Focus on Falls Church is the official City of Falls Church's newsletter, featuring news and events happening here in The Little City.
March 5, 2020
    
In this Issue:   
  • We take a look at several upcoming events this month, including the Celtic Concert on March 14 and the FY 2021 Budget Town Hall on March 22. 
  • DMV Connect will be at City Hall next week, Monday-Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Most services are available to any Virginia resident, including REAL ID. 
  • The Library will open at its temporary location - the trailers near TJ Elementary School (601 S Oak St.) - on Monday, March 9. Learn more about the temporary location while the Library's Expansion and Renovation project gets underway. 
  • Nominations are open for the 2019 City Employee of the Year award. If you've received outstanding service from a City employee or know of one who goes above and beyond on a regular basis, let the City's Employee Review Board know by Friday, March 13. 
We've got a March with your name on it. 
 
Congratulations. We made it through the first two months of the year. One-sixth of 2020 is in the books...wait. Seriously, just one-sixth? We could have sworn this year was almost over. 

Alas, we must endeavor to slog through the remaining five-sixths of 2020. Hopefully one or more of these March events will help see you til the end of month number three, when we can celebrate reaching the one-quarter milestone. 

Sunday. March 8: 4th Annual Falls Church Basketball Day at Capital One Arena 
We're sorry, but Smash Mouth lied to you. "Hey now, you're an All-Star?" Ehh, that's a stretch - unless they were singing about the Falls Church 4th and 5th-grade house basketball All-Star team. Come watch these local All-Stars get their game on, go play on the court of Capital One Arena, then stick around and watch some slightly taller basketball players at a Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat game. Who will win? You'll never know if you don't go (go!) So buy your tickets online. 

Monday, March 9: Temporary Library Location Opens
It's only been two-and-a-half weeks since the Mary Riley Styles building closed in preparation for the Renovation and Expansion project, but by golly what a heartache it is when your local library isn't open. So consider this a soothing balm: the Library will open on Monday, March 9 at 9:30 a.m. in its temporary space in the trailers outside TJ Elementary School, located at 601 S Oak St. While the operating hours have changed slightly and space limitations mean only one-third of the library's collection will be available for physical check-out, all your favorite programs will resume in the temporary location this month. And yes, that includes Storytime. Find the Temporary Library hours of operation, parking suggestions, and other program and service adjustments on the Library's website

Saturday, March 14: Celtic Music Concert
Kick-off your St. Patrick's Day festivities a wee bit early at this year's Celtic Music Concert at Cherry Hill Farmhouse on Saturday, March 14 starting at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for this 18+ up event - featuring acoustic music by Mitchelstown - typically sell out in advance, so don't rely on the luck of the Irish to secure your seat. Crack on and buy your tickets today.

Sunday, March 15: Budget Town Hall
How have we gone two entire months this year without a Town Hall? We've got to remedy that. Join City and School officials for a presentation on the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget and Capital Improvements Program (CIP) on Sunday, March 15 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall. They'll review what's in this year's proposed budget and take questions from the audience. Can't wait that long? The City Manager will present the FY 2021 Budget and CIP to the City Council at the Regular Meeting on Monday, March 9, starting at 7:30 p.m., also in Council Chambers. See the full budget schedule online.

Tuesday, March 31: Fraud Protection Class at the Senior Center
Identity theft is not a joke, Jim. Ok, with that necessary "The Office" quote out of the way, the Senior Center is hosting "Protect Yourself from Fraud and Identity Theft", an AARP program that provides an inside look at how scammers think and ways to safeguard yourself and your family against identity theft and fraud. The one-day class starts at 10:00 a.m. at the Community Center. It's free to attend, but please register to let us know you're coming

Wednesday, March 32: Census 2020 Day
Humor us for a bit. It's a March themed email, but we have to talk about Census Day, which is technically on April 1 (or for our purposes, March 32). Every 10 years, Uncle Sam needs to take an inventory of all his 300 million+ nieces and nephews, to see what they're up to these days and where they're living. And while you'll likely receive the Census form in your mail sometime in the next few weeks, April 1 is considered Census Day because that's the date the Census Bureau wants to know where you live. Not March 31. Not April 2. April 1 is the day, no joke. And we hope you like Census content because the next several Focus Newsletters are going to be chock-full of it. Deal with it. It's what the Founding Fathers would have wanted...if they were around to read the Focus. (They would also have been very excited for the home opener of the World Champion Washington Nationals, which lands on Thursday, March 33.) 

Top News

While there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Virginia, you should continue to take the same preventative steps you would to avoid the flu: 

• Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds (some recommend singing Happy Birthday twice, while we're partial to the Bagel Bites jingle.)
• Avoid touching your face, which isn't easy.
• If you're sick or feel poorly, you should stay home from work or school if at all possible. AKA, if you have sick-leave or won't get fired: stay home. Those emails can wait.

Visit the Fairfax County Health Department for the latest on the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our region.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Employee of the Year

What makes a good EOY? Here's a rundown of nomination criteria:  

• Achieving an accomplishment of outstanding worth in advancing and improving public service in the City.
• There must be tangible results gained from their performance. which must have occured in 2019.
• Their achievement should be remarkable, or simply put they just went above and beyond their assigned duties.

Full submission details and past EOY recipients are available on the City's website.

The DMV Connect service will be at City Hall next week, Monday - Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

DMV Connect offers most of the same services you could find at a normal DMV office, except you can't obtain Vital Records or take knowledge or road tests. 

If you still haven't gotten your REAL ID, you can get one at DMV Connect. Just make sure you bring all the necessary and correct "proof you are who you say you are" documentation. See a full list of accepted documentation on the DMV website

See a list of all upcoming DMV Connect dates on the City's website. 

Let's take a Throwback Thursday trip to July 4, 2018 at our Independence Day Fireworks celebration. The lights! The booms! The band! The night Katy Beary came into our lives! Ahh, good times and fur-ever memories. 

This year, however, we're pausing the annual Fireworks celebration due to the construction of the new George Mason High School. The Recreation and Parks team is dreaming up another family-friendly event to celebrate Independence Day instead, so stay tuned! 
More City news on the march 
  • Free double-ground leaf mulch is now available for self-loading and pick-up at the Recycling Center, located at 217 Gordon Rd. Happy spring planting! 
  • FYI: The Kaiser Permanente Deck will be closed for public parking this weekend due to construction work. View other public parking alternatives. 
  • ICYMI: as of Sunday, March 15, the East Falls Church Metro station parking lot will be completely closed to the public and parking at West Falls Church station will be reduced by half. The closures are in preparation for the Platform Improvement Project, scheduled to begin this summer. Visit WMATA's website for the latest information
  • The Community Float Challenge returns for the 2020 Memorial Day Parade. Get together with family, friends, neighbors, and community groups to build a unique and patriotic float to parade down Park on May 25. Applications are due to the Rec and Parks team by Friday. March 27
  • You've stopped putting glass containers in your curbside recycling cart, right? 
  • Summer Camp registration with the Recreation and Parks team is still ongoing. Don't snooze too long on signing your kiddo up for camp. Otherwise, they might have to hang out with us for a few months and that can't be good for anybody. 
We hope you used your bonus Leap Year Saturday to grab some extra ZZZs, because we lose an hour of sleep this weekend. Wait, does that mean there can be no babies born this Sunday morning between 2:00 a.m. and 2:59 a.m.? 

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Weekly Calendar

Saturday, March 7

Sunday, March 8

Monday, March 9

Tuesday, March 10

Wednesday, March 11

Thursday, March 12

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