This Week

September 14 – 20

The Falls Church Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar is inviting members of the business community to attend a book signing for Applebee’s America: How Successful Political, Business and Religious Leaders Connect with the New American Community. On Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006 from 4 – 6 p.m., Ron Fournier, the award winning political journalist and one of the book’s three co-authors, will speak and sign copies of this timely book which explains how Americans are responding to the renewed appreciation for the virtues of home and community. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and complimentary refreshments will be provided. RSVPs are required – call 703-560-0205.  

Beyond the Garden Gate is hosting a needs drive for returning war personnel recovering at Bethesda Naval Hospital. Collected items will be delivered to the hospital monthly – the drive will continue indefinitely. There are a wide variety of items on the hospital’s needs list such as boxer shorts (L), athletic shorts and shirts, white t-shirts, white socks, electric razors, Head and Shoulders Shampoo, Old Spice Body Wash, Axe Body Wash, current DVDs, watches, wallets, workout gloves (for use with wheelchairs), and phone cards. For more information visit  or stop by the gift boutique located at 450 W. Broad Street (facing Pennsylvania Avenue).

Helene Safford, artist and owner of Clay Café Studios, and Gayla Hassett, artist and manager of the Falls Church Clay Café location contributed glass and ceramic auction items which raised $1,000 for an auction to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The auction, which was conducted by ceramic studio owners, manufacturers, teachers and artists, raised a total of $33,000 for the Foundation which is fighting to eradicate breast cancer by funding research grants and supporting education, screening and treatment projects in communities around the world. Clay Cafe Studios is located at 101 N. Maple Ave. in Falls Church with a second location at 13894 Metrotech Drive in Chantilly, Va. For more information visit

City of Falls Churchopoly games are now available for pre-purchase. Featuring Falls Church businesses, they were created to raise funds for the City’s Hurricane Katrina fundraising efforts. The games, which will be available in November, can be pre-purchased for $20 by check or credit card. Checks should be made payable to “The City of Falls Church” and mailed to Adrienne Raines, City of Falls Church, 300 Park Avenue, 100W, Falls Church, VA 22046 or if you would like to pay by credit card call (703) 248-5230. For more information go to

Family Medicine in Falls Church has moved to 104A East Broad Street into offices shared with the Falls Church Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Gordon Theisz moved his practice into the space after partnering with Dr. Paul Cannon and purchasing the offices to ensure that the two successful practices continue to grow and prosper in the City of Falls Church. For more information about Dr. Theisz or Family Medicine in Falls Church call 703-533-7555 or visit  For more information about Dr. Cannon or the Falls Church Foot & Ankle Center call 703-237-1555 or visit

The Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Merrifield Business Association are co-hosting a luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006 featuring Congressman Tom Davis. The event will take place from 11:30 – 1:15 at the Italian Café located at 7161 Lee Highway in Falls Church. RSVPs are required. Call GFCCC at 703-532-1050 or GMBA at (703) 849-1200.

Homestretch is hosting an event Monday, Sept. 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m. for members of the business community and local residents to learn more about the issue of homelessness in the Falls Church area and meet the organization’s new Executive Director, Christopher Fay. Mr. Fay, was most recently the Deputy Chief Operating Officer of the Milton Eisenhower Foundation in Washington, DC, where he was chiefly responsible for establishing replications around the nation of the acclaimed Delancey Street model for ex-offenders and recovering substance abusers.  Prior to his work with the Eisenhower Foundation, Fay helped found and lead Broadway Community, Inc., an award winning program for the homeless in New York City. Homestretch is located at 370 S. Washington Street in Falls Church. For more information about Homestretch, visit

Falls Church-based Tax Analysts, the publisher of Tax Notes and other tax publications, invites you to cast your vote for the next chair of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee. Just go to , where you will be asked, “Who should succeed William M. Thomas, R-Calif., as the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee in the next Congress?” Then vote for one of the three leading candidates on the Republican or vote for the presumptive chairman-in-waiting on the Democratic side. Tax Analysts is maintaining an up-to-date tally (at 10 a.m. today, Rangel was leading with 97 votes, followed by Shaw with 40, McCrery with 38, and Johnson with 28). Cast your vote and see your candidate’s numbers change right before your eyes. For more information visit their website or contact Wendy Lewis at 703-533-4404 or .

Vantage Fitness
is hosting an Open House and inviting members of the community to try out their group exercise classes as well as their state of the art cardiovascular and fitness equipment for free from Sept. 21 – 24, 2006. Vantage Fitness, offering “A Smarter Workout” is located at 442 S. Washington Street in Falls Church. For more information call 703-241-0565 or visit