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The Reston Photographic Society’s Annual Judged Photography Exhibition runs through Oct. 27 at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery in the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne. The public is invited to an awards reception at The Jo Ann Rose Gallery on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 2-4 p.m. A feature of this annual photography show is the People’s Choice Award, based on ballots filled out by visitors to the gallery between the opening on Oct. 1 and Saturday, Oct. 5.

Tickets for the National Symphony Orchestra Decorator’s Show House 2002 are on sale through October at Appalachian Spring. This year’s show house, the Houghton Mansion, will be open through Oct. 31. Tickets are $15 off site and $20 at the door. Appalachian Spring is located at 11877 Market St., Reston Town Center, and its hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.

Volunteers play a key role in the Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program’s provision of advocacy services to recipients of long-term care in the region. The volunteer is assigned to a specific nursing home or assisted living facility, and makes weekly visits. Using the skills of listening, observing and mediating, the ombudsman works with the residents, their families and the staff of the facility to ensure that the residents’ rights are being protected. Applicants must successfully complete a training session and must be available to volunteer four hours per week, primarily during business hours. Call 703-324-5435 for further information and an application. Web site is www.co.fairfax.va.us/service/aaa/html/ombudman.htm.

The Fannie Mae Foundation will host its second annual community “Help the Homeless” walkathon on Saturday, Oct. 19, in Reston. The walkathon will allow area residents to directly support the Embry Rucker Community Shelter by participating in the walk and designating the shelter as their beneficiary agency (code RIERS).

The community walk will start from Reston Town Center at 10 a.m., with registration beginning at 9 a.m., and proceed from the Town Center to Lake Anne and back, a distance of about three miles.

Registration costs. $15 for youth age 25 and under, and $25 for adults over 25. Registration fees for each walker go directly to the designated beneficiary agency. Individuals who would like to support an agency, but are unable to walk, can register and volunteer at the event.

Reston Interfaith is looking for walkathon participants.

Call Ashley Garecht, volunteer coordinator for the Embry Rucker shelter, at 703-437-1975 or e-mail embryrucker shelter@erols.com. Walkers can register on-line at www.helpthe homelessdc.org.

Michael’s Arts and Crafts is sponsoring “Warming Up America” hrough Monday, Oct. 21, people are asked to knit or crochet seven inch by nine inch squares to be dropped off at the Michaels’ Reston Store. On 0ct. 26, from 1:30-2:30 p.m., the store will be hosting a joining party to piece together afghans to be donated to local shelters, the Salvation Army and Project Linus. Call 703-736-0530.

The Reston Museum needs volunteers to work in the museum shop on Saturdays. No special skills required and scheduling is flexible. Call 703-709-7700 to volunteer.

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.

The Reston Historic Trust recently published a unique coloring book entitled “A Child Looks At Reston” with line drawings by famed Reston artist Pat Mcintyre and text by RHT president Bill Nicoson. The book depicts the birth of Reston as Robert E. Simon, Jr., surveys the valley that will become Lake Anne and the adjacent site that will become Heron House and Lake Anne Village Center. The first edition of the book are on sale for $5 at RHT’s Storefront Museum and Shop in Lake Anne Village Center. Orders to be picked up can also be placed by calling 703-709-7700.