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Viennaand OaktonViennaThe Church Street Holiday Stroll – officially – kicks offVienna’s December fun events and activities. Roastingmarshmallows on an open fire, visiting with Santa andpetting farm animals highlight this annual festive event.InsidePage 7Opinion, Page 6 ❖ Entertainment, Page 16 ❖ Sports, Page 12 ❖ Classifieds, Page 14Vienna Gets FestiveHoliday Entertainment & Gift Guide, Page 8Photo by Donna Manz/The ConnectionIntriguing Playto MakePeople ThinkNews, Page 4CROP WalkHeld in ViennaNews, Page November 19-25, 2014online at www.connectionnewspapers.comVienna/Oakton Connection ❖ November 19-25, 2014 ❖ 1

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NewsVienna/Oakton Connection Editor Kemal Kurspahic703-778-9414 or‘We Need to Keep Our Children Fed’Vienna CROP Walkraises more than$30,000.www.ConnectionNewspapers.comBy Bonnie HobbsThe ConnectionMany of those participating inVienna’s 10 th Annual CROP(Communities Respondingto Overcome Poverty) Walkhad done so for several years. Others, likeresident Martha Nichols, were walking init for the first time.But everyone knew exactly why they werethere.“The idea of people going without foodin this county is awful, and we need to keepour children fed,” said Nichols. “So this walkis something we should do.”The event was Sunday afternoon, Nov. 9,and was sponsored by Church World Service.This organization responds to humanneeds worldwide, both in crisis and everydaysituations, providing food, clothing,medical supplies and access to clean drinkingwater to those needing it most.Some 75 percent of the proceeds – raisedby participants’ registration fees, plus generousdonations – go to Church World Servicefor disaster relief in the U.S. and in 80different countries. The funds help peopleraise animals and crops for food, therebyfighting hunger and the root causes of poverty.The other 25 percent benefits the Communityfor Helping Others (CHO), an allvolunteergroup that helps the needy inVienna, Oakton, Dunn Loring andMerrifield. It provides emergency financialassistance and food, plus clothes, furniture,transportation and the Meals on Wheelsprogram.“When many of us in this area think ofhunger, we think of other countries or, atleast, other areas of the United States,” saidVienna Councilwoman Linda Colbert. “Butwe have hungry people and families in ourcommunity. There are children here who gowithout two meals a day and adults whorely on Meals on Wheels for food.”Betty Rahal of Vienna PresbyterianChurch (VPC) started the walk, a decadeago, and her church has organized it eversince. After the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia,Rahal asked Church World Service how shecould help and was told that CROP Walksare a major source of its fundraising.“I called them in January and we had ourfirst CROP Walk in November 2005,” shesaid. “I’m committed to this because thework Church World Service and CHO do isso helpful and so important.”About 150 people participated in Vienna’swalk, and Rahal couldn’t have been happier.“This was a good turnout today,” shesaid. “I’m always thrilled with this walk.”(As of Sunday night, it had raised $30,500,Photos by Bonnie Hobbs/The ConnectionTwo sets of twins from Thoreau Middle help at the walk. (From left) areLianna Williams, Hannah Rupy, Noah Rupy and Miller Williams.(From left) are Madison Highsophomore Katherine Holmes withher parents, Barbara and EdHolmes, before the walk.Betty Rahal (on left) introducesLinda Colbert.From left — Madison High senior Leanna Covell and Marshall Highfreshman Robert Purnell perform with VPC’s Youth Praise Band.but more pledges were still coming in).Town residents, including members of sixlocal churches – VPC, Holy Cross Episcopal,Epiphany United Methodist, EmmausUnited Church of Christ, EmmanuelLutheran and Lewinsville Presbyterian –gathered on the Vienna Town Green beforethe event to register and snack on refreshmentsdonated by Cenan’s Bakery and DePaul Urban Farm.They also chatted with their friends andneighbors, listened to VPC’s Youth PraiseBand perform and got raffle tickets forprizes and gift certificates donated by localmerchants. And a contingent of eighth-gradersfrom Thoreau Middle School mannedthe water station and later gave out doorprizes while obtaining service hours for civicsclass.Student Lianna Williams said the eventwas important because “it’s helping thetown of Vienna.” Classmate Hannah Rupysaid everyone’s efforts “can help stop hunger,”and her twin brother Noah said theywere all having “fun while helping people.”Before the participants departed for their3-mile walk, which started and ended onthe green, Rahal addressed the crowd. Shethanked the volunteers, sponsors and communitybusinesses and explained how CROPwalks help people all over the world. Shealso told how CHO helps locally by providingfood to children “whose only meal ofthe day may be their school lunch” and toadults who, likewise, might not eat if notfor Meals on Wheels.She then introduced Colbert, who saidVienna’s event was one of 26 CROP Walkshappening in Virginia. Colbert also expressedhow proud she was of the community,Vienna Presbyterian and Rahal for“committing to fighting hunger.”Jennifer Chamberlain of Emmaus UCChas done this walk for years with about adozen people. “Our church has a wholeweekend of hunger-fighting events – we callit Mission Possible,” she said. “We gatherfood for local food pantries and do thiswalk. And [on Nov. 8], we packed 10,000meals for Stop Hunger Now.”Vienna’s Laurie Forbes participated “becauseI love the cause and it’s a beautifulday. And all ages can take part.” VPC’s BarbaraHolmes was pleased that “a lot of thefunds raised go back to the community.We’ve been involved in this a number ofyears and have had many CROP Walks withthe Sunday School class.”“As the holidays approach, people take forgranted all they have,” added VPC’sCatherine Straley. “But this is a way to getnutritional meals on the table so others willbe blessed, this holiday season.”Susan Kenney, also of VPC, is a co-founderof Vienna’s walk, along with Rahal. “Thiswalk went well, and we always have highamounts raised per walker,” said Kenney.“And we’re always looking for morechurches and people to participate.”Last year, she said, “We raised almost$34,000 with only 200 walkers. It’s just agreat cause, and it’s nice to see the samefamilies and churches come out, year afteryear. My oldest son, Patrick, was 4 when hefirst started participating. He’s now 13 andin eighth grade at Thoreau, and he’s stilldoing it.”Vienna/Oakton Connection ❖ November 19-25, 2014 ❖ 3

NewsIntriguing Play to Make People ThinkOakton HighSchool presents“Fahrenheit 451.”By Bonnie HobbsThe ConnectionFeaturing a cast and crew of 35,Oakton High presents thethought-provoking drama, “Fahrenheit451.” The curtain risesThursday-Saturday, Nov. 20, 21 and 22, at7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door only.It’s directed by juniors Emily Dhue andDana Bachman and is set in a futuristic 1950when society is repressed. The governmentclosely regulates everyone and everything,and books and reading are illegal.“The show centers around a firemanwhose job it is to burn books; it shows histransformation as he discovers reading,”said Dhue. “When he meets a young womannamed Clarisse, she makes him wonderabout what he doesn’t know.”Posing in costume are (from left) Mahea Kaloi, Jordan Loria and SarahWoolf.Photos Courtesy of Hunter CarricoMichael Williamson as Fire ChiefBeatty.Savannah Hard plays Clarisse inthe Oakton High production of“Fahrenheit 451.”Stavros Voudouris, Michael Williamson, Nic Hill and Eric Petrides portraythe firemen.IN THIS SOCIETY, said Bachman, “Peopleknow how to read, but have never experiencedthe emotions books can bring them.”As for directing, she said, “It’s cool to projectour own vision onto this play. I didn’t realizehow hard it would be communicatingmy ideas to the actors, but this helped meimprove.”Dhue enjoyed directing more than sheexpected to; she initially worried aboutworking with people older than her. “But Ilove the play and the whole concept; andI’m glad I’ve had a hand in making it allhappen and bringing a script to life.”Senior Nic Hill portrays the main character,Montag, a fireman who burns books. “Atfirst, he’s devoted to his job and loves thebeauty, warmth and freedom that fire provides,”explained Hill. “But he also thinksfor himself and is interesting because he stillfollows the rules. He’s unhappy at home andloathes his wife Mildred, but he knows she’shis responsibility. Yet he’s intrigued byClarisse because she’s so different fromMildred and is high-energy and engaging.”Hill’s enjoys his role because “I see qualitiesof myself in him – rebellious and wantingto know how and why things are theway they are. And he eventually transformsand wants to understand books.” Hill saidthe audience will enjoy this show because“the characters are so well-developed. Theybelieve they’re free-thinking, but they’renot. And I hope people will take a step back,see themselves and want to change, becausethat’s what we’re in danger of becoming.Despite the show’s heavy topic, it’s fastpaced,conversational and feels real – andthat’s what also makes it so terrifying.”Playing Clarisse is senior Savannah Hard.“She’s 18 and lives with her uncle, fatherand grandfather,” said Hard. “Unlike theother houses, hers isn’t fireproof and doesn’thave a wall of televisions. She doesn’t liketechnology, but prefers nature and is observantand curious. She thinks aboutthings, but doesn’t tell anyone whatshe’s thinking about. She’s odd andquirky, so the Citizens Committee –which watches everyone – makes hersee an analyst every week.”Hard says Clarisse brings some lightheartedmoments to the show. “It’s anintriguing story with characters whoseback story is really cool to watch comeout,” she said. “And the charactersdevelop more as the show goes on.”Junior Michael Williamson portraysFire Chief Beatty. “He’s a complexcharacter with a complicated past,”said Williamson. “He once was an avidreader and loved books because theyhelped him escape from his troubles.But eventually, he grew to hate booksbecause they ceased to provide himthe comfort he’d grown to expect fromthem. He’s intelligent and also understandsthe danger that can come fromreading – not dealing with your ownproblems by getting involved in otherpeople’s lives.”“The show centersaround a fireman whosejob it is to burn books; itshows his transformationas he discovers reading.”— Oakton High junior Emily DhueWilliamson describes Beatty as anauthority figure, “always in command,but with a touch of crazy. He’s obviouslya tormented person becausesome part of him thinks he isn’t doingthe right thing. He thinks for himself,instead of blindly following others. It’sa dark show, but it’s relevant to nowbecause people still ban books theythink will offend one group or another.”PLAYING Mildred Montag is seniorJordan Loria. “She’s empty and givesa sense of how everyone else is in thissociety – without original thoughts,”said Loria. “Mildred’s obsessed with apre-recorded TV show that has nomeaning; but to her, it’s all that matters.”Loria loves her role because “I considermyself decently intelligent andshe’s the opposite of me, and so shallow.She wants things shiny andhappy; but that’s what makes it so fake– because it’s not reality, so she formsher own.”Loria said this show is going to makethe audience think. “It’s really goingto open their eyes to the fact that we’reslowly dying as a culture,” she explained.“What we think is technologicallyadvancing just might be bringingus backwards. I think people aregoing to love it.”4 ❖ Vienna/Oakton Connection ❖ November 19-25, 2014

Week in ViennaVienna Mayor’sWalking GroupVienna residents are welcome to join Mayor LaurieDiRocco’s walking group. It meets every Friday at9:30 a.m. at the Town Hall, 127 Center St. S. Thewalks are about 2.5 to 3 miles, with a different routeevery Friday. The next walk is Nov. 21.Roads ClosedNov. 23 and 27Several roads will be closed Sunday, Nov. 23, from8-9:30 a.m., for Vienna’s annual Turkey Trot. Theyare: Cottage Street SW from Locust Street to PatrickStreet SW, Center Street S from Locust Street toMoore Street, Locust Street from Cottage Street toCenter Street, Moore Street from Cottage Street toCenter Street, and a portion of Cherry Street nearthe fire station. Then on Thursday, Nov. 27, fromabout 8-10 a.m., several roads will be closed to accommodatethe 2014 Wounded Warrior 5K. They include:Ayr Hill Avenue NW from Mill Street NE to CenterStreet N, and Center Street N from Ayr Hill AvenueNW to Mill Street NE. However, most of this race willoccur along the W&OD Trail between Ayr Hill Avenueand Hunter Mill Road. Trail users will experience higherthan-normalusage during this time.Before the feast and football games,Bring your family and friends to aTHANKSGIVINGCHURCH SERVICEHear Bible readings • Sing hymnsShare stories of gratitude & healingThursday, November 27 at 11 a.m.Christian Science Church3725 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax(across from Van Dyck Park)All are welcome!www.thinkdifferentlyfairfax.comCelebratingour 50thAnniversaryRHINE & MOSEL RIVER CRUISE AT TULIP TIME, April 24 – May 4.......... $4334Includes Air from Dulles, 2 nights Hotel in Lucerne, Switzerland 7-Nights RiverCruise with all meals & wine with dinner, Transfers, Shore Excursions, Porterage.COSTA DEL SOL, SPAIN, March 10-24............................................................$3279Includes Air from Washington, 13 Nights beach-front Hotel, Daily Breakfast & Dinnerwith Wine, Sightseeing, Transfers, Entertainment & Porterage.THE GREENBRIER RESORT, March 23 – 25..................................................$799Includes Motorcoach from Rockville or Vienna 2 Nights Accommodations withBreakfast & Dinner Daily Afternoon Tea, Historic Hotel tour, Porterage, Casino.SHILLELAGHS TRAVEL CLUB100 East Street SE, Suite 202 • Vienna, Virginia 22180703-242-2204 1-800-556-8646Please visit our Web site at: www.shillelaghtravelclub.comfor a listing of all our upcoming trips and socials.It’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.Attend one of our unique workshops to learnhow to ensure that your savings will last as long as you do.• 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 Financial Planning Partners10640 Main Street, Suite 203Fairfax, VA 22030703-821-7676www.ConnectionNewspapers.comVienna/Oakton Connection ❖ November 19-25, 2014 ❖ 5

CommentaryBy Kenneth R. “Ken” PlumState Delegate (D-36)The Virginia General Assemblyadjourned itsregular session in earlyMarch this year and immediatelywent into special session thatwhile still continuing has becomethe longest special session ever.The special session was neededto complete work on the biennialbudget and to fill judicial vacancies.While technically in specialsession, we actually only meet asan assembled body a few days everycouple of months. We passeda budget but have had to reviseit because of declining state revenue.We considered expansionof Medicaid services in whatsome termed a “sham” session asthe majority party had indicatedits no-compromise opposition toclosing the coverage gap. Wefilled a number of judicial positionsalthough the drawn-outpolitical process of selectingOpinionWhy Shop Small? Shop Large LocallySmall businessSaturday isn’t enough;don’t wait until then,and don’t stop after that.There is a joy to shopping in localstores at the holidays, to participatingin community traditions andcelebrations, to walking along asidewalk with the streets decked out for theholidays, to being greeted by someone likelyto be the owner of the store, to finding giftsthat are not mass-produced.One way to be sure holiday shopping comeswith some holiday spirit is to do a portion ofyour shopping in some of the area’s locallyowned stores. There is specialEditorialCelebrate LocallyReston Holiday Parade. Friday, Nov. 28, 11 a.m.Reston Town Center, 11900 Market St., Reston.Come for a full day of community, charity and cheerincluding the Gingerbread Man Mile & Tot Trot,Santa, tree lighting, sing along and horse-drawncarriage rides.Shop Small, Saturday, Nov. 29, Small BusinessSaturdayMeadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights. Nowthrough Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, 5:30 p.m.Meadowlark Botanical Garden, 9750 MeadowlarkGardens Court, Vienna. A winter wonderland,including a flowing stream of softly glowing lights, atwo-story animated fountain and a GingerbreadVillage. Admission: $13 adults, $8 children ages 3-12; children under 3 are free. Annual McLean Holiday Crafts Show.Friday-Sunday/Dec. 5 - 7, Friday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue,McLean. Admission: Adults, $3; $1, ages 13 andunder. Good all 3 days.Holiday Sing-A-Long. Saturday, Dec. 6, 4 p.m. WolfTrap’s Filene Center, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. Notickets are required, but patrons are encouraged tobring an unwrapped toy donation for Toys for Tots.For more information, visit Towne Square Singers. Friday, Dec. 5,7:30-9 p.m. Herndon Community Center, 814holiday ambiance available byshopping in the heart of a townthat is decked out for the season.Small retail shops are part of defining anycommunity. Their livelihood depends on thelivability and quality of the neighborhoodsaround them. A small business owner pays attentionto every detail in his or her business ina way that is otherwise unmatched.We all benefit when local stores thrive, whenlocal business districts beckon. An effort tosupport locally owned businesses has resultedin the recognition of Small Business Saturday,the Saturday after Thanksgiving, also calledShop Small. This year that day is Nov. 29.Locally owned retail shops, services, restaurantsdepend on vibrant local communities tothrive, and communities depend on those businessesas well. Most small, locally owned businessesinvest in community, helping to transformour towns and communities with a senseof place.Frequently, it is the small retail person whois active in fundraising for local charities, advocatingfor improvements, for fire and rescueservice, for local schools and in organizingholiday events.Local retail stores, mom-and-pop stores, facetough challenges right now. Competition frombig box stores and online sellers makes theholiday shopping season all the more importantto locally owned retailers. But local familieswill literally spend millions of dollars toshop and exchange gifts during the next month,spending tens of millions of dollars in a vari-Protracted Legislative Sessionjudges has made the flaws of thecurrent method painfully apparent.Since the legislature is insession, albeit a special session,the Governor is prevented frommaking judicial appointments. Asat the federal level, there isgridlock as Republicans fightamong themselves as to whoshould be appointed to thebench.The necessity of revising a budgetsoon after its passage reflectswhat a report from Statelineterms “volatility” in income taxrevenue that is disproportionallyaffected by economic booms andbusts. The problem that Virginiaand other states are having is tryingto predict revenues withstock market fluctuations andother cyclical events that are havinga larger impact on incomesespecially for the wealthy causingincome taxes and capitalgains taxes to vary widely fromyear to year. A report from Standardand Poor’s Rating Servicesfound that overall revenues inthe top most income-tax-dependentstates like Virginia havegrown only 5.25 percent since2009 compared to 9.32 percentin 1980-1989 and 5.7 percent in1990-1999.Virginia’s effort to balance itsbudget is made more difficult bywhat the Commonwealth Institutefor Fiscal Analysis terms“willful ignorance” to recognizethe positive impact expandingMedicaid would have on thestate’s budget. At a recent StatewidePolicy Summit I attendedthat the Institute sponsored, areport “RX for an Ailing Virginia:Budget Savings in ExpansionStates Can Happen in Virginia”was released. The report contendsthat 27 states and Washington,D.C. have freed up preciousresources for critical needsFerndale Ave., Herndon. Annual holiday concertwith cider, cookies and sing-along carols. $12. 703-435-6800.2014 Annual Reston Holiday Book Sale. Friday,Dec. 5, 7:30-9 p.m. 10 a.m. - 5p.m. Reston RegionalLibrary, 11925 Bowman Towne Center, Reston.Books, gifts, and surprises to delight readers of allages.Celebration of Lights, Great Falls VillageCentre Hill, Saturday, Dec. 6, 5:30-8 p.m.5:30 Refreshments available, 6 Santa & Mrs. Clausarrive to light the Christmas Tree, 6:15 VillageGreen Day School Chorus, the petting zoo and ponyrides begin, 7:15 Sing-a-Long, 7:30 Live NativityScene.Reston Jingle on Lake Anne. Saturday, Dec. 6, 11a.m. Lake Anne Plaza, 1609 Washington Plaza,Reston. Community organizers and plaza retailerswill host a variety of festive activities ranging from aspecial visit from Santa (arriving on a lake barge),strolling carolers, a petting zoo, music, winetastings, merchant specials, children’s crafts, cookieand ornament decorating, holiday arts and craftsmarket, holiday entertainment and more.McLean WinterFest Parade. Sunday, Dec. 7, 3:30p.m. Old Chain Bridge Road, McLean. Groupsinterested in participating in the parade should goto to complete theregistration information and submit it to paradeofficials. Each entrant will receive confirmation oftheir registration with this year’s parade rules.ety of places.Everyone will do some of their shopping atthe mall. Everyone will do some shoppingonline. Many will answer the call of the bigbox. But local shoppers should be sure to savesome shopping time and dollars for local stores.Spend some time shopping in your own community,and also plan an excursion to a nearbytown to check out the local businesses andholiday spirit there.The Connection is participating in Shop Small2014, email sales@connectionnewspapers.comto find out more.— Mary Kimmmkimm@connectionnewspapers.comlike education by closing theirhealth coverage gaps and savingmoney on medical care and thatsavings in Virginia could amountto $161 million. While proponentsof Medicaid expansionhave contended that the programwould save states money, the evidenceis now available from itsfirst year of implementation—Kentucky has saved $80 million,Arkansas $89 million and Michigan$100 million. Virginia wouldsave money by using federalmoney to replace state-fundedhealthcare programs.Virginia taxpayers are the losersfor the state not recognizing anddealing with its systemic budgetchallenges and for its bullheadednessin not expanding itsMedicaid program. Responsibleleadership on the part of legislators,not a protracted year-longlegislative session, is needed forthe Commonwealth.Vienna & Oaktonwww.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. 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By Marilyn CampbellThe ConnectionMaureen Kleinman wandered frombooth to booth, speaking with representativesfrom schools that caterto students who have special needs.She asked questions about each school’s resourcesand environment.“I have been home schooling my daughter for 5years,” said Kleinman, an Arlington mother. HerEducation●Learning●FunAn Exceptional Educationdaughter is 11 years old and her son is 9. “I want tofind a school where my daughter’s educational needswill be met, but also where her social and emotionalneeds will be met.”Kleinman was one of hundreds of local parents whoattended the eighth annual Exceptional Schools Fair.The event is considered a clearinghouse for the region,a place where parents of children think andlearn differently (regardless of their disability) canSee Schools Fair, Page 13Photo by Marilyn CampbellTara Nappi and Josh Gwilliam of Commonwealth Academyin Alexandria, share information with parents at TheExceptional Schools Fair.Bathroom Remodel Special $6,850Celebrating 15 Years in Business!TWO POOR TEACHERSKitchen and Bathroom RemodelingSelect yourproducts fromour MobileShowroomand DesignCenterFully Insured &Class A LicensedEst. 1999Free Estimates703-999-2928Visit our website: www.twopoorteachers.comAdopt/Donate/Volunteerwww.lostdogandcatrescue.orgwww.ConnectionNewspapers.comTree Clearance Sale30% OFFAll Trees 2013 & Prior6050-75% OffPotteryFREE FillFollowus:Now’s A Great Time forYour Landscape Project!Free EstimatesPatios, Walkways, Retaining Walls,Landscaping & so much more!Playground Chips& Organic Compost$29. 99cu. yd.Lowest PricesSince 2008!Get Your Fall ColorPansies, Mums,Cabbage, Kale9023 Arlington Blvd.,Fairfax, Virginia2 miles west of I-495 on Rt. 50.1 mile from I-66 (Vienna Metro)➠10% OffAll CitrusPlantsBagged,ShreddedHardwoodMulch $3.49BulkMulch$24. 99 cu. yd.703-573-5025Open 7 days a weekVisit our new Web site:www.cravensnursery.comVienna/Oakton Connection ❖ November 19-25, 2014 ❖ 7

Holiday Entertainment and Gift GuideVienna Gets FestiveHoliday activities abound in December.Donna ManzThe ConnectionThe Vienna area, fromJames Madison HighSchool to MeadowlarkBotanical Gardens, offersa diversity of holiday fun forall ages. Some are free; most arenot.While there has not been an officialannouncement regardingTown Green caroling, for the pasttwo years spirited local residentshave come together on the TownGreen to spread holiday cheer.Look for an announcement inDecember’s papers.Gifts forYour DancerWINTER WALK OFLIGHTS FESTIVALMeadowlark Botanical Gardens,facing Beulah Road, turns into amagical winter wonderland of festivelights for seven weeks, fromNov. 14, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015.Owned by the Northern VirginiaRegional Park Authority, Meadowlandis more than 100 acres ofplants, flowers, lakes and greengrass. Dozens of displays andscenes – made up of more than ahalf a million LED lights - light upthe parkland during the evening.There’s a gingerbread house,sleigh, carolers, whimsical animations,and an animated light showfeaturing 40,000 lights at the lakeset to holiday songs.Hot beveragesare for sale, and, in the SnowflakeShoppe are ornaments. Timed admissiontickets are required. Adultprices are $13 each; children, 3 to12, pay $8 each. Coupons that offer$1 off are valid Mondaythrough Thursday only.Chooseyour start time and stay as long asyou like; the park closes at 10 p.m.Meadowlark Gardens suggestprinting tickets at home and presentingthem to the Visitor Centerstaff for admissions to the garden.The 8:30 or 9:15 ticket times havefewer crowds.Dress seasonally and understandthat this is a walking show. Thepath is 0.6 miles long.Meadowlark Botanical Gardensis located at 9750 MeadowlarkGardens Court, off Beulah Road,Vienna.To buy tickets, go to STREETHOLIDAY STROLLSanta arrives at the historic FreemanStore via an antique fire truckon Monday, Dec. 1. At 6 p.m., sirensblare along closed historicA toy soldier escorts Frosty the Snowman into the auditoriumof James Madison High School during the band’sannual Tiny Tots holiday concert.Church Street. The mayor ofVienna and Santa light the town’sholiday tree outside Freeman Storeand Santa then takes up positionon the front porch to listen to kids’Christmas wishlists.Live music is presented throughoutthe evening and Church Streetmerchants stay open late. The pettingzoo and marshmallow firepitsare popular past times for children.The festive event is free, includingthe hot chocolate, and is sponsoredby Historic Vienna, Inc. andthe Town of Vienna.Church Street, from Park Streetto Center Street, is closed to trafficduring the event, 6-9 p.m.For information, call HistoricVienna, Inc. at 703-938-5187 orvisit ANNUAL TINY TOTSHOLIDAY CONCERTThis lively, energetic concert,presented by the James MadisonHigh School Band, is a perennialhit with the pre-school set, particularly.Popular holiday tunes anchorthe program that also features “surprise”visits from special (costumed)guests. Toy soldiers greetguests, and the finale, a robust versionof “Sleigh Ride,” thrills thekids as snow falls from the ceiling.Show times are 10 a.m. and 7p.m . on Thursday, Dec. 4, and 10a.m. on Friday, Dec. 5. The Thursdayevening production is pajamafriendly.New in 2014, tickets must bepurchased online for groups lessthan 10. Follow link for onlinereservations.Groups of 10 or morehave the option of preordering ticketsby mail. Admission is free forbabies under 1 in parent’s arms.Requests for reserved seating mustbe received by November 24. Walkinsare welcome for all shows andtickets can be purchased in thelobby by check, cash or credit card30 min. before the show.Ticket prices are $8 per person.James Madison High School, islocated at 2500 James MadisonDrive, a block off Rt. 123.For information on program contentand on buying tickets, to by Donna Manz/The ConnectionMeadowlark Botanical Gardens, off Beulah Road, features more than500,000 LED lights in its spectacular Winter Walk of Lights Festival. Thewalking tour of the light displays and scenes opened on Nov. 14 and runsthrough Jan. 4, 2015.index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=482&catid=54&Itemid=404%20WOLF TRAPHOLIDAY SING-A-LONGThis is one of those events thatsparkles with holiday spirit. “ThePresident’s Own,” the U.S. MarineCorps Band, takes over the stageat Filene Center on Saturday, Dec.6, 4 p.m. Local choirs participatein the musical presentation, aswell. Free admission.The Toys for Tots tradition carrieson at the center, and Marinescollect unwrapped toys.Other traditions stand fast, aswell. Guests are invited to bringbells to jingle-along with “JingleBells,” and candles for the “SilentNight” exit procession.Keep in mind that Filene Centeris an outdoor venue. And it’s December.Parking at Wolf Trap is free.PANCAKE BREAKFASTWITH SANTAThere’s excitement in the FlameRoom of the Vienna Volunteer FireDepartment station in mid-December.The Vienna Volunteer Fire Department[VVFD] Auxiliary hostsits annual All-You-Can-Eat HolidayPancake Breakfast at the VVFD,400 Center Street S on Saturday,Dec. 13, 8 a.m. to noon. The priceincludes all the pancakes you caneat, sausage, bacon, juice, and coffee.Santa Claus arrives at 10:30a.m. to greet the children. Tours ofthe fire equipment are offered, aswell. Fire and rescue personnel, inuniform, are on-hand. Price of theholiday pancake breakfast is $8 foradults, $7 for seniors, $6 for childrenunder 12 years old, and freefor children under 4.LUNCH WITH SANTATown of Vienna welcomes SantaClaus to the Vienna CommunityCenter at the town’s annual Santaluncheon on Saturday, Dec. 6,11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.Elves prepare hot dogs, chips,juice and cookies. KayDee Puppetsperforms a holiday-themed puppetshow after lunch.Cost per person is $5, under oneyear old is free. A maximum of sixtickets may be purchased per family.At least one parent must accompanychildren and a ticket must bepurchased for each parent andchild.Tickets are on sale for Town ofVienna residents from Saturday,Nov. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30a.m., and for out-of-town residentsbeginning Nov. 17 if tickets remain.Tickets can be purchased at theVienna Community Center frontdesk.Parks and Recreation asks thatguests bring a new, unwrapped toywhen tickets are purchased for theVienna Police Department’s SantaRide.703-255-6360; www.viennava.govHOLIDAY WREATH-MAKINGWORKSHOPAyr Hill Garden Club memberspresent a single-workshop instructionon holiday wreath-making onFriday, Dec. 5, 9:30-11 a.m. A widerange of materials will be availablefor your choosing. All materials areprovided in the cost of the workshop.Space is limited. Tea, coffeeand treats will be provided.Register at Vienna CommunityCenter or online numberis 340074-A1 and cost is $25.WINTER WONDERLANDPARTYVienna Parks and Recreationdoes not forget about the area’s“tweens.” Club Phoenix, the freeafternoon program for kids in 6 ththrough 8 th grade, is hosting a holidayparty for them on Friday, Dec.12, 3:30-10 p.m.Club Phoenix provides treats,sweets and activities. Parks andRecreation asks that guests bringa new wrapped gift for participationin the White Elephant PartyGame Exchange.VIENNA VOLUNTEER FIREDEPARTMENT SANTA RUNSAccompanied by elves dressedmuch like VVFD emergency-responders,Santa Claus standsaboard a 1946 Maxim fire engine,traversing Vienna’s neighborhoods,waving to young kids and seniorFirst Night Vienna 2013 was such a huge success that First Night Vienna2014 has an expanded footprint and new entertainment throughout thefamily-friendly New Year’s Eve event. The main tent features a DJ and at 9p.m., children toast the new year with a train whistle. The party runsfrom 6 p.m. to as the vehicle makes it waydown side streets and main streetsweek prior to Christmas, withevening runs during the week, afternoonruns on weekends. Sirensblare, announcing Santa’s arrival,and very loud holiday music thatgets pretty-much everyone – evenpassing cars – in the holiday spirit.The Volunteer Volunteer FireDepartment posts Santa’s schedulein early December. for schedule anddetails.FAMILY-FRIENDLYFIRST NIGHT VIENNAVienna’s inaugural familyfriendlyNew Year’s Eve celebrationin 2013 drew hundreds of families,individuals and teens to the indoorand outdoor venues along historicChurch Street. Sponsored by theVienna Business Association andthe Town of Vienna, the free eventfeatures live entertainment andkids’ activities. First Night Viennais alcohol-free.Food trucks will open for serviceon Dec. 31 at 6 p.m., and the entertainmentvenues open at 7 p.m.Children toast the new year at 9p.m. with a train whistle. Bandsplay at multiple venues betweenMill Street and Lawyers’ Road witha tented pavilion and main stage –with a light show and DJ - acrossthe street from Freeman House inthe caboose parking lot. An illusionistperforms at Concord Lodge.First Night Vienna’s footprint hasbeen expanded this year with theinclusion of the great hall of ViennaPresbyterian Church, bringing entertainmentvenues to four.At Connection press time, detailswere being finalized. Check back withthe Connection in early December forlay-out and schedule. 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Saint LukeSchoolCatholic EducationDiscover...Learn...ThrivePreschool through Grade 8Open HouseFriday, November 21, 20149 a.m. to 11 a.m.7005 Georgetown PikeMcLean, VA 22101www.stlukeschool.comFor more information, or to set up aprivate tour, please contact our office.703-356-1508Holiday Entertainment and Gift GuideThe Best Holiday Giftsin the Vienna AreaHoliday gift guide featureslocally-owned businesseswith high-qualitymerchandise and friendlycustomer serviceDonna ManzThe ConnectionWhy, yes, you can shop online or at themall for holiday gifts …. or, you canget personalized, friendly service anddistinctive, high-quality goods bysupporting your Vienna-Oakton small businesses,typically owned by local people who give back tothe community. Most of the owners know the backgroundof their products, some of which are madeby local artisans, and have pride in what they sell,from birdhouses to hand-crafted ornaments and thediversity of merchandise in between.Since many of the world’s Christmas traditionsoriginated in Germany, it’s fitting to buy – and use –a German-made Advent calendar filled with Germanchocolates to count down the days to Christmas. Youcan find these colorful, whimsical Christmas countdowncalendars at drug stores, grocery stores, andgift shops.They range in price [depending on the glitterquotient] from $2 to $5.The Connection features two holiday gift guides,so, if your favorite local business is not included inthe first one, perhaps, you’ll see it featured in theDecember guide.VIENNA BIRDWATCHERS SEED AND SUPPLY,396 Maple Avenue E; Maple Avenue and Beulah Roadintersection.This year-old shop sells more than bird seed ——although it does sell seed to attract birds of pretty-Photos by Donna Manz/The ConnectionVienna Birdwatchers Seed and Supply’sselection of American-made birdfeeders.much any feather. It sells birdfeeders of all varieties,including the accoutrements – baffles - that makesquirrel pilferage difficult, but there are “houses,”too. Houses with see-through walls for humans topeek through, and houses for bats, owls and squirrels,as well. The owners, Cindy and Jeff DeMeglio,are knowledgeable and passionate, and their pricesare reasonable-enough to inspire your recipient tostart a new hobby. The pocket guides make greatstocking-stuffers.The price for window-nest birdhouses with a seethroughplastic wall for viewing are $25. Decorativebirdfeeders start at under $30. The ornithologicallycorrectbirdhouses are built by Coveside Conservationof Maine. There’s a bat “mansion” that holds upto 150 bats selling for $70.You can buy an owl house at Vienna Birdwatchersand squirrel feeders. The store sells little bags andhuge bags of birdseed, as well as fold-out bird andwildlife guides that make identification easier for thenovice birdwatcher. It would be hard to find a stocking-stuffermore unique than that.Call 703-242-4565 for store hours or go Cannistraro handpaints handbags;the bags start at $25.THE ARTFUL GIFT SHOP, 145 Church Street, NW,lower level.Here’s the mission of The Artful Gift Shop: theproducts for sale must be handcrafted. Unique, oneof-a-kindpieces are the specialty of this little shop,from birdhouses crafted by local crafter HowardLewis to natural soaps, jewelry, art pieces, and, oneof the area’s most distinctive finds – handknitted hatsand scarves.Owner Peggy James, like many other Vienna shopowners, is more than a proprietor. James is one ofthe most active members and supporters of the ViennaBusiness Association, volunteering in VBA’s myriadcommunity events, from the Halloween Parade toOktoberfest. She’s everywhere in the community butmakes the time to run her shop and fundraise on behalfof Homeless Animal Rescue Team.James knows the history, background and producerof everything she sells. If Mayberry had a shopkeeper,Peggy James would have been it.Artists collaborate with James to set prices. Elegantlyhandpainted handbags sell for $25 and up.Vienna crafter Howard Lewis designs and builds fancifulbirdhouses that begin at $70. Handknit scarvesand hats run from $18 each to about $32 for thecombination hat/scarf.For holiday hours and information, call 703-242-1220 or see www.artfulgiftshop.comSee Gift Guide, Page 1110 ❖ Vienna/Oakton Connection ❖ November 19-25, 2014

Holiday Entertainment and Gift GuideFrom Page 10FREEMAN STORE AND MUSEUM, 131Church Street, NE.Known around Vienna as “FreemanHouse,” the white clapboard building in thehistoric Church Street district houses anupstairs museum and exhibit room, as wellas an old-fashioned country store on themain level. Step into Freeman Store andyou’ve stepped back in time.In line with the history of the store – thebuilding goes back to 1849 when it wascalled Lydecker Store – the ambiance andtenor reflects a bygone era of penny candy,pot-bellied stove and old-time toys andgames. The store maintains a selection ofVirginia-made food products the year-round.Every year, Historic Vienna, Inc., administratorof Freeman House which is ownedby the Town of Vienna, contracts artistRachael Peden to design and handpaint holidayornaments representing a Vienna icon.The individual ornaments sell for $19.50each. The 2014 design depicts “Once Upona Time,” the iconic little upscale toy shopthat was housed in one of Church Street’searly 20 th -century houses, now torn down.Among the tried-and-true sale merchandiseis Vienna-logo pottery made by a smallPennsylvania business. Pieces include mugs,storage containers, and serving pieces andprices start at under $10.For information on stock, call 703-938-5187 or go to Orjust stop by this nostalgic store that is unlikePhotos by Donna Manz/The ConnectionFreeman Store stocks an assortmentof Vienna-logo merchandise,from pottery crafted in Pennsylvaniato linens. The store featuresVirginia-made items, as well.most of which consumers see nowadays.TOY CORNER – Oakton Shopping Center,Suite # 106When kids think of the December holidays,they think of cookies and gingerbreadhouses, evergreeen trees, parties, and giftsand toys. Mostly toys.Toy Corner, a staple of the Oakton ShoppingCenter at the corner of Chain Bridgeand Hunter Mill roads, offers classic toysand dolls and games, but, more than that,they offer personalized customer service.Walk through the door and an employeegreets you and asks if you need help. Here’swhat separates Toy Corner from megastores:the employees know their productswell and understand what is age-appropriate.They take the time to walk around thestore with their customers, answering questionsfrom them.And their science activity kit selection iswithout peer in the area. There are microscopeswith low magnification for veryyoung children and microscopes with highqualitymagnification for older kids (sellsfor $90). Some of the smaller science “experiments”start at about $4.A hot item for curious kids are the collectionof Snap Circuits, a build-it-yourselfelectronic kit. Single-design kits start at $25.Got a kid who loves Playmobil or Legos?They’re here. Corolle dolls? Yes, they’rehere. Brain teasers, crafts, books andpuzzles share space with classic toys.Call 703-255-3232 for hours and questionsregarding stock or LIQUOR STORES OF VIENNAAND OAKTONVienna store: 436 Maple Ave E; 703-938-2476Oakton store: Oakton Shopping Center,2930 Chain Bridge Road, Suites 109-110;703-242-2627Big kids – over 21 years old – might appreciatethe seasonal offerings of the VirginiaAlcoholic Beverage Control store system.In addition to the ABC’s regular stockof fine domestic and imported spirits, localABCs are selling holiday-inspired liqueursand eggnogs, from candy cane flavoredSnap Circuits are a fun way forkids – and their parents - to learnabout electricity and to pumpkin spice cream-based libation.Eggnogs are made by several U.S. companiesand are “spirited.” Prices for the seasonalliquors start at under $10 and usuallysell out.Liquor stores run by the VirginiaAlcoholic Beverage Control offer aseasonal selection of premierespirits and festive liqueurs andeggnogs. Price start at under $10per bottle.www.ConnectionNewspapers.comVienna/Oakton Connection ❖ November 19-25, 2014 ❖ 11

Photo by Craig Sterbutzel/The ConnectionPhoto by Craig Sterbutzel/The ConnectionSportsVienna/Oakton Connection Sports Editor Jon Roetman703-752-4031 or jroetman@connectionnewspapers.comOakton Girls’ XC Repeats as State ChampsCougars mistakenlythink they finishedrunner-up.By Jon RoetmanThe ConnectionOakton cross country coachAlisa Byers felt a sense ofpride in the way her girls’team handled its secondplacefinish at the VHSL state meet, withharriers holding their heads high as theywalked onto the podium at Great Meadowto receive recognition.As it turned out, Oakton actually did onebetter than a runner-up finish.The defending state champion Cougarsmistakenly thought the top three teamswould be recognized following the race,when in actuality, it was only the first- andsecond-place finishers. After Lake Braddockwas honored at the podium, Oakton wascalled up.“We thought that they [recognize] threeteams on the podium,” Oakton senior AllieKlimkiewicz said. “We were the second togo up there and they handed us the firstplacetrophy and we were just very confused.”It took a moment or two for it to sink in,but the Cougars eventually realized thetruth: they were, once again, state champions.The Oakton girls’ cross country team wonBy Jon RoetmanThe ConnectionMembers of the Madison volleyballteam looked up at thebanner listing the program’shistorical achievements and envisionedan alteration.With a dominant performance againstOsbourn Park in the region final Saturdaynight, the Warhawks earned theirplace in Madison history, and acknowledgmenton the wall of their high schoolgymnasium.Madison won its first region championship,capturing the 6A North title witha 3-0 (25-11, 25-6, 25-10) victoryagainst the Osbourn Park Yellow Jacketson Nov. 15 at Madison High School.The Warhawks improved their record to32-0 with yet another postseason sweep,The Oakton girls’ cross country team won its second consecutive 6Astate championship on Nov. 15 at Great Meadow.its second consecutive 6A state title with ascore of 44 on a Saturday afternoon, Nov.15, at Great Meadow. The Cougars held offLake Braddock, which finished runner-upwith a score of 58. Each team’s top five harriersfinished in the top 20.“I’m really ecstatic about [winning backto-backstate titles],” Klimkiewicz said. “I’mreally proud of my team. It was a really closerace. We came in knowing that there wouldbe at least three teams right with us, so Iwas really happy to find out that we won.”The Cougars didn’t “find out” they hadwon until they were up on the podium.“They had no idea,” Byers said. “That’swhy they were so confused up on the podium.… They went up there, still, withand secured a home match in the state semifinals.“We were standing there while [the YellowJackets] were [being recognized as regionrunners-up],” Madison outside hitterNatale Zanellato said, “and we were lookingup at the [banner] and we’re like, what’spoise. I was very proud of that momentbecause a lot of times when people get second,they hold their heads down. They werestill just proud to make it back on the podium.”Klimkiewicz placed third with a timeof 18 minutes, 12 seconds. Teammate CaseyKendall, a sophomore, finished fourth witha time of 18:17.“Casey is the most versatile runner I’veever met,” Klimkiewicz said. “She has a fantastickick. Both of us were able to pass alot of girls in the last 1,000 meters or so,and it was great to have her right there withme at the end.”Oakton sophomore Leya Salis finished11th with a time of 18:30. Freshman KiraButtrey placed 15th (18:45), and junior JillBracaglia was 16th (18:49).Oakton will graduate only two of its topseven runners — Klimkiewicz and seniorKara Kendall, who finished 66th with a timeof 20:21.Oakton was at its best late in the season,winning championships at the Conference5, 6A North region, and state levels.“I think a lot of people, if they would havelooked at our midseason performances, theyweren’t very impressive,” Byers said. “A lotof people started to count us out and therewere moments where even some of the girlsstarted to count themselves out. Once wegot to postseason, we changed gears andjust kind of went after it.”Patriot sophomore Rachel McArthur wonthe individual title with a time of 17:43.Lake Braddock sophomore Kate Murphy finishedrunner-up (17:54).The Madison girls’ team finished thirdwith a score of 83. Warhawk harriers DevonWilliams (18:22), Amanda Swaak(18:30), and Morgan Wittrock (18:33)earned all-state honors, placing sixth, 10th,and 13th, respectively.In the 6A boys’ race, Oakton finishedfourth with a score of 124. Lake Braddockwon the team title with a score of 41, followedby West Springfield (92) andChantilly (105).Oakton senior Simon Iyob earned all-statewith a 12th-place finish (15:58).Lake Braddock senior Alex Corbett wonthe individual championship with a time of15:08, and Bruin teammate Kevin Monogueplaced second (15:19).Madison Volleyball Wins First Region ChampionshipWarhawks carriedundefeated recordinto state tournament.The Madison volleyball team onNov. 15 won the first region championshipin program going to look like with ‘2014’ up there?”Many of the Warhawks entered Saturday’smatch with the memory of last year’s season-endingloss to the Yellow Jackets in theregion semifinals. Madison was 29-2 beforeOsbourn Park swept the Warhawks, leavingMadison one win shy of states for thesecond straight season. “We had a great yeargoing last year and then they came in inthe semifinals and they beat me in three,”Madison head coach Carrie Hall said. “Wewere all kind of in shock, to be honest.” Itwas the Yellow Jackets who appeared inshock Saturday night as the Warhawks tookcontrol early in the first set and never letup. With the teams tied at 6 in the opener,Madison scored 19 of the next 24 points,including 12 of the final 14. Senior setterKendal Hall helped spark the run with a pairof powerful jump-serve aces.Zanellato, a junior transfer from LakeBraddock who did not play high school volleyballlast season, had six kills in theopener, including the set-winner.Madison built leads of 11-2 and 16-4 inthe second set before closing with ninestraight points. Junior outside hitter JayneCarter had four kills and an ace in the set.The Warhawks jumped out to a 12-2 advantagein the third set and closed withseven straight points, including a matchwinningkill by Zanellato. “We wantedto come out strong,” Kendal Hall said.“Last year, with them beating us in thesemis, we wanted to get revenge. We justhad our mind set to win.” Zanellato finishedwith a team-high 13 kills. Senioroutside hitter Marissa Roy, the 6A Northregion Player of the Year, finished witheight kills, and Carter had six.Senior libero Virginia Moore, a firstteamall-region selection, had four aces.The sweep was Madison’s 11th in arow, including regional tournament victoriesagainst Robinson, Battlefield andWestfield. The Warhawks dropped justfive sets in their first 32 matches.“I really feel like we played incredibleall week long,” Carrie Hall said. “… Allweek, we’ve beaten everybody in three.We’ve been playing incredible volleyball.”Madison hosted 6A South region runner-upOcean Lakes in the state semifinalson Tuesday, after The Connection’sdeadline. The state final is scheduled for7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21 at VCU’s SiegelCenter in Richmond.12 ❖ Vienna/Oakton Connection ❖ November 19-25, 2014

Education●Learning●FunSchools FairFrom Page 7come and find the schools thatare right for their children.More than 30 schools from themid-Atlantic region sent representativesto show what their schoolshave to offer and answer questionsfrom parents. The event was heldat American University in D.C.,November 16.The fair was founded by BekahAtkinson, director of admissions atthe Sienna School, to provide a resourcefor parents whose lives literallychanged overnight, or themoment they learned their childrenhave a special need. The fairis a forum for parents to exploreeducational options for their children.Atkinson is clear, however,that it is not a forum for diagnosisor advice, but simply a helpful resourcefor parents who are facingan unknown future for their children,educationally, financiallyand emotionally.“We have familiescoming from all over.They are looking fora place where theirchildren feel safe.”— Tara Nappi, CommonwealthAcademy in Alexandria“We have families coming fromall over,” said Tara Nappi, directorof teacher education and curriculumdevelopment at CommonwealthAcademy in Alexandria.“They are looking for a placewhere their children feel safe.”EVENT ORGANIZERS describedthe fair as an empowering day forparents who may feel isolated bytheir child’s diagnosis.“The Exceptional Schools Fair isa moment for families to see andlearn that they have options; thatthey are not, in fact, isolated; thatthere are professional educatorswho are passionate about whatthey do in their school,” saidAtkinson. “Whether [the need] isacademic or social, it’s so incrediblyimportant that you work withprofessionals who understandyour child and who are willing tocollaborate with other professionalslike speech therapists, occupationaltherapists and psychologists,”said Lois McCabe, head ofschool for the Diener School inPotomac, Md.Visit www.ODBfairfax.orgStanding together to stop Domestic and Sexual Violencewww.ConnectionNewspapers.comVienna/Oakton Connection ❖ November 19-25, 2014 ❖ 13

And The“Scancer” Is…By KENNETH B. LOURIEUnknown at this date – Saturday,November 15. In fact, it will be six daysfrom now until we’ll know the results. Asit is always scheduled, a week or so aftermy quarterly CT Scan, we will have ourusual follow-up, face-to-face appointmentwith my oncologist. At this meeting, I amexamined, and of course, the radiologist’sreport of the most recent scan is discussed,and plans for the future – stay thecourse and/or adjust or switch altogether –are considered.However, this week there’s been a blip.My chemotherapy infusion was delayedone week at least, maybe longer, becausemy creatinine levels were too high.Creatinine levels reflect kidney function,and when my level exceeds normal, giventhe potential for kidney failure – ultimately,and all the associated, interimcomplications/effects – treatment isstopped until additional lab work is completed.Now, in and of itself, this presentsconcerns; in conjunction with a potentiallydisappointing CT Scan, results ofwhich will be learned on the 21st (eventhough I remain asymptomatic and feel asnormal as a stage IV, non-small cell lungcancer survivor could possibly feel nearingyear six, post-diagnosis), this presents worriesexponentially more distressing.Still, I’m not there yet and won’t reactas if the diagnosis is confirmed until it is.For the moment, I am simply enduring thetypical ups and downs of living with anoriginally-diagnosed-as-terminal/ inoperableform of lung cancer (are there anyothers?). There are good days and baddays to be sure, and many daze before,during and after. To be alive and facingthis as yet unconfirmed complication ispar for the course. To expect any differentwould be unrealistic. Most stage IV, nonsmallcell lung cancer patients don’t surviveas long as I have. Ergo, I would nevercomplain about a situation that few of myfellow lung cancer patients have lived longenough to even consider. Heck, I’m thelucky one, considering I was originallygiven a “13-month to two-year” prognosisback in late February, 2009. I’m grateful tobe in my shoes (any shoes, actually;sneakers mostly, because the chemotherapy-inducedneuropathy in my feet isuncomfortable, a small price to pay relativeto my original diagnosis/prognosis).Initially, when I thought of this title, Iwas planning on channeling Alex Trebekby incorporating as many Jeopardy (thegame show) touches as I could into thiscolumn: the questions, the answers, thecategories, the “Daily Double,” “DoubleJeopardy,” (“where the scores double andthe game can really change”), “FinalJeopardy” (although working in its themesong would have been a challenge) andmaybe even Merv Griffin would get amention, all in an attempt to be funny.But there’s nothing very funny aboutthe situation in which I find myself. Iremain positive and upbeat, and afteralmost six years of experience living thisemotional roller coaster, this week of waiting,even with the additional blip, is manageable,believe it or not. 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BoardTo have community events listed in the Connection,send to Thedeadline for submissions is the Friday prior to publication.THURSDAY/NOV. 20Evening Book Group. 7:30 p.m. Great FallsLibrary, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. Callbranch for title.Oakton Book Discussion Group. 7 p.m.Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place,Oakton. Come and join Oakton’s book discussiongroup. We will discuss The Calligrapher’sDaughter by Eugenia Kim. Adults.Patrick Henry Book Club. 1 p.m. Patrick HenryLibrary, 101 Maple Avenue East, Vienna. Noah’sCompass by Anne Tyler. Adults.“Not Just for Teens” Adult Book Club. 7 p.m.Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Avenue East,Vienna. November’s title is “The ReformedVampire Support Group” by Catherine Jinks.Adults.FRIDAY/NOV. 21McLean Art Society Meeting. 10 a.m. - Noon.McLean Community Center, 1234 InglesideAvenue, McLean. Jamaliah Morais, a teacherand oriental brush painter who is a residentartist at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, willbe the featured presenter. Morais is a member ofthe Sum-e Society of America which supportsthe ancient Chinese and Japanese technique.She has exhibited at the Audubon Society, theUniversity Club and the Embassy of Malaysia aswell as the World Bank.Friends of the Great Falls Library BookSale. All day. Great Falls Library, 9830Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. Used book sale.English Conversation Group. 10 a.m. PatrickHenry Library, 101 Maple Avenue East Vienna.Practice your English conversation skills in agroup. Adults.SATURDAY/NOV. 22McLean Child Safety Inspection. 9:30 a.m. –12 p.m. Lewinsville Center, 1609 Great FallsStreet, McLean. The Mclean District PoliceStation holds child safety seat inspections onceper month.Be Fit McLean Saturday 55+ Lecture Series.12 - 2 p.m. Old Firehouse Teen Center, 1440Chain Bridge Road, McLean. TransportationOptions. $7/$5 MCC district of the Great Falls Library BookSale. All day. Great Falls Library, 9830Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. Used book sale.MONDAY/NOV. 24Adults Learning English. 11 a.m. Dolly MadisonLibrary, 1244 Oak Ridge Avenue, McLean.Receive focussed help with reading, writing,speaking and listening.Spanish Conversation Group. 1 p.m. GreatFalls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, GreatFalls. Practice Spanish as a foreign language inthis casual conversation group.Evening ESL Conversation Group. 7 p.m.Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike,Great Falls. Practice speaking English in thisinformal conversation group.English Conversation. 10: 30 a.m. OaktonLibrary, 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton.English practice for non-native speakers. Adults.Computer One-on-One. Noon. Oakton Library,10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton. Internetbasics, email, Microsoft Word, Excel andPowerpoint.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.www.ConnectionNewspapers.comVienna/Oakton Connection ❖ November 19-25, 2014 ❖ 15

Holiday Entertainment and Gift GuideNoteworthy November EventsSend announcements is Friday for the following week’spaper. Photos/artwork encouraged.THROUGH SUNDAY/JAN. 4, 2015Meadowlark’s Winter Walk ofLights. 5:30 p.m. MeadowlarkBotanical Garden, 9750 MeadowlarkGardens Court, Vienna. 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.THURSDAY/NOV. 20James Cotton. 8 p.m. The Barns atWolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna.Widely regarded as one of the bestharmonica players of all time, thisinstrumentalist and blues legend hasmade his mark on music history.Tickets: $25. For more information,visit Rotary Club. 7:30-8:30 a.m. RiverBend Country Club, 375 Walker RoadGreat Falls. Great Falls Rotary ClubWeekly Speaker Series. Download amembership form on their website.Open to anyone who has a personalconnection to Great Falls and isinterested in furthering Rotary’smission of Service Above Self.Artists Meet for Coffee. 8:30-10 a.m.Katie’s Coffeehouse, GeorgetownPike, Great Falls. Local artists meetfor coffee. All are welcome to dropin.FRIDAY/NOV. 21GFL Drop-In Chess. 4:30-6:30 p.m.Great Falls Library, 9830 GeorgetownPike, Great Falls. Drop in chess at theGreat Falls Library Meeting Room.All ages are welcome.Don’t miss out on the 45th Annual Treasury of Art JuriedShow and Sale Nov. 21-23 at the Vienna CommunityCenter. Hundreds of original works in all media by artistsfrom Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and beyondwill be for sale. This image is “River Rapids,” watercolorby Vienna’s Artist of the Year Helen Dilley Barsalou.Pokemon League. 3 p.m. PatrickHenry Library, 101 Maple AvenueEast Vienna. Learn and play. Ages 5-18.FRIDAY/NOV. 21 - SATURDAY/NOV. 22Chris Smither & The Motivators.The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1645 TrapRoad, Vienna. Tickets: $30-$35. Formore information, Book Sale. 10 a.m. - 5p.m. Great Falls Library, 9830Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. TheFriends of the Great Falls Library areholding their semi-annual book sale.Browse books from many differentgenres.SATURDAY/NOV. 22Andes Manta in Concert. 8 p.m. TheAlden Theatre, McLean CommunityCenter, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean.Live @ The Alden. $20/$15 MCCdistrict & Coffee. 7-9 p.m. 760 WalkerRoad Great Falls. Gathering of cars atKatie’s Coffeehouse. Antique, custom,hotrod, exotic, sports, etc.CR Dance for Everyone. Colvin RunCommunity Hall, 10201 Colvin RunRoad, Great Falls. $12 per personincludes lesson dance, soda andsnacks. Contact Ed Cottrell at 703-435-5620 or EdCottrell@MACP.orgfor more information.Great Falls Farmers Market. 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Village Centre, 778 WalkerRoad, Great Falls. Pre-Thanksgivingmarket.SUNDAY/NOV. 23Concerts at The Alden. 3 p.m. TheAlden Theatre, McLean CommunityCenter, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean.Live @ The Alden.“Autumn Splendor.” 3-5 p.m. TheAlden Theatre, McLean CommunityCenter, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean.Sunday Soiree Series Dance. $15 percouple, $8 24GFL Read to the Dog. 4:30-5:30p.m. Great Falls Library, 9830Georgetown Pike, Great Falls.Beginning readers can practicereading to a furry friend. Call branchat 703-757-8560 to sign up.Learn to Draw Cartoons. 4:30 p.m.Great Falls Library, 9830 GeorgetownPike, Great Falls. Learn to drawcartoons with artist Bud Little. Ages 6and up. Please register for thisprogram.Rock-a-bye-Baby. 11:30 a.m. PatrickHenry Library, 101 Maple AvenueEast Vienna. Join us for an earlyliteracy enhanced storytime,featuring rhymes, stories and songs.Birth-12 months with adult.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.Special family-friendly events goingon this month that will put you in theholiday spirit.THURSDAY-SATURDAY/NOV. 20-2221st Annual Christmas CraftShow. Thursday and Friday: 10a.m. - 7 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4p.m. Oakton Church of theBrethren, 10025 Courthouse Rd.,Vienna. Come browse around andfind unique presents and stockingstuffers; cards and gift bags;seasonal décor; kitchenaccessories; baby and children’sitems; scarves, hats and otherattire; jewelry; pillows and linens;ceramics; fresh baked pies andcakes and much more.FRIDAY/NOV. 21 - SUNDAY/NOV. 23Vienna’s 45th Annual Treasuryof Art Juried Show and Sale.Sales hours are Friday, 10 a.m. - 9p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.;Sunday, noon - 4 p.m.ViennaCommunity Center, 120 CherryStreet, Vienna. Vienna’s largest artexhibition of the year. Hundreds oforiginal works in all media byartists from Virginia, Maryland,Washington, D.C. and beyond willbe for sale. Meet the artists, enjoylight refreshments and music bythe Serenada String Quartet at theAwards Reception, Friday Nov. 21,7 - 9 p.m. Free and open to thepublic.www.ViennaArtsSociety.orgFRIDAY/NOV. 21Quote-Along Film: “A ChristmasStory.” 7:30 p.m. The Alden, 1234Ingleside Avenue, McLean. Yellalong to your all-time holidayfavorite. Free.SATURDAY/NOV. 2235th Annual Christmas Bazaar. 9a.m. - 5 p.m. St. John’s Academygym at 6422 Linway Terrace,McLean. Vendors from acrossNorthern Virginia, entertainment,local art and the chance topurchase jewelry, food and gifts.Free admission. For moreOfferings 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. 26GFL Pokemon League. 4:30- 6 p.m.Great Falls Library, 9830 GeorgetownPike, Great Falls. Come playPokemon with your friends. Schoolages 5 to 15.Treasured 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/NOV. 28John Eaton. 8 p.m. The Barns at WolfTrap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna.information contact Jennifer 28- NOV. 30Vienna Arts & Crafts Show.Friday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Saturday:10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m. -4 p.m. Vienna Community Center,120 Cherry Street, Vienna.Handmade arts and crafts,including decorative painting,fused, etched, painted and stainedglass, ceramics and pottery, handpaintedsilk, woodworkinghandweaving, photography,paintings and drawings,clothingand functional textiles, jewelry andmuch more. All of the artists andartisans will be on hand to answerquestions and talk about theirwork. Admission: $3.SUNDAY/NOV. 23Vienna Turkey Trot: 10K, 5Kand Fun Run. 8 a.m. Allproceeds benefit the JamesMadison High School Band and theVienna Volunteer Fire Department.This year’s Marching Band hasproudly accepted an invitation toperform at the BOA GrandNationals in Indianapolis. Comeout and show your support byparticipating in one of the largestraces in the area. Registration isnow open and currently offingsponsorship opportunities. Moreinformation including registrationfees and schedule can be found atwww.viennaturkeytrot.comFRIDAY/NOV. 28Annual Gingerbread House. 4p.m. Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner,1700 Tysons Boulevard, McLean.Kick-off the holidays with TheRitz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, as thelife-sized Gingerbread House isunveiled. Located on the 3rd floor,arrival lobby level of the hotel, theculinary work of art is largeenough for guests to walk aroundinside and explore the sugaryconstruction. Opening dayfestivities will include holidayconfections, hot spiced cider andhot cocoa.Renowned pianist, vocalist,musicologist, and humorist deliversrenditions of cherished Americansongs. Tickets: $25-$27. For moreinformation, visit Drop-In Chess. 4:30-6:30 p.m.Great Falls Library, 9830 GeorgetownPike, Great Falls. Drop in chess at theGreat Falls Library Meeting Room.All ages are welcome.SATURDAY/NOV. 29Stephen Kellogg. 7:30 p.m. The Barnsat Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road,Vienna.This lively performer and talentedeveryman 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. 1Model Trains Plus Thomas, Too! 6-9 p.m. Historic Vienna RailroadStation, 231 Dominion Road NE,Vienna. 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 ❖ Vienna/Oakton Connection ❖ November 19-25, 2014

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