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Community News & Notes: February 11 – 17, 2010

Free Chamber Concert Just In Time for V-day

Perfect for any Valentine’s Day celebration, or simply for those who love music, a free chamber music concert will be held Sunday, Feb. 14 at the Alden Theatre (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean). At 3 p.m., the Young Soloists Recital will take place for all those eager to listen. For more information, call 703-790-0123 or visit www.mcleancenter.org. NNnicksKaine

Free Chamber Concert Just In Time for V-day

Perfect for any Valentine’s Day celebration, or simply for those who love music, a free chamber music concert will be held Sunday, Feb. 14 at the Alden Theatre (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean). At 3 p.m., the Young Soloists Recital will take place for all those eager to listen. For more information, call 703-790-0123 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

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FORMER VIRGINIA GOVERNOR Tim Kaine (left), now full-time as the chair of the Democratic National Committee, made an historic talk before the party’s LGBT Caucus last Friday morning at the DNC’s Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. (Photo: News-Press)

Phildanco Dance Troupe Hits Alden Theatre

On Friday, Feb. 12, Alden Theatre (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean) will continue its Professional Artist Series with a performance by Phildanco at 8 p.m. This celebrated dance company is known best for its original choreography, which blends African American-based dance with ballet, jazz and modern. The Friday performance is also part of McLean Community Center’s (MCC) Black History Month celebration.

Tickets costs $40 for general admission or $35 for MCC district residents. For more information, call 703-790-0123 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

Local Businesses Brave Blizzard to Celebrate Art

Falls Church residents came out to celebrate the 100th FIRSTfriday of Falls Church, at Art and Frame of Falls Church (111 Park Ave.) on Friday, Feb. 5 — despite the blizzard — to support their community. The event, created by Tom Gittins of Art and Frame of Falls Church more than eight years ago, highlights local art and artists and build’s the local business community.

 

Luther Jackson M.S. Hosts Chinese New Year Festival

Not just a day for romance, this Sunday, Feb. 14 is the official Chinese New Year. Luther Jackson Middle School (3020 Gallows Rd., Falls Church) will host its free 3rd Annual Chinese New Year Festival, complete with live performances, Asian food, calligraphy demonstrations, children’s activies, ping pong, free H1N1 vaccinations, Chinese medicine advisory, a lunar new year parade, prizes, crafts and more. For more information, visit chinesenewyearfestival.org.

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BRAVING THE BLIZZARD, Falls Church residents gathered to celebrate the 100th FIRSTfriday at Art and Frame of Falls Church last Friday, Feb. 5. The monthly event was started by the business’ owner Tom Gittins (front, second from left) to highlight local artistic talent and build the local business community. (Photo: Courtesy Tom Gittins)

‘Emography’ Exhibition Opens at G.M.U.

George Mason University’s School of Art brings Huh Hwe-tae’s exhibition “Emography” to the Mason Hall Alumni Atrium Gallery (1400 University Blvd., Fairfax) from Monday, Feb. 15 – March 15.

Emography is a new art form that merges calligraphy and painting that was invented in 2005 by Huh, who serves as the director of the Moosan Emographic Art Institute in Seoul, Korea. He uses enormous brushes to paint images on paper, ceramics, furniture or other media. Visit www.moonsan.net for the history of emography and all of Hwe-tae’s work. For more information, contact Young Yim at 571-215-9417 or [email protected]

‘Real World of Fiji’ Continues Travel Film Series

McLean Community Center’s (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean) Travel Film Series continues Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. with a showing of “The Real World of Fiji.” Admissions for adults costs $10 or $8 for McLean residents. For more information, call 703-790-0123 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

F.C. Collecting Medical Supplies for Haiti

United Way of the National Capital Area, Christian Relief Services and Interstate Relocation Services are collecting medical supplies for victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti until Feb. 28.

Collection boxes will be placed at Falls Church City Hall (300 Park Ave., Falls Church), the F.C. Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church), and Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church).

Residents can donate baby formula (soy-based), disposable diapers, flashlights and batteries, hemostats, antibiotic eye and ear drops, lidocaine, large garbage bags, cotton balls/swabs, dressing gauze, Ace and regular bandages/slings/splints, medical tape, plastic and medical gloves, hand sanitizer/Lysol, rubbing alcohol, over-the-counter pain medication and more. All items will shipped to the Fondation pour les Enfants d’Haiti, a Haitian non-governmental organization with a hospital and orphanage near Port-au-Prince.

F.C. Landmark Celebrates Valentines Day

The Cherry Hill Farmhouse & Barn (312 Park Ave., Falls Church) is now excepting reservations for two Valentine’s Day events.

“Chocolate by Candlelight” will take place Friday, Feb. 12 and costs $10 a person. Local residents can participate in blind tastings of a variety of chocolates by candlelight.

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REP. JIM MORAN (right), still recovering from double total knee replacement surgery performed in late November, was on his feet walking without assistance at the monthly breakfast of the Northern Virginia Democratic Business Council last Friday morning. Moran hailed the surgical procedure, saying he’s very glad he had it done. (Photo: News-Press)

At “Valentine Tea,” scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 14, a $24 admission includes a special tea, as well as a historical look at Valentine’s Day celebrations, with a special emphasis on the search for love in the 19th century. Reservations can be made by calling 703-248-5171.

Local Residents Named to Dean’s List

Ellen Wilson and Francesca Theres Sales, both of Falls Church, were named to the fall semester 2009 dean’s list at Northeastern University. Only students with a quality point average of 3.33 or higher for a semester’s work are placed on the dean’s commendation list.

Meredith McEntee of Falls Church, was placed on the deans’ commendation list for the fall 2009 semester at Gettysburg College.

Ian Phillips, class of 2011 at Connecticut College and a resident of Arlington, has been named to the dean’s honors for the 2009 fall semester.

Matthew Judd and Amy Law, both of Arlington, were named to the dean’s list at University of Vermont.

Justin Etkin of Arlington, was named to the dean’s list of Emory College for the fall 2009 semester. Students must be in the top 20 percent of Emory College or have approximately a 3.850 GPA or higher to be named to the dean’s list.

Arlington’s Avanti Bhat was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2009 semester at Bentley University. To be named to the dean’s list, a full-time student must have a grade point average of 3.3 or higher with no course grade below 2.0 during the term.

Falls Church residents Lindsey Adam, Amanda Costello, Matthew Gordon, Jennifer Jimenez, Anna Kapuscinski, Jennifer Korth, Stephen Kurylo, Dung Le, Gabriella Lehimdjian, Debra Liegey, Cassondra McWilliams, Sanjog Mishra, Jacqueline Nguyen, Tamara Quant, Alicia Schaefer, Laura Schaefer, Rachel Seaman, Hope Sivilai, Hiep Tran and Jacques-Claude Wansimade made the dean’s list at Marymount University.

To be named to the dean’s list at Marymount, students must carry a full academic load that semester, be in good academic standing, and have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.4.

Indonesian Beats Filled ArtSpace Last Week

Falls Church residents got to see and hear the costumed dancers and musicians of the Gamelan Wrhatnalan of Germantown at ArtSpace (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church) on Sunday, Jan. 31.

Gamelan Wrhatnala is composed of dancers and musicians playing the gamelan instruments, consisting of met allophones, drums, gongs, flutes and cymbals. Attendees were able to take in workshop programs introducing different gamelan styles and dance forms, performances, as well as wayang (shadow puppets) plays.

 


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