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Community News & Notes: August 31 – September 6

First Annual 9/11 Memorial Ruck March/Walk Coming Soon

The first annual VFW Post 9274 9/11 Memorial Ruck March/Walk will be held on Sunday, September 10 at the Meridian High School Football Field Track at 9:00 a.m. It is a 5K Ruck March/Walk to honor the victims of 9/11, first responders and military (no ruck necessary). A cookout will be held afterwards at VFW 9274 (7118 Shreve Road).

Navy Search & Rescue Veteran Opens New StretchLab in F.C.

Falls Church will soon become home to the first premier assisted stretching boutique on August 28. Throughout the day, the studio will offer complimentary stretching sessions. The new StretchLab studio is located at 1110 W Broad St Unit 12E. StretchLab introduces the hottest new trend in health and wellness to Falls Church residents for the first time.

StretchLab Falls Church is owned and operated by an investment group, SLX Holdings, represented by Phil Howard and Luke Beltrand. The duo plans to open two additional StretchLab locations in Georgetown and Vienna by the end of 2023.

1st Annual FUNDrive in Falls Church Coming Soon

In March 2023, then-17 month old Asher had a choking incident, which led to  complete respiratory failure. Asher spent 31 days at Inova L.J. Murphy Children’s Hospital in Falls  Church, VA, where he had a life-saving surgery and spent 21 days in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit  (PICU), including 14 days on Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), requiring many blood  transfusions.

In recognition and celebration of Inova L.J. Murphy Children’s Hospital and Asher, Asher’s family is hosting a fundraiser and blood drive — Asher’s First Annual FUNDrive — on Sunday, September 17, 2023 (10 a.m. — 3 p.m.) at the Falls Church Community Center, 223 Little Falls  St., Falls Church VA, 22046. All proceeds and blood donations will benefit Inova L.J. Murphy Children’s  Hospital. 

District5 Coming to St. Patrick’s Episcopal

District5 is coming to St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church (3241 Brush Drive, Falls Church) on Sunday, September 17. Admission is free, but donations of $20 or more to partially defray costs are appreciated. 

District5 is a Washington DC-based wind quintet that specializes in original and creative  programs. Members are; Laura Kaufman Mowry, flute; Alison Lowell, oboe; Amy Eich,  clarinet; Matthew Gregoire, bassoon; and Josh Thompson, French horn. The group is  celebrating their tenth season this year presenting the program titled: “Hopelessly  Romantic.” Experience the passions and pitfalls of love as District5 guides the audience through a humorous evening of tantalizing works by Hector Berlioz, Cecil Chaminade, Franz Liszt,  Amy Beach, and more.

Taco Rock celebrated National Dog Day with Mutts N Mimosas. Several dog vendors were on site, as well as several sweet pooches, including Maisie (shown above). A portion of sales made during the day were donated to Pilots n’ Paws, a national nonprofit. (Photo: Brian Reach)

Labor Day Schedule and Closures

Please be aware of the following changes to regularly scheduled meetings and services in the City of Falls Church in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 4.

City Government: City of Falls Church Government Offices and Buildings will be closed on Monday, September 4. This includes offices at City Hall (300 Park Ave.), Gage House (401 Great Falls St.), and the Property Yard (7100 Gordon Rd.).

Community Center: The gym will remain closed for maintenance and cleaning through Labor Day. The front desk is staffed (before Labor Day closures) to answer phones and take registrations, and the restrooms are available. The Community Center will be closed on Sunday, September 3, and Monday, September 4. The Community Center will reopen on Tuesday, September 5.

Mary Riley Styles Public Library: The Mary Riley Styles Public Library building and services will be closed on Sunday, September 3, and Monday, September 4. The library will reopen on Tuesday, September 5.

City Council: No City Council is meeting the week of Monday, September 4. The next City Council meeting will be on Monday, September 11, at 7:30 p.m.

NoVa Mental Health Foundation Celebrates 30 Years

The Northern Virginia Mental Health Foundation (NVMHF) is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a fundraiser at PRS 9 (formerly known  as Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services) on Saturday, September 9. Speakers will include Del. Marcus Simon and Daryl Washington, Executive Director of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB). For more information on the event, please call NVMHF at 703-853-1970 or send an email to

English and Citizen Classes Offered in Vienna

Fall in-person classes in English, Citizenship, Writing and Conversation will start on Tuesday, September 26 at St. Mark Catholic Church, Christian Formation Center (9972 Vale Road, Vienna). Registration dates start on Tuesday, September 19 through Thursday, September 21 from 7 p.m. — 8 p.m. at Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays from September 26 — December 5. English classes are $25 for nine weeks of lessons; Citizenship, Writing and Conversation classes are $10. 

For more information, visit or email

New LGBTQ+ Group For F.C. Announces Its First Event

LGBTQ+ Falls Church, a new organization representing gender and sexual minorities (and allies) in The Little City, invites all believers in equality to its inaugural event at the indoor event room at Clare and Don’s Beach Shack, this Sunday from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  There is no agenda for this free community event, co-hosted by NOVA Pride, so come make some new friends, and spread the word.

Tysons Library Quarterly Book & Media Sale Coming Soon

Thursday, September 7 through Sunday, September 10 from 10:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m., Tysons Pimmit Regional Library will hold its quarterly book and media sale for all ages and interests. Donations of books and media are appreciated. Volunteers are welcome and needed. Contact 703-338-3307 or for more information.

DoorDash’s Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund

The DoorDash Restaurant Relief Fund is back for its Summer 2023 round of funding. Many businesses have been impacted by devastating natural disasters over the last few years. To help mitigate these losses, DoorDash has partnered with Hello Alice to offer qualifying restaurants $10,000 in relief grants following a natural disaster. Restaurants must meet certain conditions to apply, and Covid-19-related damages are not applicable. This newest round of applications will close on September 29.