<cal2>Discussion. The McLean Historical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the McLean Community Center. Carole Herrick will discuss her book “August 24, 1814,” highlighting the escapes of James and Dolley Madison into Virginia. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served. Call Dan Smoot at 703-790-1620.
Babysitters Training, a two-day course for boys and girls ages 12 and older, begins today from 4:30-8:30 p.m. and continues Saturday, May 13 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. A certified American Red Cross instructor will teach basic child care, safety and what to do in emergency situations. Fee is $60 for town residents and $65 for out-of-town participants. Students must attend both classes. 703-255-6360.
Newcomers Club of Vienna and Friends will hold its monthly luncheon meeting beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Marco Polo Restaurant, 245 Maple Ave., W. The program will include election of new officers and musical entertainment. Call 703-938-1077.
"Speed Networking" is a monthly luncheon presented by the Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce at McCormick and Schmick’s in Tysons II, 8484 Westpark Drive, McLean, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Public Speaking Seminar. Hunter Mill Toastmasters are presenting a one-hour demonstration of public speaking skills and how to improve them. Free. The program is at 7:30 p.m. at Oakton High School, Room 174, 2900 Sutton Road, Vienna. Call 703-281-2824.
<cal2>Charity Rummage Sale. Girl Scout Service Unit 50-2 will hold a community rummage sale from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Holly Knoll I subdivision, Cardinal Holly Court in Great Falls, to raise money for the Katrina Relief Effort. Girl Scouts from McLean, Great Falls and Vienna will sell donated items including toys, books, bicycles, lemonade and cookies. E-mail Jackie Cheshire at Jackie@cdclemente.com.
Yard Sale. To benefit Friends of Homeless Animals from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Sale items include books, clothing, baked goods, toys, collectibles and more. Donate tax-deductible items at the Community Center between 5 and 9 p.m. Friday, May 12. Call 703-385-0224.
Wise Women FestivALL. A fun-filled day with activities and programs supporting mind, body and spirit wellness. Creative events for the kids. Free gift bags for the first 300 moms. Meet "Off the Charts" astrologer, Florence Fayden of Great Falls and learn, what's in your chart? 10 a.m.-7 p.m. $10 adults, children under 12 free. Unity of Fairfax, 2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton. Call Kya at 202-518-7737
Trail Club Open House. The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, headquartered at at 118 Park St., S.E., Vienna, is a volunteer organization that maintains, improves and builds hiking trails, shelters and cabins in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and D.C. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., PATC will hold an open house to showcase activities the club is involved in, including hiking, mountaineering, maps and more. Call Wilson Riley at 703-242-0315 or visit www.patc.net.
<cal2>The next Monthly Membership Meeting of the Potomac Valley Shetland Sheepdog Club will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Dunn Loring Firehouse, 2148 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring. Free and open to the public. The meeting will begin with a presentation by Dr. Anke Langenbach, owner and chief surgeon of the Veterinary Surgical Center in Vienna. Refreshments. Owners can bring dogs and meet other Sheltie owners and breeders. Visit www.shetlandsheepdog.us or call 703-281-1191.
The Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold “Tee Off to Fight Hunger” Food for Others Marblex Golf Tournament, with a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start at Bull Run Golf Club, 3520 James Madison Highway, Haymarket, Va. Entrance fee is $125. Visit www.tournamentor.com/foodforothers.
<cal2>Mothers First Vienna/McLean is dedicated to supporting women who have chosen to alter their careers to raise their children at home. Activities include parent/child morning meetings and field trips, moms' nights out and lectures. Meeting is at 10:15 at the Patrick Henry Library, 101 E. Maple Ave., Vienna. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.
SLEEP Talk. The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area next meeting topic is SLEEP, “Start Later for Excellence in Education Proposal.” Members will discuss the costs of Fairfax County Public Schools modifying its bell schedules to allow high schools to start later, and the implications for health, academic performance, transportation, sports, extra-curricular activities, and families. The organization’s unit meetings will be held during the second week of May at 16 locations throughout Fairfax County. The League’s meetings are free; no registration is required. Call the League at 703-658-9150 for meeting locations, or visit www.lwv-fairfax.org.
Maple Avenue Meeting. A kickoff meeting for the Maple Avenue Feasibility Study is being held at 8 p.m. in the council chamber at Town Hall, 127 Center St., S. The purpose of the meeting, is to identify key concerns and discuss overall goals. The feasibility study will compare the use of a form-based zoning code and alternatives to determine the most viable options for Maple Avenue between Lawyers Road and Beulah Road. 703-255-6341.
Discussion. An evening with mystery writer Sara Paretsky, creator of private detective V.I. Warshawski. 7:30 p.m. at the Alden Theater of the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Limit two free tickets per person. Call 703-790-0123.
<cal2>Women in Technology (WIT) announced the finalists for the Seventh Annual Women in Technology Leadership Awards. This annual award recognizes women who have exemplified the WIT mission to Connect. Lead. Succeed. The winners will be announced at a banquet and ceremony at the Hilton McLean in McLean, where Maureen Bunyan, anchor for WJLA-TV in Washington, will serve as the mistress of ceremonies. The networking and cocktail hours will begin at 6 p.m., with the formal program from 7-9 p.m. Ticket and sponsorship information is available at www.womenintechnology.org.
Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 227, meets at 7:30 p.m. at Neighbor's Restaurant in the Cedar Lane Shopping Center. The Vince Kaspar Awards for Excellence in the Arts will be presented to local high school students, as well as scholarships for Arlington County Public Schools English Spoken as Other Language summer program. Call Len Ignatowski at 703-255-0353 or visit www.geo-cities.com/vva227.
Vienna Vision Impaired Group, a support group for visually impaired people and their families, meets at 10:15 a.m. at Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave., E. Guest speaker will be Susan Jones, chief of investigations for Fairfax County Consumer Affairs. The public is welcome to attend. Call Rhoda Stevens at 703-281-9679.
<cal2>Bike to Work Day. Celebrations are being held at 21 locations, including one in Vienna at the Whole Foods parking lot and the W&OD Trail, from 6:30-8:30 a.m. Each “pit stop” will offer food, giveaway items, entertainment, speakers and chances to win bicycles and other prizes. Riders who register online at www.waba.org by May 12 receive a free Bike to Work Day T-shirt, and each registrant is entered into a drawing to win one of several bicycles valued up to $1,000. The 21 “bicycle commuter convoys,” led by experienced bicycle commuters, will converge on the rally at Freedom Plaza. Visit www.waba.org. Call Ann Beisel at 703-319-2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or John Brunow at 703-938-8900 or email@example.com.
AARP Meeting. The McLean Chapter AARP 839 will meet at noon at the McLean Community Center for a Brown Bag Lunch. The program will feature Lisa Hill, Special Agent for the FBI in Northern Virginia, who will discuss Medicare Fraud. Everyone is welcome. Call Betty Robinson at 703-356-9030.
"How to be a High Performance Professional Networker” session, presented by the Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave., E., Vienna, from noon-1:30 p.m.
<cal2>Spring Fair. 18th Century Spring Market Fair will also be held Sunday, May 21. 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Claude Moore Colonial Farm, 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean. Stroll living history museum grounds. See farm family and community members in character and costume. Adults $5; Children 3-12, Senior Citizens $2.50. Visit www.1771.org for a free
Market Fair pass. Weather permitting. Call 703-903-9330. Free parking.
<cal2>AIM Home Financial and Monitor Real Estate are hosting the Ironclad Open Charity Golf Tournament to benefit the Alternative House and Abused and Homeless Children’s Refuge in Merrifield. Tournament starts at 8 a.m. at Bristow Manor Golf Course, 11507 Valley View Drive, Bristow, Va. Cost is $100 per player. Call Darcy at 703-621-6640 or e-mail DGarthwaite@monitorres.com.
<cal2>Traffic Calming Study Kickoff. The Hunter Mill Road Traffic Calming Committee, in conjunction with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, is hosting a public meeting to present the preliminary traffic calming engineering concepts for the Hunter Mill Road Corridor. The meeting will be at the Unity of Fairfax Church, 2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, from 7-9 p.m. Call Bruce Bennett of the Traffic Calming Committee at 703-759-5712.
Teen Center Open House. Open house for parents from 5-6 p.m. at Club Phoenix Teen Center, in the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Parents get a chance to view the facility, share information, meet the staff, complete the registration form and discuss issues or concerns. Parents can also get involved with the center. Call Brandy Mullen at 703-255-5721.
<cal2>Public Works Open House. The Vienna Department of Public Works celebrates Public Works Week with an open house at its Northside Property Yard, 600 Mill St., N.E., from 2-6 p.m. All Vienna residents, school and scout groups, and others interested in seeing the facility and a display of Public Works vehicles and equipment are invited. Light refreshments will be served, and there will be "hard hats," Clean and Green coloring books and other treats for children. Call 703-255-6381.
<cal2>Used book sale at Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave., E., will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Call 703-938-0405 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
<cal2>Memorial Day ceremony. American Legion Post 180's Memorial Day ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. at Flint Hill Cemetery on Chain Bridge Road in Oakton. There will be a concert by the Vienna Community Band, and the Legion Auxiliary will place flags on the graves of veterans. The Legion will also conduct its annual Poppy Promotion throughout Vienna during the weekend, with proceeds going to veterans' hospitals in Virginia. Call the Post at 703-938-9535.