King Pollo coming to Hunter Woods Plaza; Get involved with local police dept.

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Did you know? There are a number of ways you can get involved with the Fairfax County Police Department:

  1. Auxiliary Police Officer
  2. Volunteers in Police Service
  3. Citizen Advisory Committee
  4. Citizens Police Academy

Also, the next National Night Out Against Crime will be Aug. 2. Join your friends and neighbors on and send a loud, clear message to criminals: Don’t mess with us!

Reston Association (RA) will host “Campfire Folklore” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. July 21, at the WNC Campfire Ring (Soapstone Drive between Glade Drive and Lawyers Road). The campfire has always been a great place to gather and hear stories of past and present. Hear a few fables and share a story of your own if you would like. Roasting marshmallows will be part of the fun. Registration required by July 18. $7/RA members, $9/non-members. Email or call 703-476-9689.

Ancient sport gains popularity in the DMV

dragon boat racing
Image credit McEnearney Associates

For years, rowing has been a competitive sport, a sport that takes strength, speed and agility. What many people don’t know is that today’s rowing sport, the one that we see college crew teams participating in and the one that we cheer on in the Olympics, started out more than 2,000 years ago in ancient China as dragon boating. Dragons are considered a symbol of power in China and are said to have controlling influences over water and related weather. Essentially a long, narrow canoe, the dragon boats are decorated with beautifully intricate and colorful dragon head and tail.

The more modern version of the sport can be traced back to Hong Kong, circa 1976. Twenty paddlers sit in the boat, two to a row, with a steerer and/or coach in the back. In the front, an on-board drummer keeps time with rhythmic beats. It’s almost like a dance, synchronized and stunning, while drummer, coach and rowers work in unison. But it is more than grace and power. Dragon boating has also been called the fastest growing water sport in the world. And the Capital City Dragons and DC Dragon Boat Club are taking things to the next level.

Dragon boating came to D.C. when the National Capital Area Women’s Paddling Association (NCAWPA) was created in 1992 as a nonprofit, community-based organization. DC Dragons was then formed as a co-ed group of paddlers who range in age from 18 to 72. Yep, you read that right: 72-years-old. In the 20 years since conception of the association (the Dragons began in 2008), we can say that the DC Dragons are quite amazing at what they do, and have made a habit out of sending members of the club off to represent Team USA in the IDBF Championships. With their older club such an amazing success, there was really no reason not to spread the success around. From this, the Capital City Dragons was formed as a youth program for ages 12 to 18.

The growth of the DC Dragon Boat Club can really be called “explosive;” in just eight years, it has grown to more than 150 members. And there are all sorts of different teams within the club: a competitive adult team, a blind and partially sighted team (they’re called the “Out of Sight Dragons”), as well as a recreational adult mixed team. Members of the organization call the sport “addictive,” and one that can be enjoyed at just about any age.

The 3rd Annual Capital Dragon Boat Regatta takes place Aug. 27 at the Wharf in D.C.

—McEnearney Associates, “Ancient sport gains popularity in the DMV”

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