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Girl Scouts Troops 721 (Junior), 1836 (Junior), 2876 (Brownie), 4552 (Brownie), and 4735 (Daisy) will celebrate World Thinking Day at Lake Anne Elementary School Cafeteria, 11510 North Shore Drive, Reston on Friday, Mar. 26 from 6:30-8 p.m. Thinking Day is a Girl Scout event celebrated every year on Feb. 22. This year there will be a special celebration at Lake Anne Elementary. This is the day that Girl Scouts around the world think about each other. One of the primary purposes of this event is to learn more about people who live in other countries.

The ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program provides full-time, undergraduate-level college students with an eight-week, paid internship to experience operations in a nonprofit community environment. ExxonMobil Foundation funds the intern salaries and Volunteer Fairfax expenses for the program. Volunteer Fairfax administers the program and trains participating organizations in how to recruit and select interns, and how to organize their summer internships. Participating interns also have the opportunity to attend two developmental seminars on resume writing, interview tips, workplace ethics and etiquette, as well as to complete a group community service project. College students interested in the ExxonMobil-funded internship may visit the Volunteer Fairfax website, www.volunteerfairfax.org to obtain a list of participating local agencies, internship descriptions and agency contacts. Candidates should apply directly to the selected agencies.

Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins will be holding a

community meeting on the Fairfax County Fiscal Year 2005 Budget. The public is strongly encouraged to attend. A meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 10, 7 p.m., at Reston Community Center-Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston.

Leadership Fairfax, Inc. (LFI), is seeking candidates for its two outstanding leadership programs – the Leadership Fairfax Signature Program and Emerging Leaders Institute.  LFI will host a Recruiting Preview on Wednesday, March 3 at the Fairfax County Government Center from 5:30-7 p.m. This information session is free and will provide prospective candidates with overviews of the two programs and their application requirements. For more information, call 703-749-0409 ext. 338 or email info@leadershipfairfax.org. LFI will accept applications for the Class of 2005 beginning in March 2004.  The application deadline for the Leadership Fairfax Signature Program is June 1. The application deadline for Emerging Leaders Institute is July 15. The programs are open to individuals who reside or work in Fairfax County. Participants are selected each year from the business, government, education, and not-for-profit sectors of Fairfax County.

The public is welcome to use the Reston Community Center photo lab during open hours. These are as follows:

* Black And White Developing: first, third and fifth weekend of each month, Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m., Tuesdays from 6-10 p.m. and Thursdays from 1-5 p.m.

* Color Photo Lab: second and fourth weekend of each month, Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m., Monday following a color weekend, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Reservations are required. Call 703-476-4500 to make a

reservation. The photo lab fee for black and white developing is $7 per visit for people who live and work in Reston and $9 per visit for all others. The fee for color developing is $7 per two-hour session for people who live and work in Reston and $9 per two-hour session for all others. The Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods, is located in the lower level of the Hunters Woods Shopping Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston.

Virginia Residents can pick up state and federal income tax forms at all 21 branches of the Fairfax County Public Library. Forms are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

Tax forms are also available online; check the Library’s Web site for links to tax forms: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library

Tax preparation assistance for the elderly and people with disabilities is available at several Fairfax County Public Library branches from Feb. until Apr. 15. Organizations providing tax preparation assistance include the American Association of Retired Persons and members of the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Reston Community Center (RCC) is holding its annual a Prom Dress Drive collecting lightly-used party dresses, shoes, handbags and jewelry. Dresses of all sizes, styles and colors are welcome. Clothes should be dry-cleaned before donated. If not possible, inform RCC of this when dropping dresses off. Donations are tax-deductible. There is a self-serve drop-off. Bring donations to the Hunters Woods RCC between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The drop-off area is near the pool overlook. On Saturday, April 24, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., teens who are unable to purchase dresses on their own will be invited to select a dress from donations. Additional dates for the Prom Dress Giveaway are April 25, May 2, and May 16 from 5-7 p.m. at the Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods. For further information, contact Shauna Cole, teen program director, Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500 (V/TTY), or e-mail scole1@fairfaxcounty.gov.

WAHMfest (the Work at Home Moms Expo) has teamed up with home-based businesses and local merchants to create Help a Spouse Care Baskets. Each basket includes a variety of items, including body wash and body sponge, a scented candle, hand cream, chocolates and other "relaxation" items. The public is encouraged to nominate a military spouse for a care basket by visiting www.wahmfest.org/helpaspouse or by calling 703-926-8576. As funds are raised for each basket, a new name will be randomly drawn and the basket will be sent to the winner.

Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is offering an optional informational session for anyone interested in learning how to help abused and neglected children in the Fairfax County court system. CASA is accepting applications and interviewing potential volunteers for the spring training session set for March 2 at 4103 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 200, Fairfax. Bilingual volunteers are especially needed. Call 703-273-3526. Visit www.casafairfax.org.

Fairfax County General Court Services is seeking volunteers and interns to assist in the Fairfax County General District Court performing administrative tasks. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and successfully pass a criminal background investigation. To request an application, call Lorraine Lottahall, volunteer/intern coordinator, for an application at 703-246-4760 or e-mail lorraine.lottahall@fairfaxcounty.

ReSource Therapy Associates, Inc. sponsors a Pet Loss Support Group for people experiencing grief after the loss of an animal. Sessions will be held every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. at ReSource Therapy Associates, Inc., 11864 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 101, Reston.

The Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is seeking volunteers for nursing homes or assisted living facilities in their community which they visit weekly. Listening, observing and mediating, the ombudsman works with the residents, their families and the facility staff to ensure that residents' rights are protected. Applicants must successfully complete training and must be available to volunteer four hours per week during regular business hours. Anyone interested who is not employed by a long-term care facility and can commit one year to working as an Ombudsman should call 703-324-5435. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ombudsman.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training is recruiting volunteers to train for marathons and races in support of local cancer patients. For more information, call 703-960-1100 or visit www.teamintraining.org.

Inova Blood Donor Services conducts community blood drives on a regular basis. Donating takes about one hour. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health for three days prior to donating. Call Inova Blood Donor Services at 703-208-7000.

The NOVA Career Development Network invites those seeking jobs or career transitions to participate in a weekly networking and job support group. The group meets Tuesday mornings from 10:45 a.m.-noon at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston, 1625 Wiehle Ave. Call Roy Seabolt at 571-263-1430 or e-mail rseabolt@cox.net for more information. Visit www.communitylink.allnva.com/groups/novacdn.

Individuals age 50 and above looking for permanent employment are encouraged to call Senior Employment Resources at 703-750-1936, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., for an interview.

The Northern Virginia Family Service needs foster families for abused and neglected children. African-American families are particularly needed. Help is needed in both full-time and short-term programs. Training, support and financial compensation will be provided. For more information about the Northern Virginia Family Service, call 703-533-9727 or e-mail smcallister@nvfs.org.

The Naomi Project needs volunteers to serve as mentors for high risk pregnant women. The women are referred from the Fairfax Hospital, Health Department, Human Services and private physicians. Volunteers give about one hour per week, determined by the client's needs and volunteer's availability. There is a special need for Spanish-speaking volunteers. Call 703-860-2633 or visit naomiproject.homestead.com.