Guide to Youth Volunteering

The Alexandria Volunteer Bureau has published a guide for youth volunteering, "1999 Youth Make a Difference: A Guide to Volunteering." Nearly 100 nonprofit and city agencies are listed with opportunities for young people to volunteer in Alexandria. Activities include tutoring younger children, assisting with office work, visiting the elderly and sorting donated clothing.

The guide is available in schools, public libraries and recreation centers and by calling the bureau, 703-876-2176.

Educational Festival Planned

The City of Fairfax and George Mason University will host the first annual "Fall for the Book" Festival Sept. 23-25. The three-day educational festival will feature programs and events that encourage literacy, reading and writing.

The programs will include local and national writers who will participate in readings, discussions, lectures and exhibits geared to all ages. Two of the featured writers are Diane Rehm and James Glassman. Most events will be open to the public and free.

For schedule information and exact locations, call 703-279-3326 or visit the Web site,

First Night Appoints Director

First Night Alexandria's board of directors recently announced the appointment of Susan Downs Slattery as the new executive director for the nonprofit group, which sponsors New Year's Eve celebrations in the city.

Slattery previously worked as the business manager for the Torpedo Factory Artists' Association and as a teacher with the Alexandria schools.

First Night is a family-oriented celebration featuring a variety of entertainment. The event begins with an afternoon 5K race and ends with a fireworks display.