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Vietnam and Iraq Parallels. Al Weed, a Vietnam War veteran, will discuss military and political parallels between the Vietnam and Iraq wars at the 7:30 p.m. meeting of Chapter 227, Vietnam Veterans of America Inc. Weed is a retired Army Command Sergeant Major and served in Bosnia. Veterans and the general public are invited to attend the 7:30 p.m. chapter meeting at Neighbor’s Restaurant, 262D Cedar Lane, Cedar Lane Shopping Center, Vienna. Admission is free. For information, call Len Ignatowski at 703-255-0353 or visit the web page at www.geocities.com/vva227.
Workshop. Attend the interactive workshop "Volunteer Management Training: How to Capture Your Audience in 15 Minutes! (or less…)" and enhance presentation skills from 9:30 to noon. The training will be at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, in conference rooms 2 and 3. The meeting is open to all who manage volunteers. The training is free to members, non-members $10 at the door. All are encouraged to stay for lunch and network in the cafeteria; brown bag lunches welcome. RSVP to Susan Stolpe at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 571-323-9569.
VIP Vienna. Support group for people with vision loss meets at Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave., E., Vienna. Adults. Call 703-938-0405.
Meeting. McLean Historical Society will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the McLean Community Center. The speaker will be Carole Herrick who will discuss "Alexandria Surrenders," Part 2 of the British Invasion to the City of Washington in 1814. Everyone is welcome. Call 703-356-8223.
Cub Scout Recruitment. Cub Scout Pack 55 will host its "Back-To-Scouting Night" at Forestville Elementary School, 1085 Utterback Store Road, tonight at 7 p.m. The Pack encourages all boys entering first through fourth grades to learn about Cub Scouts. Saint Francis Episcopal Church sponsors Pack 55 which serves boys from Forestville, Great Falls, Colvin Run and Forest Edge Elementary Schools as well as local private schools. Scouts meet approximately once a month as a pack at Forestville Elementary School with additional activities once or twice a month as organized by individual Dens. The Dens meet at various locations depending on the activity planned for the month. Call Scott Yates at 703-450-7865.
Talk. The Northern Virginia Ethical Society will host Dr. Jan Goldman of the International Intelligence Ethics Association, who will speak on "Standards for Behavior in Intelligence Practices." at 11 a.m. at 225 Nutley St., N.W., Vienna. Free. Visit www.noves.org, or call 703-437-3161.
Awards Luncheon. From noon-1:30 p.m. at Westwood Country Club, 800 Maple Ave., E., Vienna. Honors individuals, businesses and organizations that help others. Reserve a spot by calling 703-749-8603 or NiceGuys@afsb.com.
Vision Meeting. The Vienna/Oakton Vision Impaired Resource Group will meet at 10:15 at the Patrick Henry Library. The topic is the "Age of Ray Kurzwell" and his new pocket scanner will be demonstrated. The public is invited and if you need information or transportation: call Rhoda Stevens 703-281-9679.
Public Safety. Tysons Corner Center partners with the Fairfax County Police Department for "Public Safety Awareness Weekend" through Sept. 24. Federal, state and local law enforcement and public service agencies — 14 agencies in all — will offer displays, demonstrations and family activities throughout the weekend.
Fundraiser. With Debi Smith—singer/songwriter. 7 p.m. at Unity of Fairfax, 2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton. Fund raising event for Shepard Center of Vienna/Oakton. Tickets: $20. 703-281-0538 or www.scov.org.
Author Presentation. Author and popular lecturer Professor Ronald C. White will examine Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address from 6–7:30 p.m. at 124 Park St. N.E., Vienna. Free and all members of the community are encouraged to attend. For more information and registration go to www.viennapres.org/centerpoint
Safe Boating Course offered by the Northern Virginia Sail and Power Squadron at McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean from 7 to 9 p.m. Instruction is free, but there is a charge for registration and materials. Visit www.usps.org/localusps/nva or register at 703-790-0123.
The Vienna Host Lions Club (24A) meets at the American Legion Post 180, 330 Center St., N., Vienna at 6:15 p.m. New members are welcome. Call Bob Heyde at 703-560-8841.
Luncheon. Neighbors International welcomes the public to attend its “Hot Topic” luncheon, titled “Safe International Travel” featuring David Major. Major, a retired senior FBI executive, is a leading authority and expert on counterintelligence. The luncheon will be held at the Old Brogue Restaurant in the Village Center of Great Falls, from 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $25 in advance, or $30 at the door, which covers lunch, dessert, beverage, tax, and gratuity. Register by Sept. 24 by calling 703-759-2102, or visit www.neighbors-international.com.
Mothers First Vienna/McLean. Meeting is at 10:15 a.m. at the Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave., E., Vienna. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.
Public Hearing/Meeting. A public hearing on the fiscal year 2008 budget and the regular monthly meeting of the Governing Board will be held at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Residents who wish to speak at the public hearing are asked to call 703-790-0123/TTY: 703-827-8255, to have their names placed on the speakers’ list.
Duct Tape Fashion. Choose from various projects and make a fashion statement with duct tape at Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave., E., Vienna. Age 13-18. To register call 703-938-0405.
Book Discussion Group at Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave., E., Vienna. For adults. To find out title and register, call 703-938-0405.
Genealogical Society Meeting. 7:30 p.m. at The Henry Thoreau Middle School, 2505 Cedar Lane, Vienna. Free and open to the public. The meeting will feature a presentation entitled "SHUSH! It Is A Secret. Did Your Ancestor Belong?" Visit www.fxgs.org/ for more information.
Entry Deadline for the Vienna Halloween Parade. Entry forms can be downloaded from the town's Web site www.viennava.gov or 703-255-6360. Space is limited to first 100 approved applicants. This year's theme "Vienna's Traditions Through the Decades." Call parade co-chair Rebecca Diamond 703-463-4241.
Boost Your Business With Low-Cost High-Tech. From noon-1:30 p.m. at Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave. East in Vienna. Learn how to implement new technologies for your business for little or no cost. Call 703-281-1333 or visit www.vtrcc.org to register.
Autumn Garage Sale. Today and Saturday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. The Claude Moore Colonial Farm, 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean. Browse wide selection of books, clothing, jewelry, china and glassware, small appliances, quilting fabric, furniture, tools, toys and collectibles. All volunteer organized event with proceeds benefiting colonial museum and working farm’s educational programs. Free admission; indoor event. New items added Saturday. No early birds. Visit www.1771.org. Call 703-442-7557
Author Bela Gogos, a World War II Royal Hungarian Air Force pilot and Soviet prisoner for 10 years, discusses his book, "Youth Lost in Red Hell," at 1 p.m. at Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave., E., Vienna. Free. Sign up at 703-938-0405.
Monthly Genealogical Society Meeting. 10 a.m.-noon at Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station, 2148 Gallows Road in Dunn Loring. Free and open to the public. The meeting will feature a presentation entitled "Great Aunt Della Died! Did You Inherit Anything?" Visit www.fxgs.org/ for more information.
Safe Boating Course offered by the Northern Virginia Sail and Power Squadron at McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean today from 7 to 9 p.m. Instruction is free, but there is a charge for registration and materials. Visit www.usps.org/localusps/nva or register at 703-790-0123.
Antiques Discussion. Betsy K. White, author of "Great Road Style: The Decorative Arts of Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee," will begin the McLean-Great Falls Celebrate Virginia 2007 Fall Antiques Seminar Series, tonight from 7:30-9 p.m., at the McLean Community Center. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the program. McLean Community Center Course #1996.260 and costs $30 for McLean residents; $35 for non-residents. Call Francine Proulx, ISA AM, at 703-395-7015 or E-mail email@example.com. Register at www.mcleancenter.org or call 703-790-0123.