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Applications for booth space at the Town of Vienna's July 4th celebration are now being accepted. Space is available for non-profit organizations, commercial food vendors and private and commercial arts and crafts vendors. The event takes place Sunday, July 4 on the Vienna Community Center grounds. Booths are open from noon-5 p.m. Applications are available at the community center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Call 703-255-6360.

Vienna Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a trip to Walter Reed Army Medical Museum on Thursday, March 18. A charter bus leaves at 8:30 a.m. from the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E., and returns at 2 p.m. The cost is $18 for residents; $22 for all others. Call 703-255-6360.

"Wine Time, A Night of Fine Bulgarian Wines, Entertainment and a Fabulous Dinner" takes place Friday, March 19, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Marco Polo Restaurant, 245 Maple Ave., West, Vienna. Hosts for the fund-raising event are Excellence in Education who sponsor Bulgarian students at MIT and CalTech. Tickets are $100 per person; $800 for a table of eight. For reservations, contact Katerina Ossenova at 703-938-9062, Ext. 222.

Vienna Parks and Recreation is taking applications for the annual Amateur Photography Contest and Exhibit at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. The exhibit dates are Saturday-Sunday, March 20-21. Photos will be judged by local professional photographers and ribbons awarded in eight categories in black and white and color. A separate contest for students in grades 7-12 is offered. The entry fee is $7 per person. Entries are limited to five photos per person and two per category. For more information, call 703-255-6360.

Fifth Annual Providence District Environmental Workshop takes place Saturday, March 20, from 9 a.m.-noon, at Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Workshops will be presented by Dr. Dudley Rochester of the Northern Virginia Lung Association, EcoStewards Alliance, Potomac River Greenways Coalition, The Audubon Society, Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services and Fairfax County Department of Health.

Exhibits and information booths will be provided by Fairfax County Departments of Urban Forestry, Storm Water Management, and Wild Life Management, the Northern Virginia Soil & Water Conservancy and others. The Northern Virginia Soil & Water Conservation District is having a native seedling sale.

Walk-in registration is available but R.S.V.P.s are appreciated. Call Tania at 703-560-6946 or e-mail provdist@fairfaxcounty.gov.

The Accessibility Leadership Summit 2004 takes place Friday, March, 26-Saturday, March 27, in Tyson’s Corner. The 5th annual conference for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area disability community brings together families of those affected by physical, cognitive, emotional or behavioral disabilities, as well as faith-based organizations, professionals, community resource organizations and government agencies. This year’s conference keynotes include Bob Mortimer, Lynette Fontenot and Nancy Starnes, from the National Organization on Disability.

Some of the industry exhibitors represented at the Summit include Access Ministry, Autism Society of America, Northern VA Chapter, Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing Center, Cerebral Palsy Ability Center, East Coast Rehab, Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region, Fairfax County Therapeutic Recreation Department, Fragile X Foundation, ICON Community Services, Joni and Friends, Lift Me Up, Manny’s Caring Hands, Easter Seals-MidAtlantic, Inc., MetLife/MetDESK, Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center, Pediatric Brain Injury Services, Pediatric Nursing Services, Sensational Explorers, Special Olympics of Virginia, Usborne Books and The ARC of Northern Virginia.

For more information, or to register, visit http://access.mcleanbible.org or contact Teri Hoehn today at 703-770-3822.

The Fairfax High School Class of 1984 hosts its 20 year reunion at the Hyatt Fair Lakes on Aug. 7, 2004. For more information, visit www.greatreunions.com.

NOVACO Transitional Housing is a program for victims of domestic abuse. Through HUD funding and community and church donations, the organization offers a comprehensive two-year transitional housing program for families that includes counseling, education for job enhancement, life skills training and child care. All clients receive follow-up counseling for up to two years after graduation from the program. For more information, call 703-938-5458.

"Life Notes with Vera Turner" is in production for broadcast in 2004 on Cox Cable channel 10 in Fairfax and on Comcast Cable channel 10 in Reston. Later in the year, expanded coverage is planned for other public access cable stations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The show tapes before a live audience at Fairfax Public Access Studios on March 15, April 19, May 3 and June 7. To reserve a seat, e-mail info@lifenotestv.com. Visit www.lifenotestv.com. Call 703-837-0227.

The Children's Friendship Project for Northern Ireland (CFPNI) is seeking local families to help further the peace and reconciliation effort. Families are needed to host a pair of Protestant and Roman Catholic teens (boys or girls ages 15-18) for four weeks this summer. To be eligible, families must provide a safe, neutral setting for the teens to get to know one another, a single bedroom for them to share and day-long supervision.

During their stay the teens attend a leadership conference on Capitol Hill and other team-building and social activities, although the majority of their time is spent getting to know each other and joining in the host family's normal routine.

Applications to host must be submitted by March 2004.

For more information or to obtain a host family application, contact Jenny Mullen at 703-450-4479 or nvacoordinator@cfpni.org. Visit www.cfpni.org.

CFPNI is a 17-year-old national, all-volunteer peace program aimed at building trust, understanding and friendship among the next generation of leaders in Northern Ireland.

World Heritage is seeking families, couples (with or without children) or single parents interested in hosting a high-school-age foreign exchange student. Call Judith Henderson at 703-998-0606.

The AARP and IRS joined together to sponsor a free confidential program, "Tax-Aide," in which trained counselors prepare income tax returns and answer income tax questions for low and middle income and senior citizens. The program in Vienna takes place each Tuesday and Wednesday, through April 14, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at The SunTrust Bank, 515 Maple Ave., East. Taxpayers should use the bank's Berry Street entrance and go to the third floor. No appointment is needed and the service is free of charge. Items taxpayers should bring include:

* Copies of 2002 Federal and Virginia returns;

* Federal and Virginia 2003 tax forms and booklets received;

* Social Security card or other evidence of numbers for taxpayers and dependents;

* Documents received showing 2003 wages, interest, dividends, pensions;

* Social Security benefits, capital gains and any other income; and

* Documents received showing deductible expenses such as mortgage interest, personal property taxes, medical and health and long term care insurance expenses, charitable contributions and any other deductible expenses.

For more information, contact Ken Quincy at 703-573-7919.