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Community News & Notes: June 8 -14

FC Forward to Hold Community Business Discussion

Join Falls Church Forward on Sunday, June 11 at 4 p.m. at Harvey’s to hear firsthand from local business owners about what it takes to open and run a business here, and why they chose the Little City. The goal is to find ways to improve policies and processes that enable future businesses to successfully open and operate here (and discover the story behind the most expensive sink in Falls Church). 

RSVP at so they can plan for chairs, snacks and drinks. 

Applications Open for Arts, Culture, Etc… Program Grants

The City of Falls Church welcomes applications from eligible nonprofit organizations based within the City of Falls Church that support the arts, culture, theater and history. The application deadline is July 28, 2023, and funds must be utilized before May 16, 2024.

The application and details on eligibility can be found at

Hosts Needed for Chamber Orientations

Although all networking mixers are booked for the year, there is another opportunity to consider — hosting the chamber orientations in one’s office. This is a way to showcase a business and bring networking to a space. Contact Cathy Soltys at to reserve a spot. The next orientation is scheduled for July 20, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. and they occur every other month. 

The Adult and Family Literacy Center (AFLC) celebrated the end of the semester on Thursday, May 11 with a potluck, gathering students, teachers, aids and volunteers. Students received certificates verifying their attendance in class before heading over to celebrate with their classmates and teachers. (Photo: Hannah Jordan)

Adult & Family Literacy Center Celebrated End of Semester

The Adult and Family Literacy Center (AFLC) celebrated the end of the semester on Thursday, May 11 with a potluck, gathering students, teachers, aids and volunteers. Students received certificates verifying their attendance in class before heading over to celebrate with their classmates and teachers. Meridian High School senior Helen Jordan prepared and distributed summer learning bags for students as part of her community service project.

Welcoming Refugees Need Volunteers for New Family

Another family from Afghanistan, with three young children, just arrived and Welcoming Falls Church needs volunteers to help. Join a team at for moving furniture and household goods to a larger storage unit, on Saturday, June 10, 10:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m. The family will be visiting Falls Green apartments and are expected  to move in later in June. 

The Falls Church Episcopal Hosting Blood Drive

On Thursday June 8th The Falls Church is hosting a Blood drive alongside Inova Blood Donor Services. The Inova Blood Donor Services Bloodmobile will be located in The Falls Church Parking Lot (166 E. Broad St) from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. One can register to donate by visiting this link: or by calling 1(866) 256-6372 and using Sponsor Code 8735.

Free Back to School Health Equity Fairs Coming Soon

Inova Cares Clinic for Children and Inova Partnership for Healthier Communities are now scheduling appointments to provide children ages five and up with free School Physicals and Immunizations to begin the 2023-24 school year. This will take place at Inova Cares Clinic for Children in Herndon, Manassas and Falls Church. MCCP will be providing dental screenings, health education and resource information at each event this summer.

Appointments are required. Call (703) 531-3100 to schedule an appointment today.

Arlington Chorale Premieres Work Highlighting Refugees 

The Arlington Chorale will perform an hour-long concert titled “We Stand Together”  at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington on Sunday, June 11 at 5:00 p.m. The program  features music by living composers and raises awareness for refugees, focusing on the importance  of community. 

A concert highlight will be the world premiere of a new work by composer Saunder Choi titled “Song  of Exile,” commissioned by the Chorale. This piece is set to a poem by Iranian-born poet Sholeh  Wolpé to describe the challenges refugees face in leaving their homes and putting down roots in a  new community. Hamid Habib Zada, a local resident and Afghan immigrant, will be featured in the  piece playing the tabla. 

For more information visit

A full house at One More Page Books on Westmoreland was charmed by readings from his new novel, “You Don’t Belong Here,” by Falls Church author Jonathan Harper Sunday. (Courtesy Photo)

Red Cross to Host Blood Drive at Holy Trinity Lutheran

The Red Cross will be at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Friday, June 23, from 10 a.m. — 3 p.m. Register at, enter zip code 22042 and refine search by the date (June 23).  The church is located at 3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church

Local Students Awarded Scholarships

The Greater McLean Republican Women’s Club (GMRWC) awarded Betty Greer Scholarships to two local Fairfax County high school graduating seniors during their Annual Scholarship Event on June 3rd at Katie’s Coffee at The Old Brogue, Great Falls, Va. 

The scholarship winners excel academically while actively participating in their school and local community.  Aleksey Svetlichniy is a senior at South Lakes High School and will be attending Marymount University.  Kevin Lim is a senior at McLean High School and will be attending the College of William and Mary.

Falls Church Boy Scouts Awarded Rank of Eagle Scout

Six Falls Church Boy Scouts were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement in Boy Scouts on Saturday, June 3, 2023.

George Vogel-Rogers, Paul Salinetti, Noah Salinas, Cyrus Assadzadeh, Matthew Toman and Karlos Martinson-Rodriguez are members of Boy Scout Troop 681 based at the Scout House in Falls Church, Va and sponsored by St. James Catholic Church in the Little City.

The boys all joined Scouting at age six and have spent 12 years learning the skills and ideals of leadership and outdoor life. Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and complete a community or church service project to earn his Eagle rank. Along with seven elective merit badges, first aid, cooking, camping and emergency preparedness are among 14 merit badges required of all Eagle candidates. The six service projects included dugout painting and preservation at Idylwood Park, construction of a food storage shed at a local area food bank and several garden and planter beds benefiting area churches and the homeless.