The 67th annual Vienna Halloween Parade will step off at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, on Maple Avenue from Berry Street to Center Street.
This year’s parade theme is “Celebrating Music and Theatre through the Decades” with Vienna Mayor M. Jane Seeman serving as Grand Marshal. Once again, the parade will feature the Washington Redskins Marching Band as a special guest.
Children are invited to walk in the parade in their Halloween costumes. No registration is required; meet at 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Virginia Commerce Bank, 374 Maple Ave. E., Vienna (same place as last year). Children must be accompanied by an adult.
*Road Closures: On Wednesday, Oct. 23, Maple Avenue—Route 123 in the Town of Vienna—between East Street and Lawyers Road will be closed beginning at 6:50 p.m. for approximately two hours for the annual Vienna Halloween Parade. Several side streets off Maple Avenue will be closed and no on-street parking will be allowed beginning at approximately 4:45 p.m. to allow parade participants to line up. All streets will reopen at the conclusion of the parade around 9 p.m.
A detailed map of the parade route and street closures is available at www.viennava.gov/index.aspx?nid=951. For more information, call Vienna Parks and Recreation at 703-255-6360 or visit www.viennava.gov.
AAUW to Discuss Barriers to Affordable Community Colleges
Dr. Catherine Hill, Director of Research for the American Association of University Women, will be the featured speaker at the AAUW program at Oakton Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 26 beginning at 12:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. The Oakton Library is located at 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton.
Dr. Hill will talk about the AAUW report Women in Community College: Access to Success that identifies challenges facing student parents and opportunities in STEM fields, as well how community colleges can provide more women with a reliable path to opportunity and economic security.
For more information, contact Sandy Lawrence at 703-569-1588.
Balloon Artist, Bulb Garden at Farmers Market
The Vienna Saturday Farmers Market, located at 301 Center South in Vienna, features TJ Michaels, balloon artist, from 8 a.m. to noon on Oct. 26. Additionally, at 10:30 a.m. Ayr Hill Garden Club will dedicate a new bulb garden at the market. Children are invited to help out by planting spring bulbs. They should report to the market master or the garden club table by 10:15 for this fun learning activity. Market is operated and sponsored by the Optimist Club of Greater Vienna.
Ribbon Cutting for Wolftrap Stream Restoration Project
The public is invited to the Wolftrap Stream restoration ribbon cutting ceremony in Vienna’s Wildwood Park on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 10:30 a.m. at 700 Follin Lane S.E., Vienna.
A section of Wolftrap Creek in Vienna’s Wildwood Park was restored through a partnership between the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environment Services and the Town of Vienna.
The restoration results in significant water quality improvements including removal of an estimated 162 pounds per year of Total Phosphorous; 352 pounds per year of Total Nitrogen; and 154 tons per year of Total Suspended Solids.
The project raised the streambed and reconnected the stream to the floodplain. The stream banks were sloped and unstable trees were removed. Native trees, shrubs and other plants were installed as part of the stream restoration. Newly planted vegetation provides habitat for small mammals, songbirds and amphibians. The new plants help stabilize the stream banks and filter out pollutants.
Visit www.viennava.gov/index.aspx?nid=1079 or www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/stormwater/ or call 703-324-5500, TTY 711 for more information on the project.