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Multi-cultural open mic every Friday night at Shahi Kabob House hosted by Doug Conner of The Sneakers. Located at 724 Pine St. in Herndon. Call 703-796-0110.

With a special focus on the renewed vigor of the earth in spring, Christine Lashley’s solo show "Nature Impressions" will be on exhibit from March 15-April 29, at the University of Phoenix, Reston; League of Reston Artist’s Exhibit Hall II. A floral watercolor demonstration by the artist is to be held Saturday, April 16, from noon-1:30 p.m. Free.

Threadworks: A Craft Circle at the RCC. Knitting and sewing circles used to be a greatly loved part of American life. They enabled crafters to learn and perfect their skills in a friendly, nurturing environment. Now RCC is reviving the craft circle with "Threadworks," a free, drop-in program where people interested in crocheting, needlepoint and knitting can practice, share information, learn new techniques and make new friends.

"Threadworks" will meet every Tuesday, from 6-8 p.m., at the Hunters Woods RCC beginning June 14 and ending Aug. 30. Register either in person or by faxing a completed RCC registration form to 703-476-8617. For directions, or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500, 703-476-1514 (TTY) or visit the website at The Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods, is located in the lower level of the Hunters Woods Shopping Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road.

The League of Reston Artists (LRA) announces its 2005 call for entries for its 12th Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibition. This exhibition will feature $1,500 in prize monies, including the $500 Jo Ann Rose Award in honor of the LRA’s past president, Jo Ann Rose.

Noted Washington, D.C., gallerist, artist and art critic F. Lennox Campello will serve as juror for this exhibition.

This exhibition will run from Monday, June 6, through Monday, July 4. An opening reception will take place Sunday, June 19, from 2-4 p.m., at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery of the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne Plaza in Reston.

This call for entries is limited to a maximum of three works of art in any 2-D media from each artist. The entry fee for LRA members is $20/$25 at the door and $25 for nonmembers/$30 at the door. The call for entry form can be downloaded from the LRA’s Web site at Entries must be postmarked by May 31. Send your entry form and a check made payable to League of Reston Artists to LRA, P.O. Box 2513, Reston, VA 20195.

Creative Home Gallery is a new gallery located in the offices of National Realty, located at 2100 Reston Ave., Suite 110, at the intersection of Reston Avenue and South Lakes Drive in Reston. Sharp focus romantic artist David Bottini works from his favorite sites along the Potomac River, the arid, high desert of New Mexico and his native central Pennsylvania. Bottini will exhibit recent paintings during the month of March at Creative Home Gallery. Before dedicating his full time to his studio work, Bottini earned the title of "Master Teacher" while Visual Art Department chair at the Madeira School in McLean. More of Bottini's work can be viewed at

Glen Echo Pottery presents "The Mad Hatter's Tea Party," an exhibit of pottery with a whimsical attitude inspired by Alice In Wonderland. The exhibit opens Saturday, April 16, from noon to 5 p.m., and runs through May 1, at the Gallery Yurt in Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. With more than 20 student potters participating in the show, we'll have curious tea pots, funky cups, dancing sugar and cream sets, trays with skirts and many other delightful objects for setting a properly mad table. Tea and cookies will be served throughout the show. The Mad Hatter's Tea party exhibit opens concurrent with the Puppet Co.'s production of "Alice in Wonderland." Visit Contact Jeff Kirk, director, at 301-229-5585.

See works of art by Reston artists at the League of Reston Artists Annual Judged Fine Arts Exhibition. The exhibition features judged works of art by LRA artist members. It will be on display at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery of the Reston Community Center from Monday, April 4, through Sunday, May 1.

Exhibition judge, Michael "Mike" Cantwell, will present $300 in prizes to the award winning artists at an opening reception at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery on Sunday, April 17, from 2-4 p.m. Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to vote for their favorite piece of art as the People's Choice Award. The People's Choice Award will be presented at the opening reception. The reception will also feature music by Reston native, Jan Bender, and her group, "Just Friends." This reception and the exhibition are free and open to the public.

Visit the Web site at For directions or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500, 703-476-1514 (TTY) or visit the Web site at The Reston Community Center at Lake Anne is located at 1609 Washington Plaza in Reston, near the intersection of Village Road and North Shore Drive. The Reston Community Center is completely accessible to persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In celebration of National Youth Art Month, young artists from local elementary schools will be displaying their work at the Worldgate Centre throughout March. These aspiring artists‚ works include original art designs using various art mediums: printmaking, watercolor, charcoal drawings, calligraphy and clay pottery. Seventy-five young artists from eight local elementary schools are participating. Visit, call the Council's office at 703-689-9535 or e-mail

May is National Older Americans' Month and the Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods is celebrating by presenting "Young at Art," a non-juried art exhibition and contest that showcases the creativity of local artists ages 55 and older. The exhibition will be on display from May 4-31.

Local artists age 55 or older are invited to enter their work in the show. Due to limited display space, each artist can enter only two pieces and only the first 65 entries will be accepted.

Entry forms are available at both RCC facilities. Judges will present a "Best in Show" award to one artist and then will select a piece from each category for an honorable mention. A reception and awards ceremony will be held on Friday, May 6, from 2-3:30 p.m. All events will be held at the Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods, and are free and open to the public. Many of the artworks will be available for purchase.

For information, directions, or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500, 703-476-1514 (TTY), or visit the Web site at The Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods, is located in the lower level of the Hunters Woods Shopping Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, 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 (ADA).

Original and limited edition art from the late Oscar winning Warner Brothers animation artist, Chuck Jones, from April 1-May 31. The Art of Chuck Jones includes Bugs Bunny, Marvin Martian, the Grinch, Horton, and more. Call 703-478-0778. At ArtInsights at Reston Town Center

MS Bands of Hope are available at Appalachian Spring in Reston Town Center. Bands can be purchased for $1 during April and May. Proceeds benefit the National MS Society, National Capital Chapter. Call 703-478-2218.

Gallery West, the member-operated fine art gallery at 205 South Union Street in Old Town Alexandria, announced an all-member show in the Front Gallery until Monday, April 4, appearing simultaneously with Elsa Gebreyesus’ solo show in the Rear Gallery. There will be a Second Thursday Reception, March 10, from 6-9 p.m.

Gallery West’s 21 current members are an ensemble of gifted artists in many media, including painting in oils, watercolors, acrylics, mixed media and collage; photography in color and black/white, using traditional film equipment and materials as well as the latest digital technologies and techniques; ceramics, including handmade pottery, plates, cups and decorative pieces; jewelry, and exquisite turned wood works.

Gallery West is located two blocks south of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Regular gallery hours are Thursday-Monday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., except second Thursdays until 9 p.m. Visit the gallery’s Web site at

Reston Community Center can help Reston residents achieve citizenship. On Thursday nights, from 7-9 p.m., March 24-May 19, an RCC-sponsored citizenship preparation class will be held at Reston Interfaith. The class will cover American history and civics, and the Immigration and Naturalization (INS) interview and test preparation. Participants must be able to read, write and speak English. This course is targeted at persons age 16 and older. The course fee for people who live or work in Reston is $15, and $23 for all others. Register either in person or by faxing a completed RCC registration form to 703-476-8617.

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 Reston Interfaith is located at 11150 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 210, Reston.

Penny Perna Ehrler of Reston and Norma Perna of Potomac, Md., will have a joint exhibit featuring Chinese brush painting at the Jasmine Cafe in Reston through April, as part of the Herndon's Art in Public Places program.

Registration is now open for the spring 2005 series of Children’s Workshops at the Greater Reston Arts Center. These workshops give children an opportunity to learn more about art techniques in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. 3:30-5 p.m., Mondays, March 28, and April 25. This series is for children in grades kindergarten-sixth. The workshops are:

March – "Clay Imprints"

April – "Tissue Paper Collage"

Visit the Web site at $11 for GRACE members and $16 for nonmembers. Preregistration is recommended since space is limited and participation is on a first-come first-served basis. Call 703-471-9242.

The Reston Community Center's Senior book group meets every fourth Thursday, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., at the Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods to discuss a wide variety of books. Coffee, tea and cookies are provided at no charge. Participants should bring a bag lunch. Books are on reserve at the Information Desk of the Reston Regional Library.

April 28, "Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation" by Cokie Roberts; and May 26, "The Murder Room" by P.D. James.

This free activity is intended for adults age 55 or older. Contact the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500 (V/TTY). The Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods, is located in the lower level of the Hunters Woods Shopping Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston.

An exhibit of Robert Heier’s photographs will be on display at Market Street Bar & Grill in Reston Town Center through April 10.

During the month of May Appalachian Spring hosts a Gift Wrapping Fundraiser to support the South Lakes High School All Night Grad Party. Call 703-478-2218.

Disney girls, the heroines and the princesses, grace the walls of ArtInsights at Reston Town Center from June 1-July 10 in original and limited edition animation art. Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and more. Call 703-478-0778.

Reston Concerts on the Town from 7:30-10 p.m. at Reston Town Center Pavilion continuing every Saturday evening in June, July and August. Visit for a full concert schedule.

Teens ages 12-17 are invited to the Herndon Community center for an afternoon of refreshments and a movie - all free. Teen Cinema will be held every second and fourth Thursday, at 2:30 p.m. during March. Enjoy a feature film or new release twice a month. All movies are rated PG or PG-13. To find out the movie schedule or to be placed on our mailing list, call the Herndon Community Center at 703-435-6868. To register online, go to

Reston Town Center’s Ice Skating Pavilion is open for the skating season through March, weather permitting. The Ice Skating Pavilion hosts birthday parties as well as private and corporate parties. Beginner and intermediate ice skating lessons are also available. Call 703-709-6300 or visit

The Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), in collaboration with the Market Street Bar and Grill at the Reston Hyatt, will present an exhibition featuring Robert Heier. Heier’s photographic images will be on display through April 4. There will be an opening reception on Monday, Jan. 10, from 5-7 p.m., catered by the Hyatt.

Heier’s digitally enhanced and abstracted photographic images are based on his explorations of the mystical, haunted back streets of historic Western Europe.

GRACE, a nonprofit visual arts organization, is located in the Reston Town Center at 11911 Freedom Drive, Suite 110. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Council for the Arts of Herndon announces rehearsals for the Herndon Symphony Orchestra will take place every Tuesday, from 7-9 p.m., at the Herndon Middle School's band room, 901 Locust St. Musicians of all ages and talent levels are welcome to attend. The Symphony Orchestra is under the direction of Tim Adams. E-mail or call 703-689-9535.

Acoustic Jam at Frying Pan Country Store. Pickin', strummin', or just listenin'. Bring your instrument or come by to enjoy this drop-in session at the country store. The acoustic jam brings music to the farm on the first and third Sunday, from 1-4 p.m., of each month. Free. 703-435-3710.

The Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region is sponsoring the following Support Groups for Adults diagnosed with Seizure Disorders and Caregivers. Free. Call 703-425-6660.

Reston Epilepsy Group meets the second and fourth Friday of each month, from 7-8:30 p.m., at Herndon High School, Entrance 5, Room 123, 700 Bennett St., Herndon.

Northern Virginia Epilepsy Group (Support Group for Adults diagnosed with Seizure Disorders and Caregivers).

Every Wednesday, from 7-8 p.m., at Falls Church High School, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church.

Spanish Chats at Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, every Wednesday, 7 p.m. Informal refresher for people who want to practice Spanish. For adults. Call 703-689-2700.

Open Poetry Readings. Lake Anne Coffee House, Lake Anne Village Center Shopping Center, Reston, every Tuesday, from 7-9 p.m. Call 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.

The American Red Cross of the National Capital Area's Fairfax/Falls Church Office, in conjunction with the Fairfax County Citizen Corps Council, will sponsor an Emergency Preparedness Clinic once a month for the next year. The clinics will be held in a different location in the County, the schedule will posted in libraries, on the Web Site, and other public locations. Contact Rebecca Kurylo, community outreach coordinator at the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area Chapter, at 703-805-2332 or

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 Visit and go to senior services.

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).

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

The Closet in downtown Herndon carries many specialty items ranging from glassware, to compact discs, to books, to clothes for the whole family, including evening wear and wedding dresses." The Closet, located at 845 Station St., is open for business Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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.