Week in Vienna

Week in Vienna

Potomac River Watershed Cleanup Day

Area residents and organizations are invited to join in the 27th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup on Saturday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The cleanup takes place at sites in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia – all part of the lands, or watershed, that drain into the Potomac.

This year local efforts will focus on Piney Branch Creek at Northside Park and Wolftrap Creek at Wildwood Park. Volunteers for the Piney Branch Creek site should meet at the Glyndon Road Park entrance at 9 a.m. The Wolftrap Creek site is sponsored by the George Mason District Boy Scouts and will meet at 9 a.m. on Follin Lane at the entrance to Wildwood Park. If you are interested in volunteering at either the Wolftrap Creek or Piney Branch Creek site, contact Rick Ayers at rayers@esri.com or call 703-989-3221.

Health and Wellness Fair for Mature Adults

The Town of Vienna Parks and Recreation Department and the Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna will present a Health and Wellness Fair for Mature Adults on Saturday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street, SE.

The fair will include fitness and wellness activities including Zumba, Tai Chi, skin and beauty care, energy healing, and much more. Participants can take advantage of free health screenings including blood pressure, blood sugar, BMI, cholesterol, vision, glaucoma, hearing, and memory checks.

This event is free and no registration is required. Participants should wear fitness clothing. For schedule information, visit the Town of Vienna’s website at www.viennava.gov or the Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna website at www.scov.org or call (703) 281-0538.

Historic Vienna to Hold Used Book Sale

The Historic Vienna, Inc. Annual Used Book Sale will be held from Friday, April 17-19, at the Town of Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., Vienna. Hours for the event are 7-9 p.m. on the 17th, 9 a.m.--7 p.m. on the 18th, and noon until 5 p.m. on the 19th. Friday evening is a special reception and pre-sale for Historic Vienna members only. Those wishing to attend the pre-sale who are not members of Historic Vienna (HV) will be able to join at the door.

Thousands of books donated to HVI will be available for sale. The books will be sorted into several dozen categories including cooking, history, arts, mystery, religion, health, travel, and much more. A large section will be devoted exclusively to children’s books. The nominal price, regardless of condition of the book (which will range from practically new to used), will be $2 per hardback, $1 for softcover. Children’s books are often priced lower. There will be an entire section devoted to Treasures, rare, valuable or unusual books which will be priced higher, but well below retail prices. Attendees may, if they wish, purchase books to be immediately donated to the Wounded Warriors program. All proceeds from the sale are used to support the operation of HVI and the Freeman Store and Museum at 131 Church Street, SE. The Book Sale will also feature an exhibit of posters created by students participating in the Thoreau Middle School’s Oral History Project.

Forum on ‘Perils of College Drinking’ at Madison High

The Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County will hold a regional forum titled "Perils of the College Drinking Culture." The event kicks off Tuesday, April 14, 7-9 p.m. at Madison High School, hosted by the JMHS PTSA. There will be showing of an award-winning film, “Haze,” to educate parents and students about the dangers of alcohol and binge drinking. The film contains graphic imagery but is a must-see for all parents and their college-bound teens. For more information about the film, visit www.gordie.org.

A distinguished panel will be on hand to answer questions. Among those who will take part: Casey Lingan, Chief Deputy, Commonwealth's Attorney for Fairfax County; William Hauda, M.D., Inova Fairfax Hospital; Sgt. Dan Pang, Fairfax County Police Department; Mary Ann Sprouse, Director, George Mason University's Wellness, Alcohol, and Violence Education and Services; and a college student.

The event takes place on Tuesday, April 14, 7-9 p.m. at Madison High School - Warhawk Hallm 2500 James Madison Drive, Vienna. For more information, call 703-938-8723 or visit www.unifiedpreventioncoalition.org

Vienna to Hold Family Fishing Rodeo

The annual Vienna Family Fishing Rodeo will take place on Saturday, April 25, at Wolftrap Creek in Wildwood Park, 700 Block of Follin Lane SE. Participants in the event will be able to fish Wolftrap Creek, which will be stocked with hundreds of trout just for the occasion. Volunteers will be on hand to provide instruction, stream education and fish cleaning demonstrations during the event.

The Fishing Rodeo is $5 per fisherman and is open to Town residents only. Tickets are required to participate in this event and will be available first come, first serve beginning Monday, March 23, at 8 a.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street SE. Limit of 6 tickets per household. Bring your ID as proof of residency. Participants of the rodeo should bring fishing rod(s), a bucket, plastic bags and ice. Bait will be supplied. Five 30 minute fishing time slots are available: 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.

This event is made possible by a partnership with Navy Federal Credit Union, Northern Virginia Trout Unlimited, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Vienna Department of Parks and Recreation.

Historic Vienna to Host Antique Appraisal

The Historic Vienna, Inc. (HVI) Annual Antique Appraisal will be held Saturday, April 25, at the Freeman Store and Museum, 131 Church Street, SE, Vienna. Hours for the event are noon until 4 p.m. Professional Appraisers Josephine Thrasher and James Johnson will be offering verbal appraisals on antiques of all kinds.

Appraisals are “by-appointment” only. Interested persons may make an appointment by calling 703-938-5187 or stopping by the Freeman Store. Those with appointments may bring a maximum of two items for appraisal. The cost is nominal: $10 per item for HVI members, $15 per item for non-members. Thrasher and Johnson donate their time. All funds raised go to support activities of Historic Vienna.

Celebrate Arbor Day, Green Expo April 23

The Town of Vienna and the Community Enhancement Commission invite the public to attend the annual Arbor Day ceremony on Thursday, April 23, at 4 p.m. The tree planting ceremony will be held in front of Peet’s Coffee at 332 Maple Ave E, Vienna.

After the Arbor Day ceremony, the public is invited to attend the seventh annual Vienna Green Expo at the Vienna Community Center from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Vienna Green Expo is a juried showcase of local and regional earth-friendly exhibitors educating the public on how to achieve a green lifestyle. Presentations and discussions for children and adults from 30 juried exhibits, includes information on energy efficiency, purchasing local organic products, creating green gardens, recycling options and more practical ideas to save money.

New this year, Solarize Vienna, a community-based pilot project jointly sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and the Local Energy Alliance Program. The Green Expo will be a one-stop-shop for residents to learn about solar power options, meet installers or to sign up for a home energy checkup. Also, featured during the Expo; tips on purchasing local organic products, creating sustainable gardens, recycling, and the latest in electric and bi-fuel vehicles.

The Vienna Green Expo is a free event. For more information, call the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department at 703-255-6360 or visit www.viennava.gov.