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Community News & Notes: March 4 – 10, 2010

Falls Church’s Douglas Accepted to Peace Corps

NNdouglasAlex Douglas of Falls Church was accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Costa Rica on March 2 to begin pre-service training as a community economic development Peace Corps volunteer.

Falls Church’s Douglas Accepted to Peace Corps




FALLS CHURCH RESIDENT Alex Douglas (above) was recently accepted into the Peace Corps. He will depart for Costa Rica on March 2 to begin pre-service training. Douglas graduated from William & Mary. (Photo: Courtesy Stephen Chapman)

Alex Douglas of Falls Church was accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Costa Rica on March 2 to begin pre-service training as a community economic development Peace Corps volunteer.

Upon graduation from volunteer training in June, Douglas will be training and advising entrepreneurs and managers of local businesses. He graduated from The College of William and Mary with degrees in economics and Hispanic studies.


Teen Library Volunteers to Perform ‘Peter Pan’


Youth Services Supervisor Cary Frostick of Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) confirmed this Tuesday that the library’s Young People’s Reader’s Theater will perform “Peter Pan” on Sunday, March 21.

The theatre is completely run by teen library volunteers, who are part of Frostick’s Teen Advisory Group.

“They found a script, adapted it, put together fliers to announce the program, have organized and run the meetings with the participants, have helped the children make their costumes, and are working to put together stage sets,” said Frostick.

Twenty-five children ranging in ages 5 – 10 are taking part in the production. For more information, call 703-248-5034.


Local Spring Break Camp Registration Opens


The Falls Church Recreation and Parks Division is preparing for its spring break camps. Camps are available for youth ages 3 – 18. Opportunities include a dance, a multi-sport camp, basketball, acting, science, golf and fencing camps.

Activities include swimming, horseback riding, ice skating and visiting Dave and Busters and Central Park Fun Land. Also, for the first time Recreation will be offering a Super Spring Camp April 5 – 9. For more information, call 703-248-5077.


Chaconas Discusses Spiritualist Movement

Explore the Lincolns’ relation to the spiritualist movement in a talk by historian Joan Chaconas. The discussion will be on Friday, March 5 at the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church) at 8 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by the F.C. Victorian Society. For more information, call 703-248-5171.



ALEXANDRA MALLER (center), daughter of Falls Church City Councilman Dan Maller and wife Kim, enjoyed the company of her many friends at a dinner party following her Bat Mitzvah ceremony at Falls Church’s Temple Rodef Shalom last Saturday. (Photo: News-Press)
W&OD Trail Patrol Seeks Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the W&OD Patrol. Those interested must be adults of any physical ability. Responsibilities of a patrol member include promoting safety of the trail, providing information to the public and assisting trail users.

Volunteers should be willing to commit a few hours each month to the Patrol’s on-going effort to keep the W&OD Trail safe. Volunteers may choose to serve on the trail or behind the scenes. To apply, visit www.wodfriend.org. For more information, call 703-729-0596.


F.C.’s McCleary to Present at ArtSpace Discussion


Falls Church author Kathleen McCleary will share her expert opinion and tips for writing a book. The discussion will be on Tuesday, March 9 at ArtSpace (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church) at 7 p.m.  For more information, visit www.fallschurcharts.org.


Irish Music Comes to Mary Riley Styles Public Library


The Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) will present Irish musician Karen Ashbrook with Beth and Jay Benforado. Those interested can enjoy the sounds of hammered dulcimers, guitar, Irish whistles, wood flute and the Irish drum.

After the performance, children will be able to stay and try out the instruments. The celebration will be on Wednesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. For more information, call the Youth Services Department at 703 248-5034.


F.C. Residents Announce Their Engagements



(Photo: Courtesy Pat Dunn)

Mike Bury, son of Chris and Charlie Bury of Fairfax Station, and Haley Dunn, daughter of John and Pat Dunn of Falls Church, are engaged to be married on June 12 in Vienna. The couple graduated from Virginia Tech’s School of Business. Mike currently works for Capital One and Haley is employed by Liberty Property Management in Richmond. They both currently reside in Richmond.

Hailey’s brother, Colin Dunn, is also engaged to be married. Colin and Ee Yeh, daughter of Heng Hok Chau of Richmond, have not yet set a date for their wedding. Though Colin is originally from Falls Church, he currently resides in Arlington, while Ee lives in Centreville.

Ee graduated from The College of William and Mary with a degree in International Studies. Colin graduated from Penn State with an MBA in Mechanical Engineering.

Siblings Colin and Haley grew up in Falls Church, attended St. James School before graduating from Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington. Mike also graduated from Bishop O’ Connell.


Local Teen Tech Squad Gives Gadget Advice


Got a gadget but don’t know how to use it? Bring it to Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington) for assistance from the Teen Tech Squad experts. Bring the device manual to assist them in being able to help.

The event will be on Tuesday, March 9 at the library from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-228-5946.


Openings Now Available For McLean Day 2010


Local businesses, nonprofit organizations and crafters are invited to McLean Day 2010. Registration is now open to those who are interested in participating in the event.



FALLS CHURCH City Manager Wyatt Shields showed off his newly-adopted son from Columbia, Carlos, during halftime of the Tinner Hill Foundation basketball event at the Community Center last Friday. Carlos’ sister was running around the grandstand. (Photo: News-Press)

Admission is free and the deadline to apply is Friday, March 12 at 5 p.m. The festival will be held from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, at Lewinsville Park (1659 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean). For more information, call 703-790-0123.


Registrations Open for James Madison H.S. 5K


It was confirmed this week that a Mad 5K Run and One Mile Walk will take place Saturday, April 10 at 9 a.m., at James Madison High School (2500 James Madison Dr., Vienna) and registration is now officially open. The race will benefit the James Madison High School track team.

Awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers, as well as age group awards. T-shirts and refreshments will be available for all.  The entry fee is $15 for students and  $20 for adults. To register or for more information, e-mail craig.chasse@fcps.edu.


Storybook Festival Presents Barry Louis Polisar

Award-winning children’s author and singer-songwriter Barry Louis Polisar will be the special guest at the McLean Community Center’s (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean) Storybook Festival on Saturday, March 13.

The festival will promote children’s reading. The event will be held from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person. Admission is free for children 2 years old and younger. For more information, call 703-790-0123.


McLean Orchestra Presents Winter Concert


Those interested can enjoy music by the McLean Orchestra Brass Quintet this Sunday, March 7 at 3 p.m. In addition to the concert, guests will be invited to partake of hors d’oeuvres and champagne, while having the opportunity to mingle with the Board of Trustees of the McLean Orchestra.

The concert will be held at the home of Jan and Elizabeth Lodal. Tickets are $75 per person and $125 per couple. Limited space is available. For more information, call 703-893-8646.


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