Send announcements to The Reston Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is two weeks before publication. Photos/artwork encouraged. Call Bonnie Eaton at 703-917-6449.
The Greater Reston Art Center (GRACE) is pleased to announce that the 2004, Applications for the 13th Annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival application are now available at the Greater Reston Art Center (GRACE) Web site, www.restonarts.org. Hardcopies of the application will be available after Aug. 15 upon request. Relevant deadlines for the 2004 festival, scheduled for May 22-23, are:
Early Apply Fee: $40, if received by Aug. 15.
Standard Apply Fee: $50, if received by Oct. 3, 2003.
Notification of Participants: by Nov. 26, 2003.
Slides returned to applicants: by Dec. 15, 2003.
The festival showcases finest artists from 45 states, Washington D.C. and Canada.
ReSource Therapy Associates, Inc. is sponsoring a Pet Loss Support Group for people experiencing grief after the loss of an animal. Sessions will be held every Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. at ReSource Therapy Associates, Inc., 11864 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 101, Reston.
The Reston Association has chartered a bus to the Corcoran Gallery of Art to see the special exhibit "The Eyes of History 2003" on Thursday, July 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit documents the year's top news stories from sniper attacks in the D.C. area to the war on terrorism. The trip is offered to individuals age 55 and older. Cost is $18 for Reston residents and $23 for non-residents. The bus will pick up at Lake Anne Fellowship House, Thoreau Place and Hunters Wood Fellowship House. Call 703-435-6577.
The Reston Triathlon is seeking volunteers to help with the event scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 7. Volunteers are need for Saturday set-up on Sept. 6 including the swim course, transition areas at Lake Audubon boat ramp and South Lakes High School and also for packet pickup. On Sunday, race day, volunteers are needed for the two transition areas (Lake Audubon boat ramp and the HS stadium), post race food, run sentry, water stops, score keeper with LM sports, bike marshal and finish line. A free Triathlon T-shirt and free food are provided. E-mail email@example.com or visit www.restontriathlon.org and follow the links to the application form. Individuals may also write to Reston Triathlon Association, 11654 Plaza America Drive, Reston, VA 20190.
The Fifth Annual Light the Night event will be held at Reston Town Center on Saturday, Oct. 4. The event consists of a 2-mile walk to raise awareness about leukemia and lymphoma. Participants raising $100 or more will carry red illuminated balloons and cancer survivors and patients will carry white balloons to symbolize "lights of hope." The event will also include a musical performance by the Swiftkick Band, face painting, kids games and refreshments. Call 703-960-111. Visit www.lightthenight.org\nca.
The ninth annual Embry Rucker Golf Tournament to benefit the programs of Reston Interfaith will be held Monday, July 14 at Hidden Creek and Reston National Golf Course in Reston. The Golf registration fee is $175 which includes greens fees, cart, breakfast, lunch and dinner with silent and live auctions. Non-golfers are welcome to attend dinner and auction. Tickets are $40 per person. To sign on as a sponsor or player, use the form that was included in the April Messenger, or call Cindy Jenkins, special events manager, at 703-787-3123.
Reston Community Center (RCC) will host a day of fishing on Saturday, July 26, from 4:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on the 75-foot Judith M off the coast of Ocean City, Md. The group will go ocean bottom fishing for sea bass, lingcod, trout, croakers, tautog and sand sharks. The fee of $40-$50 (Reston residents) includes transportation, rod and reel, bait and tackle, one lunch ticket, and over five hours of fishing. The fees for all others are $65 for persons younger than 12 years of age, and $75 for persons older than 12. Register either in person at 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, or fax a completed RCC Registration form to 703-476-8617.
The English as a Second Language (ESL) and Immigrant Ministries program has an immediate need for teaching volunteers. The time commitment is two hours, one day/night per week or Saturday mornings, September through December. Teacher training is being offered on either Saturday, Aug. 9 (8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) or Sunday, Aug. 24 (1-5:30 p.m.) and on Sunday, Sept. 7 (1-5:30 p.m.).
Persons interested in helping immigrants improve their quality of life are urged to contact Campbell immediately at 703-271-8341.
Last year, the ESL program had more the 1,700 students registered with an annual teaching and volunteer staff of more than 300.
Classes will be offered at 19 different locations and at various times. Visit wwww.eslim.org.
Inova Blood Donor Services conducts community blood drives on a regular basis. Donating takes about one hour. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health for three days prior to donating. Call Invoa Blood Donor Services at 703-208-7000.
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.-noon at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston, 1625 Wiehle Ave. Call Roy Seabolt at 571-263-1430 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Individuals age 50 and above looking for permanent employment are encouraged to call Senior Employment Resources at 703-750-1936, Monday-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 email@example.com.