Sign Up for Adult Classes
From Politics to Produce
Registration is underway for fall classes offered by the Fairfax County public school system's Office of Adult and Community Education.
A course catalogue, "Classes, Etc.," has been mailed to county residents. Information is also available at www.fcps.edu/adult.htm; click on "Classes, Etc." In addition, the information is at county libraries.
The adult education courses include such topics as computers, fine and creative arts and crafts, foreign languages, high school completion programs, English as a second language, trade certification, and business and entrepreneurial training.
This fall, a nonpartisan class held in conjunction with the League of Women Voters will focus on local and state political processes. An adult cooking class that features recipes using seasonal produce grown in Virginia will also be offered.
When the county's adult education program began in 1955, it served 108 students. Today, about 61,000 people a year attend in 230 school and community facilities.
For more information, call 703-227-2229.
For Military Dependents,
A Tuition Break at NVCC
Northern Virginia Community College officials have established a new tuition policy for active-duty military dependents, making those students eligible for in-state tuition for a year while the husband, wife or parent is stationed in Virginia.
In-state tuition is $68 a course credit. Out-of-state tuition is $215 a credit. Classes begin Monday at NVCC.
Dan Darley, military site coordinator at Fort Myer, said in a news release, "Families now have the time to change their residency status without the hassle of paying out-of-state tuition. Now military dependents won't be penalized by paying the higher rate while establishing Virginia residency."
"In the past, families moving from other states to be with an active-duty parent or spouse were not eligible for in-state tuition," said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of the Virginia Community College System.
Military officials assume that the legal residence of active-duty personnel is where they entered the military, unless the person changes his or her residency. Under the new tuition rule, students can qualify for a year of in-state tuition without changing residency or use the grace period to change their residency status.
Among the conditions of the grace period are full-time employment and payment of Virginia income taxes. In addition, the student must be a dependent for purposes of Virginia and federal income taxes.
For more information, contact NVCC's admissions office at 703-323-3000.
McLean Center to Air
Tax District Budget Plan
The McLean Community Center board's Finance Committee will hold a work session Sept. 8 on the tax district's proposed $3.8 million budget for next year.
The 7:30 p.m. meeting will be at the center, 1234 Ingleside Ave.
Board committees will present their recommendations for programs and events. Residents of the Dranesville tax district finance the center's program through an annual tax.
A hearing on the budget will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22, also at the center.
Residents wanting to speak should call 703-790-0123 to be placed on the schedule. For information about the budget, call Bill Bersie, executive director of the center, at 703-790-0123. More information on center programs and services can be found at www.mcleancenter.org.
Credit Card Payments
Accepted at Landfills
County residents and commercial customers can now pay solid waste disposal fees with a Visa or MasterCard at the Interstate 95 and Interstate 66 disposal facilities, county officials said.
Fees are charged for disposing of trash, brush, yard waste, white goods such as appliances and tires. Recyclable materials and household hazardous waste are accepted for free.
The I-66 site is at 4618 West Ox Rd., Fairfax; the I-95 site is at 9850 Furnace Rd., Lorton. For more information, call 703-324-5230 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/trash/dispdir.htm.
Falls Church Web Site
Focuses on Development
The city of Falls Church has launched an economic development Web site, www.ci.falls-church.va.us.
The site includes information about planned commercial development projects as well as programs and services offered to local businesses.
It also has statistical information about the city.
For more information, visit the site or call 703-248-5003.
Join Forces With Police
In Fairfax, Herndon Classes
The Fairfax County and Herndon police departments are offering classes for residents.
* The Fairfax Police Department will hold a driving improvement course for people 16 to 18 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18.
Participants will drive a sedan, learning such skills as proper braking, avoiding a crash, skid control and how to use the steering wheel. Instructors are law enforcement officers who teach driving techniques to their peers.
Training will be at the Emergency Vehicle Operations Center, 3725 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly. For more information, call 703-246-2253.
* The Herndon police will hold the annual Citizen Police Academy from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, from Sept. 1 through Nov. 17.
Participants will learn about community policing, investigations, traffic enforcement, K-9 operations, forensics and evidence collection.
Classes, which will be limited to 20 students, will be at the Herndon Police Station, 1481 Sterling Rd. For more information, call 703-435-6881, Ext. 294, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Navigate Reston by Bus
With Introductory Tour
The Reston Historic Trust will present a special program at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 29 on how to travel around Reston by bus.
Riders on the bus trip will visit the Wiehle Avenue transit center, which is a potential Metrorail stop, continue to a new transfer station at Reston Town Center and return to Lake Anne Village Center.
Participants should meet at the Reston Museum, 1639 Washington Plaza at Lake Anne Village Center. A $5 donation is requested. For reservations and information, call the Reston Museum at 703-709-7700 or visit www.restonmuseum.org.
-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY
and STEPHEN C. FEHR