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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. 15

<cal2>Cub Pack Meeting. Cub Scout Pack 1577 is hosting its annual Join Scouting Night, from 7-8:30 p.m., in the Dranesville Elementary School cafeteria, 1515 Powells Tavern Place, Herndon. Boys in grades first-fifth and their families are invited to meet current Cub Scouts and adult leaders and learn about the Scouting program. For more information, call Mark Teare at 703-444-7817.

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>Republicans Meeting. The Republican Club of Greater Reston/Hunter Mill District is hosting its second annual Potluck at the Hunter Woods Reston Community Center, Colts Neck Road between South Lakes Drive and Glade Drive. Happy hour begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner starting at 7 p.m., with guest speaker Lisa Marie Cheney, the 8th congressional district Republican candidate. For more information or to make reservations call Karen Conroy at 703-648-3829.

WAHMfest. The fifth annual Northern Virginia WAHMfest, the Work-At-Home Moms Expo, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Dulles Hilton Hotel in Herndon. This year's event is being held in partnership with Small Business Expos of America. WAHMfest is designed to connect parents with business resources and legitimate work-at-home or flexible opportunities, which will allow them to better balance their families and their careers. Approximately 30 exhibitors will be at WAHMfest with helpful information, business opportunities and advice. Additional information and directions are available at www.wahmfest.org/nova, by calling 703-926-8576, or by e-mailing Marybeth Henry at execdir@wahmfest.org.

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>Showcase. The Showcase of Bands, hosted by Herndon High School, will be taking place from 1-10 p.m. at Herndon High School, 700 Bennett St. This event will feature more than 25 high school marching bands from across the Mid-Atlantic region, with The Pride of Herndon Band performing its 2004 show Spectacle. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. For more information call 703-406-6197.

Home Buying Seminar. The Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center and Consumer Credit Counseling Service will host a home-buyers seminar, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at 1086 Elden St., Dulles Park Shopping Center. Learn about home-buying options and how to establish or restore credit and apply for loans. Attendees will receive a certificate from the National Foundation for Consumer Credit, which will be useful in applying for First-Time Home-buyer's Programs. For more information call 703-435-3182.

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>Classical Concert. The European Academy of Music and Art continues its series of classical piano concerts at 6 p.m. at the Reston Community Center. The program will include pieces from Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Grieg, Liszt and Mozart, among others, as well as feature children ages five to seventeen who study under piano teacher Bella Oster. The concert is free, but seating is limited. For more information call 301-421-0960 or 301-483-9796.

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>Cub Scout Meeting. Cub Scout Pack 1570, sponsored by the Clearview Elementary School PTA, will be holding a Join Scouting Night at 7:00 p.m., at Clearview Elementary School, 12635 Builders Road in Herndon. Cub Scouting is a year-round family program designed for boys who are in the first grade through fifth grade. All interested families including home-schooled boys are invited to attend. For more information, contact Cub master John OÕConnell at 703-481-1469 or committee chairperson Tammy Butler at 703-456-0579.

Candlelight Yoga. Candlelight beginner yoga classes at Brown's Chapel include gentle stretching, breathing and deep relaxation/guided meditation. 7:30-9 p.m. For more information call 703-476-2827.

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>Play. "Our Times," at 7 p.m., in the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, presented by the American Association of University Women (AAUW). This sometimes humorous, often chilling play that highlights the tension between liberty and security, and is a reminder that freedom is not only a gift, but an individual responsibility as well. Modeled on Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," the play was written by Hank Blakely and is directed by Lillian Christman, both of Reston. It has been presented on local television and staged by various groups around the country. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. For more information, contact Fran Lovaas, 703-318-9628.

Civil War Presentation. The Herndon Historical Society presents "A Virginia Village Goes to War: Falls Church during the Civil War," by Brad Gernand, 7:30 p.m., at the Herndon Train Depot, 717 Lynn St. For further information, contact Chuck Mauro at 703-787-9879 or cmauro10@aol.com. Guests are always welcome.

Senior Finances Workshop. Learn how to secure your future and plan for a stress-free retirement at this informative workshop which will be held at the Reston Community Center Lake Anne, 1609 Washington

Plaza in Reston, from 2-3:30 p.m. "The Ten Ways Seniors Screw Up Their Finances" was created by financial

advisor Rick Clark to protect and preserve the assets of seniors. This activity is intended for people age 55 and older. The course fee is $5 for people who live and work in Reston and $10 for all others. Register either in person or by faxing a completed RCC registration form to 703-476-8617. For further information, directions, or to request a

reasonable accommodation, call the Reston Community Center, Lake Anne at 703-689-3550 or visit the website at

http://www.restoncommunitycenter.com.

Skin Care Seminar. Sarah Brown, aesthetician for Austin-Westin Center for Cosmetic Surgery, will be leading a seminar on skin care at 6:30 p.m. Learn about skin health and how you can restore radiance to lackluster skin. 1825 Samuel

Morse Drive, Reston.

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.

<cal1>Thursday/Sept. 23

<cal2>Concert. Beverly Cosham will release her newest compact disc, "Beverly Cosham Sings Yip Harburg," with a concert at the Reston Community Center, at 8 p.m. CoshamÕs concert will be 90 minutes and include Keter Betts, bass, Deb Brudvig, cello, Ron Chiles, piano, John Jensen, trombone Tom Jones, drums, Chris Royal, trumpet and George Hummel, music director and woodwinds. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500 or in person at 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. Tickets are $10.Super Science. Stories and a simple science activity for children ages 4-6 at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, at 10:30 a.m. Children must be accompanied with an adult. Call 703-689-2700 to register.

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

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.

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 1 p.m. Call 703-689-2700 to register.

Monthly Mixer. The Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce's monthly mixer is 5:30-8 p.m., Days Hotel, 2200 Centreville Road, Herndon. Polynesian theme. Pay at the door, $5 members/$15 nonmembers, reservations required by calling 703-437-5556, ext. 100.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 25

<cal2>Bluegrass Concert. The Orchard Boys, a bluegrass/gospel band from Frederick, Md., will be in concert at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, located at 1090 Sterling Road in Herndon. Tickets are $10. Reservations by telephone 703-437-1883 (Ellie) or 703-435-8377 (Bob). Reservations and walk-ins pay the night of the concert. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. with the doors open at 6:30 p.m. Snacks are available. Holy Cross is handicapped accessible.

Cosmetic Surgery Seminar. Dr. George W. Weston, staff surgeon at the Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Reston, is hosting a free educational seminar on cosmetic surgery, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery, 1825 Samuel Morse Drive, Reston.

<cal1>Sunday/Sept. 26

<cal2>Comedy Theater. The Reduced Shakespeare Company presents "The History of America (Reduced)" at CenterStage at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, at 8 p.m. Suitable for ages 18 and older. All seats $20, reserved seating. Call 703-476-4500 for tickets. For more information about the Reduced Shakespeare Company, visit www.reducedshakespeare.com.

<cal1>Monday/Sept. 27

<cal2>NARFE Meeting. Dulles Chapter 1241 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees will meet, at 11:30 a.m., at the Amphora Deluxe Diner, 1151 Elden St., Herndon. Lisa Marie Cheney (R), political activist in support of Sen. John Warner and President George W. Bush, and James R. Socas (D), who served as a member of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, will be speaking about campaign issues in the upcoming Nov. 2 general election. NARFE members and all interested persons are welcome to attend, lunch cost is $13.50. For information or to make reservations call Sue Righter at 703 966-1122 or Mary Klatt at 703 421-3757.

Candlelight Yoga. Candlelight beginner yoga classes at Brown's Chapel include gentle stretching, breathing and deep relaxation/guided meditation. 7:30-9 p.m. For more information call 703-476-2827.

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.

Opportunities Open Golf Tournament to benefit The Arc of Northern Virginia, ECHO, ServiceSource, and Larc at the Hidden Creek Country Club in Reston. Presented by the Rotary Club of Dulles. For information on sponsoring or participating in the tournament, contact Lynn Ruiz@TheArcofNoVa.org or at 703-532-3214 ext. 213.

<cal1>Tuesday/Sept. 28

<cal2>Charity Golf. Dulles Rotary is sponsoring its eighth annual charity golf tournament. The tournament will be held at Hidden Creek Country Club in Reston. All proceeds from the event benefit four local organizations The Arc, ECHO, ServiceSource and LArc, each is dedicated to improving the lives of the disabled in our community. Golfers are $200 each or $725 per foursome. Dulles Rotary also accepts prize donations and corporate sponsorship for this event. For information contact Bruce Tria at 703-506-7614.

Blood Drive. Inova Blood Donor Services is seeking volunteers to donate blood from noon-7:30 p.m., at Reston Town Center, Hyatt Hotel, Discovery Street, Reston. For an appointment, call 1-866-BLOODSAVES (1-866-256-6372) or visit www.inova.org/donateblood.

<cal1>Wednesday/Sept. 29

<cal2>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.

<cal1>Thursday/Sept. 30

<cal2>Fall Fun. Stories, activities and a craft for children ages 2-3 with adult, at 10:30 a.m.; and children ages 3-5, at 2 p.m., at the Herndon Library, 768 Center St., at 10:30 a.m. Call 703-437-8855 to register.

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, 1 p.m. Call 703-689-2700 to register.

Networking Breakfast. The Centreville Chantilly Business Council will hold a networking breakfast 8-9:30 a.m., Holiday Inn Select-Dulles Expo Center, 4335 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly. Speakers Chris Griffin and Don Owens, owners of Griffin-Owens Associates. RSVP to 703-437-5556, ext. 100, or sign up online via the Events page of www.herndondulleschamber.org. Cost $15 for members who prepay by Sept. 27; otherwise $20 for members and nonmembers. All welcome.