Workshop on Walter Reed Center Renovation

A community workshop on the new design, programs and services of the Walter Reed Community Center will be held Saturday. The project was designated as a major initiative in Arlington County's Vision 2020 County Facilities Plan, adopted by the County Board in 1996.

Current plans call for renovating and expanding the 5,000-square-foot facility to 25,000 square feet. Funding to plan this project was approved in a 1998 parks bond referendum. The community process will influence the project's total cost.

Architectural concept plans will be developed this summer and presented to the community for comment in the fall. After a consensus on the plan is reached, a cost estimate will be incorporated into the county's 2001-2006 Capital Improvement Plan, subject to County Board authorization.

The meeting will run from 10 a.m. to noon at the Walter Reed Center, 2909 S. 16th St. For information, call 703-228-3819.

Comment Sought on Affordable Housing

The Affordable Housing Task Force, created to recommend ways to improve the county's efforts to increase the supply of affordable homes, is seeking public comment on the issue.

The public's input is sought on such matters as the housing grants program, how to encourage owners to upgrade older apartments and strategies to expand public-private partnerships.

The meeting will be Monday in the County Board Room, Suite 307, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., and starts at 7:30 p.m. Speaker sign-up begins at 7 p.m. Residents also can submit written comments to the Arlington County Housing Task Force, Suite 701, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22201. For information, call 703-228-3785 (voice) or 703-228-4611 (TDD).

U-Va. to Offer Free Study Skills Clinic

A free study skills clinic will be offered this summer by the University of Virginia's Northern Virginia Center. The clinic is open to middle and high school students, including students with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders.

Students will receive one-on-one instruction on learning strategies such as time management, reading comprehension, test-taking and error monitoring. Parents will receive a report that includes recommendations based on their child's performance.

The clinic is offered from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. July 12 to 23 at the center, 7054 Haycock Rd., Falls Church. Registration is required. Call 703-536-1129.

Alexandrian Is Named Ms. Senior Virginia

Joyce Clautice, of Alexandria, has been named this year's Ms. Senior Virginia. The pageant was held last month at Fairfax High School as part of Older Virginians Week. She will represent the state at the national championship in Las Vegas in September.

Clautice, 61, was chosen from a field of 13 contestants. The retired elementary school teacher and the mother of four performed a ballet during the pageant, modeled an evening gown and shared her philosophy of life: "If your mind can receive it, then your heart can believe it and then your body can achieve it."

Last year, she was first runner-up.