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News & Notes: March 23rd – 29th

Girl Scout Ambassador Leads Band in St. Paddy’s Parade

High school senior and Girl Scout Ambassador Sarina Winters, resident of Falls Church City, and member of Troop 3054 in Service Unit 50-14, led the Randolph-Macon Academy Band on Friday, March 17th, up 5th Avenue in the 2023 NYC St Patrick’s Day Parade. 

When she is not in school or on the parade field, Winters has been hard at work pursuing completion of the GSUSA’s highest award, the Gold Award. Her project to raise awareness and teach hands-only CPR skills particularly to citizens over the age of 50 culminates 10 years of scouting in The Little City, and she hopes to leave a lasting impact from here to the Shenandoah Valley. In doing so, she earned the trifecta of Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards in 5th, 8th and 12th grade. Only 5.4 percent of eligible Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award and even fewer manage to earn all. 

Local Girl Scout Ambassador Sarina Winters (center) led the Randolph-Macon Academy Band on Friday, March 17th, in the 2023 NYC St Patrick’s Day Parade. (Photo: Rohini Winters)

Women of Temple Rodef Shalom Host Accessory Sale 

Don’t miss the fifth spring Accessory Sale & More fundraiser at Temple Rodef Shalom on Sunday, April 23 with proceeds to charity. Find an incredible assortment of fashion accessories for men and women (handbags, scarves, belts, wallets, men’s ties, and small leather goods), jewelry (costume and fine), as well as decorative household items, (distinctive vases, not the ones supplied by florists, serving pieces (platters, bowls and utensils). All merchandise (new and gently used) will be reasonably priced and sold “as is.” 

Shepherd’s Center Seeks Additional Volunteer Drivers

Shepherd’s Center of McLean-Arlington-Falls Church (SCMAFC), an all-volunteer organization, is seeking additional volunteers to support its mission of providing free transportation to seniors for medical and dental appointments or run errands to grocery stores and pharmacies.

The total number of rides provided in 2022 is expected to exceed 2,500, but to fully respond to recent increases in the number of requests, there is a need for more volunteers to join the current team of 60 volunteer drivers.

For volunteers there is no minimum commitment. Volunteers are free to choose how often and when they drive.

For detailed information or to apply, please visit the Center’s website or call (703) 506-2199 and leave a message.

At last week’s City Council Meeting, the Mustangs Boys Swim Team State Champions were recognized for their achievement. March 22 will be the City of Falls Church State Champion Meridian High School Boys Swim and Dive Team Day. (Photo: Sophie Kachur)

Local Artist to Teach Art of Ukrainian Egg Decorating

Watch artist Iryna Smitchkova on Sunday, March 26 at Falls Church Arts as she gives master classes in creating Pysanka, Ukrainian Easter Egg Decorating, as a tribute to Easter. Students will learn the art of painting eggs in a traditional Ukrainian style using masking wax and food coloring.

The Ukrainian Easter Egg, called Pysanka or Psysanky for plural, has been recognized for generations as a symbol of hope and good things to come. Although the tradition dates back thousands of years to pre-Christian times, egg painting made its comeback in the early 1990s, according to the Ukrainian Institute.

This class was the brainchild of Falls Church Arts board member and treasurer, Marty Behr, who proposed the class idea. Although both class sessions (10:30 a.m.-noon and 12:30-2:00 p.m.) are filled, guests are welcome to stop by to see the egg decorating in process and the current exhibit, “Texture, A Photography Show.” The gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Little League Hosts 75th Anniversary Celebration

Everyone is welcome to attend the Fall Church Kiwanis Little League’s 75th anniversary Opening Day Parade and ceremony on Saturday, March 25th.  The baseball season kicks off at 9 a.m. with the parade, followed by the Opening Day Ceremony, with local leaders, FCKLL alums, and of course the current players.  There will be food and coffee vendors on hand. The event will be followed by games throughout the day at the same location, so plan to spend the day celebrating the love of baseball. It will be held at 7500 Magarity Rd, Falls Church.

School Supply Drive for Welcoming F.C. Currently Held

For the Welcoming Falls Church Adult and Literacy Center, a school supplies drive is being held right now. People can drop off school supplies until March 26th at boxes located at the community center, Oak Street Elementary School and Meridian High School. 

One can drop off (new or used): canvas bags, arts and crafts, pencil bag/pencil case, markers, children scissors, crayons/colored pencils, notebooks, small white board markers and erasers, coloring books, play dough and children’s books.