Arlington This Week

Arlington This Week

<sh>Police Arrest Rape Suspect

<bt>The Arlington Police Department arrested and charged 25-year-old Luis Alberto Cahuas-Anaias with the rape of a woman in the 1700 block of N. Rhodes St. on Oct. 1, said Detective Rick Rodriguez.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance early Sunday morning and apprehended Cahuas-Anaias, of Arlington. Police officials did not release the location of the arrest.

Cahuas-Anaias is being held without bond.

<sh>Employment Center To Host Annual October JobFest

<bt>The Arlington Economic Center’s JobFest will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15 and encourages individuals displaced by Hurricane Katrina to attend.

The JobFest will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the NRECA Conference Center, located at 4301 Wilson Blvd. The AEC is calling on employers to assist by offering temporary and full-time employment to survivors of the hurricane.

The Jobfest will feature guest speakers, professional resume evaluations, "speed interviewing" sessions and prize drawings. The event is free to all job seekers and participating employers.

<sh>Unitarians Plan Community Service Blitz

<bt> More than 500 young people and adults will unleash their collective volunteer energies on Saturday, Oct. 15 as they engage in more than 35 different community service projects in northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.

In this 4th annual "Working Together" effort, members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (UUCA) will sort and tag clothing at two local thrift shops, recycle bicycles, counsel seniors about identity fraud, winterize shelters for homeless families and abused women, beautify school grounds, and work to improve the community in many other ways.

While most of the Working Together Week activities are set for Saturday, Oct. 15, a few are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 14, and Saturday, Oct. 22.

After devoting Saturday morning and afternoon to the various social action projects, the volunteers will gather back at UUCA to exchange stories about their day over a group dinner prepared by other volunteers.

The following Tuesday evening, Oct. 18, UUCA will host speaker Jenice View for an interactive presentation exploring the legacy of the civil rights movement and its application to today's issues. Dr. View, a Washington, D.C. native and lifelong Unitarian Universalist, is an educator and co-editor of "Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching." Her presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. and is open to media representatives and the public.

<sh>Students To Read Original Poetry

<bt>Since its inception in 1999, Moving Words posters on all Northern Virginia Metro buses have showcased the work of Arlington poets. Half of the year the poets are adults, and the other half the poets are students from Arlington Public Schools. On Wednesday, Oct. 26, 12 student winners and 12 students who received honorable mention will read their poems at a reception hosted by Barnes and Noble, Clarendon. The program is coordinated by the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division and sponsored by the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority, Metro and the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services Commuter Assistance Program.

<sh>Six Businesses Honored

<bt> Awards will be given Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. in the County Board Room, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., third floor, to six businesses who have gone to great lengths to make their businesses accessible to the disabled. They will receive the All-Access Award presented by the County’s Disability Advisory Commission.

Other All-Access Award recipients include Rock Bottom Restaurant,

Fashion Center at Pentagon City, Ireland's Four Courts Restaurant, Arlington Auto Service and Tallula Restaurant.

<sh>Volunteers Work To Clean Up Invasive Plants in Parks

<bt>More than 200 volunteers are expected to take part in Arlington's Invasive Plant Removal volunteer days on Saturday, Oct. 15 and 22 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers will head to 14 locations to cut back invasive vines and pull up invasive plants that are threatening the recreational value of some of Arlington's treasured forested parks. The volunteers also will pick up trash in the parks while they work.

Since 2002, volunteers have contributed 4,800 hours to invasive plant removals with more than 375 volunteers participating year-round in Arlington's Remove Invasive Plants (RIP) program, which also conducts a regular series of volunteer events.

Volunteers will be assisted on both Saturdays by Arlington's Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources staff.

For a full list of volunteer work locations, visit, enter "invasive species" in the home page search box, and click "OK." Look under "Upcoming Events." For information about the October events, or to learn more about becoming a RIPvolunteer, contact Jan Ferrigan at 703-228-7636.