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Week in Vienna

<sh>Vienna House Fire

<bt>Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire at approximately 11:50 a.m. Sunday, April 30 in the Vienna area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 407 Plum St., S.W. First-arriving firefighters reported heavy fire showing from the rear and side of the home. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 15 minutes. There were no injuries. Two adults and three children have been displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

Damage is estimated at $75,000. According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental and was caused by an electric anomaly in a bedroom.

<sh>SAT Tests Rescheduled

<bt>Oakton High School had to turn away about 60 students who had come to take the SAT Subject Tests Saturday. Fairfax County Public Schools spokesman Paul Regnier said testing officials realized Friday night that they were short by about 25 of the tests and decided not to administer any SAT Subject Tests, formerly known as the SAT II, on Saturday. Regular SAT testing that had been scheduled for the morning went as planned.

Students who had been registered for testing and were turned away may reschedule for this Saturday or for another day when the test is offered.

Regnier pointed out that it is the College Board, part of the Educational Testing Service, that is in charge of the testing, while the schools provide a venue and hire testing staff.

<sh>Bike to Work Day

<bt>Various elected officials will join area bicyclists for annual Bike to Work Day Friday morning, May 19. Celebrations will be held at 21 locations throughout the region, including one in Vienna at the Whole Foods parking lot and the W&OD Trail from 6:30-8:30 a.m. Each “pit stop” will offer food, giveaway items, entertainment, speakers and chances to win bicycles and other prizes. Riders who register online at www.waba.org by May 12 will receive a free Bike to Work Day T-shirt, and each registrant will be entered into a drawing to win one of several bicycles valued up to $1,000. Bike to Work Day will also feature 21 “bicycle commuter convoys” led by experienced bicycle commuters that will converge on the rally at Freedom Plaza from throughout the area. To learn more about the event, including other locations, convoy routes and online registration, visit www.waba.org. For more about the Vienna celebration, contact Ann Beisel at 703-319-2000 or ann.beisel@wholefoods.com, or contact John Brunow at 703-938-8900 or john@bikesatvienna.com.

<sh>Craft Vendors Sought

<bt>The Vienna Woman’s Club seeks craft vendors for its 46th annual Harvest Bazaar and Fall Festival, to be held Saturday, Nov. 11. The event features local crafters, a bake sale and children’s activities. Proceeds will benefit a scholarship fund for college-bound Vienna students. For information or an application, contact Jan Smith at 703-319-0860 or jansmith@erols.com.

<sh>Teaching Artists Sought

<bt>The Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, a program of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, is currently accepting applications for teaching artists for the performing arts. Benefits of teaching include becoming part of a national network of teaching artists, receiving professional development and critical response from arts education and early childhood experts, and creating partnerships with early childhood educators in the community.

Requirements include: a strong artistic background in music, drama, movement, storytelling or puppetry; a minimum of three years professional experience as a performing artist; willingness to work in an interdisciplinary environment; experience working with young children; a car and a willingness to travel within the area of D.C., Maryland and Virginia, including Baltimore; a professional demeanor, appearance and approach; completion of a successful personal interview, classroom audition and background check; attendance of a full week of training from July 31 through Aug. 4; and completion of two classroom residencies and two classroom observations within the first year.

Teaching artists are placed in seven-week residencies, partnering with preschool and kindergarten teachers. Sessions are held twice a week in classrooms of 3-5 year olds. They must complete all required paperwork associated with each residency, including lesson plans and evaluations. Teaching artists are independent contractors — an annual amount of work is not guaranteed. The number of residencies assigned varies according to availability and location. New teaching artists are paid $670 per seven-week classroom residency.

The application deadline is Monday, May 15. Send a resume, cover letter and three references with contact information to: Mary Henderson, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22182 or maryh@wolftrap.org. For more information visit www.wolftrap.org or call 703-255-1933.