Creative Cauldron ‘Plays On’ at ArtSpaceCreative Cauldron’s month-long music event, “Play On,” continues at ArtSpace (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church) this Friday, Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. with Randy and the Barretones. Local blue grass legend Randy Barrett and his band play a mix of bluegrass, country, swing music and beyond. Barrett has collected several Washington Area Music Awards for Best Male Vocalist in Bluegrass and Traditional Folk, as well as Bluegrass Album of the Year for his CD, Lights of Home. Friday tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.
Creative Cauldron ‘Plays On’ at ArtSpace
Creative Cauldron’s month-long music event, “Play On,” continues at ArtSpace (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church) this Friday, Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. with Randy and the Barretones. Local blue grass legend Randy Barrett and his band play a mix of bluegrass, country, swing music and beyond. Barrett has collected several Washington Area Music Awards for Best Male Vocalist in Bluegrass and Traditional Folk, as well as Bluegrass Album of the Year for his CD, Lights of Home. Friday tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.
On Saturday, Jan. 16, Hui O Ka Pua ‘llima, a Polynesian dance troop based in McLean, will perform traditional and contemporary songs and dances of Hawai’i and the Polynesian islands of New Zealand and Tahiti.
The Mpingo Clarinet Quartet will continue the event on Sunday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m., employing the use of bass clarinet, basset horn, E flat soprano clarinet, as well as B flat and A soprano clarinets in a varied extensive repertoire. Sunday tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, visit www.creativecauldron.org.
GEORGE Bus Won’t Run MLK Day
Residents and the like are reminded the GEORGE Bus will be out of service Monday, Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Falls Church Boy Scouts Earn Eagle Status
Falls Church’s Boy Scout Troop 895 achieved a noteworthy record in 2009 by awarding the Eagle rank to eight Scouts – a historic high for the 55-year-old troop. The troop has 60 active members ranging in ages 11 – 18. It normally awards a handful of Eagle badges per year, but an unusually large number of dedicated Scouts earned the rank in 2009, topping the previous annual record of six Eagle awards. Scouts in the troop who became Eagles this year were Matt Baker, Will Doty, Simon Farrow, Max Faulkner, Vincent McLeese, Matthew Rollo, Noam Terman, and Eric Westerfield. The Eagle badge is the highest rank in scouting. It is earned by only four percent of boys involved in the world’s largest youth organization.
To become an Eagle, a scout must serve in leadership positions in his troop, and complete a community-service project. The work of Eagle candidates from Troop 895 can be spotted all over the Falls Church area.
For instance, Baker built a nature path at a senior citizens facility. Farrow constructed mulching bins for the gardens at Mt. Daniel Elementary School and Doty installed a landscape retaining wall at Lee-Graham pool.
Last In-Person Little League Registration Announced
The last in-person registration for the Falls Church Kiwanis Little League will be at the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church) this Saturday., Jan. 16, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. As an alternative, families interested can continue to register on-line at the league’s Web site: www.fckll.org.
McLean’s ‘Embrace the Dream’ Celebrates MLK Day
McLean Community Center’s 7th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, “Embrace the Dream: Exploring our American Blues Heritage,” will take place this Sunday, Jan. 17 from 3 – 5 p.m. in the Alden Theatre (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean). A community barbecue buffet reception, catered by the Tender Rib of Temple Hills, Md., will follow a performance by Michael Hill’s Blues Mob.
Dr. Ed. Jackson, Jr., executive architect of D.C.’s Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, will serve as the keynote speaker. Rev. Todd Brown, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Chesterbrook in McLean, will be the Master of Ceremonies.
Tickets, which include the reception, are $5 for adults and $3 for children under the age 10. To buy tickets, or for more information, visit www.mcleancenter.org or call 703-790-0123.
Sacred Well Host ‘Charity Yoga’ Fridays
This Friday, Jan. 15, an all-levels yoga class benefiting local charities will be held from 6 – 7:15 p.m. at Sacred Well Yoga Studio (450 W. Broad St., Ste. 320, Falls Church). The charity event will take place every Friday evening through March 26. Those interested are reminded 100 percent of all donations go to local charities. The suggested donation is $10. For more information, visit www.swys.net or call 703-989-8316.
F.C. Rotary Welcomes George Atwell
Past Falls Church Rotary District governor, George Atwell, will speak about Rotary’s worldwide efforts to eradicate Polio at the next F.C. Rotary Club’s meeting today, Thursday, Jan. 14. The dinner meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Harvest Moon Restaurant (7260 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). Dinner costs $11 and visitors are welcome. For more information, visit www.falls churchrotary.org.
Arlingtonians Named to Dean’s List
Arlington natives Nathan Johnson from the Class of 2012 and Aaron Keller of Arlington from the Class of 2011 were recently named to the dean’s list of Providence College in Rhode Island. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must achieve at least a 3.55 grade point average with a minimum of 12 credits.
Cherry Hill’s Great Strides Registration Open
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has announced it will once again host the Annual Great Strides Campaign Walk Day in Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Ave., Falls Church) on Saturday, May 15. Walk day is a family-oriented celebration that includes a 10-kilometer (6.2 miles) walk, Kids’ Corner activities, food and festivities.
This will involve a number of local families and require the support of the community to successfully raise funds to help advance the promising new potential therapies in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s drug development pipeline. On-line registration is now open at www.cff.org/chapters/metrodc/greatstrides.
Washington Ballet Director To Speak at Langley
On Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m., The Langley School will host its first-ever Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Septime Webre, artistic director of The Washington Ballet. This free event is open to the public and will be held in Langley’s Jeffrey J. Sherman Arts Center (1411 Balls Hill Rd., McLean).
During his talk, titled “Learned Leadership Skills Through Performing Arts Education,” Webre will discuss how a strong education in the arts prepares children to excel on any “stage” they pursue in life, whether on the athletic field, in the courtroom or in the boardroom. He will also share strategies for parents to help build “performing arts intelligence” in their children, encouraging them to develop a lifelong appreciation of all performing arts.
While this event is free and tickets are not required, attendees are encouraged to RSVP at
www.langleyschool.org. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 703-356-1920.
NOVA Model Railroaders Hold Open House
This Saturday, Jan. 16, the Northern Virginia Model Railroaders Open House will be held from 1 – 5 p.m. at the W&OD Depot (231 Dominion Rd., Vienna). An operating HO-scale layout depicting the Western North Carolina Railroad (a portion of the Southern Railway) will be on hand for viewing.
While this event is free, donations are accepted. For more information, visit www.nvmr.org or call 703-938-5157.
‘Gizmo Guys’ Juggle Their Way to MCC
Suitable for children ages 5 and up, the McLean Community Center (MCC) (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean) will host the Gizmo Guys this Saturday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. These jugglers will present a rapid-fire act paired with a comedy routine. The cost is $14, or $10 for MCC district residents. A Tennis Ball Juggling workshop will be held afterwards at 3 p.m. for ages 9 through adults. The basic lesson, taught by the Gizmo Guys themselves, costs $10 per person. For more information, call 703-790-0123.
Vienna Restaurant Maple Ave Goes ‘Green’
Maple Ave Restaurant (147 Maple Ave. W, Vienna) recently became the first and only green-certified restaurant in Vienna.
The mom-and-pop restaurant opened its doors for the first time last August. Maple Ave was awarded green certification due to its daily green activities, i.e. recycles used cooking oil into bio-diesel fuel, eliminated usage of Styrofoam, use of biodegradable carry-out containers and bags, implementing a recycling program, using natural lighting, and purveying local, sustainable and organic food.
Chef owner Tim Ma emphasizes the use of local organics, which can be seen throughout the menu from the organic beet salad to the butternut squash soup and the pulled-pork sandwich.
International Motorcycle Shows Roars Into D.C.
The International Motorcycle Show comes to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mt. Vernon Pl., Washington, D.C.) this Friday, Jan. 15 from 4 – 9 p.m. It will also run Saturday, Jan. 16 from 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Every major motorcycle manufacturer will have bikes on display, many of which visitors will be able to get a feel for themselves.
Tickets start at $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6 – 11 and are free for those under the age of 5. For more information, visit www.motorcycleshows.com.
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