Community News and Notes

 AT THE GALA GRAND OPENING of Bratt Décor in the Idyllwood Plaza last Friday, store manager George Baden and company co-owner Mary Bauer displayed items that were purchased by one prominent Falls Church citizen. The new store at 7505 Leesburg Pike features specialty furniture and charming gift and toy items for youngsters, from babies to young boys and girls. (News-Press photo)

F.C. Announces Holiday Closures

The Holiday Schedule for the City of Falls Government Offices Monday, Oct. 8 closures include: City Hall, Courts, DMV Select Offices, Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Schools, Senior Center and Sheriff’s Office. No yard waste, bundled brush or special collections.


Dads Ride for a Cause

Seven fathers, including Alec Oughton of Spotsylvania and Mike Love of Ashburn, rode in a 3,700-mile non-stop bicycle relay across the U.S. ending in D.C. to raise money for cutting-edge treatments to fight neuroblastoma, a cancer that their children are battling. For more information, visit


Light the Night Walk

The Reston “Light the Night” walk hosted by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s National Capital Area Chapter takes place on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Reston Town Center. Proceeds to fund research and improve the lives of patients. For more information, contact the National Capital Area Chapter at 703-960-1100 or visit


Transform Your Life, for Free!

A free public talk and meditation on the book “Transform Your Life” will be given by the Vajrayogini Buddhist Center at Borders (Friendship Heights, 5333 Wisconsin Ave., NW D.C.) on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 202-986-2257.


WHS Class of ’87 Reunion

The Wakefield High School Class of 1987 Reunion takes place Saturday, Oct. 6 at Embassy Suites (1250 22nd St., NW D.C.). Reception at 7 p.m. and dinner at 8 p.m. For more information, visit


McLean is Musical

An Organ Recital with Julie Evans, will take place Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. at Saint Luke Catholic Church (7001 Georgetown Pke., McLean). Free half-hour program. For more information, call 703-356-0670 or visit


11th Annual Soccer Tournament

The Fauquier County Soccer Club (FCSC) celebrates the 11th Annual Hunt Country Classic, a competitive soccer tournament, U9 to U19 brackets, on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 18. Free soccer balls to first 200 teams registered. To register, go to


Second Annual Soccer Tournament

The Second Annual Columbus Day Recreational Soccer Tournament hosted by the Arlington Soccer Association takes place Saturday and Sunday, Oct 6 and 7. Open to all recreational teams in Falls Church and Arlington. For more information, visit


Raise Money for the Disabled

CIVITANS non-profit organization is coordinating a garage sale on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the I66 parking garage on 15th street between North Quincy and Stafford in Arlington. Proceeds will be donated to organizations that support the disabled.


Friendly Volunteers Needed for Shopping

The Jewish Social Service Agency NOVA office seeks volunteers to shop for and visit homebound older adults. For more information, contact Pam McDonald at 703-204-9100 or


Spinning a Yarn


A Spinning and Dyeing Day at The Claude Moore Colonial Farm (6310 Georgetown Pke., McLean) takes place Saturday, Oct. 6 from 1 – 4 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children and seniors. For more information, visit


JEANETTE BARKLEY toasts her husband, Falls Church architect Paul Barkley, at a party she hosted at their home Saturday night. Seventy guests arrived at 7:00 pm to celebrate Barkley’s 70th birthday. Flea Helps the Animals

A flea market will be held at The Falls Church Animal Hospital (1249 W. Broad St., Falls Church) on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 2 – 6 p.m. Proceeds to pay for spay/neutering and vaccinations for feral cats. For more information call, 703-532-6121.


Opera in the Falls

An Opera Celebration with works by operatic masters will take place at St. Francis Episcopal Church (9220 Georgetown Pke., Great Falls) on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults, ages 17 and under are free. For more information, visit


Fatsoe Confesses

“Confessions of a Fatsoe,” a one woman show by Susie Morgenstern plays at Lycee Rochambeau (9600 Forest Rd., Bethesda) on Monday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. General admission $15, AF members $10. For reservations, call 202-234-7911 or visit


Follow the Breadcrumbs

Classika Theatre (4041 Campbell Ave., Arlington) hosts Hansel and Gretel, a modern day theatrical event for children and adults, running Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 13 – Dec. 16 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. For more information, call 703-824-6200 or visit


HONORING THE MEMORY, legacy and achievements of the City of Falls Church’s late City Manager Dan McKeever, the Virginia State Legislature issued a proclamation that was presented by State Del. Jim Scott (right) to Falls Church Mayor Robin Gardner at last week’s City Council meeting. McKeever passed away a year ago last July after six years of outstanding leadership for the city. (News-Press photo)Homestretch Helps Homeless

Homestretch (370 S. Washington St., Falls Church) empowers homeless families in the Northern Virginia area and is looking for donations and/or volunteers. For more information, call 703-237-2035 or visit


Sneak Peek

The Old Dominion Chrysanthemum Society presents a sneak preview of ODCS member’s blooms and garden cultivars, prior to the 2007 show, on Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church). Entries will be received from 2 – 3 p.m. Free Admission. For more information, call Jim Dunne at 703-560-8776.


ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH. The church will be celebrating its 150th anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 10 (Photo: Courtesy Richard Runyon) Keller Cleans Up

Aaron Keller, an Arlington resident, was among the students of Providence College’s class of 2011 who volunteered for the 17th Annual Urban Action program to make a positive difference in the college community.


Get Curves

Curves Falls Church (240 W. Broad St., Falls Church) will launch it new series including “Get Fit from the Inside Out” on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Owner Katherine Satterfield will explore psychological barriers to weight loss. For more information, call 703-536-0140.


JELLY, THE PUBLICITY HOUND, greets walkers at the 2nd annual Humane Society Walk for the Animals. More than 1,500 human participants and 600 canine companions converged on the National Mall on Sunday, Sept. 23, to show their support for ending pet homelessness. (Photo: News-Press) FC Deliberates Night and Day

Two events to discuss “The City Center Project” in Falls Church, Deliberation Night Thursday, Oct. 25 from 7 – 9:30 p.m. and Deliberation Day, Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1 – 3:30 p.m will be held at the Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School (7134 Leesburg Pke.,
Falls Church).
To register or for more information visit or call 703-927-0531.


TJHS Class of ’87 Reunion

Thomas Jefferson High School celebrates their class of 1987 reunion at the Embassy Suites Hotel Alexandria – Old Town (1900 Diagonal Rd., Alexandria) on Saturday, Oct. 6. Reception at 7 p.m. and dinner at 8 p.m. For more information, visit


St. Paul’s Celebrates 150

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (3439 Payne St., Baileys Crossroads) will celebrate its 150th anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 10 with a reception and commemorative service. The public is invited to attend.