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Community News & Notes: January 28 – February 3, 2010

F.C.’s Corpus Christi School Hosts Open Houses

Corpus Christi School campuses will hold evening open houses on Thursday, Feb. 4 from 6 – 8 p.m. The elementary campus (3301 Glen Carlyn Rd., Falls Church) and early childhood campus (7506 St. Phillips Ct., Falls Church) will both be participating at each location.NNgmhskids

F.C.’s Corpus Christi School Hosts Open Houses

Corpus Christi School campuses will hold evening open houses on Thursday, Feb. 4 from 6 – 8 p.m. The elementary campus (3301 Glen Carlyn Rd., Falls Church) and early childhood campus (7506 St. Phillips Ct., Falls Church) will both be participating at each location.


TWO MEMBERS OF THE George Mason High School (GMHS) Student Council appeared before the Falls Church City Council Monday night to report that $1,190 was raised for Haiti relief at a student fundraiser held at the Flippin’ Pizza on W. Broad Street last Friday night. They also announced a Haiti relief fundraiser will be held on the GMHS campus in the form of a student-faculty basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Shown here are Rebecca Gomez and Yates Jordan. (Photo: News-Press)

The schools’ curriculum covers pre-school through eighth grade, including advanced middle school math and Spanish programs. Year-round daycare, part-time/full-time/all-day preschool, all-day kindergarten and before-and after-school care (K-8) are also offered. Registration for the 2010-11 school year will open to the public on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Corpus Christi School is a 2009 winner of the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award. For more information, call 703-820-7450 ext. 10 or visit

Public Invited to Noland Open House

Noland’s Bath & Idea Center (157-A Hillwood Ave., Falls Church) will hold its grand opening today, Thursday, Jan. 28 from 4:30 – 7 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres from Open Kitchen will be served all afternoon. Those interested should RSVP to 703-241-2371 or For more information, call 703-241-2371.


Nearing Last Chance to Register for Lacrosse Clinic

For those interested, this week is the last chance to register for the George C. Marshall High School (7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) Winter Lacrosse Clinic. This all-day clinic is open to girls from all schools ages 8-18. All equipment is provided for free to learn a new sport.

The clinic groups participants by age and skill, including ages 8-12 or 13 and up, with skill levels ranging from beginner to intermediate/advanced. All sessions will now run on

area teacher workday, Friday, Jan. 29. Space is limited, so those who remain interested are encouraged to register now to save a seat. To register, e-mail Coach Depaz at For more information, visit

Event to Benefit Earthquake Victims in Haiti


“Embracing the Dream, Celebrating Our Blues Heritage,” presented by the McLean Community Center on Sunday, Jan. 17, brought a diverse crowd together to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Program participants included: (from left) Dr. Ed Jackson, Jr., executive architect of the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr., National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc., Rev. Dr. Robert F. Cheeks, Jr., Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, McLean, Rev. Todd A. Brown, pastor of First Baptist Church of Chesterbrook, McLean, Julie Rasmussen, executive director of the McLean Community Center, Michael Hill, bandleader of Michael Hill’s Blues Mob and John Foust, Dranesville District Supervisor, pose around a rendering of the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Memorial’s Stone of Hope. (Photo: Courtesy Sabrina Anwah)

The Alliance Française and Doctors Without Borders (DWB) will be hosting a fundraising event on Monday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds will go to DWB to benefit victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti. The event will be held at Alliance Française (2142 Wyoming Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.).

The benefit will feature a short discussion by Guillaume Debré, U.S. correspondent for TF1 French Television. It will be followed by a speech by Stanley Lucas, a representative from DWB, about the work being done on the ground and the progress of the relief effort.

A raffle and auction will be held. The minimum requested donation is $25. For more information, visit

Locals Earn Dean’s List, Graduate

Falls Church residents Eleonora Figliuoli, Maya Gueron, Mariah Walker, Irene Foley, Ksenija Kapetanovic, Amy Leinkram, Xi Yan Lu, Victoria Marcos, Irene Morrison-Moncure, Laura Parente, Fiona Balestrieri, Ryan Blackwell, James Evans, Jeffrey Hollomon, Paul Norland, Jonathan Oh, Blackmore, Stephanie Delenick, Elena Lepekhina, Roger Beaman, Mayssa Chehata, Alexander Douglas, Liv Elfstrom, Christine Kennedy, Karmen Leun, Karen Morrison, Margaret Person and So-Jung Youn were recently named to the dean’s list at the College of William & Mary for the fall 2009 semester. In order to achieve dean’s list status, a full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate student must take at least 12 credit hours and earn a 3.6 quality point average during the semester.

Shandani Charles of Falls Church, was named to the honors list at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine for the spring semester.

Simone Perez of Falls Church, Class of 2010 at Skidmore College, earned highest honors for the fall semester. Highest honors are awarded for a quality point ratio of 3.670 or more from a possible 4.0.

Pinthip Kaitlin Huynh of Falls Church, was named to the academic honor roll for the fall term at Northfield Mount Hermon School.

Freshman Thomas Hickey of Falls Church made the dean’s list for the fall 2009 semester at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. Hickey is enrolled in the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business. His brother, junior Edward Hickey of Falls Church, made the dean’s list with first honors, 3.65 or higher, for the fall 2009 semester at University of San Diego’s School of Business Administration.

‘Gals in the Gallery’ Returns With ‘Art of Jewelry’

McLean Project for the Arts
(1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean) brings back Gals in the Gallery next Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 7 – 9 p.m. JJ Singh will present “The Art of Jewelry.”

Reservations are limited to 60 people, and there’s a suggested donation of $10. Those interested are asked to RSVP by e-mail to For more information, call 703-790-1953.


LAST MONDAY, the Arlington-based Metropolitan Chorus, directed by Barry Hemphill, joined others in performing at the Inaugural concert of the 2010 Season at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, home of the New York Philharmonic. Featured soloists included Erica Powell, Cherry Duke, Adam Russell, Mark Watson and Geraint Llyr Owen. (Photo: Courtesy Arupa Gopal)

F.C. Rotary Club Hosts Sleep Apnea Discussion Friday

The Falls Church Rotary Club will hold its regular dinner meeting this Friday, Jan. 29 at Harvest Moon Restaurant (7260 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church) at 6:30 p.m. Ed Grandi, executive director of the American Sleep Apnea Association, will speak about the problems and symptoms of sleep apnea.

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

Seniors Invited to Annual Chili Lunch & Bingo

Aurora Hills Senior Center (735 18th St. S, Arlington) will host its annual Chili Lunch and Bingo for ages 55 and up this Friday, Jan. 29 from noon – 2 p.m. The center provides the chili lunch and prizes. Advanced contributions to the prize table are welcome.

Milton Nelson will entertain at the piano. A $6 pre-registration is required. For more information, call Julie Albers at 703-228-5722.

D.C. Zoo Hosts Goodbye Party for Giant Panda


CELEBRATING THE 100TH “First Friday, to occur next week, the monthly social mixer of the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce hosted by Art and Frame of F.C. Tuesday included an elegant birthday cake prepared by Kendall’s Cakes and decorated by resident artist Bill Abel. The event was catered by the Arlington Catering Company. (Photo: News-Press)

After more than four years at the National Zoo, giant panda Tai Shan will say goodbye to Washington and return to China to enter a breeding program Feb. 4. The last day for visitors to see D.C.’s favorite bear will be Wednesday, Feb. 3.

A free farewell bash for Tai Shan will be held Saturday, Jan. 30 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the National Zoo (3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.). Attendees are invited to write panda goodbye cards for Tai Shan and check out the photo showcase of his journey since he was born at the zoo four years ago.

Those interested are reminded that, at about 1:30 p.m., zoo officials will give Tai Shan a celebratory treat in his yard. For more information, call 202-633-4470.

Carver Community Center Hosts Drop-in Gym Session

There will be a free teen/adult drop-in session of Open Gym & Game Room Monday, Feb.1 at the Carver Community Center (1415 S. Queen St., Arlington) from 7 – 9 p.m. For more information, call Chris Clarke at 703-228-5706.

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