Host families are needed for a group of foreign youths sponsored by the Springfield-Franconia Host Lions Club in the Springfield area. The boys, from Austria, Belgium, Italy, Gabon, France, Israel and Sweden and range in age from 17 to 21 years.

The host families would be required to house the boys from the evening of Friday, June 20, until the morning of Tuesday, June 24.

The boys are required to speak English. If you would like to host any of them, call "Sandy" Sanderson, stating any nationality preference, at 451-3055.

The Continental Quilting Congress has begun the first extensive quilt search ever in Northern Virginia to document quilts that have been made in Virginia from statehood in 1788 to December 1985. Areas of investigation include Arlington and Fairfax counties and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church, but the quilts may be from any part of the state.

Two "Quilt Discovery Days" have already taken place. The next one is scheduled for June 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Woodlawn Plantation on Rte. 1 in Alexandria. Owners of Virginia-made quilts are invited to bring their quilts for recording and photography. Through this documentation, researchers will report on Virginia's quilting heritage and make their findings known through three exhibitions in July 1987. A grant from Innovative Technology Inc. will help with the project. For further information, call Hazel Carter at 938-3246.

Guard against losing your pet with a pet tattoo! The Alexandria Animal Shelter will sponsor a tattoo clinic this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the shelter, 910 South Payne St. The cost of the tattoo is $7.50 with an appointment and $10 without. The service is available to both residents and nonresidents of Alexandria.

Tattooing is permanent and only takes a few minutes. Your Social Security number on the pet's stomach or inside the right thigh provides proof of ownership. To make an appointment, call the shelter at 838-4775. -- Dianne Saenz