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Community News & Notes: June 4 – 10, 2009

FIRSTfriday Rings in Month of June



On Friday, June 5, the City of Falls Church will celebrate FIRSTfriday for the month of June.NNbrendanrealExhibit

FIRSTfriday Rings in Month of June


On Friday, June 5, the City of Falls Church will celebrate FIRSTfriday for the month of June. Festivities include, but aren’t limited to, dining deals, art showings, entertainment and more.


FALLS CHURCH RESIDENT Brendan Reals, 26, has 11 photographs on exhibit at the Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington) now through June 30. Combining his love for nature and photography, Reals’ scenic U.S. shots, ranging from Hawaii to Washington, D.C., line the second floor of the library. (Photo: Courtesy Brendan Reals)


There will be an art show – along with free ice cream – at Art & Frame (111 Park Ave., Falls Church) from 6 – 8 p.m., featuring new contemporary still life and figurative works in oil by local artist Denise Philipbar. An artist talk with Philipbar will take place at 7:15 p.m. For more information, call 703-534-4202.

And for the early birds, an open house, complete with coffee, tea and a light breakfast, will occur at Sunrise of Falls Church-Terrace Room (330 N. Washington St., Falls Church) from 9:30 a.m. – noon. For more information, call 703-534-2700.

For a full list of FIRSTfriday festivities, visit


Falls Church Resident Accepted to Edinboro


Neal Cobert of Falls Church, who currently attends McLean High School as a senior, has been accepted into Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. There, Cobert plans on majoring in Computer Graphics. Cobert is the son of Robert and Dana Cobert, also from Falls Church.


Del. Jim Scott to Address McLean Rotary Meeting


Del. Jim Scott will speak about “Legislative Happenings” at the McLean Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday, June 9 at noon. As usual, the event will take place inside the fellowship hall at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer (1545 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean). For more information, visit


Falls Church Firefighters Bartend for Good Cause


The Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department will hold a fundraiser this Sunday, June 7 at Clare & Don’s Beach Shack (130 N. Washington St., Falls Church) from 2 – 6 p.m. Guest firefighters and paramedic bartenders will be in attendance, paired with live musical entertainment. For more information, call the department at 703-532-2672, or visit


‘Applause Unlimited’ Kids Series Continues


Applause Unlimited, a series of performance workshops presented by the McLean Community Center (MCC) (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean), continues Saturday, June 6 at 2 p.m. with “Tale of a Mysterious Land.” Narrated and performed with hand and rod puppets, masks and simple props, three stories will demonstrate the rich ethnic diversity of Chinese folklore. Workshop tickets costs $12 or $8 for MCC tax district residents. For more information, call 703-790-0123.


Choir & Orchestra Holds Performances




POPULATING A FALLS CHURCH table at Sunday night’s Fairfax County Democratic Committee Jefferson-Jackson Dinner were, left to right, (seated) Peg Lorenz, Ed Strait, Edna Frady, Bill Bozman, Richard and Betty Allan and (standing) Betty Coll, Wanda Howard, Claire and Jim Trollinger. The Allans, the Trollingers, Bozman, Lorenz and Strait are all current residents of the Goodwin House in Bailey’s Crossroads. (Photo: News-Press)

The Sanctuary Choir & Orchestra will perform encore concerts of classical and contemporary music selections starting this Sunday, June 7 at 6 p.m. at Columbia Baptist at Falls Church (103 W. Columbia St., Falls Church). A second concert will be held on Monday, June 8 at 7 p.m. at Columbia Baptist at Greenspring (7410 Spring Village Dr., Springfield). For more information, visit or call 703-534-5700.



Interfaith Concert Benefits Needy of McLean


On Sunday, June 7, a first of its kind Community Benefit Concert will be held at Charles Wesley United Methodist Church (6817 Dean Dr., McLean). This interfaith concert is a way to support those in need in the greater McLean area.

The Washington Plaza Baptist Church Choir will be performing, along with the Charles Wesley United Methodist Church Choir.

Donations and contributions of baby diapers and wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, hand and dish soap, toothpaste, shampoo, laundry detergent and other common-use, non-perishables items will be taken during this event in support of Share, Inc., an all-volunteer charitable organization that meets the emergency needs of the less fortunate in McLean, Great Falls, Pimmit Hills and surrounding areas.

To learn more about Share, Inc., visit For more information on the concert, call 703-356-6336.


President’s Program Headlines F.C. Lions Club


The Falls Church Lions Club will hold its regular dinner meeting, featuring the President’s Program, on Tuesday, June 9. The dinner will take place at La Cote D’Or Café (6876 Lee Hwy., Falls Church) at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit


Summer Swing Dance First of Many


In the wake of the popularity of such shows as “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” the McLean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean) is offering the first of what it hopes will be several community dances.


LOCAL DANCERS from the O’Neill-James School of Irish Dancing participated in the 2009 World Championships of Irish Dancing, known as the “Oierachtas Rince Na Cruinne.” They are among 100 dancers who attend classes held throughout the year at the Falls Church Presbyterian Church and at the Knights of Columbus in Arlington. Area residents can experience a slice of the Emerald Isle by attending the O’Neill-James School Recital, being held this Sunday, June 7 at Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School (6600 Little Falls Rd., Arlington) from 4 – 8 p.m. (Photo: Courtesy Terry O’Hara Lavoie)


A Summer Swing Dance will be held from 8 – 11 p.m. on Friday, June 5, in the Center’s Community Hall. Tickets are $25 for couples who are McLean tax district residents, $15 per person for individual tax district residents, and $25 per person for all others. Tickets are on sale at the Alden Theatre box office. For more information, call 703-790-0123.


Susan Trout Speaks at Forever Young Luncheon


Forever Young, a Fairfax County Cable TV program, held its monthly luncheon this past Monday, June 1. Speaker and author Susan Trout, Ph.D., spoke about her book Born to Serve: The Evolution of the Soul Through Service.

There was also a performance by Andrea Klores a local cabaret singer and community theatre leading lady. Its next luncheon will held on Monday, July 6. For more information, call 703-655-4205 or visit


Author Speaks on Book over Lunch


The Shepard’s Center of Oakton-Vienna will host a Lunch N’ Life event on Monday, June 8 from noon – 2 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church (2589 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean). Author Jane Hampton Cook will speak about her book Stories of Faith and Courage from the Revolutionary War. The cost for the lunch and the program is $10. For more information, call 703-281-0538.


Local College Students Graduate, Receive Honors


Andrew Campanelli of Falls Church received a Bachelor of Science from the College of Music & Fine Arts, and graduated magna cum laude, from Loyola University in New Orleans, La. Marietta College student Thomas Daniels of Falls Church has been named to the dean’s high honors list for the spring 2009 semester. Daniels, a graduate of Trinity School at Meadow View, is majoring in theatre and political science at Marietta.

Falls Church resident Olivia Scott was named to the dean’s list for the 2009 spring semester at Messiah College. Scott, a junior, is currently studying under an undeclared major.

Additional Falls Church residents, William Andrew Henneberg, Kelly Elizabeth O’Brien, Kimberly Anne Slaybecker, Fumika Ueta and Kyle Daniel Yolles all received bachelor degrees recently from the University of Mary Washington.

From Alexandria, Michael Robinson was awarded a Bachelor of Art from SUNY Cortland in New York. Other local graduates from Alexandria included Theresa Christine Gleason, Lauren Grace Szelenyi and Heather Walton, all of whom received master’s degrees in Curriculum & Instruction from McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. Also, Jennifer Williams of Alexandria graduated from Widener University’s School of Nursing on May 15 during a traditional Nightingale Ceremony.


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Community News & Notes: June 4 – 10, 2009

FIRSTfriday Rings in Month of June



On Friday, June 5, the City of Falls Church will celebrate FIRSTfriday for the month of June.NNbrendanrealExhibit