Community News and Notes

 LEDO PIZZA Restaurant and pub OF FALLS CHURCH sponsored lunch for recruiters at the 16th Annual Northern Virginia Job Fair. The event, staffed by volunteers from the National Capital Region Chapter of the Viginia Tech Alumni Association, raised $35,000 to fund scholarships for local high school students accepted to Virginia Tech. Shown here is Kristy Cartier of the VTAA (left), and Ausra Jogminaite, manager of Ledo Pizza and Pasta.

Nationally-Known Chefs Cater to Local School Children

In celebration of National School Breakfast Week¸ area chefs donated their time on March 8 to serve breakfast to Parklawn Elementary School students to highlight the number of students who are eligible for free and reduced-lunch programs. The special breakfast was prepared by Chris Britton of Nestle, Mickey Yeager and Bill Babb of RPA, Inc., and Don Shaw from The Birchmere.


Area Students Make University of Mary Washington Dean’s List

Congratulations to Dena Adriance, Sabrina Askari, Taylor Edwards, William Henneburg, Andre Koelz, Philip Newton, Robert Olsen, Rebecca Parson, and Gwen Paulson, all of Falls Church, and Vanessa Blaney, Andrew Boczar, Paul Dolan, and Dana Stubbs, all of Arlington for achieving Dean’s List membership for the fall 2006 semester. Full-time students achieve Dean’s List membership with a grade point average between 3.5 and 4.0.


Fall 2006 President’s List at UMW

Congratulations to Catherine Connor of Falls Church for making the Presidents List at UMW. President’s List scholars are full time students who achieve a perfect 4.0 grade point average.


Whole Foods Markets Raise over $25,000 to Fight Local Hunger

This past holiday season Whole Foods Markets sold reusable fabric shopping bags to benefit Food for Others, a Fairfax County food bank. Additionally, 900 of the bags were donated and used to pack Thanksgiving groceries for needy families in the program.


Archaeologist Uncovers Jamestown Fort

Dr. William Kelso, under the sponsorship of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Artifacts (APVA), spoke on March 3 at the Falls Church Historical Church on the uncovering of James Fort, an early American fort in Jamestown to a crowd of around 150. The fort, despite years of the river running over the site, showed a sophisticated society of early settelers where previously they were thought to be unrefined


On March 7, Ranger Rick was spotted visiting the story hour at Mary Riley Styles Library. The story hour highlighted children’s stories about nature and wildlife, as part of the library’s celebration of Healthy Habitat Month. At a March 20 talk, the City’s Senior Urban Forester will discuss alien invasive plants that can invade our yards and a co-owner of Nature by Design, a native plant nursery, will show and tell about wonderful native plants that do well in Falls Curch City.George Mason HS Girl’s Soccer Team to Hold Clinic

The George Mason High School girl’s soccer team coaches and students are holding a soccer clinic for children ages 5-10 on Saturday, March 24 from 9-11 a.m. to raise funds for new team uniforms. Cost is $25 per child. Registration will be held at the field the day of the clinic, or by pre-registering with head coach Jennifer Parsons at [email protected] with the child’s name, age and gender. The fee covers the clinic, as well as free admittance for the participant to all spring 2007 girl’s soccer home events. Make checks payable to “GMHS Athletics.”


Homeschool Instructional Theatre Society presents “Once Upon a Mattress”

The Homeschool Instructional Theatre Society (HITS!) will be performing a musical comedy version of “The Princess and the Pea” entitled “Once Upon a Mattress”. HITS! is a theater troupe composed of homeschooled students from the NOVA and Washington metro areas. Performances will take place at the James Lee Community Theatre in Falls Church on Fridays, March 23 and 30, Saturdays, March 24 and 31 at 7 p.m. and also a matinee performance on Saturday the 31 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased via PayPal on the website for $8, or at the door for $10. For more information, call 703-978-8390 or email Laurel Summerfield at [email protected].


Free St. Patrick’ Day Cab Rides

Offered by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP), “SoberRide” will be in operation from 4:30 p.m. this Saturday until 6 a.m. Sunday morning. Residents celebrating with alcohol may call 1-800-200-TAXI for a no-cost (up to $50) and safe way home. Cingular customers can dial #TAXI for the same service. Residents must be 21 or over. The program is offered all over the D.C. metro area. For more information, visit


Library to Hold Electronic Tax Return Filing Seminar

The Mary Riley Styles Public Library as well as 84 other public libraries in the state will host the Virginia Department of Taxation and local Commissioners of Revenue in an effort to educate citizens on the benefits of filing their state taxes electronically. Citizens will be shown different methods of e-filing, and security concerns will be addressed. FC residents can attend the workshop on April 7 at 10:30 a.m. No computer skills are necessary. For more information on e-filing options, visit


George Mason High School Class of 1987 20 Year Reunion

The GMHS class of 1987 will hold its 20 year reunion June 16 and 17. Saturday night dinner at Maggiano’s in Tyson’s Corner and a Sunday picnic at Cherry Hill Park in Falls Church are planned. Dinner is $50 per person, and the picnic $20. Payments are due by April 15 through the PayPal website, directly through contacting an event organizer, or by sending a personal check to reunion organizer Hugo Mendoza. More information and contact details can be found by visiting, or by email at [email protected].


FC Elementary PTA Recognized for Superior Membership Achievement

FC Elementary Schools Mt. Daniel and Thomas Jefferson have been recognized by the PTA District office for having “Superior Membership Achievement” as well as the highest percentage of members in the Commonwealth of Virginia. PTA District Director Lisa Moore will present the award at the PTA meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday March 21. Meetings are held monthly at the TJ Elementary School Library.


$15,000 in Scholarships Offered to High School Seniors

The Washington Regional Transplant Consortium (WRTC), a non-profit organ and tissue recovery agency for the D.C. metro area, will award nine scholarships to metro high school seniors. Students can write and submit an essay persuading someone to say “yes” to tissue and organ donation. First place winners in each jurisdiction (D.C., Maryland and Virginia) will be awarded $3000 in scholarships, with two runners up each receiving $1000. More information, entry forms and contest rules can be found at  


FuZe Lacrosse Club 2007 Tryouts

Loudon FuZe Lacrosse Club is holding tryouts for young men under 15 to rising seniors for its 2007 season. Three teams will be chosen to compete in numerous tournaments, including college recruiting opportunities. More information and tryout schedules can be found at


FC Residents Named to “Who’s Who in American Junior Colleges”

FC residents Vivian Camacho and Jose Carbo were named to the 2007 edition of “Who’s Who in American Junior Colleges.” Camacho, a science and engineering major, attends the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Carbo is studying business administration at Annandale. In order to qualify, nominees must have demonstrated strong academic and leadership abilities. Camacho and Carbo will be recognized April 5 at the annual Who’s Who banquet at the Ernst Community Cultural Center on the Annandale campus from 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Kentucky Derby Party and Auction

The 12th Annual Kentucky Derby Party will be held in Vienna at a private home. Tickets are $125 dollars per person and all proceeds go to benefit PRS (formerly Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services). Included are dinner and drinks, as well as opportunities to participate in live auctions while watching the race. For more information or to make an auction item donation, contact Karen Cox at 703-531-6303 or [email protected].


An Evening of Magic

Ring 50, the National Capitol Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians in conjunction with Bishop Ireton High School, will present An Evening of Magic at the BIHS school theater. Area magicians will perform a family-friendly magic show in Alexandria. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30. Tickets are $10 in advance and at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the door with cash or check or ordered by credit card at Online orders must be completed by April 11. For further information, visit


Author Jeff Stone to Speak

Jeff Stone, author of the children’s series “The Five Ancestors” is coming to the D.C. metro area March 22 and 23. Stone will visit Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School, Gunston Middle, and Williamsburg Middle, as well as Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Bookstore at 4:30 p.m. in Arlington and Barnes and Noble in Tyson’s Corner at 7 p.m., both on the 23rd. An avid kung-fu practitioner, Stone will demonstrate the martial arts to students and speak about his experience writing his novels. Students are encouraged to wear their own martial arts uniforms to the events.


Thomas Jefferson and Mt. Daniel PTA Family Party

Local elementary School PTA organizations are offering a night of family fun on March 24 from 6-9 p.m. at the Falls Church Community Center (2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church). TJ students will lip-synch performances as The Beatles, the Cheetah Girls, and songs from High School Musical. There will also be a laser light show. Admission is free.


Falls Church Little League Wants You!

Falls Church Kiwanis Little League is recruiting umpires to work its games from April to mid-June. Free training will be provided on Sundays March 18 and 25 from 3-5 p.m. at the Falls Church Community Center (2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church). On April 1 training will be held on-field. Recruits must be age 12 or over. For more information, contact Chief Umpire Mike Wetmore at 703-371-9085 or [email protected]. Schedule is flexible, equipment is provided.


Oakcrest Students Regional Winners in Technology Competition

A team made up of Oakcrest High School sophomores Kelly Johnston, Danielle Douez, and Veronika Stare has been selected as one of 24 regional winners in the 2007 Toshiba/NTSA ExploraVision Awards Competition. ExploraVision challenges young people to “create a vision of new technology.” The Oakcrest team submitted a design plan for the EHANT system, or “Emergency Heart Attack Notification Treatment”, based on the current structure of a pacemaker. Winners are invited to participate in the national finals of the competition. More information on the program is available at