Community News and Notes

McLean Rotary Awards Four Scholarships

The McLean Rotary Club Foundation awarded scholarships to four students from Pimmit Hills High School at a luncheon of the McLean Rotary Club on Tuesday, April 29. Pimmit Hills is one of three Fairfax County adult/alternative high schools, designed to assist students who might not be able to complete high school in a regular setting because of age, language proficiency or other life circumstances. The four winners were Mohamed Hashi, Kim Ngoc Tang, Yetmwork Adnew and Marjorie Flores, and they all plan on using their scholarship money to continue their education at Northern Virginia Community College. Hashi, from Somalia, received $1,000 to study medicine, Tang, from Vietnam and Flores, from El Salvador, each received $500 to study business administration and Adnew, from Ethiopia, received $1,000 to study dentistry.

In My Arms’ Opening Reception

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Linda Rose Larochelle’s “In My Arms,” an exhibit of relief block prints opened at the Loft Gallery (311 Mill St., Occoquan) on May 6 and will be running through June 1. For those that missed the grand opening of the gallery, there will be an opening reception for “In My Arms” on Sunday, May 11, from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Loft Gallery, very fittingly falling on Mother’s Day. Larochelle, a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute in printmaking, is a Falls Church resident and a member of Falls Church Arts.

High School Football Officials Needed

The Northern Virginia Football Officials Association (NVFOA) is currently searching for new members for its 2008 training class, who would ultimately become on-field game officials and electronic clock operators for games at the youth, middle school and high school levels in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. NVFOA solely supplies officials for the Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun and Fauquier counties. No experience necessary, must be 18 or older. Information and application forms are available at or contact Commissioner Dennis Hall at 540-837-1316 or

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

The City of Falls Church is holding its first collection event for Household Hazardous Waste at the Falls Church Property Yard, across from the Recycling Center (217 Gordon Rd., Falls Church). Open to City of Falls Church residents only and proof of residency, such as a driver’s license, utility bill or a Falls Church vehicle decal must be provided. Free of charge. Items such as acids, antifreeze, bug sprays, paint thinner, pesticides and furniture polish, among others, will be collected for free, transported and properly disposed of.

Mommy Needs a Glass of Wine

Moms looking to spend a night out on the town for Mother’s Day have Winery at La Grange (4970 Antioch Rd., Haymarket) to thank for a Saturday night of fun, as the winery will be having a Mother’s Day event on Saturday, May 10 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. There will be wine tasting with food pairings, gourmet treats to dip into a chocolate fountain, along with each person getting a glass of their favorite wine in a souvenir wine glass. Tickets are $49 each, plus tax, and advance reservations are required. Please call Melissa at or at the winery at 703-753-9360 for information and reservations.

Renna Communications Expands to D.C.

In an effort to expand their communication services even further, Renna Communications recently announced that they will be moving their headquarters to Washington, D.C. this month. Since 2005, Renna Communications has provided media relations and communications services to many influential lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and allied organizations. The new headquarters will be at 1601 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

Mason Student Wins State-Fish Art Contest

JiaLi Ma, a student at George Mason High School, recently submitted her work into the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest and won for her age group in Virginia. Her artwork is available to see online at

Seniors Break Out Their Boogie Shoes

Seniors looking to relive the old days should head to Langley High School’s Main Gym (6520 Georgetown Pke., McLean) on Friday, May 9, for a free senior citizen dance from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. There will be music from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s for the whole night. The crew from Forever Young TV will be on hand to videotape the event for an upcoming episode of their show. For more information, e-mail

Mason Student Receives Music Scholarship

Yusof Becker, a senior at George Mason High School, recently received a four year scholarship from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music to go towards a music major. Becker received the scholarship on the basis of his talent and his musical achievements.

Premier AC Teams win ODSL Awards

Premier AC, the local Falls Church based travel soccer club, had two teams recognized at the DC United soccer game vs. Real Salt Lake as winners of fall 2007 Old Dominion Soccer League (ODSL) Randy Rawls Sportsmanship Awards. Referee report cards, red and yellow cards accumulated throughout the season and coaches votes all go into consideration for the Randy Rawls award. Both the U10 Attack and the U14 Strikers won the award for Premier AC.