Library Book Sale This Weekend

The Arlington County Library's 25th annual fall book sale will be held this weekend at the Central Library Auditorium.

The preview sale for Friends of the Library members will be from 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow. Members can buy up to 25 books during the preview sale. Memberships will be available at the door. The cost is $10 for individuals and $5 for students.

The sale is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Items are half price until 3 p.m. Sunday, followed by pack-your-own at $3 a bag or $5 a box.

The library is at 1015 N. Quincy St. For information, call 703-228-5990.

Human Services Budget Hearing

A public forum on funding priorities for Arlington's human services budget for fiscal 2001 will be held Tuesday.

The forum will provide residents and private organizations with an opportunity to provide comment on funding allocations for mental health, mental retardation, substance abuse, health, social services, employment and financial assistance programs. The Arlington County Department of Human Services and the Arlington Community Services Board are sponsoring the event.

The forum is at 7 p.m. in the second-floor conference room at George Mason Center, 1801 N. George Mason Dr. For information, call 703-228-5300.

Fire Department Open House

The Arlington County Fire Department and the Arlington Volunteer Firemen's Association will hold their annual open house Saturday. The event is in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week next week. This year's theme is "Fire Drills, The Great Escape!"

During the open house, residents can meet with firefighters, view equipment and learn about safety. The department recommends that families create a home escape plan that includes two ways out of every room in the home as well as a meeting place outside. Department personnel can help develop a plan at the open house.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fire Station No. 1, 500 S. Glebe Rd. For information, call 703-228-4659.

Voter Registration Deadlines

Arlington County residents who wish to register to vote or to update their voting address for the Nov. 2 general election must do so by 5 p.m. Monday.

Applications are available at any library, school, recreation center or post office, or residents can call the Office of Voter Registration, 703-228-3456, to receive an application in the mail. In addition, applications can be picked up at Ballston Common mall on the lobby level near the information desk, the Department of Motor Vehicles during business hours, Arlington Safeway stores or some Giant Food stores.

Qualified people needing to vote absentee must visit the Arlington Office of Voter Registration, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Room 320, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 30. The deadline is Oct. 31.

Mail-in applications for absentee voting are available by calling 703-228-3456. The deadline is Oct. 28.