Attack Response Exercise

Set at Patriot Center

Beginning at 11 a.m. today, county, state, regional and federal public safety agencies will simulate a response to an emergency incident involving suicide bombers at the Patriot Center at George Mason University. The exercise is not open to the public and a county spokesman said officials do not expect traffic delays around the center, at 4500 Patriot Circle near Route 123 and Braddock Road.

According to a news release, the purpose of the exercise, dubbed "Patriot Challenge 2005," is to assess and evaluate the county and neighboring jurisdictions' ability to manage a mass casualty event in Fairfax. The simulation, which ends at 3 p.m., will focus on exercising plans, policies, procedures and staff members involved in management, direction, command and control functions.

Sully Hosts Summer Events

For Boys, Girls, Families

The Sully Historic Site is offering a variety of summer experiences for young people, county Park Authority officials said.

* At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, there will be a garden tea for girls 8 and older that will include games of the past. Participants can make a sachet to take home, using dried flowers, herbs and spices. Participants should wear garden or nature-themed clothes. The cost is $20 a child; reservations are required.

* On July 9, Sully will host a boys' adventure day, at which boys 8 and older will forage through the forest, make a drum to take home, play historic games, take a sleuthing tour of the house and make biscuit dough. The event begins at 1:30 p.m. The cost is $15 a child; reservations are required.

* On Aug. 21, families can attend an old-fashioned ice cream social from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants will learn how to make ice cream in a crank-style machine, play hoops and sticks, participate in races and make a craft. The cost is $7 a child; registration is required.

Sully Historic Site is on Route 28 in Chantilly. For reservations and information, call 703-437-1794.

ESL Courses Available

Through Reston Center

The Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods is offering beginning, advanced and conversational English as a second language courses for people 16 and older.

Students are required to take a free assessment test before they can attend classes. The tests will be given at the community center's Hunters Woods location from noon to 3 p.m. June 11 and from 7 to 10 p.m. June 15.

Classes will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 15 through Aug. 15 at several locations:

* A beginner class will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays at Cedar Ridge Community Room, 1601 Becontree Lane.

* An Intermediate I class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at Dogwood Elementary School, 12300 Glade Dr. An Intermediate II class will meet Mondays and Thursdays at the Shadowood Condominium Community Room, 11639 Stoneview Sq.

* An advanced class meets Monday and Wednesday at the community center's Lake Anne location, 1609-A Washington Plaza.

Classes are $25 for those who live or work in Reston; $50 for others.

For more information, call 703-476-4500.

More Maps Available

Of Cross County Trail

Free trail maps are available for two more sections of the Cross County Trail, bringing the total number of maps available to seven.

The new maps detail the routes in the Difficult Run Stream Valley from Oak Marr Park to Lawyers Road and the Lake Accotink Park Trail.

The Cross County Trail, which is scheduled to be completed later this year, will connect the Occoquan River to the south with the Potomac River in Great Falls in the northern part of the county.

The maps are available in limited quantities from the county Park Authority headquarters in the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax.

For more information, call 703-324-8726 or visit and click on "Trails Information" at left.