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Community News & Notes: December 24 – 30, 2009

‘Vinyl Vibrations’ Ignite Listening Party

This Christmas Eve, record lovers are invited to bring their favorite artists via vinyl for “Vinyl Vibrations,” an old-school listening party complete with coffee and treats for sale. All interested are invited to The Soundry (316 Dominion Rd., Vienna) Thursday, Dec. 24 from 7 – 10 p.m. For more information, call 703-698-0088. Greshemplace--Rogers

‘Vinyl Vibrations’ Ignite Listening Party

This Christmas Eve, record lovers are invited to bring their favorite artists via vinyl for “Vinyl Vibrations,” an old-school listening party complete with coffee and treats for sale. All interested are invited to The Soundry (316 Dominion Rd., Vienna) Thursday, Dec. 24 from 7 – 10 p.m. For more information, call 703-698-0088.


NEIGHBORS FROM Gresham Place in Falls Church took some time out after last weekend’s blizzard to enjoy the snow together. Shovel in tow, the group of friends bundled up for this winter-wonderland snapshot. (Photo: Terri Rea)

Christmas Singers Needed For OPH Breakfast

The Falls Church Chamber of Commerce reminds those interested that singers are needed for Original Pancake House’s (OPH) (370 W. Broad St., Falls Church) annual breakfast for homeless in the Falls Church area from 9:30 a.m. – noon on Christmas day, Friday, Dec. 25.

Attendees will all receive handmade scarves donated by OPH customers along with a warm breakfast. OPH is also hoping to offer live music. Anyone interested and/or able to perform are urged to e-mail Jeff Bulman at

Singles’ Mingle in Time for 2010 Countdown

Looking for a date this New Year’s Eve? Then, 40s & 50s four-minute dating is just in time. Hosted by Professionals in the City, single men and women falling in the prior age bracket are invited to a mini version of four-minute dating, where singles can mingle with potential partners in seated, timed rotation. Guests can also snack on complimentary desserts.

The clock starts at 7:30 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 27 at Stacy’s Coffee Parlor (709 W. Broad St., Falls Church). The event costs $35. For more information, call 202-686-5990.


Invite to Spend Christmas Eve at George’s


MELODIC SOUNDS of the season were featured at the annual Choral Arts concert by students at George Mason High School in Falls Church last Thursday night. (Photo: News-Press)

From themed Christmas trees to chocolate-making demonstrations, all are invited to spend Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24 at George Washington’s Mount Vernon (3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Aladdin the camel will play the role of 1787 Christmas Camel, and a gingerbread replica of Mount Vernon will be on display for all to see.

Tickets cost $15 for adults, $7 for children ages 6 – 11 and is free for children under 6. This event will continue through Wednesday, Jan. 6. For more information, 703-780-2000.

‘Sweatshop Social’ to Draw Out Crafters

On Monday, Dec. 28, Indie crafters are invited to The Soundry (316 Dominion Rd., Vienna) to socialize with their kind for a “Sweatshop Social,” where they and other creative types can work on current and new projects together. Wi-fi, table space and plenty of materials for projects are all provided.

The cost is free for members and $5 for non-members. The event will be from for 7 – 10 p.m. For more information, call 703-698-0088.

French, Canasta Senior Groups Meet Christmas Eve

Though the City of Falls Church Senior Center closes at noon Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, those interested are reminded that both the French Conversation and Canasta groups will meet from 10 a.m. – noon on Thursday, Dec. 24. French Conversation will meet in the Teen Center of the community center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church).


SANTA CLAUS CAME TO town last week thanks to those at the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department. Each year, the department decks one of its trucks in lights, and the “Santamobile” visits Falls Church neighborhoods and passes out candy canes and fire-safety pamphlets. (Photo: News-Press)

Events are also in store for after the holidays, starting back up on Monday, Dec. 28. For more information, call the F.C. Senior Center at 703-248-5020/5021.

Seniors Invited to Ring in 2010 Together

Local seniors are invited to join together in celebrating the incoming of 2010 at a New Year’s party at Langston-Brown Senior Center (2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington) on Monday, Dec. 28 at 10:30 a.m. Carl Pink, a one-man band, will provide the musical entertainment as guests are invited to take to the dance floor complete with holiday décor. The event costs $6 and registration is required. To register, call 703-228-5210.

Local College Students Study in Italy

Two local college students studying at Gettysburg College spent their Fall 2009 semester studying abroad. Juniors Anastasia Rabatsky of Arlington and Mary Rhoads are currently studying in Italy.

Harlem Globetrotters Trek Over to Patriot Center

In their 84th consecutive year, the Harlem Globetrotters will put on their 2010 “Magical Memories” World Tour on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. at the George Mason University Patriot Center (4400 University Blvd., Fairfax). Tickets start at $22. For more information, call 703-993-3000.

‘Show Boat’ Docks at Signature Theatre


SEAN JENSEN OF FALLS CHURCH-based Polu Kai Services presented a check for $2,000 along with over 70 toys to the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program last Friday at Dogwood Tavern. Jensen, (right) a former Marine Sgt., is president of Polu Kai Services, a company providing construction and environmental services to the government and private industry. (Photo: News-Press)

Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington) will present “Show Boat” now through Jan. 17, with tickets still available for this week. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday – Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday – Friday, 2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 & 7 p.m. Sunday. Jerome Kern’s Tony-winning musical follows performers on a Mississippi riverboat. Tickets start at $30. For more information, call 703-820-9771.

F.C.’s Pardo Makes Outstanding Sales

Lia Sophia recently announced top honors for its Excellent Beginnings Program Achievers for their outstanding sales accomplishments and professionalism. Having just joined the fashion jewelry business, Hildi Pardo of Falls Church has earned this prestigious accomplishment in the first 15 weeks by attaining certain sales levels and by sharing Lia Sophia with other new advisors.

Lia Sophia is a unique direct selling opportunity offering fashion jewelry through personalized in-home demonstrations.


Children Learn About Local Pine Trees at Event

On Wednesday, Dec. 30, children ages 4-10 are invited to sharpen their identification skills when it comes to the most common pine trees in Arlington at “Wild Ones: Fine Pines.” Attendees will also learn how these green trees play an important role in the ecosystem.

The event will take place at Gulf Branch Nature Center  (3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington) from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. It costs $3. For more information, call 703-228-3403.

Babineau Promoted by National Guard

Maj. Gen. Joseph J. Taluto, The Adjutant General for the State of New York, announced the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard. William Babinea of Alexandria, serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade, has been promoted to the rank of Specialist.

Mary Riley Hosts Bingo, Winter Crafts

Mary Riley Styles Public Library will host Bingo for children of all ages next week, organized into two separate age brackets. First, on Monday, Dec. 28, children ages 7-14 are invited to play bingo at 2 p.m. On Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 2 p.m., bingo will be held for children ages 4-6.

Registration is required for both events. Furthermore, children are invited to make a winter craft on a drop-in basis on Wednesday, Dec. 30 from 1 – 4 p.m. For more information, call 703-248-5031.


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