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Community News & Notes: April 1 – 7, 2010

Falls Church 9 Year Old Wins ‘Cricket’ 1st Prize for Art


NNchildartworkYael Cohen, 9, of Falls Church, received first prize in the January 2010 Cricket League art competition. For this contest, each entrant was asked to submit original artwork of a faraway place. Cohen’s drawing appears on the Cricket League pages of the April 2010 issue of Cricket Magazine and is posted online at: www

Falls Church 9 Year Old Wins ‘Cricket’ 1st Prize for Art



YAEL Cohen’s artwork. (Courtesy Photo)


Yael Cohen, 9, of Falls Church, received first prize in the January 2010 Cricket League art competition. For this contest, each entrant was asked to submit original artwork of a faraway place. Cohen’s drawing appears on the Cricket League pages of the April 2010 issue of Cricket Magazine and is posted online at: www Cohen is the daughter of Shaun and Surekha Cohen, both of Falls Church.


Annual F.C. Easter Egg Hunt Welcomes Easter Bunny

The Annual Falls Church Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Ave., Falls Church) on Saturday, April 3 at 10 a.m. Children of all ages are invited to hunt for candy-filled eggs in the park. The Easter Bunny will also pay a visit to take pictures with children. The rain date for this event is Monday, April 5 at 4 p.m. For more information, call 703-248-5077.


April’s FIRSTfriday Brings Free Fitness & More


Friday, April 4 is this month’s FIRSTfriday in the City of Falls Church, with activities ranging from beer tastings to photography exhibits.

Freebies include a complimentary, 20-minute stretch class at Jazzercise (513 W. Broad St., Suite 230, Falls Church), kicking off at 5:45 p.m. And beer connoisseurs will be happy to know Red, White & Bleu (127 S. Washington St., Falls Church) is offering free admission to its tasting room event, “Affair With A Harem of Belgium Blondes.” For the monogamous at heart, rest assured the play on words is simply a preview of the five Belgian brews to be showcased from 5 – 8 p.m.

Additional happenings include art exhibition “Spring Flowers” with photographer Cathy Summers at Curves (240 W. Broad St., Falls Church) from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Watercolorist Rajendra KC’s exhibition, “Dipiction of Nature,” captures landscapes and will be up for viewing at Art and Frame of Falls Church (111 Park Ave., Falls Church) from 6 – 8 p.m. An artist talk with KC will take place at 7:15, for those interested.

For a full listing of FIRSTfriday events, along with dining specials throughout F.C., visit


April Fool’s Day Concert to Benefit ‘Best Buddies’


Bangkok Blues (926 W. Broad St., Falls Church) will host an April Fool’s Day music party on Thursday, April 1 from 6 – 11 p.m. The event will benefit Best Buddies Virginia, a non-profit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement to help those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Musical entertainment will be provided by The Last Chance Garage Band, Little Red & The Renegades and Chatterbox. Magic tricks will be offered by Geo and prizes will raffled off.

A suggested donation of $12 to Best Buddies Virginia can be added to patrons’ bills. For more information, call 703-534-0095.



POIRT O’ CALL filled the Cherry Hill Farmhouse in Falls Church with Irish tunes last Saturday to a packed house. Musicians performed on the banjo, mandolin, fiddle, flute, concertina and guitar in the intimate atmosphere of the Farmhouse parlor. More than 30 people attended the event, sponsored by the City of Falls Church. Cupcakes were served. (Photo: Gary Mester)


‘Bunny Tales’ for Kids Hops Over to McLean


Preschool-aged children and their caregivers can put some “spring” in their steps at McLean Community Center’s (MCC) (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean) Bunny Tales. The event will be held from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 3. Tickets are $5 per person, or free for children ages 2 years old and younger.

Bunny Tales is a non-competitive way for young children, ages 3 to 6 years old, to celebrate the coming of spring. Entertainment will be performed by students enrolled in “Joy of Dance” classes at MCC.

Activities will include hands-on arts and crafts and an egg hunt activity. A photographer will be on hand to take pictures of participating children with the Bunny. Photos will be e-mailed to guardians following the event. For more information, call 703-790-0123.


29th Annual Youth Art Show Commences this Week


Sunday, April 4 will be the last day the 29th Annual Youth Art Show will be on exhibit. Since March 25, the exhibit – which spotlights elementary through high school-level artists – transitioned to middle- and high school-aged artists only, representing public schools in Fairfax County.

The art show is open for viewing at McLean Project for Arts (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean). Gallery hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesdays – Fridays and 1 – p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, visit


Creative Cauldron Presents ‘Many Moons’


It was recently announced that Creative Cauldron’s Learning Center will present an adaptation of James Thurber’s “Many Moons” at ArtSpace (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church) on the weekends during April 10 – 23. The shows will be held on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., as well as Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets for the show cost $10. For more information, visit



FALLS CHURCH RESIDENT Virginia Risden celebrated her 90th birthday last week volunteering for the F.C. Lions Club Eyeglass Recycling Center of Northern Virginia, where she leads a team from Crosslink International that has volunteered at the center every Wednesday afternoon since 1998. (Photo: Courtesy Lerc Nova)


Warren Muir Speaks to F.C. Rotary Club


HasNa Incorporated Board Chairman Warren Muir will speak about the Cyprus Friendship Program at the Falls Church Rotary Club meeting, to be held at Harvest Moon Restaurant (7260 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church) on April 1 at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is optional, but costs $11. All visitors are welcome. For more information, visit


Local WCC Concert to Benefit Haitian Relief


The World Children’s Choir (WCC) will produce a Haitian relief benefit concert on Thursday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center (3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria). Concert proceeds will go to UNICEF-USA for Haitian relief efforts.

The concert includes performances by the Huntington Middle School Orchestra of San Marino, Calif., Langston Hughes Middle School Orchestras of Reston and the WCC. Tickets run from $10 – 20. For more information, call 703-883-0920.


International Youth Film Festival Seeks Entries

The Shortie Film and News Festival is looking for student filmmakers and news broadcasters as entrants in its annual event. Entry categories include live action, animation and daily news broadcast. Those who want to enter must be the ages of 7 and 18.

Films can be no longer than 10 minutes and must be submitted online by Friday, April 9 to: For more information, visit


Free F.C. Yoga Class to Benefit Area Charities


Sacred Well Yoga Studio (450 W. Broad St., Ste. 320, Falls Church) will hold a free Charity Yoga class this Friday, April 2 from 6 – 7:15 p.m. Twelve dollars is the suggested amount for this donation-based yoga class.

The class is open to all levels of yoga experience. For more information, call 703-989-8316.


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