Community News and Notes

 THE ANNUAL MEETING and fundraising reception of Falls Church’s Creative Cauldron youth arts program was also the occasion for a wrap-up gala of the group’s fall drama and art project at the McGonegal showroom last Saturday night. (Photo: News-Press)

Deck the Hall with Boughs Of…

The George C Marshall High School Boosters will be selling Christmas trees, wreaths and White House ornaments in front of Marshall High School from November 25 through December 17. The hours of sales are Mon-Fri 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m.-7 p.m.  Come support your community and decorate your home for the holidays!


Featuring the Senior Singers’ Chorale and More

Levine School of Music, Virginia Campus, presents its annual holiday concert on Saturday Dec. 9 at 4 p.m, which will be located in Westover Baptist Church on 1125 N. Patrick Henry Drive in Arlington, VA. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 703-237-5655.


Spanish Worship Service

The Taste of Falls Church Board of Directors presented Colm Dillon with a framed award recognizing Ireland’s Four Provinces as the #1 Restaurant as judged at the 2nd Annual Taste of Falls Church.Grace Lutheran Church announces Iglesia Luterana Gracia y Paz’s inauguration on Sunday Nov. 19 at 1:30 p.m. This includes the first worship service in Spanish, community fellowship, a meal and a video presentation entitled “Analiza tu Alma.” The Grace Lutheran Church is located on 3233 Annandale Road in Falls Church, VA. For more information, call 703-534-1719.


Sprint Nextel Honored for its Leadership

The American Red Cross nominates Spring Nextel to be awarded in recognition of its leadership in the Washington area. On Friday Nov. 3, Sprint Nextel was honored at the fifth annual Capital Philanthropy Day. For more information, visit


Changing Our Community

Join Volunteers for Change for an orientation on Sunday Dec. 3, 2 – 3 p.m., Wednesday Dec. 6, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Sunday Jan. 7, 2 – 3 p.m. and Thursday Jan. 11, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Volunteer Fairfax’s office in central Fairfax. For more information, call 703-246-3460, ext. 2.


Lend a Hand in Holiday Gift Wrapping

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia holds a gift wrapping event at local Barnes & Noble and Borders book stores starting in early December and running up until Christmas Eve. For more information, call 703-237-0866.


New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry (NOVAM) announces the appointment of Reverend Father Rusty S. Smith as Executive Director. Smith joins the NOVAM staff on December 1, 2006. For more information, call 703-533-5505, ext. 14.


Artists Awarded

Virginia Commission for the Arts awards $45,000 to Virginia photographers and writers. Fellowships in fiction were awarded to: Rebecca Brock of Leesburg, Amanda Cockrell of Roanoke, Ryan Effgen of Arlington, Lamar Giles of Chesapeake and Nick Taylor of Williamsburg. Fellowships in photography were awarded to: Colette Fu of Roanoke, Thurston Howes of Richmond, Holly Morrison of Richmond and Paul Thulin of Richmond. For more information, visit


A CROWD GATHERS OCT. 24 at Mary Riley Styles Public Library to see Congolese band, Bana Ndule, The event was the finale of the library’s October series of cultural programs honoring Falls Church City’s sister city partnership with Kokolopori, Democratic Republic of Congo.  The band, Bana Ndule (“Children of Music” in Lingala), led by Stephane Chirume and featuring guest vocalist Patrick Tangelo, played inspiring songs with an infectious Congolese rhythm that were especially selected and translated for a family audience. More information about the Kokolopori-Falls Church Sister City Partnership is available at the library. (Photo: News-Press)Alumni Meeting

Elderhostel Fairfax County Alumni Meeting, featuring special guest speaker, will be held at George Mason Public Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA on Sunday Dec. 3, 2 – 4 p.m. This event is free. RSVP to Rebecca Prather at 703-534-2274.


Puppies Rescued from Israel

On Friday Nov. 3, 40 puppies and dogs were rescued from Israel by the Alexandria, VA-based Concern for Helping Animals in Israel (CHAI). They arrived at the JFK airport, where staff from the Animal Welfare League of Arlington picked up nine of the mixed breed puppies and two adult dogs that had been transported from New York to Maryland. For more information, contact Susan Sherman at 703-931-9241, ext. 203.


Sharing an Experience

The Williamsburg Woman’s club will meet on Thursday Nov. 16 at 11:45 a.m. at Little Falls Presbyterian Church, 6025 Little Falls Road, Arlington, VA. Rose Bannigan will tell the group about her overseas experiences. Guests are welcome. For more information, call 703-538-7044.


Follow Her Lead

CEO Kerrie Wilson was selected as a winner of the 2006 Meyer Foundation Exponent Award in recognition of Reston Interfaith’s leadership and ability to address the needs of the community. For more information, visit


Modeling Concert Dresses

New Dominion Chorale’s Falls Church members model new concert dresses. Chorale will hold a concert, “Magnificats,” on Sunday Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. The event will be held at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Center at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria campus. For more information, call 301-652-1926.


Local School Competes in LEGO robot competition

Nine students from a Falls Church school will be competing on Saturday at the regional tournament of FIRST’s Lego league robot competition against 31 other schools in the Northern Virginia area. For more information, visit


Local Student Participates in Model UN Conference

Nora McCulla of Falls Church, an Earlham College junior and daughter of William and Cheryl McCulla, participated in the Lake Erie International Model United Nations Conference XIII in Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 2 – 5.


Coaching Vacancy: Send Your Resume

Falls Church High School is seeking a coach for the varsity boys’ lacrosse. Please contact Jeanne Kelly, DSA, at 703-207-4025 or [email protected].


1st Annual Brian’s 5K

Friends of Brian Anderson, a 23-year old former All District offensive lineman at McLean High School and a former cadet at the Merchant Marine Academy before experiencing a fatal accident, host a 5K Run/Walk in his honor on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8:30 a.m. The run/walk will start be held at McLean High School on 1435 Hampton Hill Circle, McLean, VA. All proceeds go toward Brian’s medical expenses. Donations are also accepted and can be mailed or paid online at


Smokeout Day

Don Beyer Volvo will kidnap a lifelong smoker on Nov. 16 and isolate him or her by keeping him at the Falls Church dealership for 24 hours to help him or her kick the habit. The unsuspecting victim will be taken from their bed at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday Nov. 15. For more information, contact Jane Fanuka at [email protected].


Skipping theThe Falls Church contingent of the New Dominion Chorale models new concert garb, smart black dresses for women replacing the white blouse/black skirt costume.No change in the men’s dress. From left, Beverly Laub, Rosemarie Hunziker, James Oglethorpe, Renee Andrews, Jennifer Heffernan, all of Falls Church. The Chorale’s holiday concert, featuring Bach’s “Magnificat,” Conductor Thomas Beveridge’s new “Magnificat” and singalong carols, takes place at  4:00 pm, Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Schlesinger Center in Alexandria. Tickets are $25; $20 for seniors; $5 for students; and $20 for group sales. Free parking. Purchase tickets online at; by phone, 703-442-9404; or in person at Foxes Music, Falls Church, or Maley's McLean Music, McLean. Coffee Challenge

Food for Others hosts a “Latte & Lunch Challenge” for National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, Nov. 12 – 18. You can participate by skipping your specialty coffee drinks and/or lunch for the week and donating the money to Food for Others to help the fight against hunger. For more information, call 703-207-9173 or visit


Thanksgiving Donations Sought

Reston Interfaith seeks donors for its annual Thanksgiving food basket drive. The food baskets include non-perishable items such as canned fruits and vegetables, juice, muffin mix, and are distributed with grocery store gift cards. Those interested should call businesses 571-323-9566.


Join the League

The NOVA NFL Youth Flag Football League seeks teams ages 6 – 17 years old from Loudon and Fairfax Counties to participate in the Spring travel NFL Flag Football League. Teams of all skill levels are welcome to participate. For more information, contact the league office at [email protected] or visit the league web site at