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Civic Calendar June 6-12

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/June 7

Tax Relief. Arlington Real Estate Tax Relief Program for seniors will be explained, 1:30 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Drive. Guest speaker, Lori Hughes, Arlington Agency on Aging. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call to register, 703-228-4403.

Saturday/June 9

Meeting. The Arlington County Democratic Committee will host its first "Issues in Action Fair" from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at George Mason University’s Arlington campus, 3801 N. Fairfax Drive Room 329. Free. More than 20 groups will be there. Mark Habeeb 703-534-0303.

Wednesday/June 27

Money Talk for Women. Women can learn about money basics from 7-9 p.m. at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. $20 for the five-week. To register call 703-228-6417.

F.Y.I.

Join The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Hike For Discovery program. Individuals can prepare to hike the Grand Canyon and help save lives. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Hike For Discovery is recruiting volunteers to help in the fight against blood cancers by raising funds as they prepare to hike the Grand Canyon in honor of local blood cancer patients. Hike For Discovery provides personalized hike preparation, group hikes, and the chance to meet new people. Call 703-960-1100 or visit www.hikefordiscovery.org/nca.

CrisisLink is hosting an information session for those interested in volunteering or learning more about their 24/7/365 crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and information/referral hotline and other services on Wednesday July 13 from 7–8:30 p.m. at Arlington County Department of Human Services. E-mail volunteer@CrisisLink.org to RSVP and for directions and parking instructions.

The Arlington Disability Advisory Commission is seeking applicants to interview for several vacant positions. The Arlington Disability Advisory Commission is a 13 member, County Board appointed advisory group comprised of individuals who live and/or work in Arlington, and who are interested in and knowledgeable about issues involving people with physical and sensory disabilities. The Commission is seeking expressions of interest from people who would like to serve on the Commission and/or one or more of its committees. Time commitment is approximately 6 - 8 hours per month. Individuals interested in serving on the Commission or any of its committees should contact the Disability Advisory Commission staff at 703-228-7096 or e-mail at amaynard@arlingtonva.us.

Doorways for Women and Families is seeking volunteers for its Safehouse domestic violence shelter program. Volunteers are needed for weekend and evening shifts and to answer our 24/7 hotline. Some weekday opportunities are also available. Training begins August-September. Call 703-522-8858 x13 or e-mail volunteer@doorwaysVA.org. Visit www.doorwaysva.org/volunteer.

This spring, the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) launches a new program "Plant a Row for the Hungry" to bring fresh, nutritious produce to the 700-plus families who come to AFAC for food assistance each week. Local home and community gardeners are encouraged to plant an extra row of produce in their gardens to help AFAC hunger relief efforts. Donations of surplus vegetables such as bumper crops of tomatoes or zuchinni are also welcomed.

To help gardeners get started planting, AFAC will provide free packets of vegetable or herb seeds throughout the spring and summer to anyone agreeing to donate some of the produce back to AFAC. Send a self-addressed, stamped (first-class) envelope to: Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), Plant A Row, PO Box 6261, Arlington, VA 22206-0261

The Arlington Food Assistance Center is Arlington’s food pantry. The mission of AFAC is to distribute groceries to needy Arlingtonians who cannot afford to purchase all the food they need. The high cost of living in Arlington means that many families struggle to make ends meet. In its last fiscal year, volunteers from AFAC distributed over 975,000 pounds of food directly to Arlington families.

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