Community News and Notes

 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.


Mile Hoareau, owner of Lan Hair Salon in Arlington, and a resident of Annandale, picked up a 2007 Toyota Tundra today from China Arbuckle, general manager of Bill Page Toyota in Falls Church. Hoareau won the shiny new truck by playing Limbo on his cell phone. (PHOTO: COURTESY SUE CAWDREY)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 DecaGeorge Mason high schol class of 1997 Reunion atdes 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


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.


The residents of the 500 block of Greenwich St., Falls Church gathered for theirGod 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


Mother & daughter: Sandra Shaw joins Catherine Shaw, Mediastudio president, as she receives a Nice Guys Award from Acacia Federal chairman and CEO Weller Meyer on September 19. Mediastudio conducts a yearly CreateAThon, creating marketing materials for pro bono clients. (Photo: Courtesy Dawn Dicker)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 and #3 on 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