Residents of Fairfax County, Fairfax City, Falls Church and Herndon are contributing to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort in various ways. Here are some that we know about. If you or your school, business, service club or place of worship is doing something to help the victims, send an e-mail with the details to email@example.com.
Luncheon Benefit on Monday
Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D) will discuss the county's plan to provide support to Hurricane Katrina evacuees at a Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce luncheon Monday in Sterling.
Under the plan, the county government, schools, businesses and civic groups would combine their resources to offer long-term assistance to evacuees who are in Fairfax. The coalition, called Fairfax Families Care, has set an initial goal of finding 200 jobs and 100 housing units and accommodating 400 schoolchildren.
The $50-a-person luncheon at the Holiday Inn Washington Dulles is a fundraising event for hurricane relief efforts. Rudy Penner, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute, will discuss Katrina's nationwide economic impact.
The hotel is at 1000 Sully Rd. (Route 28). Registration is from 11:30 a.m. to noon. To register online, visit www.fxfc.org and click on "Why Donate?" For information, call 571-323-5300 or e-mail info@HerndonDullesChamber.org.
Volunteers for Gulf Coast Duty
Members of the Fairfax Medical Reserve Corps, a group of medical and nonmedical volunteers managed by the county Health Department, are registering with the American Red Cross to help Hurricane Katrina victims in the Gulf Coast region, department officials said.
As of Tuesday, 11 volunteers had signed up. Two volunteers are scheduled to go to the Gulf Coast this week for a 14-day assignment, a Health Department spokeswoman said in a news release.
The Fairfax corps is a group of 3,300 people from medical and nonmedical backgrounds who have volunteered to assist the Health Department in a public health emergency. County officials say they need 13,000 volunteers to cover the county's population.
Students to Stage a Show
The student theater Critics and Awards Program, known as Cappies, is sponsoring a benefit show at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 featuring high school performers from throughout the Washington area.
The Katrina Aid performance will be at Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Rd. in the Alexandria section of Fairfax. The theater seats 1,400.
Proceeds will go to aid families displaced by Hurricane Katrina who are settling in the Washington area. The suggested donation is $50 for adults and $25 for students. For ticket information, call 703-924-4759.
As part of Cappies, Fairfax Extra publishes reviews of high school performances written by students under the guidance of faculty mentors. Soon to begin its seventh season, the program recognizes the achievements of young performers, writers, directors and stage crews. For information, visit www.cappies.com.
Rock Concert on Sunday
The State Theatre in Falls Church will present a benefit concert from 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Eight local acts will perform: Barakus, Evenout, Michael Jantz, Junkfood, Lloyd Dobler Effect, Viki Nova, Sharif and Wonderjack.
The event is co-sponsored by radio station Z104. Tickets are $10; proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross's Katrina disaster relief fund.
The theater is at 220 N. Washington St. For tickets or information, call 703-237-0300 or visit www.thestatetheatre.com.
Tennis Tournament on Saturday
A tennis tournament to benefit the relief effort has been scheduled for 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Newport tennis courts in Reston.
There will be a group play format, with men's doubles, mixed doubles and women's doubles. Times are 3 to 5 p.m., 5 to 7 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m.
The event is hosted by the 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. A potluck dinner is planned.
The park is at 11452 Baron Cameron Ave. For information, call 703-589-4144 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Concert and Drive in Herndon
Trinity Presbyterian Church in Herndon will hold a concert for Katrina relief featuring Mystic Harmony, a Celtic music trio, at 7 p.m. Sunday.
Attendees will be asked to make a donation, with proceeds going to Church World Service, an ecumenical disaster relief agency. Materials will also be collected for health kits that are being assembled by the church. Needed items include towels, combs, toothbrushes and containers, toothpaste, soap and containers, non-aerosol deodorant and liquid hand sanitizer.
The church is at 651 Dranesville Rd. For information, call 703-437-5500.
Team's Carwash Raises $1,000
The McLean High School girls' volleyball team raised $1,000 for the American Red Cross by washing cars over the Labor Day weekend at the BP/Amoco station at Old Dominion Drive and Chain Bridge Road.
"We had already scheduled a carwash to help raise funds for our volleyball program," said Coach Steve Stotler. "When several of the girls approached me and asked if we could donate some of the money to the hurricane relief effort, I was all for it. I'm extremely proud of all our girls for the teamwork and effort they showed."
2 High Schools Hold Drive
Oakton and Madison high schools organized a drive for items such as nonperishable food, water, clothes, diapers and infant formula for shipment to Baton Rouge shelters.
Collection took place Friday before the annual Outback Bowl football game between the schools at Oakton High School.
Giving Up a Treat to Aid Relief
Students and staff members at Washington Mill Elementary in the Alexandria section of Fairfax gave up a treat such as a fast-food meal, a movie rental or a dessert to bring in $2 for the hurricane relief fund. The school hopes to send $1,000 to the Salvation Army to help victims.
Fairfax City Gathers Donations
Fairfax City collected money for the relief effort at the Family Fun Festival on Saturday at Van Dyck Park and Sunday at the remembrance ceremony for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the Veterans Amphitheater.
Raising Funds for Students
The Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation held its annual scholarship fundraising dinner Tuesday night at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. Half of the money raised will go toward the tuition and books of evacuees.
Library Cards for Evacuees
The Fairfax County Public Library will extend services to victims of the hurricane who are being taken in by county residents.
The new patrons should use their hosts' addresses when signing up for free cards.
Directions to the nearest library branch, along with a free Ask-a-Librarian service that answers questions by e-mail or in a real-time two-way conference, can be found on the library's Web site: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library.
Elsewhere in N.Va.
Collection at Catholic Churches
Roman Catholics in the 67 parishes of the Diocese of Arlington, which includes 21 counties and seven cities in the northern part of Virginia, can contribute to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts through a second collection at Masses on Saturday and Sunday or on another weekend chosen by parishes. The funds will help Catholic Charities USA with relief efforts.
The diocese contributed more than $4 million -- through a special second collection, school fundraisers and private donations -- to assist Catholic Relief Services with tsunami relief. Of this, $1.8 million was taken up in a special collection on Jan. 15 and 16, the largest in the 30-year history of the diocese.
Parks Group Seeks Donations
The National Recreation and Park Association, headquartered in Ashburn, is collecting donations for the hurricane victims, including cash, equipment and in-kind assistance. The donations will go toward such things as temporary housing, food, water and utilities for park and recreation professionals; cleanup campaigns; recreation relief efforts; damage assessment; and reconstruction.
For information, contact the association at NRPA -- Hurricane Katrina, 22377 Belmont Ridge Rd., Ashburn, Va. 20148, or call 703-858-0784, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.nrpa.org.