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<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.

Club Meeting. Mothers First - Herndon/Reston is meeting from 10 a.m.-noon, at the Herndon Fortnightly Library, 768 Center St., Herndon. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.

Fitness Seminar. The core stabilization seminar will teach participants how to strengthen the important muscles of the midsection. In this seminar, participants will learn how to contract their core to improve stability. They will also learn a series of exercises to strengthen their core to reduce back pain, improve postural endurance and tighten their

mid-section. This 90-minute workshop costs $30. 7-8:30 p.m., at Blue Star Fitness' studio inside the ReCharge Wellness Center at 1041 Sterling Road, Suite 101 in Herndon. Call 703-481-4400 to register.

MOMS Club. The MOMS Club of Reston offers play groups, outings, community-service projects and much more. Meetings held at 10 a.m., on the second Wednesday of every month. Children welcome at all activities. The Reston chapter is open to residents of ZIP codes 20190, 20191 and 20194. For more information, call 1-800-520-0801 Ext. 1524, or e-mail MomsClubofReston@onebox.com.

Book Discussion. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, 10:30 a.m. Call, 703-689-2700, for the monthÕs selection. For adults.

<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.

Recorded Book Artist. Johnny Heller, a recorded book narrator and stand-up comedian, will be at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-689-2700.

Panel Discussion. The business of branding and promotional graphic design, 7 p.m. Panel discussion consisting of graphic design professionals in marketing and graphic design related fields. GRACE (Greater Reston Arts Center Gallery) at the Reston Town Center at 11911 Freedom Drive, Suite 110. Call GRACE to register 703-471-9242.

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.

Kittens & Mittens. Stories, activities and a craft. Herndon Fortnightly Library, 768 Center St., 10:30 a.m. Age 2-3 with an adult. Call 703-437-8855 to register.

Practice Your English. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, 7 p.m. Beginner-level conversation group for people learning English. For adults. Call 703-689-2700 for more information.

Alphababies. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, 10:30 a.m. Stories and activities. Ages 18-23 months with an adult. Call 703-689-2700 to register.

Celebrate Audio Books. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, 7:30 p.m. Recorded Books Inc. demonstrations the libraryÕs new downloadable audio book system and a star narrator reads selections. For adults. Call 703-689-2700 for more information.

FriendsÕ Book Discussion. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, 7:30 p.m. Call, 703-689-2700, for this monthÕs selection. For adults.

<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.

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.

Support Group Meeting. The Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region is sponsoring a support group for adults diagnosed with seizure disorders and caregivers. Free. The Reston epilepsy group will meet Dec. 10, from 7-8:30 p.m., at Herndon High School, entrance 5, room 123, 700 Bennett St., Herndon. For information, call 703-425-6660.

Studio Series. The Design Studios of Reston will be hosting its Second Friday Studio Series, from 6-9 p.m., at 11411 Sunset Hills Road, Reston. The night's topic is Refining the Art of Original Gifting. The event is free and includes light refreshments.

<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. For all ages. 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.

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 NoVa 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.

Local Author Reading. At 11 a.m., Anne Arthur presents "The Pigeon with the Sticky Stuck Neck," a chapter book for readers in grades 3-5. Reston's Used Book Shop, 1623 Washington Plaza, Lake Anne Village Center. Free. Call 703-435-9772.

Holiday Luncheon and Auction. The Reston/Herndon Branch of the American Association of University Women invites one and all Ñ even men Ñ to join them, at 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., in the Jo Ann Rose Gallery of the Reston Community Center to participate in AAUWÕs Annual Holiday Luncheon & Silent Auction to benefit the AAUW Educational Foundation for deserving young women. The silent auction begins at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon will follow at noon. Also, gift baskets will be raffled off to benefit the Legal Advocacy Fund for women in need. For more information, contact Abbie Edward at 703-476-0997 or Fran Lovaas at 703-318-9628.

<cal1>Sunday/Dec. 12

<cal2>Tea Dance. The Reston Community Center's

Senior Academy Tea Dance from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Dancers of all skill levels are invited to fox-trot, swing, cha-cha and waltz to the music of new disc jockey, Michael Rye, at the Hunters Woods Reston Community Center. Includes mini dance lessons, door prizes and light refreshments. Partners are not required. Admission is $3 per person and the dance is intended for persons age 18 or older. For further information, directions, or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500 (V/TTY). The Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods, is located in the Hunters Woods Shopping Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road. For information visit http://www.restoncommunitycenter.com.

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.

<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.

NARFE Lunch. Dulles Chapter 1241 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, NARFE, will hold a holiday luncheon at 1:30 p.m., at the Amphora Deluxe Diner, 1151 Elden St. Herndon. Ernest Smith will provide keyboard music and South Lakes High School's Advanced Mixed Voice Ensemble, directed by Amy Moir, will present a musical program. Ann Collins, first vice president, Virginia Federation of Chapters, will officiate at the induction of new Chapter officers. Cost of luncheon is $23.50. Make reservations with Sue Righter 703-966-1122.

GRACE Workshop. The Greater Reston Arts center (GRACE) presents a children's workshop from 3:30-5 p.m., at the Greater Reston Arts center Gallery, 11911 Freedom Drive, Suite 110, Reston. Registration is recommended. Cost $8 per session for members, $12 for nonmembers. For grades kindergarten-sixth. For more information, visit www.Restonarts.org/education.htm or call 703-471-9242.

<cal1>Tuesday/Dec. 14

<cal2>Club Anniversary. The Greater Reston Newcomers and Neighbors Club will meet at the United Christian Parish, 2222 Clots neck Road, at 10 a.m., to celebrate its 35th anniversary. The program includes annual Chinese auction. Guests welcome. For more information, call 703-467-0282 or www.members.con.net/fhopwood/GRNNC.

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>Fitness Seminar. Fitness through empowerment seminar, participants will learn everything they need to know to get into shape including nutritional and exercise guidelines and a review of current myths in the diet and exercise world. This 90-minute workshop costs $30. 7-8:30 p.m., at Blue Star Fitness' studio inside the ReCharge Wellness Center at 1041 Sterling Road, Suite 101 in Herndon. Call 703-481-4400 to register.

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.

Senior Movie. Reston Association will be hosting senior movie day, at Reston Town CenterÕs Multiplex Cinemas. Doors open at 9:15 a.m. and the movie starts at 10 a.m. This monthÕs film is ÒMona Lisa Smile.Ó This program is held the fourth Wednesday of each month with coffee, pastries and orange juice being served prior to the movie. Senior adults age 55 years and older are welcome to attend. This is a free event. Call 703-435-6577, e-mail Ashleigh@reston.org for more information or check out www.reston.org.

<cal1>Thursday/Dec. 16

<cal2>ChildrenÕs Workshop. For teens in grades seven-12. In this workshop, teens will look at how Joseph Cornell, a surrealist artist, created his boxes as personal expressions. Students will learn how to create their own sculptural boxes. Greater Reston Arts Center Gallery (GRACE), 11911 Freedom Drive, Suite 110, Reston, 3:30-5 p.m. The cost is $8 for members of GRACE and $12 for nonmembers. Preregistration is recommended and participation is on a first-come first-served basis. Call 703-471-9242 to register.

AARP Party. AARP Dulles Chapter will hold its annual holiday party, featuring a potluck array of finger foods and desserts. Members are also asked to bring new unwrapped children's toys or gifts to be contributed to a local shelter for abused women and their children. At 7 p.m., at the North County Governmental Center, 12000 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Guests and prospective members are welcome. For more information, call the membership chairman at 703-758-1517.

Design Film. Educational design film on loan from VMFA, 7 p.m. GRACE (Greater Reston Arts Center Gallery) at the Reston Town Center at 11911 Freedom Drive, Suite 110. Call GRACE to register 703-471-9242.

Art Workshop for Teens. "Joseph CornellÕs Boxes," a look at how Joseph Cornell created his boxes as very personal expressions. After a brief discussion, students will learn how to create their own boxes using a variety of materials. For young people in grades seven-12. The cost per session is $8 for members of GRACE and $12 for nonmembers. Pre registration is recommended since space is limited and participation is on a first-come first-served basis. Call 703-471-9242 to register. For more information, visit www.restonarts.org/education.htm. All workshops will be held at the Greater Reston Arts Center in Reston Town Center. 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.

Practice Your English. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, 7 p.m. Beginner-level conversation group for people learning English. For adults.

<cal1>Friday/Dec. 17

<cal2>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.

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-midnight. Cost $12 per person. Visit www.gottaswing.com for more information.

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>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.

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.

Carousel Puppets. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, 10:30 a.m. The Holly Follies, a North Pole talent show. All ages. Call 703-689-2700 to register.

<cal1>Thursday/Dec. 30

<cal2>Practice Your English. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, 7 p.m. Beginner-level conversation group for people learning English. For adults.

<cal1>Wednesday/Jan. 12

<cal2>MOMS Meeting. The MOMS Club of Reston meets at 10 a.m. Children welcome at all activities. The Reston chapter is open to residents of ZIP codes 20190, 20191 and 20194. For more information, including meeting location, call 1-800-520-0801, Ext. 1524, or e-mail MomsClubofReston@onebox.com.

<cal1>Sunday/Jan. 30

<cal2>Film Series. The Independent and International Film Series at CenterStage at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, presents "Gaza Strip." Free, tickets required and must be picked up at the customer service desk or CenterStage box office. Limit four per person. For ages 18 and older.

<cal1>Wednesday/Feb. 9

<cal2>MOMS Meeting. The MOMS Club of Reston meets at 10 a.m. Children welcome at all activities. The Reston chapter is open to residents of ZIP codes 20190, 20191 and 20194. For more information, including meeting location, call 1-800-520-0801, Ext. 1524, or e-mail MomsClubofReston@onebox.com.

<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.

Film Series. The Independent and International Film Series at CenterStage at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, presents "Whale Rider." Free, tickets required and must be picked up at the customer service desk or CenterStage box office. Limit four per person. For ages 18 and older.

<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.

<cal1>Wednesday/March 9

<cal2>MOMS Meeting. The MOMS Club of Reston meets at 10 a.m. Children welcome at all activities. The Reston chapter is open to residents of ZIP codes 20190, 20191 and 20194. For more information, including meeting location, call 1-800-520-0801, Ext. 1524, or e-mail MomsClubofReston@onebox.com.

<cal1>Sunday/March 13

<cal2>Film Series. The Independent and International Film Series at CenterStage at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, presents "Dirty Pretty Things." Free, tickets required and must be picked up at the customer service desk or CenterStage box office. Limit four per person. For ages 18 and older.

<cal1>Sunday/April 10

<cal2>Film Series. The Independent and International Film Series at CenterStage at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, presents "The Triplets of Belleville." Free, tickets required and must be picked up at the customer service desk or CenterStage box office. Limit four per person. For ages 18 and older.

<cal1>Wednesday/April 13

<cal2>MOMS Meeting. The MOMS Club of Reston meets at 10 a.m. Children welcome at all activities. The Reston chapter is open to residents of ZIP codes 20190, 20191 and 20194. For more information, including meeting location, call 1-800-520-0801, Ext. 1524, or e-mail MomsClubofReston@onebox.com.

<cal1>Tuesday/May 24

<cal2>Writers Series. Author Rebecca Goldstein will be at the Reston Regional Library at 7:30 p.m., as part of the Nextbook Metro Washington, D.C. series, a joint program of Nextbook, the Fairfax County Public Library and the Washington, D.C. Jewish Community Center, where leading writers from around the world visit locations throughout the area to discuss their work and its relationship to Jewish history and culture. Free, reservation encouraged either online at www.nextbook.org or by calling toll free, 888-621-2230 weekdays between noon-5 p.m.