Repairs Scheduled

For Mount Vernon Trail

Maintenance work on the Mount Vernon Trail in the Belle Haven Marina area will begin Monday and continue until Sept. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday. Officials said the work is needed because in addition to the trail's normal deterioration, tree roots have severely damaged the path in many places, causing hazards for recreational use, especially at night.

One northbound lane of the George Washington Memorial Parkway will be closed for about half a mile, south of the Hunting Creek Bridge. Pedal cyclists and pedestrians from the Mount Vernon Trail will be routed onto the closed section of the parkway. On other sections of the trail south to Belle Haven Marina, access will be routed onto a temporary path parallel to the trail. On weekends, both the trail and parkway in the construction area will be fully open.

Eight signs along the trail will guide the public. A variable-message board will be placed along the parkway at Fort Hunt Park for northbound commuters.

For maps of the Mount Vernon Trail and George Washington Memorial Parkway, visit www.nps.gov/gwmp/pphtml/maps.html.

Schools Offering Families

A Look at the Year Ahead

Alexandria public schools are holding back-to-school nights for parents and families to visit their children's schools to meet the principals and teachers and learn more about what will be expected during the new school year.

Parents and families will be able to visit their children's classrooms and ask questions about the children's new classes and schedules. The following back-to-school nights are scheduled:

Sept. 13

* Minnie Howard School, 7 p.m.

Sept. 14

* STEP, 6:30 p.m.

* T.C. Williams High School, 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 15

* George Mason Elementary, 6:30 p.m.

* Maury Elementary, 6:30 p.m.

* Sept. 19

* Jefferson-Houston School for Arts and Academics, 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 20

* Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology, 6:30 p.m.

* Patrick Henry Elementary, 6:30 p.m.

* William Ramsay Elementary (grades K-2), 6:30 p.m.

* Charles Barrett Elementary, 7 p.m.

* Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy, 7 p.m.

Sept. 21

* Francis C. Hammond Middle, 7 p.m.

* George Washington Middle, 7 p.m.

Sept. 22

* William Ramsay Elementary (grades 3-5), 6:30 p.m.

* John Adams Elementary, 7 p.m.

Sept. 26

* MacArthur Elementary, 7 p.m.

Sept. 28

* Polk Elementary, 6:30 p.m.

For school addresses and phone numbers, or other information, visit www.acps.k12.va.us and click on "schools" or call the Department of Information and Outreach at 703-824-6635.

Alexandria Hosting

Festival of American Indian

Alexandria's American Indian Festival is scheduled for 1-6 p.m. Saturday, at Market Square, 301 King St., in Old Town. Admission is free, and the festival will be held rain or shine.

It will feature American Indian dancers, instrumentalists, performing arts groups and displays showcasing traditional arts, crafts and souvenirs. Traditional American Indian foods will be available.

The city's Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities and the American Indian Inter-Cultural Organization are co-sponsoring the festival.

For more information, call the city's special events hotline at 703-883-4686 or the special events office at 703-838-4844.

Visitors are encouraged to take Metro's yellow or blue lines to the King Street Metro station in Old Town, take DASH or Metro buses, or use one of the parking garages or lots.

For a parking map, contact the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association at 703-838-4200.