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Falls Church Sunset Cinema Shows Free Movie

The City of Falls Church Recreation & Parks Division is presenting the 6th Annual Sunset Cinema summer series’ final lawn-movie, blockbuster E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrail (PG, 1982). Moviegoers are invited to bring blankets, bug spray and picnics to watch a great movie under the stars. Popcorn, drink and candy vendors will be on site. NNwarner

Falls Church Sunset Cinema Shows Free Movie

The City of Falls Church Recreation & Parks Division is presenting the 6th Annual Sunset Cinema summer series’ final lawn-movie, blockbuster E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrail (PG, 1982). Moviegoers are invited to bring blankets, bug spray and picnics to watch a great movie under the stars. Popcorn, drink and candy vendors will be on site.

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IT WAS AN UNUSUAL TREAT for attendees at the Mason District Democrats’ annual crab feast in Sleepy Hollow last Saturday when Virginia’s two U.S. Senators, Jim Webb (left) and Mark Warner, appeared together to chat casually with folks and give rousing speeches on Saturday night. Both live in Northern Virginia, but there have been few opportunities for the two to appear together since Warner joined the Senate in January. (Photo: News-Press)

The screening will be held at Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Ave., Falls Church) on Friday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. The show is free to the public.

Holistic Moms Network Holds Meeting

Holistic Moms Network is holding a “Craniosacral Therapy” presentation by Nishanka Lahr tonight Sept. 17, from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Arlington United Methodist Church (716 S. Glebe Rd., Arlington).

The group provides support and community for those interested in natural living and mindful parenting. Moms, dads, caregivers and children are all welcome.

For additional information, visit arlalexva.holisticmoms.org or call 703-824-6167.

Washington Saxophone Quartet Performs in McLean

The Alden Theater’s (1234 Ingleside Dr., McLean) near perfect acoustic sound ground will be resonating the instruments of the Washington Saxophone Quartet this Saturday, Sept. 19, at 3 p.m.  Concerts at the Alden hosts this weekend chamber music concert that is free to the public. For more information, visit www.mcleancenter.org/alden.

Virginians for the Arts Seeks Nominations

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THE WORLD CHILDREN’S CHOIR invites those interested to its family-friendly concert in celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace on Sunday, Sept. 20 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (4250 Glebe Rd., Arlington). Children and teens ages 4 – 18 from throughout the Washington, D.C. area will perform international folk songs, songs of hope and peace, classical European music, opera and Broadway show tunes. (Photo: Courtesy Sondra Harnes)

Virginians for the Arts announces its first Arts Build Communities Awards, which will recognize two arts organizations that best demonstrate the ability to enhance the community, lift spirits and build a better quality of life.

The Shining Star Award will be given to an organization that has an extraordinary impact on the community, successfully develops community partnerships, along with business, legislative and local community support; contributes to K-12 education and that has stood the “test of time.” The Rising Star Award will be made to an organization that meets all criteria for the Shining Star Award but that is not as well established.

Nominations must be made no later than Oct. 30. For more information, visit www.VAforarts.org.

F.C. Non-profit Lands $500K To Help Battered Women

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that $500,000 in Recovery Act funds has been awarded to the Boat People SOS in Falls Church by the Office on Violence Against Women Recovery Act Transitional Housing Program.

The grant, allotted by The Department of Justice, is to provide Vietnamese victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and their families, with safe and secure housing. The program also provides clients with job skills training to gain or retain employment and become self-sufficient and also provides clients with financial literacy training to manage their finances and plan for their future.

Animal Shelter Hosts Low-Cost Rabies Clinic

Fairfax County Animal Shelter is taking its low-cost rabies vaccination clinic on the road to Annandale, hosting the Sunday, Sept. 20 clinic at the Mason District Government Center (6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale).

The shelter is accepting pets from 2 – 4 p.m. The cost for one-year rabies shots is $12 per dog, cat or ferret. To obtain a three-year vaccine, citizens must bring their pet’s rabies certificate showing the animal’s current rabies vaccination with expiration date. Fairfax County 2009 dog licenses will be sold separately at the clinic for $10. All dogs should be on leashes and all cats and ferrets in carriers.

The Annandale clinic is in a partnership with the office of Mason District Supervisor Penelope A. “Penny” Gross and the station of the Fairfax County Police Department. The event is being sponsored by the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and Deepwood Veterinary Hospital. For more information, call 703-830-1100.

Local Churches Partner for ‘Arts Love Peace’

The Arts Love Peace Workshop will be held this Saturday, Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. – noon at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (4250 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington). The event is a family friendly workshop in celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace.

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MIGNONETTE LOBO (right) was inducted as a member of the Rotary Club of Falls Church at last Thursday’s Rotary meeting at the Harvest Moon Restaurant. Shown next to her (left to right) are Rotarian Carol Pierstorff, her sponsor; Past District Governor Tin Lay Raschid, who administered the induction; and Club President, Steve Gage. Lobo is a dentist with an office in the Seven Corners area. (Photo: Courtesy Joe Scheibeler)

Activities include African drumming, dancing, peace crafts and singing workshops for ages 4-18.

In addition, the Arts Love Peace Concert, will be held Sunday, Sept. 20 at the Christ Crossman United Methodist Church (384 N. Washington St., Falls Church) from 3 – 4:30 p.m. Adolescents from throughout the Washington, D.C. area will perform international folk songs, songs of hope and peace, classical European music, opera and Broadway show tunes.

Admission is a free-will contribution of non-perishable food or beverage items that will be given to the Culmore Family Resource Center Food Bank in Falls Church. For information about either event call 703-883-0920 or visit www.worldchildrenschoir.org.

LCNV Invites Public to Volunteer Night

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV) seeks volunteers to help adults learn how to speak, read and write English. LCNV’s second annual Back-to-School Night for Volunteer Recruitment, held on Wednesday, Sept. 23, calls for adults who are able to donate time to tutoring, teaching, student testing, registration assistance, and special events. Door prizes and refreshments will be available.

Volunteers are encouraged to sign in anytime between 6 – 9 p.m. at the James Lee Community Center (2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church). Refer to www.lcnv.org/btsn or call 703-237-0866 x111 for more information.

Rocknoceros Jump Starts McLean Jammin’ Juniors

McLean begins its Jammin’ Juniors concert series this Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 12:30 p.m. in McLean Central Park (at the corner of Route 123 and Old Dominion Rd.). The concerts, sponsored by Jammin’ Java, are intended for preschool children and their families. This week, the D.C. native music group, Rocknoceros, will be performing.

Admission is free. The public is encouraged to bring lunches. Parking is available at the McLean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean).

MPA announces the Opening of New Exhibitions

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“TEDDY,” THE MOST ENDEARING of the four president mascots of the Washington Nationals baseball team, was the main celebrity on hand for the second year in a row to cheer on the 368 runners in the annual 5K “Run for the Schools” last Sunday morning. No one cared that Teddy is the only one of the four presidents never to win a race at Nationals Park. Over $19,000 was raised for the non-profit Falls Church Education Foundation (FCEF) from the run. One anonymous donor chipped in $1,520 when the FCEF recruited above 300 runners and walkers. (Photo: Gary Mester)

The McLean Project for the Arts announces its newest exhibitions, running from Sept. 17 – Nov. 7, at the McLean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean).

The Emerson Gallery will be featuring To Tell The Tale, works of art by Allegra Marquart, Michael Janis and Tom Baker, dabbling in storytelling through physical creation. The Atrium Gallery will feature sculptures by Novie Trumps, Uncharted Sky chapter and the Ramp Gallery will showcase Marise Riddell abstracts. Viewing hours vary.

A reception with gallery talk will accompany the unveiling, on Sept. 17 from 7 – 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.mpaart.org or call 703-790-1953.

Falls Church Arts Juried Show Opens to Public

The Falls Church Arts has invited member artists to submit works that illustrate the pArts concept, “the whole is more than the sum of its parts.” Over 15 local artists will be featuring works.

An artists’ reception will be held at the Friday, Sept. 18 opening and a FIRSTfriday reception will follow two weeks later, Oct. 2, both will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. The ArtSpace-Falls Church (410 South Maple Ave., Falls Church ) hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 4 – 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, 3 – 5 p.m. and by special event.

The mission of Falls Church Arts is to ensure that the arts are an essential part of the cultural environment of the City of Falls Church.

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