Community News and Notes

 LIBBY O’CONNELL, Ph. D was on hand at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School to answer student questions after a Feb. 15 screening of The History Channel special “Save Our History: The Search for George Washington.”

Library Co-Sponsors Free Concerts

Fairfax County Public Library continues the second half of the season with its free music concerts. Performing Chopin, Bach, Liszt and Scarlatti, final dates of performances are Friday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. All performances are held at the Alden Theatre in the McLean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean).


J.E.B. Stuart High School to Hold Annual Taste of the Town

Following their kick-off meeting, charter members of the newly formed Interact Club at Bishop O’Connell High School will meet at the school on Feb. 20 to complete their charter application to Rotary International through the Falls Church Rotary Club’s sponsorship. In the front row, Rotarian Earl Brown is in the center with faculty advisor, Margaret Lane on the right with Interact Club charter members. Interact participates in community and international service projects as the high school affiliate of Rotary International.J.E.B. Stuart High School (3301 Peace Valley Ln., Falls Church) on Sunday, March 11 will hold its 15th Annual Taste of the Town from 5 until 8 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria. This popular event will feature delicious samples provided by local restaurants, musical entertainment by students and hundreds of items offered in a silent auction. Tickets are $12 if purchased in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, contact


The Arc of Northern Virginia Opens New Visitors Center

The Arc (98 N. Washington St., Falls Church) will open the doors to their new visitors center, March 4 between 8:30 a.m. and 11 p.m. The Arc of Northern Virginia is a local self-advocacy organization for adults with developmental disabilities. Enjoy free entertainment, refreshments and a tour. Visit for more information.


Falls Church Resident Receives the Commonwealth’s Outstanding Faculty Award

Northern Virginia Community College history professor Dr. Charles Errico accepted an Outstanding Faculty Award Feb. 8 from the State Council of Higher Education in recognition of his accomplishments in teaching, research and public service. The Outstanding Faculty Award was presented by Governor Timothy M. Kane at the Library of Virginia. Errico received $5,000 cash prize and an original glass sculpture wall hanging created by Va. artist Jude Schlotzhauer.


PART OF THE DELEGATION from the City of Falls Church attending the annual Virginia State Democratic Party banquet in Richmond Saturday night is shown here, including F.C. Mayor Robin Gardner and her spouse, F.C.’s Democratic Committee chair Mike Gardner, former chair Edna Frady and F.C. Citizens for a Better City boss Jody Acosta with hubby Phil. Barak Obama was the speaker at the banquet that drew over 3,000 people. (News-Press photo)Northern Va. Teens to Participate in the Annual World Vision 30 Hour Famine

On Feb. 23 and 24, more than 150 young people from churches across Northern Virginia. plan to participate in the annual World Vision 30 Hour Famine. Famine Participates learn about hunger issues in Africa, as well as right here in Northern Virginia. The students participating plan to make sandwiches for So Others Might Eat (SOME) in Washington D.C. This year’s Famine event will be hosted by Friendship United Methodist in Falls Church (3527 Gallows Rd., Falls Church) For more information 703-409-9350.


Living Green Event

On Thursday March 15, the NRECA (4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington) building will host its  Living Green Event from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in conjunction with the 29th Arlingtonians for Clean Environment annual meeting. This free program will include a panel discussion moderated by Arlington County Board chairman Paul Ferguson and discuss Living Green in Arlington: Renewable Energy, Clean Water and buying responsibly. For more information, call 703-228-6427.


Local Student Earns Academic Honors at Saint Mary’s College

 Congratulations to local Falls Church resident Brigette Mysliwiec who earned Academic Honors at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind. for the Fall 2006 semester. Saint Mary’s is a four-year Catholic women’s institution.


Dulin United Methodist Cooperative Preschool President Samantha Wright addresses the children in attendance at the preschool’s 40th anniversary earlier this month. Dulin Cooperative Preschool was started in 1967 by church families and has been in continuous operation as a co-op since that time. Many of Falls Church’s finest have passed through its doors! For more information about Dulin Cooperative Preschool, visit Crow Productions Announces The Ghost Sonata Auditions

Vpstart Crow Productions will hold auditions for August Strindberg’s The Ghost Sonata on Sunday, March 11 from 6 – 9 p.m. and Monday March 12, from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Cramer Center (9008 Center St., in Old Town, Manassas) For tickets and information call 800-660-8580.


Falls Church Resident Named to Dean’s List at Boston University

Congratulations to Jessica K. Donaldson, a Falls Church resident who has recently been named to the Dean’s List at Boston University for the Fall 2006 semester. 


Civil Air Patrol To Host Three Media Events

Members of the National Board of the Civil Air Patrol will gather for their 2007 winter meeting March 1 – 3 at the Crystal Gateway Marriot in Arlington. (1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington). To find out more information, such as times and specific speakers who will be attending these events, visit


Vpstart Crow Productions To Launch 2007 Season

Considered to be one of Shakespeare’s finest comedies, Much Ado about Nothing will be coming to The Cramer Center (9008 Center St., Old Town Manassas). Starting March 2 the production will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through March 18. For tickets and information call 800-660-8580.


Childhelp USA Recruiting Men and Women

The Children’s Center of Virginia is recruiting volunteers for various positions at the advocacy center in Fairfax. Volunteer Mentors provide a positive influence on the lives of children who are at risk. A one year commitment will be expected and meeting with the child at least twice a month. Contact Cheryl Ray at 703-208-1549 or email for more information.


Arlington- Fairfax Elks Lodge Cash Back Benefit

The Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge #2188 will be holding its First Annual Cash Back on Saturday, March 10; beginning at 5 p.m. Doors will open at 4 p.m., so you’ll have plenty of time before the first drawing at 5 p.m. Each ticket costs $25 and will entitle you to a chance to win $500 every 20 minutes starting at 5 p.m. and concluding at 9 p.m. At 10 p.m. we will draw the grand prize winner of $4,500. If you would like to purchase tickets, please call the Lodge Office at 703-560-2188.


HERE IS A SCENE from a Tet party recently held in the Winter Hill Clubhouse. Tet is a celebration of the Vietnamese New Year and almost half of the residents at Winter Hill Apartments are Vietnamese. They prepared all the main dishes themselves and enjoyed a real feast!Disaster Preparedness Pet Trailer Arrives in Arlington

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington unveiled Arlington County’s new disaster trailer on Feb.16. The trailer, purchased by the Arlington County Government with funds provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is designed to help local residents’ pets in the event of an emergency. In the event of an emergency, the Office of Emergency Management will call upon the League to set up a temporary shelter at a selected location. The League will tow the trailer to the chosen site and League staff and volunteers will set up and operate the shelter. Residents who need to evacuate will not have to leave their pets behind. For more information, visit


Unique Black History Event in Falls Church

Friday evening at 8 p.m. on Feb. 23 at the Falls Church Community Center, Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation with the City of Falls Church and Diener & Associates will co sponsor an unusual and fun black history celebration. From New York City the Harlem MagicMasters will take on the court against some of the best Falls Church basketball players. Tickets are available at the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St.,
Falls Church) and FCCPS and souvenirs and food available for modest donation.