Week in Vienna

Week in Vienna

Dog Tags Go on Sale Thursday, Nov. 1.

Town of Vienna dog licenses will be available beginning Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Finance Department at Town Hall, 127 Center Street S. All dogs over four months old must be licensed by Jan. 31 each year.

As of Nov. 1, the license fee will be $10 for all dogs. A reduced price license is no longer available for spayed/neutered/infertile dogs. A current rabies vaccination certificate must be shown to obtain a license.

Dogs trained and serving as guide dogs for the blind, hearing dogs for the deaf, and service dogs for the mobility impaired must be licensed but are exempt from the license tax.

Dog tags are also available by mail. Call 703-255-6323 for more information or visit www.viennava.gov/index.aspx?nid=185.

Vienna Youth Soccer To "Give Cancer the Boot"

On Oct. 27-28 Vienna Youth Soccer "Give Cancer The Boot" by asking house and travel soccer players to wear Pink to the Pitch during all games.

Players have been asked to wear pink to raise awareness among VYS’ players and their families on the risks of breast cancer and benefits of early detection.

Parents and the community can help raise awareness by purchasing a "Give Cancer the Boot" t-shirt and wearing it to weekend games and around town. Profits from the sale of these limited-edition t-shirts will be donated to Life with Cancer (http://www.lifewithcancer.org), a local, community-funded organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of life of those affected by cancer by providing information, education and support. Shirts will be sold for $10 during the Vienna Halloween Parade on Oct. 24 and can be pre-ordered before Oct. 23 by emailing icanhelp4kids@gmail.com.

According to Margaret Kerfoot, president of VYS, "Give Cancer the Boot gives our players a wonderful opportunity to actively participate in breast cancer awareness month and make a difference in our community. Please join VYS in saying 'iCAN! Raise Awareness' by wearing Pink to the Pitch on Oct. 27-28 or anytime during October."

Vienna Halloween Parade on DVD

The entire Vienna Halloween Parade—including extra footage of the "costumed kids"—is available on DVD for purchase.

To reserve your copy, complete an order form, available online at www.viennava.gov or at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street SE by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2. DVDs will be ready beginning Nov. 12 and can be picked up at the Community Center or mailed for an additional fee of $5. The cost is $10 each.

For more information, contact the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department at 703-255-6360 or visit www.viennava.gov.

Bowman House Pottery Show and Sale

A pottery show and sale will be held at the Bowman House Arts and Crafts Center, 211 Center Street S, on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

The show will feature items made by students and teachers in the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department’s pottery program and a portion of the proceeds go to support the program.

For more information, call Vienna Parks and Recreation at 703-255-6360 or visit www.viennava.gov.

Fall Festival and Craft Show on Nov. 10

The 52nd Annual Holiday Bazaar Fall Festival and Craft Show will be on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street SE. Admission is $2 per person.

Sponsored by the Vienna Woman’s Club with support from the Town of Vienna, the show boasts over 75 crafters and vendors and will feature a bake sale and children’s activities. All proceeds benefit the Vienna Woman’s Club’s youth scholarship fund. For more information, contact Vienna Parks and Recreation at 703-255-6360 or visit www.viennava.gov.

Free Espresso Fridays at Caffe Amouri

Due to the overwhelmingly positive response, Caffe Amouri is extending it’s Free Espresso Friday program.

Free Espresso Friday was started by owner Michael Amouri so that patrons could taste and experience single origin coffee as shots of espresso.

So far, beans from Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Guatemala, Brazil and Sumatra have been featured.

Caffe Amouri Honored by U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

On July 14, 2012, U.S. Marine Troops from the 1st Maintenance Battalion flew an American flag over Camp Leatherneck in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan in honor of Caffe Amouri.

Caffe Amouri had sent coffee and a grinder to the troops as their way of saying thanks and to send, as owner Michael Amouri stated, "just a little bit of home to our boys and girls who are in harms way and, I would imagine, could certainly use something…even something small like a good cup of coffee."

End of Farmers Market Season

The Vienna Farmers Market closes out the season on Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to noon with a fun special event designed especially for children. A Girl Scout "Sow What Journey," Action Project will demonstrate fun with fruits and vegetables focusing on local produce at the market. Children are encouraged to come by with their parents and make edible creations. Free of charge, the project allows kids to play with their food and make something cool out of it. The market, located in the caboose lot at the corner of Church and Dominion and Mill Streets NE in Vienna, is sponsored by the Optimist Club of Greater Vienna. The market is also featuring a bulb sale and a clothing drive for homeless teens to benefit Shelter House. Email manager@viennafarmersmarket.com or telephone 703-200-7806 with questions or visit FacebookVienna-Farmers-Market.

Town Calendar Delivery Method to Change

The annual Vienna Town Calendar will be hand delivered to each residence and business in town by town staff between Oct. 25 and 31, 2012. The calendars will be packaged with the November Town Newsletter and the Winter Parks and Recreation Brochure in a polybag and hung on each residence’s door handle.

In previous years, the Town Calendar was designed in-house and sent through the United States Postal Service. The change in the delivery method for this year’s calendar was done in order to allow the calendar to be professionally designed and produced without increasing the overall cost of the calendar. Since 1970, the Town has been producing an annual calendar that includes information about town events, activities and services, as well as highlights some community events.

Each residence and business will receive one calendar free of charge; additional calendars are available for a fee of $1 per calendar. Contact the Public Information Office for more information or to request additional calendars after Oct. 31.

Leaf Collection Begins

Fall leaf collection began Monday, Oct., 22 in north Vienna and will continue through December. As in previous years, town crews will make a total of three passes (beginning in north Vienna and moving to south Vienna at the start of each pass) during the leaf collection period; however, in an effort to increase efficiency and allow flexibility for weather-related issues, neighborhood signs will be used to replace the fixed leaf collection schedule.

All residents are asked to rake their leaves to the curb at any point between Oct. 22 and Dec. 31 for collection. Leaf piles should be free of limbs, sticks, acorns or other debris which may clog the vacuum hose.

In an effort to keep residents informed, and to provide flexibility for weather delays, signs will be placed at entrances to neighborhoods advising of the projected date that the leaf vacuum truck will be in the area. Also, residents are encouraged to sign up for Vienna Community Alerts, Public Works Notices (www.viennava.gov/List.aspx), in order to receive alerts on projected leaf collection locations.

Town residents also have the option to bag leaves for collection on your regular weekly collection day. Please place leaves in clear plastic bags or paper yard waste bags available at garden and home supply stores.

For more information about leaf collection, call the Town of Vienna Public Works Department at 703-255-6380 or visit www.viennava.gov/index.aspx?NID=163.

Vienna Receives Gold in Green Government Challenge

The Town of Vienna has earned "Gold Certification" in the Virginia Municipal League’s 2012 Green Government Challenge, a friendly competition among local governments to encourage reduction of carbon emissions. Awards were presented Sept. 25 at the annual VML conference in Williamsburg.

Vienna was awarded gold certification for achieving 155 out of a possible 200 "green points." Last year, the town was awarded "Silver Certification" for achieving 145 points in the challenge. The highest level is Platinum Certified, which requires a minimum of 175 green points.

The Town’s efforts included the community garden project at Vienna Elementary School, the annual Vienna Green Expo, purchasing local organic products, creating green gardens and recycling options. Town employees have also implemented a number of on-the-job green programs such as office paper recycling, use of earth-friendly cleaning products and purchase of hybrid vehicles.

Halloween Parties at Vienna Community Center

Vienna’s annual Halloween Party for children ages 4 through 12 will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street SE. Admission is free. Come in costume. There will be carnival games, crafts, door prizes and fun for everyone. The party is sponsored by the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department and Optimist Club of Vienna. For more information, call Parks and Recreation at 703-255-6360.

There will be a Halloween Costume Party for teenaged youth on Friday, Oct. 26, at 3:30 p.m. at the Club Phoenix Teen Center located in the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street SE. Admission is free. Attendees are invited to dress in costume. There will be games, food and a costume contest. For more information, call 703-255-5721.