Start With the Arts Festival

VSA arts, a nonprofit organization that works with people with disabilities to help them learn, participate in and enjoy the arts, will host a Start With the Arts Family Festival at Union Station. The festival celebrates the imagination of children and stresses the importance of learning about art from an early age.

The weekend event kicks off today from noon to 2 p.m. with a free outdoor concert at McPherson Square Park, at 15th Street between K and I streets NW. VSA artists are scheduled to perform, along with recording artists Laura Dodd and Raul Midon.

The festival starts tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. with various art activities for people of all ages, followed by local and congressional personalities reading stories and poems to the children in attendance.

Saturday's events include music and live stage performances. "Discover What Art Is . . . ," an exhibit of art by children, will be on display in Union Station through June 26. All events are free and open to the public.

For a complete listing of activities and scheduled performers at the Start With the Arts Family Festival, go to

Legacy of Life Scholarships

Two District high school seniors have been named winners of the 2005 Legacy of Life Scholarship. Erin Goldson of Georgetown Day School and Cordell Fields of Washington Math Science Technology Public Charter School each won $3,000.

The scholarships, presented by the Washington Regional Transplant Consortium and endowed by the Leslie Ebert Memorial Fund, honor all local organ and tissue donors. Scholarships were awarded for fictional and non-fictional essays written on the topic of persuading someone to donate organs to help save lives. Leslie Ebert is a former consortium employee who died of leukemia.

The winning essays can be viewed at

Library Director at Catholic

The Catholic University of America has named Michael J. McLane as director of its libraries, John J. Convey, the university provost, announced last week. McLane will assume his new responsibilities Aug. 1.

An academic librarian and administrator for more than 30 years, McLane will take over the university's library system, including the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, the American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives.

Previously, McLane was executive director of the Central New York Library Resources Council in Syracuse, N.Y.

NPS Hosts Free Concerts

The National Park Service will host its annual series of free outdoor concerts this summer at Fort Dupont Park, at Minnesota Avenue and Randle Circle SE, beginning July 9 and running each Saturday through Aug. 13.

Artists such as the Dramatics and the S.O.S. Band are scheduled to perform.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring folding chairs and picnic materials but are prohibited from bringing video recorders, alcohol, gas grills and glass containers. Vendors will not be allowed on the premises.

Shows are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. The concerts will occur rain or shine.

For a complete schedule of performances, call 202-426-5961.

-- Compiled by BRUCE C.T. WRIGHT

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Raul Midon will perform at the Start With the Arts Family Festival today.