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Fairfax County firefighters and paramedics will be visible at many Fairfax County intersections and throughout the region over Labor Day weekend, continuing their trend of collecting funds for “Jerry’s Kids.”
As a nationally recognized supporter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Fairfax County firefighters and paramedics, in conjunction with Local 2068 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, will ask local residents and visitors to support this cause. Generosity from the community allowed firefighters to collect $342,000 last year. Firefighters hope to exceed last year’s total this Labor Day weekend.
In the Greater Washington Area, Fairfax County firefighters and paramedics are the MDA’s largest contributor. Firefighters and paramedics would like to remind residents and visitors of Fairfax County that fire apparatus and uniformed personnel will be visible over the Labor Day weekend collecting solely for the purpose of helping “Jerry’s Kids” and MDA.
For 51 years, the International Association of Fire Fighters has strongly supported the MDA, and helped raised over $200 million. Visit www.mdausa.org.
The Giving Circle of HOPE has opened its 2005 grant cycle. Grant applications are due Sept. 1; applications and guidelines can be accessed at www.givingcircleofHOPE.org or requested by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Giving Circle awards $1,000-$5,000 grants via a competitive process to nonprofit organizations that help needy Northern Virginians. Grants will be awarded in December 2005.
The Giving Circle of HOPE is a philanthropic-service organization, which provides funds and assistance to Northern Virginians in need. Giving Circle members combine time, talents and monetary resources to impact specific causes. First formed in January 2004, the Giving Circle of HOPE is open to new members and can be reached through http://www.givingcircleofhope.org.
The 11th session of the Herndon Citizen Police Academy will begin Aug. 31. Classes will be held every Wednesday from Aug. 31-Nov. 16, from 7-9 p.m. The academy is held at the Herndon Police Station. Participants will be given instruction in community policing, investigations, traffic enforcement, police K-9, forensics and evidence collection, and other topics. There will also be tours of the Adult Detention Center, a trip to the firing range and ride-along opportunities. The class is limited to 20 students. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Participants need not live in the Town of Herndon, however town residents receive first consideration to attend. Contact Senior Police Officer Dexter Morgan at 703-435-6881, Ext. 294 or at email@example.com.
After 18 months of precise planning and hard work, the 1791 Frying Pan Spring Meetinghouse will be re-dedicated in ceremonies set for Sunday, Sept. 18, 1 p.m. The Restoration Celebration will commemorate the restoration, stabilization and documentation process which has been completed on this 214-year old gem, now ready to shine again and reveal two centuries of stories. Celebrants will include the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors as well as the Fairfax County Park Authority Board and members of the community.
The Frying Pan Spring Meetinghouse has survived changing land use, the Civil War and 20th century suburban growth to achieve designation as a Virginia Landmark and National Register of Historic Places site.
In 1984, the last surviving trustee of the Meetinghouse deeded the property to the Fairfax County Park. Change and growth in western Fairfax County have left undisturbed the Frying Pan Spring Meetinghouse and its adjoining springs, baptismal pond, grounds and cemetery, which have maintained their integrity for over 200 years.
The day’s events will include choral music harkening back to the days when this meetinghouse was used as a place of worship for practitioners of the Primitive Baptist faith. Several historic readings will be presented as well as a presentation on the preservation process. Following the ceremony and light refreshments, three interpretive programs entitled, "These Walls are Talking," "A Journey Through Time" and "Those Who Came and Stayed" will be presented.
The public is invited to participate in this free program, but reservations are required. Call 703-437-9101. Frying Pan Meetinghouse is located at 2621 Centreville Rd., one quarter mile north of West Ox Road in the Floris community near Herndon.
Again this year, WAHMfest.org, the Work At Home Moms expo, will be collecting used cell phones for the CALL TO PROTECT campaign. The CALL TO PROTECT campaign collects wireless phones to benefit victims of domestic violence. Proceeds from the sale of phones help fund agencies that fight domestic violence and are also used to support the educational efforts of the Wireless Foundation. Other phones are refurbished and become lifelines for domestic violence victims when faced with an emergency situation.
To make a donation of your phone, call Marybeth Henry at 703-766-0294 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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) meets every Wednesday, from 7-8 p.m., at Falls Church High School, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church.
Artists living within a 75-mile radius of Leesburg are
invited to submit artwork to the third annual "Fall Into the Arts" festival Saturday, Oct. 15 in downtown historic Leesburg.
To be eligible, artists should mail photographs of up to three pieces of original art, a $20 fee and a self-addressed-stamped envelope to Fall Into the Arts‚ Jury, c/o the Loudoun Academy of the Arts, 222 South King St., Leesburg, VA 20175.
The deadline for photo submissions is Friday, Sept. 16, and a panel of jurors will respond to submissions by Monday, Sept. 26.
School-aged artists are also welcome to display their work at the Loudoun Academy of the Arts at 222 South King St. To participate in the student show, contact Karen Hassinger at 703-669-2357. There is no fee for student submissions.
The "Fall Into the Arts‚" festival is hosted by The Town of Leesburg and Leesburg Crossroads Inc., which operates as a Main Street program for Leesburg. Visit www.fallintothearts.org or contact Lisa Capraro, downtown coordinator, at 703-737-7084.
The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross is seeking platelet donors. Apheresis technology available at many area Red Cross blood Donor Centers allows some donors to give only platelets, while remaining blood components are returned to the donor before the process is complete. The donation takes slightly longer than a standard whole blood donation. For questions regarding eligibility, as well as a listing of local Donor Centers, which are equipped with apheresis technology, call 1-800-272-2123 or visit
The Town of Herndon’s Cultivating Community Initiative is seeking nominations for the Yard of the Month competition. Residents can nominate their own yard or a neighbor’s yard, but the yard must be within the Town of Herndon. Only front yards will be judged. Winners will be selected for October. They will receive a $100 gift certificate to Meadows Farms and recognition in the media and by Town Council. Each month, both a single-family house and a townhouse will be awarded Yard of the Month. To obtain nomination forms, go to the town’s Web site at www.herndon-va.gov and click on “What’s New” then “Yard of the Month Awards.” Contact Robin Runser at 703-435-6800 Ext. 2010 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Football Officials Needed. No experience necessary. The Northern Virginia Football Officials Association (NVFOA) is seeking new members for its 2005 training class who can become on-field game officials and electronic clock operators for games at the youth, middle-school and high-school levels throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. They are the sole supplier of football officials to all high schools in the Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, and Fauquier. They also supply officials to numerous private schools in Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland. Men and women who have reached the age of 18 and who have a desire to be a part of the scholastic game are eligible. Information and application forms are available at the Web site www.nvfoa.com or contact the commissioner, Dennis Hall, by phone at 703-532-0000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The International Center for Language Studies (ICLS), which has been selected to run an ESL (English as Second Language) program for 25 high-school students from France this summer, needs families to house them during each of its two three-week sessions: July 10-30 and July 31-Aug. 20.
In the sixth year of this program, ICLS will provide an all-encompassing cultural experience to complement the classroom curriculum. The weekday morning classes — designed to help the students acquire speaking and listening skills in American English — will be followed by afternoon field trips that present examples of history and culture in the Washington, D.C., area. Possible destinations include the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Air & Space Museum and many other historical and cultural sites in and around the city.
ICLS is now beginning to recruit families interested in hosting a student. Families will be expected to provide room and board, to help facilitate the student’s use of public transportation to travel to and from ICLS and to include them in weekend activities that will enhance their American experience. The students will have paid for the various incidental costs; a stipend will be paid to each host family.
Contact ICLS at 202-639-8800.
The Bargain Loft is a local thrift store located at 336 Victory Drive in Herndon. It is run by an all volunteer staff, and is clean and air conditioned. All the money made by the Bargain Loft goes to help Herndon/Reston FISH, which helps people with emergency needs such as money for rent, utilities or medicines.
Bargain Loft is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There are two shifts, mornings from 10 a.m.-noon and afternoons from noon-2 p.m.
The Loft particularly needs people on Saturdays and can always use teenagers who want to acquire some Community Service time. Call Mr. Stringer at 703-437-0600.
The Aspect Foundation, a high-school exchange student program, has been awarded grants for the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program and the Partnership for Learning Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program.
The goal of FLEX and YES is to provide an opportunity for international high-school students from Eurasia, the Middle East and Asia to experience life in a democratic society and learn aprise.
Foreign exchange students who participate in the two programs come to Northern Virginia to live with host families, attend school and engage in activities to learn about American society and values. They, in turn, educate Americans about their own countries and cultures.
The FLEX program is funded by Congress under the Freedom Support Act and administered by the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. FLEX participants are high school students, ages 15-18 who come from the countries of the former Soviet Union: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
The Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and
Cultural Affairs also fund the YES program. The program provides full scholarships for a year or semester of living and studying in the U.S. to a select group of young people, ages 15-18 from Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Sudan, Tunisia, Syria and Yemen.
The Aspect Foundation is also looking to find families to host regular exchange students for the upcoming school year in the United States. These students come from Western Europe, South and Central America and Asia.
Contact Robert Rawls at 703-409-9776 cell, 703-433-0362 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
A group called Promote Herndon has published the second edition of the town’s brochure, It’s All in the Heart of Herndon — A 2005 Guide. As before, the guide includes the calendar of events, information about downtown attractions, arts and entertainment, as well as parks and recreation. New to this year’s guide are the Town of Herndon and area maps, which were designed to show the locations of major events, attractions and recreation in town. The 2005 Guide is available at the Visitor’s Center, 717 Lynn St., 703-HERNDON or by calling Robin Runser, public information officer, Town of Herndon at 703-435-6800, Ext. 2010.
A group of Herndon community leaders has initiated a humanitarian effort to collect and send textbooks to Liberia to help rebuild its educational system, which was destroyed by a civil war.
During years of war, rebels used schools as their bases and burned many school books. Numerous schools have been closed for several years, resulting in a very high illiteracy rate. In schools that were not destroyed, students must share books. The donated textbooks cover common subjects for all grade levels.
Spearheading the project are the Rev. Dr. James Graham Jr., pastor of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, the Rev. Dr. Norman Tate, pastor of Heritage Fellowship United Church of Christ, the Rev. Ralph Duke, pastor of Beacon Hill Baptist Church all of Herndon, and Del Walters, five-o'clock anchor and managing editor of investigations for WMAR TV in Baltimore.
Walters and pastors of the three Herndon churches are raising funds.
Anyone who wants to donate to the Liberia textbook project can contact Mount Pleasant Baptist Church at 703-793-1196; Beacon Hill Baptist Church at 703-568-6198; or Heritage Fellowship United Church Of Christ at 703-620-9515.