Ossian Hall Park, Annandale Va 22003

Ossian Hall Park, Annandale Va 22003 The Fairfax County Park Authority, in partnership with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and with generous contributions from businesses&Corporation

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www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances • Concerts are canceled if it’s raining. If there’s a threat of bad weather call 703-324-SHOW(7469) one hour prior to the start of the show for updates.

Operating as usual

See you tomorrow at 7:00 pm at Ossian park for our weekly International Summer Concert Series
07/30/2021

See you tomorrow at 7:00 pm at Ossian park for our weekly International Summer Concert Series

OSSIAN HALL PARK ANNANDALE, Free Concert
07/29/2021

OSSIAN HALL PARK ANNANDALE, Free Concert

07/26/2021

Hello Ossian Hall Park friends, mark your calendar for Saturday July 31. 2021. I will be hosting Lua Project Mexichian Music and Dance

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Cancelled last year because of the pandemic, the concerts is back with shortened season, July 10, 2021 to and August, 20...
07/13/2021

Cancelled last year because of the pandemic, the concerts is back with shortened season, July 10, 2021 to and August, 2021 only, but the range of talent is broad. At Mason District Park, the concerts will be held on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 7:30 p.m., with children's concerts at 10 a.m. on Saturdays. The international series at Ossian Hall Park will return on Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. A complete listing of dates is located at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances.
Our 2021 Summer Concert stared on Saturday July 10, 2021.

February 2021 A few items of information for you or your association newsletter: The Board Corner: Perspectives from Pen...
02/13/2021
Seven Corners Phasing Study | Transportation

February 2021

A few items of information for you or your association newsletter:

The Board Corner: Perspectives from Penny – The most popular commodity in Fairfax County, if calls and e-mails to my office are any indication, is the coronavirus vaccine. It also appears to be the rarest. More than 100,000 residents who qualified for Phase 1b registered during the past two weeks, anticipating that they would get appointments for the shots quickly. On-line systems were overwhelmed, calls were dropped, and frustrations mounted sharply. Then came the unwelcome news that the promised federal vaccine reserves actually were empty; if the reserves ever existed, they were gone now. Without reserves, the Virginia Department of Health re-evaluated its distribution system for the Commonwealth and reduced the number of doses available to Fairfax County. The situation remains fluid, with information changing almost daily. The Health Department assures that, if you already registered for a vaccine appointment, you still are in the queue. When adequate vaccine supplies are available, Health Department staff will contact you to set up a specific appointment, but cautions that it may be late spring before all registrants receive the two-shot regimen.

February is budget time in Fairfax County, and County Executive Bryan Hill will release his proposed budget at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, February 23. You can watch the proceedings live on cable Channel 16. February also is Black History Month and, although most community events will be virtual, be sure to check the county's website, www.fairfaxcounty.gov, for event information. Information about other public event cancellations also is available on the county's website. And it's still winter in February, so be sure to check out the "snow" tips from the Virginia Department of Transportation in this newsletter. Whether traveling or at home, please remember to stay safe, wear a face mask or covering when away from home, observe social distancing, and wash your hands frequently. Coronavirus or snow, we must get through it together!

Land Use News – Land use items of interest include:
The Planning Commission heard public testimony about the new and modernized Zoning Ordinance (zMOD) Public Hearing Draft on Thursday, January 28, 2021, and have scheduled a question-and-answer session with county staff on Wednesday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m. The Planning Commission will hear public testimony specifically about flags and flag poles on Wednesday, February 10, beginning at 7:30 p.m., and a decision about zMOD will be made after the public hearing. Residents who wish to testify about flags/flag poles may register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planningcommission/speaker, or sign-up by calling 703-324-2865, or no later than 3 p.m. the day of the meeting. Videos must be submitted no later than 9 a.m. the day prior to the Planning Commission meeting. Written testimony may be sent by first-class mail to: Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 552, Fairfax, 22035, or by e-mail at [email protected]. The proposal also tentatively is scheduled for a public hearing before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 4 p.m. The proposed new Zoning Ordinance addresses land use regulations and definitions, removes gaps and inconsistencies, and creates a streamlined, user friendly document that is easier to understand. Information about the zMOD project is available at the Department of Planning and Development's website www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/zmod. Questions? Call the Zoning Administration Division at 703-324-1314, or send an e-mail to the zMOD Team at [email protected].

At the Board of Supervisors' meeting on Tuesday, January 26, four of the South County Site-Specific Plan Amendment (SSPA) nominations were moved to the 2021 work plan for further study – Annandale Public Storage, First Christian Church, the Gibson Property, and Dar Al-Hijrah. The Board approved Supervisor Gross' amendment to withdraw the Western Annandale CBC nomination from any further consideration. Information about the SSPA process is available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/plan-amendments/sspa/south, or by contacting the Planning Division of the Department of Planning and Development at 703-324-1380; TTY 711.

The Radley Management, LLC's application public hearing before the Planning Commission has been rescheduled from Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. to Wednesday, April 28, 2021. The application for a re-zoning (RZ 2020-MA-012) and special exception (SEA 85-M-086-02) includes a proposal for an addition to the Radley Acura Dealership's showroom building, located at 5823 Columbia Pike in Falls Church, and a three-level parking garage to be used for new vehicle storage. The proposed addition, to the rear of the existing building, includes an enclosed, air-conditioned service drop-off area for customers bringing their vehicles for service.

Reminder: Phones Down! It's the Law Virginia! – As of January 1, 2021, it is against the law to hold any personal communications device, such as a cell phone, while driving in Virginia. An important video update is available at https://youtu.be/F-M5NcPYX40. Remember, it is not the screen, that needs to be seen. Put the phone down so everyone stays safe!

Seven Corners Phasing Study Virtual Public Meetings – The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) will be hosting virtual public information meetings on Wednesday, February 3 (English) and Thursday, February 4 (Spanish), beginning at 7 p.m. (both meetings) to provide an update about the study that will define the phasing of transportation improvements for the Seven Corners Community Business Center (CBC). In 2015, the Board of Supervisors adopted Comprehensive Plan Amendment 2013-I-B2, which included updated transportation improvement recommendations. Transportation improvements planned in the area will be extensive and will need to be phased over time. FCDOT is working to identify the most critical movements, missing multimodal links, and the sources of travel delay in order to build the most necessary transportation infrastructure first. FCDOT is asking residents and commuters in the area to note where and when they experience travel delay, as well as where they walk or bike in the area. This information will help determine the order in which recommended transportation improvements would be constructed. For information about the project and the public information meetings, visit the FCDOT website at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/transportation/study/seven-corners, or call Nanditha Paradkar at 703-877-5667.

Stuff the Bus" in Mason District Benefits ACCA Food Pantry – Non-perishable food is needed to assist individuals and families in need. Fastran buses will be accepting non-perishable food donations on Saturday, January 30 and February 6, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike in Annandale, and at Belvedere Elementary School, 6540 Columbia Pike in Falls Church. Fairfax County operates "Stuff the Bus," a food pantry giving program that partners with nonprofit organizations to restock food pantry shelves. Buses will park at different locations and collect food donations. For more information about the "Stuff the Bus" program and a list of additional donation sites, collection dates, and times, contact Gwen Jones at 703-324-7137; TTY 711, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/neighborhood-community-services/stuff-the-bus.

Safety Trainings Offered by FCPD's Mason District Station – On Wednesday, February 10, 2021, beginning at 6 p.m., a virtual Neighborhood Watch (NW) training will be led by MPO Eddy Azcarate, Mason District Station's Crime Prevention Specialist, Fairfax County Police Department. Participants will learn how to make their communities safer, and you do not need to join NW. A Practical Situational Awareness Safety Series also begins on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 6 p.m., which will feature an online presentation about practical situational awareness. Both events require registration and can be located at http://masoncpoevents.eventbrite.com?s=128137377. Registrants will receive a reminder e-mail two days prior to the event, and a link to participate one hour prior to the event. Questions? Contact the station's Crime Prevention Office by e-mail (preferred) at [email protected], or call 703-354-5889.

February 2021 Winter Leadership Series for Civic and HOA Leaders Focuses on Code Compliance – Supervisor Penny Gross continues her Winter 2021 Leadership Series for Mason District Civic and Homeowners Association leaders by welcoming staff from the Fairfax County Department of Code Compliance. The Winter 2021 Leadership Series is held virtually as follows:
Saturday, February 13, 2021 – Fairfax County Department of Code Compliance; and
Saturday, March 13, 2021 – Fairfax County Park Authority.
The virtual meetings will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. If you would like to attend one or both of these meetings, please RSVP by e-mail to [email protected], and to receive a meeting link. For the February meeting, please RSVP no later than Monday, February 8, 2021. If you can't make one of the meetings, another member of your board is welcome to RSVP. Please note that topics and presenters may be subject to change because of staff availability.

AARP Volunteers Begin Tax Preparation Services – AARP Volunteers will provide residents with free tax preparation assistance beginning mid-February at a new temporary location. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, AARP's procedures have changed for everyone's safety. Tax preparation is by appointment only. (No walk-ins.) All appointments are limited to 15 minutes. To register for the first of two appointments, you must first obtain and complete a Tax Preparation Intake Packet. Packets will be available on Monday, February 1, 2021 by one of two ways:
At the Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale, inside the entry door to the right (by the bulletin board). (DO NOT proceed into the building because it is CLOSED to the public.); or
Visit the Mason District Tax-Aide website at https://tinyurl.com/masontaxaide2020 to download and print the packet.
After reading the packet's instructions:
1. Fill out the packet completely (Important!)
2. Assemble your tax documents on paper. No information will be accepted from cell phones.
3. Call the number provided in the packet for an appointment and directions to the new temporary location.
Note: At the first appointment:
1. Your documents will be checked for completeness.
2. The documents will be scanned (Paper image is digitized and stored securely in the cloud.).
3. You will leave the appointment with your documents.
Your tax return will then be prepared by IRS-certified counselors without your presence. Issues and questions will be addressed and discussed with you by phone.
Note: The second appointment will be scheduled to review, sign, and receive a copy of your completed tax return. Bring all tax material to this appointment. For information about AARP Tax-Aide, visit www.aarp.org/taxaide, send an e-mail to [email protected], or call 1-888-687-2277.

VDOT is Ready for Snow – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is the state agency that controls and maintains the roads in Fairfax County, and offers residents online resources to get information at home, at work, and on mobile devices. VDOT's Winter Resources include:
One-Stop links to news releases, Twitter feed, status updates, customer service, Frequently Asked Questions, and other resources are available at www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow_emergency_pages/nova_emergency.asp;
Plowing in Northern Virginia neighborhoods when two inches of snow has fallen: http://vdotplows.org/;
Follow @VaDOTNOVA on Twitter for photos, videos, and updates;
For real-time traffic road conditions and traffic cameras, call 511, follow @511northernva, use the 511app, or visit www.511virginia.org;
Report unplowed roads, hazardous conditions to https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/, or call 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623);
9-1-1, for police, fire, and rescue (life-threatening emergencies only, please)
Note: If your road is not plowed and you have an emergency, VDOT will coordinate with emergency personnel.

How You Can Help:
Monitor forecasts often;
Telework, adjust commutes, and avoid driving when possible;
Park in driveways or park on the odd-numbered side of the street.
Do not shovel driveway until plows have come through;
Have enough fuel, wiper fluid, proper tires, medication, food, water, and an emergency car kit;
Be patient: crews are practicing social distancing and need time, and room, to work.

Fairfax County's Hypothermia Prevention Program is in Progress; Welcomes Donations – The Bailey's Shelter and Supportive Housing's (BSSH) Hypothermia Prevention Program is assisting homeless individuals in need. The program currently welcomes scheduled donations of hot dinner meals in large, disposable, aluminum tins (to serve 60 individuals), and new and gently used (no holes or tears), clean towels. To schedule and deliver a donation, or to find out what is needed most, contact Sami Smyth at [email protected], or call 703-799-2293 ext. 11. If you or someone you know needs shelter, please call BSSH at 703-820-7621. If you see someone who may need shelter, call the Fairfax County Police non-emergency number at 703-691-2131. An officer will conduct a wellness check and, if the person agrees, will transport the person to the nearest shelter. If you see someone at risk of hypothermia, call 911. Information about the county's Hypothermia Program is available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/homeless/hypothermia-prevention-program, or call 703-324-9492.

RECenter Membership and Pass Sale in Progress! – The Fairfax County Park Authority welcomes new and returning members, to save on six and 12-month membership and 60-day passes. New safety measures are in place at all RECenters, (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/recenter/contact) throughout Fairfax County. All RECenters have enhanced cleaning protocols, more sanitizing stations, and new fitness center layouts to allow for social distancing. An advance reservation system is operational, as well as non-contact check-in systems. For more information about the membership and pass sales, and the amenities at each facility, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/recenter, or call 703-324-8680; TTY 711.

Child Safety Seat Inspections Continue in 2021 – The Fairfax County Police Department is hosting a Child Car Seat Inspection on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at the Mason District Station, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale, and no appointment is necessary. The child car seats are inspected on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 9 a.m., and the last child car seat inspection will begin at 11:30 a.m. The number of child car seat inspections will be based on the number of available inspectors that day. For more information, contact the Mason District Station at 703-256-8035, press zero for the front desk.

Senior Citizen Tax Relief 2021 – Although in-person workshops will not be held for tax year 2021 because of the ongoing health risks caused by COVID-19, the Department of Tax Administration mailed applications to residents in January, which asked residents to sign an affidavit to certify they still are within the program threshold (short form), and return it to DTA. The preferred methods to return completed applications are listed on the application: E-mail at [email protected], by fax at 703-802-7595, or first-class mail to: Department of Tax Administration, ATTN: Tax Relief Section, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 225.5, Fairfax, VA 22035-0032. Residents in the program also received a letter with their application that included additional methods available to discuss their application with DTA staff, which include virtual meetings by Zoom video conferencing, and by telephone (703-222-8234; TTY 711). Real estate tax relief is available for older adults and people with disabilities who meet certain qualifications. Qualified residents also may be eligible for car tax and rent relief. For more information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/taxes/, or call 703-222-8234; TTY 703-222-7594. NOTE: On January 26, 2021, the Board of Supervisors extended the application date to Monday May 3, 2021.

Safeguarding Mental Health is Essential – During the COVID-19 pandemic (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/covid19), it is especially important to be aware of ways to safeguard mental health. The Su***de Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia (SPAN) encourages residents to educate themselves and others about ways to prevent su***de and strengthen mental health. SPAN's newly redesigned, mobile-friendly website (www.su***depreventionnva.org) has information and resources like:
A free self-screening tool – Check-Up from the Neck-Up;
Easy to scan lists of risk factors and warning signs – How You Can Help: Five Steps;
Videos – SPAN su***de prevention videos for teens, peers, and parents;
Easy access links to hotlines and text lines; and
If you or someone you know is in crisis, call PRS CrisisLink (https://prsinc.org/crisislink-hotline-textline/) at 703-527-4077 or text "CONNECT" to 855-11.

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You're all invited! The Taste of Annandale is this Saturday, Oct. 13, 10-4, on Tom Davis Drive. We're having a 5K, live entertainment, beer garden, food trucks, pet contest, children's program, police helicopter, chili cook-off. and more. Free admission!
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