Community News and Notes

 AN ANNUAL CEREMONY at the Falls Church Community Center on Veterans Day Sunday honored the nation’s veterans and remarks were provided by Falls Church Mayor Robin Gardner, among others. A plaque naming all Falls Church residents who have died in the nation’s wars is displayed in the front of the Community Center. (News-Press photo)

Making Music and Miracles

Friends of the Orphans’ present Music & Miracles: Hope for the Orphans Benefit Concert at Greenberg Theatre at American University (4200 Wisconsin Ave., NW D.C.) on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 5 – 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit


The Friends and Fitness runners program teamed up with Vantage Fitness  and the Neighborhood Home Team of RE/MAX, to help raise $1,000 and eighty pairs of athletic shoes for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, Alexandria/Fairfax Region. Money raised will go to fund additional fitness activities for the charity. (Photo: Courtesy of Garrett Rambler) Set Healthy Boundaries

The Northern Virginia Association for Volunteer Administration (NVAVA) will present “Self-Care Management and Healthy Boundaries in the Workplace – Making Time for the Responsible Professional” on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 9:30 a.m. – noon at the Pennino Building (12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax). Free to members, $15 non-members. For more information, call 571-323-9569.


Vietnam Vets to Meet

Chapter 227, Vietnam Veterans of America Inc., are holding their chapter meeting on Thursday, Nov. 15 at Neighbor’s Restaurant (262 D Cedar Lane, Vienna) at 7:30 p.m. Guest Speaker-Claude Bradshaw, USAF (Ret). Open to the Public. Admission is free. For more information, call Len Ignatowski at 703-255-0353.


Entrepreneur Express

Learn new ways to advance your business at the Friday, Nov. 16 Entrepreneur Express Workshop from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Virginia Tech/UVA Northern Virginia Center (7054 Haycock Rd., Falls Church) offered by the Virginia Department of Business Assistance. For more information, visit


‘AN EVENING WITH THE BROTHERS GRIMM’ was the theme of the annual Creative Cauldron fundraiser last Saturday night in Falls Church. Oran Sandel and Matt Conner led a series of skits involving youth from many of the educational workshops in the performing and visual arts run by the Falls Church-based non-profit which is in its fifth year of operation under the direction of Laura Hull. (News-Press photo)Marshall HS Christmas Tree Sale

The Marshall High School Boosters (7731 Leesburg Pke., Falls Church) will be holding their Annual Christmas Tree Sale in front of the school from Saturday, Nov. 24 – Sunday, Dec. 16. The event is staffed by athletes and parents. Profits benefit school sports and activities.


NV Mineral Club Annual Show

The Northern Virginia Mineral Club, Inc. announces its 16th Annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at George Mason University. Admission is $4 for adults; $2 for seniors and teens and free for children 12 and under. For more information, call 703-281-3767.


The City of FC Concert Band

The City of Falls Church Virginia Concert Band will perform its fall concert on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Annandale United Methodist Church (6935 Columbia Pke., Annandale). Open to the public and admission is free.


Conservation Breakfast

The Northern Virginia Conservation Trust (NVCT) will host The Seventh Annual Conservation Breakfast on Wednesday, Dec 5 from 7:30 – 9 a.m. at the Marriott Fairview Park (3111 Fairview Park Dr., Falls Church). Tickets are $50. For reservations, call 703-354-5093 ext. 22.


Christmas Craft Show

The Oakton Church of Brethren (10025 Courthouse Rd., Vienna) will hold its 14th Annual Christmas Crafts Show on Nov. 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, call 703-281-4411.


Needed – Blood Drive Volunteers

The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers age 14 and older to assist with holiday blood drives, greeting donors, offering refreshments and more. Training is provided. For more information, call 1-800-272-0094 ex. 1.


VolunteerFest Festive, Despite Rain

More than 1100 volunteers participated in Fairfax Annual VolunteerFest on Saturday, Oct. 27 completing more than 30 projects in conjunction with Make a Difference Day sending packages to troops, building outdoor classrooms, creating wildlife habits and more.


GMHS to Russia with Love

The Theater Department at George Mason High School will perform The Inspector General, a play by Russian playwright, Nikolai Gogol. Opening night is Wednesday, Nov. 14 and the show will run through Saturday, Nov. 17.


Blue Decals or Fines

Falls Church residents must display their blue decals for tax year 2008 on all vehicles by midnight on Thursday, Nov. 15 or risk receiving a ticket and fine. Decals should be affixed to the right of the State Safety Inspection sticker when looking at the windshield from the inside. For more information, visit


Beaujolais Nouveau Arrives

Join the annual celebration of the Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Release with a wine and cheese party on Friday, Nov. 16 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Alliance Francaise de Washington (2142 Wyoming Ave., NW, D.C.). Admission $33, members $26 and students $21. For more information, visit or call 202-234-7911.


Martha’s Table

Martha’s Table (2114 14th St., NW, D.C.) will be hosting its Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for low-income individuals and families on Sunday, Nov. 18 from Noon – 3 p.m. The meal is free. For more information and directions, visit


Tellabration! In FC

Tellabration! The annual night to celebrate storytelling is coming to Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library (7584 Leesburg Pke., Falls Church) by members of Voices in the Glen. Admission is free. Light refreshments. For more information, call 703-698-5456.


Thanksgiving Service

The Dulin United Methodist Church (513 E. Broad St., Falls Church) is holding a Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. Please bring canned goods and cash to help others in the community.


World of Children’s Publishing

Sallie Lowenstein opens the floor to discuss the world of children’s book publishing and writing in today’s environment of large business at Aladdin’s Lamp (2499 N. Harrison St., Arlington) on Sunday Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. For more information and to register, call 703-241-8281.


Fibromyalgia and CFS Lecture

A lecture given by Elly Brosius and Jonathan Gilbert “When Pushing Stops Working” regarding Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome will be given on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Reston Library and Monday, Nov. 26 at Tyson’s-Pimmit Library at 6:30 p.m. Free. No registration required. Refrain from wearing scented products.


FC Resident Appointed CASA Manager

City of Falls Church resident Elisa Kosarin has been appointed Recruitment and Training Manager for Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) a nonprofit which provides training to volunteers who speak for children involved in the court system due to abuse or neglect. Newly sworn in volunteers include Falls Church resident Deborah Cummings-Gaghan and McLean resident Mary Howard. For more information, call 703-273-3526 ext. 22 or visit


GM Team Sunshine State Fundraisers

The George Mason Varsity Baseball Fundraiser Yard Sale will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. – Noon at residence (201 Jackson St., Falls Church). The George Mason Varsity Baseball Fundraiser Car Wash will take place on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 1 – 4 p.m. at George Mason HS – Rt. 7 entrance. Help the varsity team train in Florida this spring. For more information, call 703-994-2819.


A Better City Dinner

Citizens for a Better City is hosting its Annual Meeting and Dinner on Sunday, Nov. 18 at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment (222 N. Washington St., Falls Church) at 6 p.m. Cost $15/person, $25/couple. For more information or to RSVP, call 703-873-0095 or visit


City of FC Holiday Schedule

The Thanksgiving Schedule for the City of Falls Church Government and Services is as follows: Closed Nov. 22 – 23; City Hall, DMV Select Offices, Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Schools and Senior Center. Closed Nov. 22, Open Nov. 23; Community Center. Closed at Noon on Nov. 21 and Closed Nov. 22 – 23; Courts and Sheriff’s Office. GEORGE, No services Nov. 22, regular service Nov. 23. Refuse and Recycling Collections; No Pickups Nov. 22 – 23. Refuse and Recycling will be picked up on Tuesday, Nov. 20 for the Thursday collection area.


Blue Morpho Movie

The Celebration of Religious Science (2840 Graham Rd., Falls Church) presents its next movie “The Blue Butterfly” with William Hurt on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, visit


Great Giving Day


The Great Giving Day takes place on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Celebration of Religious Science (2840 Graham Rd., Falls Church). They will be giving away clothing, household goods, office equipment and more. Everything is free. For more information, call 703-560-2030.