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Today we are no longer in the campaign business, choosing instead to focus on community issues, supporting quality schools & city services and maintaining our independence as the Little City.


Falls Church Women's History Walk - May 2nd

Come join us for a stroll in the fresh air of spring time and learn about the fascinating women who built this community.


Event:           The 2021 Falls Church Women’s History Walk                          

Date:             Sunday, May 2ndRain date: Sunday, May 16th

Time:            11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location:        Falls Church City

44 Stops or “Her-Story” Stations along The Walk showcase the activism, the commitment, and the contributions of notable women in Falls Church from the 1600s through today. We hope these women’s stories will inspire you to make a difference.


The Details: 

The Walk will be a self-guided 2-mile loop from Falls Church City Hall to Cherry Hill Farmhouse. Participants may start at any point along the route, but please note - docents will be available to provide guidance and directions at these three locations along the route: Big Chimneys Park, Tinner Hill Park and City Hall. This year’s Walk Grand Marshal honorees are Alma Amaker, Doris Newcomb, Sally Phillips, Ellen Salsbury, Mary Ellen Shaw, and Marie Hirst Yochim.  While these honorees will be at Big Chimneys Park briefly at noon, their “Her-Story” Stations will be posted at the park for the duration of the Walk.

For more information and the map, please visit the website:



This special one-day event is presented by The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation, Falls Church Elected Women, and The Falls Church Women’s History Group.


Many thanks to the event’s generous sponsors: The Daughters of the American Revolution, Falls Church Chapter, Village Preservation & Improvement Society, Citizens for a Better City, The Falls Church League of Women Voters, Falls Church Jazzercise, Falls Church Branch of the American Association of University Women, City of Falls Church, and Falls Church City Public Schools.


Affordable Housing Falls Church:  Problems & Prospects

On February 28, 2021, the Falls Church CBC partnered with the Falls Church League of Women Voters on the first of three Affordable Housing Forums.  A panel of four long-time Falls Church Leaders gave an overview of efforts to address affordable housing from 1980 to today highlighting successes, failures and lessons learned. 


"At this pivotal time, we look forward to engaging with an expert panel to understand past efforts to build affordable housing in the City, as we work toward offering more affordable housing options here," said Allison Brown, co-president of the League of Women Voters-Falls Church.  Hal Lippman, president of Citizens for a Better City added, "With a decades-long record of only limited success in affordable housing efforts in our City, and now faced with the added question of more diversity in such housing, a public discussion to promote citizens' awareness of the need to increase the supply is timely and long overdue."

The next two forums will focus on current developments and possible options for the future.  All forums will be open to the public via Zoom.

View the February 28, 2021 forum with panelists H. Alan Brangman, former Mayor, Falls Church; Katherine Emmons, former leader, Falls Church Housing Corporation; Brian O'Connor, former Mayor, Falls Church; and Robert Young, president of The Young Grouphere.

CBC gives inaugural "Shout-Out" Award to Bob Young, Chair of the Falls Church Economic Development Authority, for EDA's business grant program during the Covid pandemic. Stay tuned for more Shout-Out Awards!  Read article here.

CBC Youth Reps


 Our Youth Reps program matches the City's high school students with a City Board or Commission which they are interested in serving on.  Click here to link to the CBC Youth Representatives Initiative.

Document Center


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CBC Meetings


CBC holds monthly meetings of the Ex Comm. ALL members are welcome to attend! Meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of every month.