Grants to Be Awarded

The Arlington Community Foundation is seeking grant applications from tax-exempt and nonprofit organizations to explore or undertake new work or to continue projects serving Arlington residents.

Grants will be awarded in the areas of arts and humanities, children and families, health and human services, housing, civic affairs and the environment. Information and a grant application for the Arlington Community Foundation's Small Grants (up to $2,500) and General Grants (up to $10,000) can be found on the foundation's Web site,

The application deadline is Sept. 24 at 5 p.m. For more information, call the foundation office at 703-243-4785.

Two New Principals

Two veteran educators have been appointed to lead Patrick Henry Elementary School and Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy, effective July 1.

Coleen Mann, who brings 24 years of experience at the elementary and secondary levels, will be the new principal of Patrick Henry. Mann was assistant principal of T.C. Williams High School from 1998 to 2001. For the past three years, she has worked in the San Francisco Unified School District as principal of John Swett Alternative Elementary School, a culturally diverse visual and performing arts focus school. She held teaching and administrative positions in the D.C. public schools from 1974 to 1980 and from 1986 to 1998.

Mann received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Howard University, a master's degree in public administration from American University and a doctoral degree in educational administration from Nova Southeastern University.

Patricia Zissios has been appointed the new principal of Lyles-Crouch. She has spent the past 31 years in the Prince William and Fairfax county school systems as a teacher and principal.

For the past six years, Zissios has been the principal of Crestwood Elementary School in Springfield, where she worked to establish a Core Knowledge focus, which is the philosophy behind Lyles-Crouch.

Zissios has earned several honors over the years, including being named a finalist for the Virginia Distinguished Principal of the Year, being named the American Legion Educator of the Year and receiving the Leadership Fairfax Northern Virginia Leadership Award for Public Service.

Zissios earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Longwood University and a master's degree in educational administration and supervision and a doctoral degree in educational administration from George Mason University.

First Thursdays

Every first Thursday of the month this summer, Mount Vernon Avenue will come alive with entertainment and shopping.

"First Thursdays on the Avenue" will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. July 1, Aug. 5 and Sept. 2. Businesses along the avenue will stay open late to showcase their products, and Alexandria music group Lump Dog will perform July 1 and Sept. 2. The First Thursday themes are: July 1, "Red, White and Blue: A Nation's Celebration on the Avenue"; Aug. 5, "Lights, Camera, Fashion: Beauty and Fashion on the Avenue"; and Sept. 2, "Mind, Body and Soul: Health and Wellness on the Avenue."

The Potomac West Business Association started First Thursdays four years ago to give neighbors an opportunity to know local businesses better.

Second Thursdays

Alexandria, the King Street Metro Enterprise Team and the Old Town Business Association have teamed up to host "Second Thursdays in Old Town" this summer.

Every second Thursday through Sept. 9, the Old Town business district will offer residents and visitors free entertainment and activities. Area retailers will extend store hours to 9 p.m.

Activities will take place in the King Street corridor from the river to the King Street Metro station.

The series is designed to bring more Alexandrians and visitors to Old Town. Activities and entertainment will take place at King Street Gardens (the 1700 block of King Street, at Daingerfield Road), Commerce Park (the intersections of Commerce, King and Fayette streets), the King Street side of Market Square, King Street at Union Street and at the Torpedo Factory Arts Center, 105 N. Union St.

Hispanic Business Affairs

The challenges and issues facing Hispanic businesses in Virginia are the subject of a public hearing to be held in Arlington by Gov. Mark R. Warner's Latino Advisory Commission.

The hearing will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 30 in the Arlington County Boardroom, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., third floor.

Information collected by the commission's Business Issues Committee will be part of its final report, which will be submitted to the governor in September. The commission is chaired by Walter Tejad, an Arlington County board member.

Honor for Steele

The Alexandria Commission on Persons With Disabilities invites the public to attend its awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Vola Lawson Lobby of City Hall, 301 King St. Refreshments will be served.

The ceremony will honor Beverly C. Steele, recipient of the John Duty Collins III Outstanding Advocate Award. Steele, special projects coordinator for the city, retired April 1 after 30 years with the city.