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Volunteers are needed for the fourth annual Community Gala at the YMCA Reston. This year's event takes place aboard the YMCA Cruise Ship-'SS Dreams Come True on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 7 p.m.-midnight. The facility is located at 12196 Sunset Hills Road, Reston. All proceeds benefit individuals, families and children unable to afford the programs or membership in the YMCA. Call 703-742-8800.

Individuals, families and businesses are encouraged to donate non-perishable foods at the Reston Community Center and other designated drop-off points from Nov. 1-26 for their annual holiday food drive. Businesses and organizations that are interested in being drop-off points for food donations are invited to contact Haywood R. Hopson, Sr., at 703-476-4500, Ext. 228.

Food donations will be distributed to needy area families during the holiday season and throughout the year. Items especially needed include canned meat and fish, peanut butter, rice, beans, and canned fruits and vegetables.

Volunteers are needed to pack food donations on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, call Haywood R. Hopson, Sr. at 703-476-4500, Ext. 228.

The Reston Community Center is located at 2310 Colts Neck Road in Reston.

The Reston Chorale will hold auditions for "A Journey to Freedom, Honor and Glory" a world premier concert on March 19, 2004. The group is specifically seeking soprano and tenor soloists, but all choral singers are being recruited. Auditions will be held every Tuesday by appointment. Call 703-834-0079. E-mail auditions@restonchorale.org.

Reston Runners will hold their 9th annual Fall into Winter Run/Walk on Dec. 13 at South Lakes High School in Reston. The event benefits the Joy of Sports Foundation. Participants will have two courses to chose from, a 10K timed run through Reston roadways with awards; or a 5K timed run/walk through wooded pathways. Corporate sponsors are Bank of America and Baker & McKenzie. The event costs $22 per adult with pre-registration; $25 on race day. Children age 14 and under are $10 at any time. Call Cyndy Porter at 202-625-7148 or e-mail her at cyndyporter@aol.com.

Local artists can show their holiday spirit by exhibiting their work at the Gifts From the HeArt Fine Art Exhibition. Gifts From the HeArt runs from Dec. 1, 2003 to Jan. 5, 2004, at the Reston Community Center’s Jo Ann Rose Gallery. The show benefits Reston

Interfaith. Artists exhibit work, (2-dimensional only; photography welcome), that can be purchased for gift giving. There will be

a $5 entry fee (donation) per work. Up to two works per artist will be accepted. Artists are encouraged to donate 10 percent

of their sales to Reston Interfaith, which supports the

Embry Rucker Community Shelter, the Laurel Learning Center and their Community Services Outreach (job counseling, emergency food

and youth programs). The Reston Community Center charges no sales

commission. For more information and entry forms, call 703-689-3550.

The Reston Community Center's Senior Academy will hold its Holiday Luncheon on Friday, Dec. 12, from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Reston. Gifts will be given and a performances by the Richard Bray Orchestra and the Harmony Heritage Barbershop Quartet. Transportation from the Hunter Woods Fellowship House, the Lake Anne Fellowship House and Thoreau Place is available upon request. Call Eileen Boone to arrange transportation. Admission is $18 for Reston residents; $36 for all others. To register, do so in person at 2310 Colts Neck Road, or call 703-476-8617.

Reston Dogs is seeking volunteers and members to join the organization which oversees the Baron Cameron Off Leash Dog Area. Volunteers assure that pick-up bags and water are supplied, that overlooked waste is picked up, large waste barrels are emptied and that county regulations are enforced. Call 703-400-4460 or visit www.restondogs.org.

Fairfax County General Court Services is seeking volunteers and interns to assist in the Fairfax County General District Court performing administrative tasks. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and successfully pass a criminal background investigation. To request an application, call Lorraine Lottahall, volunteer/intern coordinator, for an application at 703-246-4760 or e-mail lorraine.lottahall@fairfaxcounty.

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 6-7 p.m. at ReSource Therapy Associates, Inc., 11864 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 101, Reston.

The Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is seeking volunteers for nursing homes or assisted living facilities in their community which they visit weekly. Listening, observing and mediating, the ombudsman works with the residents, their families and the facility staff to ensure that residents' rights are protected. Applicants must successfully complete training and must be available to volunteer four hours per week during regular business hours. Anyone interested who is not employed by a long-term care facility and can commit one year to working as an Ombudsman should call 703-324-5435. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ombudsman.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training is recruiting volunteers to train for marathons and races in support of local cancer patients. For more information, call 703-960-1100 or visit www.teamintraining.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 Inova 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 rseabolt@cox.net for more information. Visit www.communitylink.allnva.com/groups/novacdn.

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 smcallister@nvfs.org.

The Naomi Project needs volunteers to serve as mentors for high risk pregnant women. The women are referred from the Fairfax Hospital, Health Department, Human Services and private physicians. Volunteers give about one hour per week, determined by the client's needs and volunteer's availability. There is a special need for Spanish-speaking volunteers. Call 703-860-2633 or visit naomiproject.homestead.com.