Dranesville Happenings - August 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:


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

 August 2 - 4:  Virginia Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday on School Supplies and Qualifying Clothing and Shoes

Every year, on the first full weekend of August (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) the Commonwealth of Virginia exempts from sales tax the purchase of certain back-to-school related items. This year's holiday takes place August 2 through 4.

During this three-day period, purchases of qualifying school supplies selling for $20 or less per item, and purchases of qualifying clothing and footwear selling for $100 or less per item will be exempt from sales tax. Retailers may also choose to absorb the tax on other items during the holiday period, but they are responsible for paying the tax on those items to the Department of Taxation.

For more information see the Sales Tax Holiday website at http://www.tax.virginia.gov/site.cfm?alias=SchoolSuppliesAndClothingHoliday.

August 3, 4: Book Sale to Benefit the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library

Friends of the Tysons- Pimmit Regional Library is holding a book sale to benefit the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library on August 3 and 4.  Choose from a large selection of books, magazines, DVDs and other media for all ages.

Event details:

Saturday, August 3 from 10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.
Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library
7584 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church

(Bag Sale/Clearance will be on Sunday, August 4 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

For more information please visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/friends/ty/, email TysonsLibraryFriends@gmail.com or call 703-790-4031.

August 6: National Night Out:  America's Night Out Against Crime

National Night Out (NNO) is an annual neighborhood-based crime and drug prevention event that gives neighborhoods the opportunity to show spirit and strengthen partnerships with local police.  NNO is observed in thousands of communities in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world.   

"National Night Out 2013" will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Join your friends and neighbors and demonstrate your commitment to fight crime by locking your doors, turning on outside lights and spending the evening outside together with special events, anticrime rallies and activities for children.  Police officers visit with as many neighborhood gatherings as possible.

How can I get involved?

  • Get out there and enjoy!
  • Offer to help support your neighborhood block party, cookout or other planned event
  • Volunteer to organize an event or gathering if none is planned in your neighborhood
  • Contact your station (below) as soon as possible to register your neighborhood
  • Print and fill out a registration form for your community event on their website (coming soon)

For more information call or e-mail a crime prevention officer at your district police station for more information about registering a National Night Out 2013 event in your neighborhood.

August 7: Council for the Arts of Herndon Sponsors Creative Connections Game

Are you energized by creative people? Come join the Creative Connections Game, sponsored by the Council for the Arts of Herndon.  Creative people from all professions gather for a short night to brainstorm artistic and business ideas, get feedback, swap art and have a great time visiting with each other in an energizing environment. If you’re working on something creative, bring your work in progress, portfolio, laptop, printed material, iPhone photos … whatever it takes to share what you do!

Game Details:

7:00 p.m. at ArtSpace Herndon
750 Center Street

Examples of those attending are:  Visual Artists, Musicians, Dancers, Inventors / Makers, Technologists, Community Leaders, Performers, Designers, Collectors, Illustrators, Teachers, Experts, Gallery Owners, Models, Writers, Curators, Actors, Film makers, Animators and YOU!

This free event is co-sponsored by ArtSpace Herndon and the Council for the Arts of Herndon and is the creation and brainchild of Patricia Cherrington Ratliff.

For more information visit ArtSpace Herndon's website at http://www.artspaceherndon.com/ or call 703-956-6590.

August 10: Donate Used Books to American Association of University Women -- Book Sale at MCC September 20 - 22

The McLean Area American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) Annual Book Collection is preparing for its 44th annual Book Sale. August 10 is the last day to bring your books, CD's, DVD's and Software.  (No records, tapes or textbooks, encycolpedias, magazines or books in poor condition.)

Donations are accepted:

August 10
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
Sun Trust Bank
515 Maple Avenue East

McLean AAUW 44th Used Book Sale will take place:

September 20, 21 and 22
McLean Community Center
1234 Ingleside Avenue

Proceeds go toward scholarships and professional development for women and girls. In addition to the very well sorted hardbacks and paperbacks in the main sales rooms, there will be special childrens’ and “treasures” rooms at the sale for the most valuable items collected.

At last year’s September Sale there were an estimated 46 thousand books on display sorted into 32 categories and AAUW members gave more than 1700 volunteer hours to generate over 36 thousand dollars in revenue. AAUW hopes that this year’s 44th Annual Sale will do even better with the support of the metropolitan community.

For more information please visit the AAUW website at www.mcleanaauw.org or call 703-527-4206. 



August 22, 27: Resident Curator Program Implementation Study Public Meetings

An implementation study supporting the establishment of a Resident Curator Program (RCP) in Fairfax County is underway. Resident curator programs identify publicly-owned historic properties with no immediate or practical public use and through an open and competitive process, select outside parties with skills, resources and vision to rehabilitate a property in accordance with accepted preservation standards for historic buildings. In exchange for rehabilitating the property, the curator gains use of the property and pays little or no rent.

A major part of the RCP study is public engagement. A website has been set up to keep the public informed about progress on the study. Two initial public meetings will be held, in different areas of the county for the convenience of the citizens. At each meeting, and through our website, public input will be solicited.

Thursday, August 22 @ 7:00 pm
Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center
2709 West Ox Road
Herndon, Virginia  20171

Tuesday, August 27 @ 7:00 pm 
Green Spring Gardens Horticulture Center
4603 Green Spring Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22312

For more information, please visit the Resident Curator Program Implementation Study web site.

September 7:  Household Hazardous Waste Disposal at McLean Community Center

Household hazardous waste (HHW) refers to used or leftover contents of consumer products that contain materials with one of the four characteristics of a hazardous waste: toxic, ignitable, corrosive or reactive. HHW should not be disposed of in the regular trash.

The Fairfax County HHW Program accepts hazardous materials from Fairfax County residents free of charge and disposes or recycles them according to all local, state and federal regulations. Hazardous wastes from businesses are handled separately.

You may dispose of HHW at periodic remote collection events or at one of the County's permanent collection sites.

The next Dranesville area remote pick-up event will be:

Saturday, Sept. 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
McLean Community Center
1234 Ingleside Ave.

Permanent pick-up locations are:

I-66 Transfer Station (Fairfax)
4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
703-631-1179, TTY 711

I-95 Landfill (Lorton)
9850 Furnace Road, Lorton, VA 22079
703-690-1703, TTY 711

For more information, including allowable materials to dispose, visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/trash/disphhw.htm.

September 7:  McLean Community Flea Market 

Recycle your old treasures and collect new ones at the McLean Community Flea Market. This year's event is at a new location.  Admission is free.

Saturday, September 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1420 Beverly Road

(at the intersection of Ingleside Ave. and Beverly Road, behind Staybridge Suites)

Vendor spaces are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for $45. Commercial vendors and flea market dealers are allowed at this sale. To register, use the registration form on the inside back cover of the program guide or register online at http://www.mcleancenter.org/index.php?option=com_jevents&view=category&layout=listcategoryevent&Itemid=535.  Deadline to apply is Thursday, Sept. 5. Spaces go quickly, so please register early. Space has been provided through the courtesy of General Assets, Inc., and support of Giant and McLean Properties.      

September 12: Public Meeting on Spring Hill RECenter Renovations

Supervisor John Foust and the Fairfax County Park Authority will hold a public meeting on September 12 to review plans to renovate and expand the Spring Hill RECenter, located at Spring Hill Road and Lewinsville Road.

Meeting Details:
Thursday, September 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Spring Hill Elementary School Cafeteria
8201 Lewinsville Rd

The construction project, scheduled to begin in September and be completed in January 2015, consists of a new gym with an elevated running track and fitness center, and renovations to locker rooms, bathrooms and offices.

For more information please contact Jane Edmondson in the office of Supervisor Foust at 703-356-0551 or email Jane.Edmondson@FairfaxCounty.gov.

Fairfax County Cooling Centers Offer Relief From the Heat

When summer temperatures are high there is an increased risk of heat-related illness for those without air-conditioning or those outdoors for an extended period.  When it's extremely hot, stay cool by going to a movie, strolling through a shopping center or visiting one of Fairfax County's Cooling Centers:

Please check the operating hours to ensure the facility is open before arriving.

Remember that resting for just two hours in air conditioning can significantly reduce heat-related illnesses.  Here are some other useful tips:

  • Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.
  • Drink two to four glasses of cool fluids each hour.
  • When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Wear light-colored clothing, which helps reflect sunlight.
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in a car – not even for a few minutes.
  • If you know someone needing special attention, you are encouraged to take a few minutes to check in on them to ensure their well-being.

There are many tips online for staying cool; heat safety tips are available online also. Residents who need help to keep their home cool may be able to get assistance from two programs locally administered by the county.

Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency -- call 9-1-1 for immediate, life-saving help.

Embry Rucker Community Shelter in Need of Donations 

The Embry Rucker Community Shelter (ERCS) is a 70-bed residential shelter that provides healthy, safe, emergency housing for families and single men and women. The shelter is dedicated to helping clients overcome the circumstances that led to their homelessness, and facilitate their transition to stable housing.

The Shelter is currently requesting donations to support their residents.  

Needed items include:

  • Personal items
  • Gift Cards
  • Kitchen Supplies
  • Accessories/Miscellaneous
  • Children's Items
  • Cleaning Items

For a list of specific items needed and where to donate, please visit http://www.restoninterfaith.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/ERCSWishListFallWinter2012-131.pdf.

Individual donations are accepted any time. Drop offs between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. are most convenient for shelter operations. Please deliver all donations to the Embry Rucker Community Shelter, 11975 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, VA 20190

ERCS is a program of Reston Interfaith, a nonprofit organization that promotes self-sufficiency by providing support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other human services. For more information, contact Susan Alger, Volunteer Manager, at susan.alger@restoninterfaith.org or (571) 323-1383

Online 'Family of Heroes' Program Available to Service Members, Veterans and their Families

Family of Heroes is a free, one-hour, online training course for families to learn communication skills helpful for the transition home from deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan. The evidence-based training, sponsored by the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, teaches critical communication skills to manage the challenges of adjusting to post-deployment life, including how to identify post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicidal intent, and how to motivate the service member or veteran to seek help. Visit the Family of Heroes website to take the online course.

This program is made possible through Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board -- your link to local services for people with mental illness, substance use disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities.  For more information visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/csb or email wwwcsb@fairfaxcounty.gov.

McLean Senior Source Helps You Stay in Place, Stay Informed and Stay Connected

Over 55, or concerned about an older adult, or adult with disabilities, and wondering where to find information? McLean Senior Source (MSS) provides information on resources and services you may not know about from Fairfax County government, faith-based, and other non-profit organizations.

There are three ways to reach MSS:

  1. Phone: 703-300-1751
  2. Email: McLeanSeniorSource@gmail.com
  3. Visit the McLean Community Center lobby during operating hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Topics include:

  • Community involvement
  • Daily living solutions
  • Education, adult & aging
  • Entertainment, enrichment choices
  • Financial help & management
  • Health & wellness
  • Housing solutions
  • Insurance, health & other
  • Legal & protection
  • Recreational facilities
  • Social connections
  • Transportation & accessibility

McLean Senior Source (MSS), a free, non-emergency, volunteer-managed information source, is supported by Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust, the Fairfax County Health Department Long Term Care program, the McLean CommunityCenter, the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce, Dolley Madison Library, other organizations and engaged volunteers.

Learn more about MSS at http://mcleanss.weebly.com/.

McLean Senior Source is a program of McLean Community: A Village for All Ages (MCVA).

Experience the Pick of the Crop with Farmers Markets   

Visit Fairfax County Farmers Markets from now through October and take advantage of great local produce.  All products sold are required to be produced by vendors within 125 miles of Fairfax County.

Fairfax County Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners offer Plant Clinics at most markets. Citizens can bring plant or insect samples for pest identification or disease diagnosis. Master Gardeners also help citizens by having informational displays on topics such as Container Gardening or EcoSavvy Gardening.

Market days and hours of operation and locations:


Frying Pan Farm: May 1-October 30; 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, in front of Frying Pan Country Store
SNAP accepted, bonus dollar program!

*McCutcheon/Mt. Vernon: May 1-November 27; 8:00 a.m.-Noon
Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane

*Oak Marr: May 1-November 13; 8:00 a.m.-Noon
Oak Marr Recreation Center, 3200 Jermantown Road

*Wakefield: May 1-October 30; 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Wakefield Park, 8100 Braddock Road


*Annandale: May 2-November 7; 8 a.m.-Noon
Mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike

*Herndon: May 2-October 31; 8 a.m.-Noon
Old Town Herndon, 700 Block of Lynn St., By the Red Caboose


*McLean: May 3-November 22; 8:00 a.m.-Noon
Market closed for McLean Day
Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Road

*Kingstowne: May 3 -October 25; 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
In the Giant parking lot, 5935 Kingstowne Towne Center


*Burke: May 4-November 23; 8 a.m.-Noon
VRE parking Lot, 5671 Roberts Parkway

*Reston: May 4-November 2; 8 a.m.-Noon
Market closed for Multicultural Festival, Sept. 28, 2013
Lake Anne Village Center, 11401 North Shore Drive


Lorton: May 5-November 3; 9 a.m.-1:00 p.m. VRE parking lot, 8990 Lorton Station Blvd.

* = Master Gardener Plant Clinic

The Farmers Markets are supervised by the Fairfax County Park Authority through the Community Horticulture.  For addtional information about the Markets, call 703-642-0128, TTY 703-803-3354.

Volunteers Needed for Fairfax County Services for Older Adults

Fairfax County Department of Family Services Division of  Adult and Aging Services has several volunteer opportunites to assist older adults.

Included in volunteer opportunities are:

To volunteer for these or other positions, complete an online registration form, call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or e-mail VolunteerSolutions@Fairfaxcounty.gov.

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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