Community News and Notes

This week’s Community News and Notes.

Local Receives Notable Alumni Award

Karen Bune, adjunct professor at Marymount, American and George Mason Universities and Victim Specialist in the Prince George’s County Maryland State Attorney’s Office received the “Notable Alumni Award” from her Alma Mater, American University. Bune has received numerous awards in her work in the area of victim’s advocacy and treating patients who have been subject to traumatic stress incidents. American University’s Notable Alumni Award is given to alumni who participate extensively in community service and philanthropic endeavors.

26th Annual Memorial Day Parade

The City of Falls Church will host its 26th Annual Memorial Day Parade and Festival on May 28 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., rain or shine, on the Falls Church City Hall grounds (300 Park Ave., Falls Church). Those who have served in the armed forces will be honored at an 11 a.m. ceremony at the F.C. Veterans Memorial in front of the Community Center. The Don Bayer 3K Fun Run will begin at 9 a.m., the Pet and Owner Costume Contest at 10:30 a.m., and the main parade, led this year by Grand Marshall John Gannon, Ph.D., will step off at 2 p.m. For a complete schedule of events or more information, visit

Falls Church Civil War Day

The City of Falls Church will host Civil War Day, a living-history event depicting Falls Church during the Civil War, on May 19. The free event will be held from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Ave., Falls Church). Drilling and firing demonstrations will be put on by the Falls Church Historical Commission and the Victorian Society of Falls Church will host story telling activities. A box lunch and concert ticket package is available in advance by calling 703-248-5171.

Property Yard Goes Green

The City of Falls Church will host its 5th Annual Property Yard Open House on May 19 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 7100 Gordon Rd., Falls Church. The event will showcase the Department of Environmental Services Operation and their new “green fleet” of hybrid trucks and biodiesel equipment. Parking is available on Gordon Rd. for the event. Call 703-248-5081 for more information.

FC Celebrates International Building Week

May 6-12 is International Building Week, and Falls Church City is using the occasion to raise awareness about building safety and code enforcement in the area. The theme of this year’s program will be “Building Smarter for Disasters and Everyday Life.” Officials from Falls Church and surrounding areas held a breakfast meeting and presentation in the subject on May 4. On May 5 and 6 engineers and inspectors from the six participating jurisdictions hosted information booths at local stores, including the Seven Corners Home Depot.

Bike to Work Day Upcoming

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association will host “Bike to Work Day” on May 18. At least 6,500 bicyclists are expected to leave their cars behind and bike to work. Many cyclists will ride from 25 “pit stops” across the National Capital Region to freedom Plaza in D.C. where local leaders, including Mayor Adrian Fenty, will address the crowd. More info can be found on

Early Childhood Education Appreciation Day

Early childhood educators have the opportunity to meet with children’s author Mary Ann Hoberman on Provider Appreciation Day from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. on May 15 at the Fairfax County Government Center. Hoberman’s books are staples in the early library of many early educators’ classrooms. She received the 2003 Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Call 703-324-8042 for more information.

Library Marks 35th Year of Talking Book Program

The Access Services branch of the Fairfax County Public Library will celebrate the 35th Anniversary of their participation in the Talking Book program on May 18 in rooms 4 and 5 of the Fairfax County Government Center (12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax). Two speakers from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped will make presentations. The event is free but space is limited—sign up at 703-324-8380 or TTY 703-324-8365.

Taking Care of Business and Art

As part of Falls Church’s “Gallery Without Walls” program city businesses and organizations are exhibiting artwork created by local artists. Exhibits are on display at First Horizon Bank (133 S. Washington St., Falls Church) and Burke & Herbert Bank (225 W. Broad St., Falls Church). Sixty different artists’ works are also on display at the Housing Corporation’s Winter Hill Clubhouse (330B S. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). All work will be on display through May.

Why Does Your Mom Deserve to be Pampered?

Enter your mom, wife, or grandmother in MassageWork’s Mother’s Day Essay Contest. Winners will receive a free Sidda Body Detox treatment and a one hour Swedish massage. To enter, submit, in 500 words or less, why the mother in your life deserves to the pampered. Include in the entry your mother’s and your own name, addresses, and telephone numbers. Winners will be notified the week of May 12. Email entries to For more information, call 703-536-7200.

Washington University in St. Louis Dean’s List

Congratulations to Natalie Krachman of Falls Church for being named to the Fall 2006 semester Dean’s List at Washington University in St. Louis. Natalie is a graduate of George Mason High School and is enrolled in the Olin School of Business. To make the Dean’s List in the school, students must be enrolled in at least 12 hours of coursework and obtain a 3.6 GPA.

SCAD Dean’s List

Congratulations to Savannah College of Art and Design students Lisa Lynn Lorang of Fairfax, a Historic Preservation major and Timothy Scully of Falls Church, a Sequential Art major for being named to the Winter Quarter 2007 Dean’s List. Full-time undergraduate students must earn a 3.5 GPA or above to receive recognition.

Local Student Claims Teddy Bear Award

Congratulations go out to Kate Bauer, daughter of Michael and Brenda Bauer of Falls Church, for receiving the Catherine S. McGehee Teddy Bear Award at Lynchburg College. The award is given to a senior who demonstrates outstanding dedication to care for families and children. Bauer is a senior nursing major at Lynchburg.

Teen Open House Night

Northern Virginia teens are invited to come and learn more about Friends of the Orphans over pizza. This is a volunteer and community service opportunity. The event will be held at 8618 Westwood Center Dr., Vienna, Ste. 405. RSVP at 703-848-2072 or by emailing

Mountain High Running Camp Offers Scholarships

Mountain High Running Camp is offering four scholarships to deserving high school cross country runners. Selected runners will be offered tuition for one of the two weeks of camp from July 9-14 and July 16-22. Scholarships will be awarded based on need, teammate participation, and recommendations. Chosen runners will also receive a free pair of Reebok running shoes. More information and applications are available at

Annual Hershey Track Meet

The Fairfax County Department of Community and Recreation Services’ Athletic Services is sponsoring the Annual Hershey Track Meet on May 18 and 19 at the Falls Church High School Track (7521 Jaguar Tr., Falls Church). The meet is a community event for youth ages 9 – 14 years of age. Boys and girls will compete separately in several age groups on one of the two days. The event is free, but requires advance registration. No registration will be accepted the day of the event. For more information, visit or call 703-324-4564.

Affordable Fine Arts for the Summer

The Arlington Arts Center (3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington) is offering fine arts classes for adults and children for summer 2007. Sessions are available to adults and children with limited English-speaking skills as well. Classes cover various topics and mediums including photography, painting and writing. For a full catalogue and registration materials, visit or call 703-248-6800.

New Homes for Old Bikes

The Potomac School in McLean is sponsoring a used bicycle collection on May 19 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to benefit Bikes for the World, an organization that collects unwanted bikes for donation and re-use in developing countries. The collection will be held in the parking lot of Trinity United Methodist Church (1205 Dolley Madison Pkwy., McLean). Each donor is asked to contribute $10 per bike to help defray shipping costs. For more information, visit or call Adela Wynn at 703-873-6128.

Stuart Alumnus Wins $25,000 Travel Fellowship

Falls Church senior at Davidson College in North Carolina and JEB Stuart HS Alumnus Amy J. Reid has won a $25,000 travel fellowship from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation for a year of international study and travel for her project involving the exploration of ethnic identity in Brazil and Namibia. Reid is the daughter of Phil and Jane Reid of Falls Church.

GMHS Alumnus Graduates Summa Cum Laude

Congratulations to 2003 George Mason High School alumnus and Falls Church resident Nadia Rahawi for graduating Summa Cum Laude from James Madison University on May 5. She received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Public Administration and was named the most outstanding student in the major. With a concentration in Criminal Justice, Nadia plans to attend law school in 2008.

FC Resident to Study with Top Religious Leaders

Milton P. Eisner, a member of Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, will spend five days this month learning to conduct a baby naming, a funeral and many other skills when he travels to Warwick, NY for the Jewish Reform Movement’s Seminar for Lay Leadership in Religious Life. The seminar will be taught by leaders from the reform movement’s top institutions.

Tryouts for Youth Travel Soccer

The McLean MPS Power, a U13 girls travel soccer team, will be holding open tryouts in June. The Power compete at the highest levels of WAGS. For more information on the team and tryouts, visit