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Great Falls Elementary School PTA is sponsoring the Annual Fun Fair. This year, the theme is "Roping in the Fun" with a Country Western afternoon. There will be games, activities, food and prizes appropriate for all ages. Join the fun, with all net proceeds going to support the school's PTA programs. Tickets for games and activities will be sold at the door. Noon-4 p.m., Sunday, March 6, at Great Falls Elementary, 701 Walker Road. Call 703-757-0404.

Approximately 450 middle school girls are expected to attend the third annual Future Professional Middle School Girls Conference on Saturday, March 5, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Jackson Middle School in Falls Church. Seventh- and eighth-grade girls from Fairfax County Public Schools, Alexandria City Public Schools, Arlington County Public Schools, Loudoun County Public Schools, and Falls Church City Public Schools will participate in workshops on careers, team building, leadership and preparing for college. Virginia’s secretary of education, Belle S. Wheelan, will be the keynote speaker. Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Education member Isis Castro will deliver the closing speech. Each middle school in the participating districts will be able to send 12 girls — chosen by their teachers and guidance counselors — to the conference. Attendees will hear more than 30 professional women discuss their careers.

For the second year in a row, high-school seniors in the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland will have the opportunity to receive $5,000 in scholarships by writing an essay on organ and tissue donation. A total of nine scholarships will be awarded: three in the District of Columbia, and three each in the Maryland and Virginia counties served by the Washington Regional Transplant Consortium, the Washington, D.C.-area's organ and tissue recovery organization. The winner will receive $3,000, and two runners-up will receive $1,000 each. WRTC's Donor Family Council is sponsoring this special project of financial assistance to area college-bound students. Participants must follow the rules and submit an essay (maximum 1,000 words) on the theme "Organ and Tissue Donation: Persuade Someone to Give the Gift of a Lifetime." The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 15, at midnight. Visit www.beadonor.org.

Graduating seniors residing in or near Great Falls are invited to apply for two Alexander DeFilippis Scholarships being offered this spring. The Women's Association of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Great Falls is proud to award these college scholarships to young men and women who have served their community with their time and talent. Membership in St. Catherine of Siena Parish is not required. The opportunity is open to college-bound seniors residing in Great Falls, Vienna, Reston, Herndon, McLean, Sterling and Potomac Falls and or registered parishioners. The selection process will place major emphasis on the student's development of Christian character and demonstrated service to others by involvement in school, church or community projects. The student must also have a 2.5 or higher overall high-school grade point average. Two scholarships of $3,000 each will be awarded again this year. Scholarship packages are available in the St. Catherine of Siena Parish office at 1020 Springvale Road, Great Falls, 703-759 4350. The applications must be returned by May 15.

Chesterbrook Elementary School Kindergarten Orientation. This is an informational meeting for the parents of children who will begin kindergarten at Chesterbrook in the fall of 2005. March 10 from 7-8 p.m. in the cafeteria. The school is located at 1753 Kirby Road in McLean. Call 703-714-8200.

The Langley School presents the play "Here Come the Cows...or Never Say Moo in Mesa," March 10-12, at 7 p.m. in the Field House at 1411 Balls Hill Road. On March 10 admission is free, and during intermission the audience may purchase $5 tickets to a soup-tasting contest. Proceeds will go to Cows for Kids, the school's international service project to purchase cows for Masai families in Africa. Admission on March 11-12 is $4.