Teen Talent Show

Auditions Next Week

The First Night Alexandria Teen Task Force will hold auditions next week for its third annual Teen Talent Competition.

Auditions will be held at 4 p.m. next Thursday at the Durant Memorial Center, 1605 Cameron St. Auditions are open to anyone between ages 13 and 20 wishing to perform as a comedian, actor, musician, singer or dancer. There will also be an audition for the new position of master of ceremonies. For more information or to download an application, visit www.firstnightalexandria.org.

Semifinals will be held at 4 p.m. Oct. 30, during the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria Telethon at T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St. The event will be televised live by Comcast cable in Alexandria. Finalists from the telethon will compete in live performances before a panel of judges during First Night Alexandria at 7 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Durant Memorial Center. Prizes include cash, and the first-place winner will be awarded a paid performance contract for First Night Alexandria 2006.

The Teen Task Force comprises youths from Alexandria and Fairfax schools who organize the talent show under the supervision of sponsors DeVry University and Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille. The teens are coached in public relations, budget management and organizational skills.

Moran to Host

Hispanic Heritage Day

U.S. Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) will host his first annual Hispanic Heritage Day from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Cora Kelly Recreation Center, 25 W. Reed Ave., Alexandria. The purpose of the event is to bring together Northern Virginia's Hispanic community, honor the achievements of American Hispanics and provide important information to local residents.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will include informational presentations on buying a home and obtaining citizenship, plus local educational and health care opportunities. Latin Soul will perform, and food will be provided.

Gas Main Repairs

Along King Street

Washington Gas will repair a 75-year-old steel gas main that runs along King Street (Route 7) from Menokin Drive to Quaker Lane in Alexandria, possibly starting today.

The project, which involves replacing 2,500 feet of line, will last approximately eight weeks. Most of the construction will take place Mondays through Fridays between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., according to a city press release. Periodic lane closures and detours will occur, and drivers are urged to plan their travel accordingly.

Scottish Heritage Fair

Sunday in Alexandria

Alexandria's Scottish Heritage Fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Rd. Admission is free and the festival will be held rain or shine.

The festival will feature Gaelic singing, Highlands dancing, storytelling, weaving, fiddling and Scottish sports. Displays and vendors will include a Ceilidh tent, genealogists and Scottish arts, crafts, clothing and souvenirs. For a complete schedule of events and activities, visit www.accessenter.com/scotfair.

The city's Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities and the Alexandria Scottish Heritage Fair Council are sponsoring the fair. For additional information, call the city's special-events hotline at 703-883-4686 or the special-events office at 703-838-4844.