Asian Festival Meets
An Asian cultural festival touted as one of the largest such events in the Washington area will be held in Reston on July 30. It will take place alongside a two-day women's tennis competition, whose winners will play in the Legg Mason Tennis Classic's first-ever women's tournament in the District the following week.
The cultural festival will bring together food vendors, entertainers and films from a variety of Asian communities. Set to run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., it will include a fashion show, martial arts demonstrations and an Asian version of "American Idol."
The top competitors from the tennis competition, which will continue on July 31, qualify for the Legg Mason USTA Pro Circuit tournament, which offers a cash prize of $75,000.
The free events will be held at the Lake Newport tennis facility at North Village Road and Baron Cameron Avenue (Route 606). They are organized by Thai beer maker Singha Beer and the Thai Tennis Organization in America, a Fairfax-based nonprofit that promotes tennis in various minority communities.
Davis to Address
Adult Program Grads
U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) is scheduled to give the keynote address tomorrow night at commencement exercises for students of the county school system's adult career development programs.
More than 150 adult graduates will be honored at the 7 p.m. ceremony at the county Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy. The programs provide adults with skills to begin a career, advance in a current position or continue professional growth.
The following Office of Adult and Community Education programs include the opportunity for certification: accounting assistant, administrative assistant, desktop publishing technician, professional receptionist, dental assistant, medical administrative assistant, medical assistant, medical insurance biller and property maintenance technician.
Career development programs offer training for emergency medical technicians, pharmacy and phlebotomy technicians, professional activity directors, physical therapy aides, cosmetologists, professionals in human resource management and information technology, and veterinary assistants.
For more information, call 703-227-2229 or visit www.fcps.edu/adult.htm.
2 RECenters, 3 Pools
To Close for Repairs
Two county recreation centers will be closed for extensive renovations and repairs starting next month, and three pools will be shut down briefly at other centers for routine maintenance, parks officials said.
The pool area at the Audrey Moore RECenter will be closed Aug. 20-Sept. 12. The Mount Vernon RECenter pool will be closed Aug. 20-Sept. 3, and Oak Marr RECenter pool will be closed Aug. 20-Sept. 6.
The 19-year-old George Washington RECenter will be closed Sept. 5-Jan. 7 for roof replacement; installation of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and environmental equipment; and the addition of new deep-water steps. The project will cost an estimated $1.4 million, financed from bond sales.
South Run RECenter, which opened in 1988, will be closed Aug. 22-Nov. 5 to complete repairs to the roof; build improvements to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; and install deep-water steps. The estimated cost is $1.5 million, also from bond proceeds.
For information about specific projects and sites, contact each RECenter directly.
Libraries Gird for Rush
To Read New Potter Novel
The county library system has ordered 327 copies of the the new Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," which will be released Saturday. Already, more than 1,350 people have placed holds on J.K. Rowling's sixth Potter novel.
Library officials said there will be 53 audio copies and 20 large-print copies of the book. Those who wish to reserve a copy can do so online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library.
Student Chosen to Join
The county Board of Supervisors has named high school student Eleni Orphanides to serve on the county's Environmental Quality Advisory Council.
Orphanides, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in the Alexandria area, was selected through a competitive application process, based on grades, extracurricular activities and a 500-word essay on an environmental topic.
Students from nine high schools applied to serve on the council this year. County high school students who have finished their sophomore or junior years are eligible to apply.
The 14-member advisory committee submits an annual report on the environment to the board, including recommendations on protecting and improving the environment.
During monthly meetings, the council investigates air and water quality, land use, noise and solid waste disposal.
Applications for the 2006 student representative will be accepted next spring.
For more information, call 703-324-1380 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/eqac.
Free Summer Meals
For Needy Children
The county school system will participate in the federal summer food service program for children, which ensures that low-income children continue to receive meals on weekdays when school is not in session.
A free breakfast and lunch will be provided to qualified children now through Aug. 5 at Bailey's Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences, Bucknell Elementary School, Cameron Elementary School and Riverside Elementary School. The same meals will be offered until Wednesday at Glasgow Middle School.
A free breakfast will be provided until Aug. 5 at Hybla Valley Elementary School, Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School, Weyanoke Elementary School and Woodlawn Elementary School.
A free lunch will be provided through Aug. 5 at Burke Center Elementary School and until July 29 at Dogwood Elementary School at Lake Fairfax Park.
Times vary by site. For more information, call 703-813-4800 or visit www.fcps.edu/mediapub/pressrel/070605a.htm.
Public Invited to Discuss
Draft Watershed Plan
County public works officials have scheduled two public meetings to hear feedback from residents about the proposed draft plan for the Cub Run and Bull Run watersheds.
The adjacent watersheds, which together cover about 60 square miles, are in western Fairfax and eastern Loudoun counties. The workshops are part of a larger countywide effort to develop and implement a series of watershed plans to protect, preserve and restore the county's streams and other natural resources.
The Cub Run and Bull Run workshops, both from 7 to 9:30 p.m., will be July 28 at Bull Run Elementary School, 15301 Lee Hwy., Centreville, and Aug. 1 at Rocky Run Middle School, 4400 Stringfellow Rd., Chantilly.
Each workshop will begin with a plan overview and continue with an open house where participants will learn about and comment on the proposed projects for each subwatershed.
The overall watershed plan will guide activities in Cub Run and Bull Run for the next 20 years and includes projects designed to improve the quality of the environment and affect neighborhoods, parks, schools, businesses and future development, county officials said in a news release.
Specific proposed projects include regional ponds, stream restorations, riparian buffer restorations, dry pond retrofits, trash and dump site removal from stream valleys, and low-impact development measures at existing county facilities. The plan is available for review online by visiting www.fairfaxcounty-watersheds.net; click on "Find a Watershed" and select either "Cub Run" or "Bull Run." For more information, call 703-324-5500.
Names New Chairman
Leadership Fairfax has selected Randall Greehan as its board chairman for 2005-06.
Greehan, who has served on the board for seven years, is a partner in the Reston-based law firm Walton & Adams.
The other board officers for the coming year are Rodney L. Lusk, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, vice chairman; Kevin N. Monroe, Deloitte, secretary; Renee Mathews, Reznick Group, treasurer; Donna J. Fleming, Zimmerman Associates Inc., immediate past chairman; and Douglas B. McDonald, Venable LLP, general counsel. Leadership Fairfax is a group that identifies current and emerging leaders and brings them together to study community issues and make positive changes in the region.
For more information, call 703-752-7555 or visit www.leadershipfairfax.org.
Donations to Library
Real estate developer Albert J. Dwoskin has presented a check for almost $67,000 to the Fairfax County Public Library Foundation.
The gift is the second installment of a 10-year commitment by Dwoskin to donate about $730,000 in net rental income to the library from leased space in the Landsdowne Centre, a shopping area in the Alexandria section.
Library officials said the donation will help pay for books and other materials, community programs and scholarships, among other things.
Dwoskin, founder and chief executive of A.J. Dwoskin and Associates, planned a retail complex in the Kingstowne area of Alexandria. As a public set-aside, the company offered the library free space for a new branch. The Kingstowne Library in the shopping center opened in June 2000.
Reston Center Appoints New Programs Staffer
The Reston Community Center has named Shawnna Hughes its senior adult programs director. Hughes replaces Eileen Boone.
Previously, Hughes was a program assistant with the National Partnerships program of the National Recreation and Park Association in Ashburn. A member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America, Hughes has also worked with the YMCA and with Eastern Washington University's outdoor adventure program.
The Reston Community Center's senior program includes a year-round series of workshops, special interest programs, trips and wellness activities designed to enhance the lives of Reston residents who are 55 and older.
For more information, call 703-390-6157 or visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com.
Adult Education Office
Plans Evening Job Fair
The county school system's adult education office will hold a job fair Wednesday at the Woodson Adult Center.
The fair, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., is aimed at introducing students and recent graduates of adult career development programs to employers in health care, construction, banking and other industries. It is also open to the public. The center is at 4105 Whitacre Rd., Fairfax.
Participating employers include Shirley Contracting Co., Wegmans, UPS, Buhl Electric, FedEx Ground and Inova Health System.
-- Compiled by
and STEPHEN C. FEHR