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Community News and Notes

 HERE ARE A FEW SHOTS FROM LAST WEEK’S Falls Church Chamber of Commerce Mixer held at Art and Frame Falls Church, home of Falls Church Arts and Laura Hull’s Creatve Cauldron. Thanks to photographer Shaun van Steyn for sending them our way. If you have any pictures of events, gatherings, meetings, or just something cute, send it our way and you could see it in this section. Photos may be submitted to newsandnotes@fcnp.com. Photos ought to be 200 dpi to be printed.

 

Seven Falls Church Residents Make Radford University Dean’s List

Congratulations to Matsenga Agnes Musindu, Tabitha Carol Tavenner, Kimberly Anne Clingenpeel, Christine Marie Hillegess, Stephen Alexander Ulrich and Christina Nicole Jatras for making the deans list at Radford University. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must have taken 15 or more credit hours and have a grade point average of 3.4 or above with not grade below a C.

 

Middle School Students Learn Ballroom Dance & Etiquette

The fourth year of the Promenade Dancing Class wraps up Friday, Feb. 9. The class is held on six Friday evenings between December and February. Students in sixth and seventh grade who reside or attend school in the City of Falls Church learn Waltz, Swing, Cha Cha and Polka from instructor William Anderson of the Dance Factory. The class is sponsored by the Victorian Society of Falls Church, a tax-exempt nonprofit, which provides fiscal management to the parent volunteers running the program. For more information, visit  www.victoriansociety.org/fallschurch.

 

Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards Nominations Deadline Approach

The local community is gearing up to recognize those people who make a difference at the 15th annual Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards, Tuesday, April 24. All nominees receive complimentary invitations to the event. Nominate someone you feel has helped the community. Nomination forms can be downloaded at www.volunteerfairfax.org and must be completed by Feb. 16, at 4 p.m.

 

FANS of all ages gathered at the Red Cross Blood Donor Center in Fairfax last Friday to meet the Washington Nationals players Nook Logan and Mike O’Connor, as well as new manager Manny Acta, part of the team’s Winter Caravan that concluded last weekend. While Logan, O’Connor and Acta donated some of their time to the community, some other members of the Nationals’ organization, like Barbara Silva (not pictured), donated some of their blood at the event. The Red Cross station had roughly 20 donors give blood during the hour-long event. (News-Press photos).Singing Valentines by Barbershop Quartet

Thrill and surprise someone special with a super Singing Valentine on Feb. 13 or 14. A genuine, tuxedo-dressed barbershop quartet from Washington’s acclaimed Singing Capital Chorus will come to the designated address between 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., singing two appropriate songs, present a flower and card and take a photo to commemorate the occasion. The service costs $50 within the metropolitan area. Call 301-986-1550 or sing4You@singingcapitalchorus.org to make your reservations. See the website, www.singingcapitalchorus.org,  for more information.

 

Practical Beekeeping for Beginners

Practical Beekeeping classes for beginners will start with weekly evening classes at several locations in Northern Virginia. Conducted by master beekeepers from the Beekeepers Association of Northern Virginia and other area beekeeping clubs, the Fairfax/ Falls Church area class will meet at Falls Church High School (7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church) in the library from 7 – 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Feb. 14 – April 11. The cost is $75 per family for unit texts and materials. Live bees are available separately. Pre-registration for the open house is available at the school Feb. 10, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 703-56-3484 or 703-932-4108.

 

On January 19, Falls Church resident and Afghanistan native, Nasrine Abou-Bakre Gross, President of Kabultec, Inc., a humanitarian assistance organization supporting adult literacy and women’s rights projects in Afghanistan, spoke to the Bailey’s Crossroads Rotary Club. Mrs. Gross, who recently returned from a seven-month sojourn in Afghanistan, related her experiences and gave an update on the situation in Afghanistan. She expects to return fo Afghanistan in March to resume her mission of assistance there.New Book Study Group

A book discussion group is forming to explore “Theologians Outside the Box” at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church  (3022 Woodlawn Ave., Arlington). The group begins with the book Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time by Marcus Borg, a renowned biblical scholar, professor and best-selling author. There will be six sessions for this book from Sunday, Feb. 11 – Mar. 18 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the church. All are welcome to participate. For more information and to reserve a book, call 703-532-6617.

 

Support Meeting Announced

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian and Gays, PFLAG of D.C. is holding a support group meeting to discuss issues about coming out, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. at Temple Rodef Shalom (2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church). PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends. Call 703-532-2217 for more information.

 

Girls Needed to Play Lacrosse

The Falls Church Youth Lacrosse Club is in need of additional girls lacrosse players, grades 1-7, of any skill level including beginners, to complete the roster for its girls spring lacrosse teams. The teams need to have a minimum number of players in order to submit rosters to the Northern Virginia League. Information on registration can be found in the Community Center spring catalog or at www.fclaxclub.com. For more information, call Mark Johansen at 703-623-0466. Deadline for registration is Feb. 4.

 

Area Residents Honored at Virginia Tech Commencement

A handful of Virginia Tech students for the Falls Church area were among those honored at the university’s spring commencement ceremony, held Dec. 15, 2006 in Lane Stadium. Approximately 2,500 bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and Ph D candidates, along with their families and friends, attended the on-campus ceremony presided over by Virginia Tech Charles W. Steger. Among the graduates were Shannon Calnan, Susan Cordovilla, Devin Dasbach, Peter Lliev, Danny Lee, Jonathan Morales, Peter Moses, Maggie Pascoe and Sharon Surette.

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