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Holiday Happenings

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>Holiday Concert. Crossfield Elementary School Chorus will perform a holiday, winter concert at the Reston Town Center, at 7 p.m. The concert will be held at the fountain. Call 703-620-6451.

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>Studio Series. The Design Studios of Reston will present ÒRefining the Art of Original Gifting,Ó from 6-9 p.m., at 11411 Sunset Hills Road in the Reston Business Park. At 7:30 p.m., light refreshments and a program will be presented in the gallery space of the Charles A. Veatch Company, located around back. Call 703-471-7480 for reservations for this free event, which is part of the Second Friday Open Studio Series at the Design Studios of Reston.

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>Madrigals Performance. The Herndon High School Madrigals sing carols at Reston Town Center, 1-3 p.m.

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.

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>Messiah Performance. A musical sing-along featuring Handel's Messiah with professional soloists at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 14150 Upperridge Road, Centreville, 7 p.m. Snow date Sunday, Dec. 19. Free, bring your own score. Contact Sue Alexander, 703-830-5532.

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>Send Holiday Wishes. Freedom Hill Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, welcomes the public to help sign holiday cards for our veterans and view a video about Christmas in Colonial Williamsburg, at noon, at the American Legion Post 270, 1355 Balls Hill Road, McLean. Unused holiday cards will be gladly accepted. For membership information, please call 703-356-2370 or view the Web site at www.users.erols.com/denawards/.

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>Thursday/Dec. 16

<cal2>Madrigals Performance. The Herndon High School Madrigals' Winter Choir and Orchestra Concert at Herndon High School, 7 p.m.

<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.

<cal1>Sunday/Dec. 19

<cal2>Carol Sing. Members of the United Christian Parish of Reston will hold an intergenerational carol sing with residents of the Lake Anne Fellowship House, from 1-2:30 p.m. Refreshments will follow the singing. Anyone wishing to sing is invited. The Lake Anne Fellowship House, a residence for low-income seniors and disabled persons, is located at 11450 North Shore Drive, Reston. Call the United Christian Parish at 703-620-3065.