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Community News and Notes

Meet a Soap Star at Volvo Dealership

Fans of ABC’s “All My Children” will be thrilled to know that star Aiden Turner will be dropping by Don Beyer Volvo (1231 W. Broad St., Falls Church) on Saturday, April 26 from 2 – 4 p.m. Aiden will host a question and answer session and will autograph photos for all in attendance. Turner’s visit marks the sixth event in Don Beyer’s celebrity series, following Pulitzer Prize winner Edward P. Jones and thriller writer Joseph Finder. The event is open to the public. RSVP’s are required at [email protected] or to Sandy at 703-768-2932.

J.E.B. Stuart’s Raider Run 5K

Bringing back an annual warm-weather tradition, J.E.B. Stuart High School is holding its 11th Annual Raider Run 5k and One-Mile Fun Run/Walk this Saturday, April 26, starting at 8 a.m. All proceeds of the event will benefit J.E.B. Stuart athletic programs. Registration for the 5K run costs $10 for students and $25 for non-students. The Fun Run/Walk costs $5. Packet pick-up and race day registration runs from 6:45 – 7:45 a.m. on Saturday. All participants in the 5K run will receive a race T-shirt, and awards will be given to top finishers of the 5K run in each age category. A registration form is available at www.freewebs.com/raiderrun, with checks to be made payable to J.E.B. Stuart High School Athletic Boosters Club, Inc. and mailed to Peter Zapple, 3401 Slade Run Dr., Falls Church.

FC Schools’ Relay for Life Yard Sale

With Relay for Life steadily approaching, the Falls Church City Public Schools’ Relay for Life Teams will be holding a fundraising yard sale on Saturday, April 26 from 8 a.m – noon in the parking lot of 803 W. Broad St, Falls Church. The sale is sponsored by the “Central Office Coconuts.” All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

FC City Council Names Employee of the Year

The Falls Church City Council named Library Reference Supervisor Marshall Webster its 2007 Employee of the Year for Falls Church on Monday, April 14. Webster, who works at the Mary Riley Styles Public Library, created a main floor information desk, started and led an adult book discussion group and started a monthly newsletter for library users. Webster also served as the Chair of the Employees Advisory Council 2007, playing a crucial role in the Citywide Pay-for-Performance training initiative. Congratulations to Webster for a year of great work.

Mroz DeMolay Chapter Spaghetti Dinner

The Mroz Chapter of the DeMolay youth fraternity, a Masonic youth organization, will be hosting a spaghetti dinner on Sunday, April 27 from 2 – 5 p.m. at the Kemper-Macon Ware Lodge (411 Little Falls St., Falls Church). Requested donations of $10 for adults and $7 for youths will go towards benefiting community service activities. For more information, please e-mail [email protected]

First ABC Community Advisory Council Meeting

The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has created a Community Advisory Council for the North region, and the council will be holding its first meeting on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at ABC’s Bureau of Law Enforcement Alexandria Regional Office (6308 Grovedale Dr., Alexandria). The council was established to provide insight, accountability and support to ABC. At the first Community Advisory Council meeting held in Richmond, citizens made a number of suggestions that were then implemented by ABC and now available on the ABC website. For more information about the ABC Community Advisory Council, visit www.abc.virginia.gov or e-mail [email protected]

Fine Arts Hit the Market

Anyone looking for a little extra décor for their house in the spring and summer months is in luck, as the MOD Arts Gallery is holding a Fine Arts Sale on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. in their gallery (201 Pennsylvania Ave., Falls Church). The gallery features the works of Michael Clark Fox, Eric Vanlaer, Diane Brunner and Henry Gallucio. All of the works are highly collectible. Leasing of fine art is also a consideration for corporations. For more information, visit www.modarts.org.

NoVa Mental Illness Alliance Annual Speaker

On Monday, April 28, the Northern Virginia Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is holding its annual speaker meeting with an “ask-the-doctor” session led by Dr. Colton Hand from 7:30 – 9 p.m. at the Falls Church Christian Church (6155 Leesburg Pke., Falls Church). The evening will be devoted to questions about mental illnesses, medications or any other topic related to psychiatric disorders. For more information, contact Joe Lipari at 703-256-2908.

31-Cent Scoops for Fallen Firefighters

Ice cream lovers rejoice, as Baskin Robbins’ is holding its 31-Cent Scoop Night on Wednesday, April 30 to benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Baskin Robbins’ is commemorating the event with a $100,000 donation to the foundation, with local stores looking to raise additional funds for local firehouses by inviting the fire departments to their stores that night to collect donations. The 31-Cent Scoop Night will be from 5 – 10 p.m. at any Baskin Robbins around the area. To find the nearest Baskin Robbins, or for more information, visit www.baskinrobbins.com.

Hilligass for FC City Council Picnic

Ed Hilligass, a citizen of Falls Church running for the Falls Church City Council, is looking to thank his supporters this weekend with a picnic on Sunday, April 27 from 2 – 6 p.m. at the Cherry Hill Park (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church). Along with free hot dogs, drinks, and pizza provided by Jerry’s Subs and Pizza, Hilligass will be bringing a moon bounce to the park. Live music by Donald Dobert will top the afternoon picnic off for Hilligass supporters.

PETCO Unleashed Chihuahua Races

America has become obsessed with being the best, and PETCO has taken America’s obsession to the next step: finding the fastest Chihuahua in all of America. PETCO is sponsoring the PETCO Unleashed Chihuahua Races on Saturday, April 26 at the Alexandria PETCO (6612 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria), where Chihuahuas will speed down a 35-foot track, with the winner heading to San Diego for a chance to become America’s fastest Chihuahua. Up to 300 spots are available, with registration available at www.petco.com/petcounleashed. The race begins at 10 a.m., with registration kicking off at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit your local PETCO or e-mail Marta Karpinska-Dean at [email protected]

Falls Church Author Booksigning

Local author Cathy Taylor, admitted lighthouse enthusiast, will be at Argia’s Restaurant (124 N. Washington St., Falls Church) on Sunday, April 27 from 3 – 5 p.m. for a booksigning of her visual history of Maryland’s Lighthouse in Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series. Along with her work on the “Images of America” series, Taylor also founded a 501(c)3 non-profit organization called the Historical Place Preservation, in order to preserve and promote lighthouse history. Books will be available for purchase for $20 at the signing.