Week in Vienna

Week in Vienna

Vienna Tree-Planting Ceremony

The Town of Vienna and the Community Enhancement Commission invite the public to attend the annual Arbor Day ceremony on Thursday, April 24, at 4 p.m. A tree will be planted next to the Parks and Recreation Department’s community learning garden behind Vienna Elementary, 128 Center St. S.

Green Expo Is April 24

Vienna will host the sixth annual Green Expo on Thursday, April 24, from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. It’s a juried showcase of local and regional, earth-friendly exhibitors showing how people may achieve a green lifestyle. Admission is free, and more than 35 organizations and businesses will participate.

Attendees will receive information on energy efficiency, purchasing local organic products, creating green gardens, recycling options and more practical ideas to save money and help the environment. New this year, the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District will offer rain barrel workshops, tips for rain gardens and guidance on protecting streams and rivers.

The alternative fuel auto collection will return for a second year. Featured cars include a converted BMW Z3, Tesla, Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf and a converted bi-fuel, hybrid-electric Prius. All vehicles are owned by area residents who’ll be on hand to answer questions.

Also featured will be the Children’s Passport Program. School-aged children may visit vendors, learn new things and complete their passports for a chance to win prizes. For more information, call 703-255-6360 or see www.viennava.gov.

Taste of Vienna April 25

Featuring food from a variety of the town’s restaurants, the third annual Taste of Vienna will be held this Saturday, April 26, from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. It’s hosted by the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department in its parking lot, 400 Center St. South, and will be held, rain or shine.

Prescription Drug Take-Back

In conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and state and local law-enforcement agencies, Vienna police will again participate in a one-day initiative to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from area homes.

On Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., residents may turn in their old, expired, unused or unwanted medications. Prescription drugs, controlled or non-controlled substances, and over-the-counter drugs may be dropped off anonymously at a collection site inside Vienna Police Headquarters, 215

Center St. S.

If an original container is disposed of, people might consider removing any identifying information from the prescription label. Liquid products should remain sealed in their original containers to prevent leakage. Intravenous solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted due to associated hazards.

Commercial businesses, pharmacies or other medical facilities may not use this as a means of discarding expired medications or medical waste. For more information, contact MPO Gary R. Lose at glose@viennava.gov or 703-255-6396.

40th Annual Walk on the Hill

Historic Vienna Inc., the Town of Vienna and residents of the Windover Heights Historic District are sponsoring the 40th annual Walk on the Hill. A self-guided walking tour through specially marked lawns and gardens in the Windover Heights Historic District, it’ll be held this Sunday, April 27, from 2-5 p.m.

People may browse through any yard with a “Yard Open” sign and tour the grounds of the Historic District. The Vienna Community Band will perform a concert at 3 p.m. And during the walk, the Ayr Hill Garden Club will present a small flower show at 307 Windover Ave. NW.

Several streets will be closed to traffic during the walk. Refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 703-938-5187 or visit www.historicviennainc.org.

Public Hearing on Tax Rate

The Vienna Town Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed, real-estate tax rate and water and sewer rates for FY 2014-15. It’s set for Monday, April 28, at 8 p.m. in the Town Hall, 127 Cherry St. S.

Love Letters Volunteers Sought

The Town of Vienna Parks and Recreation Department will hold an informational meeting Tuesday, April 29, at 7 p.m., at the Vienna Community Center for people interested in participating in the Vienna LOVE Letters program to commemorate the town’s 125th Anniversary. In keeping with the state’s “Virginia is for Lovers” slogan, it’s a statewide initiative creating works of art spelling the word LOVE.

People will be photographed with the LOVE art and then send these photos around the world. For more information or to RSVP for the meeting, contact Cathy Salgado at csalgado@viennava.gov or call the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department at 703-255-6360.