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Community News & Notes: Jan. 7 – 13, 2010

Winners of F.C. Student Art Contest Announced

The winners of the 9th Annual Falls Church City Student Art Contest were announced during a reception held last Friday at Art and Frame of Falls Church. Maya King’s entry “Falls Church Changes in 2010” was picked as the cover art for the 2010 Calendar that will be available online at MIdders-at-NY-eve-party

Winners of F.C. Student Art Contest Announced

The winners of the 9th Annual Falls Church City Student Art Contest were announced during a reception held last Friday at Art and Frame of Falls Church. Maya King’s entry “Falls Church Changes in 2010” was picked as the cover art for the 2010 Calendar that will be available online at


NEARLY 100 MIDDLE-SCHOOL STUDENTS counted down to 2010 last Thursday night with party favors and horns at the Falls Church Community Center thanks to an array of local businesses and individuals. (Photo: Courtesy Amy Maltese)

More than 60 students submitted artwork to this year’s contest. The annual event had been cancelled by the City of Falls Church due to budget cuts, but FIRSTfriday of Falls Church decided to sponsor the contest and not disappoint the students.

All 13 winners received prizes that included an artist sketch set and a $200 gift certificate to Art and Frame of Falls Church. All contest participants received a FIRSTfriday of Falls Church t-shirt. Prizes were donated by SmithGifford and Art and Frame of Falls Church.

The exhibit can be seen at Art and Frame of Falls Church (111 Park Ave., Falls Church) Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. through Jan. 30. For more information, call 703-534-4202.


Falls Church Rotary Holds 1st 2010 Meeting

The Falls Church Rotary Club’s first 2010 club assembly will be on Thursday, Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Harvest Moon Restaurant (7260 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). Dinner costs $11 and visitors are welcome. For more information, visit


‘Recess’ for Big Kids Comes To Arlington Sheraton


Privates First Class in the U.S. Army, currently stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., brothers Charlie and John Mann returned home to the City of Falls Church for the Christmas Holiday. Charlie and John both graduated from George Mason High School in June 2009. (Photo: Courtesy Mary Lynn Hickey)

Playtime isn’t just for children anymore. Host-D.C. and K Street Kate will present “Recess” this Saturday, Jan. 9 from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. at the Sheraton National Hotel (900 S. Orme St., Arlington). For $10, attendees can enjoy board games, dancing and order from a fully-stocked bar offering drink specials. A variety of games ranging from Hungry Hungry Hippos to Twister mats will be set up, as DJ Adrian Loving provides musical entertainment.

K Street Kate will also be hosting a children’s book drive at the event. Though not required, guests are asked to either bring a children’s book or to make a $5 donation upon arrival. For more information, visit

MCC Hosts Children’s Snow & Winter Balls

On Friday, Jan. 8, the McLean Community Center (MCC) will host a 7th-8th Grader Winter Ball from 7 – 10 p.m. at the Old Firehouse Teen Center (OFTC) (1440 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean). A DJ will supply music and videos, while the game room will be open for ping-pong, pool and other arcade games.

Parents are reminded that child pick-ups will begin at 9:45 p.m. The cost is $5 for OFTC members and $10 for non-members. Parents or guardians of non-members must fill out and sign a non-member waiver.

Also on Jan. 8, a Snow Ball for fifth and sixth graders will be held at the McLean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean) from 7 – 9 p.m. Advance registration costing $20 is required, however. To do so, visit MCC’s online calendar at For more information, call 703-790-0123.


Andrew Acosta Heads the FCA Roundtable

The Falls Church Arts (FCA) Artists’ Roundtable on Tuesday, Jan. 12 will feature Andrew Acosta, a guitarist and singer. Acosta began performing roots and country music around Washington in the 1970s and today, performs both solo and as the leader of the New Old-Time String Band.

Join him for a journey through musical Americana from 7 – 9 p.m. at ArtSpace (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church). There are parking garages located at both 410 and 400 South Maple Avenue in Falls Church. This event is free and open to all. For more information, visit

F.C. Kiwanis Little League Needs Players

Falls Church Kiwanis Little League
is now registering boys and girls ages 5 – 12 for the spring 2010 season. Registration can be done on-line at or in-person at the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church) on Sat., Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Sara J. Sugrue (right), a member of George Mason High School’s Class of 2005, recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Tech (V.T.) with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in English. Sugrue was also in inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Tau Delta National Honor Societies. She will be attending graduate school in the fall. (Photo: Courtesy Bill Sugrue)

Those interested can see the Web site for additional information on winter training opportunities for all levels, and about the Kiwanis’ Challengers Program for individuals with special needs.


Registration Open for MPA’s Winter Art Classes

McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) has opened registration for its wide variety of art classes for children, teens and adults taught by instructors from the Corcoran College of Art & Design. New classes for adults include “I’ve Never Held a Pencil: Drawing for Beginners,” “Drawing Workshop: Pastels” and “Interior Design: In My Home.”

New classes for children include “Cultural Explorations” and “Drawing: Learning from the Masters.”

Classes start the week of Jan. 18 and are held at MPA’s Susan B. DuVal studio inside the McLean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean). For a complete list of classes and to register, visit

F.C. Resident Earns Photography Degree

Jennifer Kaplan of Falls Church recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Kaplan earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography.

NCAS Presents ‘Charitable Choice’ Talk

On Saturday, Jan. 9, the National Capital Area Skeptics (NCAS) will present a free and public talk on Faith-based Initiatives & Charitable Choice. Toni Van Pelt of the Center for Inquiry Office of Public Policy in Washington, D.C. recommends the adoption and vigorous enforcement of specific minimum safeguards to protect church-state separation and religious liberty.

The event will be held at the National Science Foundation (4201 Wilson Blvd., Room 110, Arlington) at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 301-587-3827 or visit

Ms. Virginia Senior Pageant Needs Contestants


EMPLOYEES OF THE HILTON in Old Town Alexandria, Kevin Brockway (left) and Stephanie Snapkoski (right), unveil a $10,000 check written out to Volunteers of America. It was part of a $25,000 donation given to three charities, the other two being Volunteer Alexandria and For Goodness Sake, Inc. (Photo: Courtesy Stephanie Snapkoski)

The Ms. Virginia Senior America Pageant is actively searching for candidates to compete in the 2010 pageant on May 20 inside the Lee Center (1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria). The pageant showcases women 60 years or older who live in Virginia and are U.S. Citizens.

Last year, Falls Church’s very own Charlotte Allen took the title of Ms. Congeniality. For additional information, call 703-978-3663.


Arlington Chorus Heads to NYC to Honor MLK

The Arlington-based Metropolitan Chorus is set to perform in New York City come Monday, Jan. 18 at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center for “Concert for Peace – Celebrating the Spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” featuring the works of Welsh composer Karl Jenkins. For more information on the group, visit

F.C. Leaf Collection Period Extended to Jan. 15

The City of Falls Church leaf collection period has been extended to Friday, Jan. 15. Residents who wish to have their loose leaves collected by the City are advised to rake their leaves to the curb, but avoid gutters and sidewalks wherever possible. Crews will continue to pass throughout the City until the Jan. 15 cutoff date. For more information and for updates, call 703-248-5200.


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