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Turkey Trot

<bt>The Herndon Parks and Recreation Department will be holding the annual Herndon Turkey Trot 5K on the Herndon Centennial Golf Course, Saturday, Nov. 23, at 4 p.m.

Turkeys will be awarded to the first-place finisher in each age division, while second-place finishers will receive a pie, courtesy of Mom's Apple Pies. The overall male and female winners will receive complete Thanksgiving dinners with "all the fixin's."

Interested runners can register online at www.active.com, by calling 703-435-6868, or in person at the Herndon Community Center. The pre registration cost is $10; and a canned good donation, which will be given to LINK ā€” a Herndon and Sterling organization of 16 churches, which provides food, furniture and financial assistance to needy families. Race day registration is $12 for adults, $10 for youth 18 and under, and a canned good donation.

<sh>FISH Seeking Donations

<bt>The Herndon-Reston FISH (Friendly Instant Sympathetic Help) is collecting money and non-perishable food items for Thanksgiving baskets for needy local families. Each family also receives a $10 gift certificate from a local store to be used to buy a turkey or other fresh foods to compliment the boxes of non-perishable food. Last year FISH gave Thanksgiving baskets to more than 130 families. Non-perishable food donations (such as peanut butter, jams, jellies, tuna, cereals and juices) can be dropped off at United Christian Parish Church at 2222 Colts Neck Road, Reston (across the street from Hunters Wood Shopping Center) or at the Bargain Loft thrift shop located at 336 Victory Drive, Herndon.

The collection and sorting dates are Nov. 17, 18, and 19 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the United Christian Parish Church. Distribution will be on Nov. 20 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Anyone wishing to volunteer for this worthwhile activity should call 703-860-8804 or 703-471-9024.

Check donations can be made payable to Herndon-Reston FISH and sent to 336 Victory Drive, Herndon, Va. 20170. FISH is a 50l(c)3 organization so all donations are tax deductible.

<sh>Program Seeks Volunteers

<bt>Herndon Lights Up the Holidays is seeking volunteers of all ages to help with the event on Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Worldgate Shopping Centre. Volunteers will light candles, greet guests, offer hot cocoa and cookies, coordinate entertainment, children's crafts and more. Each volunteer will be asked to arrive at 4 p.m. on the day of the event. Candle-lighters will be done by 6 p.m. All helpers will receive a sweatshirt to wear and take home. Call The Council for the Arts of Herndon at 703-689-9535.

<sh>Board Members Wanted

<bt>The Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts' interim board is seeking individuals interested in serving on the permanent Board of Directors and as foundation volunteers. The foundation is also seeking donations for the construction of the Arts Center.

Checks should be made out to Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts, and mailed to P.O. Box 916, Herndon, Va. 20172-0916.

<sh>Town Calendar

<bt>Wednesday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m.

ARB/HPRB work session. Herndon Council Chambers, 765 Lynn St.

Saturday, Nov. 15

Display deadline for 2004 vehicle decals.

Monday, Nov. 17-Friday, Nov. 21

Leaf collection, north of bike trail.

Monday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.

* ARB/HPRB public hearing. Herndon Council Chambers, 765 Lynn St.

* Planning Commission work session. Herndon Council Chambers, 765 Lynn St.

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.

Town Council work session. Herndon Council Chambers, 765 Lynn St.

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Board of Zoning Appeals. Herndon Council Chambers, 765 Lynn St.

Saturday, Nov. 22, 4 p.m.

Turkey Trot 5 K race. Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave.

Saturday, Nov. 22, 5-8 p.m.

Herndon Lights up the Holidays. Worldgate