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FIRSTfriday Celebrates Coming of September

It’s that time of the month again. Falls Church’s FIRSTfriday will take place this Friday, Sept. 4. MOD Arts (201 Pennsylvania Ave., Falls Church) will present oil-painted musings by Clark Fox, Eric Vanlaer’s mosaics, a photo collage by Judy Smith and much more from 7 – 9 p.m. Light appetizers and drinks will be served. For more information, visit NNcoloringcocktails

FIRSTfriday Celebrates Coming of September

It’s that time of the month again. Falls Church’s FIRSTfriday will take place this Friday, Sept. 4. MOD Arts (201 Pennsylvania Ave., Falls Church) will present oil-painted musings by Clark Fox, Eric Vanlaer’s mosaics, a photo collage by Judy Smith and much more from 7 – 9 p.m. Light appetizers and drinks will be served. For more information, visit


CRAYONS AND BOOZE ENSUED at McLean Project for the Arts’ recent “Coloring & Cocktails” event. With an impressive turnout, MPAartfest artist Loren Rosenstein (left) and MPAartfest chair Jack Wilbern (right) were just two of 60 eager artists and locals who joined forces. They brought their coloring skills to the table in order to used recycled art supplies, including paint, crayons and fabrics, to decorate paper versions of MPAartfest’s abstract, orange-and-purple tree logo. The MPAartfest trees will be displayed at the Emerson Gallery (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean) for the next two weeks. Admission is free. For more information, call (Photo: Courtesy Alan Greilsamer)

Free five-minute seated massages will be given at Healthy By Intention (100 N. Washington St., Ste. 313, Falls Church) from 4 – 5 p.m. For more information, call 703-534-1321. Don’t forget to mosey on over to Red, White & Bleu (127 S. Washington St., Falls Church), which will be offering specially discounted wines in the tasting room, with an in-house tasting from 5 – 8 p.m. For more information, call 703-533-9463.

Those interested can wrap up their evening over at Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church) for the FIRSTfriday after party from 8 p.m. – closing. Marshall Artz will perform. For more information, visit

However, that’s not all FIRSTfriday has to offer; a full list of events can be found at

F.C. Democratic Committee Hosts Ice Cream Social

The Falls Church City Democratic Committee (FCCDC) will hold its annual Labor Day Ice Cream Social on Monday, Sept. 7 at Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Ave., Falls Church). The social will take place from 3 – 5 p.m., during which all residents are invited for free sundaes and neighborly chatting. For more information on the FCCDC, e-mail

‘Bolt’ Begins Falls Church Sunset Cinema

All are invited to the first of many Sunset Cinema in Park nights at Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Ave., Falls Church), coming to a grassy outdoor Falls Church theatre near you every Friday in September at 8 p.m. for free. This Friday, Sept. 4, “Bolt” will hit the big screen, as a family-friendly animated film about a canine who thinks his super powers are real.

Those interested are encouraged to bring along a blanket for seating and picnic for eating. In the event of inclement weather, the screening will be moved indoors to the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church). The event is sponsored by the City of Falls Church Recreation & Parks Division. For more information, call 703-536-8150.

Freedom Hill Chapter Holds Meeting in McLean


AT A BOOK SIGNING event in Washington, D.C.’s Lambda Rising bookstore last week, News-Press owner-editor Nicholas Benton (seated, right) delivered remarks and signed copies of the new book, “Smash the Church, Smash the State: the Early Years of Gay Liberation,” published by City Lights Books, that includes an essay by Benton. A video of the presentation about the book and the era it chronicles can be found on, or at (Photo: Steven Mory)

The Freedom Hill Chapter will hold its monthly meeting on Saturday, Sept. 5 at noon, featuring guest speaker Mark Leepson, author of “Flag: A Biography.” The meeting will be held at the American Region Post (1355 Balls Hill Rd., McLean). For more information, call 703-264-0757.

McLean Rotary to Sponsor New Ashburn Club

The Rotary Club of McLean recently voted to sponsor the development of a new

Rotary Club in Ashburn. Scott Mills, who is a McLean Club past president, has been appointed by Rotary District 7610 Governor Horace McCormack to serve as the Governor’s Special Representative. In this role Mills is responsible for leading the campaign to form the new Ashburn club.

In other news, McLean Rotary received the first-annual Ylonen Cup last Saturday at the annual District 7610 Rotary Foundation in Fredericksburg. The inaugural award, named after the late District 760 Gov. Charles S. “Chuck” Ylonen, is presented to the club with the highest three-year average per capita giving by its members to the Annual Programs Fund of The Rotary Foundation.

McLean’s three-year member per capita giving average was $486.27 based on club members’ financial support of The Rotary Foundation between 2006-2007 and 2008-2009.

Local Carwash Benefits Marshall H.S. Theatre

A community carwash will take place this Saturday, Sept. 5 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in front of George C. Marshall High School (7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church). All donations will benefit the Marshall High School Theatre program and is held on an annual basis. For more information, call the Marshall Student Activities office at 703-714-5409.

F.C.’s Hitchcock Welcomed By NOVA-Manassas

Faculty and staff at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College gathered together recently to kick off the start of the 2009-2010 academic year.

Welcomed was English instructor Jennifer M. Hitchcock, who lives in Falls Church. She brings teaching experience gained at Virginia Tech, George Mason University, American University and NOVA’s Annandale Campus. Before teaching at the college level, Hitchcock worked in public school education and as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer.


The Falls Church City Electoral Board announced that David B. Bjerke was sworn in as the City’s General Registration Aug. 31. Bjerke succeeds Deborah A. Taylor, who retired in July following more than 24 years of service as the City’s General Registrar. Those in photo from left to right include: Vice Mayor Hal Lippman, Mayor Robin Gardner, David Bjerke, Paul Ferguson, Arlington Cerk of Court; Margarette Shovlin, Chair, Electoral Board; and Renee Andrews, Secretary, Electoral Board. (Photo: Courtesy of Barbara J. Gordon)

She also has experience teaching English as a second language and working with students with learning disabilities. She holds a master’s degree in English from Virginia Tech. Hitchcock lives in Falls Church with her husband, Vernon Hall, and “loves the outdoors and being active in hiking, backpacking and cycling.”

F.C. Book Discussion Open To All Interested

Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) invites those interested to join in a discussion about the book “A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East” by David Fromkin. The free event will take place Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-248-5031.

Du Plain to Speak at Falls Church Rotary Meeting

The Falls Church Rotary Club will hold a regular dinner meeting on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Harvest Moon Restaurant (7260 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). Rotarian Jan Du Plain will give a biographical classification talk. Dinner costs $11. Visitors are welcome. For more information, visit

Free Lawn Care Workshop Comes to Alexandria

A free Lawn Care Workshop, sponsored by the Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners, will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about modern science-based strategies for keeping lawns green and waters clean. The workshop will be held at the Alexandria Duncan Library (2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria). To RSVP, call 703-228-6414.

Annual Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 5K Kicks Off

The annual Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5K run will take place Saturday, Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. The race course begins and ends in Crystal City, taking runners past the Pentagon.

The race fee is $30, and all registered runners will receive commemorative long sleeve t-shirts. Proceeds from the race will be donated to public safety and military support organizations.

The charities selected all focus on the healing of military personnel and civilians directly affected by the war on terrorism and the attacks against America on Sept. 11, 2001. To sign up online, visit

Summer Cinema Camps Caters to Little Ones

Thursday, Sept. 3 and Friday, Sept. 4 is Summer Cinema Camp at University Mall Theatres (Braddock Rd. & Rt. 123, Fairfax). Little ones, and little ones at heart, are invited to enjoy the family-friendly film, “Space Chimps,” at 10 a.m. each day. Admission costs $2. For more information, call 703-273-0876.

‘Ferris’ Finale for Outdoor 80s Film Festival Friday

The “I Love the 80s” Outdoor Film Festival ends this Friday, Sept. 4 at dusk, with a final showing of a popular 80s flick. Finishing off the free movie festival is none other than “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” at Gateway Park (1300 Lee Hwy., Arlington).

Movies show rain or shine, with the exception of extreme weather in which case they’ll be shown inside the former Newseum (1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). For more information, call 703-522-6628.

‘High School Musical’ Takes The Stage at Wolf-Trap

Disney’s “High School Musical” takes the stage through Sunday, Sept. 6 at the Wolftrap-Filene Center (1551 Trap Rd., Vienna). Tickets for this kid-friendly performing arts event range from $25-80, with showtimes varying. For more information, visit

‘Batman & Robin’ Team Up For Crystal Screen Series

The Crystal Screen Summer Film Series continues Monday, Sept. 7, with a free outdoor showing of “Batman & Robin” at sundown. The movie will be shown in the courtyard across from Crystal City Metro Station (18th & Bell St., Arlington).

Nearby restaurants will provide accessible options for to-go dining that viewers can bring to the courtyard for the movie. Patrons can bring their own picnics as long as they abide by city and festival rules. Low-backed chairs and blankets are allowed, but grills, umbrellas and pets are prohibited.

The super hero-themed series continues through Monday, Sept. 21, with the last round of movies being consecutive Batman flicks. Each night will also have special giveaways, sponsors and other activities. For more information, visit