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Community News & Notes: February 25 – March 3, 2010

Mary Styles Celebrates an Early St. Patrick’s Day

The Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) invites residents to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 3 at 7 p.m. Storyteller Gary Lloyd will be entertaining young and old with tales of giants and leprechauns.barber3

Mary Styles Celebrates an Early St. Patrick’s Day

The Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) invites residents to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 3 at 7 p.m. Storyteller Gary Lloyd will be entertaining young and old with tales of giants and leprechauns.


LOCAL BARBER, 80-year-old Edward Willard of Willard’s Barber Shop in Falls Church, will retire this Saturday after more than 60 years in the business. His shop opened in F.C. in 1952, previously located in the West End shopping center. In 1996, it moved inside Don Beyer Volvo’s used car building. When Willard was recently told the property owner wanted to expand Don Beyer’s showroom, Willard decided to not only close his shop in compliance, but also to officially retire. Willard’s been a barber since he was 19. (Photo: News-Press)

For more information, call youth services at 703-248-5034.

Falls Church Locals Make College Dean’s Lists

Falls Church residents Ellen Wilson and Francesca Theres Sales made the dean’s list at Northeastern University.

To achieve the dean’s list distinction, students must have a quality point average of 3.25 or greater out of a possible 4.0 and carry no single grade lower than a C during the course of their college careers.

Chase E. Charwat of Falls Church made the dean’s list for the fall 2009 semester from Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University. The criteria for the dean’s honors list is a minimum grade point average of 3.5.

Brigette Mysliwiec and Christina Girard, both of Falls Church, made the dean’s list for the fall 2009 semester at Saint Mary’s College. Students must achieve a grade point average of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale to earn academic honors at Saint Mary’s.

F.C. Residents Win ADU Lottery for Pearson Square

The Affordable Dwelling Unit (ADU) held a lottery last Thursday, Feb. 18 for three units in Pearson Square. William Abel, Julio Idrobo and Idrobo’s wife, Claudia Mantilla, were selected to buy these available units. ADU is administered by Housing and Human Service (HHS) division to provide affordable homeownership and rental opportunities.

Those present at the drawing were Tori McKinney, Housing Commissioner; Jaimee Nix, Pearson Square management; Don Brobst, Housing Commission chair; and Housing Commissioners M.T. Gutmanis and Steve Sprague.

Volunteers Needed for James Lee Tech Summit


“PHASES” OPENED AT ARTSPACE (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church) last weekend. Falls Church Arts member artists’ (above) work opened with a gala reception. However, all work — 134 pieces from 70 artists — is scheduled to hang for public viewing until March 21. For those interested, gallery hours are Saturday – Sunday, Feb. 27 – 28 from noon – 4 p.m., as well as Saturdays – Sundays, March 6 – 7, 13 – 14 and 20 – 21 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. (Photo: Courtesy Shaun van Steyn)

The James Lee Community Center (2855-A Annandale Road, Falls Church) is looking for individuals, groups and corporations to display their technology, science, and engineering endeavors for the public at a Technology Summit on Saturday, May 1 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Technology Summit is a family-oriented event for people of all ages to participate in everything from a computer building competition to rocketry displays.

Space and tables are free and allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. Volunteers should provide their own equipment and supplies. To reserve a booth, call Robert O’Quinn at 703-324-5588. The deadline for reserving booths is April 16.

Tysons View Residents Ban Together, Clear Snow

Residents at Tysons View Apartments (2206 Pimmit Run Ln., Falls Church) joined together to remove snow from the recent blizzards from sidewalks and bus stops around their community, making it easier for those who rely on public transportation to get around.

They went beyond clearing only the driveways and sidewalks in an effort to help the surrounding  community.

7th & 8th Graders Invited To Dance the Night Away

The Old Firehouse Teen Center (OFTC) (1440 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean) invites seventh and eighth graders to a night of fun and dancing this Friday, Feb. 26 from 7 – 10 p.m. There will be a DJ playing music and a game room where kids can play ping-pong, pool and arcade games. The cost is $5 for OFTC members and $10 for non-members.

Dances are supervised by OFTC staff. OFTC follows the Fairfax school dress code (clothing should fit, be neat and clean, and conform to standards of safety, good taste and decency). A parent/guardian (age 18 or older) must check their teen in and out of the Teen Center. For more infommation, call 703-448-8336.


Bailey’s Shelter Seek Volunteers & Supplies

The Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter (3525 Moncure Ave., Falls Church) is looking for volunteers and supplies for those in need. During the cold winter months, demand for items at the shelter rises and it seeks the community’s generosity and time.


LOTTERY VICTORS William Abel, Julio Idrobo and wife, Claudia Mantilla, show off their winning Affordale Dwelling Unit (ADU) tickets for spaces in Pearson Square. Pictured (left to right) are Tori McKinney, Abel, Jaimee Nix, Idrobo, Mantilla, Don Brobst, M.T. Gutmanis and Steve Sprague. (Photo: Courtesy Barbara Gordon)

Its most immediate needs are towels, washcloths, underclothes for men and women, socks, clothing, combs, brushes, razors and shaving cream, toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, sleeping bags, pens and pencils and backpacks and other durable bags. For those interested in donating supplies or time, call 703-820-7623.

Jefferson Library Offers English Classes

Thomas Jefferson Library (7500 St. Philips Ct., Falls Church) offers classes for adults to practice their English on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 4 p.m.  It is a conversation ground for those looking to learn or practice their English language skills. Classes are free. For more information,  visit

Mary Riley Announces Next Book to be Discussed

The Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) announced this Monday that the book 1776 by David McCullogh will be discussed at its next Thursday evening book club, which will run as scheduled. The next meeting is set for Thursday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Next month, the same group will chat about Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. These free discussions are held in the library’s conference room on the main floor and open to the public. Light refreshments are served.

For more information on upcoming books or to suggest a book, visit

Library Lovers’ Month Brings Pancake Fundraiser

In celebration of Library Lovers’ Month, the Original Pancake House (370 W. Broad St., Falls Church), is donating 15 percent of its gross sales made on Thursday, Feb. 25 to the Mary Riley Styles Public Library Foundation Trust.

The donation will help the library purchase additional books, DVDs, audio-books and other items that will be used by patrons. For more information, call the Original Pancake House in Falls Church at 703-891-0148.

Registration Begins for McLean Summer Camps

Registration has started at the McLean Community Center (MCC) for 2010 summer camps. The MCC will be offering a variety of camps for children of all ages this summer, such as The Summer Theatre Camp, Camp Shakespeare, McLean Project for the Arts’ Art Camp, Old Firehouse Teen Camp and Camp McLean 2010.

Younger kids will be able to participate in arts and crafts and hiking, while older kids can decide to go rock climbing or whitewater rafting. Prices for the individual camps vary. To register, all forms must be submitted one month prior to the start of the camp. For more information on individual camps, prices and activities, visit

The donation will help the library purchase additional books, DVDs, audio-books and other items that will be used by patrons.


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