Community News & Notes

February FIRSTFriday Arrives in Falls Church

Falls Church’s FIRSTfriday will be held for the month of February this Friday, Feb. 6 with a variety of different events and exhibitions for folks in the town



At Red, White & Bleu Wine and Gourmet (127 S. Washington St., Falls Church) will be hosting a Valentine’s Day wine and chocolate tasting at their location from 5 – 8 P.M. For more information call 703-533-WINE (9463) or visit at

At Clay Café Studios (101 N. Maple Ave.) will have Guitar Hero set up for anyone that wants to have their chance to play. Microphones will also be set up for those that would like to sing with the game as well. Light fare will be served at the night and playing the game will earn half off of studio time and 10 percent off a pottery piece made. For more information, check out their website

For parents that would like to experience the night on their own, Monkey Business will be providing babysitting service from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to children 3-6 years old. The kids will get a pizza dinner with friends and there are many things that these kids can do such as climbing, jumping, instrument play, exploration stations, storytime and arts & crafts and playing in the safe play studio, which was just nominated as the Best Indoor Playspace/Partyspace in the Washington, DC area by Nickelodeon’s Parents’ Picks Awards 2008. Reservations are required and the cost is $25 per child.

For a complete listing of events for FIRSTfriday, visit

Local Students Make College Dean’s Lists

Sarah Catherine Welch, of Falls Church was named to the Washington and Lee University dean’s list for the fall term of 2008. To make the list at Washington and Lee, students must earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 or above.

Caitlin T. Davies of Arlington has been named to the Grinnell College Dean’s List for the fall semester 2008. Davies, who is a Theatre major, is one of 330 students honored for outstanding academic achievement by Grinnell College. To make the Dean’s List, students must have a GPA of 3.75 or above. Davies is the child of Mr. Patrick S. Davies and Mrs. Jan G. Davies, of Arlington.

Taylor Sill an architecture major from Arlington, Carl Andersen and Emily Colegrove, both industrial design majors, and Alexandra Schultz, an interior design major of Falls Church, all were named to the dean’s list at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Full-time undergraduate students who earn a GPA of 3.5 or above for the quarter receive recognition on the dean’s list.

Brendan Niklason of Falls Church was named to the Mount St. Mary’s University dean’s list for the fall 2008 semester. To make the list there, you must maintain a 3.4 GPA.

Bank of America Donates to Literacy Council

The Falls Church-based Literacy Council of Northern Virginia announced the receipt of a $20,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. The grant will provide operating support for LCNV’s four educational programs that serve functionally illiterate adults in the region. For the third straight year, Bank of America awarded a grant to fund the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia’s educational programs.

Chrysanthemum Society Discusses Latest Mums

On Sunday, Feb. 8 starting at 2:30 p.m., The Old Dominion Chrysanthemum Society will present a one hour slide program at the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church). The event will also have a Q&A, introducing the newest mum cultivars being offered for the 2009 season, and a review of the best exhibition mums offered by Ted King.

The event is open to the public and there is free admission and refreshments. The Old Dominion Chrysanthemum Society, the Northern Virginia chapter of the National Chrysanthemum Society, is a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion and appreciation of the expanding varieties and cultivation of the Chrysanthemum flower.

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day gift giving, the McLean Community Center (MCC), 1234 Ingleside Avenue, will hold its annual McLean Jewelry Showcase from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Center. Admission is $3 per person. A $1 off admission coupon can be downloaded from the Center’s Web site

This fabulous showcase will feature a variety of quality, handmade jewelry collections and designs by exhibitors from around the region. The collections have been divided in to three categories: fine jewelry, mixed media jewelry and beaded jewelry.

Merrifield Hosts Free Gardening Seminar

The Merrifield Garden Center will host a free gardening and landscaping seminar entitled “Growing Beautiful Orchids” at Merrifield Community Hall (8104 Lee Highway, Merrifield) on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. The seminar will be led by Jonathan Kavalier, horticulturist at the Smithsonian Institute. Kavalier will introduce attendees to the world of orchids, go over the basics of orchid selection and care and answer all questions. For more information, call 703-560-6222.

Join a Dyke Marsh Bird Watching Trip

Join a Bull Run Mountains Conservancy (BRMC) naturalist on Saturday, Feb. 7 from 8 a.m. – noon for a bird watching field trip along the Potomac River at Dyke Marsh in Alexandria, Virginia. Covering 380 acres, Dyke Marsh represents the largest remaining piece of freshwater tidal wetlands in the Washington Metropolitan area.

Nearly 300 species of birds have been observed at the marsh. Meet at the Mountain House at 8 a.m. to carpool to Dyke Marsh. At 9 a.m. the bird walk will begin at the Haul Road, led by a Friends of Dyke Marsh volunteer. The walk is approximately 1.5 miles. There is a suggested donation of $30. Donations will be split between Friends of Dyke Marsh and BRMC. For more information, visit


New Episode of Forever Young T.V.

Officer Alice Eggers from Fairfax County Police Crime Prevention will talk about new scams and crimes against seniors and how to protect yourself and your loved ones. All Fairfax County residents can watch Forever Young T.V. on Cox Cable Channel 10 or Verizon FiOS Channel 10 on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. For more information, contact Jim Seeley at 703-655-4205 or visit Forever Young T.V. is a multi-media program featuring a 30 television show, e-mail updates, monthly luncheons and an interactive web site.

PFLAG Meeting

PFLAG of metro D.C., (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian, Gays & Transgender), will hold a support group meeting to discuss issues about coming out on Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. at Temple Rodef Shalom (2100 Westmoreland St., Falls Church). This meeting is open to the public. For more information, please call Val at 703-615-3834 or visit