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Civic Calendar May 30-June 5

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.

<b>Thursday/May 31

</b>Business Seminar. 7:30-10 a.m. at Arlington SBDC Suite 341, 901 S. Highland St. $45/person. Workshop walks through a business idea from start to finish. Contact Pratibha Shenoy at 703-892-1528 or e-mail pshenoy@gmu.edu.

<b>Thursday/June 7

</b>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.

<b>Saturday/June 9

</b>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.

<b>F.Y.I.

</b> 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.