Around F.C.

Community News & Notes

Mary Riley Styles Library to Hold Book Discussion

On Thursday, August 6, the Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) will host a free discussion of the novel “The White Tiger” by Aravind Adiga at 7:30 p.m. Join the local residents in a discussion of the novel. For more information, call 703-248-5031.nn1-nick

Mary Riley Styles Library to Hold Book Discussion

On Thursday, August 6, the Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) will host a free discussion of the novel “The White Tiger” by Aravind Adiga at 7:30 p.m. Join the local residents in a discussion of the novel. For more information, call 703-248-5031.


KATE HANLEY (right), the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia, presented a resolution from Governor Tim Kaine to the Falls Church School Board last week commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Falls Church City School System. School Board chair Ron Peppe accepted the framed statement on behalf of the board. Hanley, a former George Mason High School teacher, became the chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors before accepting her current position in Richmond. (Photo: News-Press).

ArtSpace to Host Artist Reception

On Friday, August 7, there will be an artist reception from 6 – 8 p.m. at ArtSpace Falls Church (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church) for ArtSlam!. The free exhibit will represent the work of 35 member artists and includes 85 paintings, photographs and ceramics. ArtSpace gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. The exhibit will be open through Sunday, August 30. For more information, visit

Volunteers for Change Opens Registration

Volunteers for Change (10530 Page Ave., Fairfax), a unique volunteer program for adults, is holding an orientation for interested community members. This program features a flexible calendar of fun weekend and weekday evening projects to fit busy schedules. Upcoming orientations will be held Thursday, August 13 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 16 from 2 – 3 p.m. Registration for these orientations has begun.

After orientation, volunteers can choose from more than 50 monthly community service projects throughout Northern Virginia. Projects include planting trees, bagging food for homeless families, tutoring adult ESL students, playing bingo with the disabled, special community-wide events throughout the year and much more.

To register, contact Annie Duffield at 703-246-3895 or

Falls Church Pack 681 Honored


WEBELO SCOUTS FROM Cub Scout Pack 681 earned the Diamond “W” Award for thier various achievements during their week at Camp P.M.I. Pack 681 has been sending scouts to P.M.I. for over a decade. (Photo Courtesy: David Taylor).

Eighteen first- and second-year Webelo Scouts from Falls Church Cub Scout Pack 681 spent the week of Sunday, July 19 at Goshen Scout Reservation’s Camp P.M.I. The camp gets its name from its sponsor, Project Management Institute (P.M.I.) The Scouts worked hard to earn the coveted Diamond “W” Award again this year. The award is presented to Packs that fulfill various achievements during the week of camp including hiking at least two miles of trails, devoting one hour to a service project and scoring an average of 28 out of 30 on rigorous camp site inspections.

Camp P.M.I. is one of the six camps that make up Goshen Scout Reservation located in the Shenandoah Valley. Every summer, scouts and leaders visit P.M.I. for a week of fun, adventure, hiking and scouting. The week-long program consists of aquatics, nature, scout craft, field sports, handicraft activities and instruction in first aid.

This year’s scouts included: Thomas Vasquez, Zach Kanyan, Luke Sablick, Jimmy Woods, Luke Beiniek, Ryan Calabrese, Justin Kahr, Nico Salinas, Andrew Taylor, Tino Clemente, Conner Freeman, David Gartner, Chris Long, Frank Lucchetti, Danny Metamaier, Michael Quattroki, Ryan Woody and Jack Keating.

Concerts in the Park Concludes

Falls Church Concerts in the Park (312 Park Ave., Falls Church) concludes Thursday, August 6 as the Tom Principato Band will rock off some socks and painter Kate Dodd will have her work on display. Concerts are free and begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call 703-248-5077.

Best Buddies Honors Marshall High School

The Best Buddies chapter at George C. Marshall High School (7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) was presented with the 2009 Outstanding Chapter Award at Best Buddies International’s 20th Annual Student Leadership Conference from Friday, July 24 – Monday, July 27. Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

George C. Marshall High School was chosen as the first Runner-Up for Overall Outstanding Chapter for its dedication to the Best Buddies mission.

Choralis Holds Summer Singalongs

Join the soloists and piano/organ accompanists in singing Handel’s Messiah at the Falls Church Presbyterian Church (225 E. Broad St., Falls Church). The event is hosted by Choralis and is $10 at the door. A score card can be rented for $5. For more information, visit or call 703-237-2499.


CASE DESIGN/REMODELING, a home improvement company based in Falls Church, provided over 20 lead carpenters to execute five kitchen renovations within a transitional housing program partnered with non-profit HomeStretch. All five were executed in one day. (Photo Courtesy: Joaquin Erazo).

Falls Church Rotary to Hold Discussion Meeting

Falls Church Rotary Club President Steve Gage will lead the club’s interactive “Where to from Here” discussion at this year’s club planning meeting on Thursday, August 6 at the 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be at the Harvest Moon Restaurant (7260 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church) and costs $11. Visitors are welcome. For more information, visit

NOVA to Host ESL Information Session

On Wednesday, August 6, an information session about Northern Virginia Community College’s ESL for Employment Course will be held from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Annandale Campus (8333 Little River Turnpike, Room CE 202, Annandale). The information session is free. Bring photo identification and a document showing eligibility for employment in the U.S. To register and obtain more information, call 703-764-7779 or e-mail

Library to Host ADD/ADHD Support Group

On Wednesday, August 12, Tysons Pimmit Regional Library (7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) will host a free discussion for adults who have ADD/ADHD at 6:15 p.m. All are welcome to this biweekly meeting for a discussion on various topics. For more information, call 703-790-8088.

Local College Grads and Honors

Erin Lee Ingham of Falls Church will graduate from St. John’s College on Friday, August 7. Rickeya Beale of Falls Church graduated from Radford University at the end of the 2009 Spring semester. Yana Chernyak from Fairfax has made the dean’s list for Franklin & Marshall College’s spring 2009 semester. Maryland Institute College of Art announced that Alexandra Beatrice Arocho of Fairfax has been named to its spring 2009 dean’s list. Kelly Hill of Fairfax and Tara Benesch of Falls Church were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2009 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Daniel Adam Wessel, Evan Howard Wessel and Stephanie Page Zapple of Falls Church made the dean’s list at the University of Delaware for the 2009 spring semester.