Send announcements to The Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to 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.

<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

<cal1>Thursday/Sept. 30

<cal2>Blood Drive. Convergys is sponsoring an American Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. -2 p.m. The Blood Drive will be located on the first floor at 11800 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston. Appointments are recommended, contact Becky Herring on 703-885-5747. Walk-ins are welcome as well.Ê Volunteer Workshop. The Northern Virginia Association for Volunteer Administration (NVAVA) presents a workshop, "Cultural Norms and How They Shape Volunteer Outreach and Recruitment" from 9-11:30 a.m. This workshop will provide representatives from some of the larger cultural groups in our area and volunteer managers the opportunity to share information and experience in recruiting and utilizing

the strengths and talents of culturally diverse volunteers. NVAVA is a professional nonprofit membership organization for persons committed to the effective involvement of volunteers in community programs and services. The

workshop will take place at the Fairfax County Government Center, 1200 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, in conference rooms 2 & 3. The meeting is open to all. Cost is free to members, $10 for nonmembers at the door. All are encouraged to stay for lunch in the cafeteria; brown bag lunches welcome. RSVP by Friday, Sept. 24, by e-mail to Lorraine Walker, or call Ellie Fusaro, 703-437-3477.

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 Cost $15 for members who prepay by Sept. 27; otherwise $20 for members and nonmembers. All welcome.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 2

<cal2>Folkswalk. Enjoy the great outdoors, get a great workout, meet your neighbors and round it all off with a pancake feast! It's Folkswalk, a fun 2 to 5-mile excursion down Reston's pathways. Diversions, games and activities await walkers and runners of all ages. From 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The

course begins at the Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods. Folkswalk is co-sponsored by The Reston Community Center and Reston Association. For further information contact Haywood R. Hopson Sr., special events director at 703-648-2838. For directions, or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact the Reston Community Center

at 703-476-4500 (V/TTY) or visit the Web site at The Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods, is located in the Hunters Woods Shopping Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston.

Chamber Concert. Voce Chamber Singers presents its fifth annual Broadway Champagne and Desert Gala, 7:30 p.m., in the community room at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road. Featuring excerpts from Leonard Bernstein's "Wonderful Town," stories from special guests and a silent auction. Tickets are $40 per person or $400 per reserved table for up to 10, by calling 703-277-7772, e-mailing or at the door. For more information visit

Garage Sale. The Reston-Herndon branch of the American Association of University Women will hold a garage sale, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at 2102 OwlÕs Cove Lane, Reston. Items for sale include furniture, house wares, clothing, sporting goods, books and more. Proceeds from the sale will be used to AAUWÕs Educational Foundation and Legal Advocacy Foundation and branch activities. For information, call Carol Hurlburt at 703/264-9054.

Stream Stroll. See one of Reston's first stream restoration projects up close by strolling along a segment of Snakeden Branch, from 10-11 a.m., Hunters Woods Village Center parking lot, meet at the Reston Association path near the bank. Cost $3 for RA members, $5 for nonmembers. For ages 16 and older. Reservation required by Sept. 29, call 703-435-6530.

Homecoming Parade. Herndon High School's Homecoming parade will start at 9:30 a.m. at Elden Street and will run to Town Hall Square, where the viewing stand will be. The parade is open to all residents and trophies will be given for first and second place in many selected categories, including a theme award, this year's theme is "The Town of Herndon Celebrates." A "Best in Show" award will also be given for the classic car entries. Apply by e-mailing or call John Mosesso at 703-421-8738.

Charity Walk. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's 6th annual Light the Night Walk at Reston Town Center begins at 6:30 p.m. The event is a 2- to 3-mile walk. For more information or to sign up call 703-960-1100 or visit the Web site at

Arts Discussion. "A Conversion with Tony Kushner and Ann Rodriguez" at CenterStage at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, at 8 p.m. Suitable for ages 18 and up. Kushner is a theater artist, author, political and cultural commentator, while Rodriguez, a Reston resident, is an advocate for the arts, and human and civil rights. Cost $20, limit four per purchase. Call 703-476-4500 for tickets. For more information about Kushner visit

Wright Tour. Reston Community Center will host a trip to Kentuck Knob, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, in Western Pa., including a tour of the historic house and gardens and a buffet lunch at the estate's restaurant. The bus will be departing at 6 a.m. from the Reston Community Center and will return at 8:30 p.m. Fee is $55 for Reston residents and $65 for all others. To register, complete a Reston Community Center registration form and send it by fax to 703-476-8617. For more information call 703-476-4500.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 3

<cal2>Folk Festival. The Herndon Folk Festival from noon -6 p.m. at the Herndon Municipal Center complex.

There will be live entertainment by Guy Davis, known for his acoustic blues, Dee Carstensen and her 85-pound, 47-stringed electric harp and John Gorka, whose recent album contains contributions from Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ani DeFranco and Patty Larkin. Also includes live demonstrations featuring Foot Hill Spinner of Herndon and Touching the Past with Elizabeth Kiker. The event will also feature Northern Virginia Wood Carvers and Ralph Smith Dulcimer Exhibit and Demo, as well as food vendors and crafts. Admission to the event is free.

Comedy Show. "The Matt and Ben Show," at CenterStage at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, at 8 p.m. Suitable for ages 18 and up. Off-Broadway hit, starred two women parodying Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as way to illustrate the cultural obsession with celebrity. Cost $10. Call 703-476-4500 for tickets. For more information about the show, visit

<cal1>Monday/Oct. 4

<cal2>Gallery Talk. A special gallery talk on the closing day of the ÒThe Death of Film,Ó the solo exhibition of ÒRough Edge PhotographyÓ by experimental Mississippi photographer and Reston resident, James W. Bailey. From 10-11 a.m., at the Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery of the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Campus, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria.

Arbor Day. Help plant trees at Freedom Grove, make a tree craft and visit learning stations, from 2:30-4:30 p.m., Freedom Grove at Brown Chapel Park off Baron Cameron Drive, Reston. Free. Recommended for all ages, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-435-6530 for more information.

Golf Classic. The Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce's golf classic at the Raspberry Falls course, Leesburg at 12:30 p.m. with a 1:30 shotgun start. Includes awards and dinner Call Bev 703-437-5556, ext. 103, or e-mail or obtain registration flyer via the Events page of

<cal1>Tuesday/Oct. 5

<cal2>Garden Club. Join the Reston Garden Club at the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Featuring Dean Norton, director of horticulture at Mount Vernon, who will speak on the subject of "Research and Restoration of George Washington's Landscape and Gardens." For more information, please contact Barbara Paolucci at 703-904-9379.

Restaurant Savvy. Reston Community Center's Restaurant Savvy is a one-session class will be held at the Market Street Bar and Grill from 6-8 p.m. Curt Hamilton, the general manager of the restaurant, will explain restaurant mysteries such as the purpose of each piece of silverware, how to select wine and what to do with the cork. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required for this class. You may register either in person or by faxing an RCC registration form to 703-476-8617. Fee is $25 for people who live or work in Reston and $35 for all others. An additional $10 supply fee is due to the instructor at the start

of class. The Market Street Bar and Grill is located at 1800 Presidents St. in the Reston Town Center. For directions or more information, call 703-476-4500.

<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 6

<cal2>Educational Series. From 4-7 p.m., 1801 Alexander bell Drive, Reston. An educational series focused on growing the million-dollar firm, sponsored by NAWBO NOVA. Includes guest speaker Sharon Hadary, who will speak to the findings of this study and other statistics and trends that provide insights for business success and growth. Registration required, cost before Oct. 4, NAWBO NOVA members $45 and nonmembers $60; after Oct. 4, NAWBO NOVA members $60 and nonmembers $75. Pay by check made out to NAWBO NOVA and mail to: 2642 N. Powhatan St., Arlington, VA 22207. Indicate event date on check. By phone, call 703-683-5655. Problems or questions, e-mail to

Mothers First Meeting. Mothers First of Herndon/Reston will hold a meeting, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Herndon Fortnightly Library, 768 Center St., Herndon. Mothers First is designed to offer support to women who have chosen to alter their careers to raise their children at home. The Mothers First program offers many activities for both the mother and the child. For more information call 703-827-5922 or visit

African Storyteller. "The Sayings of Junebug Jabbo Jones, Volume II," at CenterStage at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, at 8 p.m. Suitable for ages 13 and up. Production about Junebug, an African storyteller, played by William O'Neal, exposes the impact of post-industrial urban life on inner-city blacks despite the Civil Rights movement. Incorporates storytelling, rap, song and spoken word. Cost $10. Call 703-476-4500 for tickets. For more information about the show, visit

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 7

<cal2>Debate. Authors of "Battleground" survey and pollster team, Republican Ed Goeas and Democrat Celinda Lake, will headline a debate for Northern Virginia business leaders on the 2004 Presidential election and other critical political races across the nation this November. From 12- 1:30 p.m., with 11:30 a.m. networking at Hyatt Regency Reston, 1800 Presidents St., Reston. Contact Tony Howard 703-752-7522 to register.

Community Connections. Reston residents of all ages are invited to Community Connections, a free one-stop shopping event for Reston community information. Local clubs and organizations will provide visitors with information about the

numerous services, programs, events and activities in

Reston. Event highlights include: volunteer opportunities, voter registration, door prizes, and light refreshments. At the Equity Office Pavilion at Reston Town Center from 6-9 p.m. This event is cosponsored by the Reston Community Center and Reston Association. For directions, more information, or to request a reasonable

accommodation, call 703-476-4500 (V/TTY) or visit the RCC Web site at or the RA Web site at

Be a Lorax. Find out why trees are important, discover the true color of leaves, sing tree songs and make a tree craft, from 1:30-2:30 p.m., Glade Community Room, at Glade Pool, 11550 Glade Drive, Reston. For children ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult. Cost $4 per child, RA members; $7 per child, nonmembers. Reservations required by Oct.. 4, call 703-435-6530.

Candlelight Yoga. Candlelight beginner yoga classes at Brown's Chapel include gentle stretching, breathing and deep relaxation/guided meditation. 7-8:30 p.m. For more information call 703-476-2827.

Senior Cinema. "Along Came Polly," starring Jennifer Aniston 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

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 8

<cal2>Studio Series. The Design Studios of Reston will be hosting its Second Friday Studio Series, from 6-9 p.m., at 11411 Sunset Hills Road, Reston. The night's topic is Inside the Artist's Head. The event is free and includes light refreshments.

Pumpkinville Trip. Herndon Parks and Recreation will be taking a trip to Sunshine Farms' Pumpkinville, departing from the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave., at 12:15 p.m., returning at 3 p.m. The trip includes transportation to and from Sunshine Farms, hay rides, a petting zoo, an animal park and apple picking. Also, each child gets to pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch to take home. The fee is $8 per person, children under age 5 are free. For more information call 703-435-6868 or register online at

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 9

<cal2>Poetry Reading. D.C. Poets Against the War will mark the publication of their second anthology with a reading at Reston's Used Book Shop from 2-4 p.m. 1623 Washington Plaza, Lake Ann Village Center off North Shore Drive. Free.

Open House. Exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities are planned to introduce the whole family to the wonders of natural science, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at USGS National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston. Admission and parking are free. More information, including exhibits, teacher resources and directions are available online at

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 10

<cal2>Karate Tournament. The Worldgate Sport and Health Club in Herndon will host the 6th Annual Worldgate Challenge Karate Championship. Registration runs from 7:30 a.m.-noon and competition begins at 9 a.m. Trophies will be awarded for first through fourth place as well as grand champion trophies. All competitors 13 and under will receive an award. For more information contact Marlowe Dixon at 703-929-1432.

Doggie Walk. Reston Historic Trust presents a special outing for walkers and their dogs at 1:30 p.m. Get to know Reston on foot along Reston paths, which have great sniffing places along the way, to Lake Newport and past the dog park at Baron Cameron. Nancy Despeaux, founding member of the Reston Dog Coalition and experienced dog walk leader, will be the guide. Maximum 6-foot standard, non-retractable, leashes required. Meet at the Reston Museum, 1639 Washington Plaza at Lake Anne Village Center. A $5 donation is requested. For reservations and information, call the Reston Museum at 703-709-7700.

Tea Dance. The Reston Community Center's

Senior Academy Tea Dance from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Dancers of all skill levels are invited to fox-trot, swing, cha-cha and waltz to the music of new disc jockey, Michael Rye, at the Hunters Woods Reston Community Center. Includes mini dance lessons, door prizes and light refreshments. Partners are not required. Admission is $3 per person and the dance is intended for persons age 18 or older. No registration is required. For further information, directions, or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500 (V/TTY). The Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods, is located in the Hunters Woods Shopping Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road. For information visit