Community News and Notes

 IT WAS ANNUAL ‘SPRING EXTRAVAGANZA’ TIME for students at the Mt. Daniel Elementary School in Falls Church, performing last Friday night at the GMHS auditorium. (PHOTO: NATE TAYOR)

Area Students Named to Marist Dean’s List

Congratulations to Tyler J. Anderson of Arlington, Phillip F. Deyman of Annandale, Alice T. Formwalt of Burke and Caitlin K. Schara of McLean. The local students made the Dean’s List for the Fall semester at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.


Reiki Therapy at Virginia Hospital Center

THE HOMESCHOOL INSTRUCTIONAL THEATRE SOCIETY (HITS!) performed 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. (Photo: Nate Taylor)Reiki is a simple method of light touch that facilitates pain relief and stress reduction while stimulating the body’s ability to heal itself. Virginia Hospital Center is located at 7101 N. George Mason Dr. in Arlington. Reiki will be offered on Friday April 13, 7-9 p.m. and by individual appointment only. For more information, call 703-558-6284.


ARTA Silent Auction

The Arlington Retired Teachers Association (ARTA) will hold its annual Silent Auction on Wednesday, April 11. Proceeds will go to the ARTA Scholarship Fund to benefit Arlington high school seniors. The Auction will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Church of the Covenant, 2600 Military Road in Arlington. For more information, call 703-534-4402.


Celebrate the Easter Season

Celebrate Easter at Graham Road United Methodist Church (2929 Graham Rd, Falls Church). Services begin at 11 a.m. on Easter Sunday, and stay for the children’s Easter Egg Hunt. For further details, call the church office at 703-573-4444.


An Evening with David Rakoff

The Fairfax County Public Library presents An Evening with David Rakoff at 7:30 p.m. on April 24 at the Alden Theatre of the McLean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean). Tickets for this free event will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 7 p.m. and limited to four per person. For directions, call 703-790-0123.


Mid-Atlantic Prayer Symposium

The Celebration Center of Religious Science, a Science of Mind and Spirit Center in Falls Church, will be hosting the Mid-Atlantic Prayer Symposium featuring Reverend Duchess Dale on April 13 and 14. Celebration Center of Religious Science is located at 2840 Graham Rd., Falls Church. Call 703-560-2030 for more information.


PAC U12 Boys Soccer Team Make it to Finals

Congratulations to the PAC U12 Boys Soccer team who made it to the finals of the prestigious Prince William Soccer tournament. The party ended there, as they came up short, 3-1, in a very tightly contested battle.


Photography Exhibit

Photographer Julie Fischer will show her selection of favorite images of people, places and things, including photographs from San Francisco, New Orleans (post-Katrina), Washington, D.C. and Italy at the Falls Church Arts Gallery (111 Park Ave., Falls Church) April 6 from 6 – 8 p.m.


Canary Orchid Opening Event

Canary Orchid Retreat is hosting a grand opening Thursday, April 12 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, a tour of the spa and complimentary chair massages will be available. Canary Orchid is located at 200 Little Falls St., Suite 301, Falls Church.


Mind/Body Techniques- and Skills Training

Join Carol S. Miller, on Saturday, April 14 at The Center for Well Being, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a half -day workshop during which you will learn about how to elicit your relaxation response, meditation, guided imagery, gentle movement and other techniques. The fee for the workshop is $50 per person. To register and for more information, call 703-534-5100.


Volunteers Haul Trash in Spring Cleaning

Volunteers came out in huge numbers for the 19th Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup to pick up trash and illegally dumped items, reported the Alice Ferguson Foundation, which spearheads this annual spring tradition. The Second-Annual Potomac Watershed trash Summit will convene in mid-June 2007 at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. Call 301-292-5665 for more information concerning future clean-ups.


Check Out McLean Arts Prok

McLean Project for the Arts will be hosting artists Walter Kravitz and Solomon T. Wondimu April 19 – June 9 at the project headquarters at 1234 Ingleside Ave. in McLean. Kravitz will present large scale surrealist drawings. Wondimu will present his “Skin Color Project” which explores the assumptions and conflicts that exist around the concept of skin color. See for more information and other programs.


Water, Water Everywhere

Falls Church Arts presents “Water, Water Everywhere,” a multiple media, group exhibit featuring the works of six local artists. Find the water theme in paintings, collograph prints, photographs and beaded art. Talk to the artists about their work and techniques at the opening reception on Friday, April 6 from 6 – 8 p.m. The exhibit runs through May 29 at Falls Church Arts Gallery (111 Park Ave., Falls Church). Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free. Call 703-593-5697.


A Day at the Spa

Grab a girlfriend and come to Vitalia Med-Spa on April 10 for a mini-makeover with Shima. Schedule time to experience Vitalia’s VelaSmooth cellulite treatment. Vitalia Med-Spa is located at 7506 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church, near Trader Joe’s at Tyson’s Corner. Call 703-356-SKIN for more information.


Recycling Extravaganza Saves Resources

The public is invited to bring unwanted items to the City of Falls Church Semi-Annual Recycling Extravaganza on Saturday, April 28. This is an opportunity for the community to donate used electronics, textiles, eyeglasses, wheelchairs, bicycles and more. All items will be recycled or donated to charity. For a complete list of recyclable items, visit The event will be held from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Falls Church Recycling Center (217 Gordon Rd., Falls Church). Sponsored by F.C. Department of Environmental Services and the F.C. Environmental Services Council.


Adolescent Substance Abuse Panel

The George Mason High School PTSA and CADRE will be holding a panel discussion on teen alcohol and drug abuse, recovery and the effects of substance abuse on the family and community. Presenters will include parents of adolescent children suffering from addiction, recovering addicts, as well as experts on substance abuse. Topics will include community issues related to abuse, as well as signs and symptoms of use. The panel will also address risk and protective factors, and will highlight information for parents. The event will be held Wednesday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the GMHS cafeteria.


GMHS Music Department Awarded

The George Mason High School music department’s band and chorus have received superior ratings for the seventh year in a row at the District X Festival Competition. The chorus competed on March 16 at Edison High School under the direction of James Dean and the band at Robert E. Lee High School on March 2. As a result, the GMHS music department will be awarded the Virginia Music Education Association Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence. Over 125 students also traveled to Atlanta, Georgia on March 10 to perform for the Atlanta Hawks basketball team. The students also had the chance to tour the CNN studios, the Georgia Aquarium and Six Flags Over Georgia.


MEHMS Presents

‘Annie, Jr.’

Leapin’ Lizards! The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best loved musicals. Annie Junior tells of a spunky Depression-Era orphan determined to find the parents who abandoned her. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. on April 13 and 14 at the Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School Cafeteria. Admission is $4 for children and $6 for adults.


Chinese New Year at TJ Elementary

Thomas Jefferson Elementary celebrated the last days of school before Spring Break with a Chinese festival. Completing their unit of study, second-graders performed a Chinese operetta starring instructor Susan Johnson. They later enjoyed fortune cookies, trying out chopsticks, and building a replica of the Great Wall out of blocks. Third grade students set up a wax museum honoring historic figures, and fourth graders entertained parents with a concert at George Mason HS adapting the classic children’s book “Tikki Tikki Tembo.”


5K Race to Benefit Homeless Children

Bright Beginnings, in conjunction with the Junior League of Washington, will hold its Annual E*Trade Financial Bright Beginings 5K Race at Hains Point on Sunday April 15 at 8 a.m. All proceeds raised will directly benefit the Bright Beginnings Child Development Center. Call 202-441-4954 for more information regarding event.


$2K Dodgeball Tournament Announced

Quarter Sports, in conjunction with Regency Sport & Health Club, is pleased to bring you the Dogdeball Championship Tournament May 4 – 6. Over 120 dodgeball teams and about 700 players will brave the courts to claim the grand prize of $2,000.  For more information on entry details, call 240-476-9390.


2007 International Film Festival Opening

This year’s Washington, D.C International Film Festival’ sopening night gala will feature La Vie en Rose, the new film focusing on the life of celebrated French enchantress Edith Piaf, April 19 at 6 p.m. at the Historical Lincoln Theatre. Advance tickets go on sale April 6 and tickets for most screenings are $9. Call 1-800-955-5566 for advance tickets.


Retail Opportunities in Falls Church

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Baby Animals at Temple Hall Farm

New baby animals are arriving weekly at Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority’s Temple Hall Farm Park (15789 Temple Hall Ln., Leesburg), which is now open for the 2007 season. New horses, lambs, calves, llamas and goats will be new additions to the park. For more information, call 703-779-9372.


 JAMES KELLER GODWIN received his Eagle Scout Award on Saturday, March 24. Keller is a member of Boy Scout Troup 875 at Sleepy Hollow Scouting since 2001, both in Newport News, Virginia, and now in Falls Church and is a leader in Troup 875. He is a sophomore at George Mason High School in Falls Church City, where he is a member of the football and lacrosse teams and plays in the school band. Keller completed his Eagle Scout Leadership Project in September 2006 when he led scouts and church members in a comprehensive re-landscaping project at Columbia Crossroads, a new satellite location for Columbia Baptist Church. Today, April 5, is also his Birthday! (Photo: Courtesy of Lisa Goodwin)