For Arts Center
Plans for an arts center at the site of the former Lorton prison are moving forward. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recently approved the Lorton Arts Foundation's request to rezone 56 acres of the site.
The foundation wants to develop a mixed-use arts center that would include, in addition to studios and display spaces, a sculpture garden, theater, performing arts center, events center, museum about the prison, horticultural display area and music barn with indoor and outdoor seating.
The arts group also intends to reuse the historic buildings of the Occoquan Workhouse, which opened on the site nearly 100 years ago.
The 294,000-square-foot center would include 40 acres of open space and more than 1,350 parking spaces.
The board approved the demolition of five structures that could not be adapted for use as part of the proposed arts center.
Also planned are two eating places and 40 multifamily housing units for resident artists, performers and others associated with the center.
For more information, call 703-786-6037 or visit www.lortonarts.org.
Bus Stops, Upgrades
Coming to Route 1
The county Board of Supervisors has approved an agreement for a $2 million plan to add bus stops and intersection improvements along Route 1 (Richmond Highway).
The project, which is funded by the federal and state governments, is part of a broader, long-term plan to upgrade transit services and facilities along Route 1. That plan includes adding transit centers, bus service and park-and-ride lots, as well as upgrading bus stops and crosswalks.
The initial $2 million project applies to about 20 intersections. It is set to include new shelters, signs, sidewalks, pedestrian signals and passenger information.
County Has Funds Left
From Last Budget
The county government ended the 2004 budget year with a $48.66 million balance, helped by higher than expected revenue in the last quarter.
County Executive Anthony H. Griffin told supervisors Monday that the additional revenue came from property taxes, other local taxes, permits, fees, licenses and the state and federal governments. The budget year ended June 30.
Griffin said that the increase in revenue during the last quarter of the budget year was not anticipated but that the local economy had improved.
Griffin said after administrative, reserve fund and other adjustments, the supervisors would have $11.55 million left from the carry-over funds. Of that, he recommended that $5 million be set aside for the county schools' vehicle and computer replacement needs. He also proposed that $2 million be placed in a reserve for projects identified in the county's 20-year environmental plan.
The board set a Sept. 13 public hearing on the use of the carry-over balance. More information is available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dmb or by calling 703-324-2391.
Free Exams, Vaccines
For Students in Need
Uninsured children are eligible for free physicals and immunizations, which are required to enroll in school.
Inova Health System's Partnership for Healthier Kids announced that it is joining with Alexandria City schools, the Fairfax County Health Department, Faith Health Coalition, Greater Springfield Community Partnership and the Mount Vernon Community Coalition to provide the free medical care so that uninsured students will be able to attend classes in September.
To enroll in school, Inova officials said in a news release, Virginia law requires proof of a recent physical examination as well as up-to-date immunizations for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, measles, mumps and rubella. Hepatitis B vaccine is required for children born after Jan. 1, 1994, and any students in grades 6 through 9. Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine is required for all students born on or after Jan. 1, 1997.
The examinations and immunizations will be available on the following dates in Fairfax:
* Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon, Medical Education Center, 6699 Springfield Center Dr., Alexandria.
* Aug. 21, 8 a.m.-noon, Mount Vernon district Office of the county Health Department, 8350 Richmond Hwy. (Route 1), Alexandria.
Space is limited and appointments are required. To make an appointment, call 703-321-1990.
Available in Fairfax
The county police department wants to hire more crossing guards for the upcoming school year, and the school system is looking for bus drivers.
* Guards are needed for schools within these police districts: Mason, McLean, Mount Vernon, Reston and West Springfield.
Applicants do not have to live in the police district where they want to work. County residents who are interested in becoming crossing guards are required to have a high school diploma or GED and pass a medical exam and criminal background check.
Guards can earn up to $14.99 an hour, work 10 hours a week and are eligible for some county benefits.
For more information, call 703-246-2253 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ps/police/police3.htm.
* The school system has openings for full- and part-time bus drivers for the 2004-05 school year. Current pay for drivers is $12.90 an hour plus benefits and a $500 signing bonus.
Drivers can bring their preschool-age children or grandchildren on their bus routes with them. Hourly and substitute positions are also available. Compensation includes medical and dental insurance, life insurance, paid school holidays and Social Security benefits. Drivers are eligible for annual salary increases.
Applicants are required to pass a physical examination, drug and alcohol tests and criminal background investigations. They must meet driving-record standards, obtain a commercial driver's license and complete a certification program involving 140 hours of behind-the-wheel, on-the-job training.
For more information, call 703-750-8540 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Falls Church, Herndon
Plan Outdoor Movies
The town of Herndon and the city of Falls Church have launched free summer outdoor movie events.
* At 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday, WBDC-TV and the Herndon Parks and Recreation Department are presenting outdoor movies at Bready Park, 814 Ferndale Ave.
Saturday's movie is "Freaky Friday." Sunday's is "Spider-Man" and Monday's is "Shrek."
Before the movies, starting at 6:30 p.m., the WBDC crew will be on hand with cartoon character Michigan J. Frog, prizes and giveaways. Food vendors include Pizza Hut, KFC and Stonyfield Farm yogurt. The movies will be shown on a 40-by-20-foot screen.
A portion of the proceeds from food and beverage sales will go to the recreation scholarship fund administered by Northern Virginia Family Service. The fund offers children of families in need the opportunity to attend summer camps and other programs at the Herndon Community Center. For more information, call 703-435-6868.
* Falls Church will show "Freaky Friday" at its Sunset Cinema in the Park at 8 p.m. Aug. 13 in Cherry Hill Park.
City officials encourage moviegoers to bring blankets, bug spray and picnics. The Friends of Cherry Hill will be selling ice cream, and all proceeds will benefit the Cherry Hill Farmhouse.
The park is at 312 Park Ave. If it rains, the movie will be shown in the Falls Church Community Center, 223 Little Falls St. For more information, call 703-248- 5077 or visit www.ci.falls-church.va.us.
Opens New Exhibit
Historic Vienna Inc., a preservation group that operates the Freeman Store and Museum, in the Freeman House, has opened a new museum room with the theme "Vienna Remembered: Civil War Scenes and Freeman Family History."
Vienna's involvement in the Civil War is described in the exhibit. The Freeman House, built in the late 1850s, is named after Leon Freeman, a former mayor of Vienna. The house is at 131 Church St. NE. The room is open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.
For more information, call 703-938-5187.
For Youth Display
The Reston Community Center is looking for artists between the ages of 4 and 18 to participate in the Reston Multicultural Youth Art Exhibition, which will run from Sept. 7 through Oct. 4 at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery.
The exhibit is part of the community center's annual multicultural festival.
There are no entry fees to participate. Only one work from each artist will be exhibited; works must be securely framed.
The gallery is in the community center at Lake Anne, 1609 Washington Plaza. For more information, call 703-689-3550.
-- Compiled by STEPHEN C. FEHR
and DIANE MATTINGLY