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Tickets are $40; black tie is optional. The hotel is at 1800 Presidents St. For information, call 703-860-4632.

Benefit Set for Aid Group

The Assistance League of Northern Virginia will hold a wine tasting and silent auction from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Dante Ristorante in Great Falls to benefit two of the league's outreach programs, Operation School Bell and Operation Hugs.


Emily Buckingham, left, Sarah Buckingham and Maggie Millar attend Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. (Lisa Hering Groves)

Operation School Bell provides mentoring in language arts and a books-on-tape reading develop- ment program for disadvantaged children in the early years of elementary school.

Operation Hugs provides infant clothing, blankets and other baby items for disadvantaged newborns and mothers served by Inova Fairfax Hospital's OB/GYN Clinic, comfort pillows for young victims of sexual assault, and sweat suits and toiletries for adult victims of sexual assault and abuse.

The auction will include getaway weekends, golf packages, fitness center and spa packages, tickets to see the Washington Nationals and more.

Tickets are $75; reservations are required. The restaurant is at 1148 Walker Rd. For information, call 703-914-2882.

Women Show Technology

The third annual Tech- stravaganza will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

Science and technology professionals from the nonprofit group Women in Technology will share ideas and visions for women in science. There will be more than 40 booths and exhibits, many with hands-on science activities.

The fair is sponsored by several student clubs: Tomorrow's Women in Science and Technology; Girls in Engineering, Math and Science; Women in Science and Engineering; Keyettes; and Community Outreach Efforts.

The free event is at the school, at 6560 Braddock Rd. in the Alexandria section of Fairfax. For information, call 703-750-8300, Ext. 8341, or visit activities.tjhsst.edu/twist.

Leadership for 8th-Graders

About 320 eighth-grade boys from county middle schools are scheduled to attend Fairfax's first boys leadership conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Lanier Middle School.

The conference will include author and motivational speaker Willie Jolley and other area professionals who will talk to the students about successful leadership and how to plan for the future. There will also be sessions on personal attributes, writing and career planning.

Lanier is at 3710 Bevan Dr., Fairfax. For information, call 703-631-5500 or send an e-mail to Kenneth.gaudreault@fcps.edu.

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY and STEPHEN C. FEHR


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