Community News & Notes

Elevation Burger Awarded for Going Green

Elevation Burger was recognized at National Harbor’s GO GREEN Press Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 14 on the Waterfront Stage in National Harbor, Md.

Hans Hess, the CEO of Elevation Burger and EnviroCab, the first carbon-negative Taxicab Fleet in the world, and finalist for Washington Business Journal’s “Green Innovation” Award, spoke on the GO GREEN projects being launched, including building LEED-Certified restaurants.

Round Table Welcomes Prospective Members

The Northern Virginia Knights of the Round Table invite potential members to a special Membership Luncheon at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at the Italian Cafe. During lunch, guests will learn about Round Table’s mission and the organization’s charities. The Round Table is a member of the U.S. Tables in Round Table International based in Redlands, Ca., a non-sectarian service club serving local charities in member communities. For more information on the Round Table or to make a reservation for this Wednesday’s luncheon, contact Lew or Marj Watson at 703-237-7973 or by e-mail at

Teen Center Seeks Talent for Charity Event

The Old Firehouse Teen Center (OFTC) (1440 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean) is looking for middle-school aged students who sing, dance, act, perform comedy or know how to perform any other kinds of entertainment for its Semi-Annual Open Mic Night. Participants and audience members are being asked to donate gift cards in lieu of an admission fee, with proceeds benefiting a local women’s shelter. Master of Ceremonies will be Craig McKenzie, an eighth-grader from Cooper Middle School. The event will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 at OFTC. Students who are interested in performing must register and submit a gift card, and $5 for individuals, $10 for groups. Registration forms are available at OFTC or can be downloaded from For more information, call OFTC at 703-448-8336, ext. 711.

Falls Church Winery to Hold Oktoberfest

Red White and Bleu (127 S. Washington St., Falls Church) will be holding Oktoberfest, from Oct. 17 – 19. Beer tastings will be offered on Friday from 5 – 8 p.m., Saturday from noon – 8 p.m., and Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m. Oktoberfest lagers, fall pumpkin ales – domestic and imported – will be offered to taste. All tastings are free. For more information, call 703-533-9463.

Choralis Presents German Romantics Concert

Falls Church’s Choralis will attempt to show off its full breadth and talent with a selection of 19th century German music. The concert features selections from piano literature, art song for solo voice and of course, breathtaking choral music, including Rheinberger’s Cantus Missae and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, as well as selections by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schumann, Schubert and Wolff. The concert is at The Falls Church (115 E. Fairfax St., Falls Church) at 8 p.m. on Oct. 17. This performance was rescheduled from this past April. Choralis Maestra Gretchen Kuhrmann will take part in a pre-concert chat at 7 p.m. General admission is $25. For more information, visit

The Claude Moore Farm Hosts Market Fair

Come enjoy a step back in time, at the Claude Moore Colonial Farm’s Autumn 18th Century Market Fair. Attendees are invited to enjoy colonial period foods, beverages, candle dipping and items for purchase. Colonial farm families and community members will be present at the fair in costume and character. The fair will take place at the Claude Moore Colonial Farm (6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean), from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 – 19. Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children ages 3-12 and senior citizens. Free parking is available. For more information, visit or call 703-903-9330.

Art Workshop Offered to Families in McLean

The McLean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean) is offering a family-oriented art workshop, “Mindscapes.”
The workshop incorporates the use of pastels, charcoal and cutout shapes to tell a story. Students will look at the paintings and drawings by Jo Smail in the gallery for inspiration.

The hour-and-a-half-long lesson will be instructed by Sharon Fishel, and is $10 per family. The workshop will take place from 10 – 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 18. For more information, visit

F.C. Residents Named Marching Virginians

The following Virginia Tech students and Falls Church residents have gained membership to the Marching Virginians at Virginia Tech: Mark Ferek, John Koussis, Jeremy Mauck, Alex Nette, Andy Twigg and Emily Whitesell. To qualify for the marching band, students must audition one week before the beginning of classes each fall. Commonly known as “The Spirit of Tech,” the band this year is
celebrating its 35th year of performances and musical entertainment for hundreds of nationally televised football games and parades. They also performed at Virginia Tech’s recent bowl games, including the 2006 Toyota Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. and the 2007 Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, Ga.

Dulin Church Holds Hospital Supply Drive

Dulin Church (513 E. Broad St., Falls Church) and CrossLink International (427 N. Maple Ave., Falls Church), are working together this month to collect medical supplies and equipment to send to a United Methodist-supported, non-profit mission hospital in the Philippines.

Many over-the-counter pain relievers, antihistamines and first aid items like bandaids are needed, as well as cash contributions to purchase stethoscopes, blood pressure monitors and thermometers. Bring contributions to Dulin Church any Sunday morning in October at 8:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. For more information, call 703-532-8060.

McLean Rotary to Discuss Vintage Guitars

Matt Baker will speak on “Collecting Vintage Guitars,” at the McLean Rotary Club meeting in the Fellowship Hall of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer (1545 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean) at noon Oct. 21. For more information, visit

Capital Hospice Gala Was A Resounding Success

The 2008 Passion for Caring Gala to benefit Falls Church-based nonprofit Capital Hospice was held on Oct. 4 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. It was a “great success,” says Malene Davis, Capital Hospice president and CEO. Davis says the organization raised approximately $750,000.

This year’s Passion for Caring honorees were Eleanor Clift, nationally-renowned journalist and author, and Marilynn and Ed Bersoff of McLean, champions for advanced training in pain and symptom management for physicians.

Capital Hospice’s annual gala fundraiser was designed to help provide hospice care to those who are medically eligible for hospice services but are unable to afford care.

For more information, call Capital Hospice Director of Communications Spence Levine at 703-531-6241.