Community News and Notes

FC Arts Gallery Exhibit Opening

Falls Church Arts, looking to expand the art culture of Falls Church with its Da Vinci Passport series of arts events, is celebrating the opening of its latest gallery, Perspectivo: Unexpected Views of Nature. The exhibit features over 60 works by more than 30 members of the organization, celebrating the moment when art resonates with the audience to create a different view of nature. The gallery opens on Friday, May 2, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Falls Church Arts Gallery (111 Park Ave., Falls Church), with the show running until May 30. For more information, visit

Governor’s Awards Deadline

The deadline for nominations for the 2008 Governor’s Awards in the Arts is rapidly approaching, arriving on May 15, 2008. You can find the nomination form on the Commission website at

Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund Applications

The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund, a fund dedicated to the children of U.S. service members who have been killed or permanently disabled in a mission or a training accident, recently announced the opening of their application period for the upcoming academic year. In order to be eligible, the applicant must be a high school senior, high school graduate, or registered as a full-time undergraduate student and under the age of 26. For more information, visit or call 800-475-6620. The deadline for the 2008-2009 scholarship is July 18, 2008.


Nuts About The Nats” Debut

Falls Church resident Charlie Brotman, the former Washington Senators PA announcer, decided to bring his talents to the songwriting world, writing “Nuts About The Nats” for the Washington Nationals. During a homestand from April 7-13, the Nationals debuted the song. Brotman is CEO of Brotman, Winter Fried Communications and has been associated with Washington-area baseball teams for a half-century, serving as an announcer at Griffith Stadium and RFK Stadium.

Laurel Hausler: Rackets & Remedies

The Falls Church Arts group isn’t the only organization opening a gallery this week, with the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association (NVFAA) opening the exhibition Laurel Hausler: Rackets & Remedies in the Athenaeum Gallery (201 Prince St., Alexandria) on Friday, May 2 from 5 – 7 p.m. Hausler’s work explores the relationship between advertising and medicine. The Antenaeum is open every Thursday through Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. Free. For more information, visit or call 703-548-0035.

Student Art Contest Winners To Be Honored

In the interest of spreading the arts in Falls Church, Stacy’s Coffee Parlor (709 W. Broad St., Falls Church) is lending a helping hand by honoring the winners of the second annual Kokolopori Student Art Contest on Friday, May 2 at 7 p.m. Their art depicts what they imagine life to be like in Falls Church’s sister city, Kokolopori, and the surrounding rainforest in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Falls Church Arts judged the works, which will be displayed at Stacy’s throughout the month of May.

Volunteer Program Orientations

For adults looking to become involved with volunteer opportunities, Volunteer Fairfax has the answer. The volunteer organization is sponsoring a program titled Volunteers for Change, a volunteer program for adults filled with events on weekday evenings and weekends to fit busy schedules. A one-time orientation at Volunteer Fairfax’s office (10530 Page Ave., Fairfax) is mandatory, with orientations being held on Sunday, May 4 from 2 – 3 p.m. and Wednesday, May 7 from 6:30 – 7: 30 p.m. After orientation, volunteers are free to choose from any of more than 45 monthly community service projects throughout Northern Virginia. For more information, contact Annie Duffield at 703-246-3895.

Meals on Wheels Drivers Needed

The Fairfax Area Agency on Aging is looking for volunteers for its Meals on Wheels program to help deliver meals Monday – Friday to older adults in the Falls Church and Bailey’s Crossroads communities. The job involves delivering meals during lunchtime. Volunteers can deliver meals on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or substitute basis, with mileage reimbursement available. The Meals on Wheels program is also searching for a driver coordinator for the Bailey’s Crossroads route. For more information, please call the Fairfax AAA Volunteer Intake Line at 703-324-5406; TTY 703-449-1186 or e-mail

VPIS Annual Attic Treasure Sale

The Village Preservation and Improvement Society is holding its 41st Annual Attic Treasure Sale on Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m at the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church). Proceeds go to benefit the Neighborhood Tree Program, Concerts in the Park, and Falls Church’s four community gardens. There will be live music by Andrew Acosta. For more information, visit

Virginians Help Establish Church Policy

The United Methodist Church is holding a national conference in Fort Worth, Texas from April 23 – May 2 to write church law and establish budgets and policies for the denomination for the next four years. Out of the 992 delegates selected for the conference, 30 will be representatives from Virginia, including Falls Church resident Rev. Ileana Rosario, who serves as the Virginia Conference Director of Hispanic/Latino Ministries. The Virginia delegation is the largest U.S. delegation to attend the conference. The delegates will be considering over 1,500 pieces of legislation over the 10-day General Conference.

Falls Church Home and Garden Tour

Always cruise by those nice homes in Falls Church, wondering what they would look like inside? The Falls Church Elementary PTA understands and hopes to help with its Second Home and Garden Tour on Sunday, May 4 from 12 – 4 p.m. Two of the homes on the tour, located at 306 N. Cherry St. and 305 N. Oak St. will have volunteers from the Victorian Society in Falls Church to educate tour members about the homes and the area. The tour kicks off at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School (601 S. Oak St., Falls Church) at noon, where participants will receive their official programs. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the event, with proceeds benefiting outdoor classrooms at Mt. Daniel and Thomas Jefferson Elementary Schools. . Ticket forms are available at

Mason Grad Honored as “Good Guy”

Chad O’Hara, a rising senior at the University of Virginia and a 2005 graduate of George Mason High School, was recently chosen as the recipient of the Gus Bladgen Room on The Lawn (nicknamed the “Good Guy Room”). The selection committee focused on good moral character, commitment to serving the University community and concern and care for fellow students as criteria for applicants. O’Hara is currently involved with Prospect House, serving youth and older residents in the Charlottesville community, tutoring Charlottesville youth, and the “Edge,” the Middle School Ministry at St. Thomas the Aquinas Catholic Church in Charlottesville. Students are nominated for the “Good Guy Room” by other students. Over 100 nominations were received this year.

Brunch With The Bayhawks

Major League Lacrosse (MLL) season is rapidly approaching, but Washington’s MLL team, the Washington Bayhawks are taking some time out of their schedule for a Sunday brunch open to the public. On Sunday, May 4, the Bayhawks will be having brunch at Velocity Five Restaurant (8111 Lee Highway, Falls Church) from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m, where visitors can meet Bayhawks’ players and have an opportunity to purchase season tickets and merchandise for the upcoming season.