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Fairfax County Public Schools is introducing the Elementary Institute for the Arts, or E-IFTA, a sister program of Institute for the Arts, for students who were enrolled in grades K-5 during the 2006-2007 school year. Each day, students attend two 90 minute courses chosen from the various arts disciplines. The course runs July 9 to Aug. 3, weekdays only, at Forest Edge Elementary School in Reston. Tuition is $450 for Fairfax County residents; $650 for non-Fairfax County residents. There will be an information night at Forest Edge, 1501 Becontree Lane, Reston, 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 22. Visit www.fcps.edu/DIS/OACE/prek12/eifta.htm or call the E-IFTA office at 703-227-8449.

The semi-annual Northern Virginia Parents of Multiples consignment sale will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, March 24. More than 100 families from the Northern Virginia area with twins or higher-order multiples sell their items at this event. The sale will be held at Marshall High School, 7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Proceeds go to support the membership activities of the NVPOM club and to provide charitable contributions to select community groups. Visit www.nvpom.com or e-mail the club at futuresales@nvpom.com.

The Fairfax County Police Department in partnership with the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy will be hosting an open house and career fair at the academy, located at 14601 Lee Road in Chantilly, on Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Interested candidates will be able to test for the position of police officer and police cadet for Fairfax county at 1 p.m. The test is a video based exam consisting of mainly scenarios that law enforcement officers encounter every day.

Guests will have the opportunity to tour the Criminal Justice Academy, view displays from specialty units and interact with officers from Fairfax County Police, Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, Vienna Police Department, Herndon Police Department, Fairfax County Animal Control and personnel from the Department of Public Safety Communications. Recruiting detectives will discuss immediate career opportunities from all participating agencies and conduct a panel discussion on women’s public safety careers. Call 703-246-7563.

Women in Media — Making Strides, a free event sponsored by the Fairfax County Commission For Women, the Fairfax County Office for Women, and George Mason University, will take place Sunday, March 25, 2-4 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.

Participants will have an opportunity to hear from area women: Maureen Bunyan, News Anchor, ABC 7; Peggy Fox, Reporter W*USA - Channel 9 News; George Mason University professors Dr. Janette Kenner Muir and Dr. Cindy Lont; and Colleen M. Hahn, president, Equal Footing Foundation. The event is open to the public, free, and light refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is required. For information and reservations, call the Fairfax County Office For Women at 703-324-5730; or visit www.fairfax county.gov/ofw/events/womenin media_event.htm.

Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. will meet on Sunday, March 25, at the Fort Belvior Officers Club at Fort Belvoir. Enjoy the camaraderie of other military widows during brunch beginning at 11 a.m. with the Potomac Chapter meeting to follow at noon. Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. is a national, non-profit, military widows’ service organization, chartered by the U.S. Congress. Widows of U.S. servicemen killed while on active duty or who die from service-related disabilities are eligible for GSW membership. Call 703-758-7625 or 703-255-9447.

Reading Recovery is a short-term early intervention of one-on-one tutoring for low-achieving first grade students. Training is available for teachers with successful literacy experience at the primary level who can devote two and one-half hours each day to individual instruction. A principal’s recommendation is required.

Interested applicants and/or administrators may want to attend a Reading Recovery Awareness session on Monday, March 26, 3-4 p.m. in the library at Annandale Terrace Elementary. The application deadline is Friday, April 20. For information or to obtain an application, call 703-846-8635.