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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.

This free listing is reserved for activities and events that are open to the public at no or minimal cost.

The League of Reston Artists/Reston Photographic

Society presents its Annual Judged Photography Exhibition from Oct. 4-31, at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery located in the Reston Community Center at Lake Ann Plaza in Reston. An opening reception will take place Sunday, Oct. 17, from 2-4 p.m. The exhibition features judged works of contemporary photography by LRA/RPS photographer members. $300 in prize monies will be presented at the opening reception awards ceremony by this year's judge Joshua Taylor. For directions, see the LRA's Web site at http://www.leagueofrestonartists.org.

Live band swing dancing at the Dulles Hilton, located at the corner of McLearan Road and Route 28 in Herndon, every Friday night with Sue and Gary Caley. Cost is $12 and includes a half-hour beginner class at 8:30 p.m. followed by dancing from 9 p.m.-midnight. For a complete line up of the bands, visit www.gottaswing.com.

The Friends of the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, will be sponsoring a used book sale Friday, Oct. 1-Sunday, Oct. 3. Open to all ages. For more information call 703-689-2700.

Reston Art Gallery and Studios (RAGS), Lake Anne Plaza, 11400 Washington Plaza, presents "Autumnal Equinox," the works of nine artists celebrating the beginning of fall. Open from 12-2:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 12-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The display makes its debut Sept. 4 and will run until Oct. 7. For more information call 703-481-8956.

The Reston Art Gallery and Studios, at the Washington Plaza in Lake Anne, Reston, presents "SPLASH," works by watercolorist Patricia Bason through Sept. 2. Bason has added land and sky scapes to her latest exhibition. For more information, call 703-481-8156 or visit http://www.awss.com.

The travel paintings of Mary Starr will be featured at the Reston Community Center's Jo Ann Rose Gallery until Sept. 7.ÊThe public is invited to an opening reception on Sunday, Aug. 8, from 2-4 p.m. For further information, directions, or to request a reasonable

accommodation, contact the Reston Community Center at 703-689-3550 (V/TTY). The Reston Community Center, Lake Anne is located at 1609-A Washington Plaza in Reston. The Reston Community Center is completely accessible to persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The League of Reston Artists Contemporary Fine Arts Exhibition at the University of Phoenix Northern Virginia Campus, located at 11730 Plaza America Drive, Suite 200, Reston, will be on display through Sept. 10. This exhibition features 110 works of art by 38 member artists of the LRA. Hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The exhibit opens Monday, July 26.

"The Death of Film," a solo exhibition featuring the ÒRough Edge PhotographyÓ of experimental artist, James W. Bailey takes place at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 North Beauregard St., Alexandria, through Oct. 1. Exhibit is free and open to the public. Opening reception on Sept. 11, from 1-3 p.m.

Spanish Chats. Informal refresher for adults who want to practice Spanish. Chats will be held at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, every Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. To register, call 703-689-2700.

Frying Pan Park's Mini Farmers' Market takes place every Wednesday, from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., through October. Farm-fresh fruit, baked goods, garden-grown vegetables and potted plants and herbs are available for purchase. The markets are held in front of the Country Store at the park, located at 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon. For more directions, visit the Web site, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp/directions.htm or call 703-437-9101.

Train for the Marine Corps Marathon to raise awareness and funds for multiple sclerosis. Each runner pays an $80 registration fee, which counts towards their commitment to raise $1,500 in pledges. Benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Capital Chapter. A limited number of spots in the program are still available. The Marine Corps Marathon will take place Sunday, Oct. 31. Call 202-296-5363, visit www.MSandYou.org or e-mail MarathonStrides@MSandYOU.org for more information.

Frying Pan Park. Farm animals at Kidwell Farm, open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., daily. Sheep, pigs, goats and cows. Pet the animals, take a hay ride or watch farm hands at work. Daily hay rides, held Monday-Saturday, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., weather permitting, cost $2. Frying Pan Park is located at 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon. Call 703-437-9101.

Gymside & Trailside Walkers. Join other seniors at the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave., for exercise, indoor or outdoor, Monday-Friday, 7:30-9 a.m. No fee, but first-time walkers need to register. Call 703-435-6868.

Open Poetry Readings. Lake Anne Coffee House, Lake Anne Village Center Shopping Center, Reston, every Tuesday, from 7-9 p.m. Contact Megan McDonald at 202-879-0517 days.

Parent and Child Workshop. Drop in from 10 a.m.-noon, every Saturday at the Reston Museum at Lake Anne. Led by local artist Pat Macintyre. No charge, no pre-sign up. Call the museum at 703-709-7700, or call Pat at 703-471-1445 work, or 703-860-5554 home.

Practice English. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, hosts conversation groups for adults. Mondays, at 7 p.m., intermediate level; Thursdays, at 7 p.m., beginner's course; and Thursdays, at 1 p.m., intermediate. Call to register at 703-689-2700.

Senior Center. Fairfax County seniors 55 years of age or older are invited to participate in a variety of activities, such as strength training, Tai Chi, low impact aerobics and line dancing, at the Reston-Herndon Senior Center, 1850 Cameron Glen Drive, Suite 200, in Reston. Most activities are free of charge. Transportation may be available. Lunch time meals are available with one-day advance notice on a sliding-fee scale. The center welcomes new participants. Contact director Tara Fitzpatrick at 703-481-4200, TTY 703-222-9693 or via e-mail at tara.fitzpatrick@fairfaxcounty.gov. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rec and go to senior services.

Senior Trips. The Reston Association sponsors trips throughout the year for people 55 and better. For upcoming dates and to get on the mailing list, call 703-435-6577.

Skating Pavilion. Equity Office Skating Pavilion at Reston Town Center is open daily for skating and lessons. Call 703-709-6300. Visit www.restontowncenter.com.

Spanish Chats. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, every Wednesday, at 7 p.m. Informal refresher course for adults. Call 703-689-2700.

Wood Shop. Reston Community Center's open wood shop meets Tuesdays, 6-10 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The wood shop offers workspace and has equipment such as table saws, sanders, drills, worktables and a lathe. The wood shop is located at the Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods. The wood shop fee is $5 for people who live or work in Reston and $7 for others. The Reston Community Center is located at 2310 Colts Neck Road in Reston. Call 703-476-4500 (TTY).