News of interest from across the community:

DIOCESE SALUTES THOSE MARRIED 25, 50 YEARS: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington on Oct. 14 held its annual Marriage Jubilee Mass at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More.

A total of 114 couples celebrating their 50th anniversary and 108 couples celebrating their 25th anniversary participated in the Mass, overseen by Bishop Michael Burbidge.

“It is always a great joy for me to celebrate the Mass honoring husbands and wives celebrating 25, 50 and even more years of faithful married love,” Burbidge said. “It is my hope and prayer that the love they share will grow stronger with the passing of each new day.”

Among those participating were Jesus and Sylvia Cota, who have been married for 50 years.

“Time has gone by so fast,” Sylvia Cota said.

Her advice for a long and successful marriage? “Respect each other. When you argue, do not use foul language and do not say things in the heat of the moment.”

‘SCOUTING FOR FOOD’ COLLECTION SET TO ARRIVE: The National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America will kick off its 31st annual “Scouting for Food” collection with a goal of accumulating more than a million pounds of food for the Capital Area Food Bank and other regional food-assistance organizations.

“Scouting for Food helps local families in need and teaches our Scouts the importance of directly serving the community,” said Craig Poland, Scout Executive for the local council.

Scouts of all ages will fan out across the region on Nov. 3 to distribute reminder fliers, then return Nov. 10 to pick up food. (To conserve natural resources, the event this year has eliminated the distribution of plastic bags for collection purposes).

Among items most in demand are canned protein (tuna, chicken, salmon, peanut butter); soups and stews; 100-percent fruit juices; grains (pasta, macaroni and cheese, rice); canned vegetables; and hygiene products.

ANNUAL ‘CANSTRUCTION’ COMPETITION IS HERE: The Northern Virginia chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ 15th annual “Canstruction”  celebration, to benefit the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), will run through Nov. 3 at Washington Dulles International Airport.

The competition “celebrates the commitment that local architects have made to support their community and have fun while doing so,” the organization said. “Most importantly, hundreds of families will benefit.”

Teams use canned goods to construct designs that are judged in a variety of categories, with the winners going on to compete in the International Canstruction competition.

At the end of the public-display period, canned goods will be donated to AFAC for distribution to local families.

All events will take place in the transportation level at Dulles. For information, see the Web site at

PHILHARMONIC, DANCE TROUPE TEAM UP FOR WWI REMEMBRANCE: The Arlington Philharmonic will team up with Bowen McCauley Dance to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. at Kenmore Middle School.

The program will celebrate the centennial of the end of fighting in World War I.

For tickets and information, see the Web sites at and

LEE ARTS CENTER TO HOST ANNUAL SALE: The Lee Arts Center’s annual art and fine craft sale will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10-11, at the center, 5722 Lee Highway.

Artists from the center’s studio as well as regional artists will present works for sale to the public. Items will range from pottery and sculpture to prints and jewelry.

Sale hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. For information, call (703) 228-0560 or see the Web site at

DOMINION GUILD TO HOST HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE: The Dominion Guild will hold its two-day “Merry Market” holiday boutique on Tuesday, Nov. 13 and Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Knights of Columbus, 5115 Little Falls Road.

More than 25 specialty vendors will be on hand providing a variety of gift options. Proceeds will support a number of local non-profit organizations.

The sale will take place on Nov. 13 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. (featuring a “Bubbly & Bites” reception) and Nov. 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at, at Mesmeralda’s in McLean or Lemoncello Boutique in Arlington, or at the door.

‘LOST FARMS AND ESTATES’ OF AREA DISCUSSED AT CHURCH EVENT: The Faith, Food and Fellowship program of Clarendon United Methodist Church will continue on Thursday, Nov. 8 with a program by architectural historian Kim Protho Williams speaking on “Lost Farms and Estates in Washington.”

The program begins with a brief worship service with music at noon, lunch ($5) at 12:30 p.m. and the program at 1 p.m.

The church is located at 606 North Irving St. For information, call (703) 527-9574 or see the Web site at

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