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Holiday Happenings

Friday/Dec. 3

<cal2>Holiday Luncheon. The Reston Community Center Senior Academy's Holiday Luncheon, from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the Sheraton Reston Hotel. Gifts will be given. Lunch will feature a performance of barbershop favorites by the Harmony Heritage Barbershop Chorus. Free bus transportation from the Hunters Woods Fellowship House, the Lake Anne Fellowship House and Thoreau Place is available on request. Contact Eileen Boone, senior adult program director, to arrange for transportation or to obtain further information, at 703-390-6157. Register either in person or by faxing a completed RCC registration form to 703-476-8617. This event is for persons age 55 and older. Admission is $18 for Reston residents and $26 for all others.

Holiday Show. The Herndon Towne Square Singers will be presenting its annual winter holiday show ÒWinterlude Ð A Season of the Heart,Ó at 7:30 p.m. The performances will be held at the Industrial Strength Theatre located at 269 in the Sunset Business Park in Herndon. Feature holiday tunes familiar to all audience members. Tickets can be purchased at the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave., or from members of the Herndon Towne Square Singers. For more information, contact the Herndon Community Center at 703-435-6868.

<cal1>Saturday/Dec. 4

<cal2>Children's Shopping Spree. At Frying Pan Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Free wrapping. Meet at the old Floris schoolhouse, where adults wait while staff assist children shopping for holiday gifts at the Country Store. In case of inclement weather, shopping dates will be Dec. 11 and 13. For more information, call 703-435-3710.

Holiday Celebration. The Lake Anne Village Center merchants invite the community to its annual holiday celebration, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free family activities including Pat Macintyre's ornament making workshop, Zoo-to-You petting zoo and performances by the Forest Edge Elementary School orchestra and band students, Santa arrives at noon by barge to greet the children. For more information call Small Change 703-437-7730.

Tree Lighting. The Herndon holiday tree lighting and sing-along, 5 p.m., at Town Hall Square, Elden and Lynn streets, Herndon.

Chorale Performance. The Reston Chorale opens its 37th concert season with its annual holiday concert, ÒA Seasonal Celebration.Ó The evening celebrates of the sounds of the season in two featured performances at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., at

the Reston Community Center. Includes two original works composed specifically for The Reston Chorale through

the commission of the John and Susan Adney Foundation. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for seniors and youth. Tickets are available through the Community Center box office, 703-476-1111; for more information, visit www.restonchorale.org.

Homes Tour. Five homes that span more than 100 years of Herndon history will be open to the public, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., beginning at the Herndon Depot Museum, 717 Lynn St. Each home will showcase holiday arrangements by area florists For more information, including ticket prices and sales locations, call 703-437-7289.

Holiday Open House. Hand bell choirs, refreshments, childrenÕs craft and door prize. Herndon Fortnightly Library, 768 Center St., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All ages. For more information call 703-437-8855.

Dog Adoption. Reston Town Center and local nonprofit Gooddogz.org will hold a Home 4 the Holidays Super Dog Adoption, at Reston Town Center, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Both all-breed and purebred dog rescue organizations will be on hand with adoptable dogs. Several local pet businesses will also be exhibiting their special products and services for the holiday season. For more details about how your group or organization can participate in the Home 4 the Holidays Super Adoption event, contact events@gooddogz.org or 571-233-4557.

Holiday Show. The Herndon Towne Square Singers will be presenting its annual winter holiday show ÒWinterlude Ð A Season of the Heart,Ó at 7:30 p.m. The performances will be held at the Industrial Strength Theatre located at 269 in the Sunset Business Park in Herndon. Feature holiday tunes familiar to all audience members. Tickets can be purchased at the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave., or from members of the Herndon Towne Square Singers. For more information, contact the Herndon Community Center at 703-435-6868.

<cal1>Sunday/Dec. 5

<cal2>Holiday Crafts Show. The 26th annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave., Herndon. Free admission. Includes more than 100 artisans and crafts people with wares on exhibit for sale. Refreshments available for purchase. Visitors requested not to bring strollers inside the building because of limited space. For more information, call 703-435-6868.

Open House. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, 1-3 p.m. Refreshments, music and seasonal crafts for children. All ages. Call 703-689-2700 for more information.

Holiday Play. One-act play with music and dance, an adaptation of "A Christmas Miracle," at 6:30 p.m., at Reston Presbyterian Church, corner of Sunset Hills and Hunter Mill Roads. Free admission. In this witty play, a way-too-busy businessman nearly meets his maker on Christmas Eve, but gets a second chance at life. Free babysitting, free refreshments, ample parking. For more information: 703-759-5515; www.rpcconnected.org.

Holiday Show. The Herndon Towne Square Singers will be presenting its annual winter holiday show ÒWinterlude Ð A Season of the Heart,Ó at 2 p.m. The performances will be held at the Industrial Strength Theatre located at 269 in the Sunset Business Park in Herndon. Feature holiday tunes familiar to all audience members. Tickets can be purchased at the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave., or from members of the Herndon Towne Square Singers. For more information, contact the Herndon Community Center at 703-435-6868.

<cal1>Monday/Dec. 6

<cal2>Children's Shopping Spree. At Frying Pan Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, from 2-5 p.m. Free wrapping. Meet at the old Floris schoolhouse, where adults wait while staff help children shop for holiday gifts at the Country Store. In case of inclement weather, shopping dates will be Dec. 11 and 13. For more information, call 703-435-3710.

<cal1>Wednesday/Dec. 8

<cal2>Nutcracker Performance. The Reston Conservatory Ballet's Silver Anniversary "Nutcracker" at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: Dec. 8 only, $13; $15 all other days. For more information, call the conservatory 703-715-8366. For advanced tickets, call the Reston Community Center box office, 703-476-1111.

<cal1>Thursday/Dec. 9

<cal2>Nutcracker Performance. The Reston Conservatory Ballet's Silver Anniversary "Nutcracker" at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. For more information, call the conservatory 703-715-8366. For advanced tickets, call the Reston Community Center box office, 703-476-1111.

Nutcracker on Ice. The third annual ChildrenÕs Nutcracker on Ice, sponsored by ChiliÕs, will be performed at the Reston Town Center Ice Rink, at 7:30 p.m. This adaptation of ÒThe NutcrackerÓ will be skated by local figure skaters, aged 7-15. Donations accepted, to benefit the local Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. For more information please call 703-402-1413.

<cal1>Friday/Dec. 10

<cal2>Nutcracker Performance. The Reston Conservatory Ballet's Silver Anniversary "Nutcracker" at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. For more information, call the conservatory 703-715-8366. For advanced tickets, call the Reston Community Center box office, 703-476-1111.

Chanukah Service. Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, 1441 Wiehle Ave. in Reston, invites the community to its annual Chanukah service, led by Rabbi Robert A. Nosanchuk, at 8 p.m. It will be a sermon in song, featuring traditional as well as new arrangements of Chanukah music sung by Kol Shira, NVHC's adult choir, conducted by director, Carol Fram. The service will begin with the lighting of the menorah in the sanctuary lobby, at which time the congregation will also dedicate its sanctuary in honor of Rabbi Emerita Rosalind A. Gold, D. Min., DD., who retired in May 2004. For more information call 703-437-7733.

Open House. At Wee Play and the gingerbread story open house, includes Gingerbread Man story, craft, activity and snack at 10:45 a.m.-noon. Ages 22 months-4 years. At Classical Ballet Academy, 320 Victory Drive, Herndon.

Free. Call Kathy Brennan to register, 703 403-8699.

<cal1>Saturday/Dec. 11

<cal2>Nutcracker Performance. The Reston Conservatory Ballet's Silver Anniversary "Nutcracker" at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, at 7:30 p.m.; matinee at 2 p.m. In addition, there will be a one-hour presentation for younger audiences at 11 a.m. Tickets: $15; $12 for the one-hour performance. For more information, call the conservatory 703-715-8366. For advanced tickets, call the Reston Community Center box office, 703-476-1111.

Holiday Hike. Take a hike with a naturalist through the Glade Stream Valley, from 10-11:30 a.m., at Glade Stream valley Trail, at the corner of Glade Drive and Twin Branches Road, Reston. Reservations required by Dec. 8, call 703-435-6509. Fees: $3 per person, Reston Association members/$5 nonmembers.

Youth Choral Concert. The Fairfax Choral Society Youth Chorus performs "A Child's Christmas," 7 p.m., at the Fairfax United Methodist Church, 10300 Startford Ave., Fairfax. Tickets $10 general admission, call 703-218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com. Featuring John Rutter's fable, "Brother Heinrich's Christmas," the youth choruses will present a variety of seasonal favorites with special appeal to the younger members of the family.

Live Nativity at Christ Presbyterian Church, 7-9 p.m. The youth of CPC will generate a live nativity scene to take us back to the night of JesusÕs birth. Hot cider and home-baked cookies will be served along with festive holiday music. All are invited to attend at 12410 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway in Fairfax, just west of Fair Oaks Mall on the right. Call 703-278-8365 for more information.

Railroaders Open House. The Northern Virginia Model Railroaders Inc. will be holding an open house, from 1-5 p.m. Features a fixed operating "HO" scale model

railroad with digital control, sound and smoke. Also, visit the W&OD railroad's real caboose. The club is located in the historic "Washington & Old Dominion Railroad"

station, 231 Dominion Road, on the Northern Virginia Regional Parks W&OD Trail, in downtown Vienna. Free admission. However, cash or check donations are accepted at the door. Obtain additional information and directions at-www.nvmr.org, by e-mail at nvmrinc@hotmail.com or by calling 703-938-5157 on the day of the open house.

<cal1>Sunday/Dec. 12

<cal2>Nutcracker Performance. The Reston Conservatory Ballet's Silver Anniversary "Nutcracker" at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, at 7:30 p.m.; matinee at 3:30 p.m. In addition, there will be a one-hour presentation for younger audiences at noon. Tickets: $15; $12 for the one-hour performance. For more information, call the conservatory 703-715-8366. For advanced tickets, call the Reston Community Center box office, 703-476-1111.

The Magic of Chanukah. From noon-3:30 p.m., at Congregation Beth Emeth in Herndon. Includes games and dancing; arts and crafts; magic show by Jay & Lee at 12:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.; and the music of Sally Heckelman at 1:15 p.m. Food available for purchase including kosher hot dogs, knishes, latkes, falafel, chips and plenty to drink.

This Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia event is co-sponsored with Congregation Beth Emeth, Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation, Shoreshim, Congregation Sha'are Shalom, Temple Beth Torah, and Yad Shalom. Free to members; $5 per family for nonmembers. Congregation Beth Emeth, 12523 Lawyers Road, Herndon. For more information, contact the JCCNV 703-323-0880 or jccnvwest@comcast.net.

<cal1>Monday/Dec. 13

<cal2>Holiday Crafts. Create holiday crafts to decorate the home or give as a gift with the help of a naturalist, sing songs, and tell stories, from 3-4 p.m., Glade Community Room, 11550 Glade Drive, Reston. For ages 5-12. Reservations required by Dec. 8, call 703-476-6509. Fees: $5 per child, Reston Association members/$8 per child, nonmembers.

<cal1>Tuesday/Dec. 14

<cal2>Toy Box Tales. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, 10:30 a.m. Stories and activities. Ages 2-3 with an adult. Call 703-689-2700 to register.

<cal1>Wednesday/Dec. 15

<cal2>The Polar Express P.J. Celebrating Chris van AllsburgÕs classic with stories and activities. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, 7:15 p.m. All ages. Call 703-689-2700 to register.

<cal1>Friday/Dec. 17

<cal2>Winter Holiday Dance. Gotta Swing hosts a dance at the Dulles Hilton, 13869 Park Center Road in Herndon, includes treats, decorations and Swingin' Santa. Daryl Davis is the live band. Beginner class from 8:30-9 p.m. followed by the band between 9 p.m.-midnight. Cost $12 per person. Visit www.gottaswing.com for more information.

Celtic Holiday Celebration. An evening of song and dance with hammered dulcimer player and Irish instrumentalist, Maggie Sansone. The performance will be held at the Industrial Strength Theatre located at 269 in the Sunset Business Park in Herndon, at 8 p.m. Also features Lisa Moscatiello, a vocalist and guitarist, Sue Richards on Celtic harp and Fred Leider on cello. Admission is $9 in advance and $10 at the door for adults; $7 in advance and $8 at the door for children 12 and under.

<cal1>Saturday/Dec. 18

<cal2>The Snow Tree. Learn about the Snow Tree and all its animal friends. Make tree decorations and other holiday crafts using natural materials. From 10-11 a.m., at the Glade Community Room, 11550 Glade Drive, Reston. Supplies included. For ages 3-5. Reservations required, call 703-476-6509. Fees: $5 per child, Reston Association members/$8 per child, nonmembers.

Chamber Concert. Voce Chamber Singers presents Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols" and Susa's "Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest," 8 p.m., at St. John Neumann Church, 11900 Lawyers Road, Reston. Advanced admission is $18 for adults, $13 for seniors and $5 for students; $20 adults, $15 seniors and $7 students at the door. For more information or advance tickets call 703-277-7772 or e-mail VoceVAhotmail.com.