Bailey Community Center Hosts Fall Festival

Children were treated to a haunted house, candy and other goodies during the fall festival in Bailey Community Center on October 28, as local agencies and nonprofits shared information about their programs.

“A lot of kids don’t have opportunities like this. They’ve never been to a haunted house,” said Bryan Linton, director of youth and family at Bailey’s Crossroads Community Center, which is operated by the Fairfax County Department of Community and Neighborhood Services.

“Parents learn what Fairfax County has to offer, while we scare the kids, make them laugh and give them candy,” Linton said.

Staff from the sheriff’s office brought their Child Identification Program at the event. Child identification fingerprints and photographs of children in case they go missing.

Representatives from the police and fire departments encouraged the children to think about careers as first responders.

just neighbors was promoting its legal services for immigrants.

The Children’s Medical Care Partnership Foundation encouraged parents to enroll in low-cost health care for children who don’t qualify for Medicaid.

United Healthcare provides low-cost or free health care to eligible families, including doctor visits, prescription drugs, emergency care, and vaccines. Medicaid recipients get a free gym membership. When children ages 5 to 18 get vaccinated, their family receives a $50 gift card for Footlocker — or $100 for two vaccinations.

Neighborhood Health provides affordable primary care, dental care, birth control, family planning, mental health counseling and prescription drug discounts.

The Culmore Clinic, AnthemHealthKeepers Plus and the Community Services Board also shared information about their health services.

The Park Authority has encouraged residents to participate in the development of its Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Access Strategy, which aims to promote equity.

Jill E. Washington