Life Through Art is taking registration for the Summer 2006 Art Camp for ages 5-13. Explore architecture by making a fort, Graphic Art by designing a T- shirt, cartooning and animation, drawing and painting and sculpture. Camp takes place July 10-14 and July 19-23 in Springfield. Cost is $150 per week. Call Maureen at 703-455-4473 or visit www. lifethroughart.com.
The Campbell Wealth South County Golf Classic will be at Laurel Hill Golf Course on June 8. This fund-raiser golf tournament is open to the public and is jointly sponsored by the South County Secondary School PTSA, Athletic and Arts Boosters. The format will be a 4-person shotgun scramble. Players will receive gift bags, carts, drinks, lunch, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and will compete for cash and prizes. The tournament will also feature putting contests and three hole-in-one opportunities to win three different cars donated as prizes by Jack Taylor's Alexandria Toyota, Fairfax Hyundai and Lindsay Cadillac. Visit www.campbellwealthgolf.com.
William Halley Elementary School PTA is sponsoring an art auction on Friday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Officer's Club on Fort Belvior. The $20 ticket includes a buffet and a cash bar. This event will enable the PTA to fund the purchase of additional "SMARTBoards" for classrooms. The PTA’s goal is for each class to have a SMARTboard in their room. The auction will feature original oils, lithographs, serigraphs, watercolors and more by a variety of world-renowned artists and exciting new artists. In addition Halley students have been working on various art projects that will be auctioned during the evening. For tickets contact Liz Mullany 703-495-9088 or e-mail Guinman@cox.net.
The award-winning Fairfax High School Chorus Department, under the superior direction of Susanna Martone, has a Spring Concert on Friday, May 26, at 7:30 p.m. The choirs will be joined by Curtain Acts, selected through an audition process, and the theme of the concert is the delightful merriment of "Broadway". The concert will be held in FHS Auditorium, 3500 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. Free. 703-219-2355.
Fairfax County Public Schools will close for Spring Break the week of April 10-14. Fair Oaks Mall will offer a variety of entertaining performances including magic shows, fun concerts and a sing-a-long. Fairfax County Police are planning to host an information table on children’s safety. Kid’s finger prints will be put on a card and then given to parents along with a Child ID Kit and Brochure. For more, visit www.ShopFairOaksMall.com or call 703-359-8302.
Scout Yard Sale. Large annual yard sale benefiting Burke Boy Scout Troop 698 on Saturday, May 6 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at White Oaks Elementary School. For more information, contact Pat Snellings at 703-249-1118.
Fairfax High School student Linda Scott has been selected to represent Fairfax High School in Virginia's All-Status Chorus in April. Also selected as alternates were Glen North and George Kipouros.
Virginia Smiles, a non-profit organization that provides an essential link between families affected by cleft lip and/or cleft palate and the medical community that serves these patients, is beginning the 2006 Virginia Smiles Scholarship Program. Virginia Smiles will award a $1,000 college scholarship to a high school senior or college student in Virginia who was born with a cleft lip or cleft palate, and who is registered to attend a Virginia college in the fall of 2006. Requirements for the scholarship are: A completed Virginia Smiles College Scholarship Application, which is available at www.Virginia-Smiles.org; a 500 word essay describing why he/she is deserving of the $1,000 scholarship from Virginia Smiles; attendance and participation at the Virginia Smiles’ Family Picnic July 9 at Nottoway Park in Vienna. The recipient will receive the award and must give a 10-minute speech to families of children born with cleft lip and/or cleft palate, and other guests. The speech must highlight the accomplishments of his/her life and how he/she overcame the challenges of being born with a cleft lip/cleft palate. All entries must be postmarked on or before May 31, 2006. Late submissions will not be accepted. Candidates should mail their application and essay to: Virginia Smiles, P.O. Box 2891, Fairfax, VA 22031-2891. For more about the Virginia Smiles College Scholarship Program, submit an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute runs from June 26-30. This Institute teaches youth leadership skills that can be applied to any life experience through a curriculum that includes both classroom instruction and experiential training. The institute trains young leaders to identify their community's needs and seek ways to solve these problems. During the institute, participants plan their own community service project and implement it as a group at the end of the Institute. Students entering grades 10-12 in fall 2006 are eligible to apply for this free leadership institute held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Mason District Government Center. For an application, visit www.volunteerfairfax.org or contact Emily Swenson at Volunteer Fairfax at 703-246-3460. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2006.
William Gibson, trumpet player and a senior at Hayfield High School, is the winner of the City of Fairfax Band’s $2,000 Young Artist Competition Scholarship. He will be performing the Arutunian Concerto for Trumpet at the City of Fairfax Band’s upcoming concert on Saturday, May 6, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for seniors and students. Call 703-757-0220 for further information, or visit the Web site at www.fairfaxband.org.
Eunyoung (Kelly) Choi, a fifth-grade student at Sangster Elementary School in Springfield, is the Virginia state winner in the 2006 Arbor Day National Poster Contest. She will be honored on Saturday, April 15, in Charlottesville. Eunyoung and nine runners-up will enjoy a luncheon followed by fun tree games and activities and will be presented with a certificate and prizes for their artistic accomplishments. The contest, sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, asked students to create a poster reflecting the theme “Trees are Terrific … in All Shapes and Sizes!” More than 2,700 fifth-grade students from Virginia participated this year. As the grand prize winner, Choi will receive a $500 savings bond. Choi also is a finalist in the national contest.
More than 900 Fairfax County Public Schools sixth grade students will participate in the 30th annual Sixth Grade All-County Choral Festival on Saturday, May 6, at 4:30 p.m. in the field house at Hayfield Secondary School. Serving as guest conductor will be Janet Galvan, professor of music education at Ithaca College. The program will include traditional, folk, and classical music selections, including “Et Exultavit” by Antoino Vivaldi. The performance, which is free and open to the public, is made possible by the FCPS Instructional Services Department and the Fairfax General Music Educators Association. It will also be aired on cable Channel 21; check http://www.fcps.edu/cable.htm for air times.
Fifth and sixth grade students on Saturday, April 22 will participate in a baby-sitting class sponsored by the PTA and the school’s community of caring, and offered by the Inova Health System. Students will receive a certificate of completion for the class. Contact Carolyn Gibson, school counselor at 703-921-2300 for more.
Registration has started for "Art Camp in Burke." Camp instructor Carol Zeitlin, a public school art teacher, has been conducting art camp for over 15 years in Burke. Register for:
* Fine Arts & Crafts Camp (8 and up) at 12:30-3:15 p.m.,
* Crafts & Drawing Fun Camp (5-8 years) at 9:45-11:45 a.m. and/or
* Drawing Camp (8 and up)at 9:30-11:45 a.m. from July 24-28 only.
There are four weekly sessions (Monday-Friday): June 26-30, July 10-14, July 24- 28 (no 5-8 yrs.) and July 31-Aug. 4. Call Carol Zeitlin at 703-250-6930 or visit www.geocities.com/czeitlinschneier for brochure or registration details.
Grace Weekday Preschool is having its annual Basket Auction/End of Year Event on Friday, May 5, at 7 p.m. Parents have put together themed baskets that will be available for a silent auction that evening. In addition, the students of Grace Weekday Preschool will perform end of the year songs for their parents, families and friends. Community members are welcome to come and enjoy this evening of fellowship. Grace Weekday Preschool is located at 7434 Bath St., Springfield. Call the preschool office at 703-451-3314.
Teens can be volunteers during a summer 4-H camp from June 25-29, at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center in Front Royal. Fairfax Cooperative Extension, the sponsor of the camp, is looking for counselors who are enthusiastic and enjoy working with youths. This volunteer position provides an opportunity for older teens to gain valuable skills in leadership and organizing projects and groups. Counselors will be responsible for teaching and/or assisting with classes, overseeing activities in a dorm room at the camp, facilitating group activities with and for youth ages 9-13 and creating a fun and energizing atmosphere for the campers. Sixty teens from the Fairfax/Arlington/Alexandria area will be selected; selected counselors will receive training and assistance with preparing for the experience. Training is local and is scheduled for June 3. To becoming a camp counselor or learn about 4-H camp, call Tameka Logan at 703-324-5353 or e-mail email@example.com or call Clyde Jackson at 703-324-5357 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Fairfax and the ExxonMobil Foundation announced the selection of 60 Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., nonprofit organizations as participants for the 2006 ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program (CSJP). ExxonMobil Foundation sponsors paid internships for college students. The ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program provides full-time, undergraduate-level college students with an eight-week, paid internship to experience operations in a nonprofit community environment. ExxonMobil Foundation funds the interns' salaries and Volunteer Fairfax’s administrative expenses for the program. The program also trains participating organizations in how to recruit and select interns, and how to design their summer internships. College students interested in the ExxonMobil-funded internship may visit the Volunteer Fairfax Web site, www.volunteerfairfax.org, to obtain a list of participating local agencies, internship descriptions and agency contacts. Interested college students should apply directly to the selected agencies.
The Robert E. Lee High School Library is accepting donations of used books for its annual book sale through March. Fiction and nonfiction books including children's books, cookbooks, college textbooks and many others are welcome. All proceeds will help the library buy new books and materials for student use. For further information or to make a delivery, please contact the library at 703-924-8370.
The yearbook at Robinson Secondary School, "Sentry," was named 2005 Yearbook Pacemaker Award finalist by the National Scholastic Press Association. This was one of 55 finalists from across the nation.
Dance Camp. Mrs. P hosts a three-day dance camp from Tuesday, June 27 through Thursday, June 29 from 2-6 p.m. at Paul VI High School. For students in first grade and up. The camp is taught by nationally-ranked varsity drill team seniors. $115/girl or $125 at the door. Call Mrs. P at 703-250-5711.
Local Cinderellas are invited to help themselves to gorgeous ball gowns, shoes, jewelry and accessories courtesy of the Reston Community Center's Teen Department. On Sunday, March 26 from 12-3 p.m. and then from 5-7 p.m., the Teen Department will host its Diva Central Kick Off at the RCC Hunters Woods. Diva Central is an event for young women who can't afford outfits for their senior proms. Throughout the winter, generous members of the community have donated prom dresses and accessories so that no woman will miss her senior prom because of a lack of money for an outfit. All sizes, styles, colors and lengths are available. In addition to the dress giveaway, there will be door prizes. Dresses will also be given away every Sunday from April 2 until April 16 from 5-7 p.m. at the Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods. Diva Central is intended for high school students. Admission to this event is free.
For more information, directions, or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500 or visit the Web site at www.restoncommunitycenter.com.
Terra Centre Elementary School Kindergarten orientation/registration for the 2006-2007 school year will be held on Monday, May 15 at 1:30 p.m. Those with a child who will be 5-years-old on or before Sept. 30 and will be attending Terra Centre School, 6000 Burke Centre Parkway, should call the office at 703-249-1400 or stop in the school office to pick up a registration packet.