<lst>Send announcements to the Herndon Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, send an e-mail to or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Thursday 5 p.m. for the following week's paper. Photos/artwork encouraged. Call Meghan Williams at 703-917-6407 with questions. This free listing is reserved for activities and events that are open to the public at no or minimal cost. For additional ongoing events listings, visit our Web site at

The League of Reston Artists presents, "i found your photo," a benefit art exhibition of found photographs curated by experimental photographer, James W. Bailey, a native of Mississippi who currently resides in Reston. He has long been fascinated with found photographs and believes that these missing photographic objects rise to the level of fine art. In December of 2005 and January of 2006, Bailey will present a unique curated art exhibition in Reston featuring a donated collection of these lost photographic treasures titled, “i found your photo." The exhibition will run through Jan. 27, 2006, at the University of Phoenix Northern Virginia Campus in Reston. An opening reception will take place on Friday, Dec. 9, from 6-9 p.m. For more information about “i found your photo," see the project Web site at

The Reston Museum Holiday Shop is open Wednesday through Sunday, 12-5 p.m., selling Reston T-shirts and sweatshirts, Reston tea towels, throw blankets mugs and White House ornaments. Also available are works by local artists. The Museum Shop is located at 1639 Washington Plaza, Lake Anne Village Center. For more information call 703-709-7700 or go to

The Greater Reston Art Center (GRACE) will celebrate the holiday season with the annual Art for Giving exhibition, runs through Dec. 23. The exhibition will feature fine art and fine craft artworks by regional artists. All are invited to attend the reception and shop for distinctive artistic gifts and festive decorations in the main gallery exhibition and the Collector’s Shop. GRACE is located on the corner of Market and Saint Francis streets in the Reston Town Center, directly across from Town Square park. The gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kids Appreciation Night at The Silver Diner, 11951 Killingsworth Ave., every Tuesday, 5-8 p.m. Each “Kids Night” features activities and entertainment like face painting, balloon art, clowns and music in addition to food. All young visitors also receive a free milkshake to top off their meal. Call 703-742-0801 or visit

Enjoy a social Sunday evening at the Reston Community Center's monthly Country-Western Dance. The featured dances (line-dance, two-step, hustle and swing) can be quickly mastered by anyone regardless of skill level. Dances take place monthly in RCC's Hunters Woods Community Room from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Future dances are Sunday, Jan. 8; Sunday, Feb. 5; Sunday, March 5; Sunday, April 2; Sunday, May 7. Refreshments are provided. Admission is $5 per person. The dances are for people age 18 or older.

For further information contact the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500, VA, Relay 800-828-1120 (TTY) or visit

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. 703-476-4500.

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.

Teen Cinema Afterschool Program. Teens ages 12-17 are invited to the Herndon Community Center for an afternoon of refreshments and a movie — all free. Teen Cinema is held the second and fourth Thursday of every month from 2:30-4:30 p.m. This is a great way to see friends and make new ones. All movies are rated PG or PG-13. Call 703-435-6868. Schedule: Dec. 22, Coach Carter.

The League of Reston Artists presents, at the University of Phoenix Northern Virginia Campus, 11730 Plaza America Drive, Suite 200, an exhibition of fine art water photography by Corey Hilz. Exhibition runs through Jan. 27. Exhibit is free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact Hilz at 703-473-4618 or, or visit

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.

Drop-In Chess: Chess players of all ages and skill levels are invited to come to Reston Community Center Hunters Woods on Thursday nights, from 7-9 p.m., for a free chess club. There a limited number of boards available or bring your own. For further information, directions or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500 or visit

<lst>Join Edibles Incredible on the last Sunday of every month at the Reston Town Center for a complimentary cake and candy tasting. Call 703-709-8200 for more information.

In her one-woman show at the Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods, local artist Angie Magruder celebrates winter’s annual transformation, capturing the subtle nuances of snow and sky using watercolors, pen and ink and mixed media. The exhibition is entitled "A Winter World” and will be on display until Dec. 30. For more, contact the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500, VA Relay 800-828-1120 (TTY) or visit the Web site at

The Reston Community Center's Senior book group meets every fourth Thursday, from 12:30-2 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.

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 Greater Reston Art Center, in collaboration with the Market Street Bar and Grill at the Reston Hyatt, will present an exhibition featuring Delna Dastur, an abstract painter who uses paint, charcoal and ink. The show will be on display from through Jan. 9. GRACE, a nonprofit visual arts organization, is located in the Reston Town Center at 12001 Market St., Suite 103, on the corner of Market and St. Francis streets. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 703-471-9242.

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 an 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 of each month, 1-4 p.m. Free. 703-435-3710.

Spanish Chats. Informal refresher for those who want to practice Spanish. Adults. No registration is required. Every Wednesday, 7 p.m., at Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive. Call 703-689-2700.

PFLAG keeps families together. Join us for discussion among parents, families and friends of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people as well as GLBT people themselves. We offer a safe, comfortable environment to share thoughts, feelings, fears, disappointments, joys, problems and small victories. Every fourth Monday of the month. Contact Maryanne Warrick at

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.

Job Club. Networking group for job hunters. Get job hunting tips from a representative of the Reston SkillSource Center. Adults. No registration is required. Every Monday, noon, at Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive. Call 703-689-2700.

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.

Book Babies. Interactive story time for parent and child. Age 13-23 months with adult. Every Tuesday, 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., at Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive. Call 703-689-2700.

Toddler Story time. Age 2 with adult. Every Wednesday, 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., at Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive. Call 703-689-2700.

Preschool Story Time. Age 3-6 with adult. Every Thursday, 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., at Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive. Call 703-689-2700. St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren St., Herndon is currently holding Transitions Group meetings for people who are currently looking for work, interested in changing jobs or want to re-enter the work force. Meetings are Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Call Carol in the church office, 703-437-3790 ext. 10.

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. Lunchtime 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.

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.

Mixed doubles teams with player skills from 3.5-4.0 NTRP are needed to form a league at the Bready Park Indoor Tennis Center. Matches will be played Sundays 6-8 p.m. The cost per player per week is $14.07 (balls included). Players must have their own partner. Call 703-435-6800, Ext. 2110.