Fairfax County Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebrates Care for the Environment


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010

April 15, 2005

 

Fairfax County Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebrates Care for the Environment

To celebrate Fairfax County Earth Day/Arbor Day, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and area businesses and community groups are sponsoring a day of activities on the Annandale Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Saturday, April 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free event marks the 34th anniversary of the Earth Day celebration and the annual observance of Arbor Day.

The program includes performances by Billy B, a nationally known environmental entertainer, Barnett Williams on the drums and a play by Glee Mania. Those attending can visit the petting zoo and Reptiles and Amphibians in Our Back Yard, and view a presentation by the Wildlife Center of Virginia. Other activities include demonstrations and exhibits, free tree seedling giveaways, food, games, free Segway rides, bug house making, hybrid vehicle displays and much more.

The event will feature an awards ceremony at 1 p.m. on the main stage. Michael McMahon, chairperson of the Fairfax County Tree Commission, will present the commission’s Friends of Trees Awards. The award winners are:

  • Landmark Mews Civic Association
  • Barbara Hildreth
  • Darelyn Handley
  • Claudia Thompson-Deahl
  • John Fee

Jeff Smithberger, director of the Division of Solid Waste Collection and Recycling, will present the Fairfax County Business Recycling Awards to:

  • Fort Belvoir
  • Peterson Management
  • Mitretek
  • Raytheon

A Trash Fashion Contest will be held for children and adults to compete to make high fashion couture from recyclable items in four categories. The winner in each category will win a $50 gift certificate. Materials will be available to make costumes onsite or participants can make their costumes at home and bring them to the event.

The Fairfax County Division of Solid Waste Collection and Recycling will also be on hand with the e-waste collection program at the Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration. This collection program, made possible through a partnership with Computer Donations Management and Service Source, enables the county to collect old computers and electronics for recycling. There is a $10 charge for computer monitor disposal. The cost of the computer and the $10 disposal charge are tax-deductible. Compost bins will also be available for sale for $37, which is less than half the retail price.

Fairfax County Earth Day/Arbor Day is being coordinated and sponsored by the Earth Day/Arbor Day Planning Committee, the Clean Fairfax Council, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County Recycling, Miller Office Products, National Soft Drink Association, Northern Virginia Community College, Starbucks Coffee and Target Stores. For more information about the Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration or for reasonable accommodations, call 703-324-5471, TTY 711.

FAIRFAX COUNTY IS COMMITTED TO A POLICY OF NONDISCRIMINATION IN ALL COUNTY PROGRAMS, SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES AND WILL PROVIDE REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS UPON REQUEST. TO REQUEST SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS, CALL 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935. PLEASE ALLOW FIVE WORKING DAYS IN ADVANCE OF EVENTS IN ORDER TO MAKE THE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS.

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