, Virginia
    They accept like-new clothing and may accept other baby necessities.
  • A Wider Circle — Silver Spring, Maryland
    They accept furniture, baby items, kitchen items, bedding, professional clothing and accessories. If you have lots of items — or large ones — you can call them for a pick up, or you can drop off at their location in Silver Spring.
  • Children’s Hospital — Washington, D.C.
    Don’t forget about Dr. Bear’s Closet. It’s looking for brand new, in-original packing, non-toxic and no latex items with tags.

I hope everyone has a great first week of school!

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Capital City Sports Academy recently opened in Bailey’s Crossroads and is here to support adults and youth athletes get back into their training routines as summer comes to an end.

The goal when working with any client — from adults with desk jobs to student-athletes — is to help them get stronger, faster and help meet their fitness goals.

Adult classes are a blend of both strength and conditioning training, with traditional weighted movements and explosive exercises to burn calories on the turf. Our environment is targeted toward anyone who has grown tired of the traditional commercial gym and wants to train hard and achieve goals.

So, whether you’re raising a student-athlete or you’re ready to work toward your fitness goals, Capital City Sports Academy can help. Schedule your first free session online.

Capital City Sports Academy
3431 Carlin Springs Road Suite E, Falls Church, VA 22041
capitalcityathletes.com
703-775-1535
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