Community News and Notes

 THIS WAS ONLY PART of the large delegation from Falls Church attending the 8th Congressional District Democrats’15th annual Kennedy-King Dinner in Alexandria last Saturday night. The dinner heard remarks from Rep. Jim Moran, Gov. Tim Kaine and U.S. Sen. Jim Webb. Falls Church Mayor Robin Gardner and Vice Mayor Lindy Hockenberry, not in this photo, were also present. (News-Press photo)


FCNP Wishes Speedy Recovery to Emily Fellows

The Falls Church News-Press would like to extend its best wishes for a speedy recovery to Falls Church's Emily Fellows.   Emily is currently in the critical care unit of Prince William County Hospital recovering from complications from appendicitis. She has been in the hospital since September 23. Those wishing to send their best wishes to Emily can do so via Prince William County Hospital CCU Room 2307, 8700 Sudley Road, Manassas, VA 20110. While Emily loves flowers, unfortunately they are not allowed in the CCU, but she loves cards just as much.


Pay Fines with Food

The Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) will kick off the Annual “Food for Fines” Week Sunday, Oct. 21 – Saturday, Oct. 27 providing patrons the opportunity to pay off fines by donating non-perishable groceries. For more information, visit


Circle of Angels

The Center for Pastoral Counseling of Virginia announced its 2nd Annual Circle of Angels Benefit for its Client Subsidy Fund taking place Saturday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. at the Falls Church Presbyterian Church (225 E. Broad St., Falls Church). Tickets are $25. For more information, call 703-903-9696 or visit


Literacy for All

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia is sponsoring Basic Literacy Training Workshops on Saturday, Oct. 20, 27 and Nov. 3 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the James Lee Community Center (2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church). Volunteers are needed to provide instruction. For more information, call 703-237-0866 or email


How To Start a Food Business

The VDACS, VCE and Virginia Small Business Development Center Network will hold “From Recipe to Reality – Starting a Food-Based Business” workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at George Mason University (Mason Enterprise Center, 4031 University Dr., Fairfax). For more information, contact Charles Green at VDACS at 804-225-4539.


SALT Meeting

Social Action Linking Together is sponsoring the program “Homeless and Housing: Linking Faith and Action” on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 9 – 11:30 a.m. at St. Mark Catholic Church (9970 Vale Rd., Vienna). For more information, visit


Celebrating 300 Years with Music

The Oakton Church of the Brethren (10025 Courthouse Rd., Vienna) will celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the denomination with a concert on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 703-281-4411 or visit


NAMI – Hope and Recovery

The National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) NOVA will meet on Monday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. to discuss hope and recovery at the First Christian Church (6165 Leesburg Pke., Falls Church). Admission is free. For more information, call 703-525-0686.


Saint James Bazaar

The Annual Saint James Bazaar (830 Broad St., Falls Church) will begin Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. and continue to the morning of Saturday, Oct. 27. Events include the white elephant sale, haunted house and pony rides. For more information, contact Laura Martin at 703-532-2967 or


James Pizzarelle, Jr. From McLean, shows off his check from the Virginia Lottery after playing a $100 million Cash Extravaganza Scratcher ticket and winning $1 million from a local 7-Eleven. (Photo: Courtesy of the Virginia Lottery) McLean Resident Wins $1 Million

James Pizzarelle, a McLean resident, purchased a Cash Extravaganza Scratcher ticket from a McLean 7-Eleven and won $1 million. All Virginia Lottery profits are designated solely to K-12 public school education in the Commonwealth.


M*U*S*I*C Days Fundraiser

Students from George Mason High School’s band and choral program will be working in the community; raking leaves, babysitting, etc. on Saturdays Oct. 27, Nov. 3, and Dec.1 to raise money for their annual trip. To schedule work, contact Margaret Drawbaugh at or call 703-861-8444 at least two weeks prior to the work date.


Climate Change Policy

The United Nations Week event “Climate Change Policy in a Post-Kyoto Protocol World” will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the SAIS Bernstein-Offit Building (1717 Mass. Ave., NW D.C.). Admission is free. For more information or to register, contact Mark Flanigan at


Merrifield Fall Festival

The Greater Merrifield Business Association announces the Third Annual Merrifield Fall Festival to take place on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Luther Jackson Middle School (3020 Gallows Rd., Falls Church). Admission is free. For more information, visit


New Police Cruisers

The City of Falls Church acquired new police cruisers with an updated look. Revealed this week, nine new cruisers and two new detective vehicles will hit the road between mid-October and December 2007.


Dulin Church, located in the City of Falls Church, sponsored Pastor Dave Kirkland to run in the recent AIDS Run/Walk in D.C. on Saturday, Oct. 6 in the amount of $3,000. This money will be used for the Whitman-Walker Clinic. (Photo: Courtesy of Dave Kirkland)Scholarship Awarded

The Calvin M. Woodward Fellowship to study in the School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis was awarded to Falls Church resident, Eliot Walker. Students must demonstrate exceptional academic promise to be awarded this fellowship.


Choralis Opens Season

The Falls Church based choral ensemble, Choralis, opens its 2007-2008 season with Brahms Requiem on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary of National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle, NW D.C.). Tickets are $25 general admission, $35 premium, $5 students under 22 with ID and children under 12 are free. For more information, call 703-237-2499 or visit


Adopt a Solider

Assist with The Adopt a Solider Program on Saturday, Oct. 27 at James Lee Community Center (2855-A Annandale Rd., Falls Church) from 9 a.m. – Noon to help fill packages, donate items or sponsor a solider. For more information, contact Bill Dunn at 703-534-3387 or


VolunteerFest Fairfax

The 13th Annual VolunteerFest, a community wide day of service, in conjunction with national “Make a Difference Day” takes place on Saturday, Oct. 27. For more information, project descriptions and to register, visit


Celebrate Gestation

Effective massage therapy during the childbearing year will be discussed on Friday, Oct. 26 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at CTS Partners in Health (443 Carlisle Dr., Herndon) Admission is free. For more information, call 703-435-4553.


Romancing McLean

The McLean Orchestra pays tribute to romance with the Saturday, Oct. 27 concert “The Romantics” at 8 p.m. at Oakcrest School (850 Balls Hill Rd., McLean). For more information, visit or call 703-893-8646.


PG-13 Halloween Stories

“Haunting Tales” ghostly stories for adults told by the Voices in the Glen storytellers will take place Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Tysons-Pimmit Library (7584 Leesburg Pke., Falls Church) at 8 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 703-698-5456.


Chrysanthemum Spectacular

The Old Dominion Chrysanthemum Society will be hosting their Annual Spectacular Chrysanthemum Show at Merrifield Gardens (12101 Lee Highway, Fairfax) on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 2 – 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 28 from 10:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. Door prizes at the show. For more information, call Jim Dunne at 703-560-8776.


Monster of a Party

La Promessa (7630 Lee Highway, Falls Church) will celebrate Halloween on Saturday, Oct. 27 while hosting a costume party with music by Billy Clements and his band from 9 p.m. – midnight. Admission is free. For more information, call 703-560-0933.


Meet Former Redskins

Barnes and Noble (7851 L Tysons Corner Center, McLean) will host a signing of The Redskins Encyclopedia and a chance to meet former Redskin Dexter Manley, and author Michael Richman on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 4 p.m.


Survivors of Clergy Abuse

A peer support group for survivors of clergy abuse will meet Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. at Dolly Madison Library (1224 Oak Ridge Rd., McLean). Admission is free. Confidential. For more information, contact Ellen Radday at 703-538-6128.