<bt>Dranesville District Supervisor Joan DuBois has started a new monthly television show on Channel 16. 'Dateline Dranesville' will feature DuBois and special guests discussing current issues and informative topics to Dranesville residents. This month's show is 'Living Lightly — Living Green,' and DuBois' guests will present ideas for environmentally friendly landscape improvement projects and low impact development techniques residents can use around their home. They will also provide some easy project tips o improving the aesthetics of your property while also helping to protect the local environment. The program will be broadcast through the month of March and into April, on Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 5 p.m.
<bt>McLean High School chemistry teacher Karen Molloy has been awarded a professional development grant from the North TIER Grants committee. Hers was one of 12 awarded. Molloy won a grant for her project, Integrating Graphic Organizers Into Science Lab Activities. In response to a request from students for more labs and questions from teachers on how to help students relate lab activities to course content, Molloy developed a proposal to address both issues. Her project will enable teachers to engage in collaborative professional development while learning to use the graphic organizer software Inspiration and hand-held data collection and analysis technology from Vernier through an online course and 2-day meeting. The goal of the project is to develop 15 lessons that use both technologies and encourage students to make connections between activities practiced in lab and concepts discussed in class. The North TIER Partnership is a consortium of 15 Northern Virginia school divisions and MHz Networks, and is funded by the No Child Left Behind Act.
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<bt>The Great Falls Historical Society will meet on April 12 at 7 p.m. in the Great Falls Library, located at 9830 Georgetown Pike. The program will be "Spring Water: Flowing Through Time and Space." Citizens are invited to come and learn how springs and streams can be used to locate historic sites as part of the landscape. Artifacts excavated from these sites can provide information about history in food preparation and storage, how it has changed and much more. The guest speaker will be Paula Elsey, a journalist and historian. Elsey is a member of the Historical Society of Fairfax County and the Bull Run Civil War Round Table. She has also been appointed to the Fairfax County History Commission, and is active in many projects and committees. This program is open to the public, free of charge. Light refreshments will be served. For more information visit, www.GFHS.org, or call 703-759-7680.
<bt>The Washington, D.C. chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier has extended its scholarship application deadline until March 31. Each year, these culinary scholarships are awarded to qualified women of any age who wish to begin or further professional goals in the food, beverage and hospitality fields. Applicants must have already applied to or be enrolled in a culinary, wine or hospitality program. Applicants must also reside within a 50-mile radius of Washington, D.C. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, academic accomplishments, references, goals, aspirations, initiative and culinary experience. Guidelines and application forms are available online at www.lesdamesdc.org. Applications must be postmarked by March 31. Call 202-973-2168 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Send the completed application to:
Scholarship Committee Les Dames d’Escoffier Washington, D.C. Chapter, P.O. Box 1617, Washington, D.C. 20013.
<bt>In honor of National Drinking Water Week, which begins May 7, the company My Plumber is sponsoring an essay contest open to the fourth-grade children in their service area, which includes all of Fairfax County. There will be one winner selected from each county in which My Plumber is licensed to work and in the City of Alexandria. Winners will receive a $50 gift card to Toys R Us for answering the question, "What's so Important About Fresh Drinking Water?" Visit www.myplumber.com, and choose My Plumber's contact page for a complete list of rules, or contact Susan Phillips at 703-367-7976 or at 1-866-4697. E-mail inquires should be sent to email@example.com. All entries must be post-marked by April, 14. Winners will be posted online on May 12.
<bt>The Jamestown 2007 Historic Triangle Host Committee has introduced a new Web site, www.historictriangle.net, geared specifically toward ensuring that local residents have a place to go to find out about the commemoration, its activities and how to participate. The celebration, beginning in 2006 and extending through spring 2008, will commemorate the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America. To learn more call 757-253-4616.