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Community News & Notes: June 17 – 23, 2010

Falls Church’s ‘Concerts in The Park’ Premieres

NNolgabdayThe Falls Church City Concert Band will open the summer season of the annual City of Falls Church’s “Concerts in the Park” tonight, Thursday, June 17 at 7 p.m. The band will be performing various movie-themed songs.


F.C.’s Olga Onoszko (right) celebrated her 100th birthday with friends, family and a giant cake at Sunrise Assisted Living in Falls Church last week. One hundred balloons were placed outside and around the Sunrise community, while a pianist and group of residents sang “Happy Birthday” in Onoszko’s honor. (Photo: Vicki Coe, News-Press)
Falls Church’s ‘Concerts in The Park’ Premieres

The Falls Church City Concert Band will open the summer season of the annual City of Falls Church’s “Concerts in the Park” tonight, Thursday, June 17 at 7 p.m. The band will be performing various movie-themed songs.

In addition to the musical performance, photographer Cathy Summers will be displaying her work. The event is sponsored by the Falls Church Village Preservation and Improvement Society and the City of Falls Church Recreation and Parks division.

Concerts in the Park take place every Thursday at Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Ave., Falls Church), starting at 7 p.m. For more information, call 703-248-5077.


F.C.’s July 4th Celebration Details Revealed


It was all smiles at the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival last weekend, held at the Fairfax County Government Center. The festival saw various live musical performances as well as food, rides and prizes. (Photo: Brice Hutchings)

The Ken Smith Band will headline the musical entertainment of this year’s annual City of Falls Church Fourth of July celebration, it was announced this week. The tunes will begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 4.

As always, George Mason High School’s Moore Cadillac Stadium (7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) will offer spectator seating for a fireworks demonstration, to begin at 9:30 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets for the field. Chairs will only be permitted on paved surfaces. No alcohol, smoking, fireworks or pets permitted on site. Food, drinks and ice cream will be for sale.

In the event of rain, the event will be held on Monday, July 5 at the same time and location. This is a free event. For more information, call 703-248-5077.


F.C.’s Patricia Urick Commissioned Into Army

Patricia Urick is a member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Class of 2010 and has been commissioned in the U.S. Army. Urick, who is from Falls Church, majored in Political Science at the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences  while attending Virginia Tech.


Falls Church Residents Graduate College

Lillene Adler and Robert A. Adelson Jr. of Falls Church both graduated from Pace University in New York. Adler earned a Doctorate of Psychology and Adelson earned his Masters of Science for Teachers.

The University of Virginia awarded Falls Church resident Alex Garrison with an M.A. in Architecture. Garrison received the Henry Adams Medal for “excellence in architecture.”

Another Falls Church resident, Mikke Mize Ekfelt, graduated from the University of New Hampshire. Ekfelt earned a B.A. in Communication, and graduated Cum Laude.

Falls Church natives also graduated from Longwood College. Kelly Denise Fitzgerald got her BFA in visual performing arts. Michael George Eckard and Patrick Galloway Pilk both earned their B.S. in criminology and criminal justice.

Lauren Kristich of Falls Church graduated from Franklin & Marshall College. She earned her B.A. in government.


CAPITAL PRIDE WEEKEND, the annual celebration of the lives and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, included some high profile showings from Falls Church. Left, in the parade Saturday, the Falls Church News-Press convertible Mustang carried (l. to r.) Holly Clark, Steven Mory and Eileen Levy on its rear flank (with entertainer Johnny Booze, standing back to camera, Simon VanSteyn and FCNP chief Nicholas Benton also on board). (Photo: News-Press)



F.C. Youth Alliance Teams With Nova Family Service

The Falls Church City Alliance for Youth and Northern Virginia Family Service created 1-2-1 MENTORING, an after school program for middle school students. The objective is to match volunteer mentors with students who need academic support, and need to improve their social skills.

Meetings are every Thursday from 4 to 6 pm. at the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church). Mentors must be at least 21 years old, be available on Thursdays for at least one year, and pass background checks. For more information, call 703-219-3972.


Falls Church Housing Corporation Hosts Mixer

The Housing Corporation of Falls Church will hold its monthly networking mixer Tuesday, June 22 at 5:30 p.m. Falls Church Chamber of Commerce members as well as friends enter for free. The event will be held at the soon to be developed Wilden Project (350 S. Washington St., Falls Church). For more information, call 703-532-1050.


Area College Students Receive Dean’s List Honors

Northeastern University in Boston recognized three locals on the spring dean’s list. Falls Church resident Isis Hanna received the honor. Hanna is a Business Administration Major, Along with Hanna two Arlington residents, Turner Poth and Katharine Sagar, made the list. Poth is majoring in Communication studies and Sagar is an International Affairs major.

Arlington native Dylan Bilbao achieved dean’s list honors at Western New England College. Exploratory Business is Bilbao’s major.

Lauren Gradowski made dean’s list at Skidmore College for the spring semester. Gradowski is an Arlington native and is on pace to graduate from Skidmore in 2012.

Longwood College recognized two Falls Church students for  academic achievement. Caren Anne Lecos and Carrie Irene Thomas both maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the spring semester, which put them on the dean’s list.

Georgia Tech recognized two area students for making the spring dean’s list. Lisa Loman of Annandale and Klee Simmons of Falls Church both achived a grade point average of 3.0 or above for the spring semester.

Simone Perez of Falls Church earned dean’s list honors for the spring semester at Skidmore College in New York State. Perez is a member of Skidmore’s Class of 2010.


Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter Meeting

Speaker Jim Thur will address  Chapter 227 of Vietnam Veterans of America and discuss the topic, “Virginia Wounded Warriors Program and Traumatic Brain Injury.” This event takes place Thursday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Neighbors Restaurant (262 Cedar Ln. SE, Vienna). Call 703-255-0353 for more information.


McLean Community Center To Hold Monthly Meeting

The McLean Community Center’s Governing Board (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean) welcomes those interested to its monthly meeting next Wednesday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a citizen comment portion, and those interested in participating should call 703-790-0123.


Faith & Public Policy Breakfast To Be Held

A Christian Perspective on Investing & the Recent Financial Crisis is the subject of a free Faith and Public Policy breakfast at Lewinsville Presbyterian Church (1724 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean) on Saturday, June 26, from 8:30 to 10:15 am.

The speaker is the Rev. Séamus Finn, a leading Catholic thinker and activist on applying Christian values to the marketplace, our financial system, and the practices of corporate America. He is Director of Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation for the Missionary Oblates. Everyone is invited. Contact 703-556-0123 for information.


Arlington Soldier Promoted To Major

Arlington resident Beatriz Jenkelmendoza of the New York Army National Guard has ascended in rank. Jenkelmendoza, who works with the Joint Force Headquarters, is now a Major after serving as a Captain. The honor reflects overall performance, attitude, leadership ability and development potential. The promotion was announced by Brigadier General Patrick A. Murphy.


McLean To Celebrate Centennial

The McLean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean) announced plans for  McLean’s centennial celebration. “Remembering Our Roots” is the name of the  free event, and it begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 26. The event will feature guest speakers as well as photo displays, games, and other attractions. The event is being sponsored by McLean/Great Falls Celebrate Virginia in consultation with the McLean Historical Society. For more information call, 703-356-8223.



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