Job Fair Targets

Korean Americans

The Korean American Association of Northern Virginia and the Korea Daily newspaper will hold a job fair for Korean Americans at noon Sunday at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale.

About 35 companies and public employers will be recruiting workers, including MassMutual Financial Group; Capital Financing; AXA Advisors; Fairfax County; Arlington County; and the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

Many Korean American businesses will participate as well, including Rhee Brothers, Grand Mart, Lotte, Super H Mart, An Exterior and Calm Tel USA.

The fair aims to bring Korean American job seekers together with businesses and public entities looking to recruit qualified workers who speak Korean and English. It will also allow Korean Americans to explore and market their skills to a broader spectrum of potential employers.

For more information, call 703-568-3439 or 703-281-9660.

Real Estate Tax Relief

Eligibility Expanded

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved an increase in the asset cap for real estate tax relief for the elderly and people with disabilities.

The cap has been raised from $190,000 in assets to $240,000.

The 2004 filing deadline has been extended from April 1 to Dec. 31.

The county provides real estate tax relief to citizens who are 65 or older or who have permanent and total disabilities. To qualify, applicants must also have owned and occupied their residences in the county as of Dec. 31 of the preceding year and must meet certain income and financial-worth qualifications.

For more information, call 703-222-8234 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta.

Work Underway

At Wakefield Park

The county Park Authority has started making improvements to Wakefield Park in Annandale.

The work includes construction of two 60-foot diamond ballfields, site grading, and the installation of storm drainage, irrigation, field lighting, backstops, fencing and parking. Workers also will demolish outdated playground equipment, relocate sheds and clear a large wooded area.

The planned completion date for the $1.8 million project is late December, park officials said.

The Park Authority board approved the work, funded by the 1998 park bond program, when it adopted revisions to the master plan in May 2000.

For more information, call 703-324-8738.

Fair to Host Children

With Verbal Needs

The county school system will hold its third Chatterbox Fun Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Springfield. The fair is designed for students in preschool through second grade who use assistive technology to communicate.

Set to take place at Kings Glen Elementary School, 5401 Danbury Forest Dr., the fair will feature games and activities for students with limited verbal skills. Nearly 400 students and their families have been invited to attend.

The invited students use communication boards with picture symbols as well as devices that produce a verbal message when a switch or message area is pushed, such as Big Mack, Tech/Talk 8 and DynaVox. Examples of the various augmentative and alternative communication devices will be available at the fair.

The event will provide a chance for students and their families to meet others who use technology or picture boards to communicate.

Other scheduled attractions include a helicopter and a K-9 team from the police department, and a performance by the DanceAbilities troupe, which specializes in therapeutic dance for children with special needs. Students will also be able to help create a community quilt.

For more information, call Rita Mars at 703-204-3919.

Festival to Celebrate

NAACP History

The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation and the city of Falls Church will hold the annual Tinner Hill Festival from noon to 5 p.m. June 5.

The 11th annual festival, at Tinner Hill Road and South Washington Street (Route 29), celebrates the place where the first rural branch of the NAACP was founded.

Performers at the festival will include the Afro-Brazilian jazz quartet Imani, the United Gospel Singers, Piedmont blues artists the Jackson Brothers, urban blues group Danny Blew & the Blues Crew and performance reader Sojourner Truth.

Soul food from Big Daddy's BBQ and Paradise Ice Cream will be available, and African American craft vendors will be on hand.

The public can participate in traditional African American games played at family gatherings, such as horseshoes, double Dutch, marbles, bid whist and checkers.

For more information, call 703-241-4109 or visit www.tinnerhill.org.

Rescue Group Plans

Dog Adoption Days

GoodDogz.org is inviting area pet owners and potential pet owners to a dog adoption and walk May 30 and 31 in Vienna.

Local dog rescue organizations will be at the Viva Vienna Festival to show adoptable dogs in need of homes. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 30 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 31 in the 200 block of Dominion Road NE.

In addition, local pet owners are invited to participate in a two-mile walk through Vienna at 11 a.m. May 31. Preregistered walkers will receive goodie bags filled with dog treats and toys. The cost for the dog walk is $20. All proceeds benefit GoodDogz.org, which works to help keep dogs out of shelters.

For more information, visit www.gooddogz.org/events/healthdogwalk.htm.

Golf Tourney to Aid

Great Falls Elementary

The Great Falls Elementary School PTA will host its annual Roadrunner Golf Classic on Monday at Reston National Golf Course.

Registration will begin at noon, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Organizers hope to raise $20,000 through the tournament this year, with proceeds benefiting several initiatives planned for the school, including the creation of an instructional lab and computers for students in kindergarten through third grade.

The Great Falls Tavern is the lead sponsor for the tournament. Door prizes will be offered as well as a chance to win a new car.

The entry fee is $175 and includes an 18-hole round of golf, cart, range balls, boxed lunch and barbecue dinner.

For more information, call 703-757-6890.

Ripken to Speak

At 'Voices' Program

Former Baltimore Orioles star Cal Ripken Jr. is scheduled to speak Wednesday at the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce's "Voices 2004: Leadership in Action," at George Mason University.

The program, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts, also will include former Montgomery County police chief Charles Moose, ABC news reporter Bettina Gregory, business satirist Bob Hirschfeld and Army Sgt. Matt Eversmann, who was depicted in the book and movie "Black Hawk Down."

The speakers will discuss their achievements and the wisdom they have gained from their success. Some will be available before or after their presentations to meet attendees and sign copies of their books.

Tickets are $125 a person and $95 for group purchases of four or more tickets. For more information, call 703-749-0400.

Event at Library

To Focus on Annandale

Sample Annandale!, an outdoor festival featuring entertainment and food, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the George Mason Regional Library.

Local entertainment will include a puppet show and performers from Annandale High School. In addition, local restaurants and community organizations will have displays. There also will be face painting, a puppet show and a martial arts demonstration.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of George Mason Regional Library, the Rotary Club of Annandale and the Annandale Chamber of Commerce.

The library is at 7001 Little River Tpk.

For more information, call 703-256-3800.

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY

and STEPHEN C. FEHR

CAL RIPKEN JR.