<sh>Supplies for Hurricane Victims
<bt>The Schultz family in Clifton will ship Comfort Paks of supplies to hurricane victims in evacuation centers. They're asking people to gather specific items for any of five paks for families, children and infants. Call Elizabeth Schultz at 703-266-2299 to learn what's needed for each pak.
Needed are things such as books, diapers, coloring books and crayons, backpacks, toiletries, playing cards and notes expressing care. The paks will be collected Friday, Sept. 16, noon-2 p.m., at Noodles & Noggins toy store in Clifton and Sunday, Sept. 18, from 8 a.m.-noon, at the Clifton Farmer's Market on Chapel Road.
<sh>Help Relocate Katrina Families
<bt>A group of caring people from Fairfax County government, Fairfax County Public schools and Fairfax County Council of PTAs have formed a new group called "Fairfax Families Care". The mission is to help families from the areas affected by hurricane Katrina to relocate to this area. The group will be identify housing, jobs and schools for these needy families.
The first step in this process is to identify host families who can take in a "Katrina family" for two to four weeks until their housing situation is finalized. If anyone has a little extra room to offer, email FCCPTA President Lynn Terhar at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information immediately. This is NOT a firm commitment at this point. Consider it an indication of interest.
Be sure to include the following information: name, address, home phone, cell phone, e-mail address; indicate amount of room available for a family of ... (# of people... 3, 4 or 5).
This information will NOT be published or shared with anyone other than "Fairfax Families Care" organizers.
Fund-raising will be an important component of this project. If your school, church or club is planning a fund-raiser, consider donating that money to Fairfax Families Care. This is a non-profit group and 100 percent of this money will be used to support these relocated families. The Web site is at www.FxFC.org .
<sh>Warner to Attend Caputo Reception
<bt>Lu Ann and Steve McNabb are hosting a reception in support of Chuck Caputo, candidate for the 67th Virginia House of Delegates, with special guest Gov. Mark Warner, this Thursday, Sept. 8, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The address is 15022 Starry Night Lane in Centreville. Call 703-631-2238.
<sh>Sully Land Use, Transportation
<bt>The Sully District Council Land-Use and Transportation Committee will meet Monday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Call Jeff Parnes, evenings, at 703-904-0131.
<sh>Chantilly Community Coalition
<bt>The Chantilly Community Coalition will meet Monday, Sept. 12, at 4 p.m. in the conference room of the Chantilly Regional Library. Call John Hanyok at 703-262-2475.
<sh>Westfield Community Coalition
<bt>The next meeting of the Westfield Community Coalition will be Monday, Sept. 12, at 1 p.m. in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Call Nancy Bennett at 703-266-2370.
<sh>Park Authority to Meet
<bt>The Fairfax County Park Authority will meet Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 900, in Fairfax. Call Judy Pedersen at 703-324-8662.
<sh>Help Plan Centreville Day
<bt>The public is encouraged to join Centreville Day chairperson Sue Davis and other volunteers, Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 7-9 p.m. to help plan the upcoming Centreville Day celebration. The meeting will be in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly.
Centreville Day is an annual community event that includes a parade, entertainment, children's activities, a business and craft expo and food. Sponsored by the Centreville Community Foundation (CCF), this year's celebration will be Saturday, Sept. 17. For more information, call Davis at 703-327-4392 (work) or 571-213-7298 (cell).
<sh>Free Carseat Inspections
<bt>Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections, Thursday, Sept. 15, from 5-9 p.m., at the station, 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>Centreville Community Coalition
<bt>The Centreville Community Coalition will meet Friday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. Call Debbie Martin at 703-802-9454 for location and further information.
<sh>Bake Sale for Gaby
<bt>A bake sale to raise funds toward the medical expenses of Centreville's Gaby Saavedra, 8 1/2, of London Towne, will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m.-noon, in front of the Giant Food store on Stone Road in Centreville. Gaby is currently in Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C., where she's being treated for a rare illness that causes her to have severe seizures.
<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.