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Civic Calendar

Know of something missing from our community civic calendar? Send it to The Arlington Connection, e-mail it to arlington@connectionnewspapers.com, mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is 2 p.m. the Thursday before publication. Call Rebecca Halik at 703-917-6407 with any questions. Photos are welcome.

Saturday/March 10

Four Mile Run Watershed Cleanup. 9 a.m.-noon. Join ACE and Arlington County Park Rangers at Arlington Mill Community Center, Barcroft Park, or Shirlington Park to help clean up Four Mile Run. Wear sturdy waterproof shoes and bring work or dishwashing gloves. Register at 703-228-6406 or volunteer@arlingtonenvironment.org for details.

Monte Carlo Night. Leadership Arlington will host its second annual Monte Carlo Night gala in the Historic Terminal ‘A’ of Washington Reagan National Airport. This fundraiser promises a night of fun with dancing, food, and gaming tables of Texas Hold’em and Black Jack. There is also a silent auction. Doors open at 7 p.m. and gaming begins at 8 p.m. Ticket cost is $100 per person which includes food and initial gaming money. Contact Erika Mendez, Director of Membership, at 703-528-2522.

Tuesday/March 13

Breakfast. The Community Action Committee of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce will be hosting "The Power of Partnerships," at 7:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn-Ballston. Includes breakfast followed by several informative seminars. Contact Colleen Knight for more information at events@arlingtonchamber.org or call the Chamber at 703-525-2400.

Thursday/March 15

Environment Responsibility. Living Green in Arlington: Renewable Energy, Clean Water, and Buying Responsibly, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., NRECA, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. The event will also include exhibits and refreshments courtesy of Whole Foods. Contact 703-228-6427 or office@arlingtonenvironment.org.

Wednesday/April 4

Northern Virginia Community College is partnering with the United States Postal Service to host Passport Fairs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Arlington Center, 4600 N. Fairfax Drive. The cost (including photos) is $97 for those younger than 16 and $112 for age 16 and older. Children younger than 14 need parental consent. Anyone who brings two identical, color passport photos can save $15 on each application. To attend the Arlington fair, pre-register at cstephenson@nvcc.edu or 703-933-5063 by noon April 3. Visit http://www.usps.com/passport.

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Arlington students can win college scholarships by visiting www.arlcf.org and applying. Only one application for every scholarship. Deadline is March 9.

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.

Applications are now available for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Diocese of Arlington Grant Program. The application deadline is March 19. Request an application from Terry Angelotti at 703-841-3839 or tangelotti@ccda.net.

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.