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Week in Herndon

Correction

In a story about the Locust Street developments in the Dec. 8 - 14 Herndon Connection, the voting of the Planning Commission was misstated. The article said commissioners Robert Burk and Ralph Beard voted in opposition to the application. In fact it was commissioners Robert Burk and William Tirrell who voted against the application to rezone the land at 851 Locust Street for the eventual construction of six high-end townhouses.

Town Holiday Schedule

The town offices will run on holiday schedules from Dec. 23 to Jan. 1, and will be open as follows:

Thursday, Dec. 23

Herndon Municipal Center and Town hall will close at noon.

The Herndon community center will be open 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Herndon Centennial Golf Course will be open 8 a.m. to dark.

Friday, Dec. 24

Herndon Municipal Center and Town hall will be closed.

The Herndon community center will be open 6 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Herndon Centennial Golf Course will be open 8 a.m. to dark.

Trash will be collected, Monday, Dec. 27.

Saturday, Dec. 25

Everything will be closed.

Friday, Dec. 31

Herndon Municipal Center and Town hall will be closed.

The Herndon community center will be open 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Herndon Centennial Golf Course will be open 8 a.m. to dark.

Trash will be collected, Monday, Jan. 3.

Saturday, Jan. 1

The Herndon community center will be closed.

Herndon Centennial Golf Course will be open 8 a.m. to dark.

Safe Holiday Driving

The Herndon police would like to remind drivers of the dangers associated with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicants — including over the counter and prescription drugs.

In an effort to make the community safe over the holiday season, the Herndon Police will conduct sobriety checkpoints and driving-while-intoxicated targeted patrols during the month of December.

Jimmy's Holiday Events

Jimmy's Old Town Tavern will celebrate its seventh annual holiday party and casino night for charity, Thursday, Dec. 16 from 7 p.m. to close.

The event includes blackjack, craps, poker, a photo with Santa Claus, prizes to be purchased with casino winnings and the opening of the dance floor after the gaming tables close. All proceeds will benefit U.S. military veterans.

On Saturday, Dec. 18 from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m., Jimmy's will host Maggie's seventh annual Christmas party for children. This event includes souvenir photos, coloring, crafts and Christmas carol sing-alongs. Lunch will be served and Santa Claus will make an appearance.

Because space is limited, reservations are required and can be made by contacting Maggie at 703-435-JIMS. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

On Thursday, Dec. 23, Jimmy's will host a no-cover Christmas Eve-Eve party starting at 9:30 p.m. with musical entertainment by DL Funk Brothers and Just.

Chamber December Mixer

The Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce monthly mixer will be held Thursday, Dec. 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at St. Joseph's Events Hall, 750 Peachtree St. This mixer will showcase local nonprofit organizations and offer the opportunity for business and organization personnel to learn how numerous organizations can enhance the quality of life in a community, as well as make business contacts. Refreshments provided. Entrance fee, $5/$15 at the door members/non members. RSVP and information 703-437-5556, Ext. 100. Access a map on-line at ww.herndondulleschamber.org.

Celtic Holiday Celebration

Hammered dulcimer player and Irish instrumentalist, Maggie Sansone, will perform Friday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m., at the Industrial Strength Theatre located at 269 in the Sunset Business Park in Herndon. This holiday concert will also feature Lisa Moscatiello, a vocalist and guitarist, Sue Richards on Celtic harp and Fred Leider on cello.

Sansone is an author of hammered dulcimer music books and founder and CEO of Maggie's Music record label which features more than 40 recordings distributed worldwide. She has eight recordings and is a seven-time WAMMIE winner for "record label of the year." Sansone has performed on stages from National Geographic and the Kennedy Center Concert hall to a variety of festivals. 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.

Local Author Book Signing

Local authors Charles Mauro and Margaret Peck will be at Jimmy's Old Town Tavern Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. to sign their recent books, "Herndon: A Town and Its History" and "Images of America: Around Herndon," respectively.

HHS All Night Grad Committee Raffle

The All-Night Grad Committee is sponsoring a raffle to raise funds for the alcohol- and drug-free event following the June 22, 2005 graduation ceremony. The raffle offers the choice to win one of three prizes including, an MP3 player, a Kodak digital 4 megapixel camera and printer dock or a HHS Class of 2005 quilt.

Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and more information about purchasing or the downloads of tickets can be found by clicking on the class of 2005 quilt on the home page of the high school Web site at: http://www.fcps.edu/HerndonHS/

Checks may be made payable to, HHS DAFA, and can be mailed along with tickets to All Night Grad Raffle, 700 Bennett St., Herndon, VA 20170.

The raffle drawing will be held at the Winter Chorus/Orchestra Concert, Dec. 16, and contestants do not need to be present to win.

Herndon Festival Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the Herndon Festival planning and entertainment committees. Interested members of the community and civic groups from throughout the town are invited to assist the Herndon Parks and Recreation Department in the planning and execution of the 25th annual Herndon Festival to be held June 2-5, 2005.

Volunteers are also needed to serve on the entertainment subcommittee, which will meet once or twice to consider possible performers and make suggestions to the festival executive committee.

For more information about the planning committee call the Herndon Community Center at 703-435-6800, Ext. 2123. Those interested in the entertainment subcommittee should call 703-435-6800, Ext. 2120.

Senior Cinema at Center

Seniors can enjoy an afternoon of refreshments and a movie for free. Senior Cinema will be held every first and third Thursday, at 2 p.m., at the Herndon Community Center. All movies are rated PG or PG-13.

Senior Cinema schedule is:

* Dec. 16: "A Christmas Story."

For more information, call 703-435-6868 or register on-line at www.herndon-va.gov. The Herndon Community Center is located at 814 Ferndale Ave.

Construction To Affect Elden Street

Construction work required for the completion of the new Safeway on Elden Street between Grant Street and Post Drive is under way. One lane heading eastbound will be eliminated for approximately 60 days. Traffic will be slowed, but should flow smoothly. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes to avoid delays. For more information, contact Hardaway Construction at 1-540-295-5768.

Sewer Reconstruction Project

A contractor for the Town of Herndon will be repairing the sewer system at the locations listed below. Restoration is necessary to meet current standards and eliminate maintenance problems.

The construction will take place with advance notice to all businesses and residences that will be affected. Effort will be made to complete this project with minimum inconvenience to residents, businesses and motorists.

For more information, call the Department of Public Works at 703-435-6860 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., weekdays.

Sewer reconstruction locations are: Elden Street between Van Buren Street and after Herndon Parkway; Charlton Place — all; Dranesville Road between Madison Forest Drive and Fillmore Street; Missouri Avenue between Alabama Drive and Stuart Court; Stuart Court — all; Virginia Avenue — all; Cordell Way — all; Reneau Way — all; Tamarack Way — all.

Town Calendar

Thursday, Dec. 16

Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce Holiday Mixer, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Board of Zoning Appeals, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 20, 7 p.m.

Board of Zoning Appeals.

Architectural Review Board/Heritage Preservation Review Board public hearing.

Scheduled Planning Commission work session canceled.

Tuesday, Dec. 21

First day of winter.

Thursday, Dec. 23

Town offices close at noon.

Community Center open, 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Golf Course open, 8 a.m. - dark.

Friday, Dec. 24

Town offices closed.

Refuse collected Monday Dec. 27.

Community Center open, 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Golf Course open, 8 a.m. - dark.

Saturday, Dec. 25

Christmas Day.

Community Center closed.

Golf Course closed.