Community News & Notes

Mason H.S. Alum Named Cornell Scholar

The Kappa Omicron Nu (KON) Honor Society, Cornell University chapter, has named 2006 George Mason High School graduate Eric Brooks as its 2008 KON Scholar.BestDecoratedNN.jpg

The scholarship is awarded to the junior with the highest grade point average in Cornell’s College of Human Ecology. Brooks is a pre-med Human Biology, Health and Society major at Cornell.

Falls Church Couple’s Son to be Wed

Dr. and Mrs. J. Patrick Dorgan of Gloucester, Va. announce the engagement of their daughter, Colleen Elizabeth Dorgan, to Nathaniel Wilson Hoover, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Hoover of Falls Church.

Miss Dorgan is a 1998 graduate of Gloucester High School and 2002 graduate of James Madison University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is currently pursuing a master of social work at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Mr. Hoover is a 2001 graduate of George Mason High School and 2005 graduate of James Madison University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He is currently an audit supervisor with McGladrey and Pullen, LLP. A wedding is planned for June 27 of this year at the Wren Chapel in Williamsburg, Va.

McLean Chamber Hosts CEO Breakfast

The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) hosts its breakfast with the CEO, sponsored by West Group, featuring the honorable Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust and Dr. Jerry Gordon, President and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, on Jan. 14, from 7:30 – 9 a.m.

The event will include a full networking breakfast and the opportunity to learn about the local county economy, as well as services available to assist businesses during these hard economic times. All of this will take place at Ocean M Restaurant (1381 Beverly Rd., 2nd Level, McLean). Reservations are $20 for GMCC members and $25 for guests. Registration is available by visiting, or by calling 703-356-5424.

NNweddingEDITED.jpgAuthor Discusses Book at Shirlington Library

Reading fans are invited to come meet Tom Bogar, theater historian and Helen Hayes Award judge, as he discusses his book, “American Presidents Attend the Theater: the playgoing experiences of each Chief Executive.” Surveying 255 years, the book provides a chronology of theatre attendance throughout the lives of all 43 American presidents and examines presidential theatre-going as it reflects shifting popular tastes in America.

The discussion will be held at Shirlington Branch Library (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington) on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 3 p.m. For more information, contact the Shirlington Programs Office by emailing or calling 703-228-0322.

F.C. Community Center Holds AAUW Info Session

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will host an information session for prospective members at the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church) on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 2:30 p.m. Come learn what issues and reforms are hot enough to be considered for this year’s June 2009 national convention in St. Louis, Mo. For more information, call 703-248-5077.

Alden Theatre Puts on Free Chamber Concert

A free chamber concert will be held at the Alden Theatre at the McLean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean) from 3 – 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 11. The classical music performance series is sponsored by the Music Friends of the Fairfax County Public Library. No tickets for this event are required. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

Workshop Recycles Cards into Memories

On Saturday, Jan. 10, the Cherry Hill Farmhouse (312 Park Ave., Falls Church) will host a Holiday Card Recycling Workshop at 10 a.m. Those who wish to attend are asked to bring their old holiday cards and come learn how to turn them into lovely boxes and baskets for a small $5 fee. To make reservations, call 703-248-5171.

Rock Spring United Church Rocks for AFAC

A benefit concert for the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) will be presented by The Ben Redwine Jazz Trio at the Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ (5010 Little Falls Rd., Arlington) on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 4 p.m. Those who wish to attend are simply asked to bring a suggested donation of non-perishable foodstuffs for AFAC. For more information, call 703-538-4886.NNchrysanthemum.jpg

Foster Speaks on Early Childhood Development

On Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m., Nancy Foster will come to Potomac Crescent Waldorf School (923 S. 23rd St., Arlington) to speak about “The Stages of Early Childhood: A Map for the Journey.” Foster taught kindergarten, nursery and parent-child classes at Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten and Nursery in Maryland for over 30 years, and has written several books. In this talk, she will try to offer parents a map for the journey of early childhood by looking at the stages of development and the interesting challenges that accompany the child’s, and parent’s, journey through these first seven years. The suggested donation is $10. For more information, call 703-624-1309.

Falls Church Presbyterian Welcomes Dr. Anderson

On Sunday, Jan. 11, The Falls Church Episcopal will welcome Bonnie Anderson, President of the House of Deputies of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church and the highest ranking elected leader of the national church. The event will begin with a special Adult Forum at 10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Falls Church Presbyterian Church (225 E. Broad St., Falls Church), followed by services at 11:15 a.m. with Dr. Anderson preaching. A luncheon will follow the Eucharist services to which all are invited. As President of the House of Deputies, Dr. Anderson serves as Vice President of the Executive Council and Vice President of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, presides over the House of Deputies at General Convention, appoints clergy and lay members of all the Standing Commissions and Legislative Committees, and performs many functions of liaison, development and opportunity between conventions.

This visit is especially poignant as The Falls Church Episcopal enters its third year unable to worship in its historic parish home. The visit comes just a month after the decision of the Fairfax County Circuit Court to deny the Episcopal Church the right to its property. That case is being appealed.

Dr. Anderson’s visit will be an opportunity to hear about the National Episcopal community, as well as ask questions about the Episcopal Church in the coming years. For more information, please contact the Reverend Michael Pipkin at 703-919-9463 or

Nick's-NN-pic-2.jpgODCS Presents Landscaping How-To

The Old Dominion Chrysanthemum Society (ODCS) will present a one-hour slideshow and descriptive program with a Q&A portion about “Landscaping with Chrysanthemums” at the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church) on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 2:30 p.m.

The program will describe the steps to take now for the planting and caring for the beds and plants in order to produce a profusion of fall colors in any gardener’s landscape. The meeting, accompanied by refreshments, is free and open to the public. For more information, call Jim Dunne at 703-560-8776.

‘Gustafer’ Hits Center Stage in McLean

“Gustafer Yellowgold” will hit the stage at the McLean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean) on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. This unique blend of live music and moving images features original story-songs by Morgan Taylor. It’s the tale of a friendly creature, Gustafer, who has come to earth from the sun, residing in a small cottage on the edge of an uncharted wooded area of Minnesota. His many friends include a pterodactyl, an eel and a dragon. Tickets are $12 or $8 for McLean residents. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

Cathy Taylor to Speak at F.C. Lions Club Meeting

Author Cathy Taylor will present a program to the Lions Club of Falls Church at their regularly scheduled dinner meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 6:45 p.m. at La Côte D’Or Café (6876 Lee Hwy., Falls Church). As always, meetings are open to the general public and first-time dinner guests are welcome free of charge.

For more information and to make reservations, call Phil Loar at 703-698-0896.

Toobin’s ‘The Nine’ Covered at Book Chat

Tonight’s Thursday Evening Book Discussion at Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) will take an in-depth look at Jeffery Toobin’s “The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court.” Drawing extensively on interviews with the justices, Toobin reveals how such different minds worked together in order to reach an agreement on major issues including abortion, the death penalty, gay rights and more.

The discussion, to be held at 7:30 p.m., is free and the public is invited to join other readers to conversation. For more information, call 703-248-5031.