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herndon@connectionnewspapers.com 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 Herndon Ecumenical Discussion Group will not meet at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in November or December. The next meeting will be Jan. 29, 2005, following the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, held Jan. 17-21. The group meets on the fourth Saturday of each month, 9 a.m.-noon, to study the unity and diversity of Christian heritage. meeting are in room 213 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 750 Peachtree St., Herndon. All are welcome. For more information, call 703-437-1196.

On Saturday, Nov. 6, Hangfire, a five-piece bluegrass band, will be appearing in the Fellowship Hall at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1090 Sterling Road, Herndon, beginning at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission $12. For information or reservations call 703-437-1883 or 703-435-8377. Payment on concert night. Snack service available. Holy Cross is handicapped accessible.

The Christ Presbyterian Church is holding a Christmas bazaar and craft fair Nov. 6, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The bazaar will feature numerous professional crafters, a quilt raffle and a bake sale. All are invited to attend at 12410 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway in Fairfax. Call 703-278-8365 for more information.

The St. Joseph's School Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) will hold its annual book fair fund-raiser for the first time in the new parish hall, 750 Peachtree St., Herndon, on Nov. 6-10. The times are Saturday, Nov. 6, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Monday, Nov. 8, 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 9, 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m.; and

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-430-7048.

Inova Blood Donor Services will conduct a community blood drive Nov. 10 from 3:30 -7:30 p.m., at United Christian Parish Church on Colts Neck Road across from Hunters Woods Shopping Center in Reston. Donating is scheduled at 15-minute intervals and requires one hour. Appointments can be made with David Roe at 703-860-9430. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health for three days prior to donating. A photo-identification card such as a driver's license is required. Donors will receive a free check of their blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and hemoglobin (iron) level. They also will receive a wallet-size ID card containing their blood type. Call Inova Blood Donor Services at 703-208-7000 for more information.

The annual Herndon Handbell Celebration Concert will be held at 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 13, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 651 Dranesville Road, Herndon. More than 75 ringers from Dranesville United Methodist Church, Fairfax United Methodist Church, Floris United Methodist Church, Herndon United Methodist Church, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church and Trinity Presbyterian Church will participate. The choirs will be directed by Tim Waugh, a noted handbell composer and clinician. The concert is free. A goodwill offering will be taken.

St. TimothyÕs Episcopal Church is hosting hosting the Community Thanksgiving Holy Communion Service Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. St. Timothy's is located at 432 Van Buren St. at the corner of Spring Street and Van Buren.

Each year First Baptist Church of Herndon, Herndon United Methodist Church , Trinity Presbyterian Church, Holy Cross Lutheran Church , and St. TimothyÕs Episcopal Church take turns hosting an ecumenical communion service of thanksgiving; this yearÊSt. Timothy's Episcopal Church is the host church. All offerings collected during this service will be donated to LINK, a local food bank that was founded and maintainedÊbyÊlocal churches.

ForÊ13 6 years St. TimothyÕs Episcopal Church has been serving Herndon and its surrounding communities by its many ministries. For more information, call the church Monday through Friday 9 a.m. -3 p.m. at 703-4373790 or visit its Web site for details about the services provided by St. TimothyÕs Episcopal Church at www.saint~timothys.org.

Book discussion will be held at St. Timothy's Church in Herndon Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. This month's book selection is "Cry, the Beloved Country"Êby Alan Paton. This book is a story of South Africa in the 1940s. The book discussion of Alan Paton's book will be led by the Rev. Kedron Jarvis in the churches narthex. Bring a copy of the book and, if desired, a snack to share. For more information, call 703-437-3790 or e-mail Jarvis at kedronj@saint-timothys.org .

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church is located at 432 Van Buren Street in Herndon and is located on the corner of Van Buren and Spring streets.

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.

Every Wednesday at noon, St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren St. in Herndon, offers a lunch-time Prayer and Healing Service. This 30-minute nondenominational service is offered to all local residents and people working in businesses in Herndon and surrounding areas; and allows people an opportunity to worship during the work week when they may be away from their regular church. All are welcome. For additional information please call the church Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 703-437-3790 or visit the Web site www.saint-timothys.org. St. Timothy's Episcopal Church has been serving Herndon and its surrounding communities by its many ministries for more than 136 years.

Fairfax County is offing free help to parents at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren St. in Herndon, through its Nurturing Parenting Program. The 24 sessions will continue until Jan. 17, 2005. Each session begins at 5:30 p.m. and runs till 8 p.m. Dinner is served and child care will be provided free of charge for all participants. These meetings will be conducted in English and is designed to help families with children age 0-4. The program is designed for the entire family.

The Nurturing Parenting Program is a series of courses providing education for families to build stronger, healthier interactions among all family members. It is designed to prevent, reduce or reverse potentially destructive patterns of family life that result in mistreating oneself, members of one's family and one's community. For more information, contact Krissa Sloan at 703-324-7745 or via e-mail at Krissa.Sloan@fairfaxcounty.gov or Vera Berrio Breton at 703-324-7737.