Job Fair for Older Workers

A job fair for older workers will be tomorrow in Annandale. Workers seeking employment will have the chance to meet recruiters from more than 60 local employers offering full- and part-time positions. There also will be seminars on job search strategies, and resume critiques will be available. A technology center will offer information on computer skills needed in today's workplace and where to get training.

Events at the Older Worker Employment, Technology & Education Expo are free to those age 50 and older. The expo is sponsored by the Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington, the Journal Newspapers, Fairfax County government, the Fairfax Commission on Aging, AARP and the Senior Beacon.

The expo will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Cultural Center at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale. Free shuttle buses will run every half-hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from the Dunn Loring Metro Station. Participants can preregister by calling 800-531-1223 for a form or they can register at the event. For 24-hour information on the event, call 703-846-8520.

Hearing on Transportation Plan

A public hearing on the Northern Virginia 2020 Transportation Plan will be held at a Falls Church City Council meeting Monday.

The council is seeking comments on the $26.7 billion transportation plan, which includes bus, rail, highway, bike and pedestrian improvement projects designed to enhance the region's quality of life and economic vitality.

Draft copies are available at the Mary Riley Styles Library reference desk, regional libraries or at www.nova2020.org. For more information, call Gary Fuller, City of Falls Church principal planner, 703-248-5040.

The meeting takes place at City Hall, 300 Park St., Falls Church.

Housing, Community Needs

A public hearing will be held tonight to identify Arlington County's needs in housing and community development for fiscal year 2001.

The hearing is sponsored by the Arlington Housing Commission and the Community Development Citizens Advisory Committee, who will work with county agencies to develop the annual Consolidated Plan. The plan outlines expenditures of more than $3 million from four federal programs that serve low- and moderate-income individuals and families.

Final funding decisions will be made by the County Board in the spring budget process.

Speakers must register, with comments limited to five minutes for organizations and two minutes for individuals. Speakers are encouraged to bring a written copy or outline of their comments. Register by calling 703-228-3785. A Spanish interpreter will be present.

The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the County Board Room, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., #1 Courthouse Plaza, Suite 207.

Student 'Bright Ideas' Contest

Arlington students ages 6 through 18 are eligible to submit entries to the "Bright Ideas" contest sponsored by Arlington County government and Arlington public schools. Students can share their thoughts on improving services, efficiencies or resident participation.

Entries will be judged on originality and benefits to Arlington residents. Entries will be divided into three age groups, 6 through 10, 11 through 14, and 15 through 18. First, second and third place prizes of $500, $250 and $75 will be awarded in each group.

Entry forms are available at recreation centers, schools and branch libraries. Completed forms should be sent to the Arlington Public Schools' School and Community Relations Office, 1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington, Va. 22207. Entries also can be faxed to 703-228-3328. The deadline is Nov. 20.

Contest winners will be notified by Dec. 7, and awards will be presented at the Dec. 11 County Board meeting. For information, call 703-228-3314 (voice); 703-228-4737 (TTY).