Community Notes

Community Notes

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Babysitters Training for boys and girls age 12 and older will be offered on Saturday, June 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. An American Red Cross instructor will teach basic child care, safety, first aid, and what to do in emergency situations.

The fee is $70 for Town of Vienna residents and $87.50 for out-of-town participants. For more information, call the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department at 703-255-6360 or visit

Summer Playground Program for children ages 6-11 has opened at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Weekly sessions are scheduled through August 8, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Supervised activities will include arts and crafts, games, field trips and special events. The cost per session is $100 for Town of Vienna residents and $125 for out-of-town participants. Extended care will be avilable before camp and after camp for an additional fee. For more information, call the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department at 703-255-6360 or visit

Summer Excursion Camps for ages 11-15 will be held weekly through August 8. Adventures will include white water tubing, ropes courses, mountain biking, the rides at Kings Dominion, and more. The cost is $250 per camp for Town of Vienna residents and $300 for out-of-town participants. For information on dates and themes for each camp, call Vienna Parks and Recreation at 703-255-6360 or visit

Family Skate Night will be held each Friday until August 1, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Admission is $1 per person. Bring your own roller skates or in-line skates and safety equipment. Parents are required to stay with their children and are welcome to participate. Call 703-255-6360 or visit

Women’s Self Defense Class. The Town of Vienna Police Department is offering a summer session of the women’s self defense class commonly known as R.A.D. The R.A.D. training class is a four evening, three hour a night class that helps women make wise decisions regarding their personal safety. During the classes, specially trained police officers from the Vienna Police

Department in conjunction with several local volunteers train women to be alert and mindful of their personal safety. Escape and response techniques are trained in

practical scenarios as well as several non- physical techniques which help women stay safe.

Classes run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center. The Summer 2008 Session will be held August 4th, 6th, 11th, and 13th.

Registration fee is $5; $7.50 for non-town residents.

Equipment fee is $15.00. Fees are due first night of class. To register, contact the Vienna Community Center at 703-255-6360. For further information contact MPO Bill Murray of the Vienna Police at

703-255-6396 or via email at

The McLean branch of the American Association of University Women will collect used books on Saturdays, July 12 and 26 for upcoming sales, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Suntrust Bank, 515 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Gently used books, CDs, tapes and software are accepted, children’s books are especially needed. No records or textbooks are accepted. Call 703-448-9195 or visit

2008 Hot Ticket Awards Party. This party, always the "hottest" ticket in town, honors the accomplishments of local tech entrepreneurial companies poolside at the home of Bobbie Kilberg, NVTC President & CEO. Award categories include: Hottest Buzz, Hottest Bootstrap, Hottest Exit, Hottest Management Team and Hottest Venture Capital Deal. Wednesday, June 25, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m,, Pre-Party for Hot Ticket Award Nominees, Judges and Hot Ticket Sponsors, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m., Hot Ticket Awards Party and Awards Ceremony; Kilberg Residence, McLean, VA; NVTC Member: $ 65.00, Non-Member: $ 85.00. For more info:

The Vienna Woman’s Club 49th annual Holiday Bazaar and Fall Festival is planned for Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. . Funds raised are used for the annual Scholarship Program and other community projects. To rent a space, call N. Volpe 703-938-7716 or email for information or an application.

Writing Your Personal History is an informal, group-run class for people interested in documenting their life stories. Class will be held at the Community Center each Thursday, through Aug. 14, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Class members select topics about which to write, and read their work to each other for supportive feedback. Free of charge; a donation of $5 will be used to provide refreshments at each class. For information, call 703-255-6360.

Volunteer ombudsman advocates are needed for local nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. They make weekly visits, meeting one-on-one with residents and work with the residents, their families and the staff of the facility, to ensure that the residents’ rights are being protected. Applicants must be available to volunteer four hours per week, primarily during regular business hours. Volunteer ombudsmen must not be employed by a long-term care facility. Interviews of applicants will be held this summer in preparation for the next annual training, scheduled for Sept. 15, 16, and 26, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day. The Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is a public service, funded in part by the Fairfax County Area Agency on Aging. For information and an application, call 703-324-5422 or visit

Chinese Conversation Group meets for practicing speaking the language, 7:45-8:45 p.m., Wednesdays at the group study room of the Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton. Call 571-225-7697.

Vienna Choral Society, under the direction of Paul Patton, welcomes new members for its 2007-2008 season. No audition is required and many solo opportunities are available in upcoming programs. Rehearsals will be held at Vienna Baptist Church, 541 Marshall Rd., S.W., each Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. For more information, call 703-255-5508 or visit

Vienna Newcomers Club: a social group meets every second Thursday of the month at the Marco Polo Italian restaurant. Social gathering at 11:30 a.m., with a lunch and program at noon. Call Nancy at 703-938-4835 for reservations. September through May, the lunches have guest speakers. At the December holiday lunch, there will be seasonal music. The club also has a monthly book exchange, bowling league and other activities. Call Mary Ann at 703-620-4432.

The Vienna Volunteer Fire Department hosts smoke-free Bingo every Sunday night in the Flame Room at the fire department, 400 Center St. S. Doors open at 4 p.m., sales begins at 5 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. Visit

Historic "Little Library," located on the grounds of the Freeman House, 131 Church St., N.E., will be open the first Sunday of every month, 1-4 p.m. Members of Historic Vienna, Inc., will provide a history of the building and its role as Vienna’s first library. Built in 1897, by 1969 it was the oldest continuously used library building in Fairfax County. For more information, call 703-938-1791.

The Vienna Host Lions Club meets every second and fourth Tuesday evening at the American Legion Post 180 building on Center Street in Vienna. For additional details and more information, contact Mike Mead at 703-938-5235 or

Vienna Toastmasters meets at the Vienna Community Center the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7.30 p.m. Toastmasters can help participants overcome fears of public speaking. For more information, call Nicola at 703-268-5001.

Brinker Toastmasters meets at Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St., N.E., the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at 9:30 a.m. Those interested in becoming more effective listeners, leaders and speakers are welcome. Call Mike Schultz at 571-344-1127 or visit

Lunchtime Weight Watchers, hosted by the Town of Vienna, meets at 11:15 a.m. each Tuesday at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Open to the public, the cost is $168 for a 13-week session, payable in advance. Call 703-255-6350.

Vienna Community Center has open gym for ages 17 and under, 3:30-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Call ahead to check on availability.

The Town of Vienna is providing free wireless Internet access at the Town Green, located at Maple Avenue and Mill Street. This is a pilot project to attract more customers to downtown Vienna, encourage the use of this new public park, and en-able more citizens to access Town services online. From dawn to dusk throughout the year, users can log in using "Vienna Gov’t Sponsored Free WiFi" for the SSID. (SSID stands for "Service Set Identifier" and is a unique ID for naming a wireless network. All wireless devices attempting to communicate with each other must share the same SSID.) Users are responsible for taking measures to secure their devices and Internet communications. For questions or comments, e-mail or call 703-255-6364.

After-school program for children in grades 6-8 is available at Club Phoenix. Hours are 12:30-6:30 p.m. Monday and 2:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Children can get help with homework or enjoy cooking classes, book clubs, sports and fitness activities. Free. Call 703-255-6360.

Donations to local groups: the Dyer-Gunnell Post (Post 180) of the American Legion, based in Vienna, and Louise Archer Elementary PTA can benefit from on-line shopping. Visit and click on any of the 410 participating stores, then complete an on-line purchase. The groups will receive a cash rebate or a percentage of the purchase, from 1 to 25 percent.