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

<cal1>Wednesday/Sept. 8

<cal2>Open House. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University, formerly known as Learning in Retirement Institute, is holding an open house from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., at Tallwood, 4210 Roberts Road, Fairfax. For more information, call 703-503-3384.

Book Discussion. The Reston Regional Library, located at 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, will host a discussion at 10:30 a.m. Open to all adults. For this monthÕs selection, call 703-689-2700.

Stories and Activities. Time to go squirrely. For ages 2-3, at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 10:30 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call 703-689-2700.

Women Voters Program. The Fairfax League of Women Voters will participate in the program, "Our Democracy, Our Airwaves," beginning at 7:30 p.m., at the Reston Museum in the Lake Anne Village Center. The program is a nationwide public education and advocacy program to reduce the importance of money in politics and to provide voters with better information about candidates and issues. Members and guests will discuss proposals of the Alliance for Better Campaigns and the response to the proposals from the National Association of Broadcasters. For further information call 703-471-6364 or 703-476-6426.

AARP Meeting. The Dulles AARP chapter No. 4681 will be meeting at 7 p.m. at the North County Government Center in Reston. Michael Bunamo of Repair Solution Independent Living will discuss ways to make a home safer and more convenient.

<cal1>Thursday/Sept. 9

<cal2>Volunteria. The Reston Community Center, from

7-8:30 p.m., will hold the annual Volunteria, at the Reston Community Center Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road. Area nonprofit organizations will recruit volunteers to work in the community. Anyone age 12 and older will be eligible to volunteer. For directions or more information, call Anna C. Dowdell, volunteer coordinator, at 703-648-2857.

Practice Your English. For adults learning English who would like to participate in beginner-level conversation groups. Sessions will be held at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 7 p.m. To register, call 703-689-2700.

FriendsÕ Book Discussion. For this monthÕs selection, call 703-689-2700. Discussions are open to all adults, and will be held at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 7:30 p.m.

Alligators & Crocodiles. Stories, activities and a craft for children ages 2-3 with adult, at 10:30 a.m.; for children ages 3-5, at 2 p.m. Held at the Herndon Library, 768 Center St. Call 703-437-8855 to register.

Women Voters Program. The Fairfax League of Women Voters will participate in the program, "Our Democracy, Our Airwaves," beginning at 9 a.m., at the Reston Museum in the Lake Anne Village Center. The program is a nationwide public education and advocacy program to reduce the importance of money in politics and to provide voters with better information about candidates and issues. Members and guests will discuss proposals of the Alliance for Better Campaigns and the response to the proposals from the National Association of Broadcasters. For further information call 703-471-6364 or 703-476-6426.

CPR and First Aid. The American Red Cross of the National Capital Area will be offering a adult, child and infant CPR and community first aid class, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., at its North Fairfax office, 1112 Herndon Parkway. Includes instruction on how to recognize and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, how to perform rescue breathing and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, how to assist choking victims and how to care for life-threatening bleeding, sudden illness and injuries. Cost $63. For more information or to enroll, call 703-963-0004 or visit www.redcrossfairfax.org.

Chamber Discussion. The Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce and the International Trade Association of Northern Virginia present Outsourcing: Realities and Myths, from noon-2 p.m., at the Tower Club, 8000 Towers Crescent Drive, Suite 1700, Vienna. Speakers include Joe Tasker, general counsel and senior vice present, Information technology Association of America; Susan Renton, counsel, Greenberg Traurig Global Trade Practice Group; Dorothy Prentice, president, Dorothy Prentice Aromatherapy; and moderator Joseph Fergus, CEO, Comtek. Cost $30 prepaid, $35 at the door for chamber and ITANV members; and $40 prepaid, $45 at the door for nonmembers. Call the ITANV, 703-860-8795, for more information, or register online at www.herndondulleschamber.org.

<cal1>Friday/Sept. 10

<cal2>Studio Series. The Design Studios of Reston will be launching its Second Friday Studio Series, from 6-9 p.m., at 11411 Sunset Hills Road, Reston. Features a slide presentation on Tibetan Treasures: Culture Clash or Global Progress? The event is free and includes light refreshments.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 11

<cal2>Back to School. Stories, activities and a craft for children ages 3-6 at the Herndon Library, 768 Center St., at 11 a.m. Call 703-437-8855 to register.

Blood Drive. At the Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery, 1825 Samuel Morse Drive, Reston, from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

Bluegrass Concert. Darren Beachley and The Maryland Line, a regional bluegrass/gospel band, will be performing at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1090 Sterling Road, Herndon, beginning at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $10. Reservations by phone: Mondays-Fridays, until 3:30 p.m., 703-437-1883, Ellie; other times, 703-435-8377, Bob. Payment at "will call" table on concert night. Snack service available. Holy Cross is handicapped accessible.

Tag Day. The Herndon High School Band members will be distributing "Tags" throughout the Herndon High School district announcing the dates and times of their free concerts during the 2004-05 school year. They will also be soliciting funds to help support the band program. Donations help pay for uniforms, music and band instrument maintenance as well as an ambitious program of festivals, concerts, invitational performances and competitions. To learn more about the program, visit the Web page at www.herndonband.org.

Preparedness Presentation. "Lessons of 9/11: Thinking About Emergency Preparedness," sponsored by the Freedom Hill Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, featuring Rebecca Kurylo of the National Capital Area Red Cross, to speak about making preparations before disaster strikes at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 11, 2004 at the American Legion Post 270, 1355 Balls Hill Road, McLean. The public is invited to attend. For membership information, please call (703) 356-2370 or view our Web site at www.users.erols.com/denawards/.

Community Yard Sale. One hundred families will be selling a variety of items. Sign up to have a booth or stop by to browse for great bargains, from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., at the Reston Association parking lot, 1930 Isaac Newton Square. Cost $13/RA members, booth space, $18/nonmembers, booth space. Call 703-435-6530 for more information. rain date, Sept. 12.

<cal1>Sunday/Sept. 12

<cal2>WhatÕs a Database & How Do I Use One? Learn the secrets for searching the libraryÕs free online research tools. Only open to adults at the Reston Towne Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 2 p.m. Call 703-689-2700 to register.

Tea Dance. Reston Community Center's Senior Academy Tea Dance at the Hunters Woods Center from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Dancers, ages 55 and older, of all skill levels are welcome to foxtrot, swing, cha-cha, and waltz; partners not required. Door prizes and light refreshments will be provided. Admission is $3 per person. Another dance will be held Oct. 10.

YMCA Birthday. The YMCA Fairfax County Reston celebrates its fourth birthday. Open to the public, free activities including swimming, archery, arts and crafts, volleyball, basketball, pie eating contests, playground play and more. Barbecue food will be on sale for $3 for adults and $2 for kids and all should bring a dessert to share. The day will also include raffles for membership, classes and a special membership promotion of no joiner fee for new members. From 3-6 p.m., at YMCA Fairfax County Reston, 12196 Sunset Hills Road. For more information call 703-742-8800.

Walking Tour. Reston Historic Trust presents a walking tour and exploration of RestonÕs urban watershed beginning at 1:30 p.m. with a brief orientation at the Reston Museum and Shop, 1639 Washington Plaza at Lake Anne Village Center, then carpool to the headwaters of one of RestonÕs stream valleys. A $5 donation is requested. For reservations and information, call the Reston Museum at 703-709-7700. Organizers recommend wearing waterproof footwear and appropriate insect protection.

<cal1>Monday/Sept. 13

<cal2>Homework Busters. Children ages 8 and up will learn how to use the library at the Reston Towne Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 4 p.m. Call 703-689-2700 to register.

Practice Your English. Intermediate-level conversation group for adults learning English will be held at the Reston Towne Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 7 p.m. Call 703-689-2700 to register.

Doggie Happy Hour. "Dog Days of Summer" happy hour at the Dulles Airport Marriot Pavilion, 45020 Aviation Drive, Dulles. The doggy-centered event starts at 5:30 p.m. and is offering goodies and treats for both the dogs and their owners. Admission is $30 and benefits the Homeless Animal Rescue Team. For reservations or more information call 703-378-9655.

Reston Presents! Del. Kenneth R. Plum speaks about his 25 years as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. He is also a retired school teacher and administrator who had 30 years experience in the Fairfax County Public School System and who also served as director of Adult and Community Education for the school system. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, 1609 Washington Plaza in Reston. Reston Presents is a series sponsored by the Reston Community Center and the Reston Association. Each lecture program is free. For further information, contact Eileen Boone, Reston Community Center, at 703-648-2835 or Ashleigh Soloff, Reston Association, at 703-435-6577.

Dinner Meeting. The Business and Professional Women of Greater Fairfax will host Joni Hannah, director of tennis at Westwood Country Club and captain of the 2004 U.S. Young Cup Team for Women 40 and over, speaking on Women and Sports, at its monthly dinner meeting from 6:30-9 p.m., at Tysons Corner Embassy Suites, 8517 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. Cost $25. For more information and reservations, call Elyse Galik at 703-471-4604.

<cal1>Tuesday/Sept. 14

<cal2>CPR and First Aid. The American Red Cross of the National Capital Area will be offering a adult CPR/AED and standard first aid class, from 6-10 p.m., at its North Fairfax office, 1112 Herndon Parkway. Includes instruction on how to recognize and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, how to perform rescue breathing and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, how to assist choking victims and how to care for life-threatening bleeding, sudden illness and injuries. Cost $55. For more information or to enroll, call 703-963-0004 or visit www.redcrossfairfax.org.

Political Film Discussion. Local historian Carol Bessette hosts "65 Years of Politics and Hollywood," a series which includes viewing American political films to compare the changes in politics over the years. From 1-4 p.m. at the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, 1609 Washington Plaza. Cost $5 for Reston residents 55 and older and $10 for nonresidents. Call 703-689-3550. The film schedule is Sept. 14, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," with Jimmy Stewart; Oct. 12, "Advise and Consent," with Henry Fonda; Oct. 15," Dave," with Kevin Kline; and Oct. 22, "The American President," with Michael Douglas.

Chamber Luncheon. The Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce's Better Business Luncheon at 11:45 a.m., at the Sheraton Reston. Speaker is Susan Hammel Joyce, Cogent Consulting. Includes buffet lunch. $20 for members who pre-register by Sept. 10; otherwise $25 for members/nonmembers. Walk-ins welcome. Call 703-437-5556, ext. 100 or sign up online via the events page of www.herndondulleschamber.org

<cal1>Wednesday/Sept. 15

<cal2>Alphababies. Stories and activities will be held at the Reston Towne Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 10.30 a.m. Ages 18- to 23-months accompanied with adult. To register, call 703-689-2700.

CPR and First Aid. The American Red Cross of the National Capital Area will be offering a adult, child and infant CPR and community first aid class, from 6-10 p.m., at its North Fairfax office, 1112 Herndon Parkway. Includes instruction on how to recognize and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, how to perform rescue breathing and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, how to assist choking victims and how to care for life-threatening bleeding, sudden illness and injuries. Cost $63. For more information or to enroll, call 703-963-0004 or visit www.redcrossfairfax.org.

Women Voters Presentation. The League of Women Voters, in cooperation with Fairfax County Public Schools Adult and Community Education, presents "Activating Your Citizenship," the first of a four-session series on how local government works, from 7-9 p.m., in the Fairfax County Government Center. The other sessions are Sept. 29, Evolution and Powers of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Oct. 13, Navigating Authorities, Commissions and Departments; and Oct. 27, Functions of the Fairfax County School Board. Cost $25 for the four two-hour sessions. Register by calling 703-227-2231.

Blood Drive. Gelco Information Network is sponsoring an American Red Cross Blood Drive, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at 1860 Michael Faraday Drive, Reston. To schedule an appointment contact Susan Cramer at 703-736-8055, walk-ins are welcome.

<cal1>Thursday/Sept. 16

<cal2>Fund-raising Auction. Symantec, an information security company headquartered in California with an office in Herndon, will hold a silent auction fund-raiser to benefit the Herndon Free Clinic, at the Marriott at Worldgate Center in Herndon. For more information, contact Patty Hall at patty_hall@symantec.com.

Beginner English. For adults learning English who would like to participate in beginner-level conversation groups. Sessions will be held at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 7 p.m. To register, call 703-689-2700.

Intermediate English. Intermediate-level conversation group for adults learning English will be held at the Reston Towne Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 1 p.m. Call 703-689-2700 to register.

Senior Cinema. "Miracle," starring Kurt Russell, at the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave., at 2 p.m. Refreshments and a movie are free. All movies are rated PG or PG-13. For more information, call 703-435-6868 or visit www.herndon-va.gov.

<cal1>Friday/Sept. 17

<cal2>Circle Time. Interactive story time for adults and children at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 10:30 a.m. Ages 13- to 17-months and accompanied by an adult. To register, call 703-689-2700.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 18

<cal2>Pet Parade. The Town of Herndon Parks and Recreation Department's annual Family Pet Parade and Expo begins at 10 a.m. and runs until noon, at the Herndon Municipal Center, 777 Lynn St., Herndon. Open to adults, children and pets of all shapes and sizes. Ribbons awarded for best costume; best float; best trick; largest, nose to tail; smallest, from nose to tail; most unusual and best of show. Cost $4 per person in advance, $5 at the event. Spectators are free. To register in advance, call 703-435-6868 or in person at the Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave.

Magic Show. The Great Zucchini, an interactive magic show sponsored by the Friends of the Reston Regional Library, will be held for children ages 2-6, at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 10.30 a.m. Must be accompanied by adult. Call 703-689-2700 to register.

Youthful Driver Program. The Fairfax County Police Department's Youthful Driver Improvement Program takes place from 7 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Emergency Vehicle Operations Center, 3725 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly. Hands-on course to provide advanced driver training techniques including proper braking techniques, crash avoidance, skid control, serpentine, steering wheel management and off-road recovery techniques. Call 703-818-1924 to register or for more information.

Multicultural Festival. From 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at Reston's Lake Anne Plaza. Cuisines to be showcased include American, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Nigerian, Honduran and Italian. In addition to international foods, the festival will feature live entertainment, arts and crafts, children's activities, and educational opportunities from a host of cultures. For more information, contact the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500, or visit www.restonweb.com/multiculturalfestival.

Geology Trek. The Twin Branches Geology Trek, from 10-11:30 a.m., Twin Branches trail head, at intersection of Glade Drive and Twin Branches Road. Walk the Twin Branches Trail with an Reston Association Naturalist to learn about the common rocks and minerals of Reston such as quartz, phyllite and mica schist. Reservations required by Sept. 15. Call Reston Association at 703-435-6530. Fee: $3 RA members and $5 nonmembers.

<cal1>Sunday/Sept. 19

<cal2>Herndon's NatureFest. Games, nature crafts, face painting and music at Runnymede Park from 1-5 p.m. Get a "Passport to Nature's Treasures" stamped at the nature stations for a chance to win an award. Parking will be available along the Herndon Parkway. Satellite parking and shuttle service will also be available from the Atrium Building at 381 Elden St. For more information regarding volunteer opportunities, call Susan Lilly, the town's naturalist, at 703-435-6800 ext. 2113.

<cal1>Monday/Sept. 20

<cal2>Practice Your English. Intermediate-level conversation group for adults learning English will be held at the Reston Towne Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 7 p.m. Call 703-689-2700 to register.

Atlantic City Trip. Trip includes continental breakfast, motor-coach transportation, driver, escort, six-hour day at the casino and a $15-cash rebate from the hotel. Fee is $42 per person. Bus leaves the Herndon Community Center at 7:30 a.m. and returns at 10 p.m. For more information, contact the Herndon Community Center at 703-435-6868 or register online at www.herndon-va.gov. No refunds after Sept. 13.

Terry Gross at CenterStage. Gross, host of NPR's Fresh Air, will be interviewed by WETA's Ingrid Lakey at 8 p.m.; followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience and book signing for her new book, "All I Did Was Ask," in the lobby. Gross has been the recipient of a number of awards, among them the Peabody Award in 1994. Seating is general admission; no one will be admitted without a ticket. For more information, call the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500.Ê

GRACE Workshop. The Greater Reston Arts center (GRACE) presents a children's workshop from 3:30-5 p.m., at the Greater Reston Arts center Gallery, 11911 Freedom Drive, Suite 110, Reston. Registration is recommended. Cost $8 per session for members, $12 for nonmembers. For grades kindergarten-sixth. For more information, visit www.Restonarts.org/education.htm or call 703-471-9242.

<cal1>Tuesday/Sept. 21

<cal2>All About Me. Stories and activities for children ages 2-3 with adult, at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 10:30 a.m. To register, call 703-689-2700.

Meeting/Potluck Lunch. The Greater Reston Newcomers and Neighbors Club is hosting a meeting and potluck salad luncheon, at 10 a.m., at the United Christian Parish, 2222 Colts Neck Road, Reston. This event is to celebrate the club's 35th anniversary and allow women new to the area a chance to sign up for memberships. For more information call 703-467-0282 or 703-742-6131, or visit www.members.cox.net/fhopwoo/GRNNC.

<cal1>Wednesday/Sept. 22

<cal2>Celebrate. Happy 70th Birthday to Tomie DePaola. Celebrate with stories and activities for the whole family at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 7:15 p.m. All ages. Call 703-689-2700 to register.

CPR and First Aid. The American Red Cross of the National Capital Area will be offering an adult, child and infant CPR and community first aid class, cost $63; or adult CPR/AED and standard first aid class, cost $55. Both from 6-10 p.m., at its North Fairfax office, 1112 Herndon Parkway. Includes instruction on how to recognize and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, how to perform rescue breathing and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, how to assist choking victims and how to care for life-threatening bleeding, sudden illness and injuries. For more information or to enroll, call 703-963-0004 or visit www.redcrossfairfax.org.