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herndon@connectionnewspapers.com or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Jennifer Lesinski at 703-917-6454.

This free listing is reserved for activities and events that are open to the public at no or minimal cost.

On Saturday, Aug. 28 a bluegrass concert series takes place at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1090 Sterling Road, Herndon, featuring award-winning song-writer and vocalist Gary Ferguson. Ferguson will be performing with young instrumentalist Jordan Tice. For reservations, call 703-437-1883 or 703-435-8377. Admission is $12 with payment the evening of the concert. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.

A town hall meeting, sponsored by the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington, Jews for Judaism, Jewish Community Centers, area synagogues, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, will be held at the Washington, D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW, Washington, D.C., 7:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 23.

Tickets for the non member High Holiday are now available for purchase at Congregation Etz Hayim in Arlington, through Sept. 24. Tot, family and adult services are offered. For more information, call 703-979-4466, e-mail highholidays@etzhayim.net, or visit www.etzhayim.net.

The Washington Plaza Baptist Church in Reston will be holding an end-of-the-summer Celebration of God's Goodness Sunday, Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. The event will include music, liturgical dance, drama and open sharing. For more information visit the Web site www.WashingtonPlazaChurch.com or call 703-471-5225. The church is located at 1615 Washington Plaza.

The fall Bible study, "Interpretation: A guide to Understanding the Bible Today," begins Tuesday, Sept. 14, 7:30-9 p.m., at the Washington Plaza Baptist Church, 1615 Washington Plaza, Reston. The 14-lesson course teaches how to explore historical settings, discover the literary context and audience, analyze the structure, and investigate words and phrases of the Scriptures. To register, call 703-471-5225 or e-mail Administrator@WashingtonPlazaChurch.com.

Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation (NVHC) invites new and prospective members to an Ice Cream Social on Sunday, Aug. 22, from 2-4 p.m. in the social hall. Enjoy an ice cream sundae, meet Rabbi Robert A. Nosanchuk and temple leaders, and learn all about NVHC. Families are welcome. 1441 Wiehle Ave., Reston. For more information, call 703-437-7733.

Dave and Barb Anderson, of the Fellowship Ministries in Tempe, Ariz., will lead worship services at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Reston Saturday, Aug. 21 at 5 p.m., and at 8 and 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 22. Good Shepherd is located at 1516 Moorings Drive. For more information, visit www.goodshepherd-lutheran.org.

Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation will be holding its Annual Picnic Sunday, Sept. 5, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. In addition to food, the picnic will feature activities including a moon bounce, arts and crafts, raffles and games for whole family. There is no charge for prospective members. The price for BCRC members is $6 per person and children under 4 are free.Ê The maximum price per family is $24. Contact Alicia Balser at 703-771-4694 by Aug. 29 for more information and reservations.Ê

Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation is a memberÊof Union for Reform Judaism and serves Loudoun and western Fairfax County. For more information about BCRC, its services and programs visit www.bethchaverim.org or by calling 703-391-8669.

Join the Dranesville Church of the Brethren every Friday evening, at 7 p.m., during August. The church is located at 11500 Leesburg Pike, Herndon. Contact the church office by calling 703-430-787 or 703-437-4852 for more information.

The Herndon Ecumenical discussion group meets on the fourth Saturday of each month, 9 a.m.-noon, to study the unity and diversity of Christian heritage. Meetings are in room 213 at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church, 750 Peachtree St., Herndon. All are welcome. For more information, call Betty at 703-437-1196.