Va. Tech Has New Regional Identity

Virginia Tech has decided to rename its campuses in the Northern Virginia area. The new designation is Virginia Tech-National Capital Region.

The new name will identify the university's facilities in Northern Virginia, including graduate schools and research centers in Alexandria, Falls Church, Leesburg, Manassas and Middleburg. National Capital Region replaces the name Northern Virginia Operations.

James Bohland, executive director of the regional organization, said in a news release that the decision to find a new name was the result of some confusion as to what Northern Virginia meant.

"Many people thought of us only as our Northern Virginia Graduate Center in Falls Church," Bohland said. "There was also some misunderstanding with abbreviating NoVA for Northern Virginia, which we often tended to do, since that is the commonly used acronym for Northern Virginia Community College."

A council consisting of representatives from programs in Northern Virginia selected the new name.

Lunch, and a Look at Southern Fairfax

The county government will host a community lunch in southern Fairfax on Wednesday to discuss the demographic changes there and their impact on human services needs.

The brown-bag lunch will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the South County Government Center in the Alexandria section of Fairfax.

The featured speakers are Sara Daleski, a manager in the county's Department of Systems Management for Human Services, and Becky Witsman, executive director of the Southeast Fairfax Development Corp.

Lunch is in Rooms 220 and 221. The center is at 8350 Richmond Hwy. (Route 1). For more information, call 703-704-6700.

Drum and Bugle Corps to Mark 9/11

The U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps is scheduled to be at Annandale Terrace Elementary School tomorrow for a 9:30 a.m. ceremony marking the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacks on the United States.

In addition to music by the corps, the ceremony will include raising of the U.S. flag, the Virginia state flag and a freedom flag. Students will talk about what freedom means to them and how the attacks affected them.

The school is at 7604 Herald St. For more information, call 703-658-5600.

A Day of History in Centreville

The annual Centreville Day will be Saturday with a parade, 9/11 ceremony, music, booths, tours, food and other activities.

Sponsored by the Centreville Community Foundation, the theme is "Celebrating Our Heritage." Events will take place at a new location in the Centreville Historic District.

The opening 10 a.m. parade will begin at Centreville High School and end at the Old Centreville Crossing Shopping Center. At noon, the Centreville Volunteer Fire Department will hold a 9/11 commemoration ceremony in front of St. John's Episcopal Church, followed by music from local high school bands. Any resident who participated in rescue efforts or whose family was affected by the events of that day is asked to contact Carol Jackson via e-mail at or call 703-818-9561.

Booths for exhibitors, craftspeople and local businesses will line Mount Gilead Road from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be activities, displays and first-person interpreters in historic Centreville. Docents from the Centreville Historic Society will provide a rare opportunity for visitors to tour Mount Gilead, a Revolutionary War tavern and trading post. Tours of St. John's Church, the Old Stone Church and Havener House will also be available.

To encourage students to visit, an "educational passport" will be provided. Students visiting the sites can receive passport stamps and a coupon for a free meal.

Firm Will Add to Pentagon Fund

Anteon International Corp., a Fairfax-based engineering and technology services company, has announced that it will match employee contributions to the Pentagon Memorial Fund over the next year, up to $50,000.

The memorial fund, established by the families of the 184 victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack, is trying to raise $17.5 million to build a memorial at the site of the crash of American Airlines Flight 77.

For information on how to donate, visit or call 800-929-4911.

Reston to Host SAT Workshop

The Reston Community Center is sponsoring a month-long program to help high school students prepare for the SAT.

Beginning Sunday, the center's SAT workshop will teach test-taking strategies, and participants will take four practice tests. The 12-session program ends Oct. 6.

The cost is $125 for Reston residents; $283 for nonresidents. The center is at 1609 Washington Plaza. For more information, call 703-476-4500.

Annual Book Sale Set in McLean

The McLean branch of the American Association of University Women will hold its 35th annual used-book sale Sept. 17 through 19 at the McLean Community Center.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 18 and 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sept. 19.

Books are $5 a bag on Sunday.

The unsold books will be donated to Feed the Hungry, a charity that sends books to the Philippines.

The center is at 1234 Ingleside Ave. For more information, call 703-726-6470.

Composting Machines on Sale

The county's recycling program will hold a sale on composters from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Giant Food parking lot in Vienna.

Composters can be used to recycle fruit and vegetable scraps, crushed eggshells, tea bags, coffee grounds and filters, mulched leaves, dried grass, garden plants, old potting soil and soft plant stems.

The Earth Machine composters will sell for $35 plus tax instead of the regular $80 retail price.

The composters can be viewed online at

The sale will be held rain or shine; cash and check sales will be made on-site. The store is at 359 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. For more information, call 703-803-3322.

Food Donations Running Short

United Community Ministries, which assists low-income families in southern Fairfax County, said it needs food donations to help meet increased demands. More than 50 families a day are receiving aid.

Community members, businesses, churches and other organizations are asked to donate baby food, canned vegetables, pasta and pasta sauce, cereal, canned tuna, rice, peanut butter and macaroni and cheese.

Donations can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays at the organization's main office, 7511 Fordson Rd. in the Alexandria section of Fairfax. For more information, call 703-768-7106.

A Fall Festival in Falls Church

The City of Falls Church will hold its 29th annual fall festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18 at Cherry Hill Park.

There will be face painting, music, jugglers, dancing, storytelling, food, pony rides, carnival rides, craftspeople and booths representing businesses and civic organizations.

The park is at 312 Park Ave. For more information, call the festival hotline, 703-248-5178.

Reston Celebrates Many Cultures

The annual Reston Multicultural Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at Lake Anne Plaza.

There will be American, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Nigerian, Honduran and Italian food. The festival also will have entertainment, arts and crafts, and children's activities. Lake Anne Plaza is near Village Road and North Shore Drive.

For more information, call 703-476-4500 or visit

In Search of Books for Charity Sale

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia will hold an in-store book drive beginning today and ending Sept. 30 at Safeway stores throughout Northern Virginia.

The stores will collect new and used books to be sold at the organization's annual used-book sale, which is Oct. 29 through 31 at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church.

The 2003 book drive generated 10,000 books, with the proceeds benefiting the organization's adult literacy programs.

For more information, call 703-237-0866 or visit

Film Explores Mason District

The county Park Authority will host a video presentation called "Historic Mason District" from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Clark House in the Falls Church section of the county.

Naomi Sokol Zeavin, guest curator and a member of the county History Commission, produced the video, which highlights significant events, historic sites and the 1953 formation of the Mason magisterial district.

Included in the presentation are reenactments of wartime events, music, remarks by officials, and information on the introduction of blue laws and desegregation, historic landmarks and businesses, the building of Seven Corners Shopping Center and the story of Lake Barcroft.

Following the half-hour video, Zeavin will answer questions. Photographs of historic sites around Mason District are also featured, as is a tabletop display with additional photographs and articles.

The Clark House is at 6332 Barcroft Mews Dr. For more information, call 703-750-1598.

For Seniors, a History of Reston

Reston Community Center will hold a five-session class for people 55 and older that looks at how Reston has changed over the past 40 years.

Participants in the series, called "Reston? Getting It Right," will learn the role of diversity in the community, the impact of current events and the planned community's aging infrastructure.

Classes, taught by local historian Sarah Larson, will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays from Oct. 18 through Nov. 22 at the center's Lake Anne location.

The cost is $15 for those who live or work in Reston; $30 for all others. The center is at 1609 Washington Plaza. For more information, call 703-476-4500.

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY


The "World's Largest Sleepover," an event held at Dulles Town Center in February 2003, has been recognized as such by the 2005 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. The event, organized by McLean Bible Church, drew 1,045 teenage girls from the Washington area. Guinness's rules included: The sleepover had to last 12 hours, lights had to be out for at least five hours, and the girls had to sleep in sleeping bags on the floor; no cots allowed.At the 12th annual Dulles Day Family Festival, to be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18, people will compete in teams of 20 to see who can pull a 185,000-pound plane the farthest. The centerpiece event raises money for Special Olympics Virginia. In the past, the plane pull has attracted more than 60 teams, each of which donates $1,000 to Special Olympics; last year the competition raised more than $110,000 in all. In addition, the festival, sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department, will include a display of aircraft, a raffle to win free tickets on various airlines, a car show, live entertainment, food, games and kids' activities. Admission and parking are free. For information, call 703-417-8370.