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3 F.C. Attorneys Speak at D.C. Panel Tuesday

The three principal attorneys of the Falls Church-based government contracts law firm of Benton, Potter, Murdock, will be speaking at a forum hosted by the Federal Publications Seminars next Tuesday, Sept. 29, at the Westin in the City Center of Washington D.C.NNbday

3 F.C. Attorneys Speak at D.C. Panel Tuesday

The three principal attorneys of the Falls Church-based government contracts law firm of Benton, Potter, Murdock, will be speaking at a forum hosted by the Federal Publications Seminars next Tuesday, Sept. 29, at the Westin in the City Center of Washington D.C.


LONG-TIME FALLS CHURCH teacher, City Council member, vice mayor and now Planning Commissioner Lindy Hockenberry watches as one of her grandsons lights the candles on her birthday cake at a party in her honor at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Waterford, Va., on Sunday. F.C. Mayor Robin Gardner was among the many friends of Hockenberry at the party and presented a special proclamation in her honor. (Photo: Gary Mester)

Janine S. Benton, John M. Murdock and Kathy C. Potter will be speakers at the forum, “Basics for Small Businesses Interested in Government Contracting: Get in the Game.” For more information, visit www.fedpubseminars.com.

F.C.H.S. Celebrates 1978/1979 Class Reunion

Falls Church High School (FCHS) celebrates the 30th anniversary of its Jaguar graduates by holding a 1978/1979 class reunion on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Crowne Plaza Dulles Airport Hotel (2200 Centreville Rd., Herndon). The reunion begins at 7 p.m. with dinner starting shortly after at 8 p.m.

The reunion is being organized by Great Reunions, Inc. For more information, call 1-800-655-7971.

Providence Players Present ‘Harvey’

The Providence Players of Fairfax will present Mary Chase’s play, “Harvey,” on Friday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. The production is a classic comedy about the relationship between Elwood P. Dowd, a middle-aged, rich alcoholic, and his best friend Harvey, a 6-foot-tall invisible white rabbit.

The performance will be held at the James Lee Community Center Theater (2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church). Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. For more information, call 703-425-6782 or email providenceplayers@cox.net.

Harvest Happenings Comes to M.C.C.


A SPECIAL TREAT for attendees at a fundraiser for Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds at a home in the Sleepy Hollow section of Falls Church last week was some banjo playing by Deeds’ son, Gus, shown here with State Del. Jim Scott (left). Gus Deeds took a semester off school at William and Mary to help his dad campaign for the November election. (Photo: News-Press)

On Saturday, Sept. 26, the McLean Community Center (MCC) will host Harvest Happenings from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Live music, craft projects and games will take place at MCC (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean). General admission costs $2. Children under the age of 2 are admitted free of charge.

Award-winning children’s music group Rocknoceros will be performing at this event. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

Clarendon Alliance Presents Clarendon Day

The Clarendon Alliance will host the 12th Annual Clarendon Day on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. The event is located next to the Clarendon Metro Station (Wilson Blvd. and Clarendon Blvd., Arlington). Activities will include live music, food vendors, arts and crafts, belly dancing performances, skateboarding demos and much more.

All proceeds will benefit Doorways for Women & Families and Clarendon Alliance. For more information, call 703-812-8881 or visit www.clarendon.org/events/clarendonday.html.

McLean Hosts Charity Wine & Food Fest

The Fall Charity Wine & Food Fest will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Palladium Fountain Courtyard (1445 Laughlin Ave., McLean). The event will be held from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Guests will  have the opportunity to try 40 different wines and a wide variety of gourmet food samples.

Admission costs $50 in advance and $60 at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For advanced ticket purchases or more information, call 703-288-2970 or email info@thevineyardva.com.

SUNY Geneseo Announces 2009 Graduates

The State University of New York (SUNY) Geneseo’s 143rd commencement on May 16 included a few locals. From Arlington, Margaret George received a Bachelor of Arts degree Cum Laude, Emily Stevens received a Bachelor of Science degree Magna Cum Laude and Elizabeth Farmer received a Bachelor of Science degree.

SUNY Geneseo is a highly-selective public liberal arts college.


LOCAL RIDERS head to the City of Falls Church farmer’s market in style. Paul (foreground) and Nancy Hess of Falls Church recently hopped a ride on their off-road segways while being led by their dalmatian, Chap (right). (Photo: News-Press)

F.C. Sunset Cinema Features ‘E.T.’

On Friday, Sept. 25, Sunset Cinema in the Park will be showing “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” at 8 p.m. Plan to catch the show at Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Ave., Falls Church), but in the event of rain, the screening will be moved to the Falls Church Community Center gymnasium (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church).

Popcorn, drinks and candy will be available for purchase. For more information, call 703-248-5077.

Local Farmers Markets to be Held

Come enjoy fresh vegetables, fruit and baked goods at the Vienna Farmers Market (Church St., Dominion Rd. and Mill St., Vienna) on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 8 a.m. – noon. Don’t miss out on made-to-order goodies including crepes, donuts and kettle corn. For more information, visit www.viennafarmersmarket.com.

Also check out the wide variety of cheeses, meats and wines at the Falls Church City’s Farmers Market on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. – noon in the City Hall Parking Lot (300 Park Ave., Falls Church). For more information, visit www.fallschurchva.gov.

CBC and NMAC Sponsor Benefit Reception

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) are coming together to sponsor An Evening Without Politics: A Benefit Reception on Friday, Sept. 25 to raise awareness about the impact of HIV in African American communities nationwide and Washington, D.C. in particular.


THE REV. THOMAS H. SCHMID (right), long-time pastor of the Falls Church Presbyterian Church who is retiring soon, was presented a special honor for his contribution to the community by Falls Church Mayor Robin Gardner at a recent F.C. City Council meeting. The Rev. Schmid will be retiring to Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo: News-Press)

The event will take place from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. at the Grant Hyatt Washington (1000 H St. NW, Washington, D.C.). Tickets cost $250 for general admission. Proceeds will support NMAC’s capacity building and technical assistance programs for minority communities, faith-based organizations in D.C. and HIV/AIDS education initiatives at historically black colleges and universities.

For more information, call 202-483-6622 or visit www.eveningwithoutpolitics.org.

Teaching Hope Holds Local Yard Sale

Teaching Hope, an organization dedicated to the empowerment of orphaned teens, will hold a yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 8 a.m. – noon. The sale will take place in the parking lot of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church).

Funds raised will go towards the organization’s programs benefiting Colombian orphans. For more information, visit www.teachinghope.org.





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