18 children adopted from foster care during ceremony

During a National Adoption Day ceremony in the Prince William County Circuit Courthouse, 18 children were adopted from foster care.

Hosted by the Prince William County Department of Social Services, the event Saturday honored the 18 children who are being adopted from foster care in the county, Manassas and Manassas Park.

National Adoption Day is a local campaign to encourage families to adopt children in foster care. For information, call Debbie Carter at 703-792-4795.

Coat drive for SERVE planned after Manassas parade

After the 68th annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade on Dec. 7, Monza restaurant will be collecting coats for SERVE and offering free hot cocoa or coffee from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Those who donate a coat will receive a $25 gift card to the restaurant, at 9405 Battle St. in Manassas.

Safety tips for shopping, traveling during holiday

The Prince William County Police Department has these safety tips for shopping and traveling during the holiday season.

→Do not carry large amounts of money or more than two credit cards.

→Wallets should be carried in a front pants pocket, not a back pocket or a jacket.

→Purses should be held close to the body, with the opening facing toward the body.

→Do not wear lots of valuable jewelry.

→Consolidate purchases into one or two large shopping bags so you can keep track of everything.

→Never leave your purchases unattended.

→Avoid walking around shopping areas, banks and convenience stores alone.

→Walk in well-lighted areas. Avoid dark, unlighted shortcuts.

→When using an ATM, be aware of what’s happening around you. If anything suspicious happens, immediately cancel your transaction and leave.

→Have a trusted neighbor collect your mail, newspapers and advertisements and even park a car in your driveway from time to time. Leave your home looking “lived-in.”

→Provide a neighbor with your contact information in the event of an emergency.

→Use timers to turn lights off and on. Put an automatic timer on several lights and the radio.

→Leave shades, blinds and curtains in their usual positions.

→Lock all doors and windows in your home. Secure the garage, shed and any valuable items that are inside.

— Compiled by Sarah Lane