Public Safety Complex

Changes Parking Rules

Beginning Monday, parking for jurors and visitors to the Fairfax County courts and other facilities at the Public Safety Complex will be restricted to Garage B on Page Avenue. The move is to tighten security at the court and complex.

Court officials said visitors should take their parking receipts with them to pay at the automated kiosks or the attendant booths on the main level and fourth floor of the garage before returning to their vehicles.

Payment must be made using cash or a check; no credit cards will be accepted. Jurors will be given a code during orientation to use to exit the garage. Handicapped-accessible parking will be available on the surface lots of the complex.

For more information, call 703-324-2819. To see an online map of the Public Safety Complex, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news/2005/05265.htm.

Members of the Military

Honored on Route 1

The Virginia Department of Transportation has designated the 15-mile stretch of Route 1 in Fairfax County as a Blue Star Memorial Highway to pay tribute to members of the military.

When the first Blue Star Memorial Highway was dedicated, in 1944 on U.S. 22 in New Jersey during World War II, the blue star was a recognized icon, officials said in a news release. Families at that time, officials said, would display banners in a window of their homes with one blue star representing each son or daughter serving in the military.

VDOT has installed nine signs along Route 1 with the new name.

State Sen. Linda T. "Toddy" Puller (D-Fairfax), who introduced the legislation that led to the designation, said in a statement, "I believe it is important to provide a lasting memorial to the men and women who protect our nation."

Homeland Security Grant

Awarded to Herndon

Herndon has received a $200,000 homeland security grant to buy emergency response equipment, officials said.

The equipment includes National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radios and a custom trailer so the Department of Public Works can more efficiently transport materials, supplies and other equipment to a response location.

The grant also includes money to purchase and install an auxiliary, or emergency, generator for the town's municipal center. The grant, a form of indirect federal funding, is administered by the county Office of Emergency Management.

Annual VolunteerFest

Seeks Participants

Volunteer Fairfax, which links volunteers with more than 700 groups, will hold its annual VolunteerFest on Oct. 22. The event will include more than 55 projects at nonprofit organizations in the area.

Individuals, families, community groups and corporate teams are invited to help with children's programs, painting, cleaning, organizing, restocking food pantries, landscaping, assisting the homeless and other efforts.

More than 800 volunteers participated in last year's event, and Volunteer Fairfax is hoping more than 900 people sign up this year.

For a list of projects or to register, visit the organization's Web site, www.volunteerfairfax.org, or call 703-246-3460.

Parks Officials Need

Volunteers to Plant Trees

Speaking of volunteers, county parks officials are asking for help planting more than 2,000 native trees and shrubs in six Fairfax County parks this fall as part of a buffer restoration project. The planting will continue through Nov. 13.

A riparian buffer is land next to a stream or river that is vegetated, usually with trees and shrubs, according to a news release. The buffer serves as a protective filter for streams, helps with flood control and provides a habitat for wildlife.

The project seeks to restore the natural function of the land next to streams, mitigate storm water runoff, improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay and support the county Board of Supervisors' environmental efforts.

The schedule is: Oct. 14, Pinecrest Golf Course, 6600 Little River Tpk. in the Alexandria area; Oct. 29, Rutherford Park, 4710 Guinea Rd., Fairfax; Nov. 5, Rocky Run Stream Valley Park, Majestic Lane, in the Greenbriar neighborhood off Lee Jackson Memorial Highway (Route 50), Fairfax; Nov. 5, Flag Run Park, 7620 Elgar St., Springfield; and Nov. 13, Waverly Park, 1801 Abbotsford Dr., Vienna.

Those interested in helping should call 703-324-5821.

Chrysanthemum Society

Plans Show for Its 40th

The Old Dominion Chrysanthemum Society will mark its 40th anniversary with a show Oct. 22 and 23 at the Merrifield Garden Center in Fair Oaks.

The show will feature hundreds of cut mum cultivars, as well as mums in hanging baskets, container-grown varieties and sprays. There will also be bonsai exhibits and a design competition.

Hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 22 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 23. The garden center is at 12101 Lee Hwy. For information, call 703-560-8776.

Reston Center to Host

Community Barbecue

The Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods will hold a free picnic Saturday featuring barbecue chicken. The event coincides with an election for the center's board members.

In addition to food, there will be family activities and entertainment, including a moon bounce, a gyroscope that children can step inside and face painting.

Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The center is at 2310 Colts Neck Rd. For information, call 703-476-4500.

Libraries to Celebrate

Two Anniversaries

Two county libraries, in the Falls Church area and Great Falls, will mark anniversaries on Saturday.

* The Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library will celebrate its 20th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be children's activities, storytelling, music and dance performances, crafts and food.

The Tysons-Pimmit branch was founded by a group that formed in 1972 and two years later helped open a community library branch in leased space at the Peach Tree of McLean apartment complex, according to a news release. Later, the county bought 11 acres near the apartment complex and used five acres for the library and the rest for a county park.

The library is at 7584 Leesburg Pike (Route 7) in the Falls Church area. For information, call 703-790-8088.

* The Great Falls Library will celebrate its fifth anniversary from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with similar activities.

The Great Falls branch, founded in 2000, has a new building that replaced the former 1,600-square-foot portable structure that housed the library for many years.

The library is at 9830 Georgetown Pike (Route 193). For information, call 703-757-8560.

Merrifield Festival

Set for Next Week

The Greater Merrifield Business Association will hold its first Merrifield Festival on Oct. 22 at Luther Jackson Middle School in the Falls Church area.

Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will be an appearance by Ronald McDonald, a police helicopter, K-9 demonstrations, a basketball free throw competition, arts, crafts, games, food, safety demonstrations and a Red Cross disaster-preparedness workshop.

The school is at 3020 Gallows Rd. For information, call 703-790-9400.

-- Compiled by

DIANE MATTINGLY

and STEPHEN C. FEHR