VPIS Hosts F.C. Community Yard Sale
at the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church). Donations will be accepted tomorrow, May 1 prior to the community yard sale. For donation questions, call 703-241-7672. Those interested in volunteering for the event can call 703-241-7015.
FIRSTfriday Celebrates Month of May
May’s FIRSTfriday festivities will kick off this Friday, May 1 at various locations aroud the City of Falls Church. Red, White & Bleu Wine and Gourmet (127 S. Washington St., Falls Church) will be opening its doors for patrons wishing to sample an array of featured wines from 5 – 8 p.m. For more information, call 703-533-9463.
Keep the party going at Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad St., Falls Church), which will host its very own FIRSTfriday after party, featuring live music sans cover charge from 8 p.m. – closing. For more information, call 703-237-8333.
Early birds are invited to kick off spring over at Falls Church Antiques (250 W. Broad St., Falls Church), where refreshments will be served for customers starting at 10 a.m., while they browse planters, vases and garden ornaments. For a full listing of events taking place this FIRSTfriday, visit www.firstfridayoffallschurch.com.
Falls Church Natives Recognized for Academics
Yonjae Kim of Falls Church was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2008 semester at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. To be selected for this honor, a student must earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, while taking a minimum of 14 credit hours. Kim is the son of Jinho and Jessica Kim and attended McLean High School. He is majoring in general engineering, and is expected to graduate in May 2012.
From Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, Va., Cadet Alexander Pennington was named to the president’s list. Pennington, a junior, is the son of Catherine and Geoffrey Pennington of Falls Church. His younger peers, 7th grader Andrew Pak and 8th grader Ryan Pile, made principal’s list. Pak is the son of In and Young Pak of Falls Church, while Pile is the son of Nancy Murphy, Esq. of Falls Church and Ruel Bagol Pile of Arlington.
Randolph-Macon Academy is a college-preparatory, coeducational boarding school for students in grades 6 – 12. President’s list students have earned a 4.0 GPA or above. Principal’s list honorees have earned between a 3.3 – 3.99 GPA. Kasha Marie Klinegores of Falls Church was named to the dean’s list of distinguished students for the fall 2008 semester at Roanoke College in Salem, Va. Klinegores is the daughter of David Kline and Dr. Connie Gores. In order to be named to the dean’s list at Roanoke College, a student must be enrolled in at least four units during the term and earn a GPA of at least 3.50.
O’Meara Talks Hostas at Community Center
On Wednesday, May 6, the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church) will welcome Karen O’Meara, vice president of the Potomac Hosta Club, for a garden talk about hostas at 7:30 p.m. This event is open to the public. For more information, call 703-248-5077.
LCNV Announce Date Changes for Tutor Training
Per a previous mention in the News-Press of sought-after volunteers for the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV), the rescheduled dates for basic literary tutors training are now May 16, May 30 and June 6, instead of May 9, May 16 and May 30.
These consecutive Saturday training sessions will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the LCNV of the James Lee Community Center (2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church). More than 150 new volunteer tutors are needed to help area adults learn to speak, read and write English. For more information, call 703-237-0866 or visit www.lcnv.org.
Arlington’s Murphy Appears On ‘Jeopardy’
Liz Murphy, a 30-year-old Foreign Service officer from Arlington, appeared on “Jeopardy” last Thursday evening. Murphy, an A.B. history undergraduate from Harvard University enjoys spending her free time reading, cooking and traveling. How much money Murphy may have won is not yet known.
“I was out of my mind with anticipation,” said Murphy. “This experience has been one of the most exciting and fun opportunities ever.”
McLean Cinco de Mayo Celebrations Offered to Kids
The McLean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Ave., Falls Church) will be hosting Cinco de Mayo parties for fifth and sixth graders this Friday, May 1 from 7 – 9 p.m. The children’s event costs $20 for McLean Community Center district residents and $25 for all other attendees.
Festivities will include music, dancing, games, videos, prizes and more. Registration can be done in person, by mail, by fax (703-556-0547) or online by visiting www.mcleancenter.org. Parties are limited to the first 300 registrants and each parent is able to register only four children for each party. For more information, call 703-790-0123.
Partnership for Youth Hosts Jazz Concert
Promote mentoring and aid students on suspension from school in Falls Church and Fairfax County while enjoying the jazz of Ericka Ovette and the Stolen Moments Jazz Quintet. This concert for the Fairfax Partnership for Youth begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 at the Burke Presbyterian Church (5690 Oak Leather Dr., Burke). Tickets are $25 each. To RSVP, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call 703-764-0456.
Falls Church Rotary to Hold Club Assembly
The Falls Church Rotary Club will have a Club Assembly to discuss club activities today, Thursday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. The dinner meeting will be held at Harvest Moon Restaurant (7260 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). Dinner costs $11 and visitors are welcome. For more information, visit fallschurchrotary.org.
Grand Dérangement Rounds Out Alden Artist Series
The final performance of the Alden Theatre’s Professional Artist Series will be put on by Grand Dérangement this Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m. at the McLean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean). Tickets are $29 for anyone interested in rock-inspired Celtic tunes and step dancers. Discounts are available for students, seniors and McLean Community Center Tax District Residents when tickets are purchased at the Alden Theatre Box Office. For more information, call 703-790-9223.
Free Demo Classes at Jazzercise Opening
Jazzercise (513 W. Broad St., Suite 230, Falls Church) will celebrate its opening with free demo classes this Saturday, May 2 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., along with door prizes, giveaways and refreshments. Classes formerly held at Jhoon Rhee and the Falls Church Community Center have now relocated to the new Jazzercise fitness center. For more information, call 703-622-215.
F.C. Senior Center Hosts Array of Thursday Events
The Falls Church Senior Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church) will be hosting an array of events today, Thursday, April 30. From 10 a.m. – noon, the Center’s walking group will get moving, starting at Roosevelt Park. Starting at the same time, a “French Conversation” meeting will take place in the Teen Center. Canasta will be played at 10 a.m., and ping pong games kick off at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-248-5020.
25th Annual Capital Hospice Plant Sale Kicks Off
The 25th Annual Capital Hospice Plant Sale will be held this Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Capital Hospice’s Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center (4715 N. 15th St., Arlington).
Sale items include native plants, perennials, annuals, shrubs, trees, bulbs, ground cover and gardening items. Admission is free and refreshments will be available. All of the proceeds go to the Hospice Landscape Fund, which aids maintenance of the grounds and gardens at Capital Hospice’s Acute Care Facility. For more information, call 703-820-1311.
Foust to Appear at 14th Annual Derby Benefit
The 14th Annual PRS Kentucky Derby Benefit will be held on Saturday, May 2 from 4:30 – 8 p.m., at a home in Great Falls. Join Honorary Host Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust and other PRS supporters to enjoy all the fun and tradition of Churchill Downs. Proceeds support PRS, Inc., a community-based nonprofit that serves people with serious mental illness. For more information, call 703-531-6321.
Gurney Speaks at Older Americans Month Event
The Falls Church Senior Citizens Commission, in recognition of Older Americans Month, will sponsor a discussion this Saturday, May 2 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church) in the Teen Room. Steve Gurney, founder and publisher of the “Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook” will touch on innovative programs available in other communities and neighborhoods across the country, and explain how they can be implemented and customized to the needs of those aging in the City of Falls Church. For more information, call 703-536-7778.