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Community News & Notes: January 21 – 27, 2010

MEH Hosts 1st F.C. Relay For Life Meeting Sunday

A meeting will be held in the cafeteria of Mary Ellen Henderson (MEH) Middle School (7134 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) this Sunday, Jan. 24 to discuss the 2010 Falls Church Relay for Life from 2:30 – 4 p.m. This year’s relay will be held May 22 – 23 at George Mason High School and raises money for the American Cancer Society. For more information, visit NNnewborninFC

MEH Hosts 1st F.C. Relay For Life Meeting Sunday

A meeting will be held in the cafeteria of Mary Ellen Henderson (MEH) Middle School (7134 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) this Sunday, Jan. 24 to discuss the 2010 Falls Church Relay for Life from 2:30 – 4 p.m. This year’s relay will be held May 22 – 23 at George Mason High School and raises money for the American Cancer Society. For more information, visit


SMALL HAND gripping big hand, new Falls Church resident Jacob Paul Rubin (above) greets the world. Son of Stuart Rubin and Amy Rogers, Jacob was born on Jan. 7 and is the grandson to Steve and Glenda Rogers. (Photo: Courtesy Steve Rogers)

New F.C. Club Embraces ‘Twilight’ Frenzy, Fans

Next Wednesday, Jan. 27 marks the beginning of a new monthly Twilight Club to be held at Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) for fans of the book-turned-cinematic hit. Meetings will be held the last Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, call 703-248-5034.

Teens Invited to Dance the Night Away in F.C.

The Falls Church Teen Center’s monthly middle school dance will held this Saturday, Jan. 23 from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. at the center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church). Sixth through eighth graders are invited to “dance, socialize and chill.” Refreshments will be sold and admission costs $5. For more information, call 703-248-5307.

Last F.C. Lions Club Citrus Fruit Sale to be Held


“PLAY ON,” Creative Cauldron’s month-long music event continued last Saturday, Jan. 16 at ArtSpace in Falls Church with a dance performance by the Hui O Ka Pua ‘Ilima group. Up next is a performance by Mad for the Road this Saturday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. (Photo: Derrick Holman)

The last Falls Church Lions Club citrus fruit sale of 2010 will take place this Friday, Jan. 22 from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., and again on Saturday, Jan. 23 from 8 a.m. until goods sell out. For sale will be navel oranges, pink seedless grapefruit, honeybell tangelos, pecans, maple syrup and brooms.

The fruit sale will take place at the Falls Church property yard (7100 Gordon Rd., Falls Church) near Don Beyer Volvo. For more information, visit

Music Month ‘Plays On’ with Mad for the Road

Creative Cauldron’s “Play On” Music Month at ArtSpace (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church) continues this Saturday, Jan. 23 with a performance by Mad for the Road, a traditional Irish band, at 7:30 p.m.

The band has performed together since 2007 in such venues as the Falls Church Summer Concert Series in Cherry Hill Park, City of Fairfax First Night, The International Children’s Festival at Wolftrap and Jammin’ Java, as well as local Irish pubs and festivals.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, visit

State Theatre Hosts Monday Movie Nights in F.C.

The State Theatre (220 N. Washington St., Falls Church) will show the movie “This Is Spinal Tap” on Monday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with tickets costing $3. For more information, call 703-237-0300.

Free Showing of Ms. Va. Senior Pageant Hits Aurora

If anyone missed the Ms. Virginia Senior America Pageant last July, a free showing of the DVD version will take place this Friday, Jan. 22 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. at the Aurora Hills Senior Center (735 18th St. S., Arlington). Falls Church resident Charlotte Allen won the title of Ms. Congeniality, as voted on by her peers.

Attendees will be able to meet the Virginia State Queen, Maureen Ribble, who hails from Alexandria and was one of the top five finalists at the national pageant in Atlantic City, N.J. To register, call 703-228-5722.


Rotary Club Welcomes Mary Wharton to Speak

The Falls Church Rotary Club will welcome Rotarian Mary Wharton, Learn and Grow Chair of Rotary District, tonight, Thursday, Jan. 21. Wharton will demonstrate computer-assisted learning at a dinner meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Harvest Moon Restaurant (7260 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church).


THE CITY OF F.C. Teen Center hosted its monthly Midnight Madness event last Friday, where local fifth through seventh graders played games, ate food and watched movies at the community center until midnight. The Teen Center will host a dance for sixth through eighth graders this Saturday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the center, located at 223 Little Falls Street in Falls Church. (Photo: Courtesy Amy Maltese)

Dinner costs $11 and visitors are welcome. For more information, visit


Falls Church Resident Makes Dean’s List


Andrew Keys Parker of Falls Church has been named to the dean’s list at the University of the South. To earn a place on the dean’s list, a student must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.625 on a 4.0 scale. Parker is the child of Cheryl Lynn Keys and George D. Parker.

F.C. Chamber of Commerce Throws Business Mixer

On Tuesday, Jan. 26, the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce will host a mixer at Art and Frame of Falls Church (111 Park Ave., Falls Church) from 5 – 7 p.m. The event, which is in celebration of the 100th FIRSTfriday of Falls Church, is free and open to friends of the business community. For more information, call 703-532-1050 or visit

Squirrels Come in for Landing at Long Branch

For $5 per person, children and their families are invited to “Flying Squirrel Lore & More” at the Long Branch Nature Center (625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington) this Saturday, Jan. 23 from 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. After an indoor presentation about the nocturnal acrobats, attendees will tiptoe outside to see the little pixies glide in for an evening meal. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call 703-228-4747.

MPA Reception Opens 3 New Exhibits

A reception and gallery talk will be held tonight, Thursday, Jan. 21 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean) for three opening exhibits. They include “New Synergy: Sculpture by Nicole Fall” in the Emerson Gallery, “Terry Schupbach-Gordon: Artist Books, Prints and Drawings from Catbird (on the Yadkin) Press” in the Atrium Gallery and “New Works by Gretchen Schemerhorn” in the Ramp Gallery.

All three new exhibits will be open for viewing through March 6. For more information, call 703-790-1953.

Arlington Resident Teresa Downing Promoted

Arlington resident Teresa Downing was recently promoted to BeautiControl’s Independent Director, one of the company’s leadership levels in its field sales organization. Headquartered in Carrollton, Texas, BeautiControl, Inc. is an international party-plan direct-sales company with Independent Consultants throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada.

McLean’s OFTC Hosts Comedy Sportz Improv

The Old Firehouse Teen Center (OFTC) (1440 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean) will present a Comedy Sportz Interactive Improv Show on Friday, Jan. 22 from 7 – 10 p.m. Two teams will battle for laughs and points as they make up songs and scenes on the spot in the spirit of “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” The audience will shout out suggestions and vote for the winners, while the referee calls the fouls.

The cost is $5 for OFTC members and $10 for non-members. An OFTC non-member waiver must be filled out and signed by a parent or guardian. No tickets or pre-registration is required. Parents are reminded that pick-ups begin at 9:45 p.m. For more information, visit

Westover Library Hosts Free Teen Wii Gaming Night

Today, Thursday, Jan. 21, teens can wind down after their studies by participating in Teen Gaming Day. Free Wii game competitions of Rock Band will be held at 3 p.m. at Westover Branch Library (1644 N. McKinley St., Arlington) at 3 p.m. Board games will also be available. No registration is necessary. For more information, call 703-228-5260.


‘Spanish Siesta’ Encouraged At Local Wine Shop

Red, White & Bleu Wine & Gourmet Shop (127 S. Washington St., Falls Church) presents “Spanish Siesta” this weekend, Saturday, Jan. 23 – Sunday, Jan. 24.

Patrons are invited to smell, sip and savor wines, cheeses and charcuterie of Spain. The shops’s tasting room hours are noon – 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 703-533-WINE (9463).

‘Puss n’ Boots’ Steps its Way to Synetic

Synetic Family Theatre (4041 Campbell Ave., Arlington) will present “Puss n’ Boots” this Saturday, Jan. 23 at 12:30 p.m. With a one-hour run time and suitable for ages 4 and up, an adaptation of the classic fairy tale runs through March 14.

Performances will be held Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30 p.m., with shows held Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 13 and 20; and March 6 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $15 at the door and $10 for parties of 10 or more. For more information, visit

Artist & Film Series Light Up Alden Theatre

Alden Theatre (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean) will present TAP Kids this Sunday, Jan. 24 as part of its Professional Artists Series. Eight of the nation’s most talented young tap dancers take to the stage at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $16-20. More information on the performers can be found at

On Wednesday, Jan. 27, Alden’s Travel & Adventure Film Series will continue with a showing of “Wales: Land of Song” at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $8-10. For more information on either of these events, call 703-790-0123.

Sacred Well’s Charity Yoga Nights Continue Friday

Sacred Well Yoga Studio (450 W. Broad St., Ste. 320, Falls Church) will host its usual Charity Yoga Night this Friday, Jan. 22 from 6 – 7:15 p.m.

Suggesting a donation of $10, those interested are reminded that 100 percent of the proceeds will go towards local charities. For more information, call 703-989-8316 or visit

MCC Hosts Family Bingo Night this Saturday

Family Fun Bingo comes to McLean Community Center (MCC) (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean) this Saturday, Jan. 23 from 2:30 – 4:45 p.m. Advance registration is required. For more information, call 703-790-0123.


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