County to Help Fund

Synthetic-Turf Fields

The Fairfax County Department of Community and Recreation Services has launched a matching funds program to encourage county sports organizations to develop synthetic-turf athletic fields in the county.

The department will provide up to $483,000 toward the cost of installing synthetic turf on a rectangular field.

All sports organizations that currently receive field-use permits from the county are eligible to apply.

Funding for the program comes from revenue from the department's athletic facility application fee.

Applications are due by Dec. 15, and a notice of intent to apply must be submitted by Nov. 15.

All applicants must attend a mandatory informational meeting. Meetings will be held at:

* 7 p.m. today, Pennino Building, 10th Floor, 12011 Government Center Pkwy.

* 7 p.m. Wednesday, South County Center, Room 219, 8350 Richmond Hwy. (Route 1).

* 2 p.m. next Thursday, Pennino Building.

For information, call 703-324-5526 or visit

Parks Agency Seeks Input

On Field-Lighting Report

The county Park Authority is planning to hold a public meeting Nov. 17 at W.T. Woodson High School to present the results of a consultant's report on athletic-field lighting in Fairfax County.

The report, and public reaction to it, will be used to develop specifications and guidelines for athletic-field lighting. It will also be used to address concerns of park neighbors, create cheaper lighting systems and identify the latest technology to reduce glare and spill from lighting systems.

County parks officials have not endorsed or rejected any part of the consultant's report. They are waiting to hear from the public.

The report is available for review at the Fairfax County Park Authority, 12055 Government Center Pkwy., Suite 421, Fairfax, or at the Park Authority's Web site,

To speak at the meeting, call Judy Pedersen at 703-324-8662 or e-mail her at

Comments on the report will be accepted for 30 days after the meeting. The public comment period will close Dec. 19. Written comments should be directed to Lynn S. Tadlock, director of the planning and development division, Fairfax County Park Authority, 12055 Government Center Pkwy., Suite 421, Fairfax, Va. 22035. E-mail comments should be sent to

The meeting is at 7 p.m. The school is at 9525 Main St., Fairfax. For more information, call 703-324-8662.

Tax Relief Seminar Planned

For Providence Seniors

A workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday for seniors living in the Providence District on how to apply for real estate tax relief.

County tax officials will be on hand to help eligible seniors apply for relief. The Board of Supervisors recently expanded the property tax relief program for the elderly and disabled.

Tax relief applications can be downloaded at, and an affidavit of disability, for those who need one, can be downloaded at

The workshop will be held at 8739 Lee Hwy., Fairfax.

For more information, call 703-560-6946 or 703-222-8234.

Gala Benefit to Support

Needy YMCA Participants

The YMCA Fairfax County in Reston will hold its annual fundraising gala from 7 p.m. to midnight Nov. 12 at the YMCA building.

The event will feature music, dinner, cocktails and a live and silent auction. The proceeds will benefit the annual "building bridges" campaign, which enables the YMCA to provide financial assistance to individuals, families and children who cannot afford to pay for membership or programs such as summer camp, swim lessons, child care and youth sports. A portion will also be donated to YMCAs affected by Hurricane Katrina.

The YMCA Reston is at 12196 Sunset Hills Rd.

For more information, call 703-318-5296 or send an e-mail to

Children to Model

For Fashion Fundraiser

A children's fashion show to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina who have relocated to Fairfax County will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Tysons Corner Center. There are about 200 displaced children attending county schools.

Two 11-year-olds, Ayla Peacock of Reston and her friend Katelyn Margraf of Great Falls, thought up the idea and organized the show.

The children, who will be modeling outfits from their own wardrobes, have been asked to donate $12 to participate. The show is free.

The Macerich Co., the property management firm for Tysons Corner, agreed to provide the location and to match funds raised up to $2,500. It has also enlisted the mall's tenants to donate goods.

The shopping center is on Chain Bridge Road and Route 7 in McLean. For more information, call 703-925-9854.

Conference to Examine

Urban Forests in Va.

An urban forestry conference will be held Nov. 10 at the Algonkian Regional Park in Sterling.

Members of tree boards and tree commissions, elected officials, urban foresters and arborists, landscape architects, builders, developers and planners will lead discussions. They also will help define, identify and explore issues and potential solutions that will fit within Virginia's laws, according to a news release.

The conference is a cooperative effort of Fairfax and Arlington counties, Lardner/Klein Landscape Architects, Northern Virginia Regional Commission, the Town of Leesburg, Trees Virginia, Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Department of Forestry, with support from the USDA Forest Service.

Registration is required. The cost is $75; space is limited.

For more information, visit

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY