Dranesville Happenings - April 2013

Supervisor John Foust

Supervisor John W. Foust
Dranesville District Office
6649-A Old Dominion Drive • McLean, VA • 22101

703-356-0551, TTY 711 • FAX 703-821-4275
E-mail: dranesville@fairfaxcounty.gov
Web: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dranesville

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In This Issue:

Scheduled Activities and Events:


April 2 and 3: Dranesville Budget Town Hall Meetings - Great Falls and Herndon Areas

Dranesville Supervisor John Foust scheduled three town hall meetings in March and April to give Dranesville residents an opportunity to learn about and discuss the proposed Fiscal Year 2014 (FY2014) Budget for Fairfax County.  On March 12, the McLean area Town Hall meeting was held at the McLean Community Center.  Two meetings are still scheduled for April in the Great Falls and Herndon areas.  County Management and Budget staff will be present to make a summary presentation of the budget and answer questions.   

Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00 pm
Great Falls Library
9830 Georgetown Pike
Great Falls

Wednesday, April 3 at 7:00 pm
Herndon Town Council Chambers
765 Lynn Street

For details about the FY2014 Budget visit the County website at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dmb.  For more information on these public meetings contact Jane Edmondson in Supervisor Foust’s Dranesville District office at (703) 356-0551, TTY 711 or email Dranesville@fairfaxcounty.gov.

April 2: Bullying Prevention 101 - Facilitator Training Course

Bullying has become an epidemic, with 53% of Fairfax youth reporting that they have been the target of bullying and 51% of Fairfax youth reporting they have bullied others.

Would you like to reduce the occurrence of bullying in your community? Become a bullying prevention facilitator and learn how you can help to prevent and address bullying in your community by attending Fairfax Partnership for Youth's (FPY’s) Bullying Prevention 101 Facilitator Training. FPY's Bullying Prevention 101 is for youth service providers who want to teach members of their organization or faith community how to prevent bullying and intervene in bullying situations.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to facilitate a 1-hour training on bullying prevention and intervention
  • Receive resources to assist with managing on-going bullying situations
  • Have access to continued facilitator technical support

FPY's Training Approach:

  • Provides participants with the ability to teach others how to recognize and address bullying behavior among youth
  • Provides emphasis on respect and empathy as key skills for those who bully and targets of bullying
  • Provides specific strategies for intervention when bullying becomes a problem Provides use of Restorative Justice Practices
  • Provides a program evaluation

This program costs $149 per trainee. Reduced rates may be available for non-profit representatives, on a limited basis. Contact Courtney Burkey to request a reduced fee,Courtney.Burkey@fairfaxcounty.gov

To become a sponsor, please contact Pattie Simcic at 703-324-7034 or email Patricia.Simcic@FairfaxCounty.gov. For more information or to register visit http://www.fairfaxyouth.org/event_1029.xml?document_id=1149.

April 4, 11, 17, 23, 25: Free Family Caregiver Seminars

Fairfax County is offering free Family Caregiver seminars to help family caregivers of older adults and adults with a disability manage the day-to-day issues.

Upcoming April seminars:

Thursday, April 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Caregiving 101
Reston Regional Library
11925 Bowman Towne Drive

Thursday, April 11 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Diagnosis: Dementia...Now What?

Hollin Hall Senior Center
1500 Shenandoah Road

Wednesday, April 17 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Legal Tools for Caregivers Webinar

Via your computer or telephone. Upon registration, you will receive an email with access instructions.

Tuesday, April 23 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Financial Issues for Caregivers

Chantilly Regional Library
4000 Stringfellow Road

Thursday, April 25 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Medicare 101

Martha Washington Library
6614 Fort Hunt Road

Register by emailing Caregiver@fairfaxcounty.gov, calling 703-324-5205, TTY 711 or going to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices and clicking on Caregiver Support.

April 6: Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library Book Sale

Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library holds regular books sales to benefit the library. Visit these events for a large selection of books, magazines and DVDs for adults and children. Library book sale events are sopnsored by the Friends of the Library.

The next book sale will be held on:

Saturday April 6, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Bag Sale/Clearance is on Sunday April 7, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library is located at 7584 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church.

For additional book sale dates email TysonsLibraryFriends@gmail.com or call 703-790-4031.

April 8: McLean Citizens Association Membership Meeting: Conversation on Education

The next McLean Citizens Association membership meeting will focus on Education. McLean area residents can join in this conversation. This event is free and open to the public.

Meeting details:

Monday, April 8, 2013 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Lecture Hall 187
McLean High School
1633 Davidson Road

The meeting will feature remarks by three of our key leaders and decision makers on education policy and financing issues that affect McLean:

  • Dranesville District School Board member Jane Strauss
  • Cluster I Assistant Superintendent Marty Smith
  • Dranesville member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, John Foust

Opening remarks will be followed by an extended question and answer period.

This is an important meeting in McLean to attend if you have questions about:

  • New and contemplated changes in school policies, including on class size, high school start times, and discipline and safety issues
  • The implications of the Public Schools Strategic Facilities plan for McLean;
  • Proposals for an independent audit capability for the School Board; The ramifications of the School Board's Advertised School budget for McLean;
  • How the Advertised School budget fits into the context of the County's overall budget.

Please invite your neighbors and friends to join us for this important meeting sponsored by the McLean Citizens Association.

April 9: Free Fairfax County Caregiver Telephone Support Group

The Fairfax Family Caregiver Support Program is presenting free caregiver telephone support group sessions on the second Tuesday of each month.

The April topic held on Tuesday, April 9 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., is "The Elephant in the Room: Difficult Topics in Caregiving".

For more information on how to participate call 703-324-5484, TTY 711 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices. Click on "Caregiver Support" to register online.

April 12: Fairfax County Public Schools Efficiency Survey Deadline

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is participating in the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget's School Efficiency Review Program. The goal of the program is to help school districts become as efficient as possible and ensure that non-instructional functions are running efficiently so that as much of the district's funding as possible goes directly into the classroom.

Parents, employees, and the community are invited to take a survey about their perceptions of FCPS' efficiency. Responses are confidential. The survey will remain open until April 12.

Your opinion is very important. To take the survey, please visit http://www.fcpssurvey.com/.

April 13: 'Bluebells at the Bend' at Riverbend Park

It's spring and the Virginia bluebells are blooming at Riverbend Park in Great Falls. The public is invited to attend Riverbend Park's annual "Bluebells at the Bend" celebration. See Virginia Bluebells covering the banks of the Potomac and particpate in wagon rides, wildflower walks and assorted games. The event includes music from Andrew McKnight.

Saturday, April 13
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Riverbend Park
8700 Potomac Hills Street
Great Falls
(Admission cost is $5 per person)

For more information visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/riverbend or call 703-759-9018.

April 17: 'Parenting the Adolescent' Six-Week Parenting Class Beginning at Longfellow Middle School

Do you have a teen in your house? The Safe Community Coalition is sponsoring a six-part class for parents of 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th graders in the McLean/Langley Pyramids.  A fee of $85 includes the cost of the text, STEP TEEN PARENT MANUAL and additional materials.

Course topics include:

Peer Pressure
Academic Expectations
Homework Issues
Parent/Teen Communication

The course begins on Wednesday, April 17.

All classes will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at:

Longfellow Middle School
2000 Westmoreland Street
Falls Church

Class dates are:

April 17
April 24
May 1
May 8
May 15
May 22

The class will be facilitated by Joan Packer, former counselor at Longfellow Middle School and retired Conflict Resolution Specialist, FCPS, and Marge Bleiweis, former Churchill Road Elementary School counselor and retired Conflict Resolution Specialist, FCPS.

To register, please email Joan Packer at joan.packer5@gmail.com

April 22-26: 'Spring Clean-Up' for Town of Herndon

The Town of Herndon Department of Public Works will conduct its annual spring clean-up the week of April 22 through 26. The date of pickups will occur on trash days only and are for residents of the Town of Herndon.

Examples of allowable pick-up items:

  • appliances (remove doors)
  • furniture
  • plumbing fixtures and auto parts weighting under 50 lbs.
  • limited amount of building material including brick and block (approx. one cubic yard, lengths not to exceed four feet).

Unacceptable materials:

  • loose yard waste or brush (please follow yard waste guidelines)
  • auto parts in excess of 50 lbs.
  • large quantities of building materials including brick and block
  • household hazardous waste
  • motor oil & solvents

For more event information call 703-435-6853 or email publicworks@herndon-va.gov.

April 24: Victims' Services Hosting 5K Walk

Do you want to do more to raise awareness for victims of crime and those that help them? Join us for our first-ever 5K Walk dedicated to crime victims in Fairfax County in honor of the 2013 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

This free event is hosted by the Victims Services Section of the Fairfax County Police Department and the Fairfax County Law Enforcement Foundation kicks off at Fairfax Corner at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 21. Join the caring professionals that support local victims of homicide, trauma, sexual and domestic violence, child physical and sexual abuse, stalking, human trafficking and suicide as they walk together.

The event will feature a resource fair, live jazz, rhythm & blues by the E & ME Band, opening remarks by Fairfax County Commonwealth Attorney Ray Morrogh,  a candlelight vigil in honor of victims at the conclusion of the walk, and remarks from Ms. Lorraine Reed Whoberry, a homicide survivor and founder of the S.T.A.C.I.E. Foundation.

Register today at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/survey/crimevictimsrights.htm.

Learn more about the FCPD Victim Services Unit, http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/services/victim-services.htm.

April 25: Nominations Due for McLean Citizens Association's 'Outstanding Character Award for Teenagers'

The McLean Citizens Association (MCA) is again sponsoring Teen Character Awards to recognize teens with exceptional ethical and compassionate character. Teens who have, on their own and without compensation or formal recognition, cared for elderly relatives or younger siblings, or who have helped out in the neighborhood or community (defined as the Greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area), deserve to be recognized not only for themselves but as an example to others.

The award is not a competition. All teens whose nominations indicate they meet the criteria will receive an award. Members of the McLean Citizens Association Education and Youth Committee will review nominations to determine compliance with the criteria. The criteria are listed on the attached description of the award.

The award consists of a certificate which will be presented at McLean Day on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Names of award winners will be provided to local newspapers to highlight recognition of the teens' achievements.

Nominations must be mailed to "The McLean Citizens Assocation" with a postmark of no later than Thursday, April 25, 2013 or emailed by April 25 to esaperstein@cox.net.  For additional details and a nomination form visit http://www.mcleancitizens.org/MCA_Nominations_Teenapplication_2013_finalA.pdf.

May 4: Friends of Riverbend Park Native Plant Sale

If you like to buy your plants locally, help to support Riverbend Park and find plants that appeal to local birds, butterflies and other wildlife, Friends of Riverbend Park’s Plant Sale has a perfect solution. The Friends of Riverbend Park are holding their Native Plant sale. Native plants are those indigenous to this area.  Non-native ornatmental plants may be imported from other parts of the world and often crowd out native plants.  Native plants flower just as prolifically as other ornamentals, and exhibit a better rate of survival.

Come shop for your garden on Saturday, May 4, at the pavilion behind the Grange:

Saturday, May 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Great Falls Grange Pavilion
9818 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA

Questions, or inquiries about pre-orders, may be addressed to forbpark@gmail.com.

Urgent Need for Drivers and Volunteers for Shepherd's Center of McLean-Arlington-Falls Church

The Shepherd’s Center serving seniors in McLean, Arlington and Falls Church, continues to receive an unusually large number of requests for transportation to and from medical appointments from area seniors.  In the past several months, our client base has jumped from 177 to over 400 and growing every day, especially in the southern part of our service area (south Arlington and the lower half of Falls Church).  In addition, the center is in the process of a major expansion that will provide a larger variety of services to seniors and more volunteers will be needed to assist with those programs. 

To volunteer, please call the Shepherd’s Center at (703)506-2199. 


'HealthWorks for Northern Virginia Herndon' Opens Community Health Center

HealthWorks for Northern Virginia Herndon opened their community health center on March 8 on Elden Street in Herndon.

HealthWorks for Northern Virginia is a nonprofit, Federally Qualified Health Center created to provide health care in a medical home setting to those who have limited or no health insurance.  HealthWorks Herndon resulted from the merger of the Jeanie Schmidt Free Clinic and Loudoun Community Health Center.  Community Health Centers are nonprofit organizations providing comprehensive primary health care to anyone seeking care. In addition to treating individual patients, a health center emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention for entire communities.  They do not deny anyone primary health care services—all community residents have equal access regardless of ability to pay, geographic location, culture, age, sex or religion.

Visit the new center at:

1141 Elden Street
3rd Floor
(corner of Alabama Ave. and Elden St.)
Phone: (703) 481-8160

For more information or to donate go to:  www.hwnova.org

Volunteer Drivers Needed for Older Adults in Fairfax County

The County’s Division of Adult and Aging Services has announced that there is a need for volunteer drivers to transport older adults to free health and wellness workshops.  

For more information contact Trina Mayhan-Webb at 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or email trina.mayhan-webb@fairfaxcounty.gov.

For other ways to help older adults in Fairfax County, please visit  www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices and click on volunteers.

Reoccuring Fairfax County Government and Dranesville District Community Meetings Open to the Public

County wide:

    • The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors usually meets two Tuesdays per month in the Board Auditorium of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.  For the schedule of meetings visit the Board’s website at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/government/board/meetings.
    • The Fairfax County Public Schools School Boardholds regular business meetings at 7 p.m., twice monthly in the auditorium at Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church. For the schedule of upcoming meetings visit the Board’s website at http://commweb.fcps.edu/schoolboardapps/meetings.cfm.
    • The Fairfax County Planning Commissionprovides the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and/or the Board of Zoning Appeals with recommendations on land-use policies that will result in orderly, balanced and equitable County growth.  The Commission holds approximately 75 meetings per year and usually meets every Wednesday and Thursday evening, beginning at 8:15 p.m. in the Board Auditorium in the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.  For more information, including a calendar of scheduled meetings, visit the Commission’s website at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning.
    • The Fairfax County Park Authority Board holds public meetings on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. at park headquarters in the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, in the 9th floor Board Meeting Room in Fairfax, VA.  For a schedule of meetings visit the Board’s website at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/boardagn2.htm.
    • The Fairfax County Community Services Board oversees the establishment and operation of services for people in Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church who have mental illness, substance use disorders, and/or intellectual or developmental disabilities. For a schedule of meeting dates and locations visit the Board’s website at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/csb/board/schedule.htm.
  • Great Falls:

    • The Great Falls Citizens Association Board ordinarily meets at 7:00 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Executive Suites Offices, 774A Walker Rd. (In the Great Falls Village Center). These dates and times may vary.  Please consult the Great Falls Citizens Association community calendar at http://gfca.org for exact meeting dates and times.


    • The Herndon Town Council holds public hearings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, except during June, July, August, and December, during which only one meeting is held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.  Work sessions are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month with the exceptions of June, July, August, and December, during which only one session is held on the 1st Tuesday of the month. Alterations to this schedule are noted on the monthly calendar listings at http://www.herndon-va.gov/Content/Government/Town_Council/Town_Council_Meeting_Dates.  All meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Herndon Council Chambers Building located at 765 Lynn Street, Herndon.
    • The Herndon Planning Commission Public hearings are conducted on the 1st Monday of each month and work sessions on the 3rd Monday, unless altered by a holiday schedule.  To confirm work session and public hearing dates, please view the 2012 Information Sheet at https://www.herndon-va.gov/Content/Zoning/Zoning_Services/Zoning_Applications/2012PCInfoSheet.pdf.


    • The McLean Citizens Association Board typically meets on the 1st Wednesday of every month at 8:00 p.m. at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean.  These dates and times may vary.  Please consult the Board’s website to confirm at http://www.mcleancitizens.org/schedule.asp.
    • The McLean Community Center Governing Board ordinarily meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean.  These dates and times may vary.  Please consult the Board’s website to confirm at http://www.mcleancenter.org/about/governing-meetings.
    • The McLean Planning Committee ordinarily meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean. 

    Pimmit Hills:

    • The Pimmit Hills Citizens Association (PHCA) usually holds community meetings on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Pimmit Hills Center, 7510 Lisle Avenue, Pimmit Hills.  These dates and times may vary.  Please refer to the PHCA’s website for exact meeting dates and times at http://www.pimmithills.org/pimmit-hills-events.

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