Following is a partial list of local events and efforts to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The Gulf Coast Relief 5K Run/Walk to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, at Oronoco Bay Park in Alexandria. All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross Hurricane 2005 Relief Fund.
Sponsors of the race include Alexandria residents James Carville and Mary Matalin, Pacers Running Store, Mizuno USA, Roll Call newspaper, Great Harvest Bread Company of America and the city of Alexandria.
Registration is $25 and is accepted by mail, fax, in person or online. To register, pick up an entry form at either Pacers Running Store at 1301 King St. in Alexandria or at 3100 Clarendon Blvd. in Arlington. Online registration can be completed at the Gulf Coast Relief 5K Run Walk Web site, www.gulfcoastreliefrun.com. Packet can be picked up at the Alexandria Pacers location today and tomorrow. Race day registration and packet pickup will be available at Oronoco Bay Park.
The run/walk will begin at the corner of North Union and Pendleton streets and continue in the streets of Old Town. Water stops, food, T-shirts and prizes will be provided.
For more information, call Pacers Running Store at 703-836-1463, visit their Web site at www.runpacers.com, or call Alexandria's Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities at 703-838-4343.
Cappies Show an Aid Effort
The Critics and Awards Program, also known as Cappies, is sponsoring a Katrina aid show Sept. 24 featuring high school performers from the Washington area.
The 7:30 p.m. show is at Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Rd. in the Alexandria section of Fairfax.
Proceeds will benefit families displaced by Hurricane Katrina who will be settling in the Washington area. The suggested donation is $50 for adults and $25 for students. For ticket information, call 703-924-4759.
Throughout the school year, Alexandria Arlington Extra publishes reviews of high school shows written by student critics under the guidance of faculty mentors as part of the six-year-old Cappies program. The reviews include the achievements of the writers, directors and stage crews. For information online, visit www.cappies.com.
Masses to Hold Special Collection
Roman Catholics in the 67 parishes of the Diocese of Arlington, which includes much of Northern Virginia, can contribute to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts through a second collection at all Masses this weekendor on another weekend chosen by the parish. The money will be used to help Catholic Charities USA relief efforts in the Gulf Coast.
The diocese contributed more than $4 million -- through a special second collection, school fundraisers and private donations -- to help Catholic Relief Services tsunami relief efforts. Of this, $1.8 million was taken up in a Jan. 15 and 16 special collection, the largest in the 30-year history of the diocese.
VOAD Looking for Host Families
For those interested in housing Katrina evacuees, the Virginia Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is coordinating housing for flood victims. VOAD is a consortium of faith-based organizations. Locally, contact:
* Northern Virginia VOAD, Trish Redmond, 703-369-5292, Ext. 24, firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Diocese of Arlington, Liz Wellborn, 703-385-9847, email@example.com.
* Episcopal Church, Diocese of Virginia, the Rev. Pete Gustin, 703-434-4152, firstname.lastname@example.org.
* First United Presbyterian Church, Lee Watenpaugh, 703-680-1164, email@example.com.
* Federation of Virginia Food Bank, 703-924-4064, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Religious organizations wishing to coordinate housing for flood victims can contact the Virginia Department of Social Services hotline, 800-777-8293. Individuals should work through their own religious organization or one of the above VOAD groups. You can find more information on Virginia efforts at www.vaemergency.com and at the Virginia Public Inquiry Center, 866-880-4288.
Girls Softball Tournament
The fourth annual First Responders Cup, Sept. 16-18, Virginia Highlands Park, 1600 S. Hayes St., Arlington.
The First Responders Cup Tournament is a girls' fast-pitch softball tournament held annually to honor those killed in the Sept.11, 2001, terrorist attacks and to celebrate the heroism of the Arlington firefighters and police officers who were the first to reach the Pentagon that day. This year, tournament organizers have decided that net proceeds will benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina; traditionally, money is donated to Pentagon Disaster Relief charities.
Admission is free. For more information, contact George Barusso, email@example.com. Information is also available on the county Web site, www.arlingtonva.us; click on "Calendar" at the top.
Parks Collecting Donations
The National Recreation and Park Association is collecting donations for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, including cash, equipment and other goods and services. The donations will go toward temporary housing, food, water and utilities for park and recreation professionals; clean-up campaigns; recreation relief efforts; damage assessment; and rebuilding and restoration.
For more information, contact the National Recreation and Park Association at NRPA -- Hurricane Katrina, 22377 Belmont Ridge Road, Ashburn, 20148, call 703-858-0784, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.nrpa.org.
'Rock for Relief' at State Theatre
The State Theatre in Falls Church will present a benefit concert for hurricane relief from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Eight local artists will perform: Barakus, Evenout, Michael Jantz, JunkFood, Lloyd Dobler Effect, Viki Nova, Sharif and Wonderjack. The event is co-sponsored by radio station Z104 (WWZZ, FM-104.1). Tickets are $10; proceeds benefit the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief fund. The theater is at 220 N. Washington St. For tickets or more information, call 703-237-0300 or visit www.thestatetheatre.com.
Tennis Tournament in Reston
A tennis tournament to benefit hurricane relief has been set for 3-10 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Newport tennis courts in Reston. The tournament will be group-play format for men's doubles, mixed doubles and women's doubles. Times are 3-5 p.m.; 5-7 p.m. and 7-10 p.m.
The event is hosted by Thai Tennis Organization in America, Reston Tennis Association, Korean Tennis Association of Washington and Fil-Am Tennis of Northern Virginia. The fee is $50 a player.The event will include a potluck dinner. The tennis park is at 11452 Baron Cameron Ave. For more information call 703-589-4144 or e-mail email@example.com.