Community News and Notes


Weichert, Realtors’ Arlington Office Honors Top Sellers

Barbara Stone, branch manager of Weichert, Realtors’ Arlington Office, recently announced that Chairman’s Club member Sheila Fisher led the Weichert region, which consists of 18 offices in Virginia and D.C., in new home dollar value. David Lloyd, Jr. led the region in resale listings. In 2007, Lloyd ranked in the top ten for dollar volume, combined units, resale revenue units and resale dollar volume in the entire D.C. area. For more information, call the Arlington office at 703-527-3300.

Author Philip Pullman to Visit Tysons Corner

Award winning children’s author Philip Pullman will speak at the Tysons Corner Barnes & Noble (7851 Tysons Corner Center, McLean) on June 8 at 2 p.m. Pullman is the author more than 18 books, including “The Golden Compass.” Following his discussion, Pullman will sign his newest release, “Once Upon a Time in the North,” and “The Golden Compass.” For more information, contact the store at 703-506-2937.

Oakcrest School Graduates the Class of 2008

Twenty-six students will graduate from Oakcrest School on May 31. There will be a Baccalaureate Mass at the school, celebrated by Oakcrest School chaplain Fr. Ron Gillis, on May 30 at 7:30 p.m. Immaculée Ilibagiza, a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and author of “Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust” will be the commencement speaker. Student speakers will be valedictorian Nicole Elizabeth Birrer and salutatorian Mary Cameron Gasser.

Arlington Native Graduates from Providence College

Arlington resident Michael Warin received a Bachelor of Science in Management from Providence College.


Volunteers Needed for Clean the Bay Day

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is looking for volunteers to participate in Clean the Bay Day, an annual shoreline litter clean-up. Clean the Bay Day will occur on June 7. Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment, the Arlington-Fairfax Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, the Reston Association and Leesylvania State Park are offering opportunities to help in Thrifton Hill Park (2814 N. 23rd St., Arlington), Leesylvania State Park (2001 Daniel K Ludwig Dr., Woodbridge, Va.), Mason Neck State Park (7301 High Point Rd., Lorton, Va.), Lake Audubon (Lake Audubon Dr., Reston, Va.), Lake Thoreau (Halyard La., Reston, Va.) and Lake Anne (Waters Edge La., Reston, Va.).

This is Clean the Bay Day 20th anniversary, over the last two decades, more than 87,500 Clean the Bay Day volunteers have removed more than four million pounds of trash from the Commonwealth’s waterways. For more information or to pre-register for Clean the Bay Day, visit or call 1-800-SAVEBAY.

French Cocktail Hour

The French Wine Society, in partnership with the Park at Fourteenth, Sopexa USA, Maison de la France and the French Ministry of Agriculture, is hosting the fifth annual French Cocktail Hour Celebration on June 6 at the Park at Fourteenth (920 14th St. NW, D.C.). The event begins with a VIP Preview at 6:30 p.m. and opens to the general public at 7:30 p.m. There will be French wine and a specialty cocktails open bar for a $20 admission fee. Win a trip for two with roundtrip tickets on Air France and two nights at Les Sources de Caudalies. For more information, contact Julien Camus at or at 202-466-0775.

Falls Church Resident Wins Sarah Lawrence College Sports Award

Falls Church native Kathryn Scheirer won the Gryphon Award in Women’s Varsity Volleyball from Sarah Lawrence College. The Gryphon Award is given to students who demonstrate sportsmanship, integrity and perseverance in their sport. Scheirer graduated on May 23.

My Student Tutor Introduces Summer School @ Home will begin Summer School @ Home this summer, an online mat tutorial program for grades 3-6. Summer School @ Home is only available from May through the first week of September. is part of My Student Tutor, LLC, which uses the Internet to aid in math for grade 3-6. For more information, contact Alfred L. Black, Sr., at 202-723-0744.

Creative Cauldron and Falls Church Arts Present Bright Pink Vessel

Award winning BosmaDance will perform Bright Pink Vessel on May 31 at George Mason High School (7124 Leesburg Pi., Falls Church) at 7:30 p.m. Bright Pink Vessel is a contemporary dance show that features different ways we use our bodies. As part of the DaVinci Passport, it is an exploration of Corporalita, the cultivation of grace, ambidexterity, fitness and poise. The show features two new works. Tickets are $15 and $10 for students and seniors. Children under 12 are admitted for free. To reserve tickets, visit

Student Named Arch Coal Scholar

Falls Church resident Rebecca Altmeyer was one of 11 graduating seniors chosen as a 2008 Arch Coal Scholar. Altmeyer will graduate from McLean High School in June and will attend James Madison University in the fall. As an Arch Coal Scholar, she will receive a $1,500 scholarship for up to four years.

Foster Homes Needed for Great Dane Rescue

The Northern Virginia chapter of the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League is looking for homes for orphan Great Danes. The non-profit organization helps find homes for abandoned, neglected or abused animals. They also provide medical treatment, train and socialize Great Danes to help them adapt to new environments. For more information, visit

George Mason HS Alumnae Compete in Regatta

George Mason HS Class of 2007 graduates Elena Martinez and Katie Mitchell competed against each other in the Eastern Sprints Championship crew regatta in Cherry Hill, N.J., on May 18. Martinez rows for Princeton and Mitchell is on Columbia’s team. They were both in the Novice 4 boats (four rowers without previous experience before this year in the boat) category. Columbia placed first in the race, while Princeton placed third (the University of Pennsylvania came in second). Eastern Sprints is the annual rowing championship for the Eastern Association of Women’s Rowing Colleges (EAWRC) league, and the regatta featured teams from the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions, including six of the top 20 teams in the nation.

Rock the House 8K” on June 8

The annual Rock the House 8K to benefit Fairfax County’s Alternative House, the Abused and Homeless Children’s Refuge, will be held on June 8 in conjunction with the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival. The race begins at 8 a.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center (12055 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax) and is $22 before June 6. After June 6, the entrance fee is $27. Register online at

Congressional Primaries to be Held June 10

Congressional primary elections will be held on June 10 and will be conducted by the Democratic and Republican parties. In the 8th and 10th Congressional Districts, both parties will conduct primaries, and just the Democratic Party will conduct an election in the 11th Congressional District. All qualified registered voters in the precincts in which primaries are being conducted are eligible to vote. Voters in the 8th and 10th Districts may vote in either the Democratic or Republican primaries, but they may not participate in both. For more information about voter eligibility or absentee voting in the City of Falls Church, contact the Registrar of Voters at 703-248-5085. In Fairfax County, contact the Office of Elections at 703-222-0776, and in Arlington County, contact the Office of Voter Registration at 703-228-3456.

Falls Church Native Graduates from College of Charleston

Daniella Urrutia of Falls Church graduated from the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C.

Garden Dedication

Nora’s Garden in the Senior Courtyard of George Mason HS (7124 Leesburg Pi., Falls Church) will be dedicated on June 1 at 4 p.m. The garden is named for Nora Hemphill, a 2005 graduate of GMHS who died of liver cancer in May of 2006. The stone foundation of the garden is complete, and plans are underway to install a stone fountain. The garden will be available for all types of student use. Contributions to Nora’s Garden, Inc., a non-profit organization established for the construction and maintenance of the garden, may be sent to 109 Buxton Rd., Falls Church, VA 22046. Additional information about Nora’s Garden and the dedication ceremony is available at

Premier AC Soccer Tryouts

Tryouts for Premier AC, a travel soccer club, will be held beginning June 2 for both boys and girls teams. All tryouts will be held at Shrevewood ES (7525 Shreve Rd., Falls Church). For more information, consult

Fairfax County Elderhostel Alumni Meeting

Roger Myers will present “Beyond the Pharaohs: Egypt Past and Present” at the Fairfax County Elderhostel Alumni Meeting. The event will be held on June 8 at George Mason Public Library (7001 Little River Tpke., Annandale) at 2 p.m. Visitors are welcome, and reservations are required and can be made at 703-534-2274.

Dressbarn Initiative Benefits Arbor Day Foundation

Dressbarn announced their “Bring Your Own Bag” initiative in which reusable tote bags are being sold and $1 from the sale of each bag will be donated to the Arbor Day Foundation. Area Dressbarns are located in Alexandria (3501 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Alexandria), Arlington (1625 Crystal Square Arcade, Arlington) and Falls Church (6308 Seven Corners Center, Falls Church).