Kaine, Kilgore to Debate

The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce has announced that it will host a debate Sept. 13 between Virginia's two major gubernatorial candidates at Tysons Corner. Tim Russert, Washington bureau chief for NBC News and host of Meet the Press, will moderate the hour-long debate.

Democrat Timothy M. Kaine and Republican Jerry W. Kilgore will face off at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. Since 1989, the chamber has hosted election debates for the major candidates in statewide races. State Sen. H. Russell Potts Jr. (R-Winchester) is also in the race, running as an independent.

"The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce debate has become a tradition of the Northern Virginia political scene, one every candidate recognizes is among the most important performances of their campaign," chamber President and chief executive William D. Lecos said in a statement.

For more information, call 703-749-0400 or visit www.fccc.org.

Synthetic Field Debuts

At 6:30 tonight, county officials will dedicate the Park Authority's first indoor synthetic turf field, at South Run Field House in Springfield.

The 160-by-100-foot lined playing surface can be used for lacrosse, soccer, football and other activities. The material, which is used on two outdoor fields -- at Lewinsville Park in McLean and Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly -- is more durable than outdoor grass fields.

The South Run building was constructed in 1990 as an equestrian center but was too small for that use. The county then scheduled indoor sports there, but the dirt floor created dust clouds. Officials decided that an artificial grass field was the best solution.

About $310,000 in renovation funding came from the 1998 Park Authority bond. The renovation included washing the interior, repairing the metal roof, walls, gutters and downspouts, and installing lights, a ventilation system and the synthetic field.

South Run is at 7550 Reservation Dr. For more information, call 703-324-8662.

Bus Service Expanded

On Monday, Metrobus service increased between the Stringfellow park-and-ride lot and the Vienna Metro station.

Buses, which will run every 15 minutes during the morning rush hour, will use the carpool ramp to Interstate 66, which will make the trip faster. Some afternoon and evening service will also be provided.

Parking is free at the 370-space Stringfellow lot. The bus fare is $1, or 35 cents with a rail transfer. The lot is on Stringfellow Road just north of I-66.

In addition, county transit officials said, bus service will be provided for the first time to the Faircrest development on Centreville Farms Road and to the Trinity Centre in Centreville. A number of other Metrobus 12 Line routes are being modified as well.

For information about the new Metrobus service, call 202-637-7000 or visit www.wmata.com/metrobus/062605_service_changes.cfm#VA.

Video Game Face-Off

The Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods will hold a computer game tournament, called the Ultimate Challenge, on July 16 for 64 middle and high school students.

Gamers will battle each other in "Madden," "Fight Night" and "Mortal Kombat." "Madden" and "Mortal Kombat" will be played on PS2, and "Fight Night" on Xbox. Equipment will be provided. The winner will receive a $150 gift certificate.

The tournament is from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The entry fee is $10 for Reston residents; $20 for nonresidents. Participants can register in person or by faxing a completed form to 703-476-8617. For more information and registration forms, call 703-476-4500 or visit www.restoncommunitycenter.org.

How Not to Be a Victim

Because of the response to a July 8 crime seminar, the Falls Church Police Department has scheduled a second "Refuse to Be a Victim" crime prevention seminar from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 12 at City Hall.

The seminar was designed by the Fairfax-based National Rifle Association to teach people easy-to-understand methods of avoiding criminal attack. Participants will learn about criminal thinking and hear tips for home, automobile, travel, telephone, technological and personal security.

Carjacking prevention techniques, self-defense options, and the use of pepper spray, Mace and stun guns will also be discussed. Ultimately, participants will learn how to develop their own safety plans.

City Hall is at 300 Park Ave. For more information or to register, call 703-248-5100, Ext. 7049, or send an e-mail to dwilson@fallschurchva.gov.

Golf Course Nearly Done

On land that once was the Lorton prison, the county Park Authority is nearing completion of an 18-hole championship golf course, with the opening scheduled for fall.

The par-71 golf course spreads across 280 acres on the prison site, where many of the buildings and some guard towers remain. The terrain includes mature stands of trees, stream channels and wetland areas. The golf course is part of a 1,200-acre parcel that will be developed for a variety of recreation uses.

The golf club, to be called Laurel Hill Golf Club, is the Park Authority's seventh course and the first to offer public daily fee golfing along with limited memberships. Wadsworth Golf Construction Co. of Plainfield, Ill., will finish work on the Bill Love-designed course in late July, park officials said last week.

Opening festivities and information concerning membership and greens fees will be available online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/golf/laurelhill/index.htm over the next few months. For information, call 703-324-8514.