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<sh>Bank Robber at Large

<bt>Police are investigating a bank robbery in the Reston area. According to Fairfax County police, on Monday, June 6 around 10:30 a.m., a man entered the BB&T Bank located at 2513 Fox Mill Road. The man implied he had a gun and demanded money. A teller complied and handed over an undisclosed amount of money. The man fled the scene and was last seen on Pinecrest Road riding a red motorized scooter. The man was described to be in his 20s, between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet 2 inches tall. He has a thin build. He was wearing a black bandana which covered his face. He also wore sun glasses, a dark-colored shirt and jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131. Callers may remain anonymous.

<sh>Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park

<bt>A performance by Grammy-winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer on June 26 will kick off six weeks of free Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park, sponsored by the McLean Community Center. Concerts will be at 3 p.m. each Sunday at McLean Central Park, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd., and will last about one hour. Other performers in the series are: The Attacca Calypso Band, Die Alte Kameraden German Band, Fairfax Symphony Brass Quintet, the U.S. Navy Commodores and Almost Recess.

The June 26 performance will be held in conjunction with the Center's first McLean Family Barbecue, which begins at 1 p.m. The barbecue will feature family games and activities for adults and children. A number of free activities including parachute games, sack races, balloon tosses and relay races will be orchestrated by Games People Play II. Food and beverages will be provided by Three Pigs Barbecue and Moorenko's Ice Cream Café. Meal tickets will be sold for food, beverages and ice cream.

For more information call the McLean Community Center at 703-790-0123 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

<sh>"Strictly Painting" Opens at MCC

<bt>McLean Project for the Arts' biennial juried exhibition features mid-Atlantic artists working with paint or paint in combination with other materials. The exhibition is curated by Jonathan P. Binstock, curator of contemporary art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The exhibit runs from June 16 through July 30. The opening reception and juror's remarks will be on Thursday, June 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. Also on exhibit in the Ramp Gallery is the Corcoran Student Art Show.

McLean Project for the Arts is located on the second floor of the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Gallery hours are Thursday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 1 to 5 p.m. MPA also offers gallery talks and tours for small groups by appointment. For more information call 703-790-1953 or visit www.mpaart.org.

<sh>McLean Neighborhood College Accepting Applications

<bt>The McLean Neighborhood College is now accepting applications for the class of 2005. The college is a community leadership development program, the goal of which is to create an environment that will increase leadership skills as well as provide a sense of community within the students attending. The program is run by the Fairfax County Department of Systems Management for Human Services, which works with the Dolley Madison Library and the McLean Community Center.

Applications are available at Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., or the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. The deadine for registration is June 27. Space is limited. The four-week program will meet at the Dolley Madison Library every Friday from 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m., starting July 1. For more information call Isabel Taramasco at 703-787-4962 or e-mail isabel.taramasco@fairfaxcounty.gov.

<sh>Raccoon Attack

<bt>On Thursday, June 2 around 9:30 p.m., a 29-year-old woman was bitten by a raccoon in the Tysons Corner area. The Woodbridge-area woman was walking near some trash cans in the 8100 block of Jones Branch Drive when a raccoon bit her and then walked away in an unusual manner. Due to the risk of rabies, the public is reminded to take appropriate precautions and contact Animal Control if they see an animal acting strangely.

<sh>County's Dangerous Dogs Identified

In response to a request by the Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County and as a service to the public, the Animal Services Division has posted the list of dangerous dogs in Fairfax County to the county Web site. It can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ps/ac/dangerous-dogs-2005.pdf. A dangerous dog is defined, in part, as any canine or canine crossbreed that has bitten, attacked or inflicted injury on a person or companion animal, or killed a companion animal. Only a judicial determination can label a dog as a dangerous dog. The county code which outlines the procedures and responsibilities regarding dangerous dogs is Section 41.1-2-7: Controlling dangerous and vicious dogs.

<sh>March on Richmond

<bt>The Arc of Virginia at its 22 affiliated chapters across the state want to march in Richmond on October 1 to show elected officials and communities that Virginians with disabilities want the same things their "non-disabled" peers want: friends, family, housing, education, jobs, healthcare, transportation, recreation, safe communities and places to worship.

The march from Northern Virginia will begin on Sunday, September 25, when Mark Brobston, a staff member of the Arc, begins his 100-mile march to Richmond. Brobston is going to backpack to Richmond to demonstrate the "bare bones" lifestyle that Arc feels the commonwealth provides for many Virginians with disabilities.

To learn how to support the effort, visit www.thearcofnova.org. Buses to Richmond leave on Oct. 1.

<sh>Host an Exchange Student

<bt>World Heritage, a public benefit organization, is seeking local families to host high school students from Italy, France, Germany, Thailand, Korea, Japan, Norway, Brazil, Russia, China, Switzerland and Denmark. Host families provide room, board and guidance for a teenager living thousands of miles from home. Students are well-screened and are selected based on academic performance, English proficiency, teacher recommendations and personal interviews. Couples, single parents and families, with or without children at home, who are adventurous, fun-loving, responsible and caring are encouraged to apply.

The exchange students arrive from their home country shortly before school begins in the fall. The students are fully insured, bring their own personal spending money and expect to bear their share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles.

Call Judith Henderson at 1-800-888-9040 or visit www.world-heritage.org.