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The Greater Reston Art Center (GRACE) will feature the works of Northern Virginia visual art teachers in the juried exhibition, "And They Teach," from Oct. 9-Nov. 12. GRACE is offering the opportunity to visual art teachers at the elementary and secondary level in Northern Virginia in order to "foster professional artistic growth among art teachers."

Drop off dates for artwork are Thursday, Sept. 18, from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 11911 Freedom Drive, Suite 110, Reston. The entry fee for GRACE members is $10 and the non-member fee is $20. All work may be 2- or 3-dimensional work, no larger than 32 inches by 40 inches, original and completed within the last three years. Submitted work should be labeled with the artist's name, address, phone number, title of work, dimensions and suitably framed and ready for installation. Pieces will be held until juried and the jurors' decision will be made by telephone.

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For information, contact Amy Kropka, director of programs, at 703-471-9242.

On Saturday, Sept. 11, from 6-8 p.m., there will be an orientation session for 2003 Reston Multicultural Festival volunteers at the Reston Community Center, Lake Anne. Volunteers will enjoy pizza and soft drinks while learning about the many volunteer opportunities available including festival setup and teardown, children’s games and activities, entertainment, parking, greeting the public, information, craft demos, food, craft and T-shirt sales.

The Festival is also seeking artists ages 4-18 to share their works with the community. The work will be displayed at the Festival and in the Jo Ann Rose Gallery in September.

The Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and celebrates the community’s diversity with dance, music, crafts and food. To obtain an entry form, call 703-689-3550.

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 high school stadium), post race food, run sentry, water stops, score keeper with LM sports, bike marshal and finish line. A free Triathlon T-shirt and food are provided. E-mail restontri@aol.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.

Reston Community Center is sponsoring a trip to New York City on Saturday, Sept. 13. The bus leaves the Hunters Woods facility at 5:30 a.m. and returns at 11 p.m. Travelers will be on their own with drop off and pick up times arranged at Macy's. The trip is for people age 18 and older. The cost for people who live or work in Reston is $55, and $83 for all others. Register either in person or by faxing a completed RCC Registration form to (703) 476-8617.

Reston Festival 2004, which will take place the weekend of July 10-11, is seeking volunteers to join the planning committee. The next meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Reston Association, 1930 Isaac Newton Square. For more information, visit www.restonfestival.com or call 703-435-7989.

Greater Reston Art Center holds their C-Note sale Sept. 5-28 with a reception on Thursday, Sept. 11. Donated artwork is exhibited. During the reception, holders of $125 tickets will each get to take home the work of their choice in the order of a draw. Proceeds support GRACE and its outreach programs, including Art in the Schools and the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival. Visit www.restonarts.com.

The Reston Community Center (RCC) and Reston Association will host their annual Volunteria, “Providing a Helping Hand,” on Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 7-8:30 p.m. Area non-profit organizations will recruit volunteers to work in the community. The event will be held at the RCC at Lake Anne, Unit 1609-A, Washington Plaza. Anyone age 12 and older will be eligible to volunteer. For directions, or more information, call Anna C. Dowdell at 703-648-2857.

Reston Association (RA) is currently seeking volunteers to participate in the Weed Warriors Program on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m.-noon at Lake Newport Soccer Field. Volunteers will help restore Reston's forests to their natural state, protecting native ferns, wildflowers and tree seedlings which are under attack by invasive exotic plants like English ivy, Japanese Honeysuckle and Bamboo. These fast growing plants seriously damage local ecosystems, taking away vital food and habitat from already stressed wildlife populations. To sign up, or for more information, e-mail habrock@reston.org or visit www.reston.org.

The Rotary Club of Dulles International Airport will hold the Opportunities Open, its seventh annual golf tournament, on Monday, Sept. 29, at Hiddencreek Country Club in Reston. The tournament will be held as a scramble so that all levels of golfers can play. A silent auction and awards dinner will follow the tournament. All levels of sponsorship are available.

Proceeds will benefit the mentally and physically disabled who need housing and employment. Organizations will include Arc of Northern Virginia (ARC), Service Source, Every Citizen Has Opportunities (ECHO), and The ARC of Loudoun (LARC). The Rotary and local businesses are contributing volunteers, prizes and administrative costs.

Golfers or those who want to sponsor events during the tournament can call Bruce Tria, chairman at 703 506 7614 or e-mail him at bruce_tria@ustrust.com.

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.

Volunteers are needed on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. to help host five Reston homes that will be open to the public for the Reston Historic Trust’s second annual Reston House Tour. Volunteers will each receive a free tour pass. Anyone over the age of 16 is welcome to volunteer. Forms for registration are available at the Reston Museum & Shop, 1639 Washington Plaza at Reston’s Lake Anne Village Center. For more information, call 703-709-7700.

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 preparing for its annual new volunteer training. Volunteers are assigned to a specific nursing home or assisted living facility 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. The training is scheduled for Sept. 18, 19 and 25, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., each day. 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.

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 Sunday, Sept. 7 (1-5:30 p.m.). Persons interested in helping immigrants improve their quality of life should call 703-271-8341.

Classes will be offered at 19 different locations and at various times. Visit wwww.eslim.org.

Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) offers an orientation meeting for prospective volunteers from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10. The non-profit organization recruits and trains community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the Fairfax County court system. Special advocates are appointed by a judge to speak up on behalf of children and ensure that they obtain safe, permanent homes. The session will take place at the Fairfax CASA office at 4103 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 200 in Fairfax. Call 703-273-3526 or visit www.casafairfax.org.

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.

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 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.