Send announcements to The Herndon Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to 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.

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The United Christian Parish of Reston is sponsoring a fall picnic Saturday, Sept. 11, from 5-7 p.m. at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, in Areas C and D. Features food, fellowship and five-minute presentations by church committees on education, worship, Christian life, finance, witness and missions. For more information, visit or call the church office at 703-620-3065.

Free conversational English classes for all levels, beginning to advanced, will be held at Washington Plaza Baptist Church, 1615 Washington Plaza West in Reston. Two classes will be offered, Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 1:30-3 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 23, from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information, visit the Web site,; e-mail; or call 703-471-5225.

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.

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 or by calling 703-391-8669.

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 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

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, or visit

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.