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Historic Vienna to Host Book Event

Historic Vienna, Inc. is sponsoring a lecture by USAF veteran, retired diplomat and author Robert F. Dorr. On Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 in the Council Chamber of Vienna’s Town Hall, Dorr will discuss his latest book, “Mission To Tokyo,” the story of the American airmen, ground crews and escorts who flew long-range bombing missions during the final months of World War II. Dorr’s presentation is open to the public and refreshments will be served. For more information call 703-938-5187 or go to www.historicviennainc.org.

Vienna Among Top-earning Towns, Best for Families

In addition to being one of the top three “Best Places to Live,” Money Magazine has named Vienna on its list of “Top-Earning Towns.” Vienna is ranked 24 in a list of 25 towns across the country that have above national average household income and home prices. Vienna is joined on the list by Falls Church, at number 18 on the “Top-Earning Town” list. For more information, visit money.cnn.com/gallery/news/economy/2013/08/12/best-places-top-earning-towns.moneymag/24.html.

Money Magazine also ranked Vienna as number 12 on the list of “25 Best Places for the Rich and Single,” which was compiled by looking at the percentage of the community who is single, the median family income and quality of life. According to the magazine, 35.2 percent of Vienna’s population is single. Two other Virginia localities also made the list with Falls Church ranked at number six and Tysons Corner listed at number 14. For more information, visit money.cnn.com/gallery/real_estate/ 2013/08/12/best-places-rich-single.moneymag/12.html.

Vienna was also recognized earlier this year by NerdWallet as the number two “Best City in Virginia for Young Families.” NerdWallet considered public school standardized test scores, affordability, including real estate taxes, insurance costs, utilities, fuels and other monthly bills, and the community’s local economy, and compiled a list of the best communities in Virginia for young families. Vienna was behind Glen Allen, Va. in Henrico County and followed by Fairfax City. For more information, visit www.nerdwallet.com/blog/2013/best-cities-virginia-young-families/.

Town Recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Town of Vienna received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the field of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment is important to the town in maintaining its excellent bond rating.

The town’s financial report was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to communicate clearly its financial story to citizens.

Copies of the financial report are available for public review at Town Hall, 127 Center St. S., and online at www.viennava.gov/Archive.aspx?AMID=39.

Native Plant Sale at Vienna Community Center

The Town of Vienna will hold a native plant sale on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Along with vendors selling a variety of native plants at a reduced cost to the public, the town’s professional horticulturists will be on-site to answer questions.

Native plants are easy to care for, consume less water and many are deer resistant. Fall is a great time to plant as there is less heat stressing your new plants. To protect your trunk and to reduce the use of new plastic, please bring bags or boxes to carry your plants home.

Credit cards, checks and cash accepted. Profits earned by the town will benefit future town sustainability programming. This event is sponsored by the Town of Vienna’s Community Enhancement Commission. For more information, e-mail csalgado@viennava.gov, call 703-255-6360 or visit www.viennava.gov/index.aspx?nid=958.

Vienna Home and Garden Tour on Sept. 15

The Community Enhancement Commission invites the public to the third annual Vienna Sustainability Home and Garden Tour on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. The self-guided tour will highlight several Vienna residences that have incorporated sustainable choices into their homes and/or gardens.

Some modifications featured on the tour include incorporating native plant species in gardens to support local wildlife, use of geothermal HVAC systems and installation of permeable driveways that reduce run-off, among others. Participants will have the opportunity to talk to homeowners about their improvements and learn how they made sustainable changes to their property.

Parking is available at the Vienna Community Center. Pick up your guide at the Community Center on Sunday, Sept. 15, and walk or bike the tour route. The guide will also be available online at www.viennava.gov beginning Monday, Sept. 9.

For more information, visit www.viennava.gov/index.aspx?nid=955 or contact Cathy Salgado at csalgado@viennava.gov or 703-255-6356.