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Community News & Notes: April 22 – 28, 2010

Choralis Sing-Along Raises Funds for Haiti

NNplantingEDITNearly 150 people joined the Choralis choir in a sing-along of George Frederick Handel’s “Messiah” and, in the process, raised $5,000 to aid relief efforts for Haiti. The event was held at the Falls Church Presbyterian Church (225 E. Broad St., Falls Church) and hosted by Choralis and the Chancel Choir of Falls Church Presbyterian.



City of Falls Church Elected officials plant a tree at last week’s launch of the Living Classroom project at the Chesterbrook Water Pumping Station. The joint effort between the City of Falls Church Water Utility and the Fairfax County Restoration Project is an environmental-restoration activity that will be used by Falls Church City Public Schools and Fairfax County’s Chesterbrook Elementary School for hands-on learning. (Photo: Courtesy Barbara Gordon)


Choralis Sing-Along Raises Funds for Haiti

Nearly 150 people joined the Choralis choir in a sing-along of George Frederick Handel’s “Messiah” and, in the process, raised $5,000 to aid relief efforts for Haiti. The event was held at the Falls Church Presbyterian Church (225 E. Broad St., Falls Church) and hosted by Choralis and the Chancel Choir of Falls Church Presbyterian.

In addition to the public and volunteer singers from the two choirs, professional soloists Bharati Soman, Soprano; Robert Petillo, Tenor; Roger Isaacs, Countertenor; Thomas Stork, Bass; and orchestra musicians donated their talents to the benefit.

For those interested, the Choralis Cantus Youth Choirs will be performing at Falls Church Presbyterian Church on Sunday, May 2 at 4 p.m.  General admission tickets are $10, while students can get tickets for $5. For more information, visit


F.C. Farmer’s Market Chef Demonstrations Begin


The first Falls Church Farmer’s Market chef demonstration of the 2010 season will be this Saturday, April 24 from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Falls Church Farmer’s Market (300 Park Ave., Falls Church). This week’s featured chefs are Tracey O’Grady, Debra Rubin and Kate Jensen from Willow Restaurant in Arlington.

The Saturday season lineup includes The Liberty Tavern, Lyon Hall and Northside Social on May 15; The Restaurant at Patowmack Farms and Chris Chapeau Long on June 5; Sinplicity Catering and Leland Atkinson on June 26; Argia’s and Aimee Suyehiro on Aug. 21; The Westins Tysons Corner and Brian Long on Sept. 11; Willow Restaurant on Oct. 2; The Liberty Tavern, Liam LaCivita and David King on Oct. 30 and 2941 and Chef Bertrand Chemel on Nov. 20.


FCC-TV Seeks Volunteer Camera Operators


Falls Church City Cable TV (FCCTV) is looking for volunteer camera operators for a variety of public access programs. Volunteers will be trained and certified to use the video equipment before participating in upcoming productions such as the F.C. Memorial Day parade and the George Mason High School (GMHS) Commencement, as well as programs taped in the studio at GMHS.

Volunteers must pay a $40 fee to pay for the training or demonstrate an appropriate level of experience with video equipment. Volunteers are also needed to assist with general office duties at the TV station, such as answering phones. For this position, there is no training is required. To sign up for volunteer training or get more information, call Michael Palmrose at 703-248-5692.


Local Girl Inducted Into NSCS at William & Mary


Jennifer Quigley of Falls Church has accepted membership into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). She will be honored at an Induction Convocation this fall at The College of William & Mary.

NSCS is  a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is the nation’s only interdisciplinary honors organization for first and second-year college students. Membership is by invitation only and is based on GPA and class standing.


Annual Art Show & Sale Hits F.C. Community Center




FALLS CHURCH NATIVE Greg Corbino showed off some of the 14-foot-high puppets used in the Bread and Puppet troupe production at the ArtSpace of Falls Church Monday night. Corbino, a 2004 graduate of George Mason High School, is a member of the troupe that is currently on tour. It was headed to Baltimore in their old, flower-painted ex-school bus that was parked in front of the venue Monday afternoon. (Photo: News-Press)

Falls Church employees and residents will display their woks of art the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church) as part of the 6th Annual Falls Church Art Show & Sale. The opening reception will occur on Friday, April 23 from 5 – 7 p.m. On Saturday, April 24 the exhibition will continue from noon until 4 p.m.

On display will be photographs, drawings and paintings. All are welcome and admission is free. For more information, visit


‘Many Moons’ Nears Final Weekend


The final weekend for Creative Cauldron’s presentation of James Thurber’s “Many Moons” will take place this weekend at ArtSpace Falls Church (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church). This weekend will be the last times that Princess Lenore falls ill leaving the king scrambling to find a way to get the moon for his daughter.

The final performances are Friday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 24 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 25 at 2 and 4 p.m. Tickets for the show are $10. For more information or to buy ticktets, visit


F.C. Resident Receives Academic Award


Falls Church resident Yonjae Kim was named to the dean’s list for academic excellence for the fall 2009 semester at Johns Hopkins University.

Kim, who is majoring in biomedical engineering, is the son of Jinho and Jessica Kim and attended McLean High School.


Locals Invited to a Extravaganza of Recycling

Falls Church residents are invited to recycle their unwanted items at the Falls Church Property Yard (217 Gordon Rd., Falls Church) on Saturday, April 24 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and take part in the Semi-Annual Recycling Extravaganza.

Residents will be able to recycle their unwanted clothing and textiles, electronics, eyeglasses, hearing aids and printer cartridges. Residents will also be able to bring up to three files boxes of sensitive documents for secure shredding. For more information on what items are recyclable, visit or call 703-248-5176.


NOVA UYFA Offers Free Youth Football Camp


The Northern Virginia Unlimited Youth Football Association (NOVA UYFA) is offering a free football skills class on Saturday, April 24 from 1 – 3 p.m. at Luther Jackson Middle School (3020 Gallows Rd., Falls Church) for anyone between the ages of 9 and 16.

At the camp, players will get a chance to get in shape for the upcoming NOVA UYFA season, and parents can get more information about the league. There is no obligation to join the league.

Those planning on attending should bring a gallon of water and wear shorts and cleats. For more information, e-mail Joe Whibley at



Falls Church City Council members (left to right) David Snyder, Nader Baroukh, Mayor Robin Gardner and Hal Lippman accepted the Tree City USA award at last weekend’s F.C. Arbor Day celebration at Frady Park, alongside Urban Forest Conservationist Jim McGlone (far right) of the Virginia Department of Forestry. (Photo: Gary Mester)


Music Ministry Invites All to Celebrate Spring


The Music Ministry of Dulin Church is presenting its “Spring Music Celebration of God’s Creation” at the Dulin Methodist Church (513 E. Broad St., Falls Church) on Sunday, April 25 at 4 p.m.

The Music Ministries choirs and ensembles will be performing. This event is free and childcare will be available. For more information, call 703-532-8060.


Rep. Connolly to Speak on Faith & Public Policy


Representative Gerry Connolly, D-VA, will address a free breakfast on the topic “A Discussion on Faith and Public Policy,” on Saturday, April 24 from 8:30 – 10:15 a.m. at Lewinsville Presbyterian Church (1724 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean). After his address, Connolly will take questions form the audience.

Connolly was recently elected President of the freshman class of the U.S. House of Representatives, and was well known previously as the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County. He holds an M.A. in Public Administration from Harvard University. Admission to this event is free. For more information, call Ray Martin at 703-556-0123.


‘La Femme’ Opens in Arlington Gallery


The Arlington Artists Alliance is having the public reception for the art show “La Femme” on Sunday, April 25 from 5 – 7:30 p.m. at Cassatt’s Café and Gallery (4536 Lee Hwy., Arlington).

“La Femme” is a juried art exhibit that celebrates contributions by women to arts and culture. The reception is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Arlington Artists Alliance at 202-624-3611.


Volunteer to Help Those Who Need Care


The Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program seeks volunteers to help residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities advocate for their rights, resolve conflicts and improve the quality of their lives. The program needs people who can commit four hours a week for one year. Visits must occur between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on weekdays. Those interested in volunteering or finding out more about the Ombudsman Program, should call 703-324-5861.


MPA Mixes Art and Appetizers


The McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean) presents Art Appetizers on Friday, April 23 at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to an evening of food and refreshments while getting a chance to see the MPA’s spring exhibit “Everybody Knows This is Nowhere: A Photographic and Video Installation by Jeremy Drummond.”

Admission to the event is $20. For more information, call 703-790-1953.



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