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The West Potomac High School choirs will be hosting an evening of dinner, bingo and singing this Friday, Jan. 7, at Belle View Elementary School, 6701 Fort Hunt Road. Admission is $5 per person; $3 for children under 12; and $15 maximum per family. Dinner, which will be sold separately, begins at 6 p.m. The bingo games will run from 7-9 p.m. All prizes will be in the form of gifts.

Jackie Savage, a junior at Randolph-Macon Woman's College (R-MWC), was recently selected to participate in the American Culture Program for the spring of 2005. Savage, a graduate of Mount Vernon High School, is the daughter of Nicholas and Tina Savage of Alexandria.

The American Culture Program at R-MWC, the only one of its kind in the country, is a selective semester-long interdisciplinary program designed to help students explore the ways Americans see themselves, their values, history, contributions, and role in the world today. The program offers 12-15 hours of credit through course work, tutorials, travel, internships, and discussions with guest speakers from all walks of life. Most of all, the program emphasizes making connections. Students are challenged to identify and analyze common themes about the United States in a variety of contexts, visual, literal, and geographical, in ways that other class environments do not.

John Jason Lam of Alexandria graduated with a B.S. in Education from Concord University in Athens, W. Va. on Dec. 15.

Northern Virginia Community College's Alexandria Campus Band has openings in all sections. The first rehearsal will be Thursday, Jan. 13, at 7:30 p.m., in the John Adams Elementary School in Alexandria. Now in its 28th season, the 80-member band performs in the renowned Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. For more information, contact Dr. Robert Petrella at 703-845-6252.

Sean Brennan, an eighth-grade student at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School and resident of Fairfax Station, will perform the role of Cosimo diMedici in "Lorenzaccio" at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. This is the world premiere of a new translation and adaptation of Alfred de Musset's Lorenzaccio. Written by John Strand and directed by Michael Kahn, the production will play from Jan. 18-March 6. Tickets are $12.75-$68 with discounts available for groups, senior citizens and students. Call 202-547-1122.

Alexandria's Charles Barrett Elementary School PTA has donated toys and other gifts to more than 100 children living at the Carpenter's Shelter, Alexandria's provider of services to the homeless.

This is the second year that parents and students of Charles Barrett, along with the school's teachers and administrators, have shared the holiday season with the Carpenter' Shelter through the PTA's "Giving Tree" program.

The Charles Barrett PTA, along with its teachers, also provide and serve homemade dinners at the Carpenter's Shelter once a month during the school year.

Charles Barrett Elementary School, part of the Alexandria City Public Schools, is located on Marta Custis Drive.