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Civic Calendar April 11-18

Know of something missing from our community civic calendar? E-mail it to arlington@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is 2 p.m. the Thursday before publication. Call Rebecca Halik at 703-917-6407 with any questions. Photos are welcome.

Thursday/April 12

Community Meeting. 7-9 p.m. at Arlington Career Center, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive. Give an opinion on how to make Arlington a better place to live and work. Free. 703-243-4785.

Saturday/April 14

Beautification. The Volunteers of America Residential Program Center, located at 1554 Columbia Pike will undergo a Spring Beautification as Arlington citizens serving on the Advisory Board gather Saturday, April 14, at 9 a.m., to prepare garden beds, plant seeds and flowers, and spread mulch.

Environment. Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment and the Arlington County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources are organizing a volunteer tree planting in Thrifton Hill Park (intersection of Lorcom Lane and Spout Run Parkway. For more information or to register, contact Peter at peter@arlingtonenvironment.org or 703-228-7772.

Women’s Health and Wellness Day. 2-4:30 p.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace, 2700 S. 19th St. Free. Features yoga class, blood pressure check, snacks, chair massage and more. Call Ilse Williams 703-404-8943 or e-mail Sharon Williams swilliams@siarlington.org for more information and directions.

Wednesday/April 18

Meeting. 7:30 p.m. at Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th St. South. A presentation by Arlington County's staff on the Fresh AIRE (Arlington Initiative to Reduce Emissions) program will be featured at the April meeting of the Arlington Branch of the AAUW. Call 703-527-4647.

Saturday/April 21

Citizenship Assistance Workshop. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Arlington Mill Community Center, 4975 Columbia Pike. Volunteer attorneys and trained volunteers will assist eligible applicants with their naturalization applications. Call 703-534-9805,X237 to register; e-mail: msardone@ccda.net.

Tuesday/April 24

Business Forum. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at NRECA, 4301 Wilson Blvd. Listen to what business models and types of funding should be used for expansion. Free for members, $20/non-members. Visit www.mitef.org/events.

Thursday/April 26

Meeting. The Williamsburg Woman’s Club of Arlington will meet at 11:45 a.m. at Little Falls Presbyterian Church, 6025 Little Falls Road. The speaker, Charles Clark, is a reporter, a lifelong resident of Arlington and a student of history. He will talk about "The History of the Nazi Party in Arlington" and "The History of H.B. Woodlawn School." Guests are welcome. Call 703-538-7044.

Saturday/April 28

Teen Expo Fair. Students can meet with local employers from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Arlington Career Center, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive. Free. 703-243-4785.

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</b> Former Arlington Public Schools special education students born in 1980 should contact the Student Services Records Clerk by May 1 if they would like a copy of their special education records. Students must provide a written request for their records and include their name, birth date, and the name of the last Arlington school in which they were enrolled. Students should send their request to: Arlington Education Center, Attention: Student Services Records Department, 1426 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA, 22207. Special education records of students born in 1980 that are not claimed by May 1 will be destroyed. Call Records Clerks Xenia Castaneda or Mary Beth Vieira at 703-228-6062.

Arlington Reads Green is a community wide program sponsored by the Arlington Public Library. Read one or all of five books, participate in book and film discussions, nature walks, art show and more. Arlington Read Green aims to foster awareness of global warming issues and other environmental challenges. Runs through mid-May. Visit www.arlingtonva.us/library.

The Ballston Arts and Crafts Market (formerly called The Art Market) will be held on the second Saturday of every month from June through October in Welburn Square across from the Ballston Metro Station. Applications for 2007 vendors are now being accepted. The deadline for the first round of jurying is April 1. Applications received after April 1 may be reviewed on a rolling basis and are subject to availability. Visit www.ballstonvasquare.org.

Community Conversations. Former state representative Karen Darner and Arlington Chamber of Commerce President Rich Doud are leading an effort for the Arlington Community Foundation to solicit ideas from the community-at-large on ways to improve life in Arlington on April 12 at the Arlington Career Center from 7-9 p.m. Those who aren't able to come but have ideas they would like to share can e-mail them to the Foundation at conversations@arlcf.org.

Have your taxes prepared at no cost by volunteers from the AARP TaxAide program. All volunteers are trained in tax preparation and certified by the IRS. All returns will be e-filed and you can have your refund sent directly to your bank. Most clients receive their refund deposits within 2 weeks. You do not have to be retired or a member of AARP to benefit from this free program. The program begins Feb. 1 and runs through April 16. Call 1-888-AARPNOW for additional information. * Sherwood Regional Library (Fairfax County). 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday 5-8 p.m. * Columbia Pike Branch Library, 816 S Walter Reed Drive, Arlington. Tuesday 1-8 p.m.; Thursday and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Arlington Sister City Association (ASCA) is looking for a volunteer to coordinate our student exchange activities. Each year we host approximately 20 high school students from Aachen, Germany for three weeks in early April. In the summer, we send about the same number of Arlington high school students to Aachen for three weeks. The Student Exchange Program Coordinator would work with a group of ASCA volunteers to coordinate program activities, including matching Aachen students with host families, publicizing the opportunity for the Arlington students, collecting applications and application fees, etc. Contact Sandra MacDonald, Chairman, 571-232-7319 or www.arlingtonsistercity.org.

Farmers Market. Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon at N. Courthouse Road and N. 14th St. in Arlington. Enjoy a variety of vendors.