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                                                                                                                     Country/folk artist Nanci Griffith,

                                                                                                                     left, shares the bill with folk icon

                                                                                                                     Judy Collins Sunday, Sept. 9 at 8

                                                                                                                     p.m. at Wolf Trap.


                                                                                                                      • CALENDAR/B2
                                                                                                                      • WIDESCREEN/B5                                 Week of SEPTEMBER 5-11, 2007


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    This Sunday, Sept. 9, Lake
Accotink Park in Springfield is
offering a special Grandparent’s
Day evening cruise aboard a
pontoon boat. While you enjoy
the quiet scenic beauty of the
lake, your boat captain will share
an interpretive history of the
area. See Calendar for details.

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‘Hokie Nation’
    The documentary about
Virginia Tech Hokie fans will be
shown in the area for two days
only at the Arlington Cinema ‘N’
Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia
Pike. Showtimes are Thursday                                                                                                                                                          Times Staff Photo/Tin Nguyen
Sept. 6 at 7 and 9:30 p.m., and        Mary Lathram, 92, of Bailey’s Crossroads, speed-walks and swims several mornings a week at the neighborhood Skyline Sport & Health club.
Friday, Sept. 7 at 9:50 p.m. The
Thursday screenings will fea-
ture an appearance by the film’s
director and producer, Chris
Valluzzo. For details, visit

                                         Staying fit for life
                                       Local nonagenarian trains for Northern Virginia Senior Olympics
                                                BY BRITTANY BOYD                 Bailey’s Crossroads, the retirement         and older.
                                                                                 community where she lives.                      Now in its 25th year, NVSO is
                                           Dressed in a yellow T-shirt, white         “I think it’s what keeps me going,”    scheduled to kick off this year with a      For more information on the
                                       shorts and gray tennis shoes with         she said of her exercise routine. “I        welcoming ceremony and mini health          Northern Virginia Senior
                      Courtesy Photo   pink stripes, Mary Lathram, 92, lopes     just enjoy it.”                             fair at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at        Olympics and for a complete
                                       around the indoor track at Skyline             At the suggestion of a neighbor,       Thomas Jefferson Community Center           schedule of events, visit
    Quilt Show                         Sport & Health in Bailey’s
                                       Crossroads. “I feel great,” she says,
                                                                                 Lathram began swimming at age 65.
                                                                                 Realizing how great exercise made
                                                                                                                             in Arlington. Events continue through
     & Sale                            arms pumping, as she passes with a        her feel, she quickly fell into a regular
                                                                                                                             Sept. 27 at various locations through-
                                                                                                                             out Fairfax County, Arlington County
                                                                                                                                                                         If you are interested in
                                                                                                                                                                         volunteering, call Jane England
    Enjoy a variety of new and         whoosh of air.                            workout routine and began swimming                                                      at 703-491-2183.
                                                                                 competitively soon after.                   and Alexandria.
antique American-made quilts               Lathram is a living example of the
                                                                                      Over the years Lathram has won             The Northern Virginia Senior
and quilt-related merchandise at       boundless benefits of regular exercise
                                       and a healthy diet. The sprite woman      so many medals at local, state and          Olympic Committee and Northern
the 34th Annual Quilt Show &                                                                                                                                           Northern Virginia residents, with
                                       with a nest of curly white hair looks     national competitions, she’s lost           Virginia Parks and Recreation
Sale Sunday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m.-                                                                                                                                         about 300 individuals from Fairfax
                                       far younger than her 92 years, and        count.                                      Departments cosponsor the program.
4:30 p.m., on the grounds of                                                                                                                                           County, compete in the NVSO,
                                       she’s capable of doing things most             “I don’t take the medals usually           NVSO is not a qualifier for state     according to Judy Massabny, an event
Sully Historic Site in Chantilly.                                                                                            and national competitions, like the
The event features quilting            people her age cannot.                    because I have a box so full I can’t lift                                             coordinator. She said Lathram is one
                                           Six mornings a week, Monday           it,” she said. “I give them back so         Virginia Senior Games or the              of the oldest competitors.
demos and talks, appraisals, live
                                       through Saturday (“Sunday, I go to        they can be used next year.”                National Senior Games. It’s more of a         The program, Massabny said,
music, food, door prizes and
more. See Calendar for details.        church”), Lathram alternates between           For the past decade Lathram has        friendly competition aimed at promot-     gives seniors “an opportunity to go
                                       swimming laps at the health club and      competed in the Northern Virginia           ing healthy aging and self-improve-
                                       race walking, either inside at the club   Senior Olympics, which is open to all       ment throughout the years.
                                       or outside around Goodwin House           Northern Virginia residents age 50              Each year, between 500 and 600                         fit            page B4

                                       Local woman slims down with Let’s Dish!
                                              BY ALEXANDRA GREELEY               go,” she said proudly.
                                                   Go Food Columnist                                                                                                                     Herndon resident
                                                                                     As it turns out, Hancock devel-
                      Courtesy Photo       Food, food everywhere, and not a                                                                                                              Melissa Hancock
                                                                                 oped a weight problem following a
                                       bite to eat. So what’s a dieter to do?    back injury, subsequent back                                                                            serves a dinner of
Daddy Yankee                           When other weight-loss plans fail,
                                       head to Let’s Dish! in Ashburn (and
                                                                                 surgery, and two pregnancies.
                                                                                     “It was really rough weight-wise,”
                                                                                                                                                                                         Caribbean chicken
                                                                                                                                                                                         fingers with
    The successful Latin               other locations), and prepare con-        she said. “After the second baby, I                                                                     carrots, prepared
Grammy Award-winning Puerto            trolled-portion meals that the whole      started swimming and dieting, and                                                                       at Let’s Dish! in
Rican reggaeton recording              family enjoys.                            eight months after my second baby                                                                       Ashburn, to her
artist Raymond Ayla, aka Daddy             That’s the solution that Herndon      was born, I still hadn’t lost any                                                                       family, including
Yankee, will take the stage at         resident Melissa Hancock finds            weight.”                                                                                                daughters Katie,
George Mason University                works for her. After all, eating the          Her husband tried to console her                                                                    2, and Lindsey, 4,
Patriot Center Saturday, Sept. 8       Let’s Dish! way and watching her          by explaining that it was just a ques-                                                                  and husband Rob.
at 8 p.m. Tickets are $53-$83.         intake plus regular exercise has          tion of numbers. “‘Count your calo-
Call 703-573-SEAT.                     helped her trim down an amazing 40-                                                                                                               Times Staff Photo/Jill
                                       plus pounds. “I have only 20 more to                        dish        page B4

          Brittany Boyd
                                       Largest cat show on the East Coast comes to Chantilly
          Go Fairfax Editor                 BY JENNIFER A. LIGHTBURN             show on the East Coast, offers a            event.                                        There are eight rings in the pedi-
                                                  Special to the Times
          Fairfax County Times                                                   household pet competition at the                “There are no written standards       gree (non-household cat) competi-
          1760 Reston                      Ever notice how your feline puts      Dulles Expo & Conference Center in          for household cats,” Hannon said.         tion, with chances to win “Best in
          Parkway, Suite 411           on a performance whenever there’s         Chantilly this weekend.                     “Household cats are simply judged         Show” in the Kitten, Championship
          Reston, VA 20190             an audience, prompting you to think,          Entering your neutered and clip-                                                  and Premiership categories.
                                       “I’m going to enter Spooky in a cat       clawed stealthy wonder is as simple         on beauty, condition and tempera-
T: 703-437-5400                                                                                                              ment.” And with five rings, or show           Kittens must be 4 to 8 months
                                       show?”                                    as registering for the show, paying                                                   old. Championship cats are 8 months
F: 703-437-6019                            Well, there’s no better time than     the entry fee and having the proper         areas, these non-pedigree cats have
E-mail:          the present because the National          papers to vouch for your cat’s health,      five opportunities to win the title
                                       Capital Cat Show, the largest cat         said Mark Hannon, co-founder of the         “Best in Show: Household Cat.”                         cats               page B3

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