Events and Announcements
This page contains environment-related Events and Announcements of
interest to Falls Church area residents. If you have an event or
announcement that you think should be on this list, please email it to

Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment Events Listing -

Explore Nature at Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Lots of nature
programs for kids and adults, and the nature center offers children's
birthday parties complete with a 30-minute nature program. The park is
located in North Arlington, not far off of Lee Hwy.  The park website is at

Virginia Native Plant Society Potowmack News - Click here to see the
current issue of the Potowmack News, the newsletter of the Potowmack
Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society. The newsletter includes a local
events calendar for  residents interested in native plants and the
environment in the Falls Church/Arlington/Alexandria/Fairfax areas. You
can also sign up to be on their email list by going to

Arlington RIP (Remove Invasive Plants) - There are many volunteer
opportunities to help remove invasive plants in Arlington, through the RIP
(Remove Invasive Plants) program. For a list of volunteer activities, contact
Jan Ferrigan, Arlington County Invasive Species Program Coordinator at
jferriga<at> (703) 228-7636.

Programs for young children at the Scout House. City resident and
preschool teacher Sue John has an "emergent learner" preschool called
the Right Track that incorporates many nature and outdoor themes into
the program. On the Right Track has programs for children 18 months  to
4 years old weekday mornings at the Scout House on S. Spring St. For
more information, contact Sue John at 703-237-2210.

Local Stream/Watershed Films
If you've been wanting to see Dave Eckert's "Four Mile Run: Reviving an
Urban Stream"  or Teddy Wiant's "Tripps Run: An Ancient Stream", you
can check them out at the library! Read below for more information.

Four Mile Run: Reviving An Urban Stream -  Four Mile Run is a
nine-mile long urban stream that drains its Northern Virginia valley with
200,000 residents--adjacent to Washington, DC.  The history, current
resources and problems, and future possibilities for revival of this urban
stream can be generalized as the story of thousands of urban streams
throughout North America.  Jim Fowler, the wildlife wrangler of Mutual of
Omaha's Wild Kingdom, grew up along Four Mile Run in the 1930s and
developed his love for the natural world there.  Fowler returns to his home
for the first time since 1946 to host this film and to provide a context for
viewers to appreciate and seek to revive these abused, piped, channelized,
and polluted urban waterways.  The stream's surprising history and the
bold plans for its future provide hope that our urban streams can be
revived. The film is narrated by National Public Radio's Frank Stasio.

Produced, written, and directed by Dave Eckert, Virginia Village
Productions, 2001. You can view a 6-minute version of the movie at You can also check
out the full 2-hour version at Mary Riley Styles Library in Falls Church or
Arlington's Central Library in Arlington.

Tripps Run: An Ancient Stream - Through interviews with long-time
residents and historic images, this 30-minute documentary traces the
history of Tripps Run from its time as a vibrant, natural stream, through
its status today as a concrete drainage channel. The film also discusses
the stream's prospects for the future. Produced in 1997 by Teddy Wiant,
who was then a recent George Mason High School graduate, the film was
Teddy's Eagle Scout project. The film is quite relevant now, given the
current issues surrounding the Tripps Run flood plain expansion in Falls
Church City. Learn the history of your neighborhood stream! You can
check out this video at Mary Riley Styles Library in Falls Church.

December through March - Falls Church Winter
Emergency Homeless Shelter.
Do you and your family often find that
you have extra supplies, non-perishable breakfast foods, or snacks that
often go to waste? Then consider giving these items to the Falls Church
Winter Emergency Homeless Shelter. Contact Janet Qualters, Food and
Supplies Coordinator for the Falls Church Winter Homeless Shelter, at

(The Falls Church Winter Emergency Homeless Shelter operates as a
not-for-profit organization and depends on contributions and support
from the community for its operation. Financial contributions can be made
to Falls Church Winter Homeless Shelter/FCS, P.O. Box 6979, Falls Church,
VA, 22040-6979.)