Alexandria Leaf Pickup

Alexandria will begin picking up leaves from city neighborhoods beginning Monday.

Through mid-December, vacuum-equipped trucks will collect leaves that have been raked to the curb. Residents who are interested in participating in the leaf collection service must rake leaves into a pile in the curb line and pile leaves away from cars. Tree limbs, rocks, bricks and other debris that might be mixed in with leaves should be removed.

Neighborhoods have been separated into five service areas, each with designated collection days. Each area will be serviced at least five times throughout the collection program. Information about the service was mailed to residents in late September and is available at the city's Web site, www.alexandriava.gov. For more information, visit that site or call the city's Solid Waste Division at 703-751-5130.

Talk on Same-Sex Marriage

The George Mason University School of Law will host a symposium on same-sex marriage from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, in Room 201 at the law school, 3301 Fairfax Dr., Arlington.

The symposium will be moderated by James W. Dyke Jr. and include state Dels. Adam P. Ebbin (D-Arlington) and Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William).

A reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Walking to Fight Hunger

CropWalk 2005, a 10K walk for hunger relief, will be held Saturday.

One-quarter of the proceeds will go directly to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) to support the agency's efforts to fight hunger in Arlington. The balance of the money will go to international hunger relief and Hurricane Katrina relief efforts through Church World Service.

The route, which participants can run if they wish, starts and ends at Arlington Forest United Methodist Church, 4701 Arlington Blvd., and goes through central Arlington. St. George's Episcopal Church and Trinity Episcopal Church will serve as rest stops along the way. The walk begins at 8 a.m.

Walkers are asked to raise money by getting pledges for the miles they walk. Registration can be done online, at the event or through forms available at AFAC.

For more information, visit the AFAC Web site at www.afacinfo.org or register online at www.cropwalk.org.

Arlington JobFest

The Arlington Employment Center's annual JobFest will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Conference Center, 4301 Wilson Blvd.

The employment center is reaching out to unemployed people who relocated to the area after Hurricane Katrina and is asking employers to help by offering temporary and full-time employment to those displaced by the hurricane.

The JobFest will feature guest speakers, professional resume evaluations, "speed interviewing" sessions and prize drawings. The event is free to all job-seekers and participating employers.

Employers interested in helping those affected by the hurricane are urged to contact the Arlington Employment Center to post jobs and/or to register and recruit at the JobFest. For more information, visit www.arlingtonva.us and enter "AEC" in the home page search box, or e-mail aecmarketing@arlingtonva.us.

School-Board Forms Online

People wishing to speak at Arlington School Board meetings can now get the request form online. Previously, the form could be completed only in person at the Arlington Education Center, before the start of a School Board meeting.

The online form is available at www.arlington.k12.va.us/schoolboard/speak/ and can be submitted directly to the School Board clerk online. Access to the signup forms will be available for one week prior to each board meeting, until 4 p.m. the day before the meeting. The forms will still be available outside the board room on the night of the meeting, and prospective speakers may continue to sign up to speak on the night of the board meeting by filling out and submitting speaker request forms. Speakers must submit the slips to the board clerk before the item on which they wish to speak is announced by the chair.

Agendas are posted on the Web site one week before the meeting and are accessible at www.arlington.k12.va.us/schoolboard/minagen/0506/.

Urban Tree Sale

Alexandria's Urban Forestry Steering Committee will hold a tree sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 22 at Fort Ward Park, 4301 West Braddock Rd. Tree stewards will be available at the sale to consult on tree choice and care.

The city's tree supplier, Denison Landscaping and Nursery of Fort Washington, will sell trees in five-gallon containers that residents can easily handle. The trees, which are the same varieties that the city plants, will be sold below market prices to encourage private planting of trees in the city, a goal of the committee.

Trees for sale include shade trees (willow oak, pin oak, red maple and sycamore), ornamentals (Kwanzan cherry and red bud) and evergreen (American holly). Shade and ornamental trees will be available for $30 each, and evergreens will be available for $40 each. If 10 or more trees are purchased for planting on one site, planting assistance is available for an additional fee.

Residents can reserve trees by Oct. 19; no deposit is necessary. To reserve a tree, call Jerry Dieruf, arborist, of the city's Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities at 703-838-5040, Ext. 451, or e-mail jerry.dieruf@alexandriava.gov. Reserved trees that are not picked up by 10 a.m. on Oct. 22 will be released for sale.