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Community News & Notes: July 1 – 7, 2010

Celebrate Independence Day in Falls Church City

NNlibawardThe City of Falls Church will be holding its free annual July 4th Independence Day Celebration on Sunday, July 4 at George Mason High School (7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church). The Ken Smith Band will begin performing at 7 p.m. and fireworks will follow at 9:30 p.m.


Ellen Salsbury (left) receives a certificate of appreciation from Mayor Robin Gardner (right) on behalf of the Falls Church City Council for her years of service on the Library Board. (Photo: Courtesy Barbara Gordon)
Celebrate Independence Day in Falls Church City

The City of Falls Church will be holding its free annual July 4th Independence Day Celebration on Sunday, July 4 at George Mason High School (7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church). The Ken Smith Band will begin performing at 7 p.m. and fireworks will follow at 9:30 p.m.

Spectator seating will be located at George Mason High School’s Moore Cadillac Stadium and the Northern Virginia Graduate Center parking lot. Most of the seating will be located on the football field.  Attendees can bring blankets to sit on the field as well.

George Mason High School is an alcohol and drug free zone. Pets and fireworks will also not be permitted on the premises. There will be food, drinks and ice cream for sale on the site. In the event of rain, the celebration will be held on Monday, July 5 at the same time and location.


GEORGE Bus Fare Will Increase July 1

The City of Falls Church’s GEORGE bus service will be increasing its fares starting today,  Thursday, July 1. The regular fare will be $1.50 with cash or a SmartTrip card, and senior and student fares will be 75 cents.  The GEORGE bus is fully funded by Falls Church City.


ART AND FRAME of Falls Church held the Artsy Fartsy Friday event on June 25. This event was hosted by Class of 1980 from McLean High School as they celebrated 30 years. Alumni performers played music for the event. (Photo: Courtesy Jackie Carrera-Johnson)



F.C. Resident Graduates From Preparatory School

Victoria Zawadzki, a resident of Falls Church, recently graduated from The Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn., an all-girls college preparatory school.


New Chipotle Raises $2,400+ for Falls Church

The Chipotle burrito restaurant raised $2,460 during its grand opening at the Broaddale Village Center (300 W. Broad St., Falls Church) on Thursday, June 24. Falls Church residents lined up down the block to get a taste. Chipotle donated 100 percent of its revenues to the City’s Recreation and Parks Department to help with the recent budget cuts.


TRS Drama Group Holding Male-Lead Auditions

The Temple Rodef Shalom (TRS) Drama Group is holding auditions for the male lead in its upcoming production of Neil Simon’s play, “Fools.” The performance will take place on Oct. 16, 17 and 23 at Temple Rodef Shalom (2100 Westmoreland St., Falls Church). To schedule an audition with director, Jen Stein, call 703-625-0800.


NOVA Toastmasters Club Recognized

The NOVA Toastmasters Club was awarded by Toastmasters International for improving the public speaking skills of its members. Toastmasters International is a nonprofit organization that specializes in educating members on public speech and leadership skills.

President Cris Birch, Vice President-Education Dan Leary and Jon Nusen completed the 10-speech Competent Communications manual and were announced Competent Communicators. Leary also placed second at the District level in the Toastmasters Evaluation contest. Amjad Hossain, a former diplomat, was recognized with the Advanced Communicator-Bronze.

The Nova Toastmasters Club achieved Toastmaster’s International Select Distinguished ranking for completed seven of their 10 goals in the Annual Toastmasters Distinguished Club Program.

For more information about the NOVA Toastmasters, email


STATE SEN. MARY MARGARET WHIPPLE and “Peak Oil” columnist Tom celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last month with a party cruise on the Potomac. “We’re very proud that we’ve been able to get along for this long,” quipped Sen. Whipple. (Courtesy Photo)



MPA Holds Summer Art Camps

McLean Project for the Arts’ (MPA) weekly art camps for July 6 – 9 are Animals in Art for ages 6 – 8 and Drawing for ages 8 – 11. The camps will be held at McLean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean) and taught by Anthony Brock.

For registration and more information on this and coming sessions, visit


F.C. Resident Accepted Into Peace Corps

Henry Cauley, 22, of Falls Church will be volunteering for the Peace Corps in Mali. A McLean High School graduate, he leaves today to begin pre-service training as a Health Education Peace Corps volunteer. After training for three months, Cauley’s work will include public health education.


F.C. MOMS Club Raises Money for Local Nonprofit

The MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club of Falls Church-South Chapter held its annual pool party and raffle on June 18. The MOMS votes on a charity to receive the proceeds of the raffle and  the Fairfax County Partnership for Youth, a nonprofit organization that addresses youth issues, was selected. The total donation amount was $738, which is over $300 more than last year’s MOMS’ donation.

The MOMS Club of Falls Church-South Chapter is a part of MOMS Club International, which helps support at home moms. For more information, visit


Saint Mary’s College Graduates F.C. Resident

Brigette Mysliwiec, a resident of Falls Church, recently graduated from Saint Mary’s College.


Creative Cauldron Holds First 3-Week Summer Session

On July 5 – 23, Creative Cauldron (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church) will hold its first three-week creative theater camp of the summer. Titled “Here Comes the Sun,” the camp will focus on stories and characters related to the sun and what it represents. For registration and more information, visit


Clay Café Heats Up Summer With Claymagination

Clay Café (101 N. Maple Ave., Falls Church) is featuring its summer Claymagination camp. The second weeklong session begins Monday, July 5. Children ages 6 and up will learn how to work with clay. For more information, call 703-534-7600.


F.C  Residents are Awarded Dean’s List in Colleges

The College of William and Mary named 25 Falls Church residents to its dean’s list. These residents include Fiona Balestrieri, Roger Beaman, Robert Black, Lydia Blackmore, Ryan Blackwell, Mayssa Chehata, Lauren Ellis, James Evans, Lydia Fairfax, Mary Farrell, Eleonora Figliuoli, Irene Foley, Maya Gueron, Jeffrey Hollomon, Ksenija Kapetanovic, Timothy Koning, Amy Leinkram, Elena Lepekhina, Karmen Leung, Xi Yan Lu, Daniel Mace, Karen Morrison, Irene Morrison-Moncure, Laura Parente, Matthew Peppe, Jennifer Quigley, Loretta Scott, Mariah Walker and Baiyin Zhou. William and Mary requires a 3.6 quality point average and a minimum of 12 credit hours to be placed on the dean’s list.

Six Falls Church residents were named to Boston University’s dean’s list for the spring semester. The students recently honored included Michael Brazda, Karla Caraballo-Torres, Matthew Dorr, Chelsea Peterson, Andrea Rosas and Bo-Min Son. Boston University requires a 3.5 grade point index or higher to be placed on the dean’s list.

Amelia Rosegrant a resident of Falls Church, was recently named to the dean’s list of Columbia College Chicago for the spring semester. To make dean’s list, Columbia College requires a 3.75 or higher grade point average, and a 12 credit course load.

Elise Barrett of Falls Church, has earned dean’s list honors at Saint Joseph’s University for the spring semester. To earn dean’s list status at Saint Joseph’s University, students must complete at least 15 credits and achieve a 3.5 GPA or higher.

Mikki Ekfelt of Falls Church, was recently named to the University of New Hampshire’s dean’s list for the spring semester. To make dean’s list, a student must have a grade point average of 3.2 or higher.



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