News & Notes

SkatersThe annual Mid-Atlantic Skate Series kicked off at Arlington’s new skate park on Wilson Blvd. Saturday.  100s took part in the event sponsored by Ledo Pizza.

See this week’s edition for more news and notes from the Falls Church Community. 

Hughes Named to Rider University Science Stairway of Fame

Dr. Joy Hughes, vice president for information technology and chief information officer in the School of Information Technology and Engineering at George Mason University, was recently inducted to the Rider University Science Stairway of Fame. Dr. Hughes graduated from Rider summa cum laude in 1971 with a degree in mathematics before serving on the Sally Ride Circle, a group dedicated to attracting more females into science and technology careers. Appointed to her current position in 1997, Rider is among six alumni to be recognized for their exemplary student record as well as their prolific, post-graduate career. Dr. Hughes’ photograph will join the dozens of other laser-etched, silver snapshots adorning the glass-enclosed stairway in the research wing of Rider’s Science and Technology Center.


Author Tveskov Lectures on Subjectivity of Scandinavian History

Fairfax Elderhostel Alumni Association is presenting an author appearance and speech by Danish author and historian Peter H. Tveskov. Author of “Conquered, Not Defeated” (2003) about his childhood during the German occupation of Denmark, Tveskov will give an enlightening speech on “Why History is Subjective,” delving into the remarkably obscured historical perspectives in Scandinavia. The speech will be held at the George Mason Public Library (7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale) on Sunday, September 17 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. RSVP’s are essential – please call Rebecca Prather at 703-534-2274.


Daughter of Famous American Composer to Hold Press Conference at Show

Jamie Bernstein Thomas, the daughter of renowned composer Leonard Bernstein, will host a press conference giving an intimate look into her father and his musical legacy, at the Ash Lawn Opera Festival (2000 Holiday Drive, Suite 100, Charlottesville, VA 22901) on Monday, July 31. Honored as the “only American-born, American-trained” composer and musician to serve as musical director of the New York Philharmonic, Bernstein’s prolific career includes such well-known plays as Candide, 1600 West Pennsylvania Avenue, and West Side Story. Held in conjunction with this season’s production of West Side Story, tickets will cost $15.


Theater at Lime Kiln to Host Renowned Shakespearean Troupe for Encore Performance

The Mary Baldwin College University Wits, an authentic Shakespearean theater company, has been invited back to the Theater at Lime Kiln for an additional performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The troupe, which is recognized for recreating the original theatrical style and technique of Shakespeare’s touring company, is composed of 14 graduate students and graduates in the Master of Letters/Master of Fine Arts Program in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature and Performance. After two successful weekend of June performances, the University Wits will enact their final show on Friday, August 12 at 6:00 p.m. Admittance is pay-what-you-will, though all proceeds benefits the Theater at Lime Kiln (800 Lime Kiln Rd., Lexington, VA 24450) and the University Wits.


Falls Church High School Hosts Preliminary “Jaguar Day”

Falls Church High School (7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church) is hosting a new program called “Jaguar Day” on Tuesday, August 8 for all incoming students, freshman through seniors. Events will begin at noon and end at 7 p.m. in the school’s main cafeteria. There will be tables arranged for students and their parents to pick up their opening day packet, purchase PE uniforms, receive parking passes and join the PTSA. Ninth graders should remember important dates such as Ninth Grade Parent Night (on Thursday, August 17th at 7 p.m.) and Ninth Grade Orientation (Friday, August 18th from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.).


Local Student Graduates from Carleton College

Emily Brimsek, of Falls Church, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Carleton College. Brimsek was awarded her Bachelors degree in History during the College’s 132nd Commencement exercises on Saturday, June 10. We wish her well in her future endeavors.


Find Fun, Fitness and Frenetic Play in Senior Softball League

The Northern Virginia Senior Softball (NVSS) desires men over 50 and women over 40 years of age for 25 slow-pitch teams playing a 30-game season beginning Tuesday, September 5 and running into October. Two seven-inning games are played every Tuesday and Thursday morning on Fairfax County fields. Based on a softball skill assessment, players are assigned to one of three leagues. The average age is 65. Phone Dave at 703-524-5576 or Toni at 703-938-6525 if interested.


McLean Family Defies Gravity with Help of Extra-Planetary Foundation

Space Adventures, the only company to have successfully launched private explorers into space, is headquartered in Vienna, VA, recently launched McLean resident and entrepreneur John Jacquemin and his daughter Olivia, into a mid-air Zero-Gravity flight. “I felt like I was flying…to levitate through the air was extremely freeing…” Jacquemin, the founder and CEO of Vienna-based Mooring Financial Corporation commented. As the aircraft performs a series of parabolic maneuvers and flies upward, passengers experience two G’s of force during their ascent and zero gravity coming down. Visit for more information.


Two Students Named to Dean’s List at Syracuse University

Two area students were named to the Dean’s List at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University during the Spring 2006 semester. Allison Horton of Falls Church, a junior majoring in public communications shares the honor with Alyson Shontell of Arlington, a junior majoring in advertising. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must earn a 3.4 grade point average.


Derma Hair Care Launches Its Grand Opening

Derma Hair Care is announcing their grand opening on Friday, September 1. Located at 111 Rowell Court, Derma Hair Care will offer a 10% discount on Medispa services and will serve brunch for all. The event will last from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Youth Soccer Players Named to Region 1 Travel Team

Katie Yensen recently made the Region 1 Olympic Development Program (ODP) Soccer team for her age group. Yensen is a resident of Falls Church though she plays for Arlington Travel Soccer. The Region 1 team boasts an elite squad of talented players, hailing from Virginia to Maine.


Local Residents Attend Navy League National Convention

Falls Church residents John R. Camp and Shirley W. Camp of the Navy League Northern Virginia Council were among nearly 400 Navy League members from around the world who attended the non-profit organization’s 104th annual convention in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands from July 12 -16. Founded in 1902, the Navy League of the United States is dedicated to educating American citizens and elected officials about the importance of sea power to the United States. The convention included a tour of one of the Navy’s amphibious dock landing ships, the USS Carter Hall, and, in addition, occasioned the presentation of over 20 awards to Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine personnel for shining overseas service.


Several Volunteer Opportunities through Doorways for Women and Families

Doorways for Women and Families is hosting a series of volunteer and support group opportunities for area residents and is calling on all available volunteers. The organization is seeking volunteers for weekend and evening shifts and to answer our 24/7 hotline for its Safehouse domestic violence shelter program. Training for Safehouse begins in Aug.-Sept., please call 703-522-8858 or visit for more information. Additionally, Doorways for Women and Families invites you to attend a monthly volunteer orientation meeting the first Tuesday of every month to learn more about the volunteer opportunities with our family shelter, domestic violence and other community programs. See same site for details. The organization also offers a free support group for survivors of domestic violence which meets at an undisclosed location in Arlington every Tuesday. Please call 703-237-0881 for more information. Free childcare is provided.


Tyson’s Hosts Tax-Free Back-To-School Gala

Tyson’s Corner Center is sponsoring a Tax-Free, Back-to-School Fashion Event from Friday, August 4 to Sunday, August 6. Three stages throughout the mall will showcase new apparel, accessories and gadgets for both high school and college students. The event will be held at Tyson’s Corner Center (1961 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, VA 22102).


St. Patrick’s Celebrates Its 50 Year Anniversary

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church will be celebrating its 50th year on Sunday, September 17 at 3:30 p.m. A reception will follow the service, which will be held at 3241 Brush Drive, Falls Church.


Edit:Undo Showcases Wide Array of Student Talent

George Mason High School junior, K-K Bracken, is one of three writers of Edit:Undo, a musical comedy rooted in the dilemma of high school life and love in the digital age, which will premiere at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, August 7. Bracken is part of a creative team of nine students – three writers, three composers and three lyricists – who joined together with The Cappies, an international program in high school theater, to write the contemporary, collaborative play. All of the nine members of the original creative team hail from high schools in Virginia and Maryland while the 37 teenage performers who will debut the student-written play come from all across North America. To purchase tickets for the play, visit


Law Firm Donates $20K in School Supplies

After arranging to host its seventh annual backpack drive to benefit the children of Graham Road Elementary School in Falls Church, international law firm Reed Smith LLP donated over $20,000 in school supplies at the school’s open house. The firm raised the omney from its partners, employees and client donations through raffles and other activities. After sponsoring mentoring and tutoring services with the elementary school, the firm developed the backpack drive to further assist those students who come from homes whose annual income is below the poverty level. The event took place on Friday, July 28 at Graham Road Elementary School.


Childhelp Children’s Center Launches Youth Career Exploration Program

Childhelp Children’ Center of Virginia has initiated a Career Exploration Program for Mentor Children, a summertime program geared towards enriching the lives of at-risk children with weekly field trips and opening their eyes to potential career possibilities in the future. The program sponsors trips to local Fairfax County businesses, including USA Today, INOVA Fairfax Hospital, and South Paws Veterinarian Services. Professionals speak to the children about their particular educational and vocational backgrounds, encouraging the children to pursue specialized “shadow-a-professional” programs and promoting good study habits. To learn more about the Childhelp Mentor Program, contact Cheryl Ray at 703-208-1549 or


Nisbet’s Book Sheds New Light on Legendary American Architect

Taliesin Reflections, a new book by Earl Nisbet, relates the author’s firsthand experience on his stay within the Taliesin Fellowship founded by famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. This community was the center of Wright’s life and work from the 1930’s till his death in 1959. The book relates some of the day-to-day activities that the author took part in during his time as an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright as well as reflection on the author’s experiences and the peculiar genius which his mentor relied upon to think up and sustain the unique Fellowship experience. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Taliesin Preservation, Inc.


Copper Sails to Play Benefit Concert in Arlington

Copper Sails will be performing at the Rhodeside Grill (1836 Arlington Blvd., Arlington) on Friday, August 4. The cover charge is $5 starting at 9 p.m. and all proceeds benefit the Whitman Walker Clinic, which is the largest provider of HIV/AIDS services in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Copper Sails blends guitar-heavy rock with keyboard textures for a mix of melody and musicianship.


The Children’s International Art Outreach is sponsoring a Children’s Katrina Quilt Workshop on Saturday, August 5 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Local children and their families displaced by Hurricane Katrina are invited to create a community quilt which is to be displayed at the International Children’s Festival at Wolftrap in September. To take part in this event, held at the Patricia M. Sitar Center for the Arts (1700 Kalorama Rd., NW Suite 101, Washington DC 20009), please call 703-786-0080 for free registration.