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Viennaand OaktonViennaOpinion, Page 6 ❖ Entertainment, Page 10 ❖ Sports, Page 12 ❖ Classifieds, Page 14What Are YouThankful for ThisThanksgiving?Viewpoints, Page 3Heartbreaker inState FinalSports, Page 12Marissa Roy and the Madison volleyballteam finished state runner-up in 2014.Friendships StillFlying HighAfter 50 YearsNews, Page 8Photo by Craig Sterbutzel/The November 26 - December 2, 2014online at www.connectionnewspapers.comVienna/Oakton Connection ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2014 ❖ 1

Week in ViennaVienna Mayor’sWalking GroupVienna residents are welcome to join Mayor LaurieDiRocco’s walking group. It meets every Friday at 9:30 the Town Hall, 127 Center St. S. The walks are about2.5 to 3 miles, with a different route every Friday. The nextwalk is Nov. 21.Roads Closed Nov. 23 and 27Several roads will be closed Sunday, Nov. 23, from 8-9:30 a.m., for Vienna’s annual Turkey Trot. They are: CottageStreet SW from Locust Street to Patrick Street SW,Center Street S from Locust Street to Moore Street, LocustStreet from Cottage Street to Center Street, Moore Streetfrom Cottage Street to Center Street, and a portion ofCherry Street near the fire station.Then on Thursday, Nov. 27, from about 8-10 a.m., severalroads will be closed to accommodate the 2014Wounded Warrior 5K. They include: Ayr Hill Avenue NWfrom Mill Street NE to Center Street N, and Center StreetN from Ayr Hill Avenue NW to Mill Street NE. However,most of this race will occur along the W&OD Trail betweenAyr Hill Avenue and Hunter Mill Road. Trail users will experiencehigher-than-normal usage during this time.Thanksgiving Schedule,Craft FairThe Vienna Community Center will be closed Thursday,Nov. 27, for Thanksgiving, but will be open Friday, Nov.28, through Sunday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Duringthis time, no classes or drop-in programs will be held; butthe Vienna Community Center will host the Northern VirginiaHandcrafters Guild Arts and Craft Show on Friday-Saturday, Nov. 28-29, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday,Nov. 30, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, go Vienna BusinessesVienna Business Saturday is Nov. 29 and, on this dayand throughout the year, Vienna residents are encouragedto patronize Vienna businesses. It’s to demonstrate theirsupport and appreciation for the contributions Vienna businessesmake to the community. Likewise, businesses areSee Week, Page 52 ❖ Vienna/Oakton Connection ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2014

Photos Courtesy of Hunter CarricoNews‘Audience Will Root for the Characters’Oakton High presentsthe drama,“Radium Girls.”By Bonnie HobbsThe ConnectionViewpointsWhat Are You Thankfulfor This Thanksgiving? — Donna ManzPeggy James, The Artful Gift Shop:“I am thankful for the unbelievably wonderfulfriends I have made in Vienna since I opened myshop five years ago this month. I am thankful thatI have a business I love, that supports local artistsas well as animal rescue. I am most thankful for mywonderful father, who is always there for me, nomatter what.”Based on true events,Oakton High’s upcomingplay, “Radium Girls,” is acompelling drama illustrating atragic time in American history.Show times are Thursday-Saturday,Dec. 4, 5 and 6, at 7 p.m. Ticketsare $10 at the door.The story takes place from 1917through the 1920s in a New Jerseyfactory and centers aroundthree young women who work there. “They’re paintingwatch dials with glow-in-the-dark paint for theU.S. soldiers away at war,” said senior Neil Totten,directing the show with classmate David Fish.The paint contains radium and, as they work, thewomen lick their brushes to make a finer point. “Thiswas before people knew radium was poisonous andcould cause cancer,” said Fish. “One girl suddenlycollapses at work, very ill, and the other girls getsuspicious that the company hasn’t told them everythingabout what they’re doing. There’s a lawsuit,with one lawyer representing the company and anotherrepresenting the workers.”There’s a cast and crew of 30 and a multi-level setwith a clock in the middle. The scenes take place atthe factory, the owner’s office, a home, the street anda doctor’s office. Totten said things are going welland the actors “pick up direction quickly. They’re allvery talented, especially our two leads, Veronica Silvaand Rob Condas.”Totten’s directing his third Oakton show and Fishsaid he learned a lot from him, including “how tomorph the actors’ performances into the vision Neiland I have for the show.” Totten enjoyed workingwith Fish, since they’re real-life friends; and sinceit’s such a character-driven show, Totten was pleasedto see the actors carry out his instructions.PLAYING Arthur Roeder, the head of the factory,the Radium Corp., is senior Rob Condas. “He’sclimbed to the top of the corporate ladder and isstruggling to be the best businessman he can be,”said Condas. “But in doing so, he’s turning away fromthe things that really matter to him, especially hiswife, employees and friends. He’s a kind man at heart,but chooses not to believe his company could be atfault. If he did, he’d have to admit to the crimes he’sdone – and doing that would destroy him.”Condas says it’s the toughest character he’s everplayed because “I’m primarily a comedic actor andhe’s a morally ambiguous, serious character with asad story arc. But it’s my favorite role because it hassome meat to it and, when I see the other people onstage, I see them as their actual characters.”The audience will like this play, said Condas, because“the characters normally played as stereotypes– the mean businessman, the ditz, crazy person, newlyweds,etc. – are delved into more deeply. And thatmakes the story a three-dimensional, tragic tale.”Senior Veronica Silva portrays dial-painter GraceFryer. “She’s a shy, quiet, obedient girl who loves herfriends,” said Silva. “After two of her friends get sick,she works with a lawyer on a lawsuit against thecompany.” left) are Grant Seastream, Gunnar Michael, RobCondas, Lawrence Yang and Spencer Jones as the “companymen.”Veronica Silva portrays Grace Fryer.“I love this character because she’s similar to me;she’s friendly and sees the good in people,” continuedSilva. “This role helped me get a better grasp onhow to delve deeper and get inside a character’smind, and I think she’s fighting for a great cause.”Believing the audience will feel “emotionally connected”to the show, Silva said, “They’ll find thestory’s suspense appealing and really fall in love withthe characters.”Playing Dr. Von Sochocky is senior GrantSeastream, a Ukrainian chemist who invented theradium paint in his kitchen. “He’s excited about hiswork, founded the Radium Corp. and knew many ofthe girls there,” said Seastream. “He suspects thatsomething’s wrong with radium, but really doesn’tknow.”ENJOYING HIS ROLE, he said it’s “fun doing aUkrainian accent and I have high energy in myscenes. I also get to flirt with one of the plant managers,so one of the challenges is trying to showwhat’s really important to this man.” Overall, saidSeastream, “The audience will like the show’s ambiguousmorals and will sympathize with and rootfor the characters as the play goes on.”Pat Britz, Vienna Woman’s Club:“I am very grateful to be able to retire at this timein my life and go on my dream vacation to CostaRica. I am especially thankful to be so healthy andfit as to hike up to and go across eight hangingbridges with my new friends over the rainforest andwitness such beautiful landscapes.”Shirley Buford, vocational chairman forthe Vienna Rotary Club, Vienna:“I am thankful to all of the Vienna Rotarians whoparticipated in presentations of Websters StudentDictionaries to 1,400 third graders in 12 elementaryschools in the Vienna area. The third graderslove having their own personal dictionaries, enjoylearning how to use them, learn about service tothe community through the Rotary Club, and thatwe give back to the community through our sponsorshipof ViVa! Vienna!”Laurie DiRocco, mayor, Town of Vienna:“I am thankful for my family, my friends and myhealth. I am grateful to celebrate Thanksgiving withmy entire family at my sister’s house. I am alsothankful for the Vienna community and its manyvolunteers who make Vienna a special place tolive.”Howard “Happy” Svigals, rotarian ofGreater Vienna, formerly of Vienna“I am thankful for all your wonderful Facebookpostings.”Cindy Williams, PetMAC, Reston“Friends and family aside, I’d have to say I’mthankful that my parents raised me to be the personI am. In hard times, I have the strength topower through and come out the other side. Ingood times, I have the openness to invite others toshare in my good fortune. Both my parents havepassed away, but the lessons they taught me liveon and I wouldn’t have traded either one of themfor anything in the world.”Niall Leogue, Caddie Tours, Vienna“I think it’s important to remember what theholidays are about, since it usually gets overshadowedby Black Friday, cooking way too much food,and chatting with family members. I am exceptionallythankful for a strong and supportive family, anetwork of amazing friends, a job I love, goodhealth, a mind full of goals and aspirations that arestarting to fall in place. Happy Thanksgiving.”Cindy Stewart, Hunter Mill District representativeto Fairfax County AnimalShelter Advisory Commission“I am most thankful for my family and for theprivilege of living in a town and community that iscaring and generous to its less-fortunate residents.”Vienna/Oakton Connection ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2014 ❖ 3

Photo by Bonnie Hobbs/The ConnectionPhotos courtesy of Vienna Youth SoccerNewsVienna Teen Acting in ‘A Christmas Carol’Holiday classic offersdinner and a play.By Bonnie HobbsThe ConnectionAholiday classic comes to life inan intimate, dinner-theater settingwhen the City of Fairfax TheatreCo. and Truro AnglicanChurch present “A Christmas Carol.”Guided by the ghosts of Christmas Past,Present and Future, Ebenezer Scrooge willtake a journey leading to his transformationand redemption. And a Vienna teen isamong the cast members.Show times are Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7:30p.m., with 6:30 p.m. dinner; Saturday, Dec.6, at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. with 6:30 p.m.dinner (limited availability); and Sunday,Dec. 7, at 2 p.m.Tickets are $10, adults; $5, students,, and $15 and$10, respectively, at the door. Dinner showsare $25/ticket, either way. (A special, $20family package is offered for the Dec. 6show at 10 a.m.). Truro is at 10520 MainSt. in Fairfax.The cast and crew of 30 have been rehearsingsince September and the actors areages 8-85. “What’s unique about this playis that the whole room is part of the set,”Vienna’s Melissa Handel playsMartha Cratchit.said Director Kirsten Boyd. “The actors willbe performing in the aisles and onstage, sothe audience will feel like they’re part ofthe story. We’ll have an old-fashioned lamppostin the center of the room, andthe audience will sing Christmascarols with the cast throughout theshow.”Portraying Scrooge is Trurochurch member Kevin Gilroy. “He’sdeeply flawed and figures out allhis faults during the play,” saidGilroy. “He learns who he is andwhat he wants in life. He’s grumpyand crotchety and has a hard timeconnecting with people. He’s notreceptive to changing until towardthe end.”Gilroy said the role’s drainingbecause “I go through a lot of emotions,but it’s fun to process thosefeelings. And I’m excited to be thelead because I get to connect witheveryone in the audience, all atonce. People will enjoy the showbecause it’s about the true meaningof Christmas, the productionis energetic and they’ll have funsinging Christmas carols.”Vienna’s Melissa Handel, aneighth-grader at Kilmer MiddleSchool, plays Bob Cratchit’s eldestdaughter, Martha. “She’s 21 andstill trying to find herself,” saidHandel. “But she’s also very responsible andhelps her mom look after the other children.”Handel said the hardest part of her roleis the language, speaking in old English, butshe’s enjoying herself. “I like acting with theother family members,” she said. “Usually,I play a younger person, but this time I getto play someone older. I wear a long, fulllengthskirt and a button-down, longsleevedshirt.”Although she’s young, Handel has performedin community theater before. Shewas in the Vienna Theatre Co.’s productionof “Willy Wonka” last April and also actswith Lopez Studios in Reston.“I like acting because it’s an importantpart of life and teaches you things,” explainedHandel. “I especially like doingshows where people learn lessons. I enjoyhistory a lot, and I learn about other eraswhen I perform in shows taking place indifferent time periods, such as when I did‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ for Lopez Studios.”In “A Christmas Carol,” she said, “Theaudience will like how we interact withthem. We walk around and talk with people,not just with the other characters on stage.Everybody in the cast is very talented, andI think we interpret our characters a bit differentlythan the audience would expect.”Handel said the audience will also appreciatethe message of the story: “Don’t takeadvantage of people, don’t be greedy anddon’t waste life judging others.Instead, be kind to them and make thebest of your life.”U10 Girls Spirit Academy players and their coaches go all out PINK to support "GiveCancer the Boot."Vienna Youth Soccer’s(VYS) fields were a seaof pink in October asplayers and their families participatedin the third annual”Give Cancer the Boot” campaignby wearing pink duringgames and practices.VYS players, coaches andfans had been asked to wearpink to raise awareness on therisks of breast cancer and benefitsof early detection. Players andtheir families could be seen allover Vienna and surroundingfields sporting their “Give Cancerthe Boot” t-shirts and pink gear.Boys, girls, men and women participated- showing that pink hastruly become a statement of support.Over the past three years, VYS’Give Cancer the Boot campaignhas donated over $3700 to Lifewith Cancer, a local, communityfundedorganization whose missionis to enhance the quality oflife of those affected by cancer byproviding information, educationand support. This year’s donationincluded profits from VYS’ specially-designedshirts and a donationfrom the U14B Raptors Academywhich donated a portion ofits fundraising efforts from its RaptorTag Booster Drive.U9 Boys Team - Funky Bananas stand tough in supportof "Give Cancer the Boot."Vienna Youth Soccer Completes ‘Give Cancer the Boot’ CampaignAccording to Faith Boettger, GiveCancer the Boot Chair, “Give Cancerthe Boot gives our players andtheir families a wonderful opportunityto actively participate inbreast cancer awareness monthand make a difference all year longthrough our partnership with Lifewith Cancer.” “Life with cancercannot exist without the generoussupport of our community. Withoutfundraising efforts like VYS’Give Cancer the Boot, wewould not be able to providecounseling, education, programsand navigation servicesto the children, adults andloved ones in our communitiesat no cost. We now serviceFairfax, Loudoun, Alexandriaand Mount Vernon and FairOaks communities,” said SageBolte, PhD, LCSW, OSW-C, Director,Life with Cancer.4 ❖ Vienna/Oakton Connection ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2014

From Page 2Week in Viennaencouraged to participate by offering special sales and giveaways toshoppers on Nov. 29. The event’s organized by the Town/Business LiaisonCommittee and the Vienna Business Assn. and provides peoplewith a small-town, shopping experience for the holidays.Holiday Bike DriveSaturdayOn Saturday, Nov. 29, volunteers will be in the parking lot next toBikes@Vienna (128-A Church St. NW) and at Antioch Christian Church(1860 Beulah Road) collecting gently used bikes for holiday distributiontolocal families.The program is being sponsored by Committee for HelpingOthers.Church StreetHoliday StrollThe annual Holiday Stroll on Vienna’s historic Church Street will beheld Monday, Dec. 1, from 6-9 p.m. From about 5:45 p.m.-10 p.m. orso, Church Street will be closed between Lawyers Road and Mill Street,Center Street from Church to Wilmar Drive, Dominion Road from AyrHill Avenue to Church, and Mill from Church to Maple Avenue.Visitors are invited to stroll amid the sights and sounds of the holidayseason and visit merchants along the way. Entertainment will includelocal musical groups, a petting zoo, free hot chocolate, marshmallowsfor roasting at supervised “bonfires” and other festivities.People are encouraged to bring canned foods and place them in boxeson the Freeman Store porch. For more information, go or call 707-938-5187.See Week, Page 7www.ConnectionNewspapers.comVienna/Oakton Connection ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2014 ❖ 5

OpinionVienna & OaktonHolidays Are About GivingGive thanks and share; tens of thousands offamilies around us are in need.Where to Give LocallyIn no particular order:❖ Our Daily Bread — has been serving needyfamilies in Fairfax County for 25 years. The HolidayProgram helps those in need with food for theholidays and gifts for their children, making lastyear’s holiday season brighter for approximately3,000 families. For more information on theirholiday programs, including how to sponsor afamily, go to❖ Cornerstones, 11150 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 210,Reston, serving Reston and Herndon. 571-323-9555, Programs and servicesinclude the Embry Rucker Community Shelter,Emergency Food Pantry, Hypothermia PreventionProgram and the Thanksgiving Food Drive.❖ FACETS helps parents, their children andindividuals who suffer the effects of poverty in theFairfax area. FACETS is always in need ofvolunteers, and offers a variety of one-time andongoing opportunities. 703-865-4251 orEditorialThe holidays are about giving, andgiving thanks. The holidays areabout children and family. The holidaysare about sharing, about joy.The holidays are about being thankfuland about faith and appreciation. Theholidays are about alleviating sufferingfor others.Surrounded by the bounty in so many neighborhoodsin Northern Virginia, many of us seelittle signs of the massive unmet needs here.But in Fairfax County Public Schools, more than52,000 of the students are poor enough to receivefree or subsidized meals, a significantmeasure of poverty.In Arlington more than 32 percent of the studentsare poor enough to receive free or subsidizedmeals; that’s 7,452 students atlast count.In Alexandria, 8,582 students arepoor enough to receive free or subsidizedmeals. That’s 60 percent of the 14,222students enrolled.These are children who are living in familieswho may be on the brink of homelessness,families who must choose between Page Avenue, Suite 300, Fairfax VA 22030❖ The Jeanie Schmidt Free Clinic, 13525 DullesTechnology Drive, Herndon, VA 20171, 571-235-3577. Last year, 139 community volunteers —nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians — gavemore than 1,300 hours of their time to see❖ Alternative House — Abused and HomelessChildren’s Refuge, 2100 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA22182,❖ SHARE of McLean seeks donations of grocery giftcards and more. Checks and gift cards can be sentto: Holiday Celebration, Share, Inc. PO Box 210,McLean, VA 22101.❖ LINK, serving Herndon, Chantilly, Loudoun andmore, needs contributions of food, coats and holidaytoys for children, plus volunteers. More than 4,000adults and children have signed up for help withThanksgiving and Christmas meals. 703-437-1776Nurturing Happy MemoriesFor some, memories of just a few happy momentsprovide arsenal for enduring.By Joan Bradymy few happy memoriesthat keep me going,”“It’sa young woman who hadgrown up in foster care told me afew months ago.To be honest, today I’m a littlefoggy on exactly what her happymemories even were. They weren’tmonumental experiences orachievements. They were simplymoments in time when she felthappy.One was about being near thewater. Another, a meal eaten at aparticular restaurant. And another,a time when she felt like she wasbeing heard. A small arsenal ofmoments that she could dip into,as needed.I haven’t been able to stop thinkingabout that conversation. I grewup with two loving parents. Whileno childhood is perfect, I’d saymine was pretty close. What I keepstored away are my few unhappymemories. Images I trot out whenI want to wallow in a little selfpity.But what if I could hang on tojust a few good memories. Andthey had to be enough to keep memoving forward, from making badchoices, even from killing myself.What would they be?Well there was my nurseryschool graduation. Every kid hadThe importanceof happy memories:Joan Bradyin a selfie withher siblings, thefirst photo ofjust the four ofthem stand up and perform in frontof the group of proud parents.Painfully shy and paralyzed by thevery idea, I distinctly remembermy mother telling me that she hadspoken with my teacher and Iwould be exempt from this particulartorture. This one I’d keepas a reminder that I have a motherwho had my back then and continuesto now.There was that beautiful springbills, car repair, heat and food. These are childrenwho may not be sure that they will havea meal between the meals they get in school.School holidays can bring uncertainty and hunger,a far cry from the celebrations, gifts andplenty that we associate with Thanksgiving andChristmas.Hundreds of homeless students attend thepublic schools, and their needs are greater.There are literally hundreds, probably thousands,of ways to give locally this season. Hereare a few ideas. We will rerun this list againduring the holiday, so let us know what wehave missed.— Mary Kimm,❖ Committee for Helping Others (CHO),Vienna, organized in 1969 by a group of concernedchurches and individuals in the Dunn Loring,Merrifield, Oakton, Vienna community to providesimple, loving charity to those in need. 14th AnnualThanksgiving Interfaith Service is Tuesday, Nov. 20,7:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2589Chain Bridge Road. Vienna 703-281-7614❖ Herndon-Reston FISH (For ImmediateSympathetic Help), 336 Victory Drive, Herndon,703-391-0105❖ Northern Virginia Family Service, 10455White Granite Drive Suite 100, Oakton, VA 22124703-385-3267❖ 12 Ways of Giving: Fairfax County Office ofPublic Private Partnerships “12 Ways of Giving”campaign is an annual event that showcases manyways for meaningful, local giving during the holidayseason, highlighting nonprofits in Fairfax County.www.fairfaxcountypartnerships.orgday that I walked with her downthe streets of New York City, proudto be a recent college grad andexcited to be going on job interviewsand looking for an apartment.It would be good to hangon to a reminder to appreciate accomplishmentsand to embrace thenext set of goals with enthusiasm.There was the time a few yearsago that my sister and brothersand I took a selfie. It was the firstimage of just the four of us sincewe were kids. There was somethingabout that moment, enjoyingeach other’s company and recognizing,that no matter what,these people could be counted on.Yup, definitely a memory worthhanging on to.And maybe, one would be themoment when I recognized howlucky I am to have a treasure troveof happy memories as deep and aslong as my life.Joan Brady is a professional photographer;mentor and advocate for current andformer foster children; volunteer withpaws4People, Fairfax Families4Kids, andothers; and a resident of Great Falls. Reachher at joan@joanbradyphotography.comwww.ConnectionNewspapers.comAn independent, locally owned weeklynewspaper deliveredto homes and businesses.Published byLocal Media Connection LLC1606 King StreetAlexandria, Virginia 22314Free digital edition delivered toyour email box. Go DEPARTMENT:vienna@connectionnewspapers.comKemal KurspahicEditor ❖ 703-778-9414kemal@connectionnewspapers.comAmna RehmatullaEditorial Assistant703-778-9410 ext.427arehmatulla@connectionnewspapers.comBonnie HobbsCommunity Reporter ❖ 703-778-9438bhobbs@connectionnewspapers.comDonna ManzContributing Writerdmanz@connectionnewspapers.comJon RoetmanSports Editor ❖ advertising informationsales@connectionnewspapers.com703-778-9431Don ParkDisplay Advertising703-778-9420donpark@connectionnewspapers.comAndrea SmithClassified Advertising703-778-9411classified@connectionnewspapers.comDebbie FunkNational Sales703-778-9444debfunk@connectionnewspapers.comDavid GriffinMarketing Assistant703-778-9431dgriffin@connectionnewspapers.comEditor & PublisherMary Vice PresidentJerry Vernonjvernon@connectionnewspapers.comEditor in ChiefSteven MaurenManaging EditorKemal KurspahicPhotography:Deb Cobb, Craig SterbutzelArt/Design:Laurence Foong, John HeinlyProduction Manager:Geovani FloresSpecial Assistant to the PublisherJeanne 703-778-9426circulation@connectionnewspapers.com6 ❖ Vienna/Oakton Connection ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2014

From Page 5Week inViennaPet Valu Opensin OaktonPet Valu recently opened a newstore in Oakton and the GrandOpening Celebration will be onSaturday, Dec. 6. Pet parents areinvited to bring along their animalsfor refreshments, raffleprizes, and great savings. The festivitiesbegin at 9 a.m. and the first50 customers to make a purchasewill receive a complimentary giftbag.Make sure to check out Pet Valu’sself washing stations designed foryou to conveniently wash your petand leave the mess behind - foronly $10. Pet Parents come in, tieon an apron, wash their pet, drythem and walk out. Pet Valu providesthe shampoo, towels, professionalgrade dryers, and aprons forboth children and adults... youprovide the pet!The new Pet Valu store is locatedat Oakton Shopping Center, 2914Chainbridge Road, Oakton. Allpets are welcome at our stores, butmust be leashed. For more information,visit or call 703-255-7241.USA Financial Planning Partners10640 Main Street, Suite 203Fairfax, VA 22030703-821-7676Attend one of ourFREE My WealthSummit seminarsIt’s vital to plan carefully for your financial future. But, as in climbing amountain, you also need an effective strategy to get back down safely.At this seminar, there are NO slick sales presentations.Just sensible information about financial strategies.• Thursday, December 4 at 7 pm• Saturday, December 6 at 10 am• Tuesday, December 9 at 7 pmClass space is limited. FREE REFRESHMENTS SERVED.Reservations Required.$50 tuition WAIVED for Connection readers: Use code CP1411.Call Connection ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2014 ❖ 7

CommunityFrom left — Lois Gordon is an original member of Shillelaghs Travel Clubhaving been among the first to join up in 1964. Gordon attended theclub’s 50 th Anniversary Celebration with her daughter Risa Gordon, whofollows in her mother’s footsteps as a member and traveler.Photos by Andrea Worker/The ConnectionFrom 1964 until 1986, the Travel Club used it’s own planes for many oftheir adventures – complete with their own crew. From left — Mary AliceHolmes and Anne Marshall were two of the flight attendants who madethe traveling experience so special for the members. The ladies weregiven special acknowledgment at the club’s anniversary event.Planes and cruise ships aren’t the only mode of transportation thesetravelers employ. The club offers plenty of short and long distance deluxecoach trips, as well, many with Mickey Lynn in the driver’s seat. Lynn hasbeen taking the members all around the country for more than 17 years.“He’s a special one,” says club Executive Director Carolyn McKenna. “Hetakes great care of us. Everybody loves a trip with Mickey!”Friendships Still Flying High After 50 YearsShillelaghs Travel Club of Viennacelebrates 50 th Anniversary.Shillelaghs Travel Club of Vienna celebratedits 50 th Anniversary with agala luncheon at The WestwoodCountry Club that was attended bymore than 175 members, vendors andguests.The atmosphere was “family reunion.”While there was plenty of catching up goingon around the room, a majority of thesefolks stay in touch, and many still see eachother regularly on one or more travel adventuresor social events throughout theyear.Executive Director Carolyn McKenna explainedthat it all began when four Virginiabusinessmen decided to buy a plane. Licensedsmall-craft pilots, they wanted accessto easy, long-weekend travel, and knew of aDC 7 4-engine prop plane being retired andoffered for sale. Unfortunately, none of theowners could fly this type of craft. And theydidn’t quite know how to make a 79-passengerplane financially viable. “So they said‘Let’s start a travel club!,’” laughed McKenna.“And they did.” Shillelaghs was incorporatedin 1964 under the name of Emerald ShillelaghChowder and Marching Society. (You’llhave to ask McKenna more about that namechoice). “If you can believe it,” she says,“they painted that name on the side of theplane…until they ran out of room!” As thefirst official travel club in the country, thefounders of Shillelaghs started their organizationbasing their bylaws on those of swimmingpool clubs, and eventually wound upassisting the FAA in writing the regulationsto govern this new type of travel.ShillelaghsTravel ClubExecutive DirectorCarolynMcKenna raisesher glass andcalls for a toastin honor ofCapt. Bob Hurtat the club’s 50 thAnniversaryluncheon. Hurt,who piloted theclub’s privatelyowned airplanefrom 1964 until1986, wasrememberedwith smiles andtears, havingpassed away in2013 at the ageof 92.“Those were some crazy times,” McKennareminisced. “In order to be on a flight, youhad to be crew or member. The FAA madeus all practice emergency drills. We even hadto demonstrate a nighttime evacuation infront of FAA inspectors.”From left — Club Secretary Sandy Sincavitz takes a moment to chat withtravel writer Ruth Hill, a long-time friend of the club. Sincavitz, a membersince 1968, has long since earned the requirements for entry in the Travelers’Century Club having visited some 130 countries and territories.THE CLUB started with short weekend andholiday trips, mainly to the Caribbean Islandsand Mexico, then venturing fartherafield into Central and South America, althoughMcKenna’s first trip, that she tookwith her cousin in 1968, was to Toronto “forthe amazing cost of $39,” she recalls. “I washooked. Aside from the price and the easeof the travel, the other members were justso fun and welcoming. ”For 22 years after its inception, Shillelaghsmade good use of that plane, enough so thatthey were able to employ their own crew.“Captain Bob Hurt (a retired Naval Commander)was an absolute delight, as werethe wonderful flight attendants,” said clubSecretary Sandy Sincavitz. “Professional tothe core, but lots of fun. One of our tripsbegan with the wedding of the co-pilot andone of the attendants. They got married –and then it was ‘wheels up’ and on our way.”McKenna became more and more involvedwith the club, including in the role of TripDirector on numerous outings – somethingshe still does today. After years of workingon various committees, McKenna eventuallyserved as President. Then came the retirementof “Capt. Bob,” which coincided withthe deregulation of the airline industry. Commercialflying became more affordable, andit was time to sell the planes and take thenext step. In 1984, McKenna took the reinsas Executive Director and was determinednot to let the club fade away as long as therewas interest.“A lot of the travel clubs that had sproutedup afterwards didn’t make the transitionwell,” noted attendee Ruth Hill, a travelwriter and long-time associate of the club.It is certainly a point of pride with the membersthat Shillelaghs was the first and nowis the last surviving travel club.And they have no plans to hang up theirwings or store away their cruise ship outfits.There are more than 40 trips alreadyon the books for 2015, from cruises toAlaska, the Amazon, the Rhine and theDanube, treks to China, Ireland, and Spain,with coach trips to Savannah, Kentucky andNew Mexico thrown in for good measure.Working with travel partners, Shillelaghswill even arrange individual cruise or tourtravel.Although McKenna will be gradually steppingback from her Executive Director duties,she assures members that there are alreadyplans in place to keep moving forward.“We cater to an older group, of course.Especially since so many have been with uspractically from day one, but there is somethingfor everyone,” declared McKenna, “andour members now include a lot of the nextgeneration.”THE MEMBERS of Shillelaghs Travel Clubhave enough stories collected from theiryears of travel to fill several editions, but ifyou want to hear – and experience – more,best to go straight to the source. Their officeis located at 100 East Street, SE, Suite202 in Vienna. They can be reached at 703-242-2204 or via their ❖ Vienna/Oakton Connection ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2014 www.ConnectionNewspapers.comVienna/Oakton Connection ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2014 ❖ 9

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A winterwonderland, including a flowingstream of softly glowing lights, a twostory animated fountain and aGingerbread Village. Admission: $13adults, $8 children ages 3-12;children under 3 are free.TUESDAY/NOV. 25The 16 th Annual CommunityThanksgiving Worship Service.7:30 p.m. Vienna Baptist Church, 541Marshall Road SW, Vienna. Clergyand choirs from participatingchurches will lead the service withprayers for peace and thanksgiving.Offerings will go to support the localfood banks run by Our Daily Breadand Committee for Helping Others(CHO). For additional information ortransportation needs, please call theShepherd’s Center at 703-281-0538.WEDNESDAY/NOV. 26Treasured Threes to Fives. 10:30a.m. Patrick Henry Library, 101Maple Avenue East Vienna. Join usfor stories and songs. Ages 3-5 withadult.Toddler Tales. 10:30 a.m. OaktonLibrary, 10304 Lynnhaven Place,Oakton. Stories and activities for youand your toddler. Age 2-3 with adult.THURSDAY/NOV. 27Thanksgiving Day Brunch. Seatingsfrom 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, 1700 TysonsBoulevard, McLean. Enjoy a specialThanksgiving Day brunch, featuringall your favorite brunch items anddelicious Thanksgiving fixings. Enjoylive musical entertainment andspecial activities for our youngestbrunch guests. $125 per adult, $40per child, ages 4 to 12, exclusive oftax and gratuity.FRIDAY-SUNDAY/NOV. 28- NOV. 30Vienna Arts & Crafts Show. Friday:10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.Vienna Community Center, 120Cherry Street, Vienna. Handmadearts and crafts, including decorativepainting, fused, etched, painted andstained glass, ceramics and pottery,hand-painted silk, woodworkinghandweaving, photography, paintingsand drawings,clothing and functionaltextiles, jewelry and much more. Allof the artists and artisans will be onhand to answer questions and talkMeadowlark Botanical Gardens, off Beulah Road, featuresmore than 500,000 LED lights in its spectacular WinterWalk of Lights Festival. The walking tour of the lightdisplays and scenes opened on Nov. 14 and runs throughJan. 4, 2015.about their work. Admission: $3.FRIDAY/NOV. 28 -WEDNESDAY/DEC. 24Santa HQ at Tysons CornerCenter, 1961 Chain Bridge Road,Tysons Corner. Visit Santa’s MagicalWorkshop & Observatory, presentedby HGTV - for photos and familyactivities, located in Fashion Court onlevel one between Nordstrom andBloomingdale’s - beginningNovember 14th. Reserve your spaceonline to see Santa. Ongoing event.FRIDAY/NOV. 28John Eaton. 8 p.m. The Barns at WolfTrap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna.Renowned pianist, vocalist,musicologist, and humorist deliversrenditions of cherished Americansongs. Tickets: $25-$27. For moreinformation, visit Gingerbread House. 4 p.m.Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, 1700Tysons Boulevard, McLean. Kick-offthe holidays with The Ritz-Carlton,Tysons Corner, as the life-sizedGingerbread House is unveiled.Located on the 3rd floor, arrival lobbylevel of the hotel, the culinary work ofart is large enough for guests to walkaround inside and explore the sugaryconstruction created by our talentedPastry Team. Opening day festivitieswill include holiday confections, hotspiced cider and hot cocoa.John Eaton. 8 p.m. The BarnsWolftrap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna.Renowned pianist, vocalist,musicologist, and humorist deliversrenditions of cherished Americansongs. $25-27. 703-255-1900. 29Stephen Kellogg. 7:30 p.m. The Barnsat Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road,Vienna. This lively performer andtalented everyman combines soulfulsongwriting and passionate guitar fora classic rock ’n’ roll sound. Tickets:$25. For more information, & Coffee. 7-9 p.m. 760 WalkerRoad Great Falls. Gathering of cars atKatie’s Coffeehouse. Antique, custom,hotrod, exotic, sports, etc.MONDAY/DEC. 1Vienna Annual Church StreetHoliday Stroll. 6-9 p.m. ChurchStreet will be closed betweenLawyers Road and Mill Street, andvisitors are invited to stroll amid thesights and sounds of the holidayseason and visit merchants along theway. Historic structures open duringthe event include the Freeman Storeand Museum, the Little Library, thetrain station, the red caboose, theKnights of Columbus (former FirstBaptist Church), and the ViennaPresbyterian “old chapel.” SantaClaus will arrive at the FreemanStore at 6:15 p.m. and help MayorLaurie DiRocco light the holiday tree.Afterwards, Santa will visit withchildren on the front porch of theFreeman Store.The Holiday Strollwill feature entertainment by localmusical groups, a petting zoo, freehot chocolate, marshmallows forroasting at supervised “bon fires” andother festivities. Visitors areencouraged to bring canned foodsand place them in boxes on theFreeman Store porch.Model Trains Plus Thomas, Too! 6-9 p.m. Historic Vienna RailroadStation, 231 Dominion Road NE,See Calendar, Page 11Home Décor & Christmas GiftsFine Stationery, Jewelry, OrnamentsChildrens’ Books & AccessoriesGifts for Baby… and much more!The Used Book Sale is back!Our Lady of Good Counsel Church8601 Wolftrap Rd, Vienna, VA 22182703.896.7424 • development@olgcva.orgBathroom Remodel Special $6,850Celebrating 15 Years in Business!Free Estimates703-999-2928TWO POOR TEACHERSKitchen and Bathroom RemodelingSelect yourproducts fromour MobileShowroomand DesignCenterFully Insured &Class A LicensedEst. 1999Visit our website: www.twopoorteachers.com10 ❖ Vienna/Oakton Connection ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2014

CalendarFrom Page 10Vienna. Celebrate the holidays duringthe Vienna Holiday Stroll seeing andhearing model trolleys and trainsincluding Thomas and some of hisfriends and the Polar Express ondisplay and in operation. Greatfamily fun and activity for the youngand young at heart. Free 435th Annual Tiny Tots HolidayConcert 2014. 10 a.m. & 7 p.m.James Madison High School, 2500James Madison Drive, Vienna. TheJames Madison High School WindSymphony and Color Guard presentan exciting concert celebrating thespectrum of seasonal music. Purchasetickets at: Twilight with Special Guest BabyBee. 8 p.m. The Barns Wolftrap, 1635Trap Road, Vienna. Stirring alt-rockwith impassioned vocals andatmospheric melodies. $22. 703-255-1900. 535th Annual Tiny Tots HolidayConcert 2014. 10 a.m. JamesMadison High School, 2500 JamesMadison Drive, Vienna. The JamesMadison High School WindSymphony and Color Guard presentan exciting concert celebrating thespectrum of seasonal music. Purchasetickets at: 5 - 6Renaissance Feaste. 7 p.m. CapitalChurch, 10233 Leesburg Pike,Vienna. Langley High School’s choirs,including the Madrigals and theWomen’s Chamber Choir, presentRenaissance-style dining and musicalevent. The holiday celebrationfeatures costumed servers, jesters,minstrels, and musicians in a festive“Greate Hall” environment.Fashioned after a 16th-centurygathering of landed gentry, the eventoffers entertainment and traditionalMadrigal songs such as “Masters ofThis Hall,” “Gloucestershire Wassail,”and “Deck the Halls.” Tickets adults$30; student $20. For moreinformation on the Langley choirsand tickets for the RenaissanceFeaste, visit 5-14Christmas Market & Winterfest.Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday &Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. TysonsCorner Center Outdoor Plaza, 1961Chain Bridge Road, Tysons Corner.Festival will include 30 vendorsselling German holiday goods. Plus,mulled wine, German beer, Germanfare, hot chocolate and coffee. Enjoythe spectacular Christmas tree,entertainment, beer garden and otherfestive activities. Ongoing event.the tree lighting ceremony. Nutcracker Tea. 10 a.m. & 1p.m. Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner,1700 Tysons Boulevard, McLean.Delight in a contemporary twist onthe beloved holiday classic while youenjoy afternoon tea, petitesandwiches and pastries. All childrenwill go home with a nutcracker dolland pictures to remember their day.$79 per person. Event also takesplace on Dec. 13 and 20.Authentic Darjeeling Teas. 1-3 p.m.Colvin Run Mill, 10017 Colvin RunRoad, Great Falls. From India’sHimalayan foothills, the “Champagneof Teas” has recently been grantedProtected Origin Status. Taste andcompare the unique qualities fromthe four seasonal flushes and learnwhy tea garden location can impactthe final flavor of Darjeeling teas.Tea infused treats included. Advancereservations and payment ($30 perperson) required through the Mill at703-759-2771.SATURDAY-SUNDAY/DEC. 6-7Gingerbread House DecoratingClass. 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, 1700 TysonsBoulevard, McLean. Learn to makeyour own sugary home at aGingerbread House Decorating Class,taught by The Ritz-Carlton, TysonsCorner’s Pastry Team. The classincludes all the ingredients toconstruct a beautiful gingerbreadhouse as well as a special souvenir.$75 per child, ages 3 to 12, inclusiveof tax and gratuity. Event also takesplace on Dec. 13, 14, 20 and 21.SUNDAY/DEC. 7Visit These Houses of WorshipTo Highlight Your Faith Community,call Karen at 703-917-6468Welcoming, Diverse, ProgressiveST. ANNE’SEPISCOPALCHURCH • Reston8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II5:00 p.m. Come Just as You Are Contemporary ServiceNursery care provided at 10:00 a.m. serviceThe Rev. James Papile, RectorThe Rev. Laura Cochran, Assoc. Rector703-437-6530www.stannes-reston.org1700 Wainwright Dr., RestonMcLean WinterFest Parade. 3:30p.m. Old Chain Bridge Road, McLean.Groups interested in participating inthe parade should go tocomplete the registration informationand submit it to parade officials.Each entrant will receiveconfirmation of their registrationwith this year’s parade rules.Registrations will be accepted untilNov. 18.The Princess Tea. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, 1700Tysons Boulevard, McLean. Delightyour young princesses with amagical theatrical production,featuring treasured DisneyPrincesses and complemented bytreats. All children will leave with aholiday gift bag and photo with thefeatured Princesses. $79 per person,inclusive of tax and gratuity.Matinee Holiday Aca-Extravaganza w/ Pitches BeCrazy + Handsome Reward +Impitched + Kaila Mullady. 1:30p.m. Jammin Java, 227 MapleAvenue East, Vienna. Acappellareturns to Jammin Java to host thefirst “Holiday Aca-Extravaganza”featuring local DC contemporary, acappella group, Impitched, and thebarbershop harmony pros, HandsomeReward and highlighting a verypecial appearance of Kaila Mullady,the 2013 Beatsrhyme Champion andtop ranked beatbox sensation fromNew York City. Admission: $10-$13,THURSDAY/DEC. 11Holiday, Gingerbread HouseWorkshop. 6:30-8 p.m. $45 perhouse/$35 MCC district residents.McLean Community Center, 1234Ingleside Avenue, McLean.SATURDAY/DEC. 6Holiday Sing-A-Long. 4 p.m. WolfTrap’s Filene Center, 1645 TrapRoad, Vienna. No tickets arerequired, but patrons are encouragedto bring an unwrapped toy donationfor Toys for Tots. For moreinformation, visit Falls Celebration of Lights.5:30 - 8 p.m. Great Falls VillageCentre. Watch Santa and Mrs. Clausarrive in an antique fire truck to lightthe Great Falls Tree. Afterwards,Santa will be in his house to meet allchildren who wish to share theirholiday wishes. For the children,there will be a petting zoo and ponyride that will begin immediately afterFIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF VIENNA450 ORCHARD STREET, NWVIENNA, VA 22180703-938-8525fbcvoffice@verizon.netwww.fbcv.orgSUNDAY WORSHIP, 7:45 AM & 11:00 AMCHURCH SCHOOL 9:30AM-10:30AMMIDWEEK SERVICES, WED. 7:00 PMwww.ConnectionNewspapers.comVienna/Oakton Connection ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2014 ❖ 11

Photos by Craig Sterbutzel/The ConnectionSportsMadison outside hitter Natale Zanellato had 28 kills against First Colonialin the 6A state volleyball final on Nov. 21 at VCU’s Siegel Center inRichmond.By Jon RoetmanThe ConnectionFour Madison volleyball players andhead coach Carrie Hall sat in themedia room at VCU’s Siegel Centerand answered questions followingthe VHSL 6A state championshipmatch.Junior outside hitter Natale Zanellatodescribed the challenge presented byFriday’s opponent, First Colonial of VirginiaBeach. Senior outside hitter Marissa Roytalked about the Warhawks overcoming aslow start.Junior outside hitter Jayne Carter admittedshe was emotional.Senior libero Virginia Moore said the resultof Friday’s match wouldn’t sink in untilshe was ready to head back to Vienna.“This whole season has felt unreal, so theend of it kind of feels unreal, too,” saidMoore, a first-team all-region selection. “Ithink when I sit down on the bus, it’s goingto hit me. I might not be happy, but … I’mproud of this whole season. … We did accomplishsomething that’s never been donebefore that no one can take away from us.”The Madison volleyball team, making itsfirst state final appearance in program history,had seven chances to put the perfectending on its historic season of domination.Seven times the Warhawks had a matchpointserve against First Colonial.SEVEN TIMES Madison had the opportunityto finish the 2014 campaign undefeatedand walk away with a state championship.But every time the Warhawks were on thecusp of closing out First Colonial, the Patriotsfound a way to answer. And after theteams had exchanged clutch play afterclutch play, First Colonial outside hitterCatie Espinoza ended the epic five-set matchwith her 17th kill.First Colonial captured its third state titlein program history with a 3-2 (25-17, 12-25, 18-25, 25-23, 25-23) victory over Madisonon Nov. 21 in Richmond. The Patriotsovercame a late deficit to win the fourthset before saving seven match points in thefifth to take home the title.“It was [a] good [match],” Hall said, “wejust came out on the wrong side of it.”Madison entered the state final havinglost only five sets all season. The Warhawkshad swept 12 consecutive opponents andMadison outside hitter Jayne Carter (7) had 17 kills against First Colonial.Madison Volleyball Drops Heartbreaker in State FinalWarhawks lose toFirst Colonial inepic five-set match.hadn’t dropped a set since beating Langleyin four on Oct. 16. Madison finished theseason with a 33-1 record, a Conference 5championship and a 6A North region title.“It’s incredible,” Hall said about theWarhawks’ accomplishments in 2014. “I’min the state final for goodness sake. I thinkwe all would say that. I know it’s not whatwe wanted now, but when they were freshmen,did you (Madison players) think wewould get to the state final when you’reseniors? .... This is a great accomplishment.We’ve done so much for the school and thecommunity. They were all behind us on thisone. We had so much electricity in the airall week long in our school.“I think it was great what we accomplished.”Madison trailed 14-12 in the fifth set ofFriday’s state final, but a kill by Zanellato,a First Colonial error and a kill block fromCarter gave the Warhawks their first ofseven match points at 15-14. Carter producedthree more pressure-packed kills,including one that gave Madison its finalmatch point at 23-22, but First Colonial respondedwith three consecutive points forthe victory.“At that point,” said Roy, the 6A Northregion Player of the Year, “it’s really justwhatever is supposed to happen, whicheverteam is supposed to win this epic [match]does, because it’s so back and forth.”Undefeated and rarely tested during theseason, Madison received a quick realitycheck as First Colonial won the opening set,25-17. “It was a really good wake-up call,”Roy said. “We hadn’t been challenged muchat all. … We weren’t used to the atmosphere,so we were adjusting.”THE WARHAWKS, however, wereunfazed, winning the second set, 25-12, andthe third set, 25-18.Madison led 21-20 in the fourth set, butFirst Colonial battled back to win, 25-23,forcing a fifth set.Zanellato and Carter carried the load offensivelyfor Madison. Zanellato finishedwith a match-high 28 kills, and Carter tallied17. The duo combined for 12 kills inthe fifth set.Madison’s Emily Davine finished withnine kills, and Emily Calhoun and Roy eachhad seven. Junior setter Kendal Hall totaled63 assists and 16 digs. Senior libero Mooretallied a team-high 26 digs, Roy finishedwith 19 and Carter had 15.Rowan Ennis led the Frist Colonial with19 kills.The Warhawks will graduate five players,including Roy, the region Player of the Year,and Moore, a first-team all-region selectionat libero.The Madison volleyball team reached the state final for the first time inprogram history.Madison volleyball players and coaches share a laugh while head coachCarrie Hall, right, holds the state tournament Sportsmanship Award.12 ❖ Vienna/Oakton Connection ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2014

NewsPhotos Courtesy of Kathleen CoxeKara Coxe (on far right) and her team of presenters, Nils Janson, AnthonyMoschella, Sarah Steffens and Julian Landeros.Girl Scout Presents ‘TheBackyard History of Vienna’www.ConnectionNewspapers.comLast week on Tuesday and Thursday nights, Nov. 11 and 13, KaraCoxe, a junior at James MadisonHigh School, presented her GirlScout Gold Award Project, “The BackyardHistory of Vienna” to the adult students inthe English for Speakers of Other Languages(ESOL) Program at the Vienna PresbyterianChurch.The goal of her project was to educatethe students about the history-rich area ofVienna and from this foundation of understandingto develop a sense of excitementand interest in the students about becomingan active member of the community.From her research at Vienna’s PatrickHenry Library, the Historic FreemanHouse, and current periodicals, Kara’sproject told the story of four distinct periodsof Vienna’s history. Events from theCivil War, Reconstruction, The Great Depression,World War II, Expansion/PopulationGrowth, and Modern Day were verballypresented as well as captured onpresentation boards with photographsthat described how the town was shapedinto the Vienna of today.One of the challenges of the presentationwas to make it understandable to all themany levels of student’s language comprehension.To accomplish this, Kara crafteddifferent levels of scripts for the presentationthat matched the different comprehensionlevels of the audience. Kara will bedonating her project to the ESOL programat Vienna Presbyterian Church so that the“Backyard History of Vienna” will be madeavailable to ESOL students in the future.ESOL students surround the presentation boards to get a closer look atthe photos.Photo contributedDream Team Vienna, from left: Max Golub, Shaurya Saran, GwenSetia, Christina Luckett, Christopher Gardner and David Pan.Dream Team Vienna Wins Robotics ChampionshipA Vienna team of sixth graders capturedthe 1 st Place Grand Champions Trophy foroverall excellence and the 1 st place RobotPerformance Award at the recent FirstLEGO League Robotics Regional QualifyingTournament at the U.S. Patent &Trademark Office (PTO), Alexandria.Dream Team Vienna members are:Shaurya Saran, Christina Luckett, MaxGolub, Christopher Gardner, David Panand Gwen Setia. They won the 1 st -PlaceGrand Champions Trophy for excelling inall of the judged categories: Robot Design,Volunteer OpportunitiesThe Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Viennahas an urgent need for volunteer drivers to takearea seniors to medical appointments and otheractivities. Opportunities to volunteer for other servicesare also available. No long-term commitmentand hours are flexible to fit your schedule. We hopeyou can help.Visit our website at orcontact the Volunteer Coordinator at 703-281-5086 or email Kingstowne Center for Active Adultsin Alexandria needs a Van Driver to take participantson outings and an ESL Teacher. For these andother volunteer opportunities, call 703-324-5406,TTY 711 or visit click on Volunteer Solutions.Meals on Wheels needs drivers in Chantilly,Clifton, McLean and Falls Church on Monday,Wednesday and Friday. Substitute drivers neededthroughout the county. For these and other volunteeropportunities, call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 orvisit and clickon Volunteer Solutions.The Wakefield Senior Center inAnnandale needs a Chair ExerciseInstructor,Spanish-speaking interpreters, an ExperiencedCanasta Player to teach participants, andcertified instructors for classes in Ballroom Danceand Pilates. Volunteer instructor positions couldlead to part-time employment. For these and othervolunteer opportunities, call 703-324-5406, TTY711 or visit click on Volunteer Solutions.Fairfax County needs volunteers to drive olderadults to medical appointments and wellness programs;urgent need in Reston area. For these andother volunteer opportunities, call 703-324-5406,TTY 711 or visit click on Volunteer Solutions.Robot Game, Research Project and CoreValues Teamwork. Also, Dream Team wonthe 1 st -place Robot Performance Awardbecause they were the top-scoring Division1 team at the PTO Regional Tournament.Dream Team’s score of 225 was thehighest Division 1 score at the tournament.Now, Dream Team advances to theFLL VA/DC Championship Tournament tobe held at James Madison University inDecember. Dream Team coaches are Ms.Shalini Saran, Ms. Elena Strukova Goluband Ms. Beverly Jurenko.The Annandale Adult Day Health CareCenter in Annandale needs Spanish-speaking socialcompanions and a licensed hair stylist to wash,cut and style hair for participants. For these andother volunteer opportunities, call 703-324-5406,TTY 711 or visit and click on Volunteer Solutions.The Hollin Hall Senior Center in Alexandrianeeds a DJ to provide a wide array of musicfrom ballroom to line dancing, a Ballroom DanceInstructor and a volunteer with basic carpentryskills to build a “Little Free Library,” for people todonate and borrow books from. Center will provideplans and materials. For these and other volunteeropportunities, call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or and click onVolunteer Solutions.The Sully Senior Center in Centrevilleneeds a certified personal trainer twice a week,preferably with experience working with olderadults. For these and other volunteer opportunities,call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or and click onVolunteer Solutions.Korean Meals on Wheels needs Koreanspeakingvolunteers to deliver mealsMonday,Wednesday and Friday in Centreville, Reston andAnnandale. For these and other volunteer opportunities,call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 and clickon Volunteer Solutions.The Gum Springs Senior Center in Alexandrianeeds a Spanish teacher for a beginner’s class.For these and other volunteer opportunities, call703-324-5406, TTY 711 or and click onVolunteer Solutions.Vienna/Oakton Connection ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2014 ❖ 13

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Zone 6: • Arlington • Great Falls• McLean • Vienna/Oaktonwww.ConnectionNewspapers.comClassified703-778-9411Zone 6 Ad Deadline:Monday Noon101 Computers 101 Computers 102 Instruction 102 InstructionHDI COMPUTER SOLUTIONSJENNIFER SMITH ❖ Serving the Area Since 1995➣ Speed up Slow Computers➣ Troubleshooting➣ Virus Removal➣ Computer Setup(571) 265-2038jennifer@HDIComputerSolutions.com21 Announcements 21 Announcements26 AntiquesWe pay top $ for antiquefurniture and mid-centuryDanish/modernteak furniture, STERLING,MEN'S WATCHES, jewelryand costume jewelry,paintings/art glass/clocks.Schefer Antiques @703-241-0790.Email:theschefers@cox.netZone 6: • Arlington • Great Falls• McLean • Vienna/OaktonBUSINESS OPPTELEPHONENATIONAL CHILDRENS CENTERNo sell! Salary + Bonus + Benefits!☎☎Holiday Craft FairDecember 6, 2014 9:00 - 1:00Flint Hill Elementary2444 Flint Hill Rd, Vienna, VA 22181Quality crafts, jewelry, and much more.Crafts for Kids, Gift Wrapping, & Snack BarCome Join the Fun!!!!!The rewardof a thingwell done, isto have done it.- Ralph WaldoEmersonA great opportunity toWORK AT HOME!301-333-1900Weekdays 9-4☎☎26 Antiques 26 AntiquesFalls Church AntiqueSBest Kept Secret of The Metro Area!Unique collection of antiques and collectibles,including furniture, jewelry, glassware, pottery,sterling silver, paintings, prints and more!Fun home and gift ideas!Christmas Shop Now Open!Falls Church Antique Co.250W. Broad St. Falls Church, Va • 703-241964221 Announcements 21 Announcements 21 AnnouncementsEmploymentBUSINESS OPPTELEPHONEA great opportunity toWORK AT HOME!NATIONAL CHILDRENS CENTERNo sell! Salary + Bonus + Benefits!301-333-1900☎☎Weekdays 9-4☎☎EducationalInternshipsUnusual opportunity to learn manyaspects of the newspaper business.Internships available in reporting,photography, research, graphics.Opportunities for students, and foradults considering change of career.Unpaid. E-mail internship@connectionnewspapers.com703-778-9411Zone 6 Ad Deadline:Tuesday 11 a.m.Mansion Tour GuidesPart-TimeWelcome guests to the most visitedhistoric home in the US!Apply to History Interpreter Hospitality Career TrainingNow accepting applications for aFREE 7 week job training class!Prepares individuals for work in area hotels.We accept applications on Tuesday & Thursday @ 9:00amSchedule an Appointment Today!(703) 769-0711Goodwill Arlington Career Center10 South Glebe Road, 2nd Floor • Arlington, Virginia“Shrinkage”By KENNETH B. LOURIENot exactly “like a frightened turtle” as“similed” on a long-ago Seinfeld episodeby Jerry himself; this shrinkage is the goodkind, the kind you hope a radiologicaloncologist characterizes when viewing yourCT Scan (computed tomography).Specifically, the exact kind of scan I getevery three months to assess and evaluatethe tumors, and fluid, in my stage IV, nonsmallcell cancer-affected lungs. The actualscanning itself takes about 30 seconds of“breathe in,” “hold it,” and “breathe out”to determine if my life is on hold – in agood way – or in jeopardy (not a belatedreference back to last week’s column). Theweek-long wait until we have our face-tofaceappointment with my oncologist tolearn the results is not as interminable asyou might think. Over time, we have gottenused to the experience. After all, livingwith cancer means living, not dying, andadapting and compartmentalizing cancer’seffects – mentally, physically and spiritually;all keys to surviving and enduring the good,bad and ugly that daily can traumatizethose of us “characterized as terminal” whofrequent the Infusion Centers hoping for amiracle cure.Since March, 2009, I’ve been treatedwith nearly non-stop chemotherapy,infused mostly, except for 12 months or sowhen I was able to take a targeted therapypill at home and only had to show up atthe Center for scans and doctor’s appointments.Six years ago almost, this processbegan; I can’t say it seems like yesterday,because there are yesterdays – due to theeffect of chemotherapy – that I simplydon’t remember (“chemo brain” is theaccepted condition/characterization), buttime flies when you’re having fun or rather,you’re still alive against all odds. And so itseems as if I still have a few tomorrows.Tomorrows that were hardly promised tome back at the original Team Lourie meetingin late February, 2009. Somehow,through a variety of fits and starts, I havesurvived: my DNA, my family history, myattitude, my pills, my supplements, myalkaline water, my diet and lifestylechanges, my above-average luck, whatever,however, I am still present and accountedfor. And though “stable” is a radiologist’s/oncologist’s description I have come tohope and pray for and embrace over thesepast six years, “shrinkage” is a description“most welcome” as Hercule Poirot mightsay and one I rarely anticipated hearing –considering my stage IV circumstances.But I can take it. Though I’m not cancerfreeand certainly not in remission, I amdoing reasonably well. I am, as a goodfriend says: “in pretty good shape for theshape I’m in.” The scan results are resultswith which I can live (Duh!) and so I intendto – until three months hence when we dothis scan dance all over again. Granted, thiscycle of gloom and doom and results-notsoon-enoughis hardly ideal, but it is a livingand a living I was not “prognosed” tohave (“13 months to two years” was theoriginal prognosis) when first diagnosed.I’m nowhere near home free; I’m still in forthe fight of my life – for my life, but for themoment, at least, for this quarter, due tothe shrinkage, I can take a bit of a break,which if you want to know the truth, I cancertainly use.Kenny Lourie is an Advertising Representative forThe Potomac Almanac & The Connection Newspapers.Bulletin BoardTo have community events listed in the Connection,send to Thedeadline for submissions is the Friday prior to publication.TUESDAY/NOV. 25Adult English Conversation Group. 1 p.m.Dolly Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Avenue,McLean. Enjoy practicing conversational Englishin a group setting.Lego Club. 2 p.m. Great Falls Library, 9830Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. Drop in and playwith LEGOs! Ages 3 and up.Computer One-on-One. Noon. Oakton Library,10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton. Internetbasics, email, Microsoft Word, Excel andPowerPoint.English Conversation One-on-One. 1:30 p.m.Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place,Oakton. English practice for a non-nativespeaker with a library volunteer. Call forappointment. Adults.WEDNESDAY/NOV. 26ESL Conversation Group. 2 p.m. PracticeEnglish in this casual conversation group.Adults.One-on-One Computer Tutoring. 2 p.m.Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Avenue EastVienna. Work with a volunteer tutor to learnabout the Internet, setting up an email accountand using basic software. Adults.WEDNESDAY/DEC. 3Human Rights Defenders: RelevantInternational Law and Strategies. 7:15-9p.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation ofFairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton. Apresentation by David Padilla, internationalhuman rights consultant. How lawyers and otheractivists try to defend victims of human rightsviolations around the world. .ONGOINGVienna Toastmasters. 2nd and 4th Wednesdaysat 7:30 p.m., at the Vienna Community Centeron the 2nd floor room opposite the elevator, 120Cherry St., S.E., Vienna. A friendly place to getcomfortable with public speaking andimpromptu speaking for new and experiencedspeakers. Open to the public.Run With the Doctor. Every other Saturday at 7a.m. 8230 Boone Blvd, Tysons Corner. TheCenter for Orthopedics and Sports Medicineoffers its services in a convenient format torunners at this running event. Fall Prevention Classes. 1:30-2:30 p.m.and 2-3 p.m., The Woodlands RetirementCommunity, 4320 Forest Hill Drive, Fairfax.Classes are held in a heated indoor pool and aredesigned to work on balance and core muscles.$10. 703-667-9800.Coffee/Tea Poetry Group. Poets and poetrylovers seek to form a group to meet once amonth at a local coffee/tea shop to enjoy eachother’s creations. 703-819-1690.Virginia Sheriff’s Institute ScholarshipProgram. Those enrolled in a Virginia collegeor university who are pursuing a degree in thefield of criminal justice are eligible for theVirginia Sheriff’s Institute Scholarship Program;recommendation letter needed. 703-246-3251, or College Free GED Test Preparation.Tysons Corner, Vienna. Free GED testpreparation and credential completion program,GED Advantage, open to the public. 1-888-201-6547.Weekly TIPS Lunch. 12:15-1:30 p.m., at Shula’s,8028 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. Tyson’s RegionalChamber of Commerce does lunch. 703-862-4895.New Neighbors League Club of NorthernVirginia. For women, the club includes Bridge,mah jong, gardening, quilting and many otheractivities. for Change. A program for adultswhich offers more than 50 weekend and eveningvolunteer opportunities per of Northern Virginia Support Group.703-941-7000, Advisory Board of the NorthwestCenter for Mental Health Services. 7-9p.m. Looking for volunteers who are dedicatedto improving mental health services. 703-435-0868.Vienna/Oakton Connection ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2014 ❖ 15

Visit www.ODBfairfax.orgStanding together to stop Domestic and Sexual ViolenceCrimeCrime SolversSeeks Public’sHelpFairfax County Crime Solvers isseeking the public’s help in identifyingthe person(s) responsiblefor firing a handgun outside inOakton, resulting in one bulletpenetrating a home.Police were called to the residencein the 9000 block of OleanderAvenue, the morning of Tuesday,Oct. 21, after the homeownersawoke and discovered a bullet hadapparently been shot through theirwindow. The bullet struck aframed photo hanging on the wallof a bedroom, shattering the glass.A woman was asleep in thatroom at the time of the incident.Detectives believe the shot wasfired around 1:30 a.m. Police saythe suspect(s) were apparently onOakton High’s football field shootingat the scoreboard. One of theirbullets missed the target and enteredthe home behind it on Oleander.No one was injured.Anyone with information isasked to contact Crime solvers at1-866-411-TIPS/8477, ortext “TIP187” plus a message toCRIMES/274637. A $100 to$1,000 cash reward will be paidfor information leading to an arrestand indictment. As always,callers never have to give theirnames or appear in court.Faith NotesFaith Notes are for announcements andevents in the faith community. Send is Friday.St. Francis Episcopal Church,9220 Georgetown Pike in Great Falls,offers musical, educational, outreachand fellowship ministries in addition toworship services, including a 7:45 a.m.worship service without music; 9 a.m.worship service, children’s chapel andchildren’s choirs; 10 a.m. Sunday schooland adult forum; and 11 a.m. worshipservice with adult choir. 703-759-2082.The Antioch Christian Churchoffers a time of Prayer and Healing onWednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. foranyone wanting encouragement andhealing through prayers. People areavailable to pray with you or for you.Antioch Christian Church is located at1860 Beulah Road in Vienna.www.antiochdoc.orgThe Jewish Social ServicesAgency (JSSA) offers a wide variety ofsupport groups for those with emotional,social, and physical Dunstan’s Episcopal Church,1830 Kirby Road in McLean, holds athird Sunday service every month at10:15 a.m. which allows children to playactive roles in the music and as greetersand ushers. Traditional services are everySunday at 8:15 and 10:15 a.m.16 ❖ Vienna/Oakton Connection ❖ November 26 - December 2, 2014

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