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Community News & Notes: May 6 – 12, 2010

Public Invited to ESC Forum On Curbside Collection

NNchoralis2The public is invited to an Environmental Services Council (ESC) meeting next Wednesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church). The sponsored forum is about the new City of Falls Church Wednesday curbside collection program for refuse, recycling and yard debris. City staff will introduce the new service and seek input regarding forthcoming refuse and recycling cart sizes and distribution.

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HUNDREDS CAME TO hear over 40 children in three choirs perform at last Sunday’s Choralis Youth Concert performed at the Falls Church Presbyterian Church. (Photo: Courtesy Carol Sly)
Public Invited to ESC Forum On Curbside Collection

 

The public is invited to an Environmental Services Council (ESC) meeting next Wednesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church). The sponsored forum is about the new City of Falls Church Wednesday curbside collection program for refuse, recycling and yard debris. City staff will introduce the new service and seek input regarding forthcoming refuse and recycling cart sizes and distribution.

ESC members will discuss a proposal to adopt a SMART program – a system that Saves Money and Reduces Trash while minimizing environmental impact. For more information, call 703-248-5080.

 

F.C. Garden Club Plant Sale Kicks Off Saturday

 

The Falls Church Garden Club’s annual plant sale kicks off this Saturday, May 8 at noon inside the Falls Church Community Center gym (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church). Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 703-248-5077.

 

Underground Railroad Lecture Hits Close to Home

 

On Friday, May 7, Dr. Deborah Lee will discuss people and places involved with the Underground Railroad locally. The free lecture will take place at 8 p.m. at The Falls Church (115 E. Fairfax St., Falls Church) and a reception will follow. For more information, call 703-248-5171.

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DULIN COOPERATIVE PRESCHOOL kids, led by Preschool Director and Teacher Emily Donovan, sing “This Little Light of Mine” during Dulin United Methodist Church’s special children’s worship service last Sunday. (Photo: Courtesy Stephanie Oppenheimer)

 

 

‘Let’s Dish!’ Serves Up Free Meals for New Moms

Let’s Dish! (6550-G Little River Turnpike, Alexandria) will be giving away free meals to new moms this Mother’s Day season. Through May 29, any new moms who have had a baby since Mother’s Day 2009 can assemble one free meal that will serve a family of three at any Let’s Dish! location in Northern Virginia.

There’s no purchase necessary – new moms just need to supply proof of baby’s birth date and sign up online to receive their free meal. For more information, visit letsdish.com/moms.

 

Winter Hill Hosts Free Cohousing Talk

 

On Wednesday, May 12 at 7 p.m., Winter Hill Apartments will offer a free talk, “Sustainable Living Part 2: Cohousing as a Key to Economic & Environmental Sustainability.” It will be led by Jack Wilbern of Cohousing Collaborative, LLC and held at the Winter Hill Clubhouse (330 S. Virginia Ave., Falls Church).

Seating is limited. An e-mail SVP to [email protected] is appreciated by Monday, May 10.

 

‘Concerts in the Park’ Details Released

 

Artists scheduled to perform at the 18th Annual City of Falls Church Concerts in the Park series were announced earlier this week. Sponsored by the F.C. Village Preservation and Improvement Society and the F.C. Recreation & Parks Division, the ongoing summer entertainment event features local musicians from a variety of genres, who all perform live and for free at Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Ave., Falls Church), alongside artists.

Scheduled are Falls Church Concert Band (movie themes) alongside Cathy Summers’ photography on June 17, Randy Barrett and the Barretones (bluegrass) and Mary Exline and Pyracantha’s paintings on June 24, Andrew Acosta and the New Old Time String Band (American roots) with Mary O’Donnell and Henry Gallucio’s paintings on July 1, Doris Justis and Friends (folk and acoustic) and Ellen Dempsey’s jewelry on July 8, the Mike Thornton Quartet (jazz) alongside Al Krachman’s photography on July 15, Tom Principato (rock and roll and blues) with Cheryl Bearss’ paintings on July 22, Billy Coulter (rock) with Terry Dusicsko’s cut paper/jewelry/picture frames on July 29 and Judo Chop (80s music) alongside Bev Rocco and Justine Spilman’s (paintings and photography on Aug. 5.

Concerts kick off at 7 p.m. each of those Thursdays. Concert-goers need only to bring a picnic, blanket and lawn chairs if they wish. Refreshments and ice cream will be available for purchase. In the event of rain, concerts will relocate to the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church). For more information, call 703-248-5077.

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VANTAGE FITNESS IN Falls Church hosted its 2nd Annual “Pennies for Pounds” event to raise funds for trainer (and Argia’s manager) Kavon Atabaki’s Avon Walk for Breast Cancer team. The event featured a special group exercise combo class (spinning, turbo kick and yoga), raffle, Members vs. Staff Tug O’War competition and individual strength competitions by personal trainers and staff (pictured, Atabaki in center with pink beard). More than $4,000 was raised for the cause. Argia’s hosted a happy hour and raffle for the cause which raised an additional $1,000. (Photo: Courtesy Sally Cole)

 

 

St. Patrick’s Gives Free Brass Chamber Concert

 

The St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church (3241 Brush Dr., Falls Church) will put on a brass chamber concert, featuring works by Leonard Bernstein, Claude Debussy, Carl Nielson and Alexander Arutiunian, on Sunday, May 9 at 4 p.m. Though the event is free, donations are suggested. For more information, call 703-200-7489.

 

McLean Rotary Donates $700 to Lewinsville Seniors

 

McLean Rotary Foundation President Stan Richards and Secretary Ed Shahin presented a check for $700 to Lewinsville Senior Center Director Ann Chase at a recent rotary club meeting. The monies, which will augment a $1,500 grant from the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner, will be used to replace an aging TV in the residents’ lounge and to procure a digital camera and a printer to capture images of center members, volunteers and senior residents.

 

F.C. Asian Fair Free for Whole Family

 

From traditional Dragon and Lion dances to children’s activities, the two-day-long 2010 Asian Fair will offer entertainment, Asian cuisine, a parade and more. This May is the 10th anniversary since May 1990, when former President Bush designated May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Held this year at Luther Jackson Middle School (3020 Gallows Rd., Falls Church), the free-admission cultural fair will take place from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 8 and from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 9. It is hosted by the Asian Community Service Center. For more information, visit asianfairdc.org or call 703-868-1509.

 

OFTC Hosts Free New-Members Open House

 

Seventh- and eighth-grade students interested in becoming members of the Old Firehouse Teen Center (OFTC) can attend a free open house next Wednesday, May 12 at 9 p.m. at the center (1440 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean). Staff members will present information on dances, after-school and summer activities. For more information, call 703-448-8336.

 

Car Wash Raises Money for Students’Trips

 

Students at The Falls Church (115 E. Fairfax St., Falls Church) are raising money for their summer trips with a car wash fundraiser this Saturday, May 8 from 8:30 – 3:30 p.m. in the upper parking lot across the street from Applebee’s. For more information, e-mail Mike Steenhoek at [email protected]

 

Opera Guild NOVA Sings for Haiti Benefit Concert

 

The Opera Guild NOVA will present a benefit concert and art show to raise money and awareness of the educational needs of Haitian children at the NRECA Building (4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington) on Sunday, May 9 at 3 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $15. For more information, call 703-536-7557.

 


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