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Community News & Notes: July 8 – 14, 2010

F.C. Arts Announces Juried ‘Abstract Expressions’ Show

FCconcertFalls Church Arts (FCA) is holding an art show themed “Abstract Expressions.” Open to member artists, this show encourages artists to abandon representational and explore abstract. The show’s juror is Karen Schmitz, award-winning painter and print maker from Alexandria.


Andrew Acosta and the New Old Time String Band played American roots music at last Thursday’s Concert in the Park. Artists, Mary O’Donnel and Henry Gallucio displayed their paintings at the concert. (Photo: Vicki Coe, News-Press)
F.C. Arts Announces Juried ‘Abstract Expressions’ Show

Falls Church Arts (FCA) is holding an art show themed “Abstract Expressions.” Open to member artists, this show encourages artists to abandon representational and explore abstract. The show’s juror is Karen Schmitz, award-winning painter and print maker from Alexandria.

Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10. The opening reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 17 and the show will continue through Oct. 3 at the FCA Gallery in Falls Church ArtSpace (420 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church). For more information, email


FCC-TV to Hold Production Workshops This Month

Falls Church City Television (FCC-TV) will be holding two production workshops this month. These workshops are an opportunity to obtain the skills that are used for production programming at FCC-TV.

The first workshop will be Studio Production and will take place on Saturday, July 24 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This workshop will give an overview of television production in a studio setting. This will include such topics as, lighting and studio camera operation.

The second workshop will be Field Production and will take place on Saturday, July 31 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This workshop will feature an overview of television production in different locations. This will include such topics as, on-camera reporting and field camera operation.

The registration fee for the workshops is $50 for members and $60 for nonmembers. The workshops will be held at the FCC-TV Studio at George Mason High School (7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church). For more information, contact Michael Palmrose at 703-248-5692.


The Top Three winners of the Don Beyer Volvo Cruise-In pose with judge Sheriff Bittle (far right). The winners were announced at the Art and Frame of Falls Church’s FIRSTfriday event last week, which also featured Bill Abel’s watercolor pieces. (Photo: Courtesy Tom Gittins)



City Police Offer Free Self-Defense Class for Women

The City of Falls Church Police Department announced this morning it is offering a free Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women, 12 years of age and older. The course is offered in four, three-hour sessions. Classes will be held at Columbia Baptist Church (103 W. Columbia St., Falls Church) on Aug. 16, 17, 19 and 23 from 6 – 9 p.m. Participants are required to attend all four sessions.

The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that addresses awareness, prevention, risk reduction, risk avoidance, and the basics of hands-on self-defense training. R.A.D. is not a martial arts program. Nationally certified R.A.D. instructors from the City Police Department teach the course.

The deadline to register is Friday, Aug. 13. For more information and to register, e-mail or call 703-241-5061.


Open House & Boys Day Hit BalletNOVA in F.C.

BalletNOVA Center for Dance (3443 Carlin Springs Rd., Falls Church) is holding an Open House and Boys Day on Saturday, July 17.

All classes will be “open door” so visitors may observe students dancing in class. Visitors will be able to take free “mini classes,” tour the studio and have refreshments.

Boys will be able to participate in free class including, conditioning and hip hop.

These events are free and will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 703-778-3008.


Free Park Concerts Continue At Cherry Hill Tonight

City of Falls Church’s free Concerts in the Park series continues tonight, Thursday, July 8 at 7 p.m. with a performance at Cherry Hill Park (300 Park Ave., Falls Church) by Doris Justis and Friends. Accompanying the live musical entertainment will be an exhibit of Ellen Dempsey’s jewelry creations.

Ice cream will be available through the Falls Church Sister City Kokolopori Partnership. For more information, call 703-248-5003.


Cadette Girl Scout Troop 6170 from Longfellow Middle School received Silver Awards after hosting two Washington, D.C. Girl Scout troops on a camping trip to Camp Brighton Woods in Brookville, Md. The Longfellow Girl Scouts planned, organized and fundraised for this entire camping trip. (Photo: Courtesy Sue Saarnio)



Delegate Kory Scores 100% On Conservation Scorecard

This week, the Virginia League of Conservation Voters (VALCV) released the 11th edition of the Legislative Conservation Scorecard. Delegate Kaye Kory received a score of 100 percent and was named a “legislative hero.” The scorecard rates individual legislators based on important conservation votes cast during the 2010 Public Assembly and present a total of each of their scores since 2000, when VALCV was formed. Kory was one of 18 delegates to earn a score of 100 percent.


F.C. Students Awarded to Dean’s List of Colleges

Falls Church residents Rachael Arietti, Alberto Ayala, Marvin Aylor, Michael Born, Jonathan Brooks, Sarah Butz, Pablo Calderon, Edmund Cauley, Bryan Collins, Melissa Collins, Dana Cook, Mary Dassira, Karla Delgado, Matthew Dowden, Graham Downey, Toan Duong, Sean Follin, Victoria Fowler, Alyssa Godwin, Trevor Halstead, Grant Hannigan, Faunice Jackson, Carianne Jones, Robert Kania, Alyssa Katz, Robert Lauby, Constance Lewis, Jennifer Lieu, Christian Lopez-Flores, Joshua Martin, Kieran McCloskey, Kara McInroy, Mitchell Mellor, Ji-Hyun Moon, Brendan Neyland, Christopher Nguyen, Paul Oh, Joseph Pereira, Benjamin Petersen, Ulysses Puccetti, Maya Renfro, Daniel Runnerstrom, Nicole Russell, Brian Schoenberger, Sunny Senedara, Eyuel Tesfagiorgis, Andrew Twigg, Patricia Urick, Michael Van Atta, Jennifer Vo, Judy Vo, Ehab Wahas, Matthew Ward, Laura Weirick and Emily Whitesell were named to Virginia Tech’s dean’s list this past semester. Students must earn a 3.4 grade point average to make the list.

Jaclyn Parker of Falls Church was named to the dean’s list at Loyola University Maryland. To qualify for the dean’s list at Loyola, students must have a grade point average of at least 3.5 with a minimum of 15 credits.


F.C. Library Offers Free Weekly Drop-In Crafts

Free drop-in crafts continue today, Thursday, July 8, at Mary Riley Styles Public Library (120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church) from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The weekly event will continue every Thursday through July 29.

For more information, call 703-248-5034.


Saint Vincent College Accepts F.C. Resident

Falls Church resident, Taylor Hayes-Leak, was accepted to Saint Vincent College in Pennsylvania for the fall 2010 semester.


Beech Tree E.S. Receives Book Donation

The 2010 graduating kindergarteners of Beech Tree Elementary School in Falls Church were all given copies of the book “Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green” by Eileen Spinelli, which won the Newton Marasco Green Earth Award for encouraging children to become environmentally conscious. Booz Allen Hamilton raised funds for the donation at an employee book drive in May.


6 TJHSST Students Represent U.S. in Olympiads

Six students and recent graduates from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) were chosen to represent the United States in the International Olympiads during this past school year.

The six students included, Yuqing Zhang a top 20 finalist in the USA Biology Olympiad, Christopher Au a top 20 finalist in the USA National Chemistry Olympiad, Daniel Li was selected to represent the U.S. Physics Team, Brian Hamrick and Mitchell Lee were names to the USA Math Olympiad top 12 team and Saketh Are qualified as a finalist in the USA Computing Olympiad with Hamrick and Lee.

Li was also one of the top eight students in the country to compete in the North America Computational Linguistics Olympiad.

Most of these students had to participate in intense studying, lectures and problem-solving.

The 41st International Physics Olympiad will be taking place in Crotia from July 17-25.


F.C. Locals Honored, Earn College Degrees

Brigette Mysliwiec, a resident of Falls Church, recently graduated from Saint Mary’s College with a B.A. in Art History and Humanistic Studies.

Paul Mene and Alexandra Pender graduated from Union College. Mene received a B.A. in English and Pender received a B.A. in History.

Also from Falls Church, Simone Perez earned a B.A. degree Magna Cum Laude in government from Skidmore College in May. She also earned high honors for academic work and received the Susan Riley Gunderson ’64 prize, presented annually to a government major for outstanding work in the field of American government.

Angela Goudeau received her Masters of Healthcare Administration from the College of Arts and Sciences at Seton Hall University.


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