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Week in Vienna

Community Volunteers to be Honored

Town of Vienna Mayor M. Jane Seeman invites Vienna area residents to nominate an outstanding volunteer in recognition of his or her service to the town. Mayor Seeman will honor these volunteers at a special ceremony on Tuesday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, 400 Center Street S.

Nomination forms for outstanding community volunteers are available at Vienna Town Hall, 127 Center Street S, online at www.viennava.gov/index.aspx?nid=850 and in the January and February Town Newsletters. Completed forms must be submitted by March 1 to the mayor’s office.

For more information, call 703-255-6311 or email mayor@viennava.gov.

Photo Contest and Exhibit at Community Center

The Vienna Parks and Recreation Department's annual Photography Contest and Exhibit will be held Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, March 17, from noon to 3:30 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street S.E.

Entries will be accepted Thursday, March 14, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. and Friday, March 15, from noon to 3:45 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center. Photos will be judged by local professional photographers and ribbons awarded in eight categories: animals, architecture, digital, nature, pictorial, photojournalism, portraiture and scenic. There will be a separate contest section for middle and high school students.

The entry fee is $10 per person. Entries are limited to four photos per person and a maximum of two in any one category. The contest is open to all metropolitan area amateur photographers. Photo contest and exhibit is assisted by the Vienna Photographic Society. For more information, call Vienna Parks and Recreation at 703-255-6360 or visit www.viennava.gov.

Estate Planning Seminar

“Estate Planning Made Simple” will be presented on Monday, Feb. 11, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street S.E.

Attorney David Hoffman will explain the basics of estate planning in easy-to-understand terms.

This program is free of charge, and no advance registration is required. For more information, call the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department at 703-255-6360.

FY 2012 Financial Report Available

The Town of Vienna’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for fiscal year 2011-2012 is now available online at www.viennava.gov/Archive.aspx?AMID=39. Hard copies may be reviewed in the Finance Department at Town Hall or purchased for $5 each.

The report summarizes the town’s financial position and the results of operations of the various funds and account groups. It also includes the auditor’s report for FY 2012, information on internal controls for managing and safeguarding funds, and selected financial and demographic information covering the last 10 fiscal years.

For more information, call the Finance Department at 703-255-6322.

Experience Northside Park at Night

Experience the outdoors at night and get to know the nighttime wildlife at Northside Park (entrance by the W&OD Trail) on Sunday, Feb. 17, beginning at 4:45 p.m.

Led by Fairfax Master Naturalist Wendy Cardany, “Owl Walk” will provide participants with the opportunity to experience the park at night and use their ears instead of their eyes to identify our wild neighbors. The tour will include a presentation on the animals you might hear or see in the park. The presentation will begin at 4:45 p.m. with the children’s portion beginning at 5 p.m., followed by a 20-minute walk through the park.

Participants should meet at the Northside Park entrance off of the W&OD Trail. The tour will follow a rocky and uneven path along the perimeter of the park. In addition, participants will be asked to be silent during parts of the hike in order to hear wildlife. Participants should bring a flashlight and wear good walking shoes.

Owl Walk is free and no registration is required. You do not have to be a resident of Vienna to participate; appropriate for all ages. For more information, contact Cathy Salgado at 703-255-6356 or e-mail csalgado@viennava.gov.

Men’s Softball League Deadline

Feb. 22 is the registration deadline for the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department’s 2013 men’s softball league. Games will begin on Monday, April 22, at Vienna’s Southside Park, 1315 Ross Drive S.W.

The fee is $600 per team and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A $100 non-refundable deposit and a temporary roster are required at the time of registration. For a league information package, call Enrique Guzman at 703-255-6352 or e-mail eguzman@viennava.gov.

Town Hall Renovations Underway

Renovations at Town Hall began on Monday, Jan. 14, and will include upgrading the building’s HVAC system, installing new windows, carpet, lighting and ceilings, and upgrading the building’s security system. Renovations are expected to last through the end of October 2013.

The bulk of the renovations will upgrade the building’s 40-year-old HVAC system and include multiple energy saving components including low energy lighting, triple pane windows and integral blinds.

During this time, Town Hall will continue to observe normal operating hours and service delivery will not be impacted. Customers should note that beginning Feb. 1, all financial services including water and sewer bills and customer service, dog licenses, vehicle licenses, business licenses, meals taxes, parking tickets and all other cashier services will be located in a temporary facility behind Town Hall throughout the duration of the renovation. The current Finance space located in Town Hall will serve as swing space and house services that are being impacted due to work occurring in other parts of the building.

The first phase, which began on Monday, includes renovations of the Town Council Chambers and the offices located on the second floor. Work on the chambers is slated for completion at the end of February with work on the remainder of the floor lasting through May. The second phase includes renovations on the first floor and will occur between May and August while the third phase will occur on the lower level and will last from August through October. During each phase, impacted departments will occupy the current Finance space on the first floor until work is completed in their respective locations.

While the chambers is undergoing renovations, Town Council meetings and court will be held as scheduled in the chambers. All other board and commission meetings will be moved to off-site locations for the remainder of January and the entire month of February. All meetings will remain open to the public and will be held at their regularly scheduled time. Check the town’s website for location information.

Town Hall, 127 Center Street S., is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For specific questions related to the renovation, contact the Department of Public Works at 703-255-6380 or jsergent@viennava.gov.

Family Skating at Vienna Community Center

Family Skate Night will be held on Fridays, through March 22, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street, S.E. (No skating on Jan. 18 and 25.)

Admission is $1 per person. Bring your own roller skates or in-line skates (no scooters) and safety equipment. Parents are required to stay with their children and are welcome to participate. No registration required.

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

‘The Book of Mormon’ at the Kennedy Center Trip

Tickets are available through the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department for a matinee showing of “The Book of Mormon” at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.

The musical “The Book of Mormon,” a comedy winner of nine Tony Awards and created by Emmy Award-winning producers of television’s South Park, is selling out quickly, so reserve your seats now.

The cost includes first, second and third row mezzanine seats, just off center aisle and transportation. Lunch is not included. The bus will leave the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street S.E., at approximately 11 a.m. and will return at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $125 for residents and $156.25 for out-of-town participants.

For more information or to register, visit www.viennava.gov or call 703-255-6360.

Wood Bat Softball Tournament Registration Open

Friday, Feb. 22, is the registration deadline for the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department’s 2013 “Wood Bat” Softball Tournament. Tournament play will begin on Saturday, March 16, at Southside Park, 1315 Ross Drive S.W.

The fee is $150 per team and includes at least two games and awards; the town will provide wood bats. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A roster and a $50 non-refundable deposit are required at the time of registration.

For a tournament information package, contact Enrique Guzman at 703-255-6352 or eguzman@viennava.gov.