Community News and Notes

 The News-Press Bid Adieu to summer interns Ellie Falaris (seated fourth from left) and Lisa Low (seated fifth from left) with a farewell lunch at the newly-opened Koi Koi Restaurant. Their regular contributions to the paper over the summer months will be sorely missed. (Photo: News-Press)

Cyclists Pedal for Progress in Lymphoma Research

The Inaugural Lymphoma Research Ride saddles up on September 30, when survivors, family, friends and others interested in joining the fight against Lymphoma take part in the non-competitive 25-50 mile ride through Montgomery County, Md. Registration begins at 9 a.m. atParticipants of the fabled FCNP Fantasy Football League gathered last Thursday to hold their annual draft, catered by Ledo Pizza. (Photo: News-Press) Poolesville High School (17501 Willard Rd., Poolesville, Md.). For more information, visit


Kirk Presents on Kumihimo

Fiber artist Betty Burian Kirk will give a presentation on the craft of kumihimo braiding, a technique used in the creation of samurai armor, at the St. James Episcopal Church (11815 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, Md.) from 10 a.m. to Noon on September 8. The event is sponsored by the Potomac Craftsmen Guild. For more information, visit


A Cross Country Car Wash

The George Mason High School cross country teams will hold a free car wash on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Texaco station on the intersection of West Street and Lee Highway. The teams do request donations, which will help cover the teams' expenses as they participate in various meets this season.


Local Music Program Instrumental in Charity Effort

The McLean Youth Orchestra has announced that it will donate over $20,000 worth of instruments and music to the Crystal House School in Athlone, South Africa, a gang-ridden town outside of Cape Town. The donation will be delivered by David Kidwell, a member of the McLean Youth Orchestra, and his father, Dr. Brian Kidwell, in late September. Airline Ambassadors have already distributed several donated clarinets to El Salvador on behalf of Dr. Kidwell and the OrchesIntriguing scenes abounded at the Blast Into the Past History Camp held at Cherry Hill Farmhouse. Left, Emma Washa and Carrie Gudenkauf piece together Cherry Hill artifacts.tra.


Community Center To Close Temporarily

The City of Falls Church Community Center will be closed for maintenance from Aug. 27 – Sept. 3. The annual closure is to allow for cleaning, painting and other maintenance needs. The center will be closed to all activities, recreational use, room rentals and other scheduled functions. Employees will staff the front desk and conduct regular business activities during this time.


Sanata Lands on Dean's List

Congratulations to Stephanie Sanata of Falls Church on making the spring semester Dean's List at Boston University.


Boy Scout Troop Turns 50

Falls Church Boy Scout Troop 895, sponsored by the Falls Church Presbyterian Church, will hold its 50th anniversary of “continuous service to the community” by way of a celebration dinner on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. at Falls Church Presbyterian. Any former scout, scout family or leader wishing to attend should contact Priscilla Kneisley at or Gordon Theisz at 703-533-7555 for more details and reservations.


Girls gather in front of historic Mt. Hope. From left to right are: Esther Wisdom, Annie Parnell, Carrie Gudenkauf, Annie Washa, Haley Loftur-Thun, Lillian Soltys, Kerri Gannon and Emma Washa. Volunteer Fairfax Seeks Recruits

Volunteer Fairfax is seeking recruits for its Volunteers for Change program, a service program designed for those with busy schedules. Those interested in participating must take part in a one-time orientation session. Upcoming orientation sessions will be held on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Sept. 9 from 2 – 3 p.m.

Contact Annie Duffield to register at 703-246-3460 or e-mail  For more information, visit

Volunteer Fairfax is also seeking Disaster Volunteer Leaders to help coordinate any potential volunteers that show up at the scene and wish to help in the wake of a disaster in Fairfax County. Those interested should attend the next Volunteer Mobilization Leadership Team information session on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Volunteer Fairfax office (10530 Page Ave. – lower level, Fairfax).


Lillian Soltys and Annie Washa take paint brushes to a pair of parasols. Levine Dubs Dove New Campus Director

The Levine School of Music has appointed Tina Bowie Dove as Campus Director of its Arlington Campus at the Westover Baptist Church (1125 Patrick Henry Dr., Arlington). Dove was recently the director of development at the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, a provider of programs and services to the blind and visually impaired. She holds a Masters in Arts in Teaching and Museum Education from George Washington University.


A Taste Test for Back to School Snack Attacks

Whole Foods Market has gathered over 20 of the best snack foods from all over the store to hold a “Back to School Tasting for Kids” on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 3 – 6 p.m. Kids are invited to sample foods and will go home with a “goodie bag” of healthy snacks for their lunch box this fall. The event will be held at all local Whole Foods locations.


Virginians Head to Help Peru

Members from the Virginia Task Force One were sent to Peru this weekend to assist in humanitarian efforts following the earthquake that devastated parts of the country earlier this month. Virginia Task Force One members are firefighters and first responders from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and are specially trained in communications, liaison and logistics.


Sierra Club Hosts Town Hall

On Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. the Sierra Club will host a Town Hall Meeting at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School (7130 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) to discuss “smart energy solutions to cut global warming.” The meeting is free and open to the public. For more on the event, visit or call 703-506-4310.


Labor Day Closures

With the Labor Day holiday coming up, the City of Falls Church has announced a series of city closures that will take effect over Labor Day weekend. The Community Center, Mary Riley Styles Library and Senior Center will all be closed on Sept. 2 and 3. On Sept. 3, City Hall, Courts, the DMV Select Office, Schools and Sheriff's Office will all be closed. The GEORGE transit system will not be running, nor will there be pickup for yard waste, bundled brush, special collections, refuse or recycling.