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Week in Vienna

Vienna Recognized for Conservation Efforts

The Town of Vienna has earned “Silver Certification” in the Virginia Municipal League’s 2013 Green Government Challenge, a friendly competition among local governments to encourage reduction of carbon emissions. Awards were presented Oct. 14, at the annual VML conference in Arlington.

Vienna was awarded silver certification for achieving 135 points out of a possible 200 “green points.” The highest level is Platinum Certified, which requires a minimum of 175 green points.

The town was recognized for its green efforts based on its strong waste management, land-use and transportation policies, high community participation and involvement, and innovative programs that support a greener community including the community garden project at Vienna Elementary School, the annual Vienna Green Expo, the Sustainable Home and Garden tour, the Green Homes Initiative, the Green Business Recognition Award, leaf mulching and delivery, 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.

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, which 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 a.m. for this fun learning activity. The market is operated and sponsored by the Optimist Club of Greater Vienna.

Vienna Halloween Parade on DVD

The entire Vienna Halloween Parade—including extra footage of the “costumed children”—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 St. S.E. by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov.1. DVDs will be ready beginning Nov. 11 and can be picked up at the Community Center or mailed for an additional fee of $5. The cost is $10 each.

The 67th annual Vienna Halloween Parade will step off on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. along Maple Avenue (Route 123). For more information, contact the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department at 703-255-6360 or visit www.viennava.gov.

Halloween Parties for Youth at Vienna Community Center

Vienna’s annual Halloween Party for kids ages 4 through noon will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. 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 and Late Night Evening of Mild Fright for teenaged youth on Friday, Oct. 25, at 3:30 p.m. at the Club Phoenix Teen Center located in the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. Admission is free. Attendees are invited to dress in costume. There will be games, food, a costume contest and age appropriate Halloween movies. All grades (6th through 8th) are welcome to stay until 10 p.m. For more information, call 703-255-5721.

Dog Tags Go on Sale Nov. 1

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

The license fee for each dog is $10. A current rabies vaccination certificate must be shown if the rabies vaccination expires by Jan. 31, 2014, or for any dog new to town.

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.

Weichert, Realtors’ Vienna Office Recognized for Regional Award

Bruce L. Green, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors, announced the Vienna office was recognized for outstanding performance in September. The office led the region, which comprises offices throughout Fairfax, Loudoun, Fauquier and Delaware counties, for new home dollar volume.

Invite top neighborhood specialists from Weichert’s Vienna office in to learn about the real estate services that Weichert, Realtors has to offer. You can visit the office at 156 East Maple Avenue or by phone at 703-938-6070.