College Night at Ballston Common

More than 150 colleges and universities will participate tonight in the Arlington Public Schools College Night at Ballston Common mall.

College and university officials, as well as representatives from several trade schools, will be on the second and third levels of the mall to answer questions about college life, academics and the admissions process. Workshops on financial aid, admission essay writing and the admission application process also will take place, as well as an information session for students with disabilities.

The mall is at Wilson Boulevard and Glebe Road in Arlington. The forum takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. For information, call the Arlington public schools, 703-228-6002.

County Sponsors Textile Recycling

Arlington County will sponsor a textile recycling collection Saturday. Acceptable items include clothing, belts, handbags, hats, paired socks, paired shoes (except high heels), drapes and curtains (except those with foam backing), sheets, towels and fabric remnants larger than 15 inches by 15 inches. Items that will not be accepted include greasy, dirty or mildewed cloth, rugs, carpets or plastic.

All items should be washed and dried and placed in plastic bags. Although any bag can be used, special preprinted bags are available at the Solid Waste Division, 2300 S. 29th St., or in the lobby of Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Blvd. Paired shoes should be secured together.

Collected materials will be processed by a textile recycling company and sent overseas for reuse. Materials that cannot be reused will be recycled into carpet backing, car seat and dashboard stuffing and other similar products.

The recycling collection takes place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the intersection of North Uhle and 14th streets. For information, call the Solid Waste Division, 703-228-6570.

Neighborhood Program Has Anniversary

The 35th anniversary of Arlington's Neighborhood Conservation Program will be marked with a reception and symposium Monday night. The celebration, co-hosted by the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee and the county, will honor the many volunteers who helped make the program successful over the years.

The Arlington County Board created the Neighborhood Conservation Program in 1964 to encourage neighborhoods to create improvement plans and to provide funding to implement the plans. The program funds five types of projects, including park improvements, traffic management, and beautification and landscaping. Last fall, Arlington residents approved $3.8 million in community conservation bond funds for the program.

The conservation advisory committee plans to commemorate volunteer contributions by planting a tree for each of the 31 neighborhoods that have Neighborhood Conservation plans approved by the County Board.

The informal reception and symposium, which are open to the public, will be at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 4301 Wilson Blvd., first-floor conference center. The reception begins at 7 p.m., and the symposium starts at 8:30 p.m. It will feature presentations about projects in Cherrydale and Yorktown, plus a historical view of the Ashton Heights neighborhood since its conservation plan was accepted in 1976.

For information about the event or program, call Christine Nixon, 703-228-3820.