Remembering 9/11

In Arlington County

On Saturday, Arlington County will remember the lives lost at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, and honor those who responded to the attack.

The public is invited to attend a brief observance that will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Blvd. The program will include a combined honor guard, the singing of the national anthem, a moment of silence at 9:37 a.m. and the tolling of a bell 184 times, once for each victim of the attack.

Also on Saturday, the community is encouraged to display American flags in remembrance as part of "Flags Across Arlington."

Other Sept. 11-related events in the county in the coming weeks include:

* As part of the national September Project, Arlington Public Library will host a panel discussion with Arlington's General Assembly delegation on "Gerrymandering, Negative Campaigning and Threats to Democracy," addressing why many Americans feel disaffected from the electoral process. The forum will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St.

* "One Day's Pay" volunteer opportunities. The Arlington County Volunteer Office is seeking volunteers who wish to remember Sept. 11 with a day of service, charity and compassion Saturday. Several opportunities are available. Register online at www.volunteersolutions.org/acvo or call 703-228-1760.

* The "We Remember Walk" begins at 2 p.m. Oct. 3 at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) in Rosslyn. For more information, contact Debbie Powers at 703-228-3314.

Alexandria Celebrates

Festival of the Arts

The Alexandria Festival of the Arts returns to the streets of Old Town this weekend.

The festival, which begins Alexandria's Fall for the Arts season, will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday along six blocks of King Street.

King Street from Washington Street east to Union Street will be transformed into an outdoor gallery featuring 200 award-winning artists offering sculptures, paintings, photography, glass, jewelry and more. Many local artists will be featured, including seven from Alexandria and more then 20 from around the region, including the District of Columbia and Maryland.

This year, the festival will spotlight talent from Northern Virginia with two additional venues. At the foot of King Street, local visual artists will be featured in the festival's Regional Artists Juried Exhibition. On the city's waterfront, directly behind the Torpedo Factory Art Center, performers from Northern Virginia will offer live entertainment each afternoon.

For more information about the festival, contact Alexandria's Ramsay House Visitors Center at 888-738-2764 or visit www.funside.com.