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NNgirlscoutF.C. Jazzercise Throws HIV Charity Benefit


Jazzercise (513 W. Broad St., Suite 230, Falls Church) will throw a special benefit on Friday, March 26 from 5:30 – 8 p.m., for HEARt of the Village as part of the FIRSTfriday celebration. HEARt of the Village supports HIV+ orphans in Kenya.



“EARTH HOUR,” a growing global movement to turn off all non-essential lights for one hour a year in recognition of the need for conservation, will be observed this Saturday, Mar. 27, from 8:30-9:30 p.m. in Falls Church, it was announced in a proclamation at the Falls Church City Council meeting Monday night. Shown here flanking Mayor Robin Gardner (center) accepting the proclamation are Ralph Yatsko (left), head of Falls Church’s Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Task Force, and Marion Clark (right) of the Falls Church Girl Scout Troop 6473, that is working with the George Mason High Environmental Club to promote the hour. (Photo: News-Press)
F.C. Jazzercise Throws HIV Charity Benefit



Jazzercise (513 W. Broad St., Suite 230, Falls Church) will throw a special benefit on Friday, March 26 from 5:30 – 8 p.m., for HEARt of the Village as part of the FIRSTfriday celebration. HEARt of the Village supports HIV+ orphans in Kenya.

Event participants will be able to take part in an African dance class, jewelry making, an African arts and crafts festival and meet HEARt founder Dr. Tomi Browne. Admission is free, but a donation of $15 is requested. For more information, call 703-662-2152 or visit www.igetfitnow.com.


Celtic Music to Fill Cherry Hill Farmhouse


The City of Falls Church will host a Celtic Music Concert on Saturday, March 27 at 8 p.m., at the Cherry Hill Farmhouse (312 Park Ave., Falls Church). Irish band Poirt o’Call will play instruments such as the banjo, mandolin, fiddle, flute, concertina and guitar in the farmhouse parlor.

Advance tickets can be purchased at the F.C. Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church) for $12 or at the door for $14. For more information, call 703-248-5171.


Local Church Hosts 5,000 Egg Easter Egg Hunt


Columbia Baptist Church (103 W. Columbia St., Falls Church) will host an Easter EGGstravaganza on Saturday, March 27 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., featuring 5,000 eggs and family entertainer Nancy Worcester.

The free event will also include pony rides, crafts, games, hotdogs, snow cones, cotton candy and popcorn. Participants should bring their own Easter egg baskets. For more information, call Lindsey Forman at 703-534-5740, ext. 263.


F.C. Residents Invited to Free Job Seminar


The Knowlogy Falls Church Training Center (105 West Broad St., Suite 400, Falls Church) will host a free community outreach seminar, “Jumpstart/Restart and Upgrade Your Job Search” on Monday, March 29 from 8 – 11 a.m., to assist job seekers with their career options.

The goal of the seminar is to motivate and educate attendees on how to build an executable plan of attack, and to track and monitor their individual performance against measures of success. For more information, call 703-532-1000 or visit www.knowlogy.com.



ATTORNEYS Janine S. Benton (left) and Julie Gonen (center) of the Falls Church-based government contracts law firm of Benton, Potter, Murdock attended the 20th anniversary gala of the Mautner Project, the national lesbian health organization, in Washington, D.C. last Saturday night. The law firm was among the sponsors of the event. Benton and Gonen are shown with Glen Ackerman (right), the co-chair of the gala. (Photo: News-Press)


Falls Church to Turn Off Lights

The Falls Church City Council has approved a proclamation declaring Saturday, March 27 from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. “Earth Hour.” During “Earth Hour” residents are being asked to turn off all non-essential lights to conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions.

Earth Hour is an international and local symbolic event organized by the World Wildlife Fund to raise awareness about climate change issues.  For more information about Earth Hour, visit www.earthhour.org.


Impending Nuptials in Works for Local Couple

Ellen (Day) Congleton and Cdr. Hap Day would like to announce the engagement of their son Gregory Day to Lauren Lovejoy. Both now reside in Savannah, Ga.

The wedding is set to take place in May 2011.


Local Students Receive College Honors



Tara Deanna Benesch of Falls Church was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2009 semester at Washington University in St. Louis.

Benesch is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology in Alexandria  and is enrolled in the university’s College of Arts & Sciences.

Jacqueline M. Pacella of Falls Church has been named to second honors on the Clark University dean’s list.

Pacella is a graduate of George Mason High School.


‘Sweet Thunder’ Author Talks at Library


Wil Haygood will discuss his book Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson on Thursday, March 25 at 7 p.m. at the Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington).

Sweet Thunder tells the story of Sugar Ray Robinson, the African-American champion who brought grace and style to the boxing ring in the 1940s and 50s. Haygood is an acclaimed biographer and a writer for The Washington Post. The discussion is free. For more information, call 703-228-5990.


Aurora House Seeks Volunteers


The Aurora House (420 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church) is looking for volunteer tutors on Mondays from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Tutors assist residents with their academic studies. Knowledge of basic high school subjects, such as English, science and history is necessary. Successful completion of a background check and Central Registry Check is required for all tutors. For more information, call 703-237-6622 or e-mail auroraaouse@fallschurchva.gov.


Fundraiser Held To Benefit McLean VFW


The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in McLean (1051 Spring Hill Rd., McLean) are holding an Oyster & Beef Feast on Saturday, March 27 from 4 – 7 p.m. to raise funds for the organization. The cost is $30 per person. The fundraiser is open to the public, but reservations are required. To make reservations or for more information, call 703- 821-2609.


Cherry Hill Offers Spring Break Activities


The Cherry Hill Farm House and Barn (312 Park Ave., Falls Church) is hosting a number of events to help educate children during their spring break. A 19th Century Dress-Up Tea Party will be held on Monday, March 29 from noon – 1:30 p.m. Children can dress in period clothing, play parlor games and enjoy a tea party. The cost of the tea party is $12 per child.

On Wednesday, March 31 from 10 a.m. – noon, kids can learn about a Civil War soldier’s life and try their hands at decoding messages in “Civil War Soldiers and Spies.” The cost is $8 per child.

Finally, on Friday, April 2 from 10:30 a.m. – noon, kids will get the chance to grind corn, make bread and churn their own butter during “Old-fashioned Cooking for Kids.” The cost is $8 per child.

All events are for children 8 years of age and older. For more information, call 703 248-5171.


MCC Swings Into Spring With A Big Concert


The McLean Community Center (MCC) will host swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on Saturday, March 27 at 8 p.m. at the Alden Theater (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean). Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, a swing music revival band, with hits such as “You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby)” and “Go Daddy-O” have a new album that is a tribute to jazz-singer and bandleader Cab Calloway.

Tickets to the concert are $38 for adults and $35 for students and seniors. However, McLean residents can purchase tickets for $33 for adults and $30 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 703-790-9223.


MPA Hosts Annual Youth Art Show


The McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean) is holding a reception for middle and high school artists on Thursday, March 25 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. who are part of the 29th Annual Youth Art Show.

The exhibition features art from students at Cooper Middle School, Longfellow Middle School, Langley High School and McLean High School. The Youth Art Show will run from March 25 – April 4. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m Tuesday – Friday and 1 – 5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 703-790-1953.


ArtSpace Premires ‘Fresh’ Film for F.C.



Tickets are now available for the Falls Church Farmer’s Market Chef program’s presentation of “Fresh – the Movie” on Wednesday, April 25 from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. “Fresh” celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

This event will also feature food provided by farmer’s market participants such as Argia’s, Willow, Sinplicity Catering and Liberty Tavern.

The presentation will be held at ArtSpace Falls Church (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church). Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/104409. For more information,  e-mail fallschurchmarketchef@gmail.com.


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