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News & Notes: January 5th – 11th

VA DMV Connect Coming to the American Legion Building

The Falls Church City DMV Connect visit is held twice a month, usually for 10 days, on 5 consecutive days of one week, and then 5 days of the next week (frequently it’s the 2nd and 3rd weeks of the month) at the American Legion Building, Post 130, located next to the W & OD Bike Trail, at 400 N Oak St, Falls Church, VA 22046. The Connect’s hours are from 9:30 a.m. — 3:30 p.m. They close for lunch for 1 hour from 12:30 to 1:30. It is mostly by appointment, through the DMV’s website under “DMV2Go or DMV Connect” and then under “Falls Church American Legion,” but the DMV Connect staff can usually accommodate walk-ins, so please do come by. Walk-in opportunities can occur when there are cancellations, no-shows, and overbookings.

Creative Cauldron Announces Festival Line Up

Creative Cauldron’s popular annual “Passport to the World of Music Festival” featuring some of the most talented and diverse musicians in the Metro D.C. area and beyond will launch on January 6th and run through February 4, 2023. Always billed as an opportunity “to tour the world without ever leaving Falls Church,” the Festival is curated by Wammy Award-winning artists Ken Avis and Lynn Veronneau. It features musical styles and genres from folk, Latin, jazz, blues along with global musical traditions. The “Passport to the World of Music” Festival is sponsored by Ken Trotter, JD Realtor TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.

Falls Church Offers How to Get Rid of Christmas Trees

In the City of Falls Church, Christmas trees are collected for free on Wednesdays in January and February. Plastic bags, rope, tinsel and other decorations should be removed.
For Fairfax County collection customers outside towns like Vienna, Christmas trees will be collected from Jan. 2 to 13. Lights, decorations and stands must be removed to ensure trees will be collected. After Jan. 13, schedule a brush special collection for Christmas tree removal.
If one doesn’t receive curbside collection services from the City of Falls Church or Fairfax County, check collection policies with a private hauler. The City of Falls Church says residents of apartments and condominiums with private trash and recycling services should take Christmas trees to the I-66 Transfer Station, 4618 W. Ox Road, Fairfax, VA.

Falls Church Irish Dancers Win Top Honors

Four dancers from the Falls Church-based McGrath Morgan Academy of Irish Dance won their respective age group’s first place spot at the regional competition in Orlando earlier this month.
Those dancers are: Isabella Renzi, U12 Girls Champion, two-time champion; Aisling Reynolds, U14 Girls Champion, five-time champion; Jessie Welgos, U16 Girls Champion, four-time champion; Meghann Mullarkey, U18 Girls Champion, two-time champion.
In addition to the solo championships, the school won first and second place in the team drama competition and second place in the girls under-12 ceili competition. In addition to the four winners, eight McMa dancers qualified to compete at the world competition in Montreal this spring and another 10 qualified to compete at the national competition in Nashville in July, including Molly Mostow, Falls Church resident and Meridian junior, who was a member of the first-place drama team.

Four dancers from the Falls Church-based McGrath Morgan Academy of Irish Dance won their respective age group’s first place spot at the regional competition in Orlando earlier this month. Pictured above is the academy’s ceili team, who placed second in the girls under-12 competition. (Photo: Marianne Weaver)

FCCPS to Appoint New Member

The Falls Church City School Board will appoint a member of the Falls Church City community to finish the term of member Phil Reitinger who will be stepping down as of January 15, 2023. Interested community members should send a cover letter detailing relevant experience and a resume to School Board Clerk, Ms. Marty Gadell at gadellm@fccps.org, no later than 5 pm on Friday, January 13th. Applicants are invited to attend the January 17th School Board meeting and make an optional three-minute public comment as to what they can contribute to the Board. That meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at FCCPS’ Central Office, located at 150 S. Washington Street, Suite 400, Falls Church, VA 22046. The Board will make a final decision on the appointment of the new member by February 1 and the new Board member will be expected to be sworn in and attend the February 14th School Board meeting. The term of the newly appointed member will run from February 14, 2023, through December 31, 2023. Questions? Contact School Board Chair, Laura Downs, at ldowns@fccps.org.

F.C. Arts Calls for Entries for “Texture” Exhibit

Photographers are invited to explore how visual or tactile surface characteristics of objects or scenes can be enhanced or downplayed through the manipulation of light and angle. Because texture may either be real or implied, participants are also invited to take a broader look at the topic and to submit entries that convey texture through the basic or overall structure of an image. Submissions for the exhibit are due Sunday, February 5th at midnight.
The exhibition will be held from March 4th to April 9th. The juror of the exhibition will be Ronald Beverly. Juror’s Choice and People’s Choice prizes will be awarded courtesy of a donation from DuBro Architects and Builders.

Keegan Theatre Announces Cast of “The Lifespan of a Fact”

The Keegan Theatre is pleased to announce the cast and creative team of the acclaimed serio-comedic play “The Lifespan of a Fact,” written by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell, making its DC Premiere at Keegan January 28 — February 25, 2023.
About the play: Jim Fingal is a fresh-out-of-Harvard fact checker for a prominent but sinking New York magazine. John D’Agata is a talented writer with a transcendent essay about the suicide of a teenage boy — an essay that could save the magazine from collapse. When Jim is assigned to fact check D’Agata’s essay, the two come head to head in a comedic yet gripping battle over facts versus truth.
The cast of “Lifespan” includes Colin Smith as John D’Agata, Sheri Herren as Emily Penrose, and Iván Carlo as Jim Fingal.