Harper Lee Novel, Film

Launch Literary Effort

The county library system has launched a project called "All Fairfax Reads," inviting area residents to read Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" in an effort to spark a conversation around the novel.

"This story about how small-town residents responded to people who were 'different' can encourage us to explore our own lives and communities in new ways today," library Director Edwin S. Clay III said in a news release.

The library system will show the 1962 film "To Kill a Mockingbird" at 7 p.m. June 28 and July 6 at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd., Burke.

Discussion groups and dramatic readings of the book have been scheduled for the Fall for the Book Festival in September at George Mason University.

The Friends of the Reston Regional Library are paying for the project.

For more information, call 703-324-8319 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library.

League Sets Meetings

On Transportation

The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area will hold meetings about transportation issues affecting Northern Virginia in 14 locations throughout the county and city, league officials announced.

Meetings will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and next Thursday at the Mason District Government Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale; the Reston Museum at Lake Anne Village Center; and Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Rd., Burke.

Attendance is free. For information on times and locations, call 703-658-9150 or visit www.lwv-fairfax.org.

Annandale High

Fetes Its 50th

Annandale High School will celebrate its 50th anniversary tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday with activities for students, alumni and the community.

Cindy Hook, chairman of the anniversary committee, said the goal of the event is to connect alumni, parents, faculty members and current students.

During its history, the school has been renovated five times. Officials said it is the oldest county high school still at its original location.

Events will include a band concert, break dancing, singing, an antique car show, craft show, games and exhibits.

A time capsule buried at the 25th anniversary will be opened. Alumni are invited to a prom extravaganza, to be held in two gyms, that will feature music and decorations from various decades.

There will be special alumni activities Sunday for individual graduating classes.

Events are free, except for Saturday night's dance, which costs $10 at the door for alumni and members of the community.

For more information, call 703-913-3177 or visit www.fcps.k12.va.us/AnnandaleHS/Atomversary.

Oakton Park Plan

To Be Discussed

The county Park Authority will hold a public meeting Tuesday to discuss plans for a new park in Oakton.

The 7 p.m. meeting, the first about the so-called Corbalis property, will be at Oakton Elementary School, 3000 Chain Bridge Rd.

The Corbalis property is a 9.8-acre parcel at 2841 Hunter Mill Rd. that will become a community park after a master planning process.

At Tuesday's meeting, park officials will give a short briefing on the park's background followed by a question-and-answer session. For more information, call 703-324-8694.

Watershed Issues

Get Public Airing

County officials are holding a series of public meetings -- including two in the coming week -- to identify and fix water quality and other stream problems.

Officials said their goal was to develop watershed management plans for each of the county's 30 watersheds to protect and restore streams that drain into the Chesapeake Bay.

The next two meetings are Saturday and Tuesday. The plans are available for advance review at the local library and at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/gov/dpwes/watersheds.

* On Saturday, officials will review the final draft plan for the Little Hunting Creek Watershed at a workshop from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the South County Government Center, 8350 Richmond Hwy. (Route 1) in the Alexandria section.

The final draft includes such strategies as adding rain barrels and filtration gardens to capture storm-water runoff, building new storm-water management facilities, providing incentives to developers to reduce asphalt and other hard surfaces, restoring streams, studying how to clean toxic contaminants from the tidal portion of Little Hunting Creek and increasing recreation opportunities.

The Little Hunting Creek plan will be the first completed in the program. The creek originates in Huntley Meadows Park and flows into the Potomac River at Mount Vernon. Along with its major tributaries, North Branch and Paul Spring Branch, it drains an 11.25-square-mile watershed that is primarily residential and commercial, including the Route 1 corridor.

The plan can be seen at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/gov/dpwes/watersheds.

* On Tuesday night, officials will hold an initial meeting with residents of the Cub Run and Bull Run watersheds in western Fairfax to discuss the water quality of streams in the watershed. The 7 p.m. meeting is in the Westfield High School cafeteria, 4700 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly.

The Cub Run and Bull Run watersheds generally cover an area of Fairfax and Loudoun counties that includes Dulles International Airport, Fair Lakes, Greenbriar, Chantilly, Sully Station, Centreville, Westfields and South Riding.

More information is at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/gov/dpwes/watersheds.

PTA Council Elects

Two-Year Chairman

Lynn Terhar of Chantilly has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Fairfax County Council of PTAs, which coordinates communication among more than 200 local PTA units, school staff members, elected officials and other education advocates.

Terhar, who has 15 years of PTA experience, has served as PTA president at Stone Middle School, Chantilly High School and Westfield High School. She has also been an active member of the Fairfax District PTA Board and the Virginia State PTA Board of Managers.

Library Budget

Is Topic of Hearing

The county library board of trustees will hold its annual public hearing on the library budget at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at George Mason Regional Library.

To register to speak, call 703-324-8324. The library is at 7001 Little River Tpk., Annandale.

Draft Plan Preserves

Woodglen Lake Park

The county Park Authority will hold a public hearing June 10 to present a draft plan for Woodglen Lake Park.

Under the plan, the 54-acre park at 10617 Zion Dr. would be designated a natural resource area, to be preserved in its current undeveloped state.

The proposal is available for review at the Park Authority offices, 12055 Government Center Pkwy., Suite 421, Fairfax or at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.

Those who want to speak at the hearing should call 703-324-8662 to sign up in advance or send an e-mail to Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov. The hearing is at 7 p.m. at Bonnie Brae Elementary School, 5420 Sideburn Rd., Fairfax.

Public comments must be received by July 12. Written comments should be directed to Jenny Pate, Planning and Development Division, Fairfax County Park Authority, 12055 Government Center Pkwy., Suite 421, Fairfax, Va. 22035. Send e-mail comments to Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Hill Staff Offers Help

With Federal Matters

Members of the staff of U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) will be available to help residents with federal issues from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Fairfax City Regional Library.

The library is at 3915 Chain Bridge Rd. For more information, call 703-916-9610.


"To Kill a Mockingbird," for which Gregory Peck won an Oscar for best actor, is the focus of a county library program, "All Fairfax Reads," to encourage reading and discussion.