Area Democrats will take their first step toward choosing party nominees for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general this weekend at mass meetings to elect delegates to congressional and state party conventions this month.

At the meetings this Saturday, 500 delegates from Northern Viginia will be chosen to attend the 8th and 10th congressional district conventions, set for May 15, and the State Democratic Convention, set for May 29 in Virginia Beach.

The mass meetings in all Northern Virginia areas begin at noon, and polling will continue until 4 p.m. The meetings are open to any Democrat registered to vote, although voters may attend the meeting only in the area where they currently are registered. The meetings will be at the following locations: Fairfax County

Annandale District -- North Springfield Elementary School, 7602 Heming Place, Springfield.

Centreville -- Madison High School, 2500 James Madison Dr., Vienna.

Dranesville -- James Fenimore Cooper Intermediate School, 977 Balls Hill Rd., McLean.

Lee -- Mark Twain Intermediate School, 4700 Franconia Rd., Alexandria.

Mason -- J.E.B. Stuart High School, 3301 Peace Valley Lane, Falls Church.

Mount Vernon -- Fort Hunt High School, 8428 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria.

Providence -- Falls Church High School Library, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church.

Springfield -- Washington Irving Intermediate School, 8100 Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield. Alexandria

Minnie Howard school Administration Center, 3801 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Arlington

Barrett Elementary School, 4401 N. Henderson Rd., Arlington.