Book sale. There will be a children's consignment sale sponsored by Spring-Mar Cooperative Preschool in Burke on March 25 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, 10125 Lakehaven Ct., Burke. For more information, visit www.spring-mar.org, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-239-1213.
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.
Paul VI Shrimp and Seafood Lenten Dinner on Friday, April 7 from 6-10 p.m. at Paul VI Catholic High School cafeteria, 10675 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax. The Lenten dinner will include shrimp, oysters, crab soup, shrimp Creole with rice, and more. $30/person, children under 10 are $15. E-mail PVIShrimpDinner@hotmail.com with any questions.
High School Musical. Paul VI Catholic High School's Drama Department presents the musical "The Boy Friend" on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. For more information call Paul VI at 703-352-0925 ext. 254.
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.
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.
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.
Interested in hosting a child from Colombia this summer? Through its Summer Miracles Program, the nonprofit organization, Kidsave International, brings older children from orphanages around the world to the Washington, D.C. community to experience 6 weeks of summer camp, family life, and the chance to be adopted. Now in its eighth year, Summer Miracles has placed 95 percent of these children in adoptive families. Kidsave is currently seeking host families in the D.C. Metro area for this summer. Host families need not be interested in adoption; just provide room and board and a commitment to becoming that child's partner in helping them find a family. To learn more information, please come to the next orientation session on Monday, March 27 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. If you have any questions, please visit www.kidsave.org or email Alla Kamins at email@example.com.
The Fourth Annual Techstravaganza, one of Northern Virginia’s largest student-sponsored technology fairs, will be held on Saturday, April 1, from 1-4:30 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), a Fairfax County public school. The fair is sponsored by Tomorrow’s Women in Science and Technology (TWIST) and is designed to spark interest in the fields of science and technology for elementary and middle school students. Included in the day’s events are an in-depth program about the solar system in the school’s planetarium and opportunities for middle school students to meet current TJHSST students and teachers. More than 40 booths, hosted by science- and technology-related organizations such as Exxon-Mobil and NASA, will be open at the fair, along with booths manned by student organizations such as the Student Robotics Club. Labs will be available for interactive participation. Attendees can also discuss computers, science, and technology in a creative and relaxed atmosphere. For more information, visit http://activities.tjhsst.edu/twist .
The Fairfax Art League recognizes young artists in the community with a special exhibition featuring the work of school-age children. The month-long exhibition started Monday, March 6 at 7 p.m. at the Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. The Fairfax Art League is a membership organization of local artists who display their work at many Fairfax City locations. For membership information write to FAL, 4401 Sideburn Rd. Fairfax, Va. 22030, call 703-352-ARTS ext. 5., or visit our Web site at www.fairfaxartleague.com.
Northern Virginia Community College is taking applications for the Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship Program, which offers up to $3,000 for a full year of tuition, books and fees for 40 first year students at the 23 different community colleges. To be eligible, students must be enrolled full-time in an associate's degree program and attending college for the first time. The scholars must have plans to graduate from NVCC and agree to be part of a program that promotes community college education and become mentors to future Legacy scholars. Final selection of the merit-based scholarships will be determined by academic excellence and leadership during high school. The application deadline is April 3, at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Carol Mowbray in the NVCC financial aid office at 703-323-3014 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Host families wanted. The Children's Friendship Project for Northern Ireland (CFPNI) is seeking local families to help further the peace and reconciliation effort in Northern Ireland where division continues. Consider hosting a Protestant and Catholic youth (ages 15 to 18) in your home for four weeks this summer. To be eligible, families must provide a safe, neutral setting for the teens to get to know one another, a single bedroom for them to share, and day-long supervision. The teens participate in various activities designed to build trust, encourage cooperation and break down barriers. The majority of their time is spent getting to know each other and joining your family in its normal routine. Applications to host must be submitted by April 8, 2006. To obtain a host family application or to learn about our fund-raising event on March 11, contact Tamera Drozd at 703-255-1628 or Melinda Grochowski at 703-478-6291 or e-mail at email@example.com.