Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Ground Hog Day. Oh no, six more weeks of winter! Here's some relief. Jefferson Houston Elementary School is opening up a room for preschoolers to play during the wintertime. Bring your children to room #36 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m., beginning Jan. 26.

Neighbor Ken Gallahan wants Rosemont to know that he is promoting a nationally known stand-up slapstick comedian, Gallagher. Famed watermelon-smasher, Gallagher usually plays large theaters and casinos. This appearance will be at the intimate, 500-seat, State Theatre in Falls Church. Gallagher encourages his fans to bring cameras. The plan is for everyone at the show to have the opportunity to meet the legendary comic, have a photo taken and exchange views on the world.

"My humor makes people think. I want people to look more closely at this country and their lives to see the humor and absurdity in it all. I don't have to make it up, the truth is funny enough," said Gallagher. Check out the show on Feb. 19 and 20 at The State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church, VA, 703-237-0300 or check out .

The next meeting of the Mirant Community Monitoring Group is scheduled for Feb. 10, 7 p.m., Room 2000 at City Hall, 301 King St. The next RCA meeting is tentatively planned for the evening of Thursday, Feb. 24. Topics planned are the on-going problem of train noise and plans for Beach Park. Watch for details in the Rosemont Flyer delivered to your home the week before for confirmation of the date.

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