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Vienna/Oakton Notes, 4/3/24 roundup

News of community interest from around Vienna and Oakton

‘GREEN EXPO’ COMING TO VIENNA COMMUNITY CENTER: Vienna’s annual Green Expo will offer plant guidance, live animals and expert tips on sustainable practices on April 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center.

More than 30 local exhibitors will be on hand with information about green-landscaping ideas, composting, recycling, energy efficiency, solar power, water conservation and more. Popular “Ask Me Anything” sessions are back this year and will feature local experts who will make brief presentations and then take questions from attendees regarding sustainable practices.

This year’s speakers include:

• Mala Persaud, owner of Trace, Vienna’s “zero-waste store,” and former Vienna resident David Biderman, an expert in the solid-waste and recycling industries, who will discuss the recycling infrastructure, how to recycle correctly and strategies to cut down on waste.

• Environmentalist Susan Stillman will share insights about her experience designing, building and moving into her new solar-powered and highly energy-efficient home, which received a Phius (Passive House Institute U.S.) ZERO design certification.

• Virginia Certified Horticulturist Barbara Ryan, owner of Chain Bridge Natives, who will explain ways for residents to convert their yard to native plantings and sustainable practices.

New at this year’s Green Expo will be an outdoor exhibit of ewes and lambs sponsored by Lamb Mowers. Family favorites returning this year will be wildlife experts from non-profit volunteer group Secret Garden Birds & Bees, who will show live birds of prey, such as owls and hawks.

Children’s activities will keep the kids entertained while adults get money-saving tips on green practices. Everyone is eligible for a chance at walking away with a giveaway, including a home-energy audit worth $595.

The Green Expo is sponsored by the Vienna Conservation and Sustainability Commission. For more information, see the Website at

CHURCH TO HOST CHAMBER-MUSIC CONCERT: The Church of the Holy Comforter in Vienna will present a concert by the Vivaldi Project, a period-instruments chamber-music ensemble led by Falls Church violinist Elizabeth Field, on Sunday, April 14 at 4 p.m.

The program – “Discovering the Classical String Trio” – will mark the release of the group’s fourth CD recording. Composers to be featured include Haydn, Boccherini and 18th-century violin virtuosa Maddalena Lombardini Sirmen.

The performance is free and the community is invited. The church is located at 543 Beulah Road. For information, see

‘MARK TWAIN’ COMING TO PATRICK HENRY LIBRARY: Patrick Henry Library in Vienna will present “An Afternoon with Mark Twain” to celebrate the end of Library Week on Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m.

Michael Hall will portray the legendary author, speaker and humorist.

The event is free. For information and to register, call (703) 938-0405 or see the Website at

LIBRARY PROGRAM TO FOCUS ON MAKING RETIREMENT A SUCCESS: Patrick Henry Library in Vienna will present “Your Retirement Dream: How Planning Can Make It Come True” on Monday, April 15 at 7 p.m.

Harriet Edleson, author of “12 Ways to Retire on Less,” will discuss turning dreams into reality, both financially and emotionally, and will have books available for sale and signing.

For information and registration, call (703) 938-0405 or see the Website at

‘NARFE’ TO HEAR ABOUT LIFETIME LEARNING INSTITUTE: A representative of the Lifetime Learning Institute (an initiative of Northern Virginia Community College), will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, April 16 meeting of the Vienna chapter of NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees).

The event will be held at 1 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center.

Lifetime Learning Institute sponsors two-hour presentations (in person and/or online) on all types of areas of potential interest to members, while also sponsoring other events and activities (trips to foreign countries, etc.).

The community is invited. For information, call 703-205-9041.