Community News and Notes

 LEADING SUPPORTERS, financially and politically, of the Falls Church-based Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry were on hand for a reception prior to NOVAM’s musical evening in recognition of World AIDS Day last Friday night at the Kenmore School in Arlington. (News-Press photo)

Get some Culture

The National Capital Area Skeptics will be hosting a talk “Examining the Culture of Free Energy Claimants” given by Eric Kreig of the Philadelphia Association of Critical Thinking on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the National Science Foundation (4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington) from 2 – 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 301-587-3827.


Alternative Gift Market

Come to the Alternative Gift Market for a meaningful shopping experience at John Calvin Presbyterian Church (6531 Columbia Pke., Annandale) on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fun for all ages.


Messiah Sing-Along

Cheryl Branham will be conducting the Messiah Sing-Along on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Saint Luke Catholic Church (7001 Georgetown Pke., McLean). Free-will offering. For more information, call 703-356-0670 or visit


Orchestra Holiday Celebration

The McLean Orchestra kicks off the holiday season with holiday favorites at Oakcrest School (850 Balls Hill Rd., McLean) on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $20 seniors and $10 for children 18 and under. For the performance on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $20 adults, $15 seniors and free for children 18 and under. For more information or tickets, call 703-893-8636 or visit


Alison Penland, GMHS Class of 2004, is a member of the NCAA Champion Division II Women’s Soccer Team at the University of Tampa. The starting senior Tampa midfielder celebrated the culmination of her career with a national title that follows her success on the GMHS State Championship teams of 2002 and 2004. (Photo: Courtesy Robert J. Penland)Holiday Jazz Project

The Holiday Project of the National Capital Area and Rick Dellaratta team up this holiday season for a Jazz for Peace Benefit Concert at the Lyceum in Alexandria (201 S. Washington St., Alexandria) on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. One half of the proceeds benefit The Holiday Project and the other half benefit music in public schools. Tickets cost $35 or if purchased in advance cost $25. For more information, visit or call 703-370-0370.


Jingle, or Run, All The Way

Acumen Solutions invites runners to the Third Annual Jingle All The Way 10K benefiting the SEED Foundation at 8 a.m. in West Potomac Park, D.C. on Sunday, Dec. 9. Race fees are $30 or in advance $25. For more information and registration, visit or call 301-871-0400.


Winter Shelter

The Friends of Falls Church Shelter (3080 Patrick Henry Dr., Falls Church) announces its 13th season of operation. The shelter is open now through March 31, 2008. Warm beds, hot dinners, breakfast and counseling provided. The shelter opens at 6 p.m. nightly and residents must leave the premises at 7:30 a.m.


Miracle on 23rd Street

The Miracle on 23rd Street Tree Lighting ceremony will take place on Friday, Dec. 7 at SOC Enterprises (750 South 23rd St., Arlington) from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Activities include caroling, refreshments, prizes and a visit from Santa. Admission is free. For more information, call 703-521-4441.


The 2007 Rein Dog Parade drew guests Scott Monett, Chairman of the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce, Channel WUSA9 News Reporter Peggy Fox and her daughter alongside Santa and Matthew Wallace, President of the Chamber with a canine pal relaxing in front of a McLean fire engine. (Photo: Courtesy of William B. Folsom)Hydrant Adoption

City of Falls Church residents are invited to team with the City of Fairfax Fire Department to “Adopt a Hydrant” which entails keeping community fire hydrants accessible, clear of snow or other impediments. For more information, contact Lieutenant Shawn Dunstan at 703-273-8109.


Art as Gift

Falls Church Arts’ Third Annual Holiday Gallery is being held at the FCA Gallery (111 Park Ave., Falls Church) now through Saturday, Dec. 22. Art is created by local artists. Gallery hours are Mon. – Sat. from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, see


Karaoke Night

The Sign of the Whale (7279 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church) will be hosting a night of Karaoke and specials on Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 10 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. For more information, call 703-573-1616.


Author Reading

Author and illustrator Janet Morgan Stoeke will read from her latest books Minerva Louise on Christmas Eve and Bus Stop on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. at Aladdin’s Lamp (2499 N. Harrison St., Arlington). Book signing will follow. Ages 2 – 5. For more information or to register, call 703-241-8281.

 Works like this photograph (reprinted here in black and white) by Christy Gavitt will be on display at the Falls Church Arts’ Third Annual Holiday Gallery which will also feature paintings, ceramics, pottery, jewelry and note cards created by more than a dozen local artists. (Photo: Courtesy of Gina Caceci)

Brass Christmas

CHORALIS will present A Classic Brass Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. at the United Methodist Church (6400 Old Centreville Rd., Centreville) and on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Falls Church Presbyterian Church (225 E. Broad St., Falls Church). General tickets cost $25 and premium seats cost $35. Students 22 and under with valid ID, tickets cost $5. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, visit or call 703237-2499.


Home Party Fair

The Holiday Home Party Fair will take place on Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Falls Church Oakwood (509 Roosevelt Blvd., Falls Church) from 2 – 4:30 p.m. Vendors include Silpada, Tupperware, Pampered chef and more. For more information, call 703-241-2360.


Creative Cauldron

Creative Cauldron’s Matt Conner will lead a Home for the Holidays themed evening filled with music, storytelling and improvisation. Bring your imagination. Light refreshments will be provided. Suggested donation $5. For more information, call 571-239-5288 or visit


Yorktown HS Concert

Yorktown High School Band (5201 N. 28th Street, Arlington) will perform a Winter Concert on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Holiday music selections will include Eighth Candle, Up on a House Top and Sleigh Ride. Open to the public. Admission is free and no tickets are required. For more information, visit


Eagle Scout Talk

William Troppe, a Thomas Jefferson High School Sophomore and Eagle Scout, will talk about scouting on Thursday, Dec. 13 during the Falls Church Rotary Club dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Harvest Moon Restaurant (7260 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). Attendance costs $10. Visitors are welcome.


New Horizons and Big Band

The Levine School of Music Presents New Horizons Band and Virginia Big Band performing holiday music, traditional music and jazz on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Westover Baptist Church Sanctuary (1125 N. Patrick Henry Dr., Arlington) Admission is free. For more information, visit


UVA Information Night

The University of Virginia will host UVA Information Night on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at its Northern Virginia Center (7054 Haycock Rd., Falls Church). Learn about UVA's education, business, IT, and engineering programs. Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. To attend, RSVP online:


Adopt a Family

Adopt a family is a program of the INOVA Juniper Holiday 2007 Program serving people in all stages of HIV infection. They will provide a wish list of items needed by a family allowing donators to purchase items directly or send money to the program. For more information, call Nancy J. Gauchey at 703-321-2674.