Turn Off the Violence Week

The sixth annual Northern Virginia Turn Off the Violence Week begins Saturday with a walk against violence and will include numerous events to raise awareness of the issue. This year's theme is "Building Peaceful Communities."

The third annual Walk Against Violence starts at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., in Fairfax. Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) will speak before the walk.

Other events at George Mason University through Oct. 9 include a Take Back the Night Rally, a march to end violence against women and a talk by author George Lardner. The rally will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Lardner, a Washington Post reporter and author of "The Stalking of Kristen," an account of the stalking murder of his college-age daughter, will speak at 4 p.m. Wednesday. A display of T-shirts created by and for female victims of violence called the Clothesline Project also will be at the university from Monday to Oct. 7.

The events are sponsored by the Friends of the Fairfax County Victim Assistance Network and 30 Northern Virginia agencies, including Friends of VAN (Victim Assistance Network), Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern Virginia and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

For information and event locations, call 703-836-2561.

Requests for New Street Lights

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved funding for installation of new street lights.

Residents who would like their neighborhoods to be considered for street lights must complete a petition form and return it to the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services' planning and design division by Oct. 29.

The petition must indicate the area where lighting is desired and contain the signatures of a majority of the residents whose residences are in the area.

The petition will be reviewed and evaluated by the department and the Fairfax County Police Department to determine whether the requested area meets eligibility requirements.

To obtain a petition, call 703-324-5800 or visit the Web site, www.co.fairfax.va.us/gov/dpw/homepage.htm.

Election Officers Sought

About 1,800 election officers are needed to work at 203 polling places in Fairfax County during the Nov. 2 general election.

Officers will be paid $100 for the day, which runs from 5:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. Applicants must be registered voters in Fairfax County and cannot hold elective office or be the deputy or employee of an elected official. All new officers are required to attend a two-hour voting-machine training class, which will be offered at various times and locations across Fairfax County.

Volunteers are invited to call the Fairfax County Electoral Board at 703-378-VOTE (703-378-8683). Further information can be obtained at www.co.fairfax.va.us/eb.

Deadlines for Voter Registration

Fairfax County residents who wish to register to vote or to update their voting address for the Nov. 2 general election must do so by Monday. Voters already registered who have not changed their address do not need to re-register.

Registration applications are available at the Office of the General Registrar, Fairfax County library branches, Fairfax County public schools and offices of members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

Residents also may stop by registration booths at Tysons Corner Center and at J.C. Penney stores in Fair Oaks Mall and Springfield Mall on Saturday and Sunday. Booths are open from noon to 5 p.m.

To register to vote, an individual must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Virginia and 18 years old on or before Election Day.

Applications must be mailed to the Office of the General Registrar, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Suite 323, Fairfax, Va. 22035-0081. Applications must be postmarked by Monday. For 24-hour voter information, call 703-324-4700.