Community News & Notes

Puppets Come to McLean Community Center

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, Jim West Puppets will come to the McLean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean). Children ages 4 and up can enjoy familiar Aesop Fables, such as “The Goose That Lay the Golden Egg” and “The Boy who Cried Wolf,” at the Center. NNvdaycard.jpg

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for Center-district residents. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

Falls Church Locals Make Dean’s List

Falls Church resident Olivia Scott was among the students at Messiah College, located in Grantham, Pa., to make the dean’s list for the fall semester. Scott is a sophomore whose major is undeclared. To be included on the dean’s list, a student must maintain a grade point average of at least a 3.6.
Messiah College was established in 1909 and is a private Christian college of the liberal arts and applied sciences.
At Virgina Tech in Blacksburg, the following students from Falls Church were named to the fall semester dean’s list: Rachael Arietti, Grant Hannigan, Faunice Jackson, Robert Kania, Thuy-Vi Nguyen, Paul Oh, Lucas Ruth, Nicole Williamson, Brian Winchester, Elaine Twigg, Trung Tran, Michael Devlin, Graham Downey, Toan Duong, Zofeea Genota, Alyssa Godwin, Mark Goldstein, Trevor Halstead, Carianne Jones, Christine Ly, Kieran McCloskey, Ji-hyun Moon, Margaret Mooney, Ulysses Puccetti, Daniel Runnerstrom , Nicole Russell, Emily Whitesell, Peter Wentzel, Brooke Veoni, Michael Van Atta, Marvin Aylor, Matthew Dowden, Timothy Geraghty, Matthew Glazer, Alyssa Katz, Chelsea Newman, Caroline Neyland, Griffin Ofiesh, Jacquelyn Pontious, Maya Renfro, Sara Sugrue, Gaku Fujiyama, Sara Sugrue, Michael Jansen, Robert Lauby, Gina Lee, Phi Luong, Julia Falkenstern, Brian McCabe, Andrew Montgomery, Devin Roden-Reynolds, Timothy Sadler, Andrew Smith, Gavin Argo, Timothy Sadler, Christopher Yancey and Christopher VanEvery.

Valentine’s Performance at Schlesinger Hall

“O’ Lover’s Voice,” a special Valentine’s program, will be presented by Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia and the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall (3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria). The program consists of Ravel’s one-act comic opera L’heure espagnole, “The Spanish Hour,” and the great love duets from Puccini’s “La Boheme” and “Madama Butterfly.”
Tickets run from $20-80, with special discounts for Sunday tickets purchased in advance. Students 18 and under can attend for just $5 both days. For more information, call 703-528-2617 or visit

Carlson & Schmidt Showcase Their Art

NNfcaEDIT.jpgArtists David Carlson and Lynn Schmidt invite visitors into their studio from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17, followed by lunch at Restaurant Vero (5723 Lee Hwy., Arlington). For more information, call the McLean Project for the Arts at 703-790-1953.

F.C. Rotary Throws Sweet Hearts’ Dinner

The Falls Church Rotary Club will host their annual Valentine Sweet Hearts’ Dinner at the Harvest Moon Restaurant (7260 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church) on Thursday, Feb. 12 from 6 – 9 p.m. For more information, visit

McLean Rotary Hosts S. African Rotary Club

The McLean Rotary Club celebrated their eight-year relationship last Wednesday at the McLean Community Center with the rotary club in South African District 9250. The guests of honor were Albie van de Venter and his wife Elna, who are members of the White River Rotary Club in the 9250 district. The relationship between these districts began in 1998 with many achievements including The Masoyi Special Care Project and the Capricorn Therapeutic Riding Center.

Graves to Discuss Tinner Hill’s Influence

Nikki Graves will discuss Falls Church’s Tinner Hill Festival and its role as a trailblazer for rural chapters of the NAACP at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at the Cherry Hill Farmhouse (312 Park Ave., Falls Church). Admission is free. To make reservations, call 703-248-5171.

Kaydee Puppets Come to Mary Riley Styles

The Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) will be putting on a puppet show for children ages 2 – 6 on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. The Kaydee Puppets are sure to entertain. For more information, stop by the Children’s Services Desk or call 703-248-5034.

Westminster School to Host ‘Renaissance’ Book Fair

The Westminster School will be hosting a “Renaissance of Reading” book fair at Barnes and Noble (7851 Tysons Corner Center, McLean) on Feb. 14 and 15 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visitors can enjoy books as well as scenes from Shakespeare, accompanied by performances from Westminster’s orchestra and chorus. For more information, contact special event chair Margaret R. Sutton at or call 703-891-2551.

Free Chamber Concert at The Alden

The Alden Theatre at the McLean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean) will be offering a free chamber concert on Sunday Feb. 15 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

Boddie to Speak at Next McLean Rotary Meeting

The McLean Rotary Club meeting will feature guest speaker David T. Boddie, who will be presenting “How the U.S. Small Business Administration Can Help Your Business.” The event will take place in the fellowship hall of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer (1545 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean) on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at noon. For more information, visit

Chuck Todd Discusses President Obama’s Win

On Saturday, Feb. 14, NBC News’ political director, Chuck Todd, will appear at Politics & Prose (5015 Connecticut Ave.NW, Washington, D.C.) at 1 p.m. to discuss “How Barack Obama Won,” depicting how President Obama achieved his victory, as well as presents a toolbox for understanding the political implications of the 2008 presidential election. For more information, call 202-364-1919.NNnicksbday.jpg

‘Gals in the Gallery’ Learn The Art of Chocolate

Tonight, Feb. 12, the McLean Project for the Arts (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean) will be hosting Gals in the Gallery at 7 p.m. Tonight’s presentation will be “The Art of Chocolate,” sponsored by Windows Catering Company. Ladies and their gal pals will learn about and taste the sweet treat.
Reservations are required and can be made by e-mailing A $10 donation is suggested. For more information, call 703-790-1953.

Friday Morning Music Club Takes Stage in Old Town

On Thursday, Feb. 19 at 11 a.m., the Friday Morning Music Club will present entertainment by violinist Cecilie Jones and pianist Marynelle Losin, performing Mozart’s “Sonata in B-flat Major.” Other performances will include pianist Elizabeth White’s rendition of Vianna’s “Miniatures on Brazilian folk tunes” and Chopin’s “Nocturne in E Major.”
Finally, soprano Peggy McNulty, accompanied by pianist Gillian Cookson, will collaborate in their presentation of selected songs by Duke and Beach. Residents are invited to Old Town Hall (3999 University Dr., Fairfax) to take in the musical morning.
Founded in 1886, the Friday Morning Music Club began with informal recitals in the homes of its members. Its object was to promote musical culture among its members and the community. Today, with more than 800 members, the concerts are held weekly from October through May in the Great Hall of the Summer School Museum and monthly at other locations in the surrounding area. For information, call Joanna Ormesher at 703-273-6097.

F.C. Senior Center Throws Valentine’s Day Bash

The City of Falls Church Senior Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church) will throw its Valentine’s Day party on Friday, Feb. 13 at 11:30 a.m. Chris Edwards will lead a guitar sing-along, followed by a potluck lunch. Reservations are required for the event. For more information, call the center at 703-248-5020/5021.