News of interest from McLean, Great Falls and surrounding communities:

LOCAL DAR CHAPTER HONORS EDUCATOR: During an assembly at Saint Luke School in McLean on Feb. 19, members of the McLean-based Freedom Hill chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) presented Kevin Cyron with an Outstanding Teacher of American History Award.

Cyron was selected based on his exceptional work and achievement as a teacher. The chapter also endorsed him for state competition.

As part of the DAR’s emphasis on education, the Outstanding Teacher of American History contest honors notable full-time teachers who demonstrate excellence in readily sharing an insightful knowledge of American history, being committed to their students, fostering a spirit of patriotism and loyal support of our country, relating history to modern life and events, and requiring high academic standards from their students.

Cyron has been a social studies teacher at Saint Luke School since 2011, and also serves as the middle-school coordinator between the academic team, administration and parents.  

“Mr. Cyron is a skillful and knowledgeable teacher who challenges his students to think critically about the world and the relevance of historical perspective,” DAR officials said. “He has a wealth of knowledge about American history and shares his enthusiasm on a daily basis with his students.”

During the assembly, school principal Louis Silvano introduced Chapter Regent Beth VanDoren Boswell, Chapter Historian Maureen Jenkins and Chapter Registrar Wendy Stark.

MCA HOSTS FORUM WITH SCHOOLS CHIEF: The McLean Citizens Association will host a forum with Fairfax Superintendent Scott Brabrand on Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. at the McLean Community Center.

Brabrand will discuss his priorities and challenges for the coming fiscal year. A question-and-answer session will follow.

For information, e-mail

FIRST-TIME AUTHOR TO DISCUSS HER WORK: Sarah Saxton Strassberg will discuss her first novel – “The Queen Anne Society” – on Saturday, March 9 at 2:30 p.m. at Great Falls Public Library.

The book is geared toward ages 9 to 14 and focuses on friendship, adventure and Blackbeard’s lost treasure.

Strassberg is a Great Falls resident currently attending Vanderbilt University.

JAZZ CONCERT, PANCAKE BRUNCH SLATED BY CHURCH: The choirs of Lewinsville Presbyterian Church will present Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday” and Bob Chilcott’s “Little Jazz Mass” at the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, March 3.

The Danté Pope Jazz Quartet will participate.

Following the service, a pancake brunch will celebrate the upcoming Shrove Tuesday, the feast day before the first day of Lent.

The church is located at 1724 Chain Bridge Road in McLean. The community is invited.

For information, see the Website at

REALTY GROUP ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS: Huckaby Briscoe Conroy (HBC) Group of Keller Williams Realty has announced the promotion of Lizzy Conroy from vice president to partner, joining Karen Briscoe.

“Having Lizzy Conroy as my business partner is a relationship made in heaven, as we met at Trinity Church in McLean,” Briscoe said. “Our real-estate group has excelled because of Lizzy’s knowledge of the marketplace and commitment to serving our community.”

In addition, Jenny McClintock has been promoted to vice president. She has been an agent at the firm for five years.

For information on the firm, see the Website at

MPA TO PREVIEW UPCOMING PROGRAMMING: McLean Project for the Arts will host an open house to preview its upcoming art classes for adults and children, as well as spotlight summer art camps, on Saturday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at MPA@ChainBridge, 1446 Chain Bridge Road.

The event will provide an opportunity to speak with faculty, ask questions and enjoy the current exhibition. There also will be an art activity geared toward children.

For information, call (703) 790-1953 or see the Website at

TYSONS-PIMMIT LIBRARY TO HOST QUARTERLY BOOK SALE: Friends of the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library will hold its quarterly book and media sale March 1-3 at the library.

Hours are Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Volunteers also are being recruited to staff the event.

For information, call (703) 790-4031 or e-mail

ORGANIST FEATURED IN RECITAL SERIES: Lewinsville Presbyterian Church will host a Holy Happy Hour recital on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 6:15 p.m. at the church, 1724 Chain Bridge Road in McLean.

The concert will feature Nicholas Quardokus, an organ scholar at St. Paul’s Parish in Washington, D.C., who has perormed throughout the eastern U.S.

The concert will be followed by a reception. Admission is free; a free-will offering will be taken.

For information, call (703) 356-7200 or see the Website at

TAI CHI FOR BEGINNERS OFFERED: Free beginner tai chi is offered Saturdays from 7:55 to 9 a.m. at Langley Hall at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd.

Participants should wear comfortable, casual footwear and clothing.

For information, call Warren at (703) 759-9141 or see the Web site at

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