Has the Spring Cleaning bug hit yet?
Fairfax County is sponsoring a free Household Hazardous Wastes Clean-Up Day on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring all of your unwanted oil-based paints, kerosene, cleaning chemicals, insecticides, car batteries and other potentially dangerous materials to dispose of them safely. Materials that will not be accepted are latex paint, commercial, industrial or medical wastes (including biologically active materials), radioactives (smoke detectors and all others), asbestos, used motor oil, compressed gas cylinders, shock-sensitive materials, dioxins, kepones, explosives and normal trash or special-pickup items, such as tree limbs, refrigerators, furniture or other large items.
The Clean-Up Day will take place at South Lakes and West Springfield High Schools. For more information, call the Fairfax County Health Department at 246-5525.
Alexandria is having it's own Annual Spring Clean-up, sponsored by the Alexandria Beautification Commission and the Sanitation Department. The clean-up will take place on Saturday, April 19th, in the Area II section. Any discarded appliances, furniture or wood left on the curb in Area II by 8 a.m. Saturday morning will be picked up by the Sanitation Department. Old washers, dryers, stoves, hot-water heaters, dishwashers, refrigerators, lawn furniture, lawn mowers, steel pipes, mattresses, stuffed chairs or couches will be accepted. Tires are the only large items that will not be picked up. Last year, the clean-up effort picked up about 322 tons of trash. Similar efforts are planned for Area III on May 3 and Area IV on May 17. For further information, call the Sanitation Department at 751-5130.
The Second Annual Prince William Aerobics Competition, a benefit for the American Cancer Society, will be held at K.C.'s Restaurant, 9411 Main St., Manassas.
On Saturday, May 3, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., three of the top Northern Virginia fitness instructors will lead the exercises in several aerobic competitions.
Celeste Siebels, Jolene Hemeon and Dorene Robinson of the Tysons Corner Sporting Club will lead an early elimination competition and the finals, which will start at midnight. The last 16 competitors will perform their routines for sporting apparel and equipment prizes donated by Reebok International Ltd.
Many professional athletes will also auction off items donated by teams such as the Washington Redskins, the Capitals and the Bullets. A $5 tax-deductible donation is required. For more information, call 703-361-2400.
The Mount Vernon Weekday School will host its annual Fun Fair on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair will offer pony rides, games and face painting for children, as well as food, an auction, a bake sale, crafts and a children's corner. It also will feature maternity clothing, children's clothing and toys.
The Fun Fair will be held rain or shine at Mount Vernon Methodist Church, 2006 Belle View Blvd., Alexandria. For more information call 765-1101. -- Dianne Saenz