Panel on Pedestrians

To Hold Open House

A newly formed county Pedestrian Task Force will host an open house Monday night to hear from Fairfax residents about pedestrian mobility, safety and education.

The Board of Supervisors recently established the task force, which consists of residents, appointed commission members and staff members, to review pedestrian-oriented programs and activities. The task force then will make recommendations on improving these programs, develop education and outreach efforts, and set priorities for funding pedestrian projects.

The open house will be from 7 to 9 p.m. in Conference Rooms 4 and 5 of the county Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy.

Task force officials said county residents can also comment on the group's draft mission statement and top issues. The mission statement is: "The Fairfax County Pedestrian Task Force will develop a plan for implementing safe and effective pedestrian facilities and will develop a coordinated and collaborative education/outreach program."

A list of top issues and more information can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/pedestrian.htm.

For more information, contact Chris Wells, pedestrian program manager, or Mimi Murray, pedestrian planner, at 703-324-1100.

McLean Center Closing

Aug. 1 for Renovation

The McLean Community Center and the Alden Theatre box office will be closed for renovations to the lobby ceiling and lights from Aug. 1 to Aug. 30.

Users will still be able to reach the center by telephone, on weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 10 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Patrons can also send e-mail messages to mail@mcleancenter.org.

Registration forms can be dropped off at the front vestibule area beginning Aug. 16, or can be sent by mail or e-mail. The fall registration period begins Aug. 23 for McLean area residents and on Aug. 30 for nonresidents.

The center and box office will reopen Aug. 31.

For more information, call 703-790-0123 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

Cable Show Host

To Head Arts Group

Ann Rodriguez of Reston has been named president and chief executive of the Arts Council of Fairfax County, a private nonprofit group.

Rodriguez succeeds Toni W. McMahon, who died in January. The council's goal is to create an environment in the county in which arts and artists can flourish.

Rodriguez hosts "Business Focus," a monthly cable television program on Comcast Channel 28 in Reston and Cox Channel 10 in Fairfax County. Before that, she was active in the promotional advertising industry for more than 20 years. After serving as owner and president of Corporate Products, she recently sold the company to E Group.

"Toni oversaw the Arts Council at a time of great growth and made significant contributions to its development. I hope to continue the council's progress and renew its involvement in the community," Rodriguez said in a press release.

Rodriguez also is one of seven commissioners of the county's Economic Development Authority and is its secretary-treasurer. She is a board member of the Greater Reston Arts Center; her civic involvement also includes Reston Hospital Center, Leadership Fairfax and the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. She has lived in Reston since 1975 and has a son who is an artist in New York City.

For more information, visit www.artsfairfax.org.

Schools Newsletter

Published Online

The summer edition of Familygram, a newsletter for parents of county schoolchildren, is now available at www.fcps.edu/mediapub/publicat/familygram/summer2004.pdf.

Students to Present

Summer Cappies Plays

The Cappies National Theater, sponsored by a high school theater program started in Fairfax County, will present three plays this summer, beginning Sunday at James Madison High School in Vienna.

The 38 performers and six crew members come from high schools in Northern Virginia and six metropolitan areas around the country. Most have won Cappies awards, given for theater productions, at their high schools.

The plays are:

* Starz!, a cabaret-style show, 3 p.m. Sunday, Madison High School, 2500 James Madison Dr., Vienna; and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Kennedy Center Theater Lab, in the District.

* Playz!, three short plays about the craft of theater acting, 3 p.m. Aug. 1, Madison High School, and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2, Kennedy Center Theater Lab.

* Joe!, an original musical about a guy who hates musicals but one day wakes up to find that his entire life is inside a musical, 3 p.m. Aug. 8, Madison High School, and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9, Kennedy Center Theater Lab.

Tickets for performances at the school are $10; at the Kennedy Center, $20.

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY

and STEPHEN C. FEHR