Week in Reston

Week in Reston

<b>Totally Trucks</b>

The Reston Association is holding its annual Totally Trucks event Friday, Aug. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon, at the Central Services Facility, 12250 Sunset Hills Road. The event will feature all the vehicles RA uses, including a dump truck, trash truck, back hoe, bobcat, and mowing tractor. Other organizations will also have trucks on hand. Children will receive a truck coloring book and the first 300 children from each time slot will receive a "Totally Trucks" construction helmet. The event is free and all ages are welcome to attend. Call Reston Association at 703-435-6577 for information.

<b>Senior Academy Offers Free Film and Breakfast</b>

Seniors can enjoy a classic movie and a continental breakfast at Reston Community Center’s Monday Movies. Light refreshments, coffee and juice will be served at 9:15 a.m. The movies, which are presented by RCC's Senior Academy, are shown in the RCC Hunters Woods' CenterStage from 10 a.m. to noon. This program is intended for people age 55 and older. Both refreshments and movie admissions are free. This season's films are:

Sept. 19 — "North by Northwest" (1959), a Hitchcock thriller set during the Cold War.

Oct. 24 — "Shane" (1953), a western about a gunfighter caught in a war between homesteaders and ranchers in the Old West.

Nov. 21 — "Roman Holiday" (1953), about a princess who escapes her handlers to learn about real life with the assistance of a reporter.

<b>Senior Social Next Week</b>

Seniors are invited to learn about recreational activities in Reston at a free Senior Social on Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 1:30-3 p.m., at the Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods. At the senior social, which is hosted by the Reston Community Center and the Reston Association, seniors will learn how to make the most of their leisure time, discuss upcoming events and break the ice with some fun games and activities, while enjoying light refreshments. There will also be lots of opportunities to socialize. Door prizes will be announced during the reception. No registration is required for this activity. Contact the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500 for information.

<b>Works Sunday Coming Aug. 21</b>

Works Sunday, an annual cooperative event involving members of Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Muslim faith communities in Reston and Herndon, will take place Aug. 21. The effort will include more than a dozen "action projects," plus five "donation projects." Anyone interested is invited to participate. Action projects will include: holding three worship services at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center; providing maintenance at three Gabriel Homes, group homes for employed adults with mental retardation; collecting food for Reston Interfaith’s food pantry; making bag lunches for the Embry Rucker Shelter; cleaning up trash along the W&OD Trail; holding worship services and preparing luncheons for residents at the Hunters Woods and Lake Anne Fellowship Houses; stuffing backpacks with school supplies for low-income children; and giving concerts at the Sunrise/Reston and Cameron Glen residences.

Donation projects include bringing specified items to the Fairfax County Abused Women’s Shelter, the Embry Rucker Shelter, the Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center, the Laurel Learning Center, and the Zaccheus Community Kitchen in Washington, D.C. Items will be collected Aug. 21, between 2 and 4 p.m., at the United Christian Parish, 2222 Colts Neck Road, Reston.

<b>Requesting Funds to Study Area Transportation </b>

Last week, Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) requested $500,000 from the board of supervisors to study the necessary bus, road and pedestrian improvements for the surrounding and supporting transportation network of Wiehle Avenue Station. The study, which would be funded by a county surplus, would help ensure that the surrounding transportation infrastructure complements Metrorail in Reston. Hudgins also asked county staff to draft a plan to determine the impact of the Wiehle Avenue station on the Reston community and propose solutions to address future needs.

<b>Helping Back-to-School Kids </b>

Reston Interfaith and Kids R First announced that they would partner to help serve needy Reston and Herndon children prepare for school this fall by providing backpacks and supplies. The organizations hope to serve 5,000 students in need this fall with backpacks that Reston Interfaith will collect from the community. Backpacks will be collected through Aug. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Aug. 15 to 19, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 11150 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 210 in Reston.

<b>FISH Needs Help</b>

For more than 35 years, Herndon-Reston FISH (Friendly Instant Sympathetic Help) has been helping local families in crisis meet emergencies and short term needs.

Built on the "neighbor helping neighbor" concept, FISH has tried to help the community. But, recently FISH has more requests for help than the current fund-raising efforts can provide for.

Under the direction of newly appointed president Marcia Di Trapani, along with new officers on the executive board, FISH members plan to solicit more donations to help with its cause.

FISH is an all-volunteer, nonsectarian, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, which not only operates a hotline, assisting over 21,500 callers per year, but also provides round-trip rides for the elderly and other needy persons to their medical appointments. It also operates The Bargain Loft, 336 Victory Drive in Herndon, a thrift store that accepts and sells many items including used furniture, household items, books and toys. The Bargain Loft is completely run by volunteers.

For more information about FISH, to volunteer or make a donation, call 703-437-0600.

<b>Golf Tournament to Aid Rwanda Orphans </b>

On Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Reston National Golf Course, the United Christian Parish of Reston will sponsor a golf tournament to aid orphans in Rwanda. The cost to play, $125 per player, includes a round of golf and cart, beverages on the course and an awards dinner. Registration is from 11-11:45 a.m. with a tee time of noon. All golfers are invited to participate. The event hopes to raise at least $10,000 for the United Methodist Church of Rwanda. The United Christian Parish (UCP) has been working for nine years with a United Methodist Church project in Rwanda, which provides food, shelter and medical care for children orphaned by war and AIDS. Funds raised by the golf tournament will help build an orphanage, school and clinic to help 300 children in Rwanda’s capital city of Kigali. UCP youth also raise $3,000 each year to support a young Rwandan studying medicine at the university in Kigali. The United Christian Parish is an ecumenical church combining four denominations: United Methodist, Presbyterian (USA), United Church of Christ, and Disciples of Christ. Visit www.unitedchristianparish.org.


August 16, 7 p.m., Reston Association’s Full Design Review Board Meeting at Isaac Newton Square.

August 22, 7 p.m., Reston Association’s Governing Documents Referendum Campaign with Cluster Association Board and officers at Isaac Newton Square.

August 24, 7 p.m., Reston Association’s Governing Documents Referendum Campaign with Alliance of Reston Clusters and Homeowners (ARCH) at the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne.