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News & Notes: November 3rd – 9th

Falls Church Restaurants Crawl to Benefit Four Courts

Falls Church restaurants will host a crawl to benefit employees of Ireland’s Four Courts in Arlington, where a driver crashed in August, causing injuries and damage.

The Crawl for the Courts will be held Saturday, November 5 from 3:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. Attendees can purchase a $100-per-person voucher to enjoy a bite and drink specials at six participating Falls Church restaurants. All proceeds will be given to Ireland’s Four Courts.

The crawl is being organized by Clare and Don’s Beach Shack and Ireland’s Four Provinces to support Ireland’s Four Courts staff. Participating restaurants include Clare and Don’s Beach Shack, Ireland’s Four Provinces, Liberty Barbecue, Northside Social Falls Church, Dogwood Tavern and Harvey’s.

Save the Date: Veterans Commemoration

On Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, the City of Falls Church will honor four George Mason High School alumni who died while serving in the military during the Vietnam War years. There will be a commemoration at 11 a.m. at the community center to honor Captain David Rockwell Crocker, Jr., Class of 1961; Sergeant Charles Richard McNulty, Class of 1965; Captain Neal Emil Monette, Class of 1958; and Lieutenant JG David Gerald Smith, Class of 1955.  

Young Performers Present “The Spongebob Musical”

Young performers from Alexandria and Fairfax County schools are eager to present their latest fall production, “The SpongeBob Musical,” in November.

Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre will present its fall production, with opening night on November 11th. Performances will be held at 7:00 p.m. on November 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th as well as 3:00 p.m. on November 13th and 20th at Bryant High School, Popkins Lane, Alexandria. VA.

The children’s theatre is performing its adaptation of the Broadway musical, based on the popular children’s cartoon created by Stephen Hillenburg on Nickelodeon. The musical follows the adventures of the underwater yellow sponge Spongebob along with characters like Patrick, Squidward, Plankton and more. The production directed by Chinara Hill features songs, humor and fun for all ages.

Tickets are available in advance and at the door. For more information and tickets, visit

Falls Church Homeless Shelter Seeks Volunteers

The local shelter will be operating this hypothermia season from December 1st – March 31st. The shelter is offering opportunities for adults to volunteer in any of a number of ways to staff the shelter. The roles are as follows: Volunteer Staff, Backup Volunteer Staff, Grocery Giver, Supply Provider and Bag Lunch Provider. Questions may be directed to the Falls Church Homeless Shelter at

MHS Teacher Presents at Global Symposium

Mary Jo West, Meridian HS teacher presented on cross-cultural collaboration at the 1st International Global Symposium in Sejong, South Korea on October 21st and 22nd.   The conference featured two days of immersive cross-border learning and networking, collaborating on novel approaches to learning, and school visits to Sejong Int’l Global High School.   Teachers were from Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Turkey and South Korea.

Creative Cauldron’s Learning Theater Returns

Creative Cauldron’s twenty-year anniversary and 2022-23 Season, its first producing entirely original works continue with the Learning Theater original musical: The Princess and the Goblin. Created and directed by Laura Connors Hull, Lenny Mendez and Will Stevenson, with music by Matt Conner and lyrics by Stephen Gregory Smith, Creative Cauldron’s, The Princess and the Goblin is a humor-fueled musical adventure specifically for young audiences but a delight for any age. 

Told by the Learning Theater Ensemble, a troupe of student actors, and anchored by adult professional actors, this modern fairytale is sure to entertain. The Princess and the Goblin runs November 4th — 20th. Press Night is Saturday, November 5, 7:30 pm.

Creative Cauldron’s Learning Theater Ensemble program is unique in all of the DMV because it gives budding young actors an opportunity to learn their craft over an extended show run of fifteen performances. The original scripts are always crafted to support the unique talents of the participants, and the show includes professional actors who serve as mentors throughout the run. Directors give notes after every performance and the talents of the cast continue to blossom.

Halloween Candy Buy Back Coming Soon

Stop by Oasis Pediatric Dental Care between November 1st through the 8th to donate some Halloween treats for military troops and first responders. 

Trade in Halloween treats for a $5 gift card to Sweet Frog frozen yogurt. Stop by the Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics during their business hours to drop off the treats. 

‘Capricious’ Named People’s Choice at ‘Scapes Show

Sara Bardin’s painting “Capricious” has received the $50 Falls Church Arts’ People’s Choice Award. The prize is sponsored by DuBro Architects + Builders, 429 S. Maple Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22046.

Bardin’s piece, available at Falls Church Arts for $3,000, is a 36” x 48” work created with acrylic on canvas. Bardin says about her piece, “The use of color affects us all differently. I paint to relieve myself of stress and find that bold reds, yellows, and blues calm me as they are brushed across the canvas inducing a state of mindfulness. My intent is to have the same colors evoke an emotional reaction from the viewer, that leaves them inspired, energized, and empowered.”

The piece was chosen by the visitors to Falls Church Arts as the People’s Choice award winner. The theme for this exhibit is ‘Scapes: landscapes, memoryscapes, seascapes, dreamscapes. The show runs through November 13.

Local Scout Presents Middle School Teacher With Podium 

Local Boy Scout Emmanuel Pinedo Rasdall this week delivered a new conductor’s podium to Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School that he and other scouts hand-built in recent weeks. Rasdall presented the podium in a ceremony on Wednesday to Jonathan Mills, a music teacher at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School.

Rasdall, 15, led construction of the podium as part of work he is doing to earn his Eagle Scout Award, the Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank. To earn the award, each candidate must earn 22 merit badges and successfully complete a community, church, or synagogue-related service project. Only about 6 percent of all eligible boy scouts earn the distinction, according to a national scouting publication.

A sophomore at Meridian High School, Rasdall played trumpet in Mills’ middle-school music class and band and now plays at the high school level. “Mr. Mills taught me a lot, so I wanted to give back to him,” he said. Until now, Mills has either borrowed a conductor’s podium from the high school or cobbled together shelves to create his own podium, Rasdall said. “I wanted to get him something that … looks more professional.”

Approximately 14 scouts constructed the podium this summer and fall under the direction of Rasdall and adult supervisors affiliated with Boy Scout Troop 1996 of Falls Church City. The project involved roughly 20 hours of work sessions to complete, with multiple students per session, and significant preparation time. All told, it cost about $700, Rasdall said, noting that he raised money for the project from family and friends and also drew on his own savings.