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Week in Great Falls

Town Hall Meeting With Great Falls Non-profits

The semi-annual meeting of all community non-profit organizations, including youth and sport groups, sponsored by GFCA, will be held on April 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Great Falls Library Conference Room. This town hall meeting is open to everyone.

Local elected officials will be invited to attend or send a representative.

Theresa Benincasa of the Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships will provide information discussing the databases, resources and other assistance available from the office’s Grants Research and Training Center for non-profits and other grant seekers. After an approximately 20 minute presentation, about the same time will be allocated to answer audience questions on matters such as finding specific financial resources and grants for non-profits and how best to write a proposal soliciting such grants and resources.

Thereafter, each participating non-profit will be given up to five minutes to explain their major objectives, special community programs scheduled prior to the end of 2013, and their key individual and community concerns. Following the presentations, GFCA Outreach Chair Ralph Apton will moderate an interchange of ideas between non-profit participants, GFCA officers and committee chairs, and the audience. The final 20 minutes of the session will include refreshments and floor discussions involving all attendees.

The Artists’ Atelier to Host a Coffee

The Artists’ Atelier will host a coffee with members of The Celebrate Great Falls Foundation and members of the Great Falls community. The Celebrate Great Falls Foundation is the managing organization for many of the local community events: Concerts on the Green, The Annual Golf Tournament, July 4th Celebration, Spooktacular and Celebration of Lights. This community event will be held Thursday, April 11, at 9:30 a.m. at The Artists’ Atelier, 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls. For information contact Terri Parent,703-862-0771, parent.terri@gmail.com.

'Bluebells at the Bend' at Riverbend Park

It's spring and the Virginia bluebells are blooming at Riverbend Park in Great Falls. The public is invited to attend Riverbend Park's annual "Bluebells at the Bend" celebration on Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverbend Park, 8700 Potomac Hills Street, Great Falls (Admission cost is $5 per person).

See Virginia Bluebells covering the banks of the Potomac and particpate in wagon rides, wildflower walks and assorted games. The event includes music from Andrew McKnight.

For more information visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/riverbend or call 703-759-9018.

Langley High to Host Relay for Life

A group of students from Langley High School are organizing a Relay For Life fundraising event benefiting the American Cancer Society.

The event, which will be held on April 27-28, is one of only two Relay For Life events in Northern Virginia that is completely planned and organized by students.

Almost 300 students, parents and teachers from the Langley HS community have already signed up for the event and $18,649 has been raised since the beginning of the year toward Langley’s fundraising goal of $30,000.

Twenty-seven teams, mostly consisting of students, have registered and are currently raising money to reach their personal fundraising goals. At the event, which lasts from 6 p.m. (April 27) until 6 a.m. (April 28), teams of students will pitch tents on the Langley HS football field and will have at least one member of their team walking on the track at all times, symbolizing the fact that cancer never sleeps. To kick off the event, local cancer survivors walk the first lap around the track. Music, games, contests and activities will last throughout the night.

All donations from Relay For Life go to the American Cancer Society which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

McLean Orchestra to Host ‘Midnight in Paris’

The McLean Orchestra’s 2013 Gala, "Midnight in Paris," will be held on Sunday, April 21, 6 to 11 p.m. at the renovated Hilton McLean. Celebrate the Orchestra’s biggest night of the year with local celebrity Charles Mann, Master of Ceremonies. You will enjoy networking with open bar and gourmet hors d'oeuvres, dining on French cuisine and specialty chocolates, classical entertainment by live chamber ensembles and French songs by soprano Melissa Mino, having your photo taken next to the glittering Eiffel Tower, and dancing the night away to The Elegant DJ. A box auction, game prizes and live auction conducted by Chicago showman David Goodman of Auction Results will offer something for everyone, including fine wine, fashion accessories, adventure experiences, and luxury travel to London, Mexico, Tuscany and Paris to name a few.

To reserve tickets call 571-332-5426 or visit www.mclean-orchestra.org/gala.