Dranesville Happenings - March 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:


March 2: Colvin Run St. Patrick's Day Ballroom Dance

Please join other dance enthusiastics on March 2 for a St. Patrick's Day Ball Room Dance.  Ballroom dances are now held every 1st Saturday of the month at the historic Colvin Run Community Hall.  Other dance styles (tango, West Coast swing, lindy) are held throughout the month, with most preceded by a lesson.   

Saturday, March 2

8:00 - 9:00 pm:  Optional Cha-Cha Lesson (Cost:$5)
9:00 - 11:30 pm:  Dance

The Historic Schoolhouse (Colvin Run Community Hall)
10201 Colvin Run Road
Great Falls

$15 includes sodas and light munchies. Dress is “ballroom casual”.  

Everyone is welcome!

Questions? Call Kathleen Milks at 703-759-2685, find Colvin Run on Meetup.com, or visit www.colvinrun.org.

March 2 - 7: National Consumer Protection Week

March 3 through March 9, Fairfax County Consumer Affairs is celebrating National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) along with government agencies, advocacy organizations and private sector groups nationwide. Here in Fairfax, Consumer Affairs will be hosting events and workshops with industry experts, setting up information booths, and partnering with state and federal agencies to showcase consumer information. Susan Jones, Branch Chief, stated, “Throughout the year, Fairfax County Consumer Affairs answers advice inquiries, assists consumers with pre-purchase information, and provides community outreach presentations. National Consumer Protection Week gives us the opportunity to share resources and educate consumers. Our goal is that consumers become well informed of their consumer rights and know where to turn when assistance is needed.”

Schedule of Events:

  • Unclaimed Property Search - Virginia Department of Treasury, (All events are from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
    The Virginia Department of the Treasury's Unclaimed Property Division  may be holding your un-cashed paychecks, lost stocks, bonds, dividends, utility deposits, insurance claims and more. Stop by to meet with representatives from the VA Department of Treasury to see if any money is owed to you.  Last year, over $30,000 was returned to consumers during NCPW.
    • Monday, March 4: South County Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria.
    • Tuesday, March 5: Fairfax County Government Center, North Atrium, Fairfax.
    • Wednesday, March 6: Greenspring Village, 7400 Spring Village Drive, Springfield.
    • Thursday, March 7: Cub Run Rec Center, 4630 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly. 
    • Friday, March 8: South County Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria.

  • Saturday, March 2: Identity Theft – How to Minimize Your Risk
    George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.   Register online or call 703-256-3800.
  • Monday, March 4: Buying a New TV
    Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA, Conference Rooms 9/10, from 11:30 - 12:30 p.m.
  • Monday, March 4: Energy Saving Tips for Consumers
    Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA, Conference Rooms 9/10, from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 5: Fair Housing – Fostering an Inclusive Community
    County Government Center, Conference Room 9/10 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm.
  • Tuesday, March 5: Be an Informed Consumer
    West Springfield District Police Station, 6140 Rolling Road in Springfield from 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  Registration is not required.  Call 703-222-8435, if you have questions about this event.
  • Wednesday, March 6: What You Need To Know Before You Hire A Contractor
    11 a.m. at the Mason District Governmental Center at 6507 Columbia Pike, in Annandale, Virginia. Directions to the meeting can be found at www.narfe.org/chapter1159.  Registration is not required. 
  • Thursday, March 7: Couponing Workshop with Laura Harders of BeltwayBargainMom.com
    1:30-2:30 p.m. in conference room 9/10 at the Fairfax County Government Center.

Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer/ncpw-2013.htm for more information. To register for an event please visit http://ncpw.eventbrite.gov, email consumer@fairfaxcounty.gov, or call 703-222-8435 TTY 711.

Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request. For information, call Andrea Khoury, Fairfax County Consumer Affairs, 703-222-8435

March 9: Look For Jupiter at Riverbend Park's Astronomy Festival

On Saturday, March 9, 2013, the moon will be approaching its “new” phase, which means bright moon light won’t be present and the sky will be dark – the perfect conditions for an astronomy festival. As long as it’s not raining or snowing that night, people are invited to gather at Riverbend Park in Great Falls, Va., for an evening of stargazing, stories, and snacks

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 9
Riverbend Park
8700 Potomac Hills Street
Great Falls
Admission is $5 per person.

Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, will be the highlight of the night. Families will have the opportunity to study the gaseous giant and its Galilean moons through the park’s powerful Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. Naturalists will point out constellations and share ancient stories associated with them around a warming fire. Children will enjoy making crafts and playing games, and hot chocolate and snacks will be available for purchase.

Reservations are only required for groups of 10 or more people. For more information, please call the park at 703-759-9018 or visit their website at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/riverbend/.

March 5, 6: Supervisor Foust Hosts Free Tax Relief Workshops for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

Supervisor John Foust is hosting two free tax relief workshops in March at the Dranesville District office. Real estate tax relief is available for seniors and people with disabilities who meet certain qualifications.  For a detailed list of qualifications visit:  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta/taxrelief_faq.htm.  Residents may also be eligible for car tax and rental grant relief. 

Staff from the Department of Tax Administration (DTA) will assist residents with completing the tax relief application form and answer questions.

Dranesville District Tax Relief Workshop Dates:

Tuesday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 6
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
6649-A Old Dominion Drive
(NOTE:  The Dranesville District Office has been temporarily relocated to the
McLean Square (Balducci’s) Shopping Center)

To schedule an appointment please call Patricia Dinkelmeyer in the office of Supervisor Foust at 703-356-0551.

If you cannot attend a workshop and would like information on tax relief  please call 703-222-8234 (TTY 703-222-7594) or visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta/taxrelief_home.htm.

March 12, April 2, 3: Dranesville Community Budget Meetings

Dranesville Supervisor John Foust has 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.  County Management and Budget staff will be present to make a summary presentation of the budget and answer questions.  The three sessions are:

Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00 pm
McLean Community Center
1234 Ingleside Avenue
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.

March 17: Reenactment of Mosby's Herndon Station Raid

The streets of historic downtown Herndon will be filled with the sound of hooves on Sunday, March 17 as legendary Colonel John Singleton Mosby and his Rangers ride into town to recreate the surprise attack on the First Vermont Cavalry stationed at the Herndon Depot.  Reenactments will take place at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. with living history portrayals one hour prior to each reenactment.  The event is free and open to the public.  

Sunday, March 17
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Downtown Herndon
Lynn and Station Streets at W&OD Depot
717 Lynn Street

Events will be held rain or shine.

On St. Patrick’s Day 1863, troopers of the First Vermont were relaxing about the depot and a nearby sawmill. Herndon and surrounding areas were supposed to be occupied exclusively by the Union army of the United States, so when Mosby and his Rangers arrived at nearly the same time as a Union relief detachment was expected, the members of the First Vermont were taken completely by surprise, having mistaken the Rangers for federal soldiers. Mosby was somewhat surprised himself: “I could not imagine why such a number of men should be put there, except for the purpose of getting caught.”

Mosby’s Herndon Station Raid Reenactment offers a day of living history activities for the entire family on the original site where the raid took place in the heart of downtown Herndon.  The action will be narrated in detail and books on the Civil War available for sale by vendors.

Spectators may also tour the historic Herndon Depot Museum at the end of the first Raid until 1p.m.  Built in 1857, the Depot features local history displays and a variety of maritime memorabilia in honor of the Town’s namesake, Captain William Lewis Herndon.

The Mosby’s Herndon Station Raid Reenactment is sponsored by the Herndon Historical Society and the Herndon Chamber of Commerce. It is supported by local Herndon area businesses and the Town of Herndon.

There is no charge for admission to Mosby’s Herndon Station Raid Reenactment, although voluntary contributions will be solicited to aid Herndon Historical Society efforts to maintain and preserve the W&OD Depot Museum, Caboose and Herndon’s unique history.

For more event information, visit  www.HerndonHistoricalSociety.org.

April 6: McLean Spring Community Garage Sale and Recycling Event

Don't miss this year's McLean Spring Community Garage Sale and Recycling Event, brought to you by the McLean Community Center.  Almost 60 sellers will be on hand.  Come shop at this very popular sale and find a wide variety of household treasures. Rather sell than shop? Selling spaces are available for those who would like to sell on a first-come, first-served basis for $40. Commercial vendors and/or flea market dealers are NOT allowed at this sale, only residents selling gently used household items. (Our fall flea market sale includes commercial vendors.)

Included in the spring sale is a recycling and shredding event. Bring your documents and computer hardware, such as hard drives, to be disposed of onsite during the sale. Also, leftover sale items can be donated to charity as a truck will be on site for those collections.

Saturday, April 6
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
1420 Beverly Road
(Intersection of Beverly Rd. and Ingleside Avenue, behind Giant)

To register as a seller, please visit the McLean Community Center website at http://www.mcleancenter.org/calendar/icalrepeat.detail/2013/04/06/1059/79/mclean-spring-community-garage-sale-and-recycling-event.

Great Falls Saturday Farmers Market

The Great Falls Community Farmers Market fulfills the wishes of local residents as expressed in the Great Falls 2020 Vision Survey to have a local farmers market as part of building a vibrant semi-rural village center. As one of the few markets in Fairfax County that is not county-sponsored, this market exists to build a sense of community in Great Falls.  As a “farm-to-table” market, only vendors who grow, cultivate, produce, or make their products may sell at our market.

10:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 9, 2013 (and every Saturday)
Great Falls Village Parking Lot
(Across from the Wells Fargo Bank)
Georgetown Pike and Walker Road
Great Falls

Bring a recyclable bag with you!

Check the farmers market website for cancellation due to inclement weather and other information at http://GreatFallsFarmersMarket.org.

Getting Rid of an Old Car? Donate it to the Fairfax County Police Department

Do you have a vehicle that is in working condition that you no longer want or need? Would you like to help your public safety community and receive a tax deduction at the same time? Consider donating your vehicle to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Every year, the agency uses around 20 cars to help train and prepare officers for the rigors of police work. Your car could be used as a faux suspect’s get-away car, helping officers with their precision pursuit driving techniques. Later, when the car is no longer in driving condition, it will be cut up (training how to cut into crashed cars), blown up (training for our Explosive Ordinance Officers) or shot (used as a prop in an active shooter scenario). Nothing will go to waste and your valuable contribution will serve many constructive purposes.

For more information on how to donate your vehicle or if you have questions please contact MPO Tom Beckman at the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course, 703-818-1924.

Park Authority Seeks Watershed Clean-Up Day Volunteers

Trash is everywhere these days. Plastic water bottles pile up near storm drains and behind fallen logs in our creeks. Old tires emerge from the depths as water levels decrease during dry summer months. Discarded plastic shopping bags crackle in the wind like flags as they cling to branches and fencing. All this debris flows through our stream valleys on the way to the Potomac River and, eventually, the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. It's up to local residents to stop this river of refuse, and Watershed Clean-Up Day is the time to do it.

The Fairfax County Park Authority is participating in the Potomac Watershed Cleanup this year.  Join individuals, students, families, scouts, and other community groups in helping to clear local waterways of litter and illegally dumped detritus. This is a great community service project and counts toward schoolrequired public service. Volunteers will be amazed and disgusted by the volume of trash they recover. From old mattresses and appliances, to cigarette butts and sports balls, litter can be found in abundance in our waterways. Now is the time to remove it.

Help is needed at the following sites:

Saturday, April 6

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 703-941-1065
Hidden Pond Nature Center, 703-451-9588
Huntley Meadows Park, 703-768-2525
Riverbend Park,703-759-9018
Lake Accotink Park, 703-569-3464

Saturday, March 16

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 703-631-0013

Boots, old clothes, and gloves are recommended. Trash bags and appreciation are provided. Call the sites at the numbers above to organize your efforts.

James C. Macdonald Fine Arts Scholarship for High School Student-Artists: April 1 Deadline

High school students who want to further their interests in the fine arts are invited to enter the 2013 James C. Macdonald Arts Scholarship Competition. Sponsored by the Alden Theatre, the scholarship competition encourages artistic achievement and promotes study in the arts by high school students. The deadline for applying for this year’s competition is Monday, April 1.

The competition is open to 9th-12th grade students who reside or attend school in Dranesville Small Tax District 1A. A $1,200 scholarship prize will be given to first-place winners in each of the following categories: Dance, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. Second-place winners in all five categories will receive $800. Third-place winners each receive $400. There are no restrictions on the use of the award money. Finalists must be present and prepared to perform at the final competition in the Alden Theatre at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, to be eligible to receive an award.

Application forms are available online and at the reception desk of the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue. A non-refundable $15 fee is required for each application form submitted. For more information visit: www.aldentheatre.org or send an email message to Alden youth programs director Kathy Herr at kathleen.herr@fairfaxcounty.gov.

County Events and Volunteer Opportunities for Older Adults in Fairfax County

The County’s Division of Adult and Aging Services has announced several events and volunteer opportunities for older adults in Fairfax County.


Free Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs in Chantilly, McLean, and Centreville.

Find the best way to manage your chronic illness. The six week program, sponsored by Fairfax County, meets weekly and focuses on managing frustration and pain, using medication properly, communicating with health care providers, and exercise and nutrition. Three new programs begin:

  • March 12-April 16, 1 -3:30 p.m.
    Ox Hill Baptist Church, 4101 Elmwood Street
    Chantilly, VA
  • March 18-April 22, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Lewinsville Senior Center, 1609 Great Falls Street
    McLean, VA
  • March 20-April 24, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Drive
    Centreville, VA

Call 703-324-5489, TTY 711or emailcolleen.turner@fairfaxcounty.gov to register. Find more information on this and other services at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/.

Telephone Support Group for Family Caregivers

Find support for taking care of older adults. Sessions are led by a Fairfax County social worker. The next session on transportation resources takes place Tuesday, March 12, 7-8 p.m. Contact 703-324-5484, TTY 711 or Michelle.Smith2@fairfaxcounty.gov to register.  Find more information on this and other services at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Fairfax County needs Meals on Wheels volunteers throughout the county.

Contact Fairfax County's Volunteer Solutions at 703-324-5406, TTY 703-449-1186,VolunteerSolutions@fairfaxcounty.gov, or visit  Volunteer Solutions at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices and click on volunteers.

The Herndon Senior Center, 873 Grace Street, Herndon, needs Mandarin Chinese and Farsi-speaking volunteers to help participants complete surveys. 

Contact Fairfax County's Volunteer Solutions at 703-324-5406, TTY 703-449-1186,VolunteerSolutions@fairfaxcounty.gov, or visit  Volunteer Solutions at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices and click on volunteers.

The Fairfax County Division of Adult and Aging Services has updated their website with information about transportation services for older adults.  Visit the website at at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/transportation.htm.  Older adults may also call the Aging, Disability and Caregiver Resource Line at 703-324-7948, TTY 703-449-1186 for assistance.

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.


    • 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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