Supervisors to Consider

Future of Cab Surcharge

The county Board of Supervisors will hold a hearing Nov. 21 on extending the emergency surcharge on taxicab rides and possibly increasing the rate from $1 to $1.50 a ride.

Supervisors recently approved the $1-a-ride surcharge to offset the high cost of gasoline over the past few months. The surcharge is set to expire Nov. 21 -- the day the board will decide, after the hearing, whether to continue it and possibly increase it.

The drop, distance and waiting time rates charged by Fairfax County taxicabs also were increased July 20. Since then, gasoline prices rose from an average of $2.20 a gallon to more than $3 a gallon and now have dropped below $3.

The hearing will be at the county Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy. The time has not been announced. Residents can sign up to speak by calling 703-324-3151 or sending an e-mail to clerktothebos@fairfaxcounty.gov.

For more information, call 703-222-8435.

Hearing Set on Changes

To Lee District Park Plan

The county Park Authority has scheduled a hearing Nov. 15 in the Alexandria area on a proposal to revise the master plan for Lee District Park.

The proposed revisions include adding a family recreation area, lighting three existing fields, redesigning the field space and increasing parking.

The 138-acre park is at 6601 Telegraph Rd. The plan can be reviewed at the Park Authority office, 12055 Government Center Pkwy., Suite 421, or at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.

Comments on the plan will be accepted for 30 days after the hearing. The comment period will end at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 15.

The Nov. 15 hearing will be at 7 p.m. at Mark Twain Middle School, 4700 Franconia Rd. For information, call 703-324-8662 or send an e-mail to Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Metro Board Sets Forum

On Vienna Land Sale

The Metro board of directors will hold a forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Oakton High School in Vienna to discuss the proposed sale of land at the Vienna Metro station for the MetroWest project. The board recently voted to delay a vote on the sale, pending a public meeting.

Oakton High is at 2900 Sutton Rd.

Skaters, Skateboarders

To Help Katrina Victims

Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) has announced that skateboarders and in-line skaters can showcase their moves while raising funds for Hurricane Katrina evacuees from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

A skate park with ramps, quarter pipes, rails and kickers will be set up at the Wiehle Avenue Park and Ride lot off the Dulles Toll Road. There will be music and skateboard demonstrations. The event is free but attendees will be asked for donations.

"We often speak about providing constructive alternatives for youth," Hudgins said in a news release. "It is no secret that our youth have an interest in skateboarding and skating as an activity."

Skate for Katrina Relief is sponsored by Hudgins in partnership with the Fairfax County Park Authority, Fairfax County Park Foundation, Reston Community Center, the Reston Association, America In-Line Skating and EnviroSolutions Inc.

Participants must be at least 6 years old; helmets are required. Additional safety equipment -- wrist guards, elbow pads and kneepads -- is required for participants under age 16. Identification with proof of age is necessary for an equipment waiver.

For more information, call 703-478-0283, TTY 711, or 703-324-8651 (recorded information), or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/huntermill.

Transportation Survey

Sent to 12,000 Residents

County officials have mailed the 2005 household transportation survey to about 12,000 Fairfax residents.

Though the study focuses on transportation issues, other county programs, such as those for seniors, police, fire and emergency medical services and schools, will use the information collected to operate more effectively. The results should be available in the spring.

The questionnaire asks for information on age, race, gender, marital status, education, employment status, income, transportation and the number of people living in a household. Participation is voluntary, but households receiving a questionnaire are encouraged to complete the form and return it in the pre-addressed, stamped envelope.

For responses to commonly asked questions about the survey, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/demogrph/surveyfaq.htm. For more information, call 703-324-7135.

Give Food, Forget Fines

At Falls Church Library

The Mary Riley Styles Public Library in the city of Falls Church will hold its annual food-for-fines drive through Saturday in which patrons can donate nonperishable groceries as payment for fines on overdue items.

Collected food and other nonperishables will be given to community service organizations to provide aid for families in Falls Church.

The optional program is a one-for-one exchange: a single grocery item (a can of fruit or cake mix, for example) will cover the fine for a single overdue item, including books, videos, DVDs, audiocassettes or CDs.

There is no limit on the number or amount of fines that can be cleared, nor on the quantity of overdue materials that can be returned. Bills for lost or damaged library materials cannot be paid through this program, however.

Glass jars, opened containers, bulging cans, items past their expiration dates, or sample or trial-size items will not be accepted for donation.

For more information, call 703-248-5030 or visit www.falls-church.lib.va.us.

Career Fair Showcases

County Government Jobs

The county government will sponsor a career fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 5 at the county Government Center in the Fair Oaks area.

Potential job seekers can get information about working for Fairfax County, the types of jobs available, requirements for getting hired and benefits.

They can also learn how to find and apply for jobs using the county's automated information management system. Representatives from various county agencies will answer questions and talk about jobs.

The government center is at 12000 Government Center Pkwy. For more information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/jobs/jobs.htm.

Audiobooks Now Available

For Free Downloading

The county library has new technology called OverDrive that allows patrons to download recorded books off the Internet and listen to them on personal computers, laptops, car stereos, iPods and other MP3 players.

Julie Pringle, coordinator of the library's Collection Management and Acquisitions Department, said in a news release, "We need more e-content to serve this generation that expects instant availability."

The library has almost 500 OverDrive eAudiobooks available to check out.

In addition to downloading, customers can burn OverDrive audiobooks onto CDs to listen to in their cars, or upload them from the CDs to an iPod or other MP3 player.

The service is free but requires a library card.

OverDrive audiobooks can be checked out for three weeks and renewed once. Users can have up to 10 checked out at a time.

The collection can be accessed from the library's Web site, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library.

Watershed Workshop Set

On Middle Potomac

Fairfax County will hold a workshop from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. Tuesday at Longfellow Middle School in McLean for residents and businesses in the Middle Potomac watershed.

Officials want the public to review and provide feedback on proposals to protect and restore the watershed. The Middle Potomac area includes Pimmit Run, Scotts Run, Turkey Run, Dead Run and Bull Neck Run. A watershed is the land area that drains into a particular body of water.

Information about the watershed will be displayed from 6:30 to 7 p.m., with a discussion of problems and proposed solutions scheduled for 7:30. Attendees will then break into discussion groups to evaluate specific projects.

According to a news release, the first draft of the watershed plan provides a strategy for managing land to reduce pollution, protect health and safety, and provide opportunities for the public to enjoy the stream valleys.

To register, send an e-mail to middlepotomac@virginia.edu or call 703-820-3840, Ext. 2234. Walk-in registrations will be accepted.

The school is at 2000 Westmoreland St. For more information, call 703-324-5500 or visit www.fairfaxcounty-watersheds.net.

Silent Auction to Benefit

Area Charity's Services

Fairfax Area Christian Emergency and Transitional Services Inc. (FACETS) will hold its annual auction Nov. 5 at George Mason University.

Items up for auction include airline tickets, spa packages, gift certificates, themed gift baskets, personal services and more.

Proceeds will benefit the organization's efforts to help needy men, women and children with transitional housing services, mentoring, family enrichment programs, intervention in homelessness and more.

Last year's auction raised $50,000 for FACETS programs.

Viewing begins at 5:30 p.m. The silent auction begins at 6, the live auction at 8:15.

For tickets, call 703-352-6342 or visit www.facetscares.org.

Seven Hearings to Focus

On Transportation Plan

The county Department of Transportation will hold seven public meetings next month about proposed revisions to Fairfax's transportation plan.

The changes would affect objectives and policies as well as the most recent travel forecasts. The transportation plan is part of the county's comprehensive plan.

An initial round of public meetings was held in March and was followed by workshops on travel demand in July. Public hearings before the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors are planned next year.

The November meetings are:

* Tuesday, 7 p.m., Annandale High School, 4700 Medford Dr., Annandale.

* Wednesday, 7 p.m., South County Government Center, 8350 Richmond Hwy. (Route 1), in the Alexandria section.

* Nov. 3, 7 p.m., Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike (Route 7) in the Falls Church area.

* Nov. 5, 9:30 a.m., Rocky Run Middle School, 4400 Stringfellow Rd., Chantilly.

* Nov. 7, 7 p.m., Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Rd., Fairfax.

* Nov. 9, 7 p.m., the county Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax.

* Nov. 10, 7 p.m., Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, 1609-A Washington Plaza.

The public can submit comments until the end of November. Suggestions and comments can be e-mailed via the Web site www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/transplanupdate.htm or sent to the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, Suite 1034, 12055 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax, Va. 22035.

For more information, call 703-324-1100 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot.

West Springfield Police

To Hold Open House

The county police department's West Springfield District station will host its annual open house from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Mall in Annandale.

The event will include music, vendors, a moon bounce, police motorcycles, K-9 dogs and a visit with McGruff the Crime Dog. There will also be crime prevention and traffic safety information as well as a SWAT team display.

The mall is at 7857 Heritage Dr. For information, call 703-644-5026.

Sell, Buy Kids Stuff

At McLean Flea Market

The McLean Community Center will hold a free "kids stuff" flea market from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 5 in its community hall.

The sale offers bargains on gently used children's clothes, books, toys and games. Registration to sell costs $40, $35 for McLean district residents.

The center is at 1234 Ingleside Ave. For more information, call 703-790-0123 or visit www.mcleancenter.org and click on "Family & Kids."

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY and STEPHEN C. FEHR