Student Theater Group

To Stage Benefit 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 benefit 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, the Washington Post 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

Catholic Churches to Hold

A Special Collection

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 all Masses on Saturday and Sunday or on another weekend chosen by parishes. The funds will assist Catholic Charities USA with relief efforts in the Gulf Coast.

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 and Recreation Group

Puts Out Call for Donations

The National Recreation and Park Association, headquartered in Ashburn, is collecting donations for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, 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 and restoration.

For information, contact the association at NRPA -- Hurricane Katrina, 22377 Belmont Ridge Rd., Ashburn, Va. 20148, or call 703-858-0784, e-mail or visit

Theater, Radio Station

Set Rock Concert at State

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

Tennis, Anyone? It's

For a Good Cause

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

Herndon Church Plans

Concert and Goods Drive

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.

Herndon Dulles Chamber

Sets Luncheon Benefit

Gerald E. Connolly (D), chairman of the Fairfax Board of Supervisors, 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 and click on "Why Donate?" For information, call 571-323-5300 or e-mail