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Free Carseat Inspections

<bt>Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections, this Thursday, Nov. 17, from 5-9 p.m., at the station at 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. They'll make sure the seats are correct for the child’s age and height, the child is securely placed in the seat and the seat is properly installed in the vehicle.

No appointment is necessary. But residents should install the child safety seats themselves, so the technicians may properly inspect and make adjustments, as necessary. Call the Sully District Child Seat Information line (703-814-7000, ext. 5140) to confirm dates and time. For additional child seat inspection times throughout Fairfax County, call the Fairfax County Operations Support Bureau at 703-280-0559.

<sh>Westfield Community Coalition

<bt>The Westfield Community Coalition will meet Tuesday, Nov. 22, at noon at the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Bring a brown bag lunch; beverages will be provided. Contact Nancy Bennett at 703-266-2370 or at Bennett15428@aol.com.

The coalition is a volunteer group of adults who hope to increase community awareness of drug and alcohol use among local teens. It also plans prevention-education programs for the year, under the guidance of the Safe and Drug Free Youth section of Fairfax County Public Schools.

<sh>Strickland at Sully Council

<bt>Hal Strickland, chairman of the Fairfax County Park Authority, will discuss Sully District parks and their uses at the next meeting of the Sully District Council of Citizens Associations. Among other things, he'll talk about where the ballfields are and places where people may walk their dogs, ride bikes, fly model airplanes and take a hike.

The meeting will be held Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Call Mark McConn at 703-818-9124.

<sh>Volunteer for County Posts

<bt>A number of county boards, authorities or commissions have vacancies available for either the Sully District or at-large representative. Anyone interested in serving on any of them should contact Supervisor Michael R. Frey (R-Sully) at 703-814-7100 or Sully@fairfaxcounty.gov. The following positions are available:

Advisory Social Services board (four-year term), Child Care Advisory Council (two years), Commission on Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation (four years), Engineering Standards Review Committee, Human Rights Commission, Human Services Council and Road Viewers board.

<sh>WFCM Needs Donations to Help Local Needy Families

<bt>Each month, Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) provides food, personal-hygiene and cleaning items to some 300, low-income, working families of all races and religions in western Fairfax County. Its food pantry and clothes closet are at 13981 Metrotech Drive in Chantilly, and it's in great need of donations from the community.

The 10 most-needed items are: Cooking oil (22-34-ounce bottles), flour, (2-5-pound sizes), complete pancake mixes and syrup, juices (preferably concentrate), spaghetti sauce, feminine-hygiene products, deodorant and laundry detergent. Food and personal-product donations are accepted Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at WFCM's back door.

WFCM's thrift shop is open to the public, Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Clothing, household items, miscellaneous donations are accepted Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the back door. Call 703-988-9656 with questions or to volunteer, or see www.wfcmva.org.

<sh>Blood Donations are Sought

<bt>The Inova Blood Donor Center in the Centremed I Building on Route 29 in Centreville (across from the Centreville Multiplex Cinemas) is in urgent need of blood donations — especially O positive or negative, as well as A and B. They're accepted Tuesday-Friday, noon-8 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For an appointment to give blood, call 703-322-1970, or drop in at your own convenience.