Pilin Thai Restaurant accepts the 2007 Best Overall Restaurant Award on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the 32nd Annual City of Falls Church Fall Festival and Taste of Falls Church. (PHOTO: COURTESY GARY MESTER)
Jerry Lives On
A nationally touring exhibition, The Jerry Garcia Art Show will be at The Westin-Tysons Corner (7801 Leesburg Pke., Falls Church) Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. All artwork was created by the late Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead and is for sale. Admission is free. For more information, call 610-999-5880.
Local Student Organizes Benefit
Ben Tourkin, an 8th grade student at George Mason High School, is organizing a benefit concert for Kokolopori, a city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for their new medical clinic. The concert will take place Friday, Oct. 5 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church). Local high school bands, Anyway, The Suppliers, and Basmati will perform. Admission is $5, proceeds to benefit the fund.
JSSA Names New Director
Kenneth Kozloff of Springfield, Va. has been named executive director of the Jewish Social Service Agency as of Monday, Oct. 1. He succeeds Joan G. de Pontet, who retired after 25 years with the agency.
Chowan’s Honors Student
Chowan University’s Honor College Program has opened its door to Corine Domingo of Falls Church. Once the Honors College program is successfully completed, the student receives a special designation on their diploma and transcript.
Five Decades of Partying
The residents of the 500 block of Greenwich St., Falls Church gathered for their annual block party and potluck dinner on Saturday, Sept. 8. The tradition has continued for five decades. Over 800 friends and neighbors attended.
Text Message Wins Truck
Local salon owner and Annandale resident Emile Hoareau won a new Toyota Tundra truck courtesy of Limbo, an entertainment company and Bill Page Toyota of Falls Church. Hoareau played the game, Limbo Unique, a free online and cell phone game, for the 30 days of the contest via text messaging from his cell phone.
Moms Needed for Mentoring
The Naomi Project, which matches one volunteer with one pregnant woman or new parent for a mentoring friendship, needs volunteers. The next training session will be Saturday, Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Falls Church Presbyterian Church (225 E. Broad St., Falls Church). For more information, call Pilar Jones at 703-860-2633 or visit www.naomiproject.org.
Pilin Thai Takes First Place
Pilin Thai Restaurant (116 W. Broad St., Falls Church) took first place on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the 32nd Annual City of Falls Church Fall Festival and Taste of Falls Church. Mayor Robin Gardner presented the 2007 Best Overall Restaurant Award.
God Bless Our Animals
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church) will hold a Blessing of the Animals, Sunday Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. For more information, contact the church at 703-532-6617.
Falls Church Residents Race for Make-A-Wish
Eight Falls Church residents, Debbie Lenard, Andrew Beegan, Kris Cuccinelli, Stephen Lenard, Christian Schmidt, John Daunt, Andrea Schmidt and Brett Farenchak participated in the 24th Annual Make-A-Wish Triathlon at Sea Colony on Sept. 16 in Bethany Beach, Del. Make-A-Wish fulfills the wishes of children fighting life-threatening medical conditions.
Bob Marley’s Offspring at State
Ky-Marley, the second youngest of Bob Marley’s eleven children will be performing at the State Theatre (220 N. Washington St., Falls Church) on Thursday, Oct. 4. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $18 at the door.
Change in the Program
The Keegan Theatre announces a change in the season opener. Glengarry Glen Ross, originally scheduled, has been replaced by Mojo Mickey. For more information, visit www.keegantheatre.com.
Yorktown HS Announces Band Leaders
Yorktown High School announced the following student band leaders for the school year: Drum Majors; Leah Stricker and Nora Swisher, Ensemble Captains; Chris Hunt, Daniel Ferrante and Nick Haring, Section Leaders; Frances Meadows, Laura Miller, Dana John, Elizabeth Hadley, Emily Simmonds, William Johnson, Emma Tessier, Molly Grieco, Daniel Gorsky, Matt Ellison, Greg Ketcham-Colwill, Kelsey McGlynn and Virginia Pommering, Jazz Ensemble Captain; Chris Hunt and Logistics Coordinators; Frances Meadows, Kelly McCoy and Eileen Roos.
Local Virginian Pens Bestseller
The Wednesday Letters written by Jason F. Wright reached #2 on the BarnesandNoble.com and #3 on Amazon.com bestseller lists. One week later the book became a New York Times bestseller.
New School’s Grand Opening
Building Blocks Day School (7000 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church) celebrates its Grand Opening Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and is accepting registration for children ages two and a half through five years old. For more information, call 571-282-3124.
Meet the Author
Aladdin’s Lamp (2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10, Arlington) will host Caldecott winner Simms Taback who will introduce his newest book I Miss You Everyday on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. Book signing to follow. Call to register, 703-241-8281.
Pinwheels for Peace
The Congressional Schools of Virginia celebrated an International Day of Peace on Friday, Sept. 21 by planting hundreds of pinwheels with messages of peace written on them by students and staff.
Local Opens HomeCare
The area’s first Synergy HomeCare (2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington) opened for business in September. Mitch Opalski of Arlington is the chief operating officer of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and president of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia.
Nice Guys Recognized
Acacia Federal announced the winners of 2007 Nice Guy Awards recognizing people in the D.C. area who excelled in volunteering, philanthropy and customer service. In the individual category, the winner was Ed Murphy of Vienna and in the business category the winner was My Plumber of Manassas.
National Book Festival
The 2007 National Book Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29. The festival can be easily reached using the Smithsonian metro stop which opens to the festival’s grounds. For more information, visit www.loc.gov/bookfest