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The Republican Club of Greater Reston will hold its annual Christmas party on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Johns Wood Club House in Reston. Attendees are asked to bring a favorite hors d’oeuvres or dessert. Everyone is welcome. The event will be held at St. Johns Wood Club House. For additional information about the meeting or to coordinate what to bring, call Alma Jackson at 703-631-9410.

The Optimist Club of Reston is selling Christmas trees in the vacant lot donated by Phillips 66 Corporation located adjacent to the Reston Target Department store parking lot, across the street from the YMCA and the Chick-Fil-A Restaurant. Sales are conducted solely by unpaid volunteers and 100 percent of the proceeds are used to promote various community service projects. Sales are conducted from 5-9 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Reston Runners will hold its Fall-into-Winter 8K/3K race and fitness walk to benefit Inova Regional Trauma Center and Students Against Destructive Decisions on Saturday, Dec. 14. Start time is 9 a.m. at South Lakes High School, 11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston. All racers, joggers and walkers are welcome. Late registration and packet pick-up is at Reston Sport and Health, 11445 Isaac Newton Square, on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 4-9 p.m., and Friday, Dec. 13, from noon-8 p.m. On race day, pick up packets from 7-8:30 a.m. at the school. For more information, and for printable mail-in registration forms, visit www.reston runners.org.

The Reston Museum Shop, located in the museum at Lake Anne Village Center, has a selection of Reston-themed items for holiday gifts, including mugs, tote bags, posters, post cards, cards and stationery along with handcrafted gifts made by local artists.

Selected items are currently being offered at discounted prices. Reston Historic Trust members get 20 percent off museum merchandise year-round, and will receive an additional 10 percent off items on discounted items during the holidays. Items not discounted are South Lakes Theater Boosters’ throws and Band Boosters’ White House ornaments. Proceeds from sales benefit the museum and other educational programs of the Reston Historic Trust.

The Herndon-Reston FISH (Friendly Instant Sympathetic Help), a non-profit, all volunteer organization, is collecting money and non-perishable food items for Christmas baskets to be donated to needy local families. Each family also receives a $10 gift certificate from a local store to buy a turkey or other meat. In addition, each child receives several toys. Call 703-860-8804 or 703-471-9024.

Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at United Christian Parish Church at 2222 Colts Neck Road, Reston. Donations such as peanut butter, cake mixes, cereals, stuffing mix, canned corn and tomatoes are needed. The baskets will be assembled at the United Christian Parish Church on Dec. 16-18 at 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Distribution will take place on Dec. 19 and 20 at the church. Anyone wishing to volunteer should

Volunteers are needed to assist with delivery of the baskets.

Check donations can be made payable to Herndon-Reston FISH and sent to

311 Spring Street, Herndon, VA 20170. All donations are tax deductible

since FISH is a 501(c)3 organization.

Tickets are on sale for Reston Interfaith’s 20th annual Capitol Steps Benefit Performance to be held on Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. All proceeds from the event benefit the programs of Reston Interfaith, sponsored by 20 religious organizations, and supporting a large volunteer base.

Admission to the event is $50, for reserved seating patrons who receive dessert and beverages, or $25, for non-table tickets. Tickets may be purchased by mail. Send checks to Reston Interfaith, 11484 Washington Plaza West, Suite 400, Reston, VA 20190. General admission tickets may also be purchased at Appalachian Spring in Reston Town Center starting Dec. 1. Call Cindy Jenkins at 703-787-3123, for more information, or to order by phone.

Reston Interfaith is seeking donations of food and gifts to distribute to more than 400 families during the holiday season. Food baskets and holiday gifts are delivered to needy families throughout areas of Herndon and Reston.

The organization suggests the donation of a box of non-perishable dinner items and a supermarket gift card for a turkey or ham. Donations should be delivered on Nov. 21. Call Ellie Moody at 703-787-3115.

Families and co-workers may also team up by donating unwrapped presents in the Adopt-a-Family program. The deadline for gift delivery is Dec. 6. Call Jeanine Gravette at 703-787-3118.

Volunteers are also needed to help pick up or deliver donated items. Call Courtney Moreland at 703-787-3127.

The Reston Citizens Association is now accepting applications for appointment to its Planning and Zoning Committee. Interested individuals may pick up applications at the Reston Library, the Reston Community Centers at Hunter’s Woods and Lake Anne, or Reston Association offices at Isaac Newton Square.

The committee consists of 15 members serving 3-year terms; five positions are up for reelection each year. The committee meets on the first Monday of each month. The primary purpose of the committee is to provide a vehicle whereby the community can ensure that the development and redevelopment of Reston, as a planned residential community, follows the founding principles.

Applications must be returned to the Reston Citizens Association by Dec. 10, with appointments to be made at the December meeting of RCA. New terms begin Jan. 1, 2003. Questions may be directed to Art Hill at 264-1178.

Three Wishes Program makes power wheelchairs available to senior citizens (65 years and up) and the permanently disabled with no cost to the recipient if they qualify. The power wheelchairs are provided to those who cannot walk and cannot self-propel a manual wheelchair in their home, and who meet the additional guidelines of the program. No deposit is required. Call 800-451-0971 for more information.

Fifty-years old and looking for permanent work in Northern Virginia? Call Senior Employment Resources at 703-750-1936, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., for an interview.

The Northern Virginia Family Service needs foster families for abused and neglected children. African-American families are particularly needed. Help is needed in both full-time and short-term programs. Training, support and financial compensation will be provided. For more information about the Northern Virginia Family Service, call 703-533-9727 or e-mail smcallister@nvfs.org.

The NOVA Career Development Network invites those seeking jobs or career transitions to participate in a weekly networking and job support group. The group meets Tuesday mornings from 10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston, 1625 Wiehle Ave. Call Roy Seabolt at 571-263-1430 or e-mail rseabolt@cox.net for more information, or visit the Web site at http://communitylink.allnva.com/groups/novacdn.

Learn all about RCC’s latest events and course offerings at the new RCC site on RestonWeb at http://rcc.restonweb.com/. In addition to the CenterStage performance schedule, the site provides a printable registration form, press releases about upcoming events at RCC, links to the Reston Multicultural Festival Web site and to RestonWeb, and directions to both RCC facilities. Visit RestonWeb at www.restonweb.com.