Columbia Pike Project

Officially Complete

Baileys Crossroads Revitalization Corp. will host a ceremony Wednesday celebrating the completion of a project to improve a section of Columbia Pike.

The project, part of an effort to revitalize Baileys Crossroads' commercial area, extends about a mile along Columbia Pike between Lacy Boulevard and the Arlington County line.

Street enhancements include five-foot-wide, brick-paved sidewalks, decorative crosswalks, acorn streetlights, landscaping and bus plazas. Other improvements include the removal of existing service roads and construction of additional through lanes.

The $3.1 million cost was financed through commercial revitalization bonds.

The ceremony, from 10 to 11 a.m., will include remarks by members of the revitalization corporation's board and local elected officials. It will be held at 3515 Courtland Dr., at Columbia Pike and Courtland in the Falls Church area.

The corporation works with Fairfax County and Supervisor Penelope A. Gross (D-Mason).

For more information about the ceremony, call 703-256-7717. For more information about the Columbia Pike project, call Jeanmarie Roberson or Larry Ichter at 703-324-5800.

Panel Sets First Meeting

On Storm Water Issues

A newly named citizen committee studying storm water management issues will hold its first meeting at 7 p.m. next Thursday at the Fairfax County Government Center.

The Board of Supervisors created the committee to provide feedback from county residents on expectations for storm water management, including the level and extent of service people want. The committee will meet through February, after which it will give the board recommendations, including ideas for a funding source.

The Government Center is at 12000 Government Center Pkwy. The meeting will be held in the Conference Center, Rooms 2 and 3.

For more information, contact Paul Shirey at 703-324-5500.

A Study in Neighborhoods,

To Help Southern Fairfax

Beginning next Thursday, county and local officials will hold a free "neighborhood college" in southern Fairfax County to help build a stronger sense of community in the rapidly changing area.

Through panel and group discussions, presentations, hands-on activities and fieldwork, attendees will learn how to collaborate with others who live or work in southern Fairfax to strengthen their neighborhoods, sponsors said.

The sponsors are the county Department of Systems Management for Human Services, the Lorton Library and the South County Federation, one of the county's largest civic associations.

The eight-session program will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at the Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Hwy. (Route 1) through Nov. 4.

One Saturday session will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the South County Center, 8350 Richmond Hwy. in the Alexandria area.

For more information, call 703-704-6700.

Two Chairmen Named

For 2004 Bond Committee

Greg Werkheiser and Nichole Jackson have been elected co-chairmen of the 2004 Bond Referendum Citizen Committee.

Werkheiser is an at-large member of the committee; Jackson represents the county Chamber of Commerce. The county Board of Supervisors created the 13-member panel in June to help inform residents about the Nov. 2 bond referendum.

The panel's members include one appointed from each supervisor's district and one representative from the Chamber of Commerce, the League of Women Voters and the Federation of Citizens Associations.

On Nov. 2, county voters will consider bond questions to finance human services, libraries, parks and park facilities, and transportation.

For more information, call 703-324-3187 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/opa/bond.

Darrell Green Lends Voice

To Wolf Trap Foundation

Former Washington Redskins star Darrell Green has agreed to be a national spokesman for the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts' nonprofit education programs.

Green will star in a public service announcement campaign, participate in special events and help cultivate interest and funding from the business and sports sectors, foundation officials said.

The seven-time all-pro defensive back has long been involved with young people through his Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation.

"The performing arts have been proven to improve literacy skills and . . . offer students a new way in which to learn traditional lessons," Green said in a news release.

The Wolf Trap Foundation provides arts-oriented education programs for teachers, parents, children and performing artists.

Meeting to Pose Changes

In Zoning District Rules

County planners will host a public information meeting today to discuss a draft proposal to amend Fairfax's planned development district zoning ordinance.

Planned development districts are intended to encourage creative development and provide greater flexibility than conventional zoning.

Such districts allow a mix of uses and development on pipestem lots and private streets. They have no minimum lot size or yard setback requirements, and they call for recreational facilities in residential areas and open space.

Officials at the county Department of Planning and Zoning said they believe that applicants submitting rezoning proposals for planned development housing should provide more details.

Under the proposal, the new review process will be phased in, allowing developments currently under review to use the old system.

The 7:30 p.m. session is in Rooms 106 and 107 of the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Pkwy.

For more information, call Diane Johnson-Quinn or Lorrie Kirst of the zoning administration division at 703-324-1314.

Written comments may be forwarded to the Zoning Administration Division, Department of Planning and Zoning, Suite 807, 12055 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax, Va. 22035.

Potomac River Cleanup

Slated at Multiple Sites

The annual cleanup of the Potomac River will be held Saturday at various locations.

Clean Virginia Waterways is asking for volunteers to help clean the Potomac and its tributaries of beverage containers, cigarette filters, fishing line and other pieces of litter from 9 a.m. to noon.

The event is part of a worldwide effort organized by the Ocean Conservancy to clean streams, rivers and beaches.

About 5,000 Virginians are anticipated to volunteer statewide, joining thousands of others in 100 countries.

The National Park Service and Clean Virginia Waterways are coordinating the cleanup sites in Northern Virginia. Volunteers should go to Daingerfield Island and Washington Sailing Marina, Belle Haven Park/Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Columbia Island, Riverside Park and Theodore Roosevelt Island/Potomac Heritage Trail. All sites are accessible from the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

For details on how to volunteer, go to www.longwood.edu/cleanva or call 434-395-2602.

Green Spring Gardens

Holding Fall Celebration

The Friends of Green Spring will host "Fall Fling" at Green Spring Gardens Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 25.

The event will include a discussion about the creation and development of the park, followed by a silent auction featuring plants, art, garden excursions and gardening items.

Refreshments, including a chocolate fountain, will be available during the auction. The plant shop will be open after the auction and will be staffed by members of the Virginia Native Plant Society. Proceeds benefit the garden's education programs.

The cost is $20 and includes a seat at the discussion, a bidder number and access to the chocolate waterfalls.

The park is at 4603 Green Spring Rd. in the Alexandria section of the county. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Nature Fest in Herndon

Offers Backyard Adventure

The Town of Herndon will hold its annual Nature Fest from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Runnymeade Park.

The event is sponsored by the town government and the Friends of Runnymeade Park. It will include information on how to build a backyard wildlife habitat, a beehive display and a bat cave for children; live animals; Native American archaeology; and other exhibits and presentations.

There also will be face painting, crafts and mural painting.

Officials ask that participants park along Herndon Parkway or at the Atrium Building, 381 Elden St., where they can take a free shuttle bus to the park.

For more information, call 703-435-6868.

For Stay-at-Home Moms,

A Show of Opportunities

An annual event for stay-at-home mothers will be held Saturday at the Dulles Hilton Hotel.

The event, called Northern Virginia WAHMfest, or Work-at-Home-Moms Expo, will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The expo, in its fifth year, is designed to connect parents with business resources and work-at-home or flexible opportunities that help them earn income and balance their families and careers.

For more information, call 703-926-8576 or visit www.wahmfest.org/nova.

-- Compiled by

DIANE MATTINGLY

and STEPHEN C. FEHR

Former Redskins defensive back Darrell Green will be a national spokesman for the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, headed by Terrence Jones, right.