Tysons, VA

The annual Taste of Vienna has been canceled to curb the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

In past years, the festival has brought community members together to try bites of food from various local restaurants, chains and food trucks. The event helps raise money for the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, which hosts the event.

Taste of Vienna announced the cancellation on Facebook on Monday (March 23).

“Our top priority is the safety of all of our participants and attendees, so based on the recommendations of health authorities, it is with a heavy heart that the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department has canceled the Taste of Vienna,” the Facebook post said.

Depending on how long the coronavirus pandemic lasts, the festival might get rescheduled to the fall, the Facebook post added.

Now, the Facebook page is showcasing every day different vendors who had signed up for the festival.

Photo via Taste of Vienna/Facebook

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In lieu of the scheduled City Council meeting, Falls Church officials will host a virtual town hall tonight (Monday) about the coronavirus.

Two COVID-19 cases — both involving residents at The Kensington (700 W. Broad Street) — have been recently announced in the city.

Mayor David Tarter, School Board Chairman Greg Anderson, City Manager Wyatt Shields and Superintendent of Schools Peter Noonan are scheduled to provide updates during the town hall. Additionally, a Fairfax County Health Department representative will provide a briefing on the virus.

The event is set to start at 7:30 p.m. Viewers can watch it by streaming the video on the city’s website and submit questions to [email protected] for the officials.

After the town hall is over, a recording will be made available on the city’s website.

Image via City of Falls Church

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(Updated 3/17/2020) Across the Tysons area, event organizers are canceling events due to concerns over COVID-19.

Unlike our usual weekly planner, our staff rounded up events around the area that have been delayed or canceled or postponed over health concerns for attendees.

The events listed below have all been canceled:

  • March 16: McLean Citizens Association event with FCPS Superintendent Scott Brabrand
  • March 16: paving program meeting at Coates Elementary School
  • March 17: Storytime at Mosaic
  • March 18: Providence District Paving and Restriping
  • March 19: The Bachelor Live on Stage Shopping Party (postponed)
  • March 21: Family Fishing Rodeo in Vienna
  • March 21-22: Vienna Photo Show
  • March 28: Prom Dress Give-Away in Vienna
  • April 3: Old-Fashioned Egg Roll and Flashlight Egg Hunt events in Vienna
  • April 4-5: Art Blooms at Mosaic (postponed)
  • April 4: Town Clean-Up Day in Vienna
  • April 6: Cherry Hill Ice Cream Social in Falls Church
  • April 7: Storytime at Mosaic
  • April 11: East Egg Hunt in City of Falls Church
  • April 23: McLean Kitchen and Garden Tour

A meeting on plans to extend the I-495 Express Lanes has been postponed to April.

Did we miss an event? Let us know in the comments below or on our social media accounts, and we will update the list.

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An upcoming digital town hall will give Tysons-area residents the chance to ask questions to Del. Marcus Simon (D-53rd District) and Providence District Supervisor Dalia Palchik.

The event, which was previously set to be held at the Providence Community Center, will now be held as a Facebook Live event from 2-3:30 p.m. next Saturday (March 21).

Efforts to combat the coronavirus prompted the switch from an in-person meeting to an online event.

“We want to do our part to decrease the spread of COVID-19,” the event description said.

Online attendees will have the chance to ask about issues or topics around the area from the location of their choosing, according to the event page.

Topics of discussion are not pre-set, a spokesperson from Simon’s office told Tysons Reporter, adding that both Simon and Palchik will begin the meeting by giving a short address of what they think are important updates around the area.

All are welcome to attend the digital meeting, and the link will be accessible through the event’s Facebook page roughly a week before the meeting, the spokesperson said.

People unfamiliar with Facebook Live events can ask questions in real-time. Palchik and Simon will receive notifications when people submit a comment and will then be able to address questions.

For troubleshooting tips, people can check out Facebook’s website.

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meeting in McLean on the plans to extend the 495 Express Lanes is being rescheduled to a date in April, the Virginia Department of Transportation said.

The meeting was originally set for tonight (Thursday) at Langley High School.

VDOT announced the meeting’s postponement this morning, after saying yesterday that it would be live streamed and filmed.

Several residents raised concerns about the meeting earlier this week, worrying that it could increase the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

VDOT is planning to present the results of the 495 NEXT environmental study and traffic analysis, along with hearing feedback and questions from the public.

Currently, the 495 Express Lanes Northern Extension project — a.k.a. 495 NEXT — would extend the 495 Express Lanes north from the I-495 and Dulles Access Road interchange up to the American Legion Bridge and add two new tolled express lanes in each direction.

“The meeting will be rescheduled for April,” VDOT said. “Details will be provided next week.”

People can submit comments either online, by email, by mail or at the future meeting.

Image via Google Maps

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(Updated 3/18/2020) To combat COVID-19, Fairfax County officials are postponing or making changes for online access to their upcoming town halls on the proposed budget.

For residents in the Providence District, the meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, that was supposed to be held at the Providence Community Center (3001 Vaden Drive) will now be held online.

Providence District Supervisor Dalia Palchik will host the meeting, according to her spokesperson, who added that they are working on setting up links to the meeting.

Meanwhile, the Hunter Mill District budget meeting, which was originally set for March 21, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Town Hall (127 Center Street S.) in Vienna, has been postponed.

It is unclear at this time when the meeting will take place.

“It is very important that you have a voice in the budget process and I will reschedule as soon as it is appropriate,” the press release said.

The upcoming budget discussion for the fiscal year 2021 includes controversial topics such as a deal with the Virginia Department of Transporation to create a legal cut-through program for drivers during certain times when turns usually aren’t allowed.

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Updated 3/10/2020 — The NoVa TEEN Book Festival was canceled Tuesday (March 10) due to the recent spread of the coronavirus in the D.C. area. 

The NoVa TEEN Book Festival Committee said in a statement the festival will come to Marshall High School on March 20, 2021. 

The Weekly Planner is a roundup of interesting events coming up over the next week in the Tysons area.

We’ve scoured the web for events of note in Tysons, Vienna, Merrifield, McLean and Falls Church. Know of any we’ve missed? Tell us!

Tuesday (March 10)

  • Fairfax County’s Chronic Pain Self-Management Program — 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Falls Church Senior Center (223 Little Falls Street) — At this workshop, people will learn how to manage pain, get better sleep, relieve stress and improve their lifestyles. This program is free and open to the public.

Wednesday (March 11)

  • Haycock Heritage Night 2020 — 6 to 8 p.m. Haycock Elementary School (6616 Haycock Road) — This event allows kids and their families to celebrate heritage with traditional clothing, dance, tell stories and eat favorite cuisine. This event will feature programming throughout the evening.
  • Food Truck Fundraiser — 6:45 to 8 p.m. at McLean High School (1633 Davidson Road) — The McLean High School Crew Team is raising funds for its team. The Rocklands Food Truck will be located near rower drop off, according to the event page.

Friday (March 13)

  • 5th and 6th Grader Glow Party — 7 to 9 p.m. at Old Firehouse Center (1440 Chain Bridge Road) — Kids can join for a glow stick party featuring a DJ, drinks and food. Tickets are $35 each or $25 McLean Community Center district residents.

Saturday (March 14)

  • Stuff the Truck — 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Giant (1454 Chain Bridge Road) — The New Dominion Women’s Club is calling for volunteers to assist with its donation center collecting food and clothing for people in the 22101 and 22102 zip codes.
  • NoVA Teen Book Festival — 9 a.m. until 5 p.m at George C. Marshall High School (7731 Leesburg Pike) — For the 7th year, this festival invites teens to read, interact with authors and hear from keynote speakers. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Sunday (March 15)

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream — 7 p.m. at Tysons Corner Center (1961 Chain Bridge Road) — This production by the Traveling Players will tell the story of young lovers who escape into the forest, according to the event description. Tickets are $10.
  • 2020 Nowruz Festival — 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Tysons Corner Center (8100 Tysons Corner Center) — This event celebrates the Persian New Year and will feature live performances all-day and booths selling traditional food and drink. Entry to this event is free.

Photo courtesy New Dominion Women’s Club/Lee’s Photography 

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The 9th annual Nowruz Festival plans to return to Tysons Corner Center this weekend.

The event will celebrate the Persian New Year with live performances and costumed characters.

Admission is free, and people can expect a bazaar selling Persian food, art and more.

“The Nowruz Festival is the largest event for the Iranian-American community that celebrates the Persian New Year,” according to the Facebook event.

More than 10,000 people usually go to the festival, according to the post.

“It draws people from Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey and other countries who celebrate Nowruz as well as Americans who are interested in knowing more about Iranian culture, traditions, arts, crafts and foods,” the post said.

The festival is set to take place on Sunday (March 15) from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Attendees can park on the outside lot between Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom, according to the mall.

Photo via Facebook

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(Updated 3/10/2020) The annual NoVa TEEN Book Festival has been canceled due to the recent spread of the coronavirus in the D.C. area.

The free festival was originally set to feature 35 bestselling and new young adult authors, like Alechia Dow and Kristen Simmons, and Brigid Kemmerer, the author of “A Heart So Fierce and Broken,” will provide as the keynote speaker on Pi Day (March 14).

The NoVa TEEN Book Festival Committee said in a statement today (Tuesday) that the festival will return to Marshall High School on March 20, 2021.

“With the recent spread of COVID-19 to the Northern Virginia, Maryland and DC Metro areas, we are unable to ensure that all of our authors, volunteers, exhibitors, staff and attendees will be safe at the festival this weekend,” the statement said.

The committee said that the cancellation of this year’s festival will “have a significant impact on all of our amazing authors” and urged people to connect with authors online and “share their books as widely as you can.”

The committee also encouraged people to buy books from Arlington-based One More Page Books, which was set to sell signed books at the festival.

“The NoVa TEEN book festival ordering pages will stay up to help you to discover new authors and explore their fantastic books,” the statement said. “One More Page will be giving away free [advance reading copies] and swag with NoVa TEEN orders as long as supplies last!”

Photo via Kimberly Farmer/Unsplash

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A truck filled with Hello Kitty merchandise is coming back to Tysons Corner Center.

Sanrio fans can find the truck at The Plaza from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Sunday (March 21). “Supercute treats and merch” will be available while supplies last, according to the Facebook page.

The food and drinks menu online lists mini cakes, cookies, macarons, bottled water and giant chef cookies. Meanwhile, the list of merchandise includes a t-shirt, mug, keychain, canvas totes, thermal bottles and more.

The mobile truck launched in 2014 and now two trucks travel across the country, according to the website.

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