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Community News & Notes: March 18 – 24, 2010

NNcubscoutsFalls Church Arts Hosts Plein-Air Demonstration

On Sunday, March 21 at 1:30 p.m. at ArtSpace (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church), Falls Church Arts (FCA) is holding a demonstration to show anyone interested how to paint outdoors. The fee, payable at the door, is $5 for members of FCA and $10 for non-members.



Falls Church City Cub Scouts, from Den 5 – Pack 657, visited Giant Food on Broad Street last week for a “Go See It” informational tour of the grocery store. Giant’s Robert Sohl (center) explained to the boys how to make healthy eating choices, taught them the highlights of the food pyramid, showed them how food is transported and brought into the store and even let them meet a live lobster up close and personal. Cub scouts pictured are Jack Brown, Troup Jacobson, Evan Lankford, Jack Lindly, Joseph Nelson, Michael Nelson, Jonathan Oppenheimer and Jonah Werbel. (Photo: Courtesy Stephanie Oppenheimer)
Falls Church Arts Hosts Plein-Air Demonstration



On Sunday, March 21 at 1:30 p.m. at ArtSpace (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church), Falls Church Arts (FCA) is holding a demonstration to show anyone interested how to paint outdoors. The fee, payable at the door, is $5 for members of FCA and $10 for non-members.

Two award-winning plein-air painters, Bill Abel and Denise Philipbar, will show the equipment, the supplies and the tricks and tips to take anyone’s painting anywhere, especially outdoors.

After discussing plein-air painting in general, Abel and Phillipbar will break the group into two sections to discuss and demonstrate some of the specifics of plein-air painting with watercolor (Abel) and oil/acrylic (Phillipbar).

This session may be used in preparation for the soon-to-be-announced plein-air workshops and FCA’s Plein-Air Festival that will be happening this spring. Space is limited. For more information, visit


Curves’ Annual Food Drive Reaches End


Curves’ (240 W. Broad St., Falls Church) annual food drive will end this Saturday, March 20. Interested donors can bring in non-perishable items. Until March 20, non-members with a canned or non-perishable good can get their registration fee waived. For more information, call 703-536-0140.


‘No Man Is An Island’ Exhibit Showcases Talent


More than a dozen artists from Falls Church will present their works in an exhibition titled “No Man Is An Island,” starting Saturday, March 20 in the Prior Gallery at Christ Crossman United Methodist Church (384 N. Washington St., Falls Church). Artworks include painting, sculpture, mosaic and woodturning.

The opening reception for the exhibition will be held Saturday, March 20 from 7 – 9 p.m.

The exhibition continues through Sunday, April 11 and is open daily Sunday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information, call 703-532-4026.



Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church celebrated Senior Rabbi Amy Schwartzman’s 20th anniversary with the congregation during a special Friday night Shabbat Service and Saturday gala concert on March 12 and 13. Schwartzman (right) started with the congregation in 1990 as the assistant rabbi after ordination. She was named senior rabbi in 1998 following the retirement of Founding Rabbi Laszlo Berkowits. The gala concert featured clergy, staff and many congregants. (Photo: Courtesy Beth Silver)
F.C.’s Choralis Presents ‘Mass of the Children’


Choralis is hosting a concert including works from the English choral tradition through the centuries (Byrd, Handel), featuring John Rutter’s “Mass of the Children” on Saturday, March 20 at 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Falls Church Presbyterian Church (225 E. Broad St., Falls Church).

Tickets for children aged 12 and under are free. Tickets for others range from $5-40. Visit or call 703-237-2499 to buy tickets or find more information.


‘Peter Pan’ Kicks Off at F.C. Library This Sunday


This Sunday, March 21 will be the Reader’s Theatre premiere of “Peter Pan” at Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church). The free performance is scheduled for 2 p.m.  and is open to the public. For more information, call 703-248-5031.


Creative Cauldron’s ‘Play On!’ Series Continues


Creative Cauldron will continue its “Play On!” music series at the ArtSpace (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church) this Friday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. Bad Hair Day will be performing as part of Creative Cauldron’s Guest Artist Series, created to shine a spotlight on the diverse musical community that exists in the Washington-metro area.

Bad Hair Day is a group of musicians who have been playing together for many years, consisting of brothers, John and Andrew Ratliff (Fuzzy Logic, Mersey Killers), on guitar, drums and vocals, Barry Gruver (Fuzzy Logic, Switchback) on lead guitar and vocals, and Matt Aukofer (Fuzzy Logic, Gadflies) on bass and vocals.

Their repertoire consists of familiar songs spanning from the 60s to the 00s. They are a true variety band with four-part harmonies and danceable rhythms.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. For tickets and more information, call 571-239-5288 or visit


McLean Resident Publishes 1st Book


Bill Lewers of McLean recently saw his first book, Six Decades of Baseball: A Personal Narrative, published by Xlibris. It covers nearly 60 years of baseball “fandom,” full of games, players, experiences, observations and opinions.

On Saturday, April 10, Lewers has been invited to speak at the monthly session of “Talkin’ Baseball,” sponsored by the Washington-area chapter of the Society of American Baseball Research.

The presentation will be at 9 a.m. at the Brighton Gardens Senior Residence (7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia, Md.). For more information, visit.


Free Game Night for Teens At OFTC in McLean


The Old Firehouse Teen Center (OFTC) will host a free game night for students in grades 7 – 8 this Friday, March 19 at 7 p.m. A game room at the OFTC (1440 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean) will have ping-pong, pool and arcade games. For more information, call 703-790-0123.




The Falls Church Rotary Club’s annual speech contest, themed “Service Above Self,” was held last Thursday. Shown left to right is Rotary District Governor Horace McCormack, George C. Marshall High School junior, Adam Treece, F.C. Rotary Club President Carlota McCormack, Marshall H.S. junior Thuan Tran, Bishop Denis J. O’Connell H.S. senior Morgan DiSanto-Ranney and freshman Alexa Dantzler. DiSanto-Ranney was awarded $100 for first place, Dantzler $75 for second place and Tran $50 for third place. (Photo: Courtesy Joe Scheibeler)
Merrifield Garden Center Sponsors Free Seminar


This Saturday, March 20 at 10 a.m., plant specialist David Yost will present a free “Spring Lawn Care” seminar at Merrifield Garden Center (8104 Lee Hwy., Merrifield). For more information, call 703-560-6222.


MPA Seeks Entries for ‘Fantastic Journeys’

Works inspired by the spirit of adventure, exploration or utopian visions are sought for McLean Project for the Arts’ (MPA) summer juried exhibition, “Fantastic Journeys.” Jurors will include Beatrice Gralton, the Evelyn S. Nef Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

“Fantastic Journeys” will run from June 17 – July 3. The deadline for submissions is April 12 at 5 p.m. For the entry form or more information, visit or stop by MPA (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean).


Scout Building Association Hosts Open House


From 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 20, the Falls Church Scout Building Association (FCSBA) will host an open house to acquaint its neighbors and the community through its function and to raise money for maintenance and repair of the Scout House located at 128 South Spring Street in Falls Church.

The Scout House is an historic log cabin built in the early 1940s, and is home to generations of Falls Church boy and girl scouts, as well as youth activities. It currently houses several scout troops and serves as the Ward 3 polling place for Falls Church voters on election days. Other community service activities also take place in the building.

The FCSBA is a non-profit organization that maintains the house and is sponsoring its open house in a tradition harkening back to the days of collecting toothpaste and shaving cream tubes, etc. Previous fundraisers have funded several needed repairs. The latest repairs have included a new roof, insulation and dormer windows. However, more work needs to be done. Immediate future needs are preservation of the logs, and the replacement of the windows and doors.

For more information, call Kevin Coleman at 703-241-1617 or Barry Buschow at 703-533-8610.


McLean Orchestra to Present ‘Season for All’


On Saturday, March 20 at 8 p.m., the McLean Orchestra will present its 2010 festival concert, “A Season for All,” focusing on musical works of Antonio Vivaldi.

Also slated to appear is 9-year-old Emma Resmini, performing Vivaldi’s “Flute Concerto.” This past August, Resmini was a featured soloist at the National Flute Conference in New York, N.Y. and recently performed with both the National Symphony and Pittsburgh Pops under Marvin Hamlisch.

During the first half of the program, McLean Orchestra keyboardist Fabian Faccio will perform Vivaldi’s “Harpsichord Concerto” and David Langstaff will perform “Alto Recorder Concerto.” After intermission, the McLean Orchestra will present Vivaldi’s most famous composition, the complete “Four Seasons,” showcasing McLean Orchestra concertmaster Regino Madrid.

Those interested are invited to stick around after the concert for a cake and champagne reception, where attendees can meet Resmini, Madrid, Faccio, Langstaff, the McLean Orchestra Board of Trustees, the musicians, Maestra Sylvia Alimena and mingle. Tickets cost $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $15 for students with an ID and youth ages 16 and under. To order tickets, visit or call 703-893-8646.


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