North Tract Workshop

To Be Held Saturday

The public is invited to participate in a workshop and open house for the North Tract, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, in the main lobby of Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Blvd.

The North Tract is being developed as a state-of-the-art recreation and leisure complex that will include aquatics, fitness and outdoor facilities. It is at the north end of Crystal City between Old Jefferson Davis Highway and Roaches Run Water Fowl Sanctuary.

On Saturday, members of the public will be able to review the facility plan and ask questions of County Board Chairman Jay Fisette, representatives of the Design Advisory Committee, county staff and designers. The agenda includes focus groups, interactive stations, design review and information booths.

For more information on the North Tract, visit

Scholarship Telethon

Announces Teen Finalists

Alexandria talent will be on display Sunday, when 12 teen acts perform in a live broadcast at T.C. Williams High School for the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria telethon.

The telethon, to be broadcast on Comcast Channel 69 from 4 to 9 p.m., will feature the teens competing in a semifinal competition of the "First Night Alexandria Teen Talent Search." Only 10 of the performers will advance, as voted on by judges during the telethon. The finalists will then compete live on Dec. 31 at the Durant Recreation Center as part of the First Night celebration. The winner that night will be awarded a paid performance contract for First Night Alexandria 2006.

The following acts or individuals will perform during the telethon: Melina Argueta; Angel; the Halls; Tiffany Lyon; Shapes Not Sounds; Carbon Copy; Kate Mooney; Dee & Michelle; Oppressed Youth; Mary Tyler Stackhouse; Satasha Torres; and Alexi Von Guggenberg. Additionally, Lorena Granados auditioned to be the master of ceremonies -- a new area of competition this year.

This weekend marks the 11th year for the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria's telethon. Since its founding 20 years ago, the fund has awarded $3.4 million to more than 2,300 high school graduates in the city of Alexandria.

Warner Appoints Tejada

To Real ID Task Force

Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) has appointed Arlington County Board Member Walter Tejada (D) to serve on the Governor's Task Force on the Real ID Act.

Passed by Congress in May, the act creates national standards for state-issued drivers' licenses.

The 13-member Real ID Task Force will study how the new identification law will affect the cost, customer service, security and privacy of Virginia's driver's licensing and identification process. The group will also provide recommendations on the best means to implement the new law in Virginia. DMV Commissioner Demerst B. Smit will be chairman.

City Council Plans

Day-Long Public Retreat

The Alexandria City Council will hold a day-long retreat beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, in the multipurpose room at Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School, 435 Ferdinand Day Dr. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes a report on the council's progress in accomplishing its strategic goals, a presentation on the city's fiscal 2007 budget outlook and a preliminary report on the school system's fiscal 2007 budget.

Individuals with disabilities who require assistance or special arrangements to participate in the City Council meeting may call the city clerk and clerk of council's office at 703-838-4550 (TTY/TTD 703-838-5056). The city requests a 48-hour notice to make the proper arrangements.