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Community News & Notes: December 17 – 23, 2009

Arlington Artists Host ‘All That Glitters’

The Arlington Artists Alliance will host “All That Glitters,” a holiday show and sale on Friday, Dec. 18 and Saturday, Dec. 19. NNBerlin

Arlington Artists Host ‘All That Glitters’

The Arlington Artists Alliance will host “All That Glitters,” a holiday show and sale on Friday, Dec. 18 and Saturday, Dec. 19.

The show will feature oil paintings, acrylics, watercolors, pastels and sculpture by Arlington artists. All are invited to come and browse works of art for unique and affordable gifts for the holidays.


CELEBRATING THEIR 20TH anniversary at a reception in their new offices on the 4th floor of the new Flower Building at 800 W. Broad in Falls Church, Sam Butz (left) and Jack Wilbern (center) of the Butz-Wilbern, Ltd. architectural firm welcomed Dr. Lois Berlin (right), superintendent of the Falls Church City Public Schools to the festivities. (Photo: News-Press)

Guests can meet the artists at a reception on Friday, Dec. 18 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Fairlington Community Center (3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington). The show will resume on Saturday, Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, call 703-228-6588.

Encore Chorale Presents Holiday Concert

The Encore Chorale, made up of almost 200 senior adults, will present a family-friendly holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 19 from 4 – 5 p.m. in the Kenmore Middle School auditorium (200 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington).

The program will feature holiday favorites, including “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “Let it Snow,” in addition to the Hallelujah Chorus with brass and timpani.

The Encore Chorale will be joined by the Columbia Flute Choir of Falls Church, trumpeters Paul Nelson and Michael Foster and percussionist Elizabeth Morgan. Admission is free. For more information, call 301-261-5747.

F.C. Lions Club Hosts Citrus Fruit Sale

The Falls Church Lions Club will host a citrus fruit sale on Friday, Dec. 18 and Saturday, Dec. 19. Naval oranges will be on sale for $31 a case, $17 a half case or $9 a bag.

There will also be pink seedless grapefruit for $30 a case, $16 a half case or $9 a bag. A mixed case costs $32.

The fruit sale will start in the afternoon on Friday, Dec. 18 until dark and will continue at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19 until all fruit is sold. The sale will take place at the Old Dale Lumber Site (217 Gordon Rd., Falls Church). For more information, visit

Yosi & The Super Dads Rock MCC



AT MONDAY NIGHT’s FALLS CHURCH City Council meeting, Edna Frady (front, left) was honored when Dec. 14, 2009 was officially proclaimed “Edna Frady Day” in the City of Falls Church. Also pictured are Mayor Robin Gardner (front, right) and (back row, left to right) Councilmen Nader Baroukh, Dan Maller, Dan Sze and Lawrence Webb. (Photo: News-Press)

On Saturday, Dec. 19, Yosi & The Super Dads will rock the McLean Community Center (MCC) with an interactive family concert featuring klezmer, rock, ska, jazz and classic Hanukkah tunes with a rockin’ twist.

The concert will kick off at 2 p.m. at MCC (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean). Tickets cost $10 for McLean residents and $14 for non-residents. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

Holistic Moms Create Familial Balance

The Holistic Moms Network of Arlington and Alexandria will hold a chapter meeting today from 7 – 9 p.m. The topic will be “Creating Balance in Family Life,” with presentations by life coaches Carolyn Semedo and Suzanne Couming Caldwell.

The meeting will take place at the Arlington United Methodist Church (716 Glebe Rd., Arlington). Moms, dads, caregivers and children are all welcome. For more information, call 703-824-6167.

World Children’s Choir Performs for Holidays

The World’s Children Choir will host a holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 19 from 7 – 9 p.m. The musical program will include international carols, Hanukkah tunes and New Year songs from all over the world. An audience sing-a-long will conclude the concert.

The performance will be held at St. Peters Episcopal Church (4250 Glebe Rd., Arlington). Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students 12 and up and $10 for children. For more information, call 703-883-0920 or visit

U.S. Marine Corps Visit Dogwood Tavern

On Friday, Dec. 18, members of the United States Marine Corps will make a visit to Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church). The marines will be there from 5 – 9 p.m. to pick up the collected toys for the Toys for Tots drive and meet with families and their children. For more information, call 703-237-8333.

Virginia Tech Honors Falls Church Professor

Sudip Bhattacharjee, a teacher at the Virginia Tech (V.T.) Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church, has been named the Konrad W. Kubin Junior Faculty Fellow by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.


THE FLOWER BUILDING on West Broad Street in the City of Falls Church, developed by Bob Young (second from left), was awarded a LEED Gold certification at this week’s F.C. City Council meeting. Pictured with Young are (left to right) Tom Mawson of the U.S. Green Building Council, Deb Cloutier and Councilman Dan Sze. (Photo: Courtesy Barbara Gordon)

Bhattacharjee is an associate professor of accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business at V.T.

Culpepper Garden Offers Free Health Screenings

The Culpepper Garden Senior Center will offer free health screenings for adults ages 55 and older on Monday, Dec. 21 from 10 a.m. – noon at the center (4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington). Services will include blood pressure and glucose monitoring.

Barbara Holland from The Medical Team, Inc. will administer all tests on a first-come, first-served basis. Adults are asked to fast for two hours before taking the glucose test. For more information, call 703-228-4403.


F.C. Residents Admitted to V.T. Graduate School

Falls Church residents Hafid B. Alaoui, Chase A. Chevalier, James A. Chilton, Amy L. Morton, Jonathan M. Morales, Cindy D. Musick, Fenye Bao, Jennifer G. Condra, Bonnie C. Culpepper, Changshu Jian, Elizabeth Leslie, William R. McVay, Sara L. Ruckman, Deepak Dobhal, Stephen A. Hawley, Sergio Ritacco and Paul Truong were all recently admitted to the graduate school at Virginia Tech (V.T.) in Blacksburg, Va.

DICF Spices Up ‘The Nutcracker’


MEMBERS OF GIRL SCOUT TROOP 4861 (left to right) Lindsay Gillespie, Jada Henry, Yana Rogers, Meredith Johnson, Danielle Hatziyanis, Kaia Jefferson, Anna Grace Ulses, Gabriella Stevens, Elizabeth Campbell and Vi Tran collected over 500 pairs of shoes for Art for Humanity, a non-profit organization that assists impoverished families in Honduras. (Photo: Courtesy Victoria Kwasiborski)

On Friday, Dec. 18, the Dream in Color Foundation (DICF) will present “Nutcracker Sweet & Spicy,” an ethnic twist on a holiday classic.

The music, characters and dance styles will reflect the cultural diversity and sense of community in the Washington, D.C. area.

Special guests will include Mini Shock Hip Hop Troupe and Silky Smooth Hand Dancers.

The two performances will kick off at 7 and 8:30 p.m. at the James Lee Community Center Theatre (2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church). Tickets cost $5. For more information, call 703-642-1711.

Senior Center Teaches Candle Arranging

Seniors are invited to learn how to make one-of-a-kind sparkling candle arrangements in a candle workshop with Sherri Clarke.


The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation (THHF) invites everyone to “Songs of the Season in the Little City,” a family-friendly musical event with singer Nadine Rae on Sunday, Dec. 20 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Pearson Square (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church).

The program will include favorite holiday songs, special sing-alongs and other interactive activities.

Homemade refreshments will be served. Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase unique last-minute gifts.

Tickets cost $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. To purchase tickets, call 703-534-4627.

F.C. Rotary Club Holds Weekly Meeting

The Falls Church Rotary Club will hold its weekly meeting today at 6:30 p.m. at the Harvest Moon Restaurant (7260 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church).

The meeting will start with dinner, followed by the annual club officer election.

Dinner costs $11. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call 202-268-5089.

Correction: Both Anthony’s Restaurant and Curry’s Auto Service are sponsoring the Santamobile, which is a Falls Church fire truck.

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