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Free Home Maintenance Class

<bt>A one-day overview of effective preventative home maintenance and small repair techniques will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center. The workshop is designed to help homeowners avoid home component failures and the costly repairs that follow, including recommendations on how to develop short and long-term maintenance plans.

The workshop will address problems associated with appliances, HVAC (heating and cooling), kitchens, bathrooms, electrical, plumbing, doors and windows, walls and floors, siding, and roofing. There will be demonstrations of techniques and handouts will be provided.

The Neighborhood Resource Center is located at 1086 Elden Street in the Dulles Park Shopping Center. For more information regarding the workshop, call 703-435-3182 or email pablo.hollstein@herndon-va.gov.

<sh>Art Auction Raises $22,000

<bt>The Council for the Arts of Herndon was able to raise more than $22,000 at their first ever auction of fine art to benefit both the Council for the Arts and the Foundation for the Arts of Herndon.

The live auction, held Saturday, Oct. 9, took place at St. Joseph's Catholic Church Parish Hall, and featured art from local artists as well as the Ross Galleries in New York City and a professional auctioneer also from New York City.

Of the money raised, $4,000 will go toward the Council for the Arts scholarship program that awards local artists, 12- to 21-years of age.

To close out Herndon Arts Week, the Ice House Cafe, 760 Elden Street, will host classic jazz Friday and Saturday evening from 8 p.m. to midnight.

<sh>'Late Nite Catechism' at St. Joseph's

<bt>"Late Nite Catechism" will premiere one night only at St. Joseph's School. 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>Fall Foliage Train Excursion

<bt>Join in a Herndon tradition and travel to the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad on Saturday, Oct. 16. The Fall Foliage Train Excursion includes transportation by motor coach, driver, escort, and train admission. For ages 13 and older, the fee is $48 (lunch included) and $40 (lunch not included). The cost for children ages 3 to 12 is $35 (lunch included) and $28 (lunch not included). The bus departs the Herndon Community Center located at 814 Ferndale Ave. at 7:30 a.m. and returns 5:30 p.m.

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

<sh>Herndon Chamber Mixer

<bt>The Herndon Chamber of Commerce will hold their monthly mixer Thursday, Oct. 21, 5:30--7:30 p.m., at Millennium Bank, 1051 Elden St. Herndon.ÊWear your scariest attire, dress as your favorite personality/celebrity, come incognito, or in anything festive and join our chamber members & friends at Millennium Bank for our monthly mixer series.Ê

For more information, visit www.herndondulleschamber.org or call 703-437-5556, ext. 100.

<sh>HHS Students Make Honors Choir

<bt>Herndon High School students, Margaret Frost, Adam Spalletta, Wyna Phonseya and Sara Black were chosen for the Virginia State Honors Choir. The Honors Choir event is held Nov. 18-20 in Norfolk at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel during the Virginia State Music Educators Convention and is open to the public.

<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>Herndon Festival Volunteers

<bt>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.

The first meeting of the planning committee is Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Herndon Town Council's conference room, 765 Lynn Street. All are welcome to attend.

Volunteers are also needed to serve on the Entertainment sub-committee, 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 sub-committee should call 703-435-6800, ext. 2120.

<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. 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>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>Wednesday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m.

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

Thursday, Oct. 14, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Farmer's Market

Saturday, Oct. 16.

National Boss Day.

Monday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m.

Architectural Review Board/Historic Preservation Review Board, Public Hearing.

Planning Commission, Work Session.

Tuesday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Town Council, Work Session.