Community News & Notes

Robert Rector (Right), a Falls Church resident, has a featured role in the American Century Theater’s upcoming production of the legendary MacBird! by Barbara Garson. Rector plays President John F. Kennedy in the Production. (PHOTO: Courtesy Jeffery Bell

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Former Governor and Wife to Host Red Cross Benefit

The honorable Frank Keating, former governor of Oklahoma, and his wife Mrs. Cathy Keating will be hosting an exclusive benefit to support The American Red Cross of the National Capital Area on Monday, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. The benefit will take place at Morton’s The Steakhouse, located at 3251 Prospect St., NW, Georgetown. Taking place will be a cocktail reception, a dinner buffet, and a live and silent auction. People are asked to reply by Friday, Sept. 8. For more information call 703-584-8459 or e-mail .


Parent Child Workshops to Be Held

The McLean Project for the Arts
will be featuring new parent-child workshops starting late September. First up will be the “Magical Mystery Tour in the Garden,” where children ages 4-8 can create a fantasy 3-D garden with a wide-variety of materials. This will take place on Sat., Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. On Oct. 28 at the same time, children are invited to make their own colorful and unique stepping tones with special paints and mosaic materials. Cost is $10 per family. The workshops will take place at the McLean Community Center, located at 1234 Ingleside Ave. For more information or to register, call 703-790-0123.


J.E.B. Stuart Announces First Annual Golf Tournament

On Friday, Sept. 15, the First Annual J.E.B. Stuart Educational Foundation Golf Tournament will be held at Reston National Golf Course in Reston. Sponsored by Bank of America, the event will include the golf tournament, silent auction, a fabulous buffet, and an all-around good time. The Tournament presents an excellent opportunity to publicize a business within our community. Sponsorships from $175 to $2000 are available. Each sponsor will have a sign placed on the hole and will be recognized in the program. For more information about the tournament, or to sign up a team, call Robin Fetsch at 703-532-8818.


Buddhist Center to Teach Meditation

The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center offers introductory teachings on Buddhist meditation beginning Monday, Sept. 11, at Unity of Fairfax (2854 Hunter Mill Rd.) in Oakton, and at the Griffin Center (3800 Fairfax Drive) in Arlington. Classes are held Monday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. and consist of a guided meditation, instruction, and discussion. All are welcome. $10 fee per class. For more information, visit the Center’s website:


PFLAG Support Group Meeting

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
of Metro D.C. will hold a support group meeting to discus issues about coming out. The meeting will take place on Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Rodef Shalom, 2100 Westmoreland St., Falls Church. For more information please call 703-532-2217.


Winery at La Grange Set to Open in Haymarket, Va.

The Winery at La Grange
will open to the public for Labor Day Weekend, offering eclectic wines, some of which have already won regional competitions, and “A Taste of History” reaching back to the late 1700s. The Winery at La Grange is tucked away just three miles from historic Haymarket, Va. Where 1-66 and Routes 55 and 15 intersect. The three and a half story manor, circa 1790, has gone through major renovations over the past couple of years, and is finally ready for the public. For more information about the opening, please call 703-753-9360 or visit


CrisisLink Searching For Volunteers

Help CrisisLink save lives and prevent tragedies just by listening! CrisisLink needs volunteers to staff the Washington Metro Region’s only suicide and crisis hotline. By lending just three hours a week, you can touch and save lives! College credit, CEU’s, free workshops, in-services, and great social events are included. Training starts Sept. 30, so visit and complete the online application. Call 703-527-6016 with questions.


Flood Preparedness Tips

With Hurricane Ernesto having swept its way up the East Coast, the American Red Cross of the National Capital area urges people to take safety steps to prevent flooding. Should the need arise, call the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area to find out about shelters that may be opening in your area. Three simple steps can make a difference in staying safe: Get a Kit, Make a Plan, and Stay Informed. Build a disaster kit including water, non-perishable, ready to eat food, radio, flashlight, a first aid kit and necessary medications. Store important family documents in a portable, waterproof and fireproof container as part of your kit. Make a plan by choosing options for you and your family should the need to evacuate arise. Identify where you could go if told to evacuate. Get informed by watching the television or listening to the radio for warnings about floods and flash floods. For more information, call the American Red Cross at 202-728-6400 or visit .