<sh>Child Carseat Inspections
<bt>The Sully District Police Station is offering free, child carseat inspections by certified technicians. Parents will learn if the seat is installed properly and is the correct one for their child's age and weight. No appointment is necessary; just come to 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly at any of these dates and times: Thursday, Dec. 9, from 5-9 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; or Thursday, Dec. 30, from 5-9 p.m. For more information, call 703-814-7000, ext. 5140.
<sh>Chantilly Community Coalition
<bt>The Chantilly Community Coalition will meet Monday, Dec. 13, at 4 p.m. in the conference room of the Chantilly Regional Library. Call John Hanyok at 703-262-2475.
<sh>Centreville Historic District Mtg.
<bt>Plans to expand the Centreville Historic District will be discussed Monday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m., at the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. The public is welcome to attend and be part of the process. For more information, call the office of Supervisor Michael R. Frey (R-Sully) at 703-814-7100.
<sh>Neighborhood Watch Training
<bt>Community-wide, Neighborhood Watch training will be held Monday, Dec. 13, from 7-9 p.m., at the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. It's for established Neighborhood Watches that have new members in need of training. Communities not having an active, established Neighborhood Watch may contact the Crime Prevention Office at 703-814-7018 to set up an individual training session.
<sh>Police Open Field Office in Sunset Knolls Community
<bt>The Fairfax County Police Department now has a field office in Centreville's Sunset Knolls community. It's at 14203 St. Germain Drive, No. 103 and had its grand opening, Tuesday, Dec. 7. It's a shared project of the Sully District Police Station and the Sunset Knolls community.
Field offices provide police presence and allow residents easier access to police services. They also provide a conduit for police and community interaction — which is a cornerstone of the police department's community-policing philosophy. And in the future, the department may partner with various community organizations to offer social services from this location.
<sh>Centreville Community Coalition
<bt>The next meeting of the Centreville Community Coalition will be Friday, Dec. 17, at 10 a.m. at Bull Run Elementary. Call Debbie Martin at 703-802-9454.
<sh>No Westfield Coalition Mtg.
<bt>The Westfield Community Coalition will not meet in December. The next meeting will be Jan. 10.
<sh>Salvation Army Needs Help
<bt>Last year, the Salvation Army in Fairfax helped more than 600 families at Thanksgiving and provided more than 900 families with clothing and toys at Christmas. And it's in need of volunteers to lend a hand, this year. Bell-ringers at kettles are needed Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., from now through Christmas Eve, and may pick the days and times most convenient for them. For more information and/or to volunteer, call 703-385-8700, ext. 11.
From Dec. 1-18, except for Sundays, the Salvation Army also needs people from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. to help receive, sort and box food and gifts in preparation for Christmas distribution. In addition, from Dec. 20-22, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., volunteers over age 18 are needed to assist with the actual distributing. Call Judy at 703-385-8700, ext. 23.
<sh>Adding Your Number To 'Do Not Call' Phone Directory
<bt>According to the Federal Trade Commission, a directory of cell phone numbers will soon be published for access to all consumers. This will open the doors for solicitors to call people on their cell phones, using up precious minutes for which the receiving customers are required to pay.
So the Federal Trade Commission has set up a "do not call" list. It's called a cell phone registry, but home phone numbers may also be placed on the list. To be included on the "do not call" list, go to www.donotcall.gov and add your number to the list.
<sh>Blood Donations are Sought
<bt>The Inova Blood Donor Center in the Centremed I Building on Route 29 in Centreville (across from the Centreville Multiplex Cinemas) is in urgent need of blood donations — especially O positive or negative, as well as A and B. They're accepted Tuesday-Friday, noon-8 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For an appointment to give blood, call 703-322-1970, or drop in at your own convenience.