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Community News & Notes: October 13th – October 19th

Historical Commission Recognizes Local Veterans

The Historical Commission recommended adding four new names to the Veterans Honor Roll plaque outside the Falls Church Community Center at their September 22 meeting. With the help of Judy Fischer White, the President of the George Mason-Meridian Alumni Association, the Commission identified David Rockwell Crocker Jr., Charles Richard McNulty, Neal Emil Monette, and David Gerald Smith as fallen alumni of George Mason High School who served during the Vietnam War years.
The City Council accepted the recommendation, and the plaque is expected to be installed as soon as the bronze is cast.

On October 8th, the annual event Farm Day was hosted at Cherry Hill Park from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The day was filled with activities and fun for both children and adults, including pony rides, a petting farm, pumpkin and birdhouse painting, cider pressing, corn shelling and grinding, scare crow making, live music, tours of the Cherry Hill Farmhouse and barn, blacksmith and beekeeping demonstrations and more. (Photo: Gary Mester)

Assistance League of NoVa Assemble Needed Items

Eighteen members of the Assistance League of Northern Virginia gathered on October 3rd to assemble items for three of its programs. One group of members assembled ‘Baby Bundles’ that included beautiful hand-made blankets, hats, sweaters, booties, an Onesie, information about SIDS in English and Spanish, an Onesie, and a board book for new mothers to read to their babies. The Baby Bundles were delivered to a clinic that serves low-income families. Other members assembled toiletry kits that were provided to an elementary school in Manassas to be used as part of its hygiene curriculum to help fourth and fifth graders learn good grooming practices. Each packet contained deodorant, soap, shampoo, a toothbrush & toothpaste, a comb and hairbrush. That school also received many school supplies.
A third group of members assembled ‘starter kits’ of new clothes for students at 8 elementary schools. Each school received an assortment of basic clothing items, such as sweatpants and sweatshirts, T-shirts, leggings, underwear, and socks. Nearly 600 clothing items were provided. Next month, the Assistance League will hold another major packing event to provide a wider range of clothing items for the schools.

Home in Falls Church Wins Award

This three-bedroom, four-bathroom home is located in the West Falls Church area of Fairfax County. A nod to America’s colonial era, this replica home won a first place award from the Northern Virginia Builders Association for single-family home renovations and has been featured in Reader’s Digest Gardens and Traditional Home Magazine.
This home celebrates America’s early Colonial past and reminds people that everything doesn’t always have to change. The original cost of the replication, in today’s dollars, would be $2,300,000. For single family renovations, the Northern Virginia Builders Association awarded it 1st place. The Colonial gardens and hardscape are breathtaking and are featured on the front and back inside covers of “Reader’s Digest Gardens,” and in “Traditional Home Magazine.”

Water Access Project Selected for Grant

The Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation is receiving a grant award of $300,000 toward a project to build a public, accessible floating launch for kayaks, canoes, and other non-motorized recreational watercraft on the tidal portion of Four Mile Run, a Potomac River tributary. The project is one of seven selected for funding by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation through its Recreational Trails Program (RTP) in 2022.
The project would be the first Washington, DC metro area launch to the Potomac River meeting Americans with Disabilities Act standards, and it will include a transfer platform suitable for wheelchair users. The launch will also feature a roller-entry ramp, providing increased safety for unassisted or novice paddlers when launching or landing. From the new launch point on Four Mile Run in Alexandria, paddlers will be able to access the Potomac River Water Trail and areas of the Run where restoration work has enhanced wildlife habitat and ecological function.
Donations in support of the project are welcome at https://give-usa.keela.co/4MR-water-access

Falls Church Student Heads to National Competition

Falls Church student Charles Duong is taking their business concept, Nujjet, to New York on Oct. 13 for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s (NFTE) annual National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge. Charles is one of 40 students from all over the country who will pitch their business in a series of elimination rounds. The three finalists will present their businesses to a panel of VIP judges in front of a live audience at 787 Seventh Avenue for a chance to win $10,000.
The NFTE National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge, a competition presented by Citi Foundation and EY with additional support from American Student Assistance, will award one student a grand prize of $10,000 plus a 45-minute mentor session with Daymond John, The People’s Shark and the founder and CEO of FUBU. The two runners-up will be awarded $2,500 each and an additional $3,000 will be distributed among top-scoring semi-finalists.

Mclean Project for the Arts to Host Artist Talk

McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) Curator and Artistic Director Nancy Sausser will host a Continuum: Artists Teaching Artists virtual artist talk on Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 7pm. Artists will discuss the thoughts and processes behind their respective works featured in Continuum, an invitational exhibition highlighting works by artists who give significant time to teaching, mentoring, and community-building, while continuing to sustain and develop strong and innovative personal bodies of work.

Harvey’s To Host “Blues, Boos And Brews” Event

On Thursday, October 27th, Harvey’s will be hosting their “Blues, Boos and Brews” event at 513 W. Broad St., Falls Church from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The event will feature a performance by the Bobby Thompson Trio, a costume contest and beverages from local breweries such as Audacious Aleworks and Metro Cellars. 10 percent of sales from the entire day goes to the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation. Four nonpartial judges will be there to judge for best overall costume, best homemade costume and best couple costume. Prizes will be Harvey’s giftcards and tickets to the Tinner Hill Music Festival

Select FCPA Farmers Markets Pilot Hot Foods

The Fairfax County Park Authority farmers markets are pleased to announce the 2022 hot foods pilot program for the remainder of this year’s market season. Customers will now be able to purchase a hot breakfast or dinner at the McLean, Annandale, Kingstowne and Oak Marr farmers markets from select vendors. The goal is to boost market attendance, improve customer experiences, and provide local farmers with an additional sales outlet.
The Oak Marr, McLean, and Annandale farmers markets will be offering hot breakfast sandwiches and coffee – grab breakfast on the go while doing morning grocery shopping. Hot food will be available during the dates of October 28th to November 11th.
For additional information, contact the Community Horticulture Office at 703-642-0128 or visit the Farmers Market website.

Coat Drive Hosted For Local Organization

It’s Coat Drive 2022 time. Join Alison Miller on Saturday, October 15th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Rare Bird Coffee to drop off coats and share a beverage with Miller.
Miller is collecting coats for the families of Comunidad, a local organization enriching the lives of families in Fairfax County.