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F.C. Treats Locals to ‘Spooktacular’ Carnival

The City of Falls Church Recreation and Parks Division is hosting a free Halloween Carnival at the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church). Children are invited to carnival games, a moon bounce, face painting, storytelling, crafts and candy. Two live “Creepy Creature Shows” featuring nature’s spooky creatures will also be held. NNtree

F.C. Treats Locals to ‘Spooktacular’ Carnival

The City of Falls Church Recreation and Parks Division is hosting a free Halloween Carnival at the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church). Children are invited to carnival games, a moon bounce, face painting, storytelling, crafts and candy. Two live “Creepy Creature Shows” featuring nature’s spooky creatures will also be held.

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CRUNCH TIME. Last Friday morning, this was the scene near the intersection of Seaton Lane and S. Oak in Falls Church after a large tree decided to tip over onto a unoccupied parked car. The tree gave way following a few consecutive days of rain that deluged the area last week. (Photo: News-Press)

Scheduled festivities are open to infants through second graders from 6 – 7 p.m. and third through fifth graders from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. For more information, call 703-248-5077.

Local Resident Recognized For Governor’s Award

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine announced that Sukhpal Kaur of Falls Church received Honorable Mention of the Governor’s Caregiver Recognition Award for providing care and support for her daughter and granddaughter.

Kaur is one of 10 volunteer caregivers from throughout Virginia who will receive an award in a ceremony on Nov. 17.

HMN Screens Film on Advertising to Children

“Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood” is the title of the Holistic Mom’s Network (HMN) newest free film screening. The movie cinematically highlights the practices of a multi-billion dollar marketing machine aimed at children. The viewing of the film will be followed by discussion. The event, co-sponsored by Family and Home Network, Holistic Moms Network and Arlington Unitarian Cooperative Preschool, will be held Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington). Babies are welcome. To RSVP, e-mail [email protected]

Fair Oaks Mum Show Hosted by ODCS

The Old Dominion Chrysanthemum Society (ODCS) will be hosting its annual Chrysanthemum Show, featuring hundreds of cut mum cultivars, mums in hanging baskets, container-grown varieties and sprays. The weekend event will also include bonsai and fukusuke exhibits and a specialty-sized design competition based on this year’s theme, “Pluto Isn’t a Planet Any More!”

The show will be open to visitors at the Merrifield Garden Center’s Fair Oaks location (12101 Lee Hwy., Fairfax) on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 2 – 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Door prizes will be awarded at the show. For more information, call 703-560-8776.

F.C. Student Selected as VT Corps of Cadets Officer

Patricia Urick, a native of Falls Church, was chosen to serve as the Bravo Company Commander in the Virginia Tech (VT) Corps of Cadets for the fall 2009 semester. Urick will interview for leadership positions in the spring and serve in her assigned position in 2010, with 30 – 200 cadets under her supervision.

Urick is a senior majoring in political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

‘Taste of Virginia’s Own’ To Benefit NOVAM

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CHOCOLATIER Robert Kingsbury of the ACKC Cocoa Bar (left) joined James Roth of Falls Church’s Red, White and Bleu wine shop (right) for a unique chocolate and wine pairing at Roth’s store last week. Varieties of truffles, dark chocolate and other bars were sampled in the tasting with shiraz, malbec, sauterne, tawny port and other wines, with spectacular results. (Photo: News-Press)

The Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry (NOVAM) invites those interested to taste Virginia wines in celebration of Virginia Wine Month. Guests will support NOVAM’s community efforts while enjoying a wine-tasting event with hor d’oeuvre pairing.

Wines featured will hail from the orchards of Chateau O’Brien, Horton Vineyards, Pearmund Cellars, Tarara Winery, Fabbioli Cellars, Barboursville Vineyards and Rappahannock Cellars.

The event will be held from 6 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 at the Hotel Palomar Arlington (1121 N. 19th St., Arlington). Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. For more information, call 703-533-5505 ext. 13 or visit www.novam.org.

 

Cantus Youth Choir Entertains with Concert

The Choralis youth choir will hold a concert fundraiser for its upcoming season. The afternoon drive will feature a pre-Halloween march with themed music and expert instruction by director Mary Hannah Klontz.

The concert is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 30 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Barnes & Noble (6260 Seven Corners Ctr., Falls Church). Support the choir by presenting a printed donation voucher with any purchase from www.choralis.org/pages/youth-programs.

For more information, call 703-536-0774.

Arlington Man Named Va.’s 1st Heritage Award Winner

The Virginia Commission for the Arts honored Roy Odell “Speedy” Tolliver of Arlington with one of Virginia’s first Heritage Awards. As a multi-instrumentalist, Tolliver was part of a succession of professional “hillbilly” bands that played regularly around the Washington metro area.

The Virginia Heritage Awards honors six Virginia masters of the traditional arts for their contributions to the cultural heritage of Virginia and recognizes preservationists of traditional culture.

 

‘Help the Homeless’ Walk Benefit Shelters House

Shelter House will host a Fannie Mae “Help the Homeless Mini-Walk,” raising funds to prevent and end homelessness by providing families with crisis intervention, temporary housing, counseling, training and programs to promote self-sufficiency.

The mile-long walk will step off from Falls Church Presbyterian Church (225 E. Broad St., Falls Church) on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 12:45 p.m., with registration opening at 12:15 p.m. Walker enrollment is $25 for adults and $15 for youths. Download a registration form at www.shelterhouse.org or contact Kristen Lenz at 703-536-5383.

Refreshments will be provided by Applebee’s of Falls Church and Natalia’s Elegant Creations. Also, following the walk will be a “Dining to Donate” gathering at Applebee’s.

YPIP Holds Youth Acting Opportunity

Youth Performers in Progress (YPIP) and Falls Church acting teacher Cheryl Felicia Rhoads will present Linda Henrie for a parent education seminar and follow-up interview of young actors, ages 8 – 21. Henrie is a youth Hollywood manager and mother of Disney star David Henrie, actor on “The Wizards of Waverly.”

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CELEBRITY GUESTS were in abundance at Anthony’s Restaurant last Friday night for the fourth annual joint birthday celebration of Falls Church artist instructor extraordinaire Eileen Levy and former Chamber of Commerce Chief U.S. Navy (ret.) Cdr. Robert S. “Hap” Day. The celebration is known as “Hapeileen,” combining the names of the two birthday babies. See how many local celebs you can identify! (Photo: News-Press)

The catered event will be held Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 15 by appointment at The Hilton Arlington (950 N. Stafford St., Arlington). Space is limited. Register online at www.ypip.com.

 

Arlington Native Graduates College

Amy Leigh Vassallo, a resident of Arlington, earned an Associate in Science from Excelsior College. Excelsior College of Albany, N.Y. is an accredited, private institution focusing on the needs of working adults.

Library Conjures Up Halloween Magic Show

The Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) invites youngsters to experience the magic of Halloween with magician Michael Taggert, performing for the whole family.

Children who come in costume can trick-or-treat at the various library desks after the show. The bewitching will be held Saturday, Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. in the children’s section. For more information, call 703-248-5034.

 

Buddhist Center Teaches Introductory Classes

The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center is teaching meditation and Buddhism introductory classes showing how engaged hearts can help heal past relationships and make present ones more meaningful.

Sessions are $12 and are held each Monday in November from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at The Griffin Center (3800 Fairfax Dr., Ste. 5, Arlington). For more information, call 202-986-2257.

 

YPN Holds Annual Political Forum

The Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network (YNP) will hold its 5th annual political forum, “Braving the Storm: 2009 Candidates Speak Out.” The event allows locals to hear from candidates running for the office of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, as well as other elected officials from Northern Virginia. The forum is for 6 p.m. today, Oct. 29 at the James Lee Community Center (2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church). To RSVP, e-mail [email protected] or call 703-836-3858.

Open Kitchen Invites Locals To Ribbon Cutting

Open Kitchen is celebrating its Grand Opening. Activities include a ribbon cutting with the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Robin Gardner, cupcake decorating, pumpkin painting, a carved pumpkin contest and food. A $10 entrance fee for each pumpkin will benefit the Veterans and Families Charity. The Oct. 31 event runs from 1 – 4 p.m. at the newest Open Kitchen location (7115 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church).