Donna Manz | Staff

Donna Manz

Donna Manz of Vienna has a B.A. in English from the University of Connecticut, 1969; studies at Virginia Tech, MBA program, Tourism and Hospitality Management, ongoing. Donna prefers soft news, life-style news, to hard news. Particularly enjoys promoting human interest stories, especially those of the people and civic groups who make Vienna and Oakton a better place to live.

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ViVa! Vienna! Returns Memorial Day Weekend

Rides, food, entertainment, kids’ activities and Memorial Day tribute celebrate community spirit.

What has 300-plus craft and merchandise vendors, dozens of carnival-food kiosks, non-stop entertainment on multiple stages, more than 20 amusement rides for kids, and takes over the historic Church Street corridor for three days? The annual Memorial Day weekend festival, hosted by the Rotary Club of Vienna, ViVa! Vienna! does.

Vienna Arts Society Hosts Debut ‘Planet Art for Kids’ Workshop

Participants will create mobiles from repurposed natural and manmade materials

The Vienna Arts Society (VAS) has scheduled its first, “Planet Art for Kids” event in celebration of Earth Day, Saturday, April 30 at the VAS center on Pleasant Street, Vienna.

Vienna: Westbriar Elementary Celebrates 50th Anniversary

From 350 students in 1965 to 750 students today, Westbriar boasts outstanding academic programs and recognition.

In the early years of Westbriar Elementary School’s 50-year-run, there were but 350 students from the neighborhoods along Old Courthouse Road on down to Browns Mill.

Vienna Hosts Two Book Sales

Historic Vienna, Inc. and Friends of Patrick Henry Library offered more than 30,000 used books over April’s first weekend.

It was a big weekend over April 2 and 3 for Vienna-area book fairs. Both Historic Vienna, Inc. and Friends of Patrick Henry Library opened their doors to hundreds of residents and book dealers and offered thousands of inexpensive used books.

Vintage Radio Plays Come to Life in Vienna

Vienna Theatre Company reproduces two mysteries with humor and hard-boiled crime-solving.

The 18-month closure of the Vienna Community Center – renovation time – precipitated some scurrying around by groups that regularly used the center for programming and special events.

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Spring Fun Has Sprung in Vienna

From food festivals to ViVa! Vienna! and things in between, warm weather events blossom in the Vienna area.

Some days, more than others, it appears that spring has finally sprung. Fortunately, events are planned and announced long before the last snowflake has fallen, giving the community things to look forward to …

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Vienna: Fun Things To Do in the Area on Spring Break

You don’t have to fly to have fun.

Not everyone wants to get on an aircraft during one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. Fortunately, if you live in the Vienna area, there are lots of fun things to do that other Americans pay to do (hint: no hotels, no flights).

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Vienna: Umbria Olive Oil on Area Tables

From the rolling countryside of Umbria to the neighborhoods of Vienna, local oral surgeon brings the best of the best to local tables.

What do you call Washingtonian Magazine’s “Top Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon” living out his alter-ego dream in a parallel universe --- overseeing production of 100 percent pure Italian olive oil and importing the finished product to the U.S?

Vienna: On the Way to Forever Homes

The Korffs of Vienna foster dogs who wait for a family to love them.

For many families, watching the family pup frolic and play around is fun.

Vienna: From Green Bean to ‘Green’

Caffe Amouri wins Virginia Green Restaurant of the Year award.

From cold cups made of corn starch rather than plastic, fettucine coffee stirrers (big hit with little kids), windows that open in warm weather, and coffee grounds set out in a bin for free use by local gardeners, all underscore Amouri’s commitment to sustainability.

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