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Week in Fairfax

Rock the Block!

Free, live music concerts and block parties will be held on University Drive in Old Town Fairfax, from 6-9 p.m., on the fourth Fridays of the month in August and September. Rock the Block! will feature popular, local bands playing covers of favorite hits.

The Breakfast Club will entertain on Aug. 22, followed by Leggz on Sept. 26. City restaurants and merchants will offer food, a beer garden, games and more. Attendees are advised to bring their own chairs. In case of inclement weather, call 703-352-ARTS.

Rain Barrel Workshop Set

The City of Fairfax will host a Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m.-noon, at the Green Acres Community Center, 4401 Sideburn Road in Fairfax. In just two hours, people will build their own rain barrels to take home while learning how to care and maintain them. Workshop cost is $55, about half the retail cost of a rain barrel. This workshop is sponsored by the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District. Space is limited; register at:

www.arlingtonenvironment.org/be-green/live-green/barrel/

Fairfax City Farmers Markets

Two farmers markets are open for the season in the City of Fairfax. They’ll run through Nov. 1 at the corner of West and Main streets. The Downtown Fairfax Coalition Community Market is held Saturdays, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The Sunday Farmers Market will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 703-642-0128.

Council Slates Work Sessions

The Fairfax City Council is changing its meeting schedule to provide more time to discuss issues and conduct interviews for boards and commissions. Beginning Sept. 2, work sessions and interviews will be held the first Tuesday of the month, at 7 p.m., at City Hall, 10455 Armstrong St.

Regular meetings will still be held, the second and fourth Tuesdays, at 7 p.m., in the same place. Meeting agendas are available on the City’s Website, from the City Clerk’s office and at the meeting.

Child Carseat Checks

City residents may have their children’s carseats checked or installed by the City of Fairfax Fire Department. For an appointment, call 703-385-7830.

Volunteer for Advisory Boards

The City of Fairfax invites residents to apply for vacancies on the

Board of Architectural Review, Board of Equalization of Real Estate Assessments, Community Appearance Committee and Economic Development Authority.

Applications will be considered at an upcoming City Council meeting following submission. Unless otherwise noted, city residency is required. Submit letters of interest and résumé (if available) to City Clerk Melanie Burrell.

Vacancies are subject to change. Prospective applicants who represent diverse or minority groups are especially encouraged to apply. For more information, call 703-385- 7935.

Recycle Rechargeable Batteries

Rechargeable batteries may be dropped off in a bin at the Recycling Center at 3410 Pickett Road in Fairfax. (Regular household batteries may be placed in household trash for collection with garbage). The Recycling Center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for drop-off of many materials, including cans, paper and cardboard.

Farmers Market on Thursdays

Each Thursday, from 3-7 p.m., the Fairfax County Government Center hosts a farmers market in its parking lot. The Government Center is at 12000 Government Center Pkwy. in Fair Oaks, and the next markets are slated for Aug. 21 and Aug. 28.

Citizens Police Academy

People interested in law enforcement and who’d like to learn about the Fairfax County Police Department and meet many of those who serve in it may now do so. They may apply to join the Sept. 11-Nov. 15 session of the Citizens Police Academy. It’s a free, 10-week program put on by the Police Department and is open to people who live or work in this county.

Participants complete some 40 hours of learning to gain a better understanding of and appreciation for police via a combination of lectures, tours and hands-on activities. Topics covered include the 911 Call Center, patrol, traffic stops, Adult Detention Center, gangs, financial crimes and SWAT team.

To apply, go to http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/services/citizens-police-academy.htm or email CPA@fairfaxcounty.gov.