Dranesville Happenings - Dec. 2012


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

If you would like your community announcement included in Dranesville Happenings please send an email to dranesville@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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In This Issue:

  • December 4, 5, 6, 7: Fairfax County Public Schools Searching for New Superintendent - Seeking Public Input
  • December 4 : Great Falls Senior Center Celebrates the Season
  • December 15 : Town of Herndon Hosts Santa's Workshop
  • Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Volunteer Ombudsman Program needs Volunteers
  • Shepherd's Center Serving Senior Citizens in McLean-Arlington-Falls Church Area
  • Bring Holiday Cheer to Ill Children - Toy Donations Now Accepted at Police Stations
  • Become a Fairfax County Tree Steward
  • Regular Fairfax County Government and Dranesville District Community Meetings Open to the Public

December 4, 5, 6, 7: Fairfax County Public Schools Searching for New Superintendent - Seeking Public Input

The Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools, Jack D. Dale, will be retiring on June 30, 2013. The Fairfax County School Board has initiated its search for a new Superintendent and has retained the services of the search firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates to provide council in this critical process.

As part of the process, parents and citizens are invited to complete an online survey about the important characteristics commonly found in effective superintendents. The Superintendent Profile Survey is now available on-line here.

All parents and Fairfax County residents are invited to attend community forums to discuss the leadership criteria for the next superintendent. The following community forums in or near the Dranesville District are scheduled:

Tuesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Langley High School (cafeteria)
6520 Georgetown Pike
McLean

Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Chantilly High School
4201 Stringfellow Road
Chantilly

Thursday, December 6 at 10:00 a.m.
Friday, December 7 at 1:00 p.m.
Gatehouse Administrative Center (Room 1600)
8115 Gatehouse Road
Falls Church

Other sessions are scheduled throughout the County. For more information visit the Fairfax County Public School website at www.fcps.edu.

December 4 : Great Falls Senior Center Celebrates the Season

The Great Falls Senior Center is winding up its program year with a seasonal celebration on December 4. The theme of the event is "Celebrating and Sharing This Wonderful Season". On the program of events are a pot-luck luncheon and entertainment by local choral groups, The Woman's Club of McLean Chorale and the Langley High School Madrigals.

Tuesday, December 4
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Christ the King Lutheran Church
10500 Georgetown Pike
Great Falls

This event is sponsored by the Great Falls Ecumenical Council. To attend and to bring a favorite dish for the luncheon, guests should contact Linda Fernald at linda.fernald1@verizon.net or 703-359-3721 or email joygoodshepherd@verizon.net.

December 15 : Town of Herndon Hosts Santa's Workshop

Bring your child to enjoy holiday fun at Santa's Workshop. Cost includes a visit with Santa, crafts and brunch. Waffle bar and sides are provided by Virginia Kitchen. Parent participation is encouraged. The event is for children ages 3 and up. The cost is $8 per child for the workshop and brunch. Accompanying adults can enjoy brunch for $4.

Sunday, December 15
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Herndon Community Center
814 Ferndale Avenue
Herndon 

For additional information, please visit the Town of Herndon website at www.herndon-va.gov , town services, parks and recreation, or call 703-787-7300.

Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Volunteer Ombudsman Program needs Volunteers

Consider volunteering as a Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Ombudsmen advocate for the rights of residents of nursing and assisted living facilities. They also help residents resolve conflicts and improve their quality of life.

Volunteers commit to working four hours a week for one year. For more information call 703-324-5861, TTY 711 or email Lisa.Callahan@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Shepherd's Center Serving Senior Citizens in McLean-Arlington-Falls Church Area Needs Volunteers

The Sheperd's Center of McLean-Arlington-Falls Church is looking for volunteers to help provide services to area seniors including:

  • Transportation to and from medical appointments
  • Companion shopping to the grocery store and pharmacy
  • Friendly calls to homebound individuals for reassurance
  • Handy helpers for minor home repairs
  • Chore assistance and yard work

The McLean-Arlington-Falls Church Shepherd's Center, located at 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd. in McLean, currently has almost 400 seniors in their client base and is in the process of expanding to provide a larger variety of services to seniors.

To volunteer please call the Shepherd's Center at 703-506-2199.

Bring Holiday Cheer to Ill Children - Toy Donations Now Accepted at Fairfax County Police Stations

Make a difference in the lives of others this holiday season by donating a new, unwrapped toy, game or book to children who are critically ill and unable to be home for the holidays. Gifts can be dropped off in the large decorated boxes at County police district stations including:

McLean District Police Station
1437 Balls Hill Road
McLean

Reston District Police Station
12000 Bowman Towne Drive
Reston

The deadline for donations is Monday, December 10. The motorcycle officers' "Santa's Ride" collection will take place on December 11. Distribution of gifts will take place at Inova Fairfax Hospital on December 12 and at Georgetown Hospital on December 13.

For more information contact the Public Information Office at 703-246-2253.

Become a Fairfax County Tree Steward

Fairfax County is looking for Tree Stewards to improve and protect community forests. Volunteers commit to 30 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours of continuing education during the next year.

For a $120 fee, participants receive training, a training manual, ID books and handouts. (No one will be turned away for inability to pay.)

Training classes will include:

  • the basics of tree biology and physiology
  • tree identification
  • tree planting and maintenance techniques
  • construction impacts on trees
  • appropriate pruning
  • selecting the right tree for the right spot

Classes will be held on Tuesdays and some Saturdays between February 19 and April 23, 2013 at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12055 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax.

For more information contact Jim McGlone 703-324-1489 or email jim.mcglone@dof.virginia.gov.

Regular 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.

Herndon:

  • 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.

McLean:

  • 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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