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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.

Town Offices Observe President’s Day

Town of Vienna offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18, in observance of the Presidents’ Day holiday. The Vienna Community Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; no classes or drop-in programs will be held. Refuse will be collected as normal.

Town Council Candidates Filing Deadline

Tuesday, March 5, is the filing deadline for candidates in the May 7 Vienna Town Council election. This year, voters will elect three Town Council members for two-year terms beginning July 1.

Candidates for office must meet certain qualifications and are required to file specific documents in order to qualify to appear on the ballot. The information packet for candidates is available on the State Board of Election’s website, www.sbe.virginia.gov. For more information, call 1-800-552-9745 and ask for the Election Services Division.

Business License Deadline March 1

Town of Vienna businesses are reminded that the annual business, professional and occupational license tax (BPOL) is due on Friday, March 1. All businesses in the Town of Vienna, including home occupations, must renew their business licenses each year.

License tax forms are available in the Finance Department at Town Hall, 127 Center St. S., and online at www.viennava.gov. For more information or assistance in calculating license taxes, call 703-255-6321.

The amount of the tax is based on gross receipts, and the rate varies according to the type of business. The gross receipts threshold is $50,000, below which the tax does not apply. Those businesses with total annual gross receipts of $50,000 or less pay only the minimum license fee of $30 per year.

Recycling at Northside Property Yard on March 2

Vienna residents may recycle used automotive items at the Northside Property Yard, 600 Mill Street NE, on Saturday, March 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Motor oil, antifreeze and car batteries may be dropped off to be recycled. For more information call the Department of Public Works at 703-255-6380 or visit www.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.

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.

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.

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.