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Community News & Notes: April 15 – 21, 2010

Choralis & F.C. Presbyterian Sing to Save Haiti

NNmanymoons1On Sunday, April 18, the Choralis choir and the Falls Church Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir will team up to sing selections from Handel’s classic “Messiah” at 4 p.m. at F.C. Presbyterian Church (225 E. Broad St., Falls Church). The event is free, but donations are accepted. Proceeds will benefit Oxfam America and the Presbyterian Disaster Relief Fund for Haiti. For more information, call 703-237-2499 or visit


Creative Cauldron Learning Theater’s production of “Many Moons” premiered last weekend at ArtSpace Falls Church (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church). Performances continue this Friday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 17 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 18 at 2 p.m. Cast members include Stephen Gregory Smith as the King, Anna Brotman-Kras as Princess Lenore and Ben Ephraim as the Royal Wizard. Tickets cost $10. (Photo: Margie Jervis)


Choralis & F.C. Presbyterian Sing to Save Haiti

On Sunday, April 18, the Choralis choir and the Falls Church Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir will team up to sing selections from Handel’s classic “Messiah” at 4 p.m. at F.C. Presbyterian Church (225 E. Broad St., Falls Church). The event is free, but donations are accepted. Proceeds will benefit Oxfam America and the Presbyterian Disaster Relief Fund for Haiti. For more information, call 703-237-2499 or visit


118th F.C. Arbor Day Fête Reaches to its Roots


The City of Falls Church’s 118th Arbor Day celebration will go back to its roots this Saturday, April 17 with a 3 p.m. celebration at Frady Park (300 block of E. Broad St. at Fairfax St., Falls Church), the site of the first Arbor Day celebration in the city and the state.

Festivities scheduled include a reenactment by the Falls Church Victorian Society, a musical performance by a barbershop quartet, and the presentation of Falls Church’s 32nd-consecutive Tree City U.S.A. Award by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The City of Falls Church was the first community in Virginia to be recognized as a Tree City and has the longest state record for this annual award.

Parking for this free and public event is available on North Fairfax Street in Falls Church or in the Child Development Center parking lot off North Cherry Street. For more information regarding Arbor Day activities, call the city arborist at 703-248-5183.


GATHERED TO HELP CELEBRATE the “Business Leadership” award presented last Friday night to Cathy Renna of Renna Communications (center, seated) were Renna’s partner, Leah McElrath-Renna (right) and McElrath-Renna’s first cousin, Liz Day of Falls Church (center, standing), along with Ruben Rodriguez (standing, left) and the News-Press’ Nicholas F. Benton (left, seated). The occasion was the annual banquet of the Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. (Photo: News-Press)


Resident Inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu


Jaclyn Parker of Falls Church was inducted into the Alpha Sigma Nu (ASN) honor society at Loyola University Maryland. Parker is a member of the Class of 2011. ASN is an honor society of Jesuit institutions of higher learning.


F.C. Little League Welcomes Del. Scott, Mayor Gardner


Delegate Jim Scott and  Falls Church Mayor Robin Gardner will join families and friends of F.C. Kiwanis Little League for opening day ceremonies on Saturday, April 17 at 9:30 a.m. at Westgate Park (7500 Magarity Rd., Falls Church). As usual, the opening-day parade will begin at Edgar Court and wind through Pimmit Hills to Westgate Field in Falls Church. More than 450 boys and girls ages 5-12 will be playing in the league this year. For more information, visit


AAUW Used Book Sale Hits F.C. Community Center



Falls Church City Employee of the Year, Rachel Kindell, was honored with a reception prior to Monday’s F.C. City Council meeting, and then, as shown here, was honored at the Council meeting itself, including with a cash award. (Photo: News-Press)

The Falls Church-area branch of American Association of University Women’s annual used book sale kicks off Friday, April 16 from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. at the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church). It will continue on Saturday, April 17 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The branch is ranked second in the state for fundraising for scholarships and fellowships, all accomplished through its book sale. Recently, the F.C. American Association of University Woman (AAUW) expanded its funding to include a student in the Sister City of Kokolopori in Africa. For more information on the sale, e-mail sale co-chairs Pat Collins at or Molly Jewel at


F.C. Senior Center Hosts Weekend of Free Games


The Falls Church Senior Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church) will host an array of free games this weekend for area seniors. On Saturday, April 17, Contract Bridge starts at 9 a.m., followed by Game Day at 10 a.m. and Checkers Challenge at 11 a.m. And on Sunday, April 18, Social Bridge and Canasta will both be held at 10 a.m., with Mixed Games at 11 a.m. and Mixed Trivia from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information on these and other senior center events, call 703-248-5020 or visit


‘Not Your Grandma’s Quilts’ Hang On at ArtSpace F.C.

Falls Church Arts (FCA) exhibit, “These Are Not Your Grandmother’s Quilts,” premiered last week and continues through Sunday, April 24 at ArtSpace Falls Church (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church). The quilts, traditional to contemporary, come from the Sister’s Choice Quilt Guild of Falls Church. Opening hours are Saturdays and Sundays, April 17 – 18 and 24 –25 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit


F.C. Spring Clean-Up Event Open to All


The public is invited to the City of Falls Church’s Spring Clean-Up event this Saturday, April 17 from 10:30 a.m. – noon, with a free picnic lunch to follow. Those interested are asked to meet in front of the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church) rain or shine, and to also register by calling 703-248-5176. This event is sponsored by the F.C. Department of Environmental Services and the F.C. Environmental Services Council.


F.C.’s Leonard Walks for Lupus Saturday as Leader

Falls Church resident 35-year-old Jean-Marie Leonard will be the leader of the “We Make a Difference” team in the 4th Annual Walk for Lupus Now! in Washington, D.C. this Saturday, April 17. Leonard was diagnosed with lupus in 2006.


‘FRESH’ Premiere Paired With Local Food


The City of Falls Church Farmers Market Chef program is proud to present “FRESH – the Movie” to the public on Wednesday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church). “FRESH” celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources and morbid obesity.

This event will also feature food provided by the F.C. Farmers Market Chef program, featuring participants such as Argia’s, Willow, Sinplicity Catering and Liberty Tavern. Tickets cost $20. For more information, call 571-239-5288 or visit


F.C. Chevy’s Host March for Babies Fundraiser


The Lewin Group Team, representing March of Dimes’ March for Babies, invite the public to join in its fundraising event Thursday, April 15 at Chevy’s Fresh Mex (3052 Gate House Plaza, Falls Church). On that day, 15 percent of customers’ purchases of lunch, happy hour and dinner will be donated to March for Babies, which supports community programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies.

The organization also funds research to find answers to the problems that cause premature pregnancies. For more information about the charity event, call Cynthia Schuster at 310-382-0399.


Free Gallery Talk, Reception Kicks Off New MPA Exhibit


McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) will host a free and open-to-the-public gallery talk and opening reception on Thursday, April 15 from 7 – 9 p.m. for “Everybody Knows This is Nowhere: A Photographic and Video Installation by Jeremy Drummond.” The event, being held in MPA’s Emerson Gallery (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean), “explores how communities evolve within the seemingly homogeneous landscape of Suburbia” and will feature photography, video and mixed media. It runs through June 5.

Also kicking off Thursday and running through June 5 is “Works by Michael Mansfiel” in the Atrium and Ramp Galleries at MPA. This exhibition features “both wall-mounted video pieces and large-scale drawings exploring a sense of place.” For more information, call 703-790-1953 or visit


Dunn Loring Fire Dept. Hosts Comic Con


Running through Thursday, April 15 – 22, is the Capicons Comic Book & Pop Culture Con at the Dunn Loring Fire Department (2148 Gallows Rd., Dunn Loring). The free-admission event will feature over 30 dealer tables of gold-, silver- and bronze-age comics; indie and modern comics; publishers and creators and TV and movie collectibles.

Attendees will also have their chance to win during door-prize drawings. The weeklong event takes place each day from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information, visit


McLean Kids Series Welcomes ‘Harry’


The McLean Kids Series continues Saturday, April 17 at 2 p.m. with ArtsPower’s musical production of “Harry the Dirty Dog” for ages 4 and up. Based on the classic book by Gene Zion, Harry has everything a little white dog with black spots could want.

There’s just one problem: he hates taking baths. Sponsored by the McLean Community Center (MCC) (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean), tickets cost $10 for MCC residents and $14 for others. For more information, call 703-790-0123 or visit


Sunday Afternoon Soirées ‘Swing’ into McLean


Calling all couples and singles cheap eager for a dance night out, McLean Community Center (MCC) presents its new Sunday Afternoon Soirée Series this Sunday, April 18 from 3 – 5 p.m. at MCC (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean). For just $5 a person, attendees can look forward to “Band Leader’s Choice” this time around, live music of the swing era performed by the Wayne Tympanick Group.

Those interested are welcome to dance or just listen. Light refreshments will be served, and this event is open to the public. For more information, call 703-790-0123 or visit

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