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Scouting for Food Drive Sets Record

Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venturers in the Falls Church area collected more than 13,000 pounds of donations in the Scouting for Food drive on Saturday, Nov. 14. This total was more than one-third above previous years.

The donated food was delivered directly to area food banks to distribute to needy families.

MCC Sponsors ‘Dancing Under the Stars’

The McLean Community Center (MCC) invites the public to brush up on some new dance steps at “Dancing Under the Stars” on Friday, Nov. 20. This family-friendly event will feature dance instruction by Fred Astaire Studios and live music by the Hot Society Orchestra of Washington, along with light refreshments and a cash wine bar.

Dance lessons will be held from 7 – 8 p.m. at the MCC (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean). Dancing will start at 8 p.m. and continue until 11 p.m.

Tickets cost $25 per couple, $15 for residents and $25 for non-residents. They will be on sale at the Alden Theatre Box Office. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

F.C. Rotary Club Sells Fresh Florida Citrus



AFFORDABLE DWELLING UNIT (ADU) lottery winner Svetlana Ghimbovschi (second from right) poses with (left to right) Falls Church Housing Corporation liaison Steve Sprague, Housing Commission member M.T. Gutmanis, Housing Commission Chair Don Brobst and City Council member Lawrence Webb. Ghimbovschi was selected out of three lottery participants for a two bedroom/den ADU at Pearson Square. Ghimbovschi and her son are current Falls Church City residents and said they are very excited about their new home. (Photo: Courtesy Barbara Gordon)

The Falls Church Rotary Club will be holding its annual Fresh Florida Citrus Sale on Saturday, Nov. 21 and Sunday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to check out the fresh Florida fruit. Naval oranges, grapefruit and tangelos cost $25 per case or $13 per half case.


Proceeds will go towards the club’s support of scholarships, local non-profit organizations, cultural exchange programs and international efforts to eradicate polio and improve health, literacy and water purity.

The sale will take place at Loehmann’s Plaza (7311 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). For more information, call 202-268-5089.


Arlingtonian Earns Masters Degree

Tammy W. Hui of Arlington recently received a Master of Business Administration degree from Western New England College in Springfield, Mass. on Oct. 15.

City Wins 1st Place for ‘Branching Out’

The City of Falls Church was the first-place winner in the 2009 Virginia Municipal League Achievement Awards competition for “Branching Out,” its tree planting program.

The purpose of the program is to increase the city’s tree canopy from 25 to 40 percent for a healthy watershed. The program also strives to increase shading of streets by planting additional trees near the streets instead of limiting planting in the narrow strips next to the streets.

F.C. Co-eds Chosen as Resident Advisors at V.T.

Shawn Wallis and Aaricka Hellberg of Falls Church were both chosen to be resident advisors at Virginia Tech for the 2009-10 academic year.

Wallis is a junior majoring in electrical engineering at Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering while Hellberg is a junior majoring in architecture at the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

In order to be chosen as a resident advisor, students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing, complete at least 30 credit hours, take a training course and go through an extensive interview process.

Holistic Moms Discuss ‘Holistic Journeys’

On Thursday, Nov. 19, the Holistic Moms Network (HMN) of Arlington and Alexandria invites the public to “Holistic Journeys,” a discussion of passions led by HMN members and health professionals Nina Elliot, certified personal trainer and co-owner of Health and Wholeness, Josie Nelson of Miessence/ONE Group Organic Skin Care and Katherine Sumner, certified health counselor.

The event will take place from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Arlington United Methodist Church (716 S. Glebe Rd., Arlington). Children are welcome. For more information, call 703-824-6167.

F.C. Jazzercise Organizes Shoe Sale

Ryka and Avia shoes will be sold at discount prices on Saturday, Nov. 21 from 8 a.m. – noon at the Falls Church Jazzercise (513 W. Broad St., Falls Church). Come pick up these Jazzercise shoes and get fit for the holiday season. For more information, call 703-622-2152.

St. Thomas More Cathedral Hosts Festival

The St. Thomas More Cathedral Choir and the Arlington Diocesan Choir will team up for a festive night of music making to celebrate the Feasts of Christ the King and Saint Cecilia on Friday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.

The program will include Mozart’s “Te Deum” and composer James Biery’s “The Lord Will Reign Forever.” The event will take place at the cathedral (3901 Cathedral Lane, Arlington). Admission is free. For more information, call 703-524-2815.

CBC Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Citizens for a Better City (CBC), an organization dedicated to the needs and interests of the residents of Falls Church, will hold a public forum on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. to provide information to anyone interested in becoming a candidate for the Falls Church City Council or School Board. The forum will be held at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School (601 S. Oak St., Falls Church).

The CBC will then celebrate its 50th anniversary at the CBC annual meeting and dinner on Sunday, Nov. 22 from 5 – 9 p.m. at the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church).

The meeting will start at 5 p.m. and will be followed by cocktails, dinner, recognitions and awards. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $6 for children and will be sold at the door. For more information, call 703-534-3418.

Arlington Artists Display ‘New Works’

“New Works” by members of the Arlington Artists Alliance will be on display until Monday, Nov. 30 at The Gallery at Convergence (1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria), open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. More than 20 Arlington artists will exhibit their paintings, prints and collages in a variety of styles.

Meet the artists at a reception on Friday, Nov. 20 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Wine and light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit

DC Craft Mafia Takes Over Town of Vienna

The DC Craft Mafia, a diverse group of indie crafters, will host a holiday heist craft show at The Soundry (316 Dominion Rd., Vienna) on Saturday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Kick start the holiday shopping season and find a lot of great gifts including handcrafted jewelry, vegan bath and body products, original artwork, knitted and crocheted hats and scarves, greeting cards, paper crafts and more. For more information, call 703-698-0088.