Senior Safety Conference

A public education campaign about senior citizens' safety will begin next month with a free conference on issues such as medical safety and preventing break-ins.

The conference, "Senior Safety: For All Aspects of Your Life," is Aug. 12 at the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

The initiative is sponsored by the National Sheriffs Association and its Virginia TRIAD (a regional anti-crime program focusing on seniors), the Food & Drug Administration/Baltimore District and Community Washington House, an area nonprofit program that enables senior citizens to remain in their own homes and apartments.

The conference will feature four break-out sessions, one each on home safety, personal safety, drug and medication safety and food safety. The sessions will include discussions of topics such as home protection, self-defense for senior citizens, Web pharmacies, health fraud and a checklist to identify fraudulent solicitors.

The program takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the community college's Tyler Building, at Braddock Road and North Beauregard Street in Alexandria.

For information, call Colleen Ryan Mallory, of Community Washington House, at 703-845-5015 or Jim Wright, TRIAD program director at the National Sheriffs Association, at 703-836-7827.

A Movie Pass for a Book Report

Elementary school children who present a book report at the box office of Reston Town Center Multiplex Cinemas will receive free passes to certain shows. The program, "Bookworm Wednesdays," is sponsored by National Amusements Inc., owner and operator of Showcase Cinemas and Multiplex Cinemas.

Children can receive the passes for these 10 a.m. screenings: "Mousehunt" on Wednesday, "Babe: Pig in the City" on Aug. 11 and "Rugrats" on Aug. 18. The theater is adjacent to the Dulles Toll Road (Route 267) at the Reston Parkway (Exit 12).

For information and entry forms, check out the Web site (www.national-amusements.com).

Meetings on Y2K Readiness

The Fairfax County government is holding a series of public meetings to inform residents about the county's Y2K preparations and what residents can do to prepare as individuals and families and as a community. A panel of representatives from the county, major utilities and other service providers will offer an overview of their Y2K plans and will be available to answer questions.

The sessions will take place tonight at 7:30 at the Mount Vernon District Town Meeting, Whitman Middle School, 2500 Parkers Lane, Alexandria, and on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at a countywide Town Meeting, in the auditorium at the County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax. For information, call 703-324-3187.

County Names Housing Director

Paula C. Sampson recently was named the director of Fairfax County's Department of Housing and Community Development.

For the last six years, Sampson was the president and chief executive officer of Connecticut Housing Investment Fund Inc. Her new duties will include administering a variety of federal, state and local programs in support of the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

Sampson will begin her job Sept. 8.