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Community News & Notes: May 25 – 31

Do Not Bag Recyclables Effective July 6

Recyclables are no longer accepted in plastic bags for curbside pickup. Recyclables must be clean, dry and loose when placing materials into the curbside recycling cart. 

Effective on July 6, American Disposal will not collect curbside recycling if plastic bags are present and return trips will not be made. Residents must go through their recyclables to remove plastic bags and will have to hold their recyclables until the following collection. For any questions, please contact recycling@fallschurchva.gov.

Library Board Stats Show Increase in Library Users

The Library Board of Trustees discussed updated statistics on book sales, circulation numbers and the collection volume at their May meeting. Highlights from the data include over 12,000 visits to the library in the past month and 270 new library card registrations. Looking at the data from the past year shows that this adds up to nearly 2,000 new registrations overall.

For those interested in reviewing the in-depth numbers, the whole spreadsheet is available with the meeting materials on the City Webcast page. Check out the June Library Board meeting to see how the statistics change from month to month.

Meridian High School student Nora Stufft interviewed Revolutionary War historian Dr. Robert A. Selig on the importance of the Revolutionary War Washington Rochambeau Route, and highlighted the Route through Virginia. Stufft’s interview was produced by Falls Church public access TV and took place in the virtual studio of Falls Church Community TV at MHS. (Photo: Robert Loftur-Thun)

Tysons Corner & Workhouse Arts Host New Collaboration

Tysons Corner Center announced a new art collaboration with the Workhouse Arts Center, a nonprofit organization that offers visual and performing arts education and events and a variety of community engagement opportunities. Tysons Corner Center will host artists’ works from the Workhouse Arts Center at a public art installation to be displayed through early June.

Resident artists from the Workhouse, Marni Maree, Britt Conley, Joan Hutten and Dean McIntyre, were all chosen to display selected pieces on Tysons’ Art Wall. The exhibit features a wide range of visual works by artists of diverse backgrounds. These artists were specially selected to showcase diversity in watercolor, infrared photography, ink and fiber art. 

On the upper level of Macy’s (next to LOFT), Fernando Osorio created a live original mural painting called “Pathways.”  Fernando’s educational background in art and design influences his style in modern art by capturing the “realms of spirituality.” 

Book/Media Sale at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library

The Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library is holding a huge book/media sale on June 1 — 4 at 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. It will be held from 10:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. each day, with 15,000 items for sale. DVDs, CDs, puzzles, games and more will be available. 

The Meridian Mustang football team went to the DC Central Kitchen and made over 2,000 meals to be sent out to public schools in DC. (Photo: Jack Bandy)

Arlington Civitans Open Air Flea Market Coming June

The Civitan Open Air Flea Market, one of Northern Virginia’s largest and oldest public flea markets, is located in the I-66 garage in North Arlington adjacent to Washington-Lee high school and the Arlington Planetarium at 15th and North Quincy Streets, in Arlington, Virginia. It began on May 6 and will be held until November 4 every first Saturday from 7:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.

Over 150 vendors selling a variety of goods ranging from books, clothes, furniture, garden tools, household goods, jewelry, shoes, toys, records and more are in attendance. Spread out over five levels of a 20,000 square foot parking garage, the flea market was originally conceived as a way for local people to sell goods in a central location.

Every dollar made at the Arlington Flea Market, from the sale of the rental spaces to vendors and the money made from the sale of refreshments, goes to support the causes espoused by the Arlington Civitan. More details are at https://arlington-fleamarket.com/

Memorial Day Parade and Festival Schedule

The Recreation and Parks Department is gearing up for their 41st Annual City of Falls Church Memorial Day event. This community tradition will include a Memorial Day Ceremony hosted by the Falls Church Veterans Council, a 3K Fun Run, civic, merchant, crafter, food vendors, live music, kids entertainment  and a parade.

On Monday, May 29, starting at 9:00 a.m. the Beyer Auto Group 3K Fun Run will begin at Great Falls Street at Little Falls Street Rollerblades. 

The festival will be held from 9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. Children’s rides and amusements will be present, as well as vendor booths with food and crafts for sale.

From 9:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m., there will be music on the main stage, with the Coozies performing at 9:15 a.m. and the City of Falls Church Concert Band performing at 12:30 p.m.

From 10:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m., tours of the Cherry Hill Farmhouse will be provided. At 11:00 a.m., the Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the Veteran’s Memorial outside the Community Center. The keynote speaker will be State Senator Chap Petersen. 

Finally, at 2:00 p.m., the parade will be led by Grand Marshal Rebecca Tax.

Viva! Vienna! to Celebrate Community Spirit

The Rotary Club of Vienna sponsors the ViVa! Vienna! event on May 27 — 29, which celebrates the unity and strength of the Vienna community and honors Memorial Day. This event, a time of family fun and pleasure, serves as a major fundraising opportunity for the Rotary Club so that it may, in turn, provide support for charitable, educational and community groups the following year.

Vienna’s historic Freeman House, Old Vienna Railroad Station, the Caboose, W & OD Trail and Church Streets at Dominion and Mill all provide the primary setting for the ViVa! Vienna! festival.

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