Send announcements to the connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Jennifer Lesinski at 703-917-6454.

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St. Timothy's Episcopal Church will hold it's first Soup

Supper and Open House Jan. 16, at 6 p.m., reservations are requested. Call the office at 703-437-3790. St. Timothy's is located at the corner of Spring and Van Buren streets in Herndon.

On Saturday, Jan. 22, from noon-4 p.m., Ross Nickerson will be conducting a banjo workshop at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Ross is a master of the banjo, an author and a teacher. He has more than 20 years of experience and has several instructional books published. Space is limited so preregistration is advised, call Angie Sumpter at 1-888-258-7159 or go to Ross later performs bluegrass and American classics in concert beginning at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. Admission is $15. Call 703-437-1883, Ellie or 703-435-8377, Bob. Snack service available, handicapped accessible facility. Holy Cross is located at 1090 Sterling Road, two blocks off Elden Street.

Flint Hollow, a traditional bluegrass band based in Leesburg, will be performing Friday, Jan. 21, 8 p.m., Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1090 Sterling Road, Herndon. $10 at the door. Call 703-437-1883.

Fairfax County is offing free help to parents at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren St. in Herndon, through its Nurturing Parenting Program. The 24 sessions will continue until Jan. 17. Each session begins at 5:30 p.m. and runs till 8 p.m. Dinner is served and child care will be provided free of charge for all participants. These meetings will be conducted in English and is designed to help families with children age 0-4. The program is designed for the entire family.

The Nurturing Parenting Program is a series of courses providing education for families to build stronger, healthier interactions among all family members. It is designed to prevent, reduce or reverse potentially destructive patterns of family life that result in mistreating oneself, members of one's family and one's community. Contact Krissa Sloan at 703-324-7745 or via e-mail at or Vera Berrio Breton at 703-324-7737.

The most dominant metaphor in the teachings of Kabbalah is the male/female relationship. Behind the mystique and the beauty, the romance and the sensuality, what lies behind the attraction between the sexes? Kabbalah, the once-secret Jewish wisdom that explains the laws of spiritual energy and its link to the material, views gender as an essential quality of the cosmos. This comprehensive eight-week course will explore the essentials of the Kabbalistic system and how it relates to the key relationships in your life. The class will be held on eight Monday evenings from Jan. 17-March 7, 7:30-8: 45 p.m., at Chabad Community Center, 3939 Prince William Drive, Fairfax. Visit or call 703-426-1980.

The Herndon Ecumenical Discussion Group meets on the fourth Saturday of each month, 9 a.m.-noon, to study the unity and diversity of Christian heritage. The group will not meet in November or December. The next meeting will be Jan. 29, following the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, held Jan. 17-21. Meetings are in room 213 at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church, 750 Peachtree St., Herndon. All are welcome. Call Betty at 703-437-1196.

Every Wednesday at noon, St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren St. in Herndon, offers a lunch-time Prayer and Healing Service. This 30-minute nondenominational service is offered to all local residents and people working in businesses in Herndon and surrounding areas; and allows people an opportunity to worship during the work week when they may be away from their regular church. All are welcome. Call the church Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at 703-437-3790 or visit the Web site St. Timothy's Episcopal Church has been serving Herndon and its surrounding communities by its many ministries for more than 136 years.