Alexandria City Academy accepting applications

The Alexandria City Academy is accepting applications for its nine-week program.

Formerly known as Citizen Academy, the program teaches residents about government programs, functions and services with classes from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays beginning March 13. The classes are open to residents 18 and older and to owners of businesses within city limits.

Applications, due 5 p.m. Feb. 14, can be hand-delivered, mailed, faxed or submitted online. For information, go to

Arlington approves playground upgrades at Glencarlyn Park

The Arlington County Board has approved a $485,000 contract to improve and add elements to the 95-acre Glencarlyn Park.

The improvement project includes new playground elements — a treehouse, swings and sand play area — as well as new benches, picnic tables and bicycle racks. The plan also includes a path to the playground from the county’s Four Mile Run bike trail.

For information, go to

Summer guide available; camp registration begins March 19

Alexandria’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities has released its annual Summer Fun Guide, outlining camp activities and registration information. The printed guides can be found at City Hall, recreation centers and public libraries.

Summer activities, which include classes, sports and day camps, are available for children ages 2-17. Registration for summer camps opens for Alexandria residents March 19 and for nonresidents March 21.

For information on camp and to register online, go to