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Community Yard Sale

Sleepy Hollow Manor will hold a community yard sale on June 14 from 8 a.m.—noon. In case of rain, the event will take place on June 21. Signs on Sleepy Hollow Rd. will direct visitors to the yard sale. Children clothing and toys as well as other family items will be on sale. For more information, contact David Masri at 703-205-8717.

Alliance Française’s ‘la Fete de la Musique’

­The Alliance Française de Washington will host la Fete de la Musique on June 20 from 5:30 p.m.—11 p.m. at the Alliance Française de Washington (2142 Wyoming Ave. NW, D.C.). The event will feature music for children, local bands and a DJ set. It is free from 5:30 p.m.—10 p.m. with a cash bar and buffet. After 10 p.m., general admission is $10. For more information, visit www.francedc.org or call 202-234-7911.

Girls’ Travel Soccer Tryouts

The Reston Strikers, a U-13 WAGS Division 3 girls’ soccer team based in Falls Church, will hold tryouts at Shrevewood ES (7525 Shreve Rd., Falls Church) on June 11 and 13 from 6:30 p.m.—8 p.m. and on June 15 from 4 p.m.—5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Eric Farnsworth at [email protected]

Concerts in the Park Series to Begin

The City of Falls Church will host Concerts in the Park every Thursday from June 19 through August 7. Each concert will feature local musicians and also local artists, sponsored by Falls Church Arts. The June 26 concert will be Mad for the Road with artist Laura Hartwick. All concerts are free and will be held at Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Ave., Falls Church) beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, call 703-248-5077.

Gov. Timothy Kaine at Town Hall Meeting

Gov. Timothy Kaine held a town hall meeting June 11 at Harper Parker MS in Leesburg to address traffic congestion in the City of Falls Church and in all of Northern Virginia. Residents will be able to comment on Kaine’s transportation plan of increasing the retail sales tax by one percent and dedicating the regional sales tax to the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA). On May 27, the Falls Church City Council adopted a resolution in support of Kaine’s plan. The General Assembly will hold a special session on transportation on June 23. For more information, visit www.thenovaauthority.org.

Summer Family Fun Fest

Wilson Blvd. Community Church will hold their annual Summer Family Fun Fest on Saturday, June 21 from 10 a.m.—2 p.m. The rain date for the event is Sunday, June 22 at noon. The Fun Fest will be held at the church (3850 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). For more information, contact Lynette Tucker at 703-527-2210.

Anthony Fundraiser

Velocity Five Sports Restaurant will host the Anthony Fundraiser to benefit the National Down Syndrome Society in honor of Anthony VanMeter, a 13-month-old with Down’s syndrome. VanMeter’s father, Don VanMeter, is a patron of Velocity Five Sports. The fundraiser will be on June 12 at 6 p.m. at Velocity Five Sports Restaurant (8111 Lee Hwy., Falls Church). It will include a reception, a silent auction and live music from the Shadow Styles Band. Velocity Five Sports Restaurant is owned by former Redskins coach Jim Speros.

Excessive Heat Precautions

Because of the recent heat wave sweeping the region, the City of Falls Church released tips for staying cool in the heat of summer. They advise to stay indoors whenever possible and to spend at least two hours a day in an air-conditioned building, such as the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church) or Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). Dress for the heat in loose, lightweight clothing, and continuously drink water to stay hydrated. Avoid strenuous activity, and if necessary, only do strenuous activity in the coolest part of the day – 4 a.m.—7 a.m. Finally, pay attention to changes in the air quality index report. For more information on summer heat safety, visit www.fallschurchva.gov or the National Weather Service at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/.

Wum, Cameroon Tribal Chief Visits Rotarians

Raymond Bumhbi, the tribal chief in Wum, Cameroon, spoke at the June 5 meeting of the Falls Church Rotary Club. The Falls Church Rotary Club is working with the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Charlottesville Rotary Club on the Cameroon Water project, which will transport potable water six miles to 50,000 residents in Wum.

Huntington Learning Center Announces Reading Adventure

The Huntington Learning Center has announced a summer reading program, Reading Adventure. Students choose books off of a grade-appropriate reading list and begin a “journey.” As each book is completed, students receive postcards to fill their “passports.” Every student that completes the program will receive a certificate and trophy to celebrate their accomplishments. For more information, contact Eileen Fox of the Huntington Learning Center of Alexandria (6472 Landsdown Ctr., Alexandria) at 703-541-0674 or William McNaught of the Huntington Learning Center of Arlington (4820-B S. 31st St., Arlington) at 703-379-6337.

Arlington Soccer Association Seeks New Executive Director

Arlington Soccer Association (ASA) is looking for a new Executive Director. The Executive Director coordinates soccer games for nearly 6,000 children, as well as organizes coaches and volunteers. The ASA Executive Director oversees a paid staff, works with local governments and manages a large budget. The job announcement is listed at www.arlingtonsoccer.com.

McLean Rotarians Assist Orphanage in Swaziland

After leading a Group Study Exchange team in southern Africa last May, McLean Rotarian Lois Wilson became determined to raise money to help children orphaned because of HIV/AIDS. The McLean Rotary Club, with help from the Vienna Rotary Club, the Herndon Rotary Club, Rotary District 7610 and The Rotary Foundation, raised money to benefit the Sandra Lee Centre in Swaziland. Because of Wilson’s effort, 12 solar water heating panels were installed at the Sandra Lee Centre. These will provide hot water for 78 people. Wilson is the incoming president of the Rotary Club of McLean.

Arlington County Bar Foundation Awards Grants

The Arlington County Bar Foundation awarded $17,750 in grants to several community-based organizations. Legal Services of Northern Virginia received $5,000, and Legal Aid Justice Center and Doorways for Women and Children – Court Advocacy Program each received $4,000. Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern Virginia, Argus House, Aurora House and Randolph ES PTA also received awards. The Foundation also made $250 donations to for a Drug and Alcohol-Free Graduation Ceremony to: Wakefield PTA, George Mason High School PTSA All Night Grad Celebration, Washington-Lee Graduation Boat Party, Bishop O’Connell HS, H.B. Woodlawn Secondary Program and Yorktown Graduation Boat Party.

A Body of Water’ Opens June 26

Firebelly Productions presents Lee Blessing’s “A Body of Water” at Theatre on the Run (3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington) from June 26 to July 20. In this mystery, a couple awakens with no memory of who they are, forcing an exploration of their relationship and their identities. The show will run Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $12 for students and seniors. Senior tickets for Sunday performances will be $5. For more information, call the box office at 703-409-2372.