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<hdr30>Concert Venues

<ro>Party at Wolf Trap

<lst>Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

1624 Trap Road, Vienna

703-255-1900.

<bt>Made up of 130 acres of hills and forests, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is truly dedicated to the arts. With special acting performances from May through September, along with singing performances, this national park is home to many musicians. Wolf Trap's smaller theaters feature year-round performances, including singing groups, orchestras, bands, musicals and dance groups.

<ro>Lounge at Jammin' Java

<lst>227 Maple Ave., Vienna

703-255-1566

<bt>What started off as a simple coffee shop slowly budded into a hot music venue, drawing music lovers from all over the metropolitan area. Jammin' Java features live entertainment ranging from rock to soul. All types of music are welcomed. On Mondays, customers are given the opportunity to perform "stand-up style." Open mic night starts at 8 p.m. Shows of all genres start at 8 p.m. from Monday through Saturday, and on Sundays, shows start at 7 p.m. Visit www.jamminjava.com.

<ro>Stay up Nights at Nottoway Park

<lst>9601 Courthouse Road, S.W., Vienna

703-324-7469

<bt>The Nottoway Nights concert series, presented by the county Park Authority and the Board of Supervisors, brings music of all different genres and ethnicities on a weekly basis all summer long. Bring a picinic dinner, blankets and lawn chairs, and get experienced. The park is at 9601 Courthouse Road, Vienna.

<ro>Sit Out and Listen to Summer Concerts on the Lawn <lst>Glyndon Park

300 Gylndon St., N.E., Vienna

703-255-6360

<bt>Enjoy summer evenings with these free outdoor concerts featuring a variety of musical styles. Call for dates and times.

<ro>Listen to The Vienna Community Band

<lst>Vienna Community Center

120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna

703-476-1127

<bt>After almost 30 years of performing, the Vienna Community Band is made up of almost 80 volunteer musicians and performs in several of Vienna's town celebrations including Independence Day and ViVa! Vienna! The band performs a variety of music ranging from rock to jazz.

<ro>Listen to the Vienna Choral Society

<lst>703-255-5508

<bt>Vienna Choral Society is a nonprofit choral group that was formed in 1987 when Vienna citizens wanted a chorus. Directors from all over have directed this chorus ranging from Pennsylvania State University Chorus director Raymond Brown to Dr. Judith Harrison, director of the Washington Revels. The chorus hosts regular concerts throughout the year and also performs at nursing homes and retirement communities. In addition, the chorus performs with the Vienna Community Band. The Vienna Chorus has even traveled to London, England for a concert tour one year. For prospective members or for more information go to www.viennachoralsociety.org.

<hdr>Rec Center Activities

<ro>Use Vienna's Community Center

<lst>120 Cherry St., Vienna

703-255-6360

<bt>The community center provides facilities for many events, such as fashion shows, bazaars, health fairs, plays and antique exhibits. Not only does this center host events, it is also home to many theater and local orchestra groups.

<ro>Recreate at Oak Marr

<lst>Oak Marr Rec Center/Oak Marr Golf Complex

3200 Jermantown Road, Vienna

703-281-6501

<bt>The center, located in Oakton, has an Olympic-sized pool, a spa, a mini "beach" area and a diving complex. The facility also has two racquetball courts, volleyball courts and a highly equipped fitness center. Next to the rec center is the Oak Marr Golf Complex. This site provides private and group lessons year round. There are clinics, special events and junior programs offered at this site. The park includes a large indoor recreation center, a driving range and a miniature golf course.

<ro>Hang at the Phoenix Teen Center

<lst>Vienna Community Center

120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna

703-242-6423

<bt>The Phoenix Teen Center is located within the Vienna Community Center. It is staffed by the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department. At Club Phoenix, students can enjoy a place of their own that is safe and hosts many activities. The club offers a lounge area, big screen television, jukebox, CD player, X- Box, Playstation 2, VCR, billiard table, ping-pong table and a sound system. There is also a stage for karaoke and open mic. There are many special events, activities and dances throughout the year hosted at the club. Admission is free.

<ro>Settle Differences with a Duel at Video Game Night

<lst>Vienna Community Center

120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna

703-255-5721

<bt>Every Saturday is video game night for high school teens only at the Club Phoenix Teen Center in the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Bring games from home and challenge each other on the big-screen TV. The center has a Play Station 2 and an X Box.

<ro>Take a Little Trip and See

<lst>Vienna Community Center

120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna

703-255-6360

<bt>Each season, the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department offers several bus trips to sports games, plays and other events, some aimed at adults, some at seniors and some for families. Destinations are often in the area but may be as distant as New York or Atlantic City.

<ro>Learn to Parry and Thrust at Fencing Camp

<lst>Vienna Community Center

120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna

703-255-6360

<bt>During summer, Vienna Parks and Recreation offers two separate five-day sessions of fencing camp for youth 9 and older. Build coordination, balance, poise and reflexes. Blunt-tipped swords, safety masks, jackets and gloves are used, so participants can beset each opponent as if he or she were the six-fingered man. Call 703-255-6360.

<ro>Bring out Your Child's Inner Tiger (Woods) at Kids' Summer Golf Camp

<lst>Vienna Community Center

120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna

703-255-6360

<bt>This five-day camp is offered twice during the summer by Vienna Parks and Recreation. Children ages 8-15 learn the basics of playing golf, course management and golf etiquette, including the "golf clap." Meets at the Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Call 703-255-6360.

<ro>Get Rollin' with the Family at Skate Night

<lst>Vienna Community Center

120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna

703-255-6360

<bt>Friday summer evenings from 6-8 p.m. are Family Skate Night in the Community Center Gymnasium. The cost is $1 to skate, and particpants are required to bring their own skates and safety equipment.

<ro>Play Canasta

<lst>Vienna Community Center

120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna

703-255-6360

<bt>Come and learn to play canasta with other seniors in this drop-in program. There is no instructor for the class, but rather many seasoned players ready to help new players learn. Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m.

<ro>Master Mah Jongg

<lst>Vienna Community Center

120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna

703-255-6360

<bt>Come and learn this ancient Chinese game with other seniors, all abilities welcome. There is no instructor, but regular players are happy to introduce others to the game. Thursdays from 1-4 p.m.

<ro>Let Them Gallop Away

<lst>Vienna Community Center

120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna

703-255-6360

<bt>Let the kids run out some of that extra summer energy as they spend a week learning about horseback riding and horse and stable maintenance. The camp is at the Potomac Horse Center in Gaithersburg, Md., with transportation from the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Two sessions run in August with a $100 deposit due at time of registration.

<ro>Tell Your Life Story

<lst>Vienna Community Center

120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna

703-255-6360

<bt>Learn about writing a personal history, and record your story for future generations. Classes run from September-March and April-August.

<ro>Save the Last Dance

<lst>Vienna Community Center

120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna

703-255-6360

<bt>Tear up the floor learning Argentine Tango from Linda and Marc Esen. Students will leave with the fundamentals, ready to take their classroom experience out to the social dance scene.

<ro>Take It to the Net

<lst>Vienna Community Center

120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna

703-255-6360

<bt>Join other seniors in playing the exciting game of pickleball, a cross between tennis and badminton, open to all athletic abilities and levels. Come join the pack at the court Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

<ro>Set Out on Grand Adventures

<lst>Vienna Community Center

120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna

703-255-5721

<bt>Send rising sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders on summer adventures ranging from ropes courses and mountain biking to white water tubing and Kings Dominion.

<ro>Run With the Pack

<lst>Vienna Community Center

120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna

703-255-6360

<bt>Ladies, run without feeling like the dogs are at your heels with the Running Class for Non-Runners. For those who have always wanted to run, but have always struggled, this eight-week program could be your answer. Learn to enjoy running and how to run with the guided and structured sessions.

<ro>Play It Up With the Bridge Club

<lst>Vienna Community Center

120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna

703-938-7336

<bt>Intermediate and advanced bridge players are called to come and join the fun with the Vienna Seniors Bridge Club. Come to play on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Call Elly Mehl at the above number.

<ro>Take It to the Court

<lst>Vienna Community Center

120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna

703-255-6352

<bt>Get out on the court with Adult Sports Leagues. Join the men or women's division one or two tennis leagues or enter your team in the men's adult basketball league. Women's tennis plays on Sundays, men's tennis on Saturdays, and men's basketball follows a round robin schedule. For basketball information call Keith Fee at the number above or e-mail at fees@ci.vienna.va.us.

<ro>Take It to the Table

<lst>Vienna Community Center

120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna

703-255-6360

<bt>Come on down and join other seniors in this member-run group to challenge your table tennis skills, regardless of ability or experiance. Group meets Mondays and Fridays 8-9 a.m.

<ro>Get Jazzy

<lst>Vienna Community Center

120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna

703-802-1483

<bt>Get fit and have a great time doing it in Joan Brown’s Jazzercise classes, offered in the classic version or in the Simply-Lite variety. Cost is $6 per class for multiple classes, $10 for walk-ins. For more information and to register call the number above.

<ro>Find Inner Peace

<lst>Vienna Community Center

120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna

703-255-6360

<bt>Join either the Hatha Yoga or Kundalini Yoga classes to relieve stress, increase flexibility, and reap the wisdom of yoga teachings from John Giunta or Hari Kaur Khalsa.

<hdr30>Theater in Vienna

<ro>Watch the Vienna Theatre Company

<lst>Vienna Community Center

120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna

703-242-6423

<bt>The Vienna Theatre Company, a nonprofit organization, provides entertainment at the Vienna Community Center throughout the year. Tickets can be purchased directly at the Vienna Community Center. For plays, cost is $8 for seniors and students and $9 for general seating. For musicals, cost is $9 for seniors and students and $10 for general seating. The performances start at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Visit www.viennatheatrecompany.org.

<ro>Perform in Teen Productions With a Message <lst>Vienna Community Center

120 Cherry Street, S.E., Vienna

703-255-6360

<bt>Participate in shows and discussions that are written, produced, and performed by teens ages 13-18. Programs tackle subjects including gangs, suicide, pregnancy, respect and other issues facing youth today. Call Roy Amps to sign up and for more information at 540-550-4008.

<ro>Watch the Vienna Children's Theatre Company <lst>Vienna Community Center

120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna

703-255-6360

<bt>Vienna Children's Theatre Company hosts produtions open to participants ages 11-18. This summer's production is "Oliver," August 4,5,11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on August 13. Tickets are available at the community center. Cost is $9 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens.

<hdr30>Wining and Dining

<ro>Scarf Down a Chili Dog at the Vienna Inn

<lst>120 Maple Ave., E., Vienna

703-938-9548

<bt>Known for its top-notch chili dogs, the Vienna Inn also serves typical American cuisine which includes hamburgers, mozzarella sticks, chicken wings, etc. The restaurant offers something others don't — kegs of beer. The Inn provides kegs for all occasions, as clients can rent out kegs of Coors, Dominion, Anheuser Busch, Latrobe, Miller, Red Hook and several others. Prices start at $50. The Vienna Inn's old-fashioned wooden booths and tavern-like atmosphere make it a must for locals and visitors alike. The store also has memorabilia including Vienna Inn T-shirts, windbreakers and baseball caps. E-mail webmaster@viennainn.com.

<ro>Visit Colvin Run Tavern

<lst>8045 Leesburg Pike, Vienna

703-356-9500

<bt>Located in the Fairfax Square office complex next to Tiffany's, Gucci and Hermés, this 168-seat restaurant features sophisticated dishes and "performances." Performances include the day chef with his use of the "Grand Carving Card," in which he presents his daily roasted item carved in an artistic manner tableside. The Walnut Butcher Block table is similar, except the chef carves cheese. There are four dining areas; each area represents a different region.

<ro>Eat Nielsen's Frozen Custard

<lst>144 Church St., Vienna

703-255-5553

<bt>Nielsen's Frozen Custard is famous for their signature frozen vanilla custard mixed with add-ins like crushed M&M's, Oreos, chocolate chips and fruit. The environment is perfect — a traditional brick building with historical photos of the home town of Vienna. The frozen custard has a distinct, creamy flavor, but it's actually lower in butterfat than ice cream. The atmosphere is homey and comfortable for any family to enjoy. Single cones of frozen custard run $1.75 for a child-size portion to $2.25 for a single ($2.85 for a single with flavor mix-ins).

<hdr>The Great Outdoors

<ro>Stroll Through Meadowlark Gardens Regional Park

<lst>9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna

703-255-3631

<bt>Meadowlark Gardens Regional Park features open-water ponds, gardens, hiking trails and picnic areas. With its eye-catching landscape, weddings can be booked at this park.

<ro>Play Sports at Nottoway Park

<lst>9601 Courthouse Road, S.W., Vienna

<bt>Nottoway Park features tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, along with picnic areas and fitness trails. A family could easily spend the whole day here. In September, make sure to mark the calendar for the Carnival at Nottoway Park, an event sponsored by the Vienna-Tysons Chamber of Commerce. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov.

<ro>Walk on the Hill

<lst>Windover Heights Historic District

703-938-5187

<bt>Visitors can tour neighborhood gardens during the annual walk on the hill held the last Sunday afternoon in April. Some neighbors entertain visitors during the walk, playing instruments to add to the peaceful atmosphere. The Vienna Community Band also performs. Visit www.historicviennainc.org.

<ro>Walk the Dog at Nottoway Dog Park

<lst>Nottoway Park

9601 Courthouse Road, S.W., Vienna

<bt>Play with your pet on the park's three "agility pieces" or use him/her as an icebreaker to strike up conversation with the opposite sex. Dogs must be leashed outside of the fence. Children must be attended by an adult. Park is approximately one-third of an acre. Located next to Nottoway Park on Courthouse Road, but with a different driveway.

<ro>Trek the W&OD Trail

<bt>The Washington & Old Dominion Trail, which runs 45 miles from Arlington to Purcellville, runs through the heart of Vienna. The trail is paved with nine-foot-wide asphalt. Users can walk or bike or can ride horseback on the parallel horse path that runs along much of the trail. Remember to push the button for the pedestrian crossing light at Maple Avenue, and cross Hunter Mill Road at your own risk. The trail takes its name from the power line right-of-way that much of it follows.

<ro>Grab the Kids and Watch Movies in the Park <lst>Glyndon Park

300 Glyndon St., N.E., Vienna

703-255-6360

<bt>Come with chairs or spread out the blankets and enjoy this series of family movies beginning at dusk during the summer.

<ro>Bring the Party Outside by Renting a Picnic Shelter

<lst>Glyndon Park

300 Glyndon St., N.E., Vienna

or

Meadow Lane Park

400 Courthouse Road, S.W.

Rent a picnic shelter at Glyndon or Meadow Lane parks. Reservation fees are $25 for town residents and $50 for out-of-town groups for a maximum of five hours. For reservations visit or call the community center at 703-255-6360.

<ro>Work That Green Thumb

<lst>P.O. Box 815, Vienna, VA 22180

<bt>Join Vienna's oldest garden club, the Ayr Hill Garden Club, to work to keep Vienna beautiful and flowering. Write for more information.

<ro>Have Fun Learning at Meadowlark Summer Camps <lst>Meadowlark Gardens

9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna

202-337-5111

<bt>Week-long summer camp sessions, such as "Color Me Curious" and "Wilderness Wizards" are offered for children of various ages. The camps at Meadowlark are offered by the Discovery Creek Children's Museum.

<ro>Reap Without Sewing at the Farmers Markets <lst>Caboose Parking Lot

Near Church and Mill streets, N.E.

or

Nottoway Park

9601 Courthouse Road

<bt>The Saturday market, managed by the Vienna-Reston Jaycees, runs 8 a.m.-noon from early May through late October in the "Caboose Parking Lot" at the corner of Church and Mill streets, N.E. The Wednesday market, managed by the Fairfax County Park Authority, runs from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. from early May through mid- to late November at Nottoway Park, 9601 Courthouse Road. Both feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants straight from the farm, as well as homemade goods, spices, and some meat and dairy products. Both markets also offer the horticultural advice of the county's Master Gardeners.

<ro>Satisfy Your Vegetable Love at the Cox Farm Market

<lst>2599 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna

703-281-0165

<bt>Cox Farms operates a 116-acre farm in Centreville and two farm markets, one in Vienna and the other on the farm in Centreville. The farm has 20 greenhouses for annuals and perennials and grows a few field vegetables including tomatoes and peppers for summer harvest and, of course, pumpkins in the fall. Visit www.coxfarms.com.

<hdr30>Arts and Crafts

<ro>Get Creative at the Vienna Arts Center

<lst>115 Pleasant St., N.W., Vienna

703-319-3971

Home to the Vienna Arts Society, the Arts Center houses contests and exhibits of local artists, as well as art classes for children and adults, including a $10 walk-in class on Mondays from 9:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m. The center is open for visitation Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

<ro>Spend "Sundays at the Art Center"

<lst>115 Pleasant St., N.W., Vienna

703-319-3971

<bt>"Sundays at the Art Center" is a new program being conducted by the Vienna Arts Society at its Art Center, 115 Pleasant St., Vienna. Every Sunday from noon-4 p.m., visit, have a cup of coffee, soft drinks and cookies, view paintings and talk about art with artists. Various guest artists work on paintings. Visit www.viennaartssociety.org.

<ro>Be Decorative at Star's

<lst>139 A Church St., N.W., Vienna

703 938-7018

Star's Beads offers a wide variety of classes in the store including glasswork, metal clay and metal smithing among many others. Call or stop by to register.

<ro>Be Artful at the Bowman House

<lst>211 Center St., S., Vienna

703-255-6360

<bt>Arts and crafts classes are held throughout the year including a full series of pottery classes ranging from beginner to advanced. Visit www.viennava.gov.

<hdr30>Holiday Celebrations

<ro>See Ghouls on Parade at the Halloween Parade

<lst>Maple Avenue

<bt>The annual Halloween Parade is one of Vienna's largest and most popular events. The hours-long spectacle brings many hundreds of participants and tens of thousands of onlookers. Featured are marching bands, floats and other entries. Children are also invited to march in their costumes. The parade is held the Wednesday before Halloween, unless Halloween is on a Thursday, in which case, the parade is held the week prior. Call the Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce at 703-281-1333 or e-mail cliston@vtrcc.org

<ro>Celebrate Independence at the Town July 4 Celebration

<lst>Vienna Community Center

120 Cherry St., S.E.

703-255-6360

<bt>Explosives are only the garnish on the heady cocktail of liberty and pursuit of happiness that is Vienna's annual Fourth of July celebration. The day-long festivities begin in the morning with the American Legion all-star baseball game on Waters Field and then move on to the grounds of the Community Center, where celebrants can find arts and crafts vendors, food and drink, sundry children's amusements, live music, family games and races, and a children's stage. There is also an antique and classic car show. Fireworks begin after 9 p.m.

<ro>Keep a Look-Out for the Big Man in Red

<lst>Every street and cul-de-sac in town

<bt>Tell the kids to keep their eyes peeled in the weeks before Christmas and be sure to wave as Santa completes his annual firetruck tour of Vienna with the Volunteer Fire Department. Santa sends his helpers to distribute candy canes to every child he sees.

<ro>Celebrate With Light

<lst>Tysons Plaza Center

8032 Leesburg Pike, Vienna

703-356-3451

<bt>Celebrate Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, at the Chanukah Wonderland sponsored by Chabad and organized by Rabbi Levi Deitch. The 12-day event gives area Jewish families a way to celebrate locally. Call or e-mail RabbiLeviD@aol.com.

<ro>Commune With the Dead at the Annual Haunting in the Park

<lst>Glyndon Park

300 Gylndon St., N.E., Vienna

703-255-6360

Since days of old, on the Friday before Halloween, ghosts, goblins and witches have overrun Glyndon Park, stalking the living. Guided tours begin at dark, but tickets must be purchased in advance at the Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna.

<ro>Kick Off the Holidays at the Church Street Stroll

<lst>Church Street, Vienna

<bt>Vienna's Church Street Stroll, held shortly after Thanksgiving, features roving carolers, live music, marshmallow roasting, carriage rides, the lighting of the Town Holiday Tree and Santa's first of many appearances in town. Two blocks of Church Street are shut down for the event, but the shops stay open late. Children are encouraged to take advantage of this first opportunity to put in their requests to Santa in order to receive top priority.

<ro>Visit the Bunny at the Old-Fashioned Egg Roll

<lst>Freeman Store and Museum

131 Church St., N.E., Vienna

703-938-5187

Children 12 and under are invited to meet the Easter Bunny and participate in egg-rolling races at the town's annual Old-Fashioned Egg Roll and Easter Fun. The event is staged each spring by Historic Vienna Inc. at the Freeman Store and Museum. Children get the opportunity to engage in lively competition, and parents get the opportunity to watch 2-year-olds stop mid-race, put their eggs in their mouths and look for their mothers.

<hdr30>More Ways to Have Fun ...

<ro>Celebrate Vienna at ViVa! Vienna!

<lst>Church Street, Vienna

<bt>For three days at the end of each spring, the historic Church Street area is closed to traffic and filled with nearly two dozen rides, over two hundred vendors' booths and throngs of festival goers. Also featured are various concession stands, carnival games, and live music acts and children's entertainment. Do not forget to try the deep-fried Oreos before riding the Rainbow.

<ro>Indulge Your Fetish of Commodities at Tysons Corner <lst>1961 Chain Bridge Road

<bt>Tysons Corner Center is your source for all things shiny and new. With more than 290 stores to choose from, shoppers can spend days hunting and gathering or just drop in for some quick retail therapy. Visit www.shoptysons.com.

<ro>Watch It All Come Down

<lst>Maple Avenue (primarily)

<bt>Whether making way for a park or another bank, frequent building demolitions on Maple Avenue can make great spectator fare. Seating is available on the benches that line the road, or park in a lot across the street and watch drive-in style.

<ro>Walk for a Cure at Vienna Relay for Life

<bt>The annual Relay for Life raises money for cancer research and celebrates survivorship. The all-night event, held each spring, features such entertainment as live music, games, raffles and a gender-bending Mr. Relay Contest. Smoking is discouraged. Visit www.viennarelay.org.

<ro>Watch the Traffic Go By (Or Not) on Maple Avenue

<bt>Rush hour is a day-long affair on Vienna's stretch of Route 123, the primary artery between the Tysons Corner area and all points west. From roadside benches, the observer can look on as drivers pound their steering wheels in frustration or retreat into their own personal happy places, obliviously singing and bopping along with their car stereos.

<ro>Check Out Vienna's Caboose

<lst>Near the intersection of Chruch Street and the W&OD Trail

<bt>This restored W&OD caboose was acquired for the town's 100th anniversary celebration in 1990. Also located on the site is an information kiosk about the caboose and the significance of the railroad in Vienna's history, as well as the centennial time capsule, to be opened in the year 2040. Vienna takes pride in having a nice caboose and works hard to maintain it. After all, it was not just acquired overnight.

<ro>Watch Grown Men Play With Toys

<lst>The Old Vienna Railroad Station

231 Dominion Road, N.W., Vienna

In 1977, the Northern Virginia Model Railroaders Inc. set up a scale model of the Western North Carolina Railroad inside what was once the Vienna Railroad Station. The model has been under construction ever since and now occupies almost the entirety of the 50-by22-foot room that houses it. Once every month or so, the club hosts a free open house. Visit www.nvmr.org.

<ro>Visit the Freeman House

<lst>131 Church St., Vienna

703-938-5187

<bt>Located at the corner of Church and Mill streets in Northeast Vienna, the Freeman House served as a residence, general store, Civil War hospital, railroad station, post office, and fire department. Today the house acts as a museum and a general store on Saturdays from noon-4 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. Group tours are available.

<ro>Rent the Hunter House

<lst>Nottoway Park

9601 Courthouse Road, S.W., Vienna

703-750-1598

<bt>On Nottoway Park grounds, a historic mansion sits. This mansion, Hunter House, is available for private and corporate rental. This mansion was the home of John C. Hunter, and the residence was a winery, producing a wine called "Virginia Maid" from 1921-1940. The house is surrounded by 84 acres of parkland and can hold 75 people.

<ro>Get Your Read On at Patrick Henry Library

<lst>101 Maple Ave., E., Vienna

703-938-0405

<bt>Patrick Henry, located a block east of the W&OD trail, offers a quiet study room, Internet access, a meeting room and approximately 129,000 volumes. Mayor Jane Seeman volunteers at the library on Tuesday evenings. Patrick Henry is the busiest community library in Fairfax County. Hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday. There are two annual book sales — one on Memorial Day weekend and one in the fall — and frequent children's story hours.

<ro>Root for the Vienna Senators Baseball Team

<bt>Unlike their Washington, D.C. namesake, these guys get things done. Since 1996, the Senators have won the Clark Griffith League seven times, including a record-setting six straight from 1998 to 2003. The team is composed of high-quality college baseball players and plays many of its games at Waters Field at the center of Vienna. Visit www.senatorsbaseball.org or e-mail viennasenators@hotmail.com.

<ro>Be Passively Entertained at AMC Tysons

<lst>Tysons Corner Center

1961 Chain Bridge Road

<bt>Choose from 16 screens at the megaplex theater opened last year at Tysons Corner Mall. Seats feature liftable arms to facilitate amorous recreation. Visit www.movietickets.com.

<ro>Listen to a Cuento at Bilingual Storytime

<lst>Patrick Henry Library

101 Maple Ave., E., Vienna

703-938-0405

<bt>Once a month, meet at Patrick Henry for simple stories, songs and crafts in Spanish and English. Ages 3-5 with adult.

<ro>Win Big at Bingo Night

<lst>Vienna Volunteer Fire Department

400 Center St., S., Vienna

703-938-2242

<bt>Every Sunday evening, the Flame Room of the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department becomes a games hall, as participants ante up and then try to line up their chips for the Big Score. Thousands of dollars are paid out each week. Doors open at 4 p.m., and games begin at 7 p.m. Visit www.vvfd.org or e-mail bingo@vvfd.org.

<ro>Form a Tight-Knit Mother-Daughter Bond

<lst>Patrick Henry Library

101 Maple Ave., E.

703-938-0405

<bt>Twice a month, the Mother/Daughter Knitting Group meets to learn the basics of knitting at Patrick Henry Library. For daughters ages 6-18 with a mom.

<ro>Socialize with the 50-90 Club

<lst>Vienna Community Center

120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna

703-255-4743

<bt>This group for seniors meets the third Saturday of each month for dinner and a special program at 5 p.m. Call Paul Schmitt at the number above.

<ro>Bring In the Harvest

<lst>Vienna Community Center

120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna

703-938-1445

<bt>Celebrate the arrival of autumn with the Women's Club at the annual Harvest Bazaar Fall Festval and Crafts Show for a wide variety of entertainment and and arts and crafts. Each November at the Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna. Call Sylvia Davies at the number above.

<ro>Flash Back to the Past

<lst>703-938-5187

<bt>Visit Vienna’s historic properties including the Freeman House, the Bowman House, the Vienna Railroad Station and various houses in the Windover Heights Historic District and learn about Vienna’s past. For information and listings visit www.viennava.gov, contact Historic Vienna Inc. at the number above, or visit www.historicviennainc.org.

<ro>Stamp It Out

<lst>Join the Ayr Hill Stamp Club and get the stamp fever. Club meets alernatively at the Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave., E., and at the Vienna Presbyterian Church Annex, 124 Park St., N.E., Vienna. Visit www.angelfire.com/va2/ayrhill.

<ro>Join Mothers First

<lst>Patrick Henry Library

101 Maple Ave., E., Vienna

<bt>Join this volunteer nonprofit for stay-at-home moms to help support and encourage women in their journey through motherhood. Join communities of other mothers, take advantage of educational seminars, field trips and moms' nights out, and help others make that transition from career to home. Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 10:15 a.m.-noon at Patrick Henry Library. Visit www.mothersfirst.org.

<ro>Patch It Up

<lst>Vienna Elementary School

128 Center St., Vienna

<bt>Quilters of all styles, ages and experiance are welcome to join the Vienna Quilters Unlimited as they meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. and join them for bees throughout the month. Members work and learn together and make quilts for Fairfax Hospital and Project Linus. E-mail Sharon Meyer at golossolovya@yahoo.com or visit www.quiltersunlimited.org/vienna.htm.

<ro>Borrow It, Read It, Discuss It

<lst>Patrick Henry Library

101 Maple Ave. E., Vienna

703-938-0405

Join a book discussion group through the library to enrich the reading experience and compare notes with others on great reads of all varieties.