Community News and Notes

 THE OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING of Vantage Fitness in the brand new Read Building at 404 W. Broad St. in Falls Church occurred with many friends from the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce on hand. Shown were cutting the ribbon are Garrett Rambler (left at the ribbon) flanked by Vice Mayor Lindy Hockenberry, City Manager Wyatt Shields and City Councilman Hal Lippman, among others. (News-Press photo)

City of FC Veterans Day Schedule

Holiday Schedule for the City of Falls Church Government Offices and Services on Veterans Day, Monday Nov. 12 as follows: Open– Community Center and Schools. Closed – City Hall, Courts, DMV Select Office, Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Senior Center and Sheriff’s Office. GEORGE local transit – regular service. Special & Leaf Collections- No pick-up. For more information about collections, call 703-248-5081.


Bono, of the group U2, speaks at the YouthAIDS India Event at the Tysons Corner Ritz Carlton. The event was hosted by Ashley Judd with speakers including Nancy Pelosi. The Hollywood meets Bollywood gala raised money to fight the AIDS epidemic in India. (Photo: News-Press)FCS Feed the Hungry

Falls Church Community Council (FCS) needs sponsors for their Thanksgiving Basket Delivery Program. A $25 donation will sponsor a complete dinner. Donations can be mailed to FCS, P.O. Box 141, Falls Church, 22040. For more information, visit or call 703-237-2562.


Wall Parade

Vietnam Veterans are invited to the 25th Anniversary of the Wall Parade on Saturday, Nov. 10 in D.C. (assemble at 3rd St. between Jefferson and Madison Drives). Opening ceremony at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Len Ignatowski at 703-255-0353 or visit


An Evening with the Brothers Grimm

The Center for Spiritual Enlightenment (222 N. Washington St., Falls Church) will present “An Evening with the Brothers Grimm” on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, call 571-239-5288.


Pennies for Passes Feed Families

Colton Roe, A Chantilly Youth Association (CYA) member, 5th grade student at Virginia Run Elementary School in Centreville and starting quarterback for the Chantilly Vikings is collecting “Pennies for Passes” to feed families in need at Thanksgiving. To pledge or for more information, send an email to


THE GERMAN GOURMET welcomed huge crowds to the Grand Opening of its new store at 5838 Columbia Pike last Saturday. There were wine and beer tastings, samples and free treats and all the aisles were clogged with people. It marks a significant expansion for the long-time Falls Church business whose original store at 7815 Lee Highway remains open. (News-Press photo)Nominate Your Favorite

The City of Falls Church is seeking nominations for the 2007 Business of the Year Awards. Nomination forms are available at the City Hall (300 Park Ave., Falls Church), the Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church), the Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) and on the City Website at Nominations are due by Friday, Nov. 16. For more information, call 703-248-5491.


SAW Questions Quitting

Songwriters’ Association of Washington (SAW) presents “Making Music our Profession – Can We Quit Our Day Jobs?” on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the D.C. Bar Association (1250 H St., NW D.C.) from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information, visit or call 301-654-8434.


Osbourn Park Reunion

Osbourn Park’s Class of 1977 will hold its 30th Reunion on Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10. For more information, visit or call Jeanene Ebert at 650-432-8248.


Center for Inquiry Anniversary

The Center for Inquiry’s (CFI) Office of Public Policy (621 Penn. Ave., SE D.C.) will celebrate its First Anniversary with a wine and cheese reception and speakers on Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. Cost is $15. For more information, visit


Taylor Kaye Morrison and her pony Rowdantina Apollo show off their Halloween costumes at Locke Meadow Horse show. Taylor dressed as a devil and Apollo an angel. They won the Champion Ribbon for their costumes. (Photo: Courtesy Art Kaye)Distinguished Alumni Awarded

On Saturday, Nov. 10 the Canisius College Alumni Association will present its Distinguished Alumni Award to Falls Church resident Michael F. Scheuer, PhD during a ceremony at the college’s Montante Cultural Center. Scheuer is a terrorism consultant for CBS News, a former senior officer with the CIA and is an adjunct professor of security studies at Georgetown University.


Dixieland Band Benefit

The Rebel Run Dixieland Band and the Fairfax Saxophone Quartet will perform at the Oakton Church of Brethren (10025 Courthouse Rd., Vienna) on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Admission is free. Donations to benefit, NOVAACO, victims of domestic abuse. For more information, call 703-281-4411.


Inspiring Teacher Symposium

Marymount University will hold an Education Symposium featuring a panel of teachers to discuss inspiring teachers during education week on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at the University’s Ballston Center (1000 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington). For more information, call 703-284-5902.


JSSA Volunteer Training

JSSA, Jewish Social Service Agency, will provide training for volunteers to touch the lives of Jewish seniors living in non-Jewish nursing homes and assisted living facilities on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at JSSA Fairfax Office (3018 Javier Rd., Fairfax). For more information, contact Esther Bland at 301-335-2117.


Pen Turn-A Thon

The Fourth Annual Veteran’s Day Turn for Troops Pen-A-Thon will take place at the Woodcraft Store (512 E. Market St., Leesburg) from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. to craft wooden pens for American Servicemen and women deployed over seas. For more information, call 703-737-7880.


Sale of Children’s Book and Toys

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm (6310 Georgetown Pke., McLean) announces the Sale of Children’s Books, Toys and Games proceeds to benefit the museum and National Park. For more information, visit


Helping Children with Cancer

The National Capital Area Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is holding its Annual Workshop “Helping Children Overcome Hurdles when Returning to School after Cancer Treatment” at the University of Maryland Student Union which includes speakers and workshops. Register by Monday, Nov. 12. For more information, visit


FC Veterans Day Ceremony

A Veteran’s Day Ceremony will be held at the Falls Church City Veterans Memorial in front of the Community Center (223 Little Falls Rd., Falls Church) on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. For more information, call 703-248-5007.


Town Hall Discussion

A Town Hall Discussion hosted by Congressmen Jim Moran (D-VA) on U.S. Foreign Policy towards Iran will take place Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 7 – 9 p.m. at George Washington Masonic Temple (101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria). For more information, visit


Israeli Art Show and Sale

An Israeli Art Show and Sale presented by Safrai will take place at Temple Rodef Shalom (2100 Westmoreland St., Falls Church) to benefit community fund. Opening night is Thursday, Nov. 8 from 6 – 9:30 p.m. Tickets begin at $36. Also open Friday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. – 2 – p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10 from 6 – 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free Admission Nov. 9, 10 and 11. For more information, visit


Meet Author Patricia Polacco

Meet author/illustrator Patricia Polacco at Aladdin’s Lamp (2499 N. Harrison St., Arlington) on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. to discuss her newest book The Lemonade Club, which tackles the tough topic of cancer. Book signing will follow. Ages 6 and up. For more information and to register, call 703-241-8281.