Alexandria Approves

Metro Funding

The Alexandria City Council approved the Metro Matters Funding Agreement last week.

The agreement will be combined with a prior Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority six-year capital plan and will provide $40.7 million in city funds to support the planned $3.2 billion Metrobus and Metrorail program. Other jurisdictions expected to sign the agreement are the District of Columbia, the state of Maryland on behalf of Montgomery County and Prince George's County, Arlington County, Fairfax County, the city of Fairfax and the city of Falls Church.

Free Miniature Golf

At Two Area Parks

The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority will treat area residents to one free round of miniature golf at the authority's courses at Cameron Run Regional Park in Alexandria and at Upton Hill Regional Park in Arlington on Oct. 17.

The first round of play will be free for residents of the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church and the counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun.

The course at Cameron Run Regional Park will be open from noon to 8 p.m., weather permitting. Upton Hill Regional Park's course will be open from noon to 9 p.m., weather permitting.

For information about the parks and miniature golf courses, call Cameron Run Regional Park at 703-960-0767 and Upton Hill Regional Park at 703-534-3437.

Cameron Run Regional Park is at 4001 Eisenhower Ave. in Alexandria. Upton Hill Regional Park is at 6060 Wilson Blvd., at Wilson Boulevard and Patrick Henry Drive on the Arlington-Fairfax county line, near Seven Corners.

Public Comment

Welcomed at Meeting

The Alexandria City Council will hold a public hearing Oct. 16 to receive public comment on the upcoming fiscal 2006 operating budget and capital improvement program.

The public hearing will be held during the regularly scheduled Saturday public hearing, which begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 301 King St.

City officials have begun preparing the proposed FY 2006 budget that will be submitted to the City Council in early March. The Oct. 16 public budget hearing will be held in addition to the traditional public hearing, which is held in April of each year, on the proposed submitted budget.

In Alexandria, a Walk

To Fight Breast Cancer

Alexandria's 10th annual Walk to Fight Breast Cancer will be held at 8 a.m. Oct. 23 at Cameron Run Regional Park. Registration is $25 for adults and $10 for children if registered by Oct. 20, and $35 after that date. Walkers can choose from a walk or run of 1.5, 3.5 or 5 kilometers.

Residents and local businesses are encouraged to form teams and obtain pledges for the walk. The youth, adult and team that raises the most money will be eligible for prizes, such as gift certificates at local restaurants, weekend hotel packages, salon and spa gift certificates, and more. All proceeds from the walk support the Alexandria Breast Cancer Walk Fund, which has provided free mammography screenings at Inova Alexandria Hospital for more than 2,200 women over the past 10 years.

Residents can visit www.alexcancerwalk.com to fill out an online registration form. They can also stop by the Alexandria Office on Women to register and pick up individual or team t-shirts prior to the walk. For more information, call or e-mail Jennifer Harris of the Alexandria Office on Women at 703-838-5030 or jennifer.harris@alexandriava.gov.

Arlington Schools'

College Night

Representatives from more than 140 colleges and universities will be on hand from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday for the Arlington public schools "College Night 2004" at Ballston Common Mall.

The event will be held on the second and third levels of the Ballston Common Mall, at Wilson Boulevard and Glebe Road in Arlington. Representatives from colleges, universities and several trade schools will answer student and parent questions about the college/trade school admissions process, academics and campus life.

A workshop on college admissions will be held at 7:15 p.m., followed by a workshop on financial aid at 8:15 p.m. An information session on college options for students with disabilities also will be offered at 8:15 p.m.

Arlington and non-Arlington students and families interested in learning about college are encouraged to attend the event, which is free.

Submit Your Praise

Of Alexandria

City officials want to know what is great about Alexandria.

Mayor William D. Euille and the City Council want to hear what residents, businesspeople and visitors to the city believe makes Alexandria a special place or what they particularly like or appreciate about Alexandria.

Responses will be posted on the city's web site at www.alexandriava.gov. To submit an idea about what is great about Alexandria, send an e-mail to citymail@alexandriava.gov with "What is Great About Alexandria" in the subject line. Writers will be invited to give their first name and last initial.