Body shop overhauls van for wounded veterans

The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes recently received a refurbished wheelchair-accessible van from a Burke auto body shop as part of its Recycled Rides program.

Technicians from the shop, Caliber Collision, volunteered to work on the van that was provided by 1-800-Charity-Cars. Recycled Rides, a national program of the National Auto Body Council, brings collision-industry businesses together to repair and donate vehicles to nonprofit service organizations and individuals in need.

Wounded veterans representing the Leesburg-based Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes will use the van to visit Veterans Affairs hospitals and attend other events “as they serve and encourage wounded heroes and their families through their recovery process,” said David Walker, chief executive of the coalition.

For information on Recycled Rides, visit For information on the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, visit

Bands for Bikes concert to benefit needy children

The second annual Bands for Bikes benefit concert will run in conjunction with the Old Firehouse Teen Center’s annual Block Party on Aug. 22 from 4 to8 p.m. at 1440 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean.

The free concert is being organized by Langley High School students Morgan Poirier and Jack Lichtenstein to support Wheels to Africa, a youth-led nonprofit group that collects used bikes for needy children.

Cash donations and gently used bikes will be acceptedAug. 22 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the teen center.

The concert will feature local bands, including the Unexpected, Katie & Anna, Out of Line and Scott’s Run.

For information, visit or e-mail

Center in Falls Church to close for yearly cleaning

The Falls Church Community Center at 223 Little Falls St. will be closed from Aug. 31 to Sept. 7 for annual cleaning, painting and maintenance.

Registration staff members will be available Aug. 31 to Sept. 5, but there will be no other access to the building. The center will be closed for Labor Day on Sept. 6 and 7, reopening Sept. 8.

Information sessions set for leadership program

Leadership Fairfax will host information sessions on its Lifetime Leadership ProgramAug. 26 and Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. at 8230 Old Courthouse Rd., Suite 100, Vienna.

The program, offered in partnership with Volunteer Fairfax, is for people who are newly retired or contemplating retirement and want to identify and clarify their leadership skills for civic engagement.

The class meets seven times over two months, beginningOct. 7.

For information, to register for an information session or to apply to the program, call 703-752-7504, e-mail or visit

— Compiled by Sarah Lane