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Week in Vienna

‘Parking Lot Picnic’ Sept. 15

The Vienna Host Lions Club, in partnership with the local Vienna Safeway, has organized the third annual Parking Lot Picnic to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer awareness. This event will be held in the parking lot of the Maple Avenue Safeway, on Saturday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Hamburgers, hotdogs and beverages for the event are donated by the Safeway, and the cooking is provided by the club members.

‘Your Town’ Series Begins

Join the mayor for a series on “Your Town.” This series of free public meetings are for citizens who wish to learn more about the operations of each of the town’s departments. Those interested should register for each session they wish to attend separately. Meetings are as follows:

v Planning and Zoning - Director Greg Hembree will talk about the departments’ functions and responsibilities. Town Hall, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 7:30-9 p.m., #243379 A1

v Vienna Police Station - Chief Bob Carlisle will give some crime overview information and a tour of the Police Station. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7:30-9 p.m., #243379 B1

v Vienna Community Center - Director of Parks and Recreation Cathy Salgado and her staff will talk about what goes on in the Community Center and also the care and maintenance of the town’s parks. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 7:30-9 p.m., #243379 C1

v Northside Property Yard - Holly Chu, director of Public Works, will discuss the many duties and functions of Public Works as well as a tour of the facility. Tuesday, March 11, 7:30-9 p.m., #243379 D1

v Mayor and Council - Mayor and Council will discuss how meeting agendas are set, elections, the Town Clerk’s responsibilities and the Town’s Boards and Commissions. The Information Technology Department will discuss the town Web site. Location: Town Hall. Tuesday, May 13, 7:30-9 p.m., #243379 E1

Safe Routes to School Seminars

The Louise Archer Elementary School PTA announces four Safe Routes To School/Safety seminars in September. The seminars will be held in the Louise Archer Elementary School library, 324 Nutley St., Vienna, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10; Tuesday, Sept. 20; Thursday, Sept. 20; and Wednesday, Sept. 26. The seminars are open to the public. Safe Routes to School is a national and international movement to create safe and convenient opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to school. Visit www.safe routesinfo.org or e-mail John Sweeney at jsweeney21@cox.net.

Madison Band’s Tag Day

The Madison High School band and color guard will hold its annual tag day on Saturday Sept. 8. Chaperoned students will go door to door throughout the school community of Vienna and Oakton soliciting contributions and thanking the community for its support. Tag day raises funds for equipment, travel, supplemental instruction and other costs that make the 120-member Madison band stand out as the “Pride of Vienna.”

Parade Entry Deadline

Friday, Sept. 28, is the entry deadline for the 61st annual Vienna Halloween Parade. This year’s parade theme is “Jamestown – Celebrating 400 Years of History.” Grand Marshal Woody Bentley, a member of the Rotary Club of Vienna and Chairman of ViVa! Vienna!, is a direct descendent of American Indian princess Pocahontas, who befriended the Englishmen who landed in the New World in 1607.

The Halloween Parade Committee encourages parade participants to focus on 400 years of Virginia history. Entry application forms and information can be downloaded from the Town’s Web site, www.viennava.gov, or call the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department at 703-255-6360. Because space is limited to the first 90 approved applicants, the parade may fill before the entry deadline. Completed applications do not guarantee entrance.

The parade will step off at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, on Maple Avenue. The parade route is approximately half a mile long, from Branch Road to Center Street, and lasts about an hour and a half. Please make sure your group is prepared with warm clothes, comfortable shoes and flashlights.

The categories for judging of parade entrants are Youth Band, Adult Band, Float with Music, Float without Music, Youth Performers, Adult Performers and Antique Vehicles. Floats will continue to be judged on creativity and theme interpretation.