Leaf Collection

Curbside leaf collection is underway for Arlington residents who receive county refuse service.

Vacuum truck crews will collect piles of leaves raked curbside Monday through Saturday and all holidays except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Crews will make two full passes through each neighborhood, once during November and another in December. Leaves should be free of stones, litter, branches and other debris.

Weather, rate of leaf fall and other factors affect vacuum truck collection, making it difficult to predict when a crew will arrive at a particular location more than a few days in advance.

Signs, however, will be posted in each neighborhood before the crew's arrival. Updates and progress reports are available from the leaf collection information line at 703-228-6565; on the county's cable television channel, Info 31; and on the county Web site, www.co.arlington.va.us/des. Civic association boundaries determine collection zones, which have familiar neighborhood names.

In addition, through Jan. 10, crews will collect leaves placed in biodegradable bags and set at curbside one business day after residents' regular refuse collection day. Bags are available at several locations in the county:

* Aurora Hills Recreation Center, 735 S. 18th St., 703-228-5721.

* Information and Referral Desk, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., 703-228-3000.

* Lee Recreation Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., 703-228-5255.

* Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., 703-228-6535.

* Lubber Run Recreation Center, 300 N. Park Dr., 703-228-4727.

* Madison Recreation Center, 3829 N. Stafford St., 703-228-5310.

* Thomas Jefferson Recreation Center, 3501 S. Second St., 703-228-5920.

* Solid Waste Division, Trades Center, 4300 S. 29th St., 703-228-6570.

For information on hours, call individual locations.

Grant Increase

The board of trustees of the Arlington Community Foundation has increased the Arlington Education Fund's maximum grant amount to $1,500.

The deadline for applications for the foundation's Fall Education Fund grant is Nov. 15.

The Arlington Education Fund was created in 1995 with a check for $163.13 by a concerned community member who wanted to make a difference.

The fund receives contributions from individuals and community groups throughout the year.

To date, the fund has awarded 235 grants for a total of $177,471 to enhance creative learning projects in the classroom and in the community.

Grants are awarded to nonprofit community groups, schools, teachers and PTAs twice a year, in November and April. Spring Education Fund grant recipients included AHC Inc.; Arlington Science Focus School; Arlington Traditional School; Barrett, Claremont, Hoffman-Boston and Tuckahoe elementary schools; the Greenbrier Learning Center; Gunston Middle School; Northern Virginia Vietnamese Senior Citizens Association; Tuckahoe Elementary's PTA; Wakefield High School; and YMCA-Veterans Memorial Branch.

In addition, a grant from the Rabil-Armstrong Instructional Staff Development Fund was awarded to the Arlington public schools' Department of Instruction for "The Potomac River as Classroom," a hands-on lab experience on the Potomac.

Information about the Arlington Community Foundation and applications for the fall grant cycle can be obtained from the foundation's Web site www.ARLCF.org or by calling 703-243-4785.