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Community News & Notes: February 4 – 10, 2010

Del. Kory’s 1st Town Hall This Saturday

Virginia State Del. Kaye Kory, newly sworn in to represent the 38th Assembly District in the Richmond state legislature, will hold her first town hall meeting this Saturday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m. at the Belvedere Elementary School cafeteria, 6540 Columbia Pike. Kory will be accompanied by State Sen. Dick Saslaw.

F.C. Mentoring Program Looking for Volunteers


FALLS CHURCH HIGH SCHOOL basketball standout Charbel Medlej (left) presented Jaguars’ athletic duffel bags to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (right), Fairfax Superintendent of Schools Jack Dale (center) and Virginia Secretary of Education Gerard Robinson (not shown) following Duncan’s presentation to a government class at the high school Tuesday morning. In return, Duncan, who quipped that if he were properly dressed would shoot some hoops with Medlej, gave him a basketball with his signature on it as a gift to the school in exchange. (Photo: News-Press)

Northern Virginia Family Service needs more mentors to be matched with other children in the City of Falls Church. Mentors help their students with reaching their academic goals, practicing social skills and improving the students’ self-esteem. The mentor must attend trainings, be available on Thursdays from 4 – 6 p.m., be at least 21 years old, available to work with the program for one year, pass background checks, and be comfortable working with youth. To request a mentor application contact, Monica Arispe at 703-219-2106 or email her at marispe@nvfs.org.

Vegan Advocates Hold Bake Sale for Haiti Relief

There will be a vegan bake sale for Haitian earthquake relief organized by DC Vegan (www.dcvegan.org) in cooperation with Falls Church-based Compassion for Animals (www.compassion4animals.org).

The bake sale, which includes cheesecake, cookies and more, will be held on Sunday, Feb. 7 from 2 – 6 p.m. in front of the Falls Plaza Giant (1230 W. Broad St., Falls Church). Falls Church bakery Natalia’s Elegant Creations will also be donating baked goods for the sale.

All proceeds will go to Food For Life (www.ffl.org), the world’s largest vegan food relief organization, which has donated over 830 million meals worldwide since 1974. For more information, contact Gary Lowenthal at  gary@compassion4animals.org.

Clare & Don’s Raises Funds For Haitian Village

Clare & Don’s Beach Shack is hosting a “Surf for Haiti” fundraiser for the small fishing village of Petit Goave, with musical guests and a raffle.

The event happens this Friday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m., and includes a chance for a weekend getaway to Pawley’s Island, S.C., and many more prizes. Drawings will go on till midnight. Entertainment includes the Art Daniels Band, Soul Gravity and more.

A check for all proceeds raised will be presented to the Haitian Ambassador to the U.S. on Sunday. Clare & Don’s is located at 130 N. Washington St. in Falls Church. For more information, call 703-532-9283 or visit Clare & Don’s online at www.clareanddons.com.

Card-Crafting at F.C.’s Cherry Hill Farm



Congressman Gerry Connolly (right) shares a light-hearted moment with the Lynch family at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Training Academy after Fairfax firefighter Bill Lynch returned home from the VATF-1 Search and Rescue mission to Haiti. Lynch was greeted by his wife Katie (second from left) and daughter Jamie (left). (Photo: Courtesy George Burke)

The City of Falls Church’s Cherry Hill Farmhouse is hosting a card and calendar recycling workshop this Saturday, Feb. 6. Attendees can bring their own holiday cards and used calendars, or use some of the material available on-site. The workshop starts at 10 a.m. at the farmhouse (314 Park Ave., Falls Church). The cost is $5 per participant. For reservations, call 703-248-5171.

ASNV Field Trips Planned Across Metro D.C. Area

The Audubon Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV) will be holding four field trips in February.

The first field trip will be held at Upper Glade Stream Valley in Reston on Sunday, Feb. 7 from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m., the second one will be in Southern Maryland on Sunday, Feb. 14 and it will be an all-day event. The third field trip will take place at Riverbend Park on Sunday, Feb. 21 from 9:00 a.m – noon. The last field trip will be the Waterfowl and Raptors Tour around Reston on Sunday, Feb. 28 from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m.

The field trips are free and open to the public. For more information and to sign up for a field trip, e-mail info@audubonva.org. More information is available at the ASNV Web site, www.fairfaxaudubon.com.

MPA Offers Winter Art & Family Workshops

The McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) is now offering art classes and family workshops. Some


ABDI MAHAMED (LEFT) AND JAIME MONTERROSO (right) of Pimmit Hills High School were awarded scholarships by The Rotary Club of McLean. Standing with them is Pimmit Hills staff member Didi Crowder (second from left) and McLean Rotary President Paul Frank. Each student received $1,000 scholarships from the Rotary to pursue a college-level education. McLean Rotary has been awarding Pimmit Hills students since 1996. They have awarded 26 scholarships totaling $17,750. (Photo: Courtesy Alan Greilsamer)

of these include Abrakadoodle and Twoosy Doodlers for infants, Mini Doodlers for toddlers and Artistic Expressions for teens. For specific classes, times and class rates, visit www.mcleancenter.org/classes-trips/familyart.asp.

Blindness Foundation Lecture at F.C. Lions

The Falls Church Lions Club will hold its regular dinner at La Cote D’Or Cafe (2201 N. Westmoreland St., Arlington) at 7 p.m. Lion Davida Luehrs will be speaking on behalf of The Foundation for Fighting Blindness. For more information, visit live.fallschurchlions.com.

Deloitte Tax & Fairfax Offer Free 2009 Tax Consultation

Deloitte Tax LLP, Fairfax County Department of Family Services and Volunteer Fairfax will sponsor its third Community Tax Assistance Day at Bryant Alternative High School (2709 Popkins Lane, Alexandria) on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. This program offers free assistance with 2009 Federal tax returns for households with a total income of $49,000 or less. In addition, at 2 p.m., Deloitte will host a counseling session for participants interested in learning more about how to navigate college financial aid. Free on-site childcare is available to families as well. For more information, please visit www.nvacash.org.

George Mason University Stages Winter Comedy

George Mason University’s Department of Theater present Dan Dietz’s hilarious, wacky and strangely touching dark comedy “tempODYSSEY” at the Black Box Theater in the Performing Arts Building on Mason’s Fairfax Campus from Feb. 11 – 13 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 13 – 14 at 2 p.m. It will be held at the Center for Arts (4400 University Dr., Fairfax). Tickets are $3 for students, seniors, and GMU faculty and $6 for the general public. Limited free tickets are available for GMU students. For more information, call 703-993-8888.


ROMAN JOSEPH MATTHEW DADIOMOFF (center), a junior at George C. Marshall High School, stands between his parents, Pamela and Robert Dadiomoff, after being awarded the rank of Eagle Scout last Sunday. The award ceremony took place at a Court of Honor held by Troop 1887, and sponsored by American Legion Post 177 of Fairfax. (Photo: Courtesy Robert Dadiomoff)

Falls Church Cohousing Takes Visitors on a Walk

Falls Church Cohousing will be hosting a walking tour of the area on Saturday, Feb. 6. The walk will begin at the Flower Building (800 W. Broad St., Fall Church). The walk will start at 10:30 a.m. There will be quick stops at the local farmers market for a warm drink, returning in time for the newcomer introduction at noon. Those interested can sign up at www.meetup.com/Washington-DC-Area-Cohousing.

Fairfax City Celebrates Annual Choco Festival

The City of Fairfax’s annual Chocolate Lover’s Festival will return on Sunday, Feb. 7 all day in Old Town Fairfax (Main Street and University Drive, Fairfax). Among the events planned are the Taste of Chocolate, the Chocolate Challenge and the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, featuring chocolate chip pancakes.  For more information, call 703-385-1661 or visit www.chocolatefestival.net.

Firebelly Productions Closes Doors After 8 Years

After eight years of operation in Arlington County, Firebelly Productions has ceased operation. Producer and Managing Director Barbara Walthall and Artistic Director Kathi Gollwitzer have resigned from the company they co-founded in 2002, citing several reasons, including a shift in personal priorities and the poor economic conditions.


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