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Community News & Notes: May 13 – 19, 2010

F.C. Elementary PTA Home & Garden Tour Begins

NNrelarycouncilThe Falls Church Elementary PTA Home & Garden Tour takes place Sunday, May 16 from noon – 4 p.m. A self-guided tour runs through nine F.C. City homes and gardens, showcasing the work of area architects, builders, designers, landscapers and homeowners. All proceeds benefit programs and equipment for Mt. Daniel and Thomas Jefferson Elementary Schools, including SMART Boards and the Outdoor Classrooms.


VOLUNTEERS FOR THE 4th Annual Falls Church ‘Relay for Life,’ scheduled for the George Mason High School athletic fields on May 22-23, were feted by the Falls Church City Council at its meeting last Monday. This year, the American Cancer Society event will include 52 teams doing laps all night long on the Mason football field. A reception honoring area cancer survivors kicks it off at 5 p.m. May 22, and the event begins at 6 p.m. With a ‘victory lap’ by the cancer survivors. Last year, a total of over 5,000 events across the U.S. raised $408 million. (Photo: Gary Mester)


F.C. Elementary PTA Home & Garden Tour Begins

The Falls Church Elementary PTA Home & Garden Tour takes place Sunday, May 16 from noon – 4 p.m. A self-guided tour runs through nine F.C. City homes and gardens, showcasing the work of area architects, builders, designers, landscapers and homeowners. All proceeds benefit programs and equipment for Mt. Daniel and Thomas Jefferson Elementary Schools, including SMART Boards and the Outdoor Classrooms.

A limited number of same-day tickets will be available at Cherry Hill Farmhouse (312 Park Ave., Falls Church) for $25 apiece on the day of the tour, Sunday, May 16, between 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit, and click on the “Home & Garden Tour” link.


8th Annual Wacky Hat Showdown Approaches


The 8th Annual Falls Church News-Press Memorial Day Wacky Hat Showdown is approaching. All are challenged to don their craziest, funniest, freakiest and just-plain-wackiest hat and stop by the News-Press booth at Falls Church City’s Memorial Day celebration on Monday, May 31 for a chance to win a Falls Church dining gift certificate.

The owners of the three craziest hats will win a $50 gift certificate from Argia’s, Ireland’s Four Provinces or Ledo Pizza. In addition, all participants in the Wacky Hat Showdown will get their picture in the News-Press.


GMHS Offers Free Wrestling Clinic to All Interested


The George Mason High School (GMHS) wrestling team coaches will be hosting an “Introduction to High School Wrestling” clinic for anyone interested in learning more about the sport of high school- or collegiate-style wrestling. This clinic will be held Monday, May 17 – Friday, May 21 in Mason’s Auxiliary gym (7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church). It will begin at 3:15 p.m. each day and run until 4:30 p.m.

The clinic will be open to anyone regardless of age, school or experience and will be free of charge. It will cover history, techniques and strategies involved in wrestling. Clinic counselors will be members of the Mason wrestling team. Attendees will be encouraged to participate on the mat but those who wish to just watch are invited too.

Those interested should note that all who want to work out on the mats need to fill out a permission slip and bring it to the first session. For more information and a permission form, e-mail Coach John Pitas at or Coach Bryan Harris at   Permission forms are also available in Coach Harris’ room, A123, at the high school.


‘Tinner Hill’ Auditions Open At Creative Cauldron


Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church) will be having community auditions for its next Learning Theater production of “Tinner Hill: Portraits in Black and White” on Saturday, May 15 from 10 a.m. – noon. Adults, teens and children age 8-12 are encouraged to audition. Performances will be June 3 – 13.  For more information, call 571-239-5288.


THE PHOTOGRAPHIC ART of Falls Church resident Gary Mester (left) was featured at this month’s First Friday festivities last Friday night. Mester’s work focuses on local images out and about in the City of Falls Church. (Photo: News-Press)



FCS Announces 1st Annual ‘Jazz in June’


It was announced earlier this week that the Falls Church Community Service Council, Inc. (FCS) will hold its first annual Jazz in June on Saturday, June 5 at the Spectrum Building (440 W. Broad St., Falls Church). Inspired jazz music will be provided by vocalist Ericka Ovette and the band Stolen Moments. Local restaurants have donated “mini entrées,” including Present, Peking Gourmet, Open Kitchen, Olive Garden and Raaga. Desserts will be provided by Lazy Sundae, Cookie Zen and Natalia’s Elegant Creations.

Local realtor JD Callander has donated a 22-inch flat screen TV to be raffled at the event. There will also be gift certificates and gift baskets. The FCS serves the F.C. community with a food pantry and emergency needs program. Tickets cost $45 a person. For more information, visit or call 703 919-9461.


WCC Sings ‘Song of Peace’ in Falls Church


The World Children’s Choir (WCC) will hold its spring concert, Song of Peace, on Saturday, May 15 at 7 p.m. at the Christ Crossman United Methodist Church (384 N. Washington St., Falls Church) to celebrate its 20th anniversary in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

The concert will include performances by the Junior and Concert Choirs, Bella Voce, and Opera Ensemble conducted by Sondra Harnes. Tickets are available by visiting, calling 703-883-0920 or at the door.


Guava, made up of area high school students Matt Abel, Ethan Davis, Chris Almeidad and Tyler Waters, performed at last FIRSTfriday’s ArtALot. The parking lot adjacent to Art and Frame of Falls Church in the 100 block of Park Avenue transformed into a free art destination fully stocked with exhibitors and classic cars, as part of Don Beyer Volvo’s “Cruise-In” Fridays. The next ArtALot kicks off on June 4, with a performance by Mercury Rising. (Photo: News-Press)



F.C. LWV Host ‘Lunch & Learn’ EDA Discussion


“Building Our Tax Bases — EDA Solutions” will be the focus of a lunchtime discussion on Tuesday May 18, sponsored by the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Falls Church.

Featured speakers will be David Tarter Falls Church president of the Falls Church Economic Development Authority (EDA) President David Tarter and Office of Economic Development Director Rick Goff.

The event will run from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Argia’s Restaurant (124 N. Washington St., Falls Church). The cost is $15, which covers the price of the luncheon. Advance reservations are necessary for those eating lunch and should be made by May 14 to Bernadette Fancuberta via e-mail at

This is the third in a series of “Lunch and Learn” sessions organized this year by the Falls Church League and comes on the heels of a City Council election. For more information on the League, visit


70+ Team Already Signed Up For F.C. Relay For Life

More than 70 teams and over 540 participants are already gearing up for the 2010 Falls Church Relay For Life, which will be held the night of May 22 – 23 at the football field at George Mason High School (GMHS) (7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church).

Relay For Life features activities for all ages in a moving celebration of both cancer survivors and those who have lost their lives to the disease. Cancer survivors are particularly encouraged to attend a special reception, beginning at 5:30 p.m. that evening, and then to join in the “survivors’ lap” that starts off the relay.

To join a team, contribute to a team, purchase luminary light honoring a cancer victim or survivor, volunteer to help with the event, or find out more information, visit


Community Invited to FCHS Golf Tourney


Falls Church High School (FCHS) friends, neighbors and alums are invited to join in on Wednesday, June 16 for the 11th Annual FCHS Athletic Boosters Golf Tournament at Reston National Golf Course (11875 Sunrise Valley Dr., Reston), it was announced this week. The tournament is an 18-hole scramble with team and individual prizes to be awarded. A tournament fee includes green fees, post-game awards dinner, pre-game range balls, carts with live leader board and a greens fee coupon.

Space is limited, and all registration forms must be received by June 1. Sponsorships are available and donations are welcome. For more information, visit or e-mail David Kendall at or Doug Slocum at


Last Concert at Resurrection Lutheran Plays Sunday

The Resurrection Lutheran Church’s (6201 N. Washington Blvd., Arlington) last concert in its 2009-2010 Music Series will take place this Sunday, May 16 at 3 p.m. Though free, a goodwill donation is appreciated. Performing is the IBIS Chamber Music Society, playing Vivaldi, Handel, Debussy and Mendelssohn. Guest artists include violinists Susan Midkiff and Susan Fuller, alongside bassist Rick Barber. For more information, call 703-532-5991.


MCC Announces Shuttle Service for McLean Day


The McLean Community Center (MCC) will be offering a free shuttle service for McLean Day 2010: Celebrating Our Hometown festival on Saturday, May 15. The festival will be held from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Lewinsville Park (1659 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean).

Shuttle buses will be available from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the following locations: MCC (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean), with the shuttle at the Center’s front entrance.; McLean Baptist Church (1367 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean), with the shuttle at the stop on Brawner Street; and Kent Gardens Elementary School (1717 Melbourne St., McLean).

MCC also will run small transportation carts from the rear of the Lewinsville Senior Center (1609 Great Falls St., McLean). Passengers should meet the carts at the stop on Evers Drive. For more information, visit

Correction: In the article “FIRSTfriday of F.C.’s New ArtALot, ‘Cruise-In’ Event Debuts Friday,” Tori McKinney was incorrectly named an agent for Long and Foster Realty. She works for Keller Williams.


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