Community News and Notes

 GUESTS OF NEWS-PRESS owner/editor Nicholas F. Benton were a prominent feature at last Saturday night’s Human Rights Campaign annual banquet that drew over 3,000 to the Washington, D.C., Convention Center. TOP PHOTO (l. to r.)—Laura Hull, Ruben Rodriguez, Josh Limbaugh, Kurt Gottfried, Benton, Eileen Levy. BOTTOM PHOTO—Johnny Booze, Dennis Copertino, Benton, Simon Van Steyn, Nathan Hamme. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, actor Matthew Broderick and the cast from Ugly Betty were guest speakers at the event. (News-Press photos)

St. Patrick’s Director

An Organ Recital with Saint Patrick’s Cathedral director of music, Jennifer Pascual, will be held at Saint Luke Catholic Church (7001 Georgetown Pke., McLean) on Friday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 703-356-0670 or visit


The opening of a new store, Tree Top Kids, held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, September 29. Holding the shears is manager, Kristen English. (Photo: Courtesy of Sally Cole) Getting Shredded

CIVITANS of Northern Virginia are providing free paper shredding on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church on Glebe Rd. at 16th Street in Arlington. For more information, contact Helen Kelly at 703-599-9576 or email


The Meaning of Life

The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will present a program on A Meaningful Life on Monday, Oct. 15 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Brown’s Chapel (11450 Baron Cameron Ave., Reston). Admission is $10. For more information, visit  


Neighbors gathered at the Annual Parker Street Block Party on Sunday, September 3 for potluck and a moon bounce. (Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Friel)Drainage Techniques

CTS Partners in Health (443 Carlisle Dr., Herndon) offers a lecture on health and wellness topics on Friday, Oct. 19 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Certified therapist explains lymphatic drainage techniques. Admission is free. For more information, call 703-435-4553.


Booksellers Celebrate Educators

Preschool Children from the Dulin United Methodist Cooperative strike a pose on their first day of school. The school celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. (Phoyo: courtesy of Lisa Lacroix) Barnes and Nobles (7851 Tysons Corner Center, McLean) will celebrate all area Pre-K through 12th grade educators with a reception on Friday, Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. to include giveaways, educational resource tools and special offers.


Library Pals Hold Sale

The Friends of George Mason Library Book Sale will take place Thursday, Oct. 11, Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. also on Sunday, Oct. 14 from Noon – 5 at the George Mason Regional Library (7001 Little River Turnpike., Annandale). Proceeds to benefit libraries and community projects.


Barbershop with Harmony

The Arlington Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society presents “An Arlington A Capella Autumn” with the Arlingtones Barbershop Chorus at the NREC Conference Center (4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington) on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 2:15 p.m. Tickets are $12, $10 in advance. For more information, call 703-521-9331 or visit


Dalai Lama Dialogue

The Celebration of Religious Science will show the film 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama on Saturday, Oct. 20 and Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary (2840 Graham Rd., Falls Church). Tickets cost $10. For more information, contact David Hirsch at 703-698-8976.


Putting Out Fires

The Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department celebrates Annual Fire Prevention Week with an Open House on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Fire Station No. 6 (555 N. Washington St., Falls Church). Child ID and fingerprinting by the Arlington County Sheriff’s office. For more information, visit


18th Century Fun

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm (6310 Georgetown Pke., McLean) celebrates the Autumn 18th Century Market Festival on Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. Period food, beverages and wares. Admission: Adults $5, Children 3-12 and Seniors $2.50. For more information visit,


PFLAG Group Meeting

The Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian & Gays will hold a support group meeting Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Rodef Shalom (2100 Westmoreland St., Falls Church). For more information, call 703-319-0424 or visit  


Musical Dreams

The Arlington Philharmonic Association presents “An October Feast of Musical Dreams, Jokes and Dances” on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kenmore Middle School auditorium (200 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington). Admission is free. For more information, call 703-243-5155 or visit


A Haunting Experience

Aldersgate Church Community Theater will present “The Haunting of Hill House” on Friday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. in Wesley Hall, Aldersgate United Methodist Church (1301 Collingwood Rd., Alexandria). For information and tickets, call 703-660-2611.


FCC Leaf Collection

Falls Church City crews will begin the vacuum-collection of leaves on Monday, Oct. 15 and continue through Friday, Dec. 14. Residents should rake their leaves avoiding gutters and sidewalks. For more information, call 703-248-5081.


U.S. Navy’s Birthday

The United States Navy Memorial and Naval District Washington will present Navy Day in D.C. from 10 a.m. – sunset on Saturday, Oct. 13 at The United Navy Memorial Plaza (701 Penn. Ave., NW D.C.) Admission is free. For more information, visit


50 Plus Reunion

The Annual Falls Church HS 50+ Reunion Group Luncheon will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Falls Church High School (7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church). Open to all who graduated from FCHS fifty or more years ago. For registration information, contact Barry Hall at 540-373-1229.


Blessing Your Pets

Pastor Dave Kirkland will bless your pets in the Blessing of the Animals Service on Sunday, Oct. 14 on the lawn of Dulin United Methodist Church (513 E. Broad St., Falls Church) at 5 p.m.


Hispanic Community Festival

Grace Lutheran Church (3233 Annandale Rd., Falls Church) will hold its annual festival for the Hispanic community on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 2 – 7 p.m. Games, food, music. Admission is free. For more information, contact Pastor Timothy Satorius at 703-677-7269.


Disney in Vienna

Disney’s High School Musical: The Ice Tour is headed to the Patriot Center at George Mason University (4400 University Dr., Fairfax) from Monday, Oct. 17 – Wednesday, Oct. 21. Ticket Prices: $15, $20, $30, $50 and $75. For more information, visit


Doris Justis Benefit Concert

Stacey’s Coffee Parlor (709 W. Broad St., Falls Church) will host a concert to benefit Kokolopori featuring Doris Justis on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Optional donation of $10.00.


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). The just released draft discussion guide for the meetings is available online and in the Mary Riley Styles Public Library.
To register or for more information visit or call 703-927-0531.


Family Sunday

Knox Presbyterian Church (7416 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church) will be hosting a Family Sunday on Sunday, Oct. 21 beginning with worship at 10:15 a.m., lunch served at 11:30 a.m. From noon – 2 p.m. enjoy climbing wall, moon bounce and refreshments. For more information, contact the church at 703-560-5288.


Falls Church on Film

The Falls Church Film Festival submission deadline is Saturday, Oct. 27. The main event of the Film Festival will be the Film Screening and Awards Ceremony at the State Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 13. For more information, visit