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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.

<cal1>Thursday/Aug. 26

<cal2>Summer Concert. US Naval Academy Electric Brigade, show band, sponsored by HRI Associates, Insurance, plays the final concert of the summer series from 7:30-9 p.m. on the Town Green at the Herndon Municipal Center. For more information, call 703-435-6868 or visit the Town of Herndon's Web site at http://www.herndon-va.gov.

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 27

<cal2>Final Concert. Jah Works and Soldiers of Jah, reggae, play the final Friday Night Live of the season at Town Green. For more information, visit www.herndonrocks.com/html/bands.html or call 703-481-6133.

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 28

<cal2>Cosmetic Surgery Educational Seminar. Dr. Robert K. Sigal, staff surgeon at the Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Reston, offers a free educational seminar on cosmetic surgery, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 1825 Samuel Morse Drive, Reston. To register, call Ronna at 703-893-6168.ÊÊ

Saturday Bluegrass Series. Bluegrass concert series 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.

Girl Scouts Informational Meeting. Herndon Fortnightly Library, from 1-3 p.m. Girl Scouts is open to girls from kindergarten through 12th grade. Any adults interested in volunteering should also attend. For more information, call the local Girl Scout field director, Jenna Wood, at 202-237-1670.

Town Concert. Reston Concerts on the Town comes to a close with Big Joe Maher's Swingin' Extravaganza, swing and jump blues, from 7:30-10 p.m., rain or shine at Equity Office Pavilion, Reston. For more information, call 703-912-4062 or visit www.restontowncenter.com.

<cal1>Wednesday/Sept. 1

<cal2>Stories and Activities. "A House Is a House for Me" for ages 4-6, at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 10:30 a.m. Must be accompanied by an adult. To register call 703-689-2700.

<cal1>Thursday/Sept. 2

<cal2>Circle Time. Interactive story time at Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 10:30 a.m. Ages 13- to 17-months and accompanied by an adult. To register, call 703-689-2700.

<cal1>Friday/Sept. 3

<cal2>Open House. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University, formerly known as Learning in Retirement Institute, is holding an open house, from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., at Washington Plaza Baptist Church at Lake Anne, 1615 Washington Plaza, Reston. For more information, call 703-503-3384.

Reston VIP. Support group for people with vision loss will meet at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 2 p.m. Only adults may participate. To register or for more information, call 703-689-2700.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 4

<cal2>U.S. Open Trip. The Reston Community Center is sponsoring a trip to the U.S. Open, in Flushing, N.Y., Sept. 4 and 5, including seating for the Saturday morning, Saturday evening and Sunday morning sessions. Fee includes transportation, tickets, one night at the Courtyard Marriott. Meals are on your own. The trip will run from 5 a.m. Sept. 4 to 11:30 p.m. Sept. 5. Register either in person or by faxing a completed RCC registration form to 703-476-8617. This trip is intended for persons age 18 and older. The fee is $300, double occupancy, per person for people who live or work in Reston. Single occupancy is $395 for people who live and work in Reston. For all others, the trip fee is $450 for double occupancy, and $565 single occupancy.

For further information, directions, or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500 (V/TTY).

<cal1>Sunday/Sept. 5

<cal2>Country-western dance at the Reston Community Center (RCC) Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. For more information, call the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500 or visit www.restoncommunitycenter.gov.

<cal1>Monday/Sept. 6

<cal2>Labor Day Jazz and Wine Festival. The 16th annual festival will have musical performances throughout the afternoon, in and around the Herndon Municipal Center complex, 777 Lynn St., in historic downtown Herndon, from noon-6 p.m. Festival-goers can also sample and purchase wines from Virginia wineries. Food vendors and fine artists and craftsmen will be selling a variety of items including watercolor paintings, pen and ink drawings and jewelry. Admission is $3 per person; admission with wine tasting is $15 per person. For more information or the performance line up, call 703-435-6868 or visit www.herndon-va.gov.

<cal1>Wednesday/Sept. 8

<cal2>Open House. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University, formerly known as Learning in Retirement Institute, is holding an open house from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., at Tallwood, 4210 Roberts Road, Fairfax. For more information, call 703-503-3384.

Book Discussion. The Reston Regional Library, located at 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, will host a discussion at 10:30 a.m. Open to all adults. For this monthÕs selection, call 703-689-2700.

Stories and Activities. Time to go squirrely. For ages 2-3, at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 10:30 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call 703-689-2700.

<cal1>Thursday/Sept. 9

<cal2>Volunteria. The Reston Community Center, from

7-8:30 p.m., will hold the annual Volunteria, at the Reston Community Center Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road. Area nonprofit organizations will recruit volunteers to work in the community. Anyone age 12 and older will be eligible to volunteer. For directions or more information, call Anna C. Dowdell, volunteer coordinator, at 703-648-2857.

Practice Your English. For adults learning English who would like to participate in beginner-level conversation groups. Sessions will be held at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 7 p.m. To register, call 703-689-2700.

FriendsÕ Book Discussion. For this monthÕs selection, call 703-689-2700. Discussions are open to all adults, and will be held at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 7:30 p.m.

Alligators & Crocodiles. Stories, activities and a craft for children ages 2-3 with adult, at 10:30 a.m.; for children ages 3-5, at 2 p.m. Held at the Herndon Library, 768 Center St. Call 703-437-8855 to register.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 11

<cal2>Back to School. Stories, activities and a craft for children ages 3-6 at the Herndon Library, 768 Center St., at 11 a.m. Call 703-437-8855 to register.

Blood Drive. At the Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery, 1825 Samuel Morse Drive, Reston, from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

<cal1>Sunday/Sept. 12

<cal2>WhatÕs a Database & How Do I Use One? Learn the secrets for searching the libraryÕs free online research tools. Only open to adults at the Reston Towne Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 2 p.m. Call 703-689-2700 to register.

Tea Dance. Reston Community Center's Senior Academy Tea Dance at the Hunters Woods Center from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Dancers, ages 55 and older, of all skill levels are welcome to foxtrot, swing, cha-cha, and waltz; partners not required. Door prizes and light refreshments will be provided. Admission is $3 per person. Another dance will be held Oct. 10.

<cal1>Monday/Sept. 13

<cal2>Homework Busters. Children ages 8 and up will learn how to use the library at the Reston Towne Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 4 p.m. Call 703-689-2700 to register.

Practice Your English. Intermediate-level conversation group for adults learning English will be held at the Reston Towne Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 7 p.m. Call 703-689-2700 to register.

Doggie Happy Hour. "Dog Days of Summer" happy hour at the Dulles Airport Marriot Pavilion, 45020 Aviation Drive, Dulles. The doggy-centered event starts at 5:30 p.m. and is offering goodies and treats for both the dogs and their owners. Admission is $30 and benefits the Homeless Animal Rescue Team. For reservations or more information call 703-378-9655.

<cal1>Wednesday/Sept. 15

<cal2>Alphababies. Stories and activities will be held at the Reston Towne Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 10.30 a.m. Ages 18- to 23-months accompanied with adult. To register, call 703-689-2700.

<cal1>Thursday/Sept. 16

<cal2>Fund-raising Auction. Symantec, an information security company headquartered in California with an office in Herndon, will hold a silent auction fund-raiser to benefit the Herndon Free Clinic, at the Marriott at Worldgate Center in Herndon. For more information, contact Patty Hall at patty_hall@symantec.com.

Beginner English. For adults learning English who would like to participate in beginner-level conversation groups. Sessions will be held at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 7 p.m. To register, call 703-689-2700.

Intermediate English. Intermediate-level conversation group for adults learning English will be held at the Reston Towne Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 1 p.m. Call 703-689-2700 to register.

Senior Cinema. "Miracle," starring Kurt Russell, at the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave., at 2 p.m. Refreshments and a movie are free. All movies are rated PG or PG-13. For more information, call 703-435-6868 or visit www.herndon-va.gov.

<cal1>Friday/Sept. 17

<cal2>Circle Time. Interactive story time for adults and children at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 10:30 a.m. Ages 13- to 17-months and accompanied by an adult. To register, call 703-689-2700.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 18

<cal2>Pet Parade. The Town of Herndon Parks and Recreation Department's annual Family Pet Parade and Expo begins at 10 a.m. and runs until noon, at the Herndon Municipal Center, 777 Lynn St., Herndon. Open to adults, children and pets of all shapes and sizes. Ribbons awarded for best costume; best float; best trick; largest, nose to tail; smallest, from nose to tail; most unusual and best of show. Cost $4 per person in advance, $5 at the event. Spectators are free. To register in advance, call 703-435-6868 or in person at the Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave.

Magic Show. The Great Zucchini, an interactive magic show sponsored by the Friends of the Reston Regional Library, will be held for children ages 2-6, at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 10.30 a.m. Must be accompanied by adult. Call 703-689-2700 to register.

<cal1>Sunday/Sept. 19

<cal2>Herndon's NatureFest. Games, nature crafts, face painting and music at Runnymede Park from 1-5 p.m. Get a "Passport to Nature's Treasures" stamped at the nature stations for a chance to win an award. Parking will be available along the Herndon Parkway. Satellite parking and shuttle service will also be available from the Atrium Building at 381 Elden St. For more information regarding volunteer opportunities, call Susan Lilly, the town's naturalist, at 703-435-6800 ext. 2113.

<cal1>Monday/Sept. 20

<cal2>Practice Your English. Intermediate-level conversation group for adults learning English will be held at the Reston Towne Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 7 p.m. Call 703-689-2700 to register.

Atlantic City Trip. Trip includes continental breakfast, motor-coach transportation, driver, escort, six-hour day at the casino and a $15-cash rebate from the hotel. Fee is $42 per person. Bus leaves the Herndon Community Center at 7:30 a.m. and returns at 10 p.m. For more information, contact the Herndon Community Center at 703-435-6868 or register online at www.herndon-va.gov. No refunds after Sept. 13.

Terry Gross at CenterStage. Gross, host of NPR's Fresh Air, will be interviewed by WETA's Ingrid Lakey at 8 p.m.; followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience and book signing for her new book, "All I Did Was Ask," in the lobby. Gross has been the recipient of a number of awards, among them the Peabody Award in 1994. Seating is general admission; no one will be admitted without a ticket. For more information, call the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500.Ê

<cal1>Tuesday/Sept. 21

<cal2>All About Me. Stories and activities for children ages 2-3 with adult, at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 10:30 a.m. To register, call 703-689-2700.

<cal1>Wednesday/Sept. 22

<cal2>Celebrate. Happy 70th Birthday to Tomie DePaola. Celebrate with stories and activities for the whole family at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 7:15 p.m. All ages. Call 703-689-2700 to register.

<cal1>Thursday/Sept. 23

<cal2>Super Science. Stories and a simple science activity for children ages 4-6 at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 10:30 a.m. Children must be accompanied with an adult. Call 703-689-2700 to register.

Apples, Apples. Stories, activities and a craft for children ages 2-3 with adult at the Herndon Library, 768 Center St., at 10:30 a.m. Call 703-437-8855 to register.

Beginner English. For adults learning English who would like to participate in beginner-level conversation groups. Sessions will be held at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 7 p.m. To register, call 703-689-2700.

Intermediate English. Intermediate-level conversation group for adults learning English will be held at the Reston Towne Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 1 p.m. Call 703-689-2700 to register.

Practice Your English. Intermediate-level conversation group for adults learning English will be held at the Reston Towne Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 1 p.m. Call 703-689-2700 to register.

<cal1>Sunday/Sept. 26

<cal2>Comedy Theater. The Reduced Shakespeare Company presents "The History of America (Reduced)" at CenterStage at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, at 8 p.m. Suitable for ages 18 and older. All seats $20, reserved seating. Call 703-476-4500 for tickets. For more information about the Reduced Shakespeare Company, visit www.reducedshakespeare.com.

<cal1>Monday/Sept. 27

<cal2>Practice Your English. Intermediate-level conversation group for adults learning English will be held at the Reston Towne Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 7 p.m. Call 703-689-2700 to register.

Opportunities Open Golf Tournament to benefit The Arc of Northern Virginia, ECHO, ServiceSource, and Larc at the Hidden Creek Country Club in Reston. Presented by the Rotary Club of Dulles. For information on sponsoring or participating in the tournament, contact Lynn Ruiz@TheArcofNoVa.org or at 703-532-3214 ext. 213.

<cal1>Thursday/Sept. 30

<cal2>Fall Fun. Stories, activities and a craft for children ages 2-3 with adult, at 10:30 a.m.; and children ages 3-5, at 2 p.m., at the Herndon Library, 768 Center St., at 10:30 a.m. Call 703-437-8855 to register.

Beginner English. For adults learning English who would like to participate in beginner-level conversation groups. Sessions will be held at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 7 p.m. To register, call 703-689-2700.

Intermediate English. Intermediate-level conversation group for adults learning English will be held at the Reston Towne Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, 1 p.m. Call 703-689-2700 to register.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 2

<cal2>Charity Walk. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's 6th annual Light the Night Walk at Reston Town Center begins at 6:30 p.m. The event is a 2- to 3-mile walk. For more information or to sign up call 703-960-1100 or visit the Web site at www.lightthenight.org/nca.

Arts Discussion. "A Conversion with Tony Kushner and Ann Rodriguez" at CenterStage at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, at 8 p.m. Suitable for ages 18 and up. Kushner is a theater artist, author, political and cultural commentator, while Rodriguez, a Reston resident, is an advocate for the arts, and human and civil rights. Cost $20, limit four per purchase. Call 703-476-4500 for tickets. For more information about Kushner visit www.barclayagency.com.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 3

<cal2>Comedy Show. "The Matt and Ben Show," at CenterStage at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, at 8 p.m. Suitable for ages 18 and up. Off-Broadway hit, starred two women parodying Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as way to illustrate the cultural obsession with celebrity. Cost $10. Call 703-476-4500 for tickets. For more information about the show, visit www.washingtonsquarearts.com.

<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 6

<cal2>African Storyteller. "The Sayings of Junebug Jabbo Jones, Volume II," at CenterStage at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, at 8 p.m. Suitable for ages 13 and up. Production about Junebug, an African storyteller, played by William O'Neal, exposes the impact of post-industrial urban life on inner-city blacks despite the Civil Rights movement. Incorporates storytelling, rap, song and spoken word. Cost $10. Call 703-476-4500 for tickets. For more information about the show, visit gnofn.org/~junebug.

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 7

<cal2>Senior Cinema. "Along Came Polly," starring Jennifer Aniston at the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave., at 2 p.m. Refreshments and a movie are free. All movies are rated PG or PG-13. For more information, call 703-435-6868 or visit www.herndon-va.gov.

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 21

<cal2>Senior Cinema. "Secret Window," starring Johnny Depp, at the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave., at 2 p.m. Refreshments and a movie are free. All movies are rated PG or PG-13. For more information, call 703-435-6868 or visit www.herndon-va.gov.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 30

<cal2>Comedy. David Sedaris, a best-selling author, brings his witty and funny reflections on himself and his family to CenterStage at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, at 3 p.m. Suitable for ages 18 and up. Tickets are $20, limit four per purchase. Call 703-476-4500 for tickets. For more information about Sedaris, visit www.barclayagency.com.

<cal1>Thursday/Nov. 4

<cal2>Senior Cinema. "Welcome to Mooseport," starring Gene Hackman, at the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave., at 2 p.m. Refreshments and a movie are free. All movies are rated PG or PG-13. For more information, call 703-435-6868 or visit www.herndon-va.gov.

<cal1>Sunday/Nov. 14

<cal2>Dulcimer Concert. Kevin Roth in concert with Jill Haley at CenterStage at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, at 3 p.m. Suitable for ages 9 and up. Tickets are $10. Call 703-476-4500 for tickets. For more information about Roth, visit www.kevinrothmusic.com.

<cal1>Thursday/Nov. 18

<cal2>Senior Cinema. "Paycheck," starring Ben Affleck at the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave., at 2 p.m. Refreshments and a movie are free. All movies are rated PG or PG-13. For more information, call 703-435-6868 or visit www.herndon-va.gov.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 20

<cal2>Dance Theater. "Taylor 2 Dance Company, Celebrating 50 Years" comes to CenterStage at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, at 8 p.m. Suitable for ages 9 and up. Created by Paul Taylor, Taylor 2 is a smaller company, which performs in a more intimate stage space than larger companies. Tickets are $10. Call 703-476-4500 for tickets. For more information about Taylor 2, visit www.ptdc.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Nov. 21

<cal2>Jazz and Gospel. The Cyrus Chestnut Trio comes to CenterStage at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, at 3 p.m., with a repertoire of jazz and gospel. Suitable for ages 9 and up. Tickets are $15. Call 703-476-4500 for tickets. For more information about Chestnut, visit www.cyruschestnut.com.

<cal1>Thursday/Dec. 2

<cal2>Senior Cinema. "Dr. Seuss's How the Ginch Stole Christmas," starring Jim Carrey at the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave., at 2 p.m. Refreshments and a movie are free. All movies are rated PG or PG-13. For more information, call 703-435-6868 or visit www.herndon-va.gov.

<cal1>Sunday/Dec. 5

<cal2>Musical Comedy. "Trout Fishing in America" comes to CenterStage at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, at 3 p.m. Performed by returning duo Keith and Ezra, the show includes wry and sly songs about children, the suburbs, parents and community. Suitable for all ages. Tickets $10. Call 703-476-4500 for tickets. For more information about Keith and Ezra, visit www.troutmusic.com.

<cal1>Thursday/Dec. 16

<cal2>Senior Cinema. "A Christmas Story" at the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave., at 2 p.m. Refreshments and a movie are free. All movies are rated PG or PG-13. For more information, call 703-435-6868 or visit www.herndon-va.gov.

<cal1>Friday/Dec. 17

<cal2>Jazz Performance. The Caroline Drury Trio performs at CenterStage at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, at 8 p.m. Suitable for age 13 and up. Tickets are $15. Call 703-476-4500 for tickets. For more information about Drury, visit www.carolinedrury.com.

<cal1>Saturday/Dec. 18

<cal2>Comedy. Mark BrutschŽ is "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" at CenterStage at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, at 3 p.m. Local BrutschŽ is a veteran of the Kennedy Center's long-running "Sheer Madness." Suitable for all ages. Cost $10. Call 703-476-4500 for tickets.

<cal1>Sunday/Feb. 13

<cal2>Classical Concert. Nokuthula Ngwenyama in concert at CenterStage at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, at 3 p.m. Ngwenyama performs her classical chamber repertoire on both viola and violin. Suitable for ages 9 and up. Cost $15. For tickets, call 703-476-4500. For more information about Ngwenyama, visit www.ngwenyama.com.

<cal1>Saturday/Feb. 19

<cal2>New Orleans Jazz. Marcus Belgrave and Charlie Gabriel in "Detroit's New Orleans Connection," at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, at 8 p.m. Suitable for ages 9 and up. Cost $15. For tickets, call 703-476-4500. For more information about Belgrave and Gabriel, visit www.zajoncvalentimanagement.com.