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Community News & Notes: June 15 — 21

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. 

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. Medical Care for Children Partnership (MCCP) will be providing dental screenings, health education and resource information at each event this summer.

Call (703) 531-3100 to schedule an appointment.

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. 

Paul, from the City of Falls Church Neighborhood Tree Program, frequently returns to Little City homes to water newly planted trees, even months later. The Urban Forestry Commission was created to maximize the urban forest’s ecological and aesthetic benefits to the community. (Courtesy Photo)

Battle of Broad Street to Celebrate Second Year

The Battle of Broad Street is back on June 15 from 4:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m. Five barbers will be at Harvey’s restaurant to create five dishes for the menu that people will be able to choose from. Whichever item sells the most will be featured on the menu during the month of July. The barber with the dish that sells the least gets the winning item tattooed on them. Ten percent of the daily sales will go to the Falls Church Education Foundation. 

Make Summer S.T.E.A.M.-ier With Thingamajig Convention 

Kids love to build, create, and invent — all key skills the world desperately needs to help face future challenges. But kids don’t often get meaningful hands-on opportunities to make things, build, and create during the school year.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington created the Thingamajig Invention  Convention to unlock kids’ “maker” creativity and real-world problem-solving skills. This year’s Thingamajig offers different ways kids (ages 5-14) everywhere can make summer S.T.E.A.M.-ier.

There are more than 50 days and more than 1,000 ways for kids everywhere to get in on the action. Visit for registration and challenge details.

Falls Church novelist Jonathan Harper is shown here with Lelia Nebeker of One More Page Books on N. Westmoreland Street, after Harper addressed a crowd to talk about his new novel, “You Don’t Belong Here,” last week. (News-Press Photo)

Creative Cauldron Announces Final Season at Pearson Square

The 2023-24 Season will mark Creative Cauldron’s final season at its current home in Pearson Square, before moving to a new black box theater in the Broad and Washington project. Commenting on the season line up, Founding Artistic Director, Laura Connors Hull said: “ It is a season filled with the stories of dreamers and doers. It has exciting “Bold New Works” and regional premieres, but also some revivals from the musical theater canon, shows with appeal for every generation, and of course, there will be music!”

Closures for Employee Picnic and Juneteenth Observance

Most City government offices and services will close from 12 p.m. — 3 p.m. for the annual employee picnic on Thursday, June 15. This includes offices in City Hall, such as the Permits Counter, Sheriff’s Office, Commissioner of the Revenue, and Treasurer.

The Mary Riley Styles Public Library will be closed all day for training and the picnic.

The Community Center will be open during normal business hours.

All City of Falls Church government offices and services will be closed in observation of Juneteenth (June 19). City Hall, Mary Riley Styles Public Library and the Community Center will all be closed.