Community News & Notes

Local Students Make University Dean’s Lists

Teresa Rose Crist of Falls Church earned dean’s list at Lynchburg College for the Fall 2008 semester.nn_mcauliffe.jpg

Lynchburg College is a private college in Lynchburg, Va. focused on the liberal arts and sciences as well as professional and graduate studies.

Aliza Lailari of Falls Church made the dean’s list at Tufts University for the Fall 2008 semester. Tufts University, located in Sommerville, Mass., is one of the nation’s premier research universities. To make dean’s list honors at Tufts requires a semester grade point average of 3.4 or greater.

Jefferson Pham, a pharmacy major from Falls Church, Cara Toscano, a pre-veterinary medicine major from Alexandria and Jaime Bosserman a psychology major also from Alexandria, all made the dean’s list at the University of Findlay in Ohio.

McLean Rotary Presents Global Warming Talk

nn_burnett.jpgAt the weekly Tuesday meeting of the McLean Rotary Club, guest speaker John Theon will lead a discussion on global warming titled, “Is Global Climate Change Man Made?” Theon is a retired NASA atmospheric scientist who recently declared himself a global warming skeptic. The McLean Rotary Club meets in the Fellowship Hall at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer (1545 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean).

Falls Church Rotary Awards Prize to Student

The Fall Church Rotary Club presented a $50 award to George Mason High School junior Shelley Gresko of Falls Church, after winning First Place in the Graham Green III Memorial Music Competition. Gresko performed a flute rendition of “Chant de Linos” by Jolivet to win. In addition to the award from the Rotary club, Gresko advances to the next level of competition in Fredericksburg on March 21. Three finalists will be selected to compete at the Rotary District Conference on April 4, for a $3,000 scholarship for music studies, with second and third place scholarships of $1,000 and $500 respectively.

F.C. Library Offers John Wilkes Booth ‘Manhunt’

The Mary Riley Stiles Public Library’s monthly book discussion for March will cover James L. Swanson’s account of the federal government’s pursuit of John Wilkes Booth and the co-conspirators in President Lincoln’s murder. The book is entitled “Manhunt: The 12-Day Search for Lincoln’s Killer.” More information about Swanson’s book, in addition to discussion questions, is available online at

Falls Church Prepares March FIRSTFriday Events

On March 6 during the City of Falls Church’s FIRSTfriday celebrations, Art and Frame of Falls Church (111 Park Ave., Falls Church) will host an art exhibit, sale and reception of Sins & Sense, the work of Joe Crow Heller, with mixed media explorations of strange bewildering worlds. The event will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. with an artist talk at 7:15 p.m.

At Impulsive (502 W. Broad St., Falls Church) there will be an art exhibit and sale featuring a “Mad Hatter Ceramics” event by Elizabeth Langsfeld reflecting her passion for whimsical things, creating pieces inspired by the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in “Alice in Wonderland.” Her favorite pieces merge form and function, artfully designed objects that can be used in everyday life. This will be held from 6 – 8:30 p.m. with light fare served.

MOD Arts (201 Pennsylvania Ave., Falls Church) hosts a premier contemporary art gallery, including the Pop Art acrylic, silk screen and oil paintings of Clark Fox, abstract ink drawings and tile mosaics of Eric Vanlaer, oil and acrylic Rothko-esque paintings and photography of Henry Gallucio, photo collage by Judy Smithand the mixed media sculptures of Diane Brunner. This will be held from 7 – 9 p.m. with light appetizers and drink. For more events go to

Curves Participates in National Food Drive

Curves of Falls Church (240 W. Broad St., Falls Church) is participating in the nationwide Curves Food Drive, which benefits local food pantries during March. Any new members who bring in a bag of non-perishable groceries and joins the women’s health and fitness club between March 9 – 28 will not pay the normal service fee for joining. For more information about Curves’ food drive, call 703-536-0140.

McLean Chamber Hosts Business Speaker

The McLean Chamber of Commerce hosts keynote speaker Guy Timberlake, founder of the American Small Business Coalition, at the next Business Bank Power Networking Luncheon held at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (1960-A Chain Bridge Rd., McLean) in Tysons Corner. The event is from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. March 5, and reservations cost $25. Guests are welcome to join. For more information, visit or contact

MCC Cosponsors Author Lecture Series

The McLean Community Center (MCC) is cosponsoring another evening of the Perspective Series along with the Fairfax County Public Library Center for the Book (FCPLCB) and the Fairfax Library Foundation. This week’s speakers are Eric Etheridge and Rev. Reginald Green. Etheridge authored the book “Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders,” and Green underwent an arrest and ordeal in June 1961. Green is profiled as a Freedom Rider in “Breach of Peace.”

The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Alden Theatre of the Center (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean). Tickets will be distributed at 7 p.m., and registration is not required as tickets will be given on a first come, first served basis, with a limit of four tickets per person. For more information, call 703-324-8428 or visit the FCPLCB’s Web site at

‘The Jungle Book’ Play to Open on Friday

nn_scouts.jpgThe Children’s Theatre will open a performance of “The Jungle Book” at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre (125 S. Old Glebe Road, Arlington) beginning on Friday, March 6, running through March 15. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. with a performance on Friday, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. a showing on Saturday and a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday. For more information and to make reservations, call (703) 548-1154.

National Geographic Photographer Holds Lecture

National Geographic Photographer Bruce Dale will be holding a lecture entitled “The Making of Images: Bad Ideas Behind Good Photographs.” The lecture will be held at the Tyson’s Corner Marriott (8028 Leesburg Pike, Vienna) on Saturday, March 7, from 7 – 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. To order in advance, visit

Arlingtonians Arrange Clean Environment Meeting

Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment will hold a meeting on Tuesday, March 10 to discuss “Think Local – Act Green. How Local Businesses are Promoting Environmental and Community Values.” The discussion is free and open to the public and will be held at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) (4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 703-228-6427.

McLean Community Center Night of Music & Film

The Django Reinhardt inspired band Hot Club of San Francisco will be performing at the McLean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Dr., McLean) on Saturday, March 7 at 8 p.m. as a part of the Center’s Professional Artist Series. The group will play music to accompany four silent French films. For more information about the group, visit The performance costs $29 for tickets. For more information, visit