Community News and Notes

 Frank Westin, deli manager of the Falls Church Safeway gives Ruth Ritter, of Capital Hospice, Thanksgiving dinners for 16 hospital patients and their families who would not otherwise have a traditional dinner due to prohibitive cost or inability to prepare such a meal. (Photo: Courtesy of Spencer Levine)

Regatta Winners

Travis Benton, nephew of Nick Benton of the Falls Church News-Press, and his partner came in first in the Varsity Gold A Fleet in the Sea Otter High School Regatta, in Monterrey, Ca. in October. It was the first regatta of the High School season. This event includes schools from San Francisco to San Diego.


Benefit Concert

Stacey’s Coffee Parlor (709 W Broad St., Falls Church) will host a concert to benefit Kokolopori featuring Doris Justis on Friday, Nov. 30 from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Optional donation of $10 requested.


Forever Young

Beginning Monday, Dec. 3 at 12:30 p.m. and each Friday thereafter, viewers of the Forever Young TV show will meet at Fuddrucker’s Restaurant (4300 Backlick Rd., Annandale). For more information, call 703-655-4205.


Tax Volunteers

The Creating Assets, Savings and Hope Coalition (CASH) are holding an information session for those interested as serving as volunteer tax preparers, translators and greeter/screeners for low income families in the Volunteers in Tax Assistance program (VITA) on Thursday, Nov. 29. Session 1 runs from 6:30 -7:30 p.m. and Session 2 from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. both will be held at the Fairfax County Office of Partnership in the Conference Room (1200 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax). For more information or to register, call Elsa Luis at 703-324-1554.


Arts Gala

The Celebrate Arts Gala will take place on Nov. 30 from 7 – 10 p.m. at the Celebration Center of Religious Science (2840 Graham Rd., Falls Church). The cost is $5. For more information or to register, call CCRS at 703-560-2030.


Oxford University Graduate

Evan Burfield has been awarded a Bachelor and Masters of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University. He was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax, where he was captain of the crew team and an assistant coach. Evan attended the Falls Church Public Schools, from which he was expelled prior to attending Thomas Jefferson. Evan is employed by the Oakwood Corporation in London and is the owner of Synteractive Information Systems in Tyson’s Corner. Evan is the son of Anne Norloff of Falls Church and Rod Burfield of Alexandria.


Annual Reindog Parade

The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce is inviting the community to the 11th Annual Reindog Parade on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Langley Shopping Center (1362 – 1398 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean). Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the fee is two cans of dog food to be donated to local animal charities. Peggy Fox of Channel 9 will emcee the event. Pet services, venders and rescue organizations will attend. For more information, call 703-356-5424.


SAW Announces Awards

The Songwriter’s Association of Washington (SAW) will announce award winners at the 24th Annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest during the Awards Gala on Sunday, Dec. 2 at Jammin’ Java (227 E. Maoke Ave., Vienna). The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $7 to attend. Open to the public. For more information, visit


Engaging Affair

Mr. and Mrs. Randy Lewis of Johnson City, Tennessee, announce the engagement of their daughter Jenny Nicole to William Michael Stuart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Stuart of Independence, Virginia. The bride-elect is a 2000 graduate of Tri-Cities Christian School and a 2006 graduate of Milligan College. She is employed at Care Centers Management Group, Inc. in Johnson City. The prospective groom is a 1998 graduate of Grayson County High School and a 2002 graduate of Roanoke College. He is a CPA and is employed with Rodefer Moss & Co. in Kingsport. The wedding is set for August 12 in Johnson City.


FC Hosts Craft Show

Falls Church City will host the 15th Annual Holiday Crafts Show on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church). Admission costs $1 for adults and $.50 for children 12 and over. For more information, call 703-248-5077.


Anxiety Educational Series

Part of an ongoing free educational series “Anxiety and Neuromeditation: A way to peace of mind and transformative calm” will take place on Thursday, Dec. at 7 p.m. at the Neurofeedback Center of Virginia (803 W. Broad St., Falls Church). For more information or to register, call 703-536-2690.


GC Marshall Play

GC Marshall High School (7731 Leesburg Pke., Falls Church) presents You Can’t Take It With You running Nov. 29, 30; Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. Tickets sold at the door cost $5 for students and $10 for adults. For more information, call 703-714-5409.


Arlington Artist’s Sale

The Arlington Artists Alliance’s Annual Winter Art Show and Sale will take place Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2 from noon – 4 p.m. at Fort C.F. Smith Park (2411 N. 24th St., Arlington). Works by 35 members. For more information, contact Beth Hudgins at [email protected] or 703-532-4450.


Washington Revels Perform

The Washington Revels present the 2007 Christmas Revels offering eight holiday performances over two weekends, Dec. 8 – 9 and Dec. 14 – 16 at GW Lisner Theater (21 and H St., NW D.C.). The adult chorus includes Gillian Penn and Marc Lewis of Fairfax; Claudia Dulmage of Falls Church; Scott Matheson of McLean, and Dick Kovar of Reston. Grace Vander Veer of Fairfax, teen chorus and Katie Noone of McLean, children’s chorus. The Vienna contingent includes Joanna Franc, Marissa Maley and Louis Silvano in the adult chorus and Katie Somers in the teen chorus. Tickets cost $12 – $ 40. For more information, visit or call 1-800-595-4849.


GREETING FANS at a fundraiser at Argia’s Restaurant Tuesday to help cover travel and other costs of his U.S. Winter Olympic team tryout at Lake Placid, New York, was Tom Abbey, a trainer at Falls Church’s Vantage Fitness. Abbey will leave this weekend, trying to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Development program for the 2010 Olympics as a member of the skeleton racing team. (News-Press photo)Freeman House, Museum and Santa

On Saturday, Dec. 1 from 1 – 3 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 2 – 4 p.m. Santa Claus will be visiting the Freeman Store and Museum. Children should bring their wish lists to the store and museum (131 Church Street NE, Vienna). Admission is free. For more information, call 703-938-5187.


Control Holiday Spending

Ameriprise Financial recommends the following tips to help control holiday spending: Setting a budget for the entire holiday season including gifts, meals and travel, making a list of who you want to give gifts to and set a budget for each person, shopping early to avoid the pressure of last minute buying and avoiding emotional spending. For more information, visit


Avoid the Holiday Blues

Home Helpers offers the following tips to avoid the holiday blues especially of interest to older adults, baby boomers and other community members: focus on the meaning of the holidays and express yourself in ways that provide you the most joy and fulfillment, create a festive environment with friends, music, candles, and food when putting up the decorations so it is more enjoyment and less of a chore, serve others, volunteer your time, talent and treasure for those less fortunate, open your home to friends, neighbors and people who may be alone for the holidays, laugh about the silly and ridiculous things your family members are likely to do, before they arrive, offer random acts of kindness and do them anonymously, participate in community events and holiday performances, create a new holiday tradition and drop an old tradition you never much liked, do things because you want to do them, not because you feel like to have to do them, shop, eat and drink in moderation, make gifts and write letters as a demonstration of your love and take time to reflect and reminisce about the special people in your life and the many ways we are all blessed.


Delegate Jim Scott presents Timothy W. McCabe of Boy Scout Troup 681, Falls Church, with a plaque from the Virginia House of Delegates commending him for earning Eagle rank at a Court of Honor. Father Patrick L. Posey, pastor of St. James Church and sponsor of Troop 681 looks on. (Photo: Courtesy of Richard L. Lobb)Committed, Young and Penland

Courtney Brummett Young and Melinda Laurin Penland, both involved in the construction business, affirmed their partnership yesterday. Sara Smolik, a friend of the couple, led a commitment ceremony on the beach at Wrightsville Beach, N.C. Ms. Young, 27, is a founder of the Castle Project, a development firm in Wilmington, N.C., that builds affordable and environmentally sensitive mixed-use buildings. She graduated from Tufts. She is the daughter of Nancy B. Young and Robert Young of McLean, Va. Her father is the president of the Young Group, a development firm in McLean that builds and renovates mixed-use commercial buildings in Northern Virginia. Her mother is a real estate agent with Long & Foster, a brokerage firm in McLean. Ms. Penland, 24, manages construction projects for the Young Group, arranging for subcontractors and coordinating the work. In August, she will begin studying for a master of fine arts specializing in fiction writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the daughter of Barbara Zimmerman of Wilmington and Joseph Penland of Marshall, N.C. Her father is a general contractor and carpenter in Marshall. Her mother is a teacher of English as a second language to elementary school students at three schools in the New Hanover, N.C., County School District.


At the opening of the McLean Chain Bridge Bank Director Jenry Mackall, Barbara Smoot and Chain Bridge Bank Advisory Board Member Dan Smoot, who’s family owns the two shopping centers in downtown McLean, enjoy the festivities. (Photo: Courtesy of Landis Cullen)Cherry Hill Writers Donate to Library

The Cherry Hill Writers’ Group announced the presentation of a check for $500 to the Mary Riley Styles Public Library for the purchase of classical books including poetry. The check represents proceeds from the sale of the group’s original book of poetry. For more information, call Mrs. Adcok at 703-534-4093.


Photo Exhibit

Noted photographer, Peter Tomlinson, will be the December featured artist at Art and Frame of Falls Church (111 Park Ave., Falls Church). The show opens with a reception on Friday, Dec. 7 and runs through Sunday, Dec. 30. For more information, contact Tom Gittins at 703-534-4202.