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Wednesday/Feb. 16

Book Discussion. Local author Diane Chamberlain will introduce readers to her newest novel, "The Bay at Midnight." 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, 1851 Fountain Drive in Reston, 703-437-9490. Free. The public is invited.

Cathedral Trip. Enjoy a trip to the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., from 12:30-5 p.m. The trip includes an in-depth tour of the cathedral and high tea in the Pilgrim Observation Gallery. Admission includes escort, transportation, high tea, tour guide and tour of the cathedral. There are only 28 spaces available. This trip is ideal for children ages 10 and older. Admission is $30 per person. Contact the Herndon Community Center at 703-435-6868 or register online at vwww.herndon-va.gov. No refunds after Feb. 1.

Theater. Herndon High School presents an evening of entertainment; Four One-Act Comedies. At 7 p.m., at the Herndon High School Auditorium, 700 Bennett St. Tickets are $5 general admission and $3 for students and seniors.

Disney on Ice. Join Mickey and Minnie Mouse as they travel to four magical destinations all in one action-packed ice production. This ice spectacular visits Washington, D.C., from Feb. 16 to Feb. 21 for 10 performances at The MCI center. Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey are available at all Ticketmaster outlets via charge by phone at 703-573-SEAT in Virginia, www.ticketmaster.com and the MCI Center box office.

Movie. Reston Community Center's Senior Academy will host a showing of "A GI's Heidelberg," from 2-3:30 p.m., at RCC Lake Anne. "A GI's Heidelberg" is a 45-minute film that tells of soldier Bob Webb's life in Cold War Germany. It also is a travelogue, capturing the beauty of historic Heidelberg. The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Webb.

This program is for people age 55 and older. The fee is $5 for Reston residents and $10 for 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 www.restoncommunitycenter.com. 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.

Recycling. Reston Environmental Action (REACT) is hosting a meeting, at 7:30 p.m., at the Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods to provide specifics of implementing Reston Recycles! in other neighborhoods. REACT welcomes all residents to participate, including those who do not live in clusters or single family homes. This event is not sponsored by the Reston Community Center, its Board of Governors or staff. Contact Mary Brown at 703-620-0151 or at contact.react@earthlink.net.

Thursday/Feb. 17

Talent Hunt. The Omicron Kappa Kappa Chapter (OKK) of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., presents its Talent Hunt Program for 2005. Talented high-school students in the Northern Virginia area are invited to compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to compete in the district and national Talent Hunt Programs. At 7 p.m., Herndon High School Auditorium, 700 Bennett St., Herndon. Contact Marvin King at 703-318-0621, Carolyn Corbin at 703-318-3298, Everett Corbin at 703-810-2398 or visit www.okkques.org.

Disney on Ice. Join Mickey and Minnie Mouse as they travel to four magical destinations all in one action-packed ice production. This ice spectacular visits Washington, D.C., from Feb. 16 to Feb. 21 for 10 performances at The MCI center. Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey are available at all Ticketmaster outlets via charge by phone at 703-573-SEAT in Virginia, www.ticketmaster.com and the MCI Center box office.

Friday/Feb. 18

Mommy Prom. A night to celebrate motherhood, mothers, daughters, friends and loved ones welcome. 7 p.m., Holiday Inn Dulles Airport. Black tie optional. Cost $40 per person, $45 after Feb. 10, and includes dinner, dancing and silent auction. Proceeds benefit O'Leary's Clover Farm, a Daniel S. O'Leary Camp for Children with Diabetes. Reserve seating by calling 703-395-0860 or online at www.olearyscloverfarm.org.

Disney on Ice. Join Mickey and Minnie Mouse as they travel to four magical destinations all in one action-packed ice production. This ice spectacular visits Washington, D.C., from Feb. 16 to Feb. 21 for 10 performances at The MCI center. Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey are available at all Ticketmaster outlets via charge by phone at 703-573-SEAT in Virginia, www.ticketmaster.com and the MCI Center box office.

Swing Dance. Join Tom Koerner and Debra Sternberg, award-winning dancers, and Daryl Davis Band for an evening of swing dance. 8:30 p.m.-midnight, at Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel, 13869 Park Center Road, Herndon. Beginner lesson 8:30-9 p.m. Dance 9 p.m. to midnight. Cost $13. Call 703-359-9882.

Saturday/Feb. 19

New Orleans Jazz. Marcus Belgrave and Charlie Gabriel in "Detroit's New Orleans Connection," at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, at 8 p.m. Suitable for ages 9 and up. Cost $15. For tickets, call 703-476-4500. For more information about Belgrave and Gabriel, visit www.zajoncvalentimanagement.com.

Author Discussion. An afternoon of discussion and exploration of the life of Wulf Zendik, philosopher, poet, musician, playwright, novelist, artist and author of "A Quest Among the Bewildered." 2 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, 1851 Fountain Drive in Reston, 703-437-9490. Free. The public is invited.

Schooling Hunter Horse Show Series. 8 a.m., at Frying Pan Park. See horse and rider show off their working partnership at a walk, trot and canter in this beginner horse show. Classes include hunters, ponies, equitation and more. Held indoors, rain or shine. Spectators free. 703-437-9101.

Disney on Ice. Join Mickey and Minnie Mouse as they travel to four magical destinations all in one action-packed ice production. This ice spectacular visits Washington, D.C., from Feb. 16 to Feb. 21 for 10 performances at The MCI center. Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey are available at all Ticketmaster outlets via charge by phone at 703-573-SEAT in Virginia, www.ticketmaster.com and the MCI Center box office.

A Cappella Music. Join Herndon Parks and Recreation, at 8 p.m., at the Industrial Strength Theatre. Almost Recess will perform songs from Boyz II Men to Jason Mraz. The members of this group are able to create the sound of a band using only their voices. Admission for adults is $9 in advance; $10 at the door and for children ages 12 and under $7 in advance; $8 at the door. Call 703-435-6868.

Sunday/Feb. 20

Potluck Dinner. Equality Fairfax’s 3rd Annual Community Pot Luck Dinner, 4-6:30 p.m. at Greenbriar Community Center, 4615 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. RSVP by Friday, Feb. 18 to socials@equalityfairfax.org. Visit www.equalityfairfax.org or call 703-255-1552. Equality Fairfax is a not-for-profit, social and advocacy organization serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community of Fairfax County.

Ski/Snowboard Trip. The Herndon Parks and Recreation is hosting an all-day skiing or snow boarding at Roundtop, from 6 a.m.-midnight, and is for children in grades seven-12. The standard package includes driver, chaperones, transportation by motor coach and lift ticket. Learn to ski and all mountain packages include use of rental equipment and a group lesson. Call the Herndon Parks and Recreation Department at 703-435-6868 or register online at www.herndon-va.gov.

Children's Author. Craig Thompson discusses black history. Reston Regional 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, 2 p.m. For all ages. Free, call 703-689-2700 to register.

Just Jumper Horse Show Series. 9 a.m., at Frying Pan Park. Watch local residents compete for a blue ribbon in a variety of jumping classes. Held indoors, rain or shine. Spectators free. 703-437-9101.

Maple Syrup Boil Down. Noon-2 p.m., at Colvin Run Mill. The sap is rising and the maple trees are tapped. Watch and learn as sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an open fire. Sample the delicious combination of maple syrup over fresh baked cornbread. Free. 703-759-2771.

Disney on Ice. Join Mickey and Minnie Mouse as they travel to four magical destinations all in one action-packed ice production. This ice spectacular visits Washington, D.C., from Feb. 16 to Feb. 21 for 10 performances at The MCI center. Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey are available at all Ticketmaster outlets via charge by phone at 703-573-SEAT in Virginia, www.ticketmaster.com and the MCI Center box office.

Concert. Reston Chamber Orchestra, at 4 p.m. A Double Take of Fire and Fury! Featured artists Marcolivia, Marc Ramirez and Olivia Hajioff, violins. Featuring music by Mendelssohn and Malcolm Arnold. At the Reston Community Center at 2310 Colts Neck Road. Audiences of all ages are welcome and parents are encouraged to bring their children. Free admission, donations accepted. Visit www.restonchamberorchestra.org or call 703-476-4500.

Yeshiva Day. This day of learning includes interactive workshops, a video presentation, breakfast and a deli lunch.

Subjects for this year: Mysticism, The Kabbalah of Natural Disasters, presented by Rabbi Fajnland; Talmud, Stem Cell Research, Scientific Marvel or Silent Holocaust? presented by Rabbi Breitowitz; and Jewish Law, Democracy and Halacha, Are They Incompatible? presented Rabbi Levi Shemtov.

Workshops include: Who Knows One? Debunking the Missionaries presented by Scott Hillman and Peace in Israel or Israel in Pieces presented by Eric Rosenman. From 8:30 a.m. -3 p.m., or any time in between. Chabad Community Campus, 3939 Prince William Drive, Fairfax. Price: $25 full day; $15 half day.

Monday/Feb. 21

Disney on Ice. Join Mickey and Minnie Mouse as they travel to four magical destinations all in one action-packed ice production. This ice spectacular visits Washington, D.C., from Feb. 16 to Feb. 21 for 10 performances at The MCI center. Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey are available at all Ticketmaster outlets via charge by phone at 703-573-SEAT in Virginia, www.ticketmaster.com and the MCI Center box office.

Puppets. The Town of Herndon Parks and Recreation Department presents the Backpack Puppets as they perform Jogi and the Rainbow at the Phoenix Worldgate Movie Theatre in Herndon. This variety show features a dozen hand and rod puppets in an assortment of sketches. Our story teller, Paddy Hobart, is joined by his cat, Silky, and a mischievous monkey named Jogi. This performance is ideal for preschoolers and young children. The show begins at 10:30 a.m. Admission is $4 in advance; $5 at the door. Call 703-435-6868 or purchase tickets at the Herndon Community Center located at 814 Ferndale Ave.

Tuesday/Feb. 22

Movie/Discussion. "Oil on Ice," an award-winning documentary about the fate of ANWR, the conflict over drilling for oil, the native Gwich’in Indians and the caribou calving grounds will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Great Falls Group meeting of the Sierra Club. Discussion with Susan Crate, Assistant Professor of Human Ecology at George Mason University will follow. Refreshments at 7 p.m., program begins at 7:30 p.m. at Lake Anne Community Center, 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston. The public is welcome.

Wednesday/Feb. 23

Black History Month. Celebrate the Museum of African Art's 25th Anniversary with the Senior Academy's Capital Cruisers Celebrate Black History Month and the 25th anniversary of the National Museum of African Art as the Capital Cruisers take a special tour of the museum, from 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m. The guided tour covers highlights of the museum's renowned permanent collection and "Treasures," a special exhibition presented in honor of the museum's 25th anniversary. This tour is for people age 55 or older. The trip fee includes round trip bus transportation and a guided tour. Bring a bag lunch or plan to purchase lunch on your own. The trip fee is $10 for Reston residents and $20 for others. Register 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 www.restoncommunitycenter.com.

Dinner Theatre Trip. Travel to the Riverside Dinner Theatre in Fredericksburg, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., to enjoy the musical “Brigadoon,” the story of a Scottish village which miraculously awakens on earth only for a single day each 100 years. Lunch will be served before the show and includes drinks, salad, bread, entrée and dessert. The trip includes escort, driver, transportation, lunch, taxes and gratuity and show tickets. Only 30 spaces available. The fee is $56 per person. Contact the Herndon Community Center at 703-435-6868 or register online at www.herndon-va.gov.

Thursday/Feb. 24

Genealogy. Fairfax Genealogical Society meeting.

Craig Scott, president and CEO, Heritage Books, will discuss World War I records, from 7:30-9 p.m., at Oakton High School, 2900 Sutton Road, Vienna. Free. Visit www.fxgs.org.

Friday/Feb. 25

Step Competition. "Stomp Fest," a step team competition hosted by the Herndon High School Step Team, featuring more than 200 steppers from nine area high schools. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Herndon High School, 700 Bennett St., Herndon. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. Information: 703-810-2200.

Reston Epilepsy Group (Support group for Adults diagnosed with Seizure Disorders and Caregivers). 7-8:30 p.m., at Herndon High School, Entrance 5, Room 123, 700 Bennett St., Herndon. Free of Charge. Sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region. Call 703-425-6660.

Saturday/Feb. 26

Celebration. Children of all ages are invited to celebrate Biscuit the Dog’s birthday, at 11 a.m., at Barnes & Noble, 1851 Fountain Drive in Reston, 703-437-9490. Celebration will include games, giveaways and more. Free. The public is invited.

Gala/Silent Auction. Travel to the South Pacific for the Fairfax Choral Society’s annual Gala and Silent Auction. Throw on your tropical shirt for an evening of fun and food. Shake your hips with our hulu dancers as they perform and provide lessons. Dessert and cheese will be served with piña coladas and other delights available at the cash bar. 7:30-10:30 p.m., at the Country Club of Fairfax, 5110 Ox Road, Oakton. Tickets are $35 per person. Available at the door. Contact Erica Johnston at 703-642-3277 or ejohnston@fairfaxchoralsociety.org. Visit www.fairfaxchoralsociety.org.

Sunday/Feb. 27

Peace in the Middle East. A panel of Middle East experts and conflict resolution specialists will discuss After Arafat: The Prospects for Peace in the Middle East. This free event takes place at 1:30 p.m., at the Pohick Regional Library in Burke. Call 703-644-7333 to reserve a seat. This event is co-sponsored by The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area Education Fund, and Fairfax County Public Library.

The discussion will be moderated by Rich Rubenstein of the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization that promotes an active and informed participation in state, local and national government. All persons of voting age, male and female are encouraged to become members of the League and participate in its activities. Call 703-658-9150. The League reminds all citizens to become informed about candidates and issues, register and vote.

Monday/Feb. 28

Senior Movie. Reston Community Center's Senior Classic Movie Showcase, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. A free continental breakfast is served to movie-goers at 9:15 a.m. "An American in Paris" (1951). Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron discover Art and Love in Gay Paree. Directed by Vincente Minnelli; written by Alan Jay Lerner. This film series is intended for people age 55 and older. For information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500 (V/TTY) or visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com. The Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston.

Rock Climbing. The Herndon Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a trip to the new Sport Rock in Sterling from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Enjoy a group lesson on the basics of rock climbing as well as free time to practice newly learned skills. The fee is $20 per person and includes driver/chaperone, transportation, instructor, lesson and free time. Space is limited. To register, call the Herndon Parks and Recreation at 703-435-6868.

Tuesday/March 1

Garden Club. The Reston Garden Club will have a regular meeting from 12:30 to 2:30 at the Lake Anne Community Center. This month the featured speaker is Chris Lajewski, who came to Reston from Rochester, N.Y., and will incorporate the geological history of our area, as it applies to this topic. A naturalist with the Reston Association, he will present, "Soils and Rocks, A Garden's Foundation." Call 703-904-9379.

Saturday/March 5

Winter Safari/Education. The Winter Safari show will be held 2:30-3:30 p.m., at the Herndon Community Center. Winter Safari introduces children to the exciting and mysterious world of the tropical rain forest. Educators from the Leesburg Animal Park show the importance of conservation, the relationship between animals and their habitat, predator and prey. The program includes slides, a live animal presentation and the opportunity to recreate the sounds of a rain forest thunderstorm. Preregistration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No tickets will be sold at the door. Admission is $9 per child. Contact the Herndon Community Center at 703-435-6868 or register online at www.herndon-va.gov.

Auction. South Lakes High School Band Boosters invites you to attend an Auction of Fine Art at Oracle Corporation, 1910 Oracle Way in Reston. The preview begins at 7 p.m., with the auction at 8 p.m. Ross Galleries is presenting selections that include original oil paintings, watercolors, limited edition prints, sports memorabilia and decorative art. Minimum bids start as low as $40, with most opening bids between $50 and $150. Wine and cheese will be served. Admission is $12 per person or $20 per couple. Advance ticket purchases preferred. Contact Melissa Bessey at 703-648-8645.

Local Author. Kim West, The Sleep Lady, will be discussing and signing her book, Good Night, Sleep Tight, at Reston Barnes & Noble, 1851 Fountain Drive at 11 a.m.

Sunday/March 6

Art Auction. The public is invited to attend Wesley Housing Development Corporation’s first-ever art auction fund-raiser 2-5 p.m. at the Reed Smith Building, 3110 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church. Tickets are $15/person or $25/couple and proceeds support the Alexandria-based nonprofit’s 30-year effort to provide affordable housing in Northern Virginia. A one-hour preview party featuring light refreshments will begin at 2 p.m., and the auction will start promptly at 3 p.m. The live auction, under the direction of Ross Galleries, will feature oils, watercolors, lithographs, sports memorabilia and sculpture. Opening bids are up to 50 percent less than traditional gallery prices. Call 703-642-3830 x.236 or visit www.wesleyhousing.org.

Health Seminar. “Caring For Others, Caring For Yourself” is the theme of the 3rd Annual Congregation Beth Emeth Women and Teen Health Seminar, from 2-5 p.m., in Herndon. Topics include caring for your aging loved ones, healthy relationships and healthy communication for teens, maintaining healthy skin and preventing osteoporosis. Plus, there will be opportunities to browse the Exhibitor’s Hall, Pilates demonstrations, mini-makeovers, refreshments and more. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Call 703-860-4515 or visit www.bethemeth.org/womenshealth.htm Congregation Beth Emeth is located at 12523 Lawyers Road, Herndon.

Country-Western Dance. From 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods. Participants dance to recorded music and enjoy light refreshment. Admission is $5 per person. Call 703-476-4500 or visit the Web site at http://www.restoncommunitycenter.com. The Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods, is located in the Hunters Woods Shopping Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road.

Tuesday/March 8

Afternoon Tea. Explore the history and etiquette of afternoon tea with Reston Community Center's Senior Academy, from 2-3 p.m., at the RCC Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road. In this one-session workshop, learn about the history of tea, the proper way to brew tea and much more. Tea and traditional refreshments will accompany the lecture. This workshop is intended for people age 55 and older. The fee is $10 for Reston residents and $20 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 www.restoncommunitycenter.com.

Wednesday/March 9

MOMS Meeting. The MOMS Club of Reston meets at 10 a.m. Children welcome at all activities. The Reston chapter is open to residents of ZIP codes 20190, 20191 and 20194. For more information, including meeting location, call 1-800-520-0801, Ext. 1524, or e-mail MomsClubofReston@onebox.com.

Thursday/March 10

Local Author. Historian Charles V. Mauro will discuss and sign his book, Herndon: A Town and its History, at Reston Barnes & Noble, 1851 Fountain Drive at 7 p.m.

Friday/March 11

Art/Antiques. The Second Friday Studio Series presented by Dragonfly Asian Antiques & Collectibles and Mayflowers Design Showroom at 11411 Sunset Hills Road, from 6-9 p.m. The programs are free and include light refreshments. No reservations are needed. Call 703-318-8078. If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between giclee and Venetian plaster, marbleizing and metallics, Joan Bixler from Bixler Studios will set you straight as the featured guest speaker. Bixler Studios, a decorative painting and design company for more than 20 years in the Metropolitan-Washington, D.C., area, recently received the Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Award for their work in the Morgan Lewis Building.

Saturday/March 12

Lyrics Lounge. A showcase for the creativity of local high-school students. Budding poets can share their art and display their hip-hop battle skills. Poets can do solo readings or compete in freestyle battles and slams. The best rapper will be crowned king or queen and will return to defend their title. From 7-11 p.m., at the JoAnn Rose Gallery, in the RCC Lake Anne, located in the Lake Anne Village Center near the intersection of Village Road and North Shore Drive. Call Shauna Cole, Reston Community Center teen program director, at 703-390-6158.