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PASS Program Parents Graduate with Celebration

The education non-profit organization Parent Allies for Student Success (PASS) is holding a graduation ceremony for parents who participated in the recent training program. NN-Episcopal

PASS Program Parents Graduate with Celebration

The national education non-profit organization Parent Allies for Student Success (PASS) is holding a graduation ceremony for parents who participated in the recent training program.

The event will take place at Bailey’s Crossroads Community Center (5920 Summers Lane, Falls Church) at 7 p.m. tonight, Sept. 10. Refreshments and appetizers will be served.

For more information about new classes or to sign up, contact Mirtha Haviland at 703-979-3200 or [email protected]

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The Falls Church Episcopal parishioners (left to right) Kathi Dutilh, Jim Councilor, Bill Fetsch, Kees Dutilh and Cathy Gotschall spent Saturday, Aug. 30, renovating the new office of the Falls Church Community Service Council. (Photo: Courtesy Robin Fetsch)

Local Students Graduate From Carleton College

Two Falls Church area locals were among the 2009 graduates from Carleton College, located in Northfield, Minn.

Christian Dewey of Falls Church, the son of Rebecca Fortney, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the college’s 135th commencement exercises held on Saturday, June 13.

Michael Feinberg of Arlington, the son of Jerry and Laurie Feinberg, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics.

Carleton College is a private, co-educational college of 1,900 students located 40 miles south of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Local Student Named to College Dean’s List

Morrisville State College of Morrisville, N.Y., recently named Mary Palmer of Annandale to the dean’s list for the spring 2009 semester.

To be named to the dean’s list, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.0 – 3.99 for the semester and complete at least 12 credits.

Morrisville State College offers more than 80 bachelor and associate degrees, and was chosen as one of the top five colleges nationwide for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

D.C. VegFest Invites Area to Sample Vegan Living

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RAIN ON LABOR DAY forced the annual barbecue festivities indoors at the Scott household for only the second time ever. But a good time was had by all, nonetheless, with an unofficial nose count of about 150 and plenty of food and enough room to get around. Del. Jim Scott (center) hosted the event, and was joined by U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (left) and Fairfax County Supervisor Linda Smyth (right). (Photo: News-Press)RAIN ON LABOR DAY forced the annual barbecue festivities indoors at the Scott household for only the second time ever. But a good time was had by all, nonetheless, with an unofficial nose count of about 150 and plenty of food and enough room to get around. Del. Jim Scott (center) hosted the event, and was joined by U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (left) and Fairfax County Supervisor Linda Smyth (right). (Photo: News-Press)

The D.C. VegFest will take place this Saturday, Sept. 12 from noon – 6 p.m. at George Washington University.

The vegetarian festival, co-sponsored by area animal rights organization Compassion Over Killing and the Vegetarian Society of D.C., will feature samples of veggie cuisine and guest appearances by local notables.

Participants can also browse vegan and animal-friendly wares from area merchants. The first 400 attendees will receive a free commemorative bag filled with food samples, coupons and information about the vegetarian lifestyle.

The festival will take place on the University Yard at George Washington University (2000 block of H St. NW, Washington, D.C.), four blocks from the Foggy Bottom/GWU Metrorail station. The event is on rain or shine.

For more information, visit the event’s web site at www.dcvegfest.com.

Italian American Lodge Hosts Regular Meeting

The Italian-American Lodge is holding its monthly meeting this Saturday, Sept. 12, and invites the community to join in for fellowship, culture and good food.

The meeting begins at 2 p.m. at the Mason District Governmental Center (6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale). For more information, call 703-368-5039 or 703-256-8602.

Mary Riley Styles Kicks in 2009-2010 Senior Book Club

Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) inaugurates its 2009-2010 Senior Book Discussion series this Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 10:30 a.m. with a discussion of Barack Obama’s “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.”

The book discussion series meets every six weeks on Tuesday mornings from September – June. All are welcome with no reservations required.

Also, the next Mary Riley Styles library board meeting, which will be held at the library at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Dogfish Alehouse Raises $ For Area Service Dogs

Dogfish Head Alehouse (6220 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) is hosting an all-day fundraiser this Tuesday, Sept. 15, for Service Dogs of Virginia.

Service Dogs of Virginia is a non-profit organization operating since 2000 that provides dogs to veterans, children with autism and people with mobility challenges in Virginia.

The fundraiser will include a silent auction from 5 – 9 p.m., a chance drawing from noon – 8 p.m. and live music from 9 – 11 p.m.

For more information, visit www.servicedogsva.org.

Rotary Governor Addresses Falls Church Rotary Club

Recently-installed Governor of Rotary District 7610 Horace McCormack spoke at the Falls Church Rotary Club meeting last Thursday, Sept. 3.

McCormack, who has been a member of the Falls Church club for 12 years, reaffirmed Rotary’s main goals of promoting literacy, clean water, sanitation, good health, hunger prevention and polio eradication.

Vietnam Veterans Chapter Holds Party, Scholarships

Vietnam Veterans of American Inc. Chapter 227 of Northern Virginia invites veterans, family and friends to the chapter’s 24th Tour of Duty anniversary celebration next Thursday, Sept. 17.

The event will include a traditional birthday cake cutting, as well as a guest speaker, Maj. Steve Kirtley of the Marine Corps, who will discuss his time as a hostage during the U.S. Embassy crisis in revolutionary Iran.

Dinner begins at 6:45 p.m. at Neighbor’s Restaurant (262D Cedar Lane, Vienna). The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

The chapter also announced its 2009-2010 Vince Kaspar Prizes for Excellence in the Arts competition, open to high school juniors and seniors in the Falls Church and Fairfax County area.

For more information about the chapter anniversary and the scholarship competition, call 703-968-0686 or send an e-mail to Bruce Waxman at [email protected] More details are also available at www.vva227.org.

McLean Rotary Club Awards Local School’s Lit Efforts

At its regular meeting held on Sept. 8, the Rotary Club of McLean presented more than $9,000 to Timber Lane Elementary School for the school’s two literacy programs.

Kathleen Kee, a Timber Lane reading specialist, and Diane Payne, a reading recovery and Leveled Literacy Intervention instructor, attended the rotary meeting to accept the club’s contributions and talk about the school’s programs.

Both literacy efforts, the Lifelong Love of Reading program and the new Building a Community of Readers program, were spearheaded in part by the McLean Rotary Club.

The Lifelong Love program began in June 2007 as a partnership between McLean Rotary, Provident Bank (now M&T Bank) and the Timber Lane school. The program has since introduced around 250 children from kindergarten through second grade to dedicated literacy education.

The Community of Readers program, new this year, looks to use small group intensives in an early intervention system to accelerate literacy development for kindergarten through third grade.

Rotary District 7610 awarded the McLean club $1,500, underwritten by the Rotary Foundation, for the initiative.

Local Youngster Vies for Miss Pre-Teen NoVa Title

The Nationals Inc. 2009 Miss Pre-Teen Northern Virginia pageant recently announced it had selected Leslie Jackson of Falls Church to compete in the pageant later this month.

Jackson received the nod following an interview with the pageant coordinator.

As a contestant, she will be competing for her share of thousands of dollars in prizes and specialty gifts.

The competition, which consists of four divisions and girls between the ages of 7 – 19, includes a modeling competition as well as a crucial interview of the contestants’ personality and skills.

If Jackson succeeds at the regional competition, held on Sept. 27, she will advance to the Cities of America National Competition in Orlando, Fla.

For more information, contact pageant coordinator Anna Klejnowski at 1-800-569-2487.

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