Community News and Notes

 BENTON COMMUNICATIONS, INC., the corporate entity of the Falls Church News-Press, celebrated the 20th anniversary of its incorporation in October 1987 last week. Festivities included a luncheon at The Palm restaurant in Washington, D.C. with (left to right): Front Row — Frank Kameny, Simon Van Steyn, Nicholas Benton, Jody Fellows;  Back Row – Joey DiGuglielmo, Jake Spencer, Lou Chibbaro, Ruben Rodriguez and Bob Burnett. (News-Press photo)

A LARGE CONTINENT of Boy Scouts from Troop 681 at the St. James Church in Falls Church attended the first part of Monday night’s Falls Church City Council meeting as part of their requirements for receiving a “citizenship” badge. (News-Press photo)FC Harvest Carnival

Falls Church is getting ready for its Annual Harvest Festival, a Halloween alternative carnival for kids 12 and under, on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Southgate Parking lot (115 E. Fairfax St., Falls Church). For more information, call 703-532-7600.


Halloween Tips for Pet Owners

Pets are Inn in Alexandria is offering a Pet Tip of the Month for October. Tips include: keep your dog away from Halloween activities, have an adult keep an eye on your dog and watch for signs of stress, make sure your dog does not consume any Halloween candy, give your dog something to chew on, make it clear to children that they are not allowed to tease, harass, or attempt to trick or frighten any dog. For more tips and information, contact Barb Perriono at 703-780-7676.


Fall Frolicking

The Fall Frolic at Glen Echo Park (7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo Md.) 1st Annual Adventure Theatre Garage Sale will take place Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1 – 4 p.m. There will be trick or treating, crafts, and more.


A HOST OF PUBLIC OFFICIALS break ground for the new pedestrian bridge set to span Rte. 50 near Seven Corners. Participating in the ceremony were (left to right) Al Brown, Brian Downie, House Delegate Bob Hull, Dr. Kim Cook, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerry Connolly, Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross, Rafael Cabello, William Cuttler, Captain Mike Dittmer, Mary Ellen Keaton. Community Crafts Show

The 13th Annual Hillwood Square Community Craft Show will take place Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Hillwood Square Community Clubhouse (2900 Cherry St., Falls Church). Show includes door prizes, jewelry and One-of-Kind Santa Figurines. Admission is free.


An American Girl

Barnes and Noble (7851 L Tysons Corner Center, McLean) will host The American Girls Club event for fans of the series on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. There will be activities and refreshments.


Spooky Dinner

La Promessa (7630 Lee Highway, Falls Church) will treat guests to a 50% off discount if they wear a Halloween Costume to dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 31. For more information, call 703-560-0933.


VolunteerFest at Shelter House

The 13th Annual VolunteerFest, a community wide day of service, includes projects at Shelter House to plant bulbs and assist in litter pick-up on Saturday, Oct. 27. For more information, project descriptions and to register, visit


Marine Marathon Madness

The 32nd Anniversary Marine Corps Marathon will take place Sunday, Oct. 28 and will begin in Arlington at 7:50 a.m. with the wheelchair and hand cycle participants. Runners will start at 8:00 a.m. and the MCM10K will kick off at 8:20 a.m.


Congressional Schools of Virginia students Samantha Cynn (left) and Tyler Yun wear native Korean dress during the schools International Day Celebration. (Photo: Courtesy of Alyce Penn)Community Cauldron

Community Cauldron Night will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Shreve McGonegal Showroom (212 N. West St., Falls Church). For more information, visit www.


Home for the Arts Benefit

The Home for the Arts Auction Benefit and House Tour will take place Sunday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. in a newly constructed home. Tickets cost $40 each or two for $75 and can be purchased at the FCA Gallery. For more information, visit or call 703-534-4202.


Salsa the Night Away

The Washington D.C. Samba Brazil Meet-up Group will hold a salsa and samba mix class on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Ballroom (5207 Wisconsin Ave., NW D.C.). Cost is $12. For more information, visit


Ribbon Cutting and Mixer

Vantage Fitness (402 W. Broad St., Falls Church) with hold its Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Falls Church Chamber Mixer on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 703-241-0565.


Dentists Buy Back Sweets

William Dougherty III, D.D.S. and Julie Tran, D.D.S. (200 Little Falls St., Falls Church) will be buying back Halloween Candy for $1 lb between 3 – 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1. They will ship the candy received to our troops overseas. For more information, visit


Childcare Available at FC Deliberates

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). Childcare will be offered as part of the GMHS Band Boosters MUSIC Days fundraiser.
To register or for more information visit or call 703-927-0531.


An Inconvenient Truth

The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority is inviting the public to a showing of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth Sunday, Oct. 28 at Meadowlark Gardens (9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct., Vienna, VA). Gates Open at 4:30 p.m., program with elected officials starts at 5 p.m. and the movie begins 5:45 p.m. Food and beverages will be for sale. Admission is free.


Local School Celebrates Diversity

The Congressional Schools of Virginia (3229 Sleepy Hollow Rd., Falls Church) celebrated diversity during the 20th Annual International Day celebration. Flags representing more than 90 nations were marched through the auditorium while students performed international dances and musicals.


Friday Night Feats Contest

State Farm Insurance launched Friday Night Feats a national contest for high school fans and athletes to find this season’s best HS football plays. The three high schools at the end of the contest will win a total of $25,000 in cash prizes. Submit video’s now through Thursday, Nov. 29 on YouTube. For more information, visit


Virginia Tech Engage Program

On Wednesday, Oct. 17 the VT Engage Program brought people out to volunteer their time to charitable causes in remembrance of the victims of the April 16th tragedy. VT’s goal is to reach 300,000 hours of volunteer service to non-profit organizations. To register, visit


Transform Your Life

The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a discussion of the popular book “Transform Your Life” at Barnes and Noble (2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington) on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. For more information, call 202-986-2257.


Flu Vaccinations

The Medicine Shoppe (107 Park Ave., Falls Church) is offering flu vaccinations for $30 and pneumonia vaccinations for $40 (free for Medicare customers) on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information, call 703-536-4042.


CIVITANS Garage Sale

CIVITANS are holding a garage sale to raise funds for the developmentally disabled on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the I66 parking garage on 15th Street between North Quincy and Stafford in Arlington. Volunteers are needed and sale space can be rented. For more information, visit or call Chris Wahl at 703-534-9268.