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Week in Reston

<hdr15>Week in Reston

Volunteers Sought for P&Z

Reston Association's Planning & Zoning Committee is seeking Reston residents willing to volunteer for the committee, as five seats will expire at the end of the year.

The P&Z Committee meets the first Monday of each month and works to ensure local development adheres to Reston's founding principles. It is an advisory committee, but its opinions and advice on land use are taken into account by county government officials.

The committee consists of 15 members, each of whom serve three-year terms. The new members would begin their terms on Jan. 1, 2005. Interested residents are urged to fill out an application, available at both Reston Community Centers, RA's headquarters, the Reston Regional Library, or online at the Design Review Section of www.reston.org.

Volunteers must apply before Monday, Dec. 13. For more information, contact Arthur Hill at 703-264-1178.

Ice Rink to Open, Proceeds Aid Charity

Reston Town Center's ice skating pavilion is scheduled to open Thursday and will remain open until next March. And in what has become an annual tradition, the ice rink will contribute 50 percent of its first week's proceeds to charity.

This year, the Character Counts Coalition will benefit from anyone who skates at the rink from Oct. 28 until Nov. 4. Character Counts is a non-profit, non-partisan education initiative that helps students develop and practice good character traits, including trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, citizenship and caring. The Reston coalition holds events and workshops in local public schools.

The ice skating rink, operated by Mal Curran, has supported schools, scout troops and community groups over the past few years. "We are very happy to give back to this wonderful community through the support of charitable groups," Curran said in a press release.

SLHS Drama Plans 'Tags Day'

South Lakes High School Theatre Arts students will be canvassing throughout Reston on Saturday, Oct. 30, to promote their upcoming fall production "Anasazi" to be held at South Lakes High School Dec. 9-11, the Adam Burger Show to be held Nov. 6, and to raise funds for Theatre Arts Boosters.

The South Lakes High School Theatre Arts Boosters' mission is twofold: to provide financial and hands-on support to the Theatre Arts Program, and to enrich the theatre experience for the entire community.

Some of the Boosters' goals are to improve the lighting and sound systems in the high school's Little Theatre, publicize their shows so that the community becomes aware of and attends these performances, save for future travel/performance opportunities, install a marquee over the box office, and create a trophy case for the performing arts awards.

Donations, which are tax-deductible, may be given to the students on Saturday or sent to: South Lakes Theatre Boosters, c/o Maria Harris, Director, South Lakes High School Theatre Arts Department, 11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston, VA 20191.

Broadway at South Lakes

The South Lakes High School Parents of the Choral Arts presents the third annual "Broadway Night: A Musical Review." South Lakes choral students will perform songs from the Broadway stage on Thursday, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m. in the school's Little Theater. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $5.

Halloween Activities in Reston

With Halloween this Sunday, Reston Association and the Reston Community Center are planning events for costumed youngsters. On Thursday and Friday nights, from 6:30 until 9, RA will host a Halloween Trail at the Walker Nature Education Center, which is located at 11450 Glade Drive. The 30-minute walk will feature Halloween lore, costumes, jack-o-lanterns, sound and light effects and a few frights. Children must be 5-years-old or older.

And then on Saturday, RCC will hold an Ancient Egyptian trick-or-treating event at RCC-Hunters Woods for younger children, aged 1 to 8. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes and "come prepared to eat way too much sugar and have a howling good time."

School Re-Dedication

On Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m., the Hunters Woods Elementary School community, will rededicate the school with the installation of an outdoor bronze sculpture. The school, one of the oldest in Reston, recently completed a renovation and added numerous additions to accommodate the expanded art, science and music programs. The school currently has about 965 students.

The sculpture was designed by Lauren Quast when she was a sixth grade student at Hunters Woods Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences. Lauren is currently a seventh grade student and will return to Hunters Woods for the dedication.

It took several months for bronze sculpture Mike Pilato of New York to cast and complete Lauren's design of a mountain climber. Pilato worked with the students at Hunters Woods for several weeks last year and will return again this school year to continue teaching and demonstrating the art of sculpture.

Dogwood Principal to be Honored

At a national awards ceremony Friday morning in Washington, D.C., Dogwood Elementary School Principal Ricki Harvey will be honored as a National Distinguished Principal.

Harvey was named as Virginia's recipient of the award last spring at a ceremony in the Reston school's gymnasium. At Friday's ceremony, to be held at Capital Hilton Hotel, Harvey will be honored alongside 65 top elementary school principals from almost every state.

Harvey was picked for her leadership in the wake of a fire that devastated the school and for her drive and ingenuity in working to overcome her school's high poverty levels to achieve academic success.

SoberRide Offers Free Rides

Free cabs rides will be available to would-be drunk drivers the evenings of Saturday, Oct. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 31. Offered by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program, the Halloween SoberRide program will operate beginning 8 p.m.-4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Area residents, 21 and older, celebrating with alcohol can call 1-800-200-TAXI and receive a no-cost ride home, up to a $50 fare. AT&T wireless users can call # TAXI for the same service. The SoberRide program is being offered throughout Washington, D.C., and the counties of Montgomery, Prince George’s, Arlington, Fairfax, eastern Loudoun and Prince William. For more information visit www.soberride.com.

Center Earns 2004 Kudos Award

The National Recreation and Park Association has named the Reston Community Center as the winner of the 2004 Kudos Marketing and Communications Award for "Best Recreation Catalogue (for population over 100,000)."

Selected among a pool of applicants throughout the United States, the Kudos Awards are intended to recognize the agencies and organizations that best market or communicate the value of recreation to the public. The "Best Recreation Catalogue Award" specifically recognizes the best print catalogues distributed to the public that highlight the recreational offerings of agencies as well as the benefits of such programs.

Reston Community Center features a variety of recreational offerings including over 1,000 classes, workshops, trips, and activities. Specifically, its facilities include an indoor swimming complex, a 290-seat professional theater, a fully equipped woodshop and photo lab, a computer lab, a ceramics studio, a professional art gallery, a dance/fitness room, and a variety of meeting and activity rooms. Reston Community Center has won numerous regional, statewide, and national awards for its community programming and publications.

New Web Site Lists Events

In recognition of Reston's 40th birthday in 2004, the Reston Celebrates! Committee has established a Web site and hotline for those in Reston and beyond to have a central source for public, Reston-based event information. The Web site and hotline are updated monthly. To submit Reston events, visit www.restoncelebrates.org and click on "Post An Event."

The Reston Celebrates! Web site is provided by the support of Virginia Commerce Bank and Reston Hospital Center. Reston Celebrates! is also sponsored by Reston Association, Whole Foods, Reston Community Center and Millennium Bank. Reston Root Beer, sponsored by Clyde's of Reston, with a special commemorative label design by Doug Fuller, is available for purchase at the Reston Museum, 1639 Washington Plaza at Lake Anne Village Center. The Reston Celebrates! hotline is sponsored by Three Cees Car Wash Center.

Reston Calendar

Reston Association Board of Directors Informal Board Meeting. Thursday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at RA Main Offices, 1930 Isaac Newton Sq.

Reston Association Board of Directors Regular Business Meeting. Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at RA Main Offices, 1930 Isaac Newton Sq.

RA Planning & Zoning Committee Meeting. Monday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at RA Main Offices, 1930 Isaac Newton Sq.

Reston Community Center Board of Governors Meeting. Monday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. at RCC-Hunters Woods.