Community News & Notes

Area Rotary Clubs to Hold Charity Monte Carlo Night

Over 400 business and community leaders will take part in the 11th Annual Monte Carlo Night event, where proceeds will go to several programs supported by the McLean Rotary Club. nn_dogwood.jpg

Programs include the Timber Lane Elementary School Literacy Project, Pimmit Hills Alternative High School Scholarships, Alternative House Meals and Mentoring Program, McLean Rotary Youth Service Awards and several more.

The event is black tie-optional and will feature casino-style gaming, live and silent auctions, food, door prizes, dancing and entertainment by the Dominion Jazz Orchestra. The McLean Rotary will host the event at the Westwood Country Club (800 Maple Ave. East, Vienna) from 6:30 – 11 p.m. on Nov. 14. Tickets are available for $50 each. For more information on the Monte Carlo Night, visit, or contact Matthew Wallace at 703-356-5424.

Arlington Resident Receives Culinary Degree

Laura Mortensen of Arlington, and a 2006 graduate of Washington-Lee High School, earned her associate degree in Baking and Pastry Arts from The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) this past July. The Culinary Institute of America, located in Hyde Park, N.Y., is an independent, non-profit college offering bachelor’s and associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts.

nn_sled.jpgSt. Aidan’s Day School to Hold Holiday Marketplace

The St. Aidan’s Episcopal Day School is hosting a Holiday Marketplace that will include over 20 craftsmen, venders and artisans, beginning today, Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., and continuing from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., and on Friday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The proceeds raised from the purchase of vending tables went to St. Aidan’s Day School.

The Marketplace will include children’s books and items for sale, as well as free refreshments. The event is free and open to the public and will occur at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Day School (8531 Riverside Road, Alexandria). For more information, contact St. Aidan’s at 703-360-4160.

Historic Alexandria Holds Annual Antiques Show

Celebrating its 60th year, the Historic Alexandria Antiques Show will display fine antique furniture and decorative accessories, glass, ceramics, textiles, rugs, silver, clocks, equestrian and nautical items, prints, paintings, folk art, jewelry and more. All pieces are guaranteed antique. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Historic Alexandria Foundation. A preview of the show will take place on Nov. 13 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. The show itself will be held at the Holiday Inn Historic District (625 First St., Alexandria) on Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Nov. 15 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and again on Nov. 16 from noon – 5 p.m. Admission is $15 per person. For more information, call 703-549-5811.

Lee Oaks Clubhouse Hosts Open House

Representatives from organizations including Creative Memories, Longaberger, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Silpada Jewelry, Sweetly Unique, Tastefully Simple and Tupperware are hosting a Holiday Open House at the Lee Oaks Condo Clubhouse (2818 Lee Oaks Place, Falls Church) on Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call Rosie Turner at 703-876-0616.

ScoutsNN.jpgWomen’s Ministry Alternative Gift Market

The McLean Baptist Church Women’s Ministry is holding an alternative gift market in preparation for the holidays at the Fellowship Hall of the McLean Baptist Church (1367 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Nov. 15. The market will include gifts from around the world, non-gifts to give in honor of another and even lunch for $5.

All proceeds of the market will go to causes supported by the ministry including the Chande Orphanage in Zambia, Lenna Lavanya Ministries in India, SHARE gift cards for Thanksgiving, Graham Road Elementary School and more. For more information on the market, contact Trisha at 703-356-8179 or by email at

Business Bank Hosts Chamber Charity Event

The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce and The Business Bank are partnering with SHARE, Inc., a non-profit group that provides emergency food, clothing and furniture needs in McLean, Great Falls, Pimmit Hills and the surrounding area. SHARE, Inc. has experienced a nearly 50 percent increase in requests for client services and their food pantry shelves are now empty. The Business Bank is hosting the Chamber’s monthly Business Mixer to raise money for this cause. The event will include business networking, cocktails, appetizers catered by Pulcinella and a special food drive benefiting SHARE, Inc.

The event will be at The Business Bank (1451 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean) from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19. The event is free. Participants are asked only to bring donations of $25 gift cards to Safeway or Giant, or select non-perishable food items listed on the Chamber’s web site. To register, visit or call 703-356-5424.

Mary Riley Styles to Host Magician Performance

Falls Church magician Lorenzo the Great will perform a free children’s magic show at the Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) beginning at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19. Lorenzo the Great, also known as Larry Lipman, has performed magic at many venues including the White House and Department of Veterans Affairs. Lipman is a former president of two local magic chapters and former president of the National Press Club and an adjunct professor of journalism at The George Washington University. For more information, call 703-248-5031.nn_group.jpg

Retired Educators Preview Future Travels

The Fairfax County Retired Educators (FCRE) is having a slide presentation of their next year’s travel plans. The slide show will be at the George Mason Regional Library (7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale) from 1 – 3 p.m. on Nov. 17.

Some of the trips planned for next year will include “The Canadian Rockies Train Trip” in late April, Portugal in February, “National Parks” in June, covering five of the national parks Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Bryce, Tetons, and Mt. Rushmore, as well as other trips.

There is no requirement to be an FCRE member. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided at the meeting. For more information, call 703-534-3975 for reservations.

Area Residents Named to Marymount’s ‘Who’s Who’

Virginia was represented by 36 of the 86 Marymount University students named to the 2008 edition of Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Campus nominating committees and editors of the annual directory selected these students based on their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.

From Falls Church: Claudia Aranibar, Biology; Angelica Quant, Psychology; Mary Seidel, Psychology and Alexandra Vera, Psychology. From Arlington: Nasreen Ahmed, Nursing; Ann Emmanuel, Biology; Justina Melencio, Nursing and Arshia Unk, English Honors Program. From McLean: Nabeel Bakhsh, Information Technology; Rania Beydoun, Biology; Sandra Fard, Psychology and Adam Holoubek, Fashion Merchandising. From Vienna: Daniela Domestici, Psychology; Valerie Nelson, Theology/Religion. From Alexandria: Marilyn Lockhart, Psychology and Stephanie Marenco, Business. For a full list of all Marymount students named to the 2008 edition of Who’s Who, visit