Around Town

Around Town

<lst>Send announcements to The Reston Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is two weeks before publication. Photos/artwork encouraged. Questions? Call Michael O'Connell at 703-917-6449.

Reston Association's Science Camp. Space is still available in Session I, which meets from June 24 to July 5. Campers, ages 8 to 12, will find out about the women and men of science in the United States and their amazing discoveries. US Geological Survey scientists will share exciting tales of their travels and adventures. This camp offers a combination of recreational opportunities and science activities. The cost, per session, is $315 for Reston Association members and $365 for non-members. Camp meets Monday through Friday (except July 4) from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the US Geological Survey. Transportation and before and after-care services are also available. An all-camp carnival with amusements, a cookout, and prizes is scheduled for July 3. Call 703-435-6551 for more information, or pick up an application at the Reston Association office at 1930 Isaac Newton Square, Reston.

The Reston Citizens Association is looking for candidates to serve on its 15-member board of directors. Established in 1967, the Reston Citizens Association operates through committees and task groups of residents formed to address major issues related to land use and zoning, transportation, education and environment.

All Reston residents over the age of 16 are eligible to run for Director and vote in the elections. Reston Citizens Association is in need of representatives to strengthen the voice of Reston's racial and cultural diversity. Candidate filing forms and instructions are available at the Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods Plaza, the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne and the Reston Association office at 1930 Isaac Newton Square and at the RCA Web site at

On July 13 and 14, at the Reston Festival, Lake Anne Plaza, the Board of Directors of the Reston Citizens Association will conduct its election for the following directors seats: president (one-year term); three At-Large Directors (two-year terms); Hunters Woods District Director (two-year term); two Lake Anne District Directors (one two-year term and one one-year term); North Point District Director (two-year term); and South Lakes District Director (two-year term).

Mailed candidate filing forms must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, June 25 and e-mailed responses must be sent by 5 p.m., Thursday, June 27. Send completed forms to: Reston Citizens Association, P. O.. Box 2631, Reston, VA 20195 or e-mail from the Web page as instructed. For more information, contact Jim Traylor, RCA president, at 703-437-9465 or

The Reston Citizens Association (RCA) would like to honor those individuals who have selflessly given their time and effort in the pursuit of RCA's goals. RCA members believe that those living in Reston who have worked for the community, for the sake of the community, without the prospect of financial gain, deserve special mention. The RCA invites all Reston residents to submit candidates for the RCA Community Service Award. The RCA Board of Directors will select the year's award recipient and will present the award at the July 13 Reston Festival. Send a completed nomination form to: The Reston Citizen's Association, P. O.. Box 2631, Reston, VA 20195. For more information, contact the RCA at 703-437-9465, or

Barton Hill Road Community Association, the Harpers Square Cluster Association and the Barton Hill Court Cluster Association will be conducting a community revitalization and beautification campaign. The event will take place on Saturday, June 15 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a rain date on Sunday, June 16, at the same time. Volunteers are asked to meet at the parking lot and soccer field at the entrance to the Barton Hill Road community off of Sunrise Valley Drive, in Reston.

Amputee Support Group Of Northern Virginia is a support group for amputees, their families and friends. Meetings are scheduled for the first Tuesday of every month, 7:30-9 p.m. at INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Department of Rehabilitation Gym Area, Women & Children's Center, First Floor, 3300 Gallows Road in Falls Church. There is no cost to participants and parking is provided free in the garage for cars displaying handicapped placards or license plates. For more information, contact Irvin Axelrod at 703-222-7120 or e-mail

The Reston Newcomers Club has published a cookbook, "Home Cooking," with 345 recipes. Cost is $15. Call 703-476-6152.

The Reston Museum is looking for volunteers to work in the museum shop and with its art program for children on Saturdays. No special skills are required and scheduling is flexible. Call 703-709-7700 to volunteer.

Persons older than 50 looking for permanent work in Northern Virginia may call Senior Employment Resources at 703-750-1936, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., for an interview.

The YMCA in Reston is offering Lamaze childbirth classes by a certified Lamaze instructor. A series of five classes are offered on Tuesday nights, 7-9 p.m. Call 703-631-4629 for a schedule and to register.

The Reston Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) invites young people interested in learning valuable leadership and networking skills, while serving his/her community, to join them at one of their next events. Many events are planned and anyone 21-39 is invited.

Thursday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m., chapter social at Lakeside Inn, South Lakes Shopping Center For more information, contact Chad Davis at 703-850-8886 or or visit the Web site

The 10-and-under Fairfax Fire birds girls softball team seeks players for the upcoming spring and summer tournament seasons. For information regarding location and times contact either Mark Morrison at 703-448-1985 or, or Paul Sbardella at 703-690-8925 or

A Farmers' Market will take place every Saturday through Nov. 2 at Lake Anne Plaza in Reston from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.. The Farmers' Market will offer fresh fruit, vegetables, baked goods, cut flowers, potted plants, cider and honey. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Pastel drawing classes taught by Carol Berman, an award-winning pastel artist, are staring up again at her studio in Reston. Improve your drawing skills while learning this exciting medium. Classes will take place on Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and are $15 per session. To sign up or for further information, call 703-437-9068.

A new mutual-help support group for persons with depression or bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness) and/or family members is forming in Reston. The group will meet on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 7-9 p.m. No charge to attend. For location or more information, call Traci at 703-433-1448, Paul at 703-981-2259 or Kathy at 540-751-0547.

Families can help with the peace reconciliation effort in Northern Ireland by hosting a pair of teens (choose boys or girls, one Roman Catholic and one Protestant, ages 15-18) in their home for four weeks this summer beginning July 2. The teenage boys and girls are part of the Children's Friendship Project for Northern Ireland (CFPNI). To be eligible, host families need to provide a safe, neutral setting for the teens to get to know one another, a single bedroom for them to share, and day-long adult supervision. Co-hosting with another family for two weeks of the four-week stay is an option.

For more information or to obtain a host family application, contact Melinda and Randy Grochowski at 703-478-6291 or e-mail

The Reston Community Center is sponsoring a Teen Summer Employment Program to help match up teens ages 15 to 18 with the right employer. Reston Community Center's program works like an employment agency. RCC screens teens by reviewing resumes and conducting preliminary interviews and skills assessments. RCC staff then matches teen candidates with summer jobs offered by local employers. To enter the program, teens must submit a resume and a completed program application to the RCC. For more information or to obtain a program application, contact Shauna Cole, Teen Program Director, Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500 or e-mail

Nomination applications are now available for the Northern Virginia Family Service CARE (Companies As Responsive Employers) Award, which recognizes Northern Virginia business that promote a positive work-life balance for employees. The deadline for submission is July 12. Applications will be evaluated by the Northern Virginia Family Service. CARE Award winners will be recognized at an awards breakfast to be held Thursday, November 14 at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner. Call 703-533-2595 or e-mail for more information or to receive an application. The application can also be downloaded from the Northern Virginia Family Service web site at

Orphan Foundation of America, a Reston-based organization, provides scholarships and offers mentors to parentless teens leaving foster care. Currently, the foundation has over 500 applications that require personal attention. Passionate individuals are encouraged to work on these and other crucial projects. Tasks include reviewing student and mentor applications, contacting applicants by mail, phone or e-mail, making files, etc. Volunteers are also critically needed, to help with development by researching foundations and organizations, preparing solicitation packets and other tasks. Call 571-203-0270 or e-mail for more information.

Greater Reston Arts Center has started taking registrations for its

Summer Art Camp for Kids for children in first through sixth grade. The first session, which runs from July 8-12, will be "All About Me!" for rising first through third graders. The second session, which runs from July 15-19, will be "Learning to Look!" for rising first through third graders. The third session, which runs July 22-26, will be "Living Landscapes" for fourth through sixth graders. The fourth session, which runs July 29-Aug. 3, will be "Modern Art and Me!" for fourth through sixth graders. Class size is limited to 30 students per session. Cost: $130 per session for GRACE Members, $150 per session for non-members. For more information or to register call 703-471-9242.

Free conversational English classes for all levels are offered at Washington Plaza Baptist Church, 1615 Washington Plaza, Reston, on Wednesday afternoons, 1:30-3 p.m., and on Thursday evenings, 7-8:30 p.m. Call 703-471-5225.

The Virginia Senate and the House of Delegates have adopted a Senate Joint Resolution commending the Reston Children's Center for its 35 years of service to the children and families of Reston. The Reston Children's Center was the first child care program in Reston to earn national accreditation. In 2001, the Reston Children's Center became the first school-age program in Reston, and the fourth in Virginia, to be accredited by the National School Age Child Care Alliance. Linda D. Selb, Executive Director of the Center, has been on staff 24 years and has seen a generation of children grow up.

The Northern Virginia Family Service is looking for 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

Coaching classes for brides-to-be will be offered in the Merrifield/Gallows Road area to help manage pre-marital stress. The two-session group course will be offered on the first of each summer month. Day and evening classes are available. For more information, contact Carolyn R. Krol, LCSW at 202-669-3249.

Children ages 6-12 are invited to attend free beginner swimming classes this summer at the Vantage Hill Pool. The eight class sessions, which are taught by the aquatics staff of the Reston Community Center, are for Beginner I and II students. Each RCC instructor has been trained and certified by the American Red Cross and has received ratings in Water Safety Instruction.

For information on class days and times, contact the RCC Aquatics Department at 703-476-4500. There is no charge for the Beginner level classes but registration is required. Classes are also available for Advanced level swimmers. Advanced level classes are not free, so contact the RCC Aquatics Department for class fee information. Registration starts May 18 and can be done in person or by faxing a completed RCC Registration form to 703-476-8617.

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. to 12 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston at 1625 Wiehle Ave. Call Roy Seabolt at 571 263-1430 or for more info or visit the web site at