<cal2>Discussion. The McLean Historical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the McLean Community Center. The speaker will be Carole Herrick who will discuss her book August 24, 1814, highlighting the escapes of James and Dolley Madison into Virginia. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served. Call Dan Smoot at 703-790-1620.
Babysitters Training, a two-day course for boys and girls ages 12 and older, begins today from 4:30-8:30 p.m. and continues Saturday, May 13 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. A certified American Red Cross instructor will teach basic child care, safety and what to do in emergency situations. Fee is $60 for town residents and $65 for out-of-town participants. Students must attend both classes. 703-255-6360.
Newcomers Club of Vienna and Friends will hold its monthly luncheon meeting beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Marco Polo Restaurant, 245 Maple Ave., W. The program will include election of new officers and musical entertainment. Call 703-938-1077.
<cal2>Charity Rummage Sale. Girl Scout Service Unit 50-2 will hold a community rummage sale from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Holly Knoll I subdivision, Cardinal Holly Court in Great Falls, to raise money for the Katrina Relief Effort. Girl Scouts from McLean, Great Falls and Vienna will sell donated items including toys, books, bicycles, lemonade and cookies. E-mail Jackie Cheshire at Jackie@cdclemente.com.
Yard Sale. To benefit Friends of Homeless Animals from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Sale items include books, clothing, baked goods, toys, collectibles and more. Donate tax-deductible items at the Community Center between 5 and 9 p.m. Friday, May 12. Call 703-385-0224.
<cal2>The next Monthly Membership Meeting of the Potomac Valley Shetland Sheepdog Club (PVSSC) will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Dunn Loring Firehouse, 2148 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring. Free and open to the public. The meeting will begin with a presentation by Dr. Anke Langenbach, owner and Chief Surgeon of the Veterinary Surgical Center in Vienna. Refreshments. Owners can bring dogs and meet other Sheltie owners and breeders. Visit www.shetlandsheepdog.us or call 703-281-1191.
<cal2>Mothers First Vienna/McLean is dedicated to supporting women who have chosen to alter their careers to raise their children at home. Activities include parent/child morning meetings and field trips, moms' nights out and lectures. Meeting is at 10:15 at the Patrick Henry Library, 101 E. Maple Ave., Vienna. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.
SLEEP Talk. The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area next meeting topic is SLEEP, “Start Later for Excellence in Education Proposal.” Members will discuss the costs of Fairfax County Public Schools modifying its bell schedules to allow high schools to start later, and the implications for health, academic performance, transportation, sports, extra-curricular activities, and families. The organization’s unit meetings will be held during the second week of May at 16 locations throughout Fairfax County. The League’s meetings are free; no registration is required. Call the League at 703-658-9150 for meeting locations, or visit www.lwv-fairfax.org.
Maple Avenue Meeting. A kickoff meeting for the Maple Avenue Feasibility Study is being held at 8 p.m. in the council chamber at Town Hall, 127 Center St., S. The purpose of the meeting, to which the public is invited, is to identify key concerns and discuss overall goals. The feasibility study will compare the use of a form-based zoning code — a method of regulating development by controlling physical form primarily, and land use secondarily — and alternatives such as overlay zones, mixed-use zoning and the existing zoning code to determine the most viable options for Maple Avenue between Lawyers Road and Beulah Road. 703-255-6341.
<cal2>Women in Technology (WIT) announced the finalists for the Seventh Annual Women in Technology Leadership Awards. This annual award recognizes women who have exemplified the WIT mission to Connect. Lead. Succeed. The winners will be announced at a banquet and ceremony at the Hilton McLean in McLean, where Maureen Bunyan, anchor for WJLA-TV in Washington, will serve as the mistress of ceremonies. The networking and cocktail hours will begin at 6 p.m., with the formal program from 7-9 p.m. Ticket and sponsorship information is available at www.womenintechnology.org.
Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 227, meets at 7:30 p.m. at Neighbor's Restaurant in the Cedar Lane Shopping Center. The Vince Kaspar Awards for Excellence in the Arts will be presented to local high school students, as well as scholarships for Arlington County Public Schools English Spoken as Other Language summer program. Call Len Ignatowski at 703-255-0353 or visit www.geo-cities.com/vva227.
Vienna Vision Impaired Group, a support group for visually impaired people and their families, meets at 10:15 a.m. at Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave., E. Guest speaker will be Susan Jones, chief of investigations for Fairfax County Consumer Affairs. The public is welcome to attend. Call Rhoda Stevens at 703-281-9679.
<cal2>Teen Center Open House. Open house for parents from 5-6 p.m. at Club Phoenix Teen Center, in the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Parents get a chance to view the facility, share information, meet the staff, complete the registration form and discuss issues or concerns. Parents can also get involved with the center. Call Brandy Mullen at 703-255-5721.
<cal2>Public Works Open House. The Vienna Department of Public Works celebrates Public Works Week with an open house at its Northside Property Yard, 600 Mill St., N.E., from 2-6 p.m. All Vienna residents, school and scout groups, and others interested in seeing the facility and a display of Public Works vehicles and equipment are invited. Light refreshments will be served, and there will be "hard hats," Clean and Green coloring books and other treats for children. Call 703-255-6381.
<cal2>Used book sale at Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave., E., will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Call 703-938-0405 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
<cal2>Memorial Day ceremony. American Legion Post 180's Memorial Day ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. at Flint Hill Cemetery on Chain Bridge Road in Oakton. There will be a concert by the Vienna Community Band, and the Legion Auxiliary will place flags on the graves of veterans. The Legion will also conduct its annual Poppy Promotion throughout Vienna during the weekend, with proceeds going to veterans' hospitals in Virginia. Call the Post at 703-938-9535.
<cal2>Two Shetland Sheepdog Seminars. From 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Dr. Bruce Hansen, veterinarian specializing in dermatology and allergies, discusses dermatomyositis, pyoderma and mallasezia (yeast infection); the effect of compromised autoimmune systems on skin; the role that a malfunctioning thyroid gland can play on skin conditions; fleas and preventatives; and immune-mediated dermatosis. From 1:30-5 p.m., Cathi Gorman, American Shetland Sheepdog Association President, addresses "Breeding Shelties in the 21st Century." Using live Shelties, Gorman will demonstrate positive aspects as seen through a breeder judge's eyes. She will also discuss basic color genetics and prevailing thinking in the mapping of the canine genome. Cost is $35 for each seminar or $60 for both. Lunch costs $5. Seminars are at Epiphany United Methodist Church, 1014 Country Club Drive, N.E., Vienna. Visit www.shetlandsheepdog.us or call Jan Stanley at 703-281-2828 or Diana Roughton at 703-830-8332.
Motor Oil, Antifreeze and Battery Recycling Day. A responsible way to dispose of vehicle waste products. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Northside Property Yard, 600 Mill St., N.E. Call 703-255-6381.
<cal2>The Vienna Volunteer Fire Department will welcome Gov. Tim Kaine and FEMA Director and VVFD honorary chief David Paulison to their station’s re-dedication. There will also be other activities including the Town Vienna Police Color Guard, Rendition of the National Anthem and an official opening ceremony. 10 am to noon. The Vienna Volunteer Fire Department is located at 400 Center Street South. Visit www.vvfd.org or call 703-938-2678.