Week in Herndon

Week in Herndon

Late Nite Catechism at St. Joseph's

<bt>To promote the upcoming performance of Late Nite Catechism at St. Joseph's School, parent Irene Hill and organizer of the benefit event rode a scooter through the carpool line dressed as a nun last week. The comedy will be held on Oct. 16 at St. Joseph's School. Cocktails will be available starting at 6 p.m. and the show will begin at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the show will benefit the St. Joseph's PTO as well as the school's new drama program.

Tickets are still available for this one night only event, although more than 200 have already been sold. Tickets and information are available by calling 703-904-1672.

<sh>Fire and Rescue Open House

<bt>The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will be hosting an open house Saturday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all 35 stations in the county to celebrate Fire Prevention Week. In conjunction with this year's theme, "Test Your Smoke Alarms," firefighters and paramedics will be providing information on ensuring homes are equipped with working smoke alarms, properly caring for and maintaining smoke alarms and educating the community about what to do when the alarm sounds.

Stations will host displays at activities that highlight education on seasonal fire safety, emergency preparedness and burn prevention.

<sh>Fall Clean-Up

<bt>Residents are encouraged to participate in the Fall Clean-Up starting the week of Oct. 18.

Residents who are on the north side of the hike and bike trail will clean up the week of Oct. 18, and residents who reside south of the hike and bike trail are asked to clean up the following week, starting Oct. 25.

All items must be placed curbside for pickup by 7 a.m. on the regular trash pick up day and should not be placed on the sidewalk or pavement in such a way that would obstruct drainage.

Rules for pick up:

Furniture and wood should be stacked together, any boards must be cut to four foot in length and stacked neatly. All metal should be stacked in one pile, separated from wood and furniture including stoves. Refrigerators must have the doors removed and stacked with the metal items in a neat manner, including vehicles without the tires on them. All metal door frames with the glass still intact must have a large enough cardboard box taped to the glass so that it will not shatter. Tires should be stacked separately. Household trash can be stacked next to wood and furniture. Swing sets and basketball hoops should be broken down into smaller pieces.

Unacceptable materials include: combustible materials, paint or paint thinners, motor oil, dangerous chemicals, infectious materials, dead animals, earth or sod.

Auto parts in excess of 50 pounds and large quantities of building materials can be taken to: Lorton Landfill, 9850 Furnace Road, Lorton, VA. Call 703-690-1703 for disposal costs.

For more information call the department of public works at 703-235-6853.

<sh>Halloween Spooktacular

<bt>To make the celebration of Halloween last a little longer, the Herndon Parks and Recreation is providing a Spooktacular event Friday, Oct. 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Herndon Community Center.

The event gives children aged three to nine years a chance to show off their costumes before the big night while participating in Halloween themed events such as the spooky walk, arts and crafts and spooky entertainment. There will be a magic show starting at 7 p.m. and again at 7:45 p.m. The event is $5 per child in advance or $7 per child at the door, and will include a Halloween treat bag equipped with a slice of pizza, chips and a drink.

For more information call 703-435-6868 or on-line at www.herndon-va.gov.

<sh>Construction To Affect Elden Street

<bt>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.

<sh>Sewer Reconstruction Project

<bt>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.

<sh>Senior Cinema at Community Center

<bt>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:

Oct. 7: "Along Came Polly," starring Jennifer Aniston.

Oct. 21: "Secret Window," starring Johnny Depp.

Nov. 4: "Welcome to Mooseport," starring Gene Hackman.

Nov. 18: "Paycheck," starring Ben Affleck.

Dec. 2: Dr. Seuss's "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," starring Jim Carrey.

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 Avenue.

<sh>Cozy Village Senior Adult Trip

<bt>A senior adult trip is planned to the Cozy Village nestled in the foothills of Maryland's Catoctin Mountains on Thursday, Oct. 14. The trip includes lunch at the Cozy Restaurant which features a seven-entree buffet, a stroll through the shops in the village and a drive up to the Gateway Farmers Market and Candy Land where visitors can choose from more than 450 varieties of candy.

The van departs at 9:45 a.m. and returns to the Herndon Community Center at 4:30 p.m. The fee for this trip is $18 per person and includes van transportation, driver/escort, All-You-Can-Eat Buffet, tax and gratuity. No refunds after Oct. 7.

For more information, contact the Herndon Community Center at 703-435-6868 or register on-line at www.herndon-va.gov.

<sh>Battery Recycling

<bt>The Town of Herndon is participating in a cost-free battery recycling program. There are special boxes located in the lobby of the Herndon Municipal Center and at the entrance to the pool area in the Community Center where residents can drop off used, rechargeable batteries. Each box contains empty plastic bags imprinted with instructions on how to dispose of batteries and what types of batteries can be dropped off in the box. The four types of batteries that are accepted are Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cad), Nickel Metal Hydride (NI-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion), and small sealed lead (Pb) weighing less than two pounds. The batteries are then shipped to the recycler at no charge to the town.

The Herndon Municipal Center is located at 777 Lynn St. The Community Center is located at 814 Ferndale Ave. For more information, call the Department of Public Works at 703-435-6853.

<sh>Town Calendar

<bt>Thursday, Oct. 7.

Farmers' Market, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Herndon Community Association Coalition Meeting, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 8, 12:15 - 3 p.m.

Pumpkinville trip at Sunshine Farms.

Saturday, Oct. 9.

Harvest Moon Swim Meet, Herndon Community Center (pool closed to public), 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Council for the Arts of Herndon, Art Auction, St. Joseph's School, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 10, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Harvest Moon Swim Meet, Herndon Community Center (pool closed to public).

Monday, Oct. 11, Columbus Day.

Town offices closed.

Children's Show, Phoenix Theaters, Worldgate Center, 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m.

Town Council, Regular Session.

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m.

Architectural Review Board/Historic Preservation Review Board, Work Session.