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Week in Reston

<b>Week in Reston</b>

<b>Man Charged with Shooting, Robbery</b>

Last Wednesday, Aug. 24, police charged Colin Brent Allen, 29, with two counts of attempted robbery, two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony, burglary and aggravated malicious wounding related to an incident in Reston earlier this year.

In February, the police reported that two suspects, a man and a woman, invaded an apartment on Freetown Court. When the occupant of the home answered the door, the suspects, Allen and a woman used a gun to force their way inside, according to the report. Allen then shot the first victim, a 26-year-old Reston man, in the upper body, according to the report. Allen and the other suspect then located a 25-year-old woman in the back of the apartment and demanded money, the report said. Allen and the other suspect left without taking any money.

The shooting victim taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The woman at the apartment was not injured.

Allen is currently being held at Fairfax County Adult Detention Center on unrelated charges.

<b>Sobriety Check in Reston</b>

Three motorists were arrested for drinking while intoxicated during a sobriety check conducted by Fairfax County Police Officers from the Reston District Station from 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 to 2 a.m. Aug. 27. Every motorist was stopped. Drivers were checked to assure their abilities to drive had not been impaired by alcohol or drugs. Approximately 757 cars passed through the checkpoint conducted on Fairfax County Parkway at Pinecrest Road. Seven other motorists were cited for other traffic offenses.

<b>At C-Note GRACE Event Everyone Goes Home with Art</b>

The Greater Reston Arts Center will hold an opening reception Thursday, Sept. 1, for its annual C-Note Sale event at its expanded Reston Town Center facility.

Tickets will be on sale for the first time to the public at the reception, held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The limited number of tickets, available for $125, have been matched by a donated work of art. Later in September every ticket holder will receive a piece of art, some of which is worth much more than $125.

There will be about 220 tickets available, and the number of tickets each person can purchase is limited.

The artwork will be on display until Sept. 25, when GRACE will randomly draw ticket holders who will then select one piece of their choice from the available art until each ticket holder has gone home with a piece of art.

“In the last four years, my ticket was drawn in the last third, and both times I got a piece from my top-20 list,” said Ginny Moore, committee chair of the event.

Proceeds from the event will support GRACE and its educational programs, including art in the schools, children workshops, exhibitions, lectures and community outreach.

“It’s a fundraiser with a capital F-U-N because everybody gets something,” said Kate Hanley, GRACE president.

GRACE is a non-profit art organization, relying on the generous support of artists, art enthusiasts, sponsors and volunteers to help bring art and the community together. GRACE programs are sponsored in part by the Virginia Commission of the Arts and the Arts Council of Fairfax County. C-Note is sponsored in part by Kfoury Construction Group.

Call 703-391-0114 or 703-471-9242; or visit restonarts.org, for more information.

<b>Friends of Reston Receives Sallie Mae Grant</b>

The Friends of Reston for community projects received a $1,000 grant from the Sallie Mae Fund. The grant will go towards the funding of the design and construction of the Nature House, a year-round nature education center to be built on the existing 72-acre Walker Nature Education Center in Reston. The Friends of Reston is a charitable organization that supports community projects in Reston that are not funded within the Reston Association budget.

<b>Reston Multicultural Entertainment Lined Up</b>

The 5th annual Reston Multicultural Festival is soon approaching and will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Reston's Lake Anne Village Center. Entertainment is scheduled in the community center’s Jo Ann Rose Gallery and at locations in and around the Plaza through the day.

The Festival's theme for 2005 is "Discover Who Are." The program includes singers, dancers, instrumentalists and speakers performing everything from bagpipe marches to ballet. Performances will include the Salvadoran musical groups IZALCO and King Night. There will also be a Salvadoran ballet and a performance by the Folklore Ballet American School of Puebla, Mexico.

The event will also feature Folklore Ballet American School of Puebla; Slaveya, a Balkan folk choir, will return. Other performers include SLICE, the teen group from South Lakes High School; the Yambu' Percussion Ensemble; Afro-Caribbean drumming; and the Hui Hula O Na Mele Aloha, offering Hawaiian music and dance. Newcomers include the Virginia Scottish Games Association offering a bagpipe march, and two Chinese groups, the Jow Ga Shaolin Institute and the Silver Light Senior Association.

Visit http://www.restoncommunitycenter.com/FallEvents.html.

<b>Seafoodie Grand Opening</b>

Seafoodie, a new addition to South Lakes Shopping Center, will have its grand opening Sept. 15. The store will feature freshly prepared gourmet seafood ranging from crab cakes to shrimp. Seafoodie will also offer prepared meals for take home. Each seafood dish is prepared in the shop and ready to take home for final cooking. Simple oven instructions are provided so the customer may enjoy the meal in their own home.

<b>Calendar</b>

Sept. 8, 7 p.m., Reston Association Special Board Meeting at Isaac Newton Square. The meeting will address the proposed governing documents and upcoming referendum in October.

Sept. 9, Ballots for the RELAC referendum will be mailed.

Sept. 19, 7 p.m., Reston Association’s Special Committee on Parks and Recreation Meeting at Isaac Newton Square. The meeting will discuss the PROS Consulting report that has recommended pool closings.