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United Community Ministries (UCM) is looking for donations for the needy. Items can be given through church or community organizations or dropped off at 7511 Fordson Road between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday–Friday. UCM can schedule pickups for donations of food by churches or other organizations. Items that are most needed are spaghetti sauce, pasta, macaroni and cheese, dry cereal, beans, single-serving cereal for homeless care packages, diapers and paper and plastic grocery bags. Also needed are tuna or canned meats, canned fruit, rice, canned soup, sugar, jelly or jam, canned vegetables, peanut butter, individual juice boxes, canned fruit, individual fruit cups, individual applesauce, individual raisin boxes, individual pudding cups, saltine crackers, baby food, formula (Good Start), bath soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, feminine care products, laundry soap, deodorant, toothbrushes and shampoo. Call Tracy Davis at 703-768-7106, Ext. 328.

The Kings Park Concert Band is seeking new members for the 2002-03 concert season, especially looking for percussionists and French horn players. Anyone over 18 who has played a musical instrument is welcome to join the band without audition. Practices are held every Tuesday night from 7:30-9:45 p.m. at the Fairfax Villa Elementary School, 10900 Santa Clara Drive, Fairfax. The Kings Park Concert Band is an adult, volunteer, community band that has been performing in the Washington, D.C.-metropolitan area since 1965. Call Dick Robinson at 703-440-8479 or 703-805-2621.

George Mason University and the Stargazer Foundation formed a partnership that will make the StargazerNET technology and platform available to the university for teaching and counseling, communications and information distribution, and the delivery of entrepreneurial services.

StargazerNET (, created and operated by the Stargazer Foundation to provide free services to philanthropic organizations, schools, universities and other nonprofit institutions around the world, will give the university a platform for distance learning, support for international entrepreneurs and a virtual vehicle for increasing the productivity of multiple university programs.

The partnership will focus initially on the Mason Enterprise Center, which is a leading institution in the entrepreneurial domain and the incubation of small companies in the United States and abroad. The Stargazer Foundation has relocated its offices to the Mason Enterprise Center to strengthen the relationship and make more of its services and technologies available to other programs at the university.