<i>Send announcements to the Herndon Connection, by mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Thursday 5 p.m. for the following week's paper. Photos/artwork encouraged. Call Meghan Williams at 703-917-6437 with questions. This free listing is reserved for activities and events that are open to the public at no or minimal cost. For additional calendar listings, visit our Web site at www.connectionnewspapers.com. </i>
<b>Thursday, Oct. 6
</b>Town Proposal Meeting. The Reston Citizens Association will hold a community meeting to explain the details of their revised proposal for Reston becoming a town and to solicit community input on this issue at the Gallery Room in the Lake Anne Community Center, 1609-A Washington Plaza, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Visit http://restoncitizensassociation.org.
Intentions in Action Workshop, with Tony Burroughs, author of "The Code – Nine Intentions for a Better World." Learn how to bring fulfillment into your life and create a better world by applying the nine intents. $22 per person, scholarships available. 7 p.m.
Brown's Chapel, 11300 Baron Cameron Ave., Reston. Call Sandra Aaron at 703-472-1544 or e-mail email@example.com. Visit www.intenders.com.
</b>Gala and Auction. The Northern Virginia Community Foundation announces its 2005 Gala and Silent Auction will take place at the McLean Hilton. The Northern Virginia Community Foundation is a nonprofit 501C3 community endowment established to meet a wide variety of social, educational, cultural and other charitable needs throughout Northern Virginia. Last year, the foundation distributed nearly $2 million through grants and scholarships to benefit the community. Contact Adrienne Albers, NVCF director of public relations and marketing at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-902-3157.
</b>Animal Blessing and Memorial. Washington Plaza Baptist Church, 1615 Washington Plaza, Reston, at 11 a.m. Join a celebration and blessing of current pets, as well as a memorial remembering those who have passed away. Please bring dogs on a six-foot leash, cats and other small animals in carriers. Please leave nervous or aggressive animals at home and bring a photo to be blessed instead. Bring photos of animals who have passed away for the memorial segment of the service. Call 703-471-5225.
Kids in Music. Concert 11 a.m.-7 p.m. in the Reston Town Center Pavilion. Donations will be collected for the American Red Cross for hurricane relief. Ben and Jerry’s (coming soon to Reston Town Center) will be selling ice cream and donating the proceeds to the cause. Clyde’s of Reston and Paolo’s Ristorante will also be participating. For additional information visit www.restontowncenter.com.
Magic Show. Featuring the magic of Speed and Thro, served with a little comedy on the side. 8 p.m. at the Industrial Strength Theater. The show features many new effects including The Trapezoid, a modern and comedic version of the sword basket illusion. While fun for the family and suitable for all ages, this is considered strong magic – don’t expect a rabbit to pop out of a hat. Tickets are $9 in advance; $10 at the door for adults and $7 in advance; $8 at the door for children 12 and younger. For more information and to order tickets, call 703-787-7300. The Industrial Strength Theatre is located at 269 Sunset Business Park Drive, Herndon.
Van Metre 5 mile Run. Begins at 8:30 a.m., at Broadlands in Ashburn. The Van Metre Companies host a post-race celebration for all participants including refreshments, awards and door prizes. Benefits Children's Hospital. Registration fees are $25 and $5/child 12 and under. Corporate teams can register for $50 plus $15 per team member. Registration available Thursday, Oct. 6, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Potomac River Running Store in Old Ashburn Square, and Friday, Oct. 7 noon-5 p.m. at the Broadlands Nature Center located at 21907 Claiborne Parkway. Late registration and race packets for registrants will also be available race day, at Broadlands Nature Center Race Site, 7 a.m.-8 a.m. Visit www.TheVanMetre5MileRun.com or call 703-425-2637.
Old Rag Mountain Hike. The Herndon Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a trip to Old Rag Mountain from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. A mountain in the Northern Virginia Blue Ridge, Old Rag Mountain is 3,291 ft. in elevation. The hike's level of difficulty is strenuous – 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Depart from the Herndon Community Center. The trip includes transportation by 15-passenger van and park admission. Cost is $9 per person. Call 703-435-6868 or register online at www.herndon-va.gov.
RCC Trip. The Reston Community Center will explore the roots of American industry and contemporary art by taking a trip to the Hagley Museum and the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, Del. The trip runs 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m. This tour is intended for people age 14 and older. Fee is $44 for people who live or work in Reston and $55 for all others. Includes round-trip bus transportation, museum tour guide, art gallery tour and trip tour guides. Lunch not provided. Register in person or fax a completed RCC Registration form to 703-476-8617. Contact the RCC at 703-476-4500 or visit http://www.restoncommunitycenter.com. RCC Hunters Woods is located in the lower level of the Hunters Woods Shopping Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston.
<b> Monday/Oct. 10
</b>Dinner meeting and lecture. Business and Professional Women of Greater Fairfax will host Toni-Michelle Travis, Associate Professor of Government and Politics at George Mason University, speaking on "The Future of Virginia Politics: Election 2005" at its monthly dinner meeting, 6:30-9 p.m., at Tysons Corner Embassy Suites, 8517 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. Cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Call Elyse Galik at 703-652-8364.
</b>Reston Town Square Autumn Block Party. 6-9 p.m. Live music by Flashback, food, and other festivities at Reston Town Square, Reston Town Center’s newest park. Located on Market Street between Explorer and St. Francis Streets.
Lula the Witch. Children can get into the Halloween spirit with Lula the Witch, 10:30 a.m. at the Phoenix Worldgate Movie Theater. Follow the trials and tribulations of a good witch with a bad reputation. Watch as this sweet-natured witch joins forces with puppet characters including Pumpkin Jack and a host of shadow puppets. Tickets are $4 in advance; $5 at the door. Call 703-787-7300. The Phoenix Worldgate Movie Theater is located at 13025 Worldgate Drive, Herndon.
</b>Work At Home Moms meeting 10-11:30 a.m. in Herndon. All work at home parents (or want-to-be work at home parents) are invited to attend, and children are welcome. To learn more or to RSVP, contact Marybeth Henry at email@example.com or at
Reston-Herndon Toastmasters Meeting. 7:30-9:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 681 Elden St., Herndon. Call 703-336-4007.
</b>Concert. Tom Mindte and the Patuxent Partners perform at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1090 Sterling Road, Herndon, for the Weekend Bluegrass Concert Series. Cost for the concert is $12, and it starts at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7. Call Ellie at 703-437-1883 or Bob at 703-435-8377.
Halloween Blacklight Party, 8-10:30 p.m. Part of Teen Friday Nights at the Herndon Community Center. Bring white T-shirts and highlighters for the Halloween party. There will be an art wall to display glow-in-the-dark artwork. Admission: $4 in advance; $5 at the door. Teen nights are for middle-school students only. Call 703-435-6868 or register online at www.herndon-va.gov.
</b>Autumn Adventure at Reston Town Center. Noon until 4 p.m. Welcome the change of season with everything from live music to "Living Scarecrows". Celebrate autumn with hayrides, a hay maze, face painting, craft making and more. Children are invited to participate in a costume parade and contest at 1 p.m. Trick or treating will begin at 3:30 p.m. at participating Reston Town Center retailers. Admission price is $5 per child or $20 per family. Proceeds will benefit the programs of Reston Interfaith.
Welcome to Herndon. An opportunity for new residents to get acquainted with the community. The program includes an overview of town government and town services, as well as opportunities for getting involved in the community. Light refreshments will be served. 10-11 a.m. at the Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center, 1086 Elden St., in the Dulles Park Shopping Center. Call Brian Glaser at 703-435-6829.
Fall foliage train excursion. Enjoy the fall foliage with an authentic steam train ride through the mountains of western Maryland. Because of budget cuts, the railroad may be shutting down and this may be the last chance to go. The trip, 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., includes transportation by motor coach, group leader and train admission. No refunds after Oct. 1. Departs from the Herndon Community Center. The cost including lunch is $52 for adults, $45 for children 13 and under; without lunch, $45 for adults and $40 for children 13 and under. Pick-ups from Kendrick Court Senior Apartments and Herndon Harbor House. Call 703-435-6868 or register online at www.herndon-va.gov.
Autumn Retreat. Reston Community Center’s Autumn Retreat at Lake Anne will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m., features a cornucopia of therapeutic activities designed to energize and inspire, including musical chi gong, yoga for energy, breathing exercises, body awareness, eating awareness, nutritional snack, deep relaxation, a lake walk, routines to take home. Fee is $25 for people who live or work in Reston and $35 for all others. This class is targeted to adults age 18 and older. Register in person or fax a completed RCC Registration form to 703-476-8617. Contact the RCC at 703-476-4500 or visit http://www.restoncommunitycenter.com.
Reston House Tour. With five privately owned homes and two Reston landmarks open to the public. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on tour day, available at the Reston Museum, 1639 Washington Plaza at Lake Anne Village Center. Call 703-709-7700.
Winery. October Wine Days at Tarara, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. While on the Loudoun Farm Tour, celebrate fall at Tarara with live music and October wine specials. Rain or shine at Tarara Winery, located at 13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg. Tasting Fee. Call 703-771-7100 or visit www.tarara.com.
</b>Winery. October Wine Days at Tarara, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. While on the Loudoun Farm Tour, celebrate fall at Tarara with live music and October wine specials. Rain or shine at Tarara Winery, located at 13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg. Tasting Fee. Call 703-771-7100 or visit www.tarara.com.
Interfaith Mini Walk for the Homeless. 2 p.m., begin at the Embry Rucker Community Shelter continuing to St. Anne’s with an option to participate in more activities or walk back to the shelter. Registration is $15 for youth — 25 years and younger and $25 for adults. All funds raised by registration fees and sponsorships go directly to Reston Interfaith programs. Contact Meredith Young, 571-323-9566 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
</b>Mothers First October Lecture. Preschool Panel Discussion will be held, 7:30 p.m., at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive Reston. A panel of Mothers First members will talk about their experiences concerning preschool choices and answer questions. RSVP early to email@example.com. Note that panelists will provide a mother-to-mother perspective; the discussion is not intended to provide "expert" advice nor will specific preschools be discussed.
</b>Dance Performance. At 8 p.m., the Oberlin Dance Collective opens the Reston Community Center's CenterStage performing arts series. For ticket reservations, call 703-476-4500, option 3. Visit www.odcdance.org. RCC Hunters Woods is located in the lower level of the Hunters Woods Shopping Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston.
Lecture. William Kristol, editor of the The Weekly Standard and one of the nation's top political analysts, will speak on America's Mission in World Affairs at Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, 1441 Wiehle Ave., Reston, 8 p.m. Kristol's lecture is the second in the 2005-2006 Speaker Series of NVHC's Lifelong Learning Program. Admission is free and open to the public.
Parenting workshop. Family Compass, a child psychology practice in Reston will offer a free workshop at the Reston YMCA, 12196 Sunset Hills Road, 7-8:30 p.m. The topic is Monsters Under the Bed and Other Childhood Fears. The talk is free and open to the public. Call Family Compass at 703-471-5517.
</b>Documentary. The American Association of University Women present a documentary on affordable and accessible housing for people with disabilities, 7-9 p.m. in the Rose Gallery at the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne. It was produced by Fatima Miller and Neel Ellis, residents of Reston and owners of Rolling Productions, their video production company. Program is open to the public. Refreshments at 7 p.m., followed by the video and conversation with the speakers at 7:30 p.m. Contact Carol Saltzman at 703-648-9519 or Judy Helmich at 703-758-0361.
</b>Green Pear Interiors Sale. Shop for fine home accessories from Green Pear Interiors Fall/Winter 2005 Collection. Event will be held at the Vale SchoolHouse, located in Oakton at the intersection of Fox Mill and Vale Roads. Open to the public. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
</b>Concert. St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren St., Herndon, hosts the local singing group the Treble Clefs 7 p.m. in the church's sanctuary. A dessert reception will follow the performance. Ticket donations are available for $10 for adults and $7 for seniors/children under 12. Visit www.saint-timothys.org.
Inflatable Theatre Performance. 3 p.m. Stage creatures emerge full-blown from the imagination of Fred Garbo and his partner in inflation, Daielma Santos, to tickle fancy and funny bones alike. This show is suitable for all ages. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for youth/seniors. Call 703-476-4500 and press 3.
Home Maintenance Workshop. A one-day overview of effective preventative home maintenance and small repair techniques, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center, 1086 Elden Street in the Dulles Park Shopping Center. Free. Call 703-435-3182 or e-mail email@example.com.
Children’s Fun Fair. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Includes games, pony rides, moon bounce, children's crafts, costume parade, food, bake sale and more. No admission fee; tickets are 25 cents each with discounts offered for purchases of 22 tickets or more. Montessori School of Oakton. 12113 Vale Road, Oakton. Call Mary Frances Feord at 703-851-3039. Proceeds to be donated to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Reunion. The South Lakes High School Class of 1985 will host their 20-year reunion, which will take place at the Reston Sheraton. Those interested in attending should email name and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit slhs1985.org. Those interested in helping with planning should contact Melanie Kirsch Colston at 703-476-0579.
Teen Mountain Boarding. Reston Community Center's Teen Department is hosting a day of mountain boarding at Bryce Mountain Resort, 6:45 a.m.-8 p.m. Participants will learn how to mountain board safely. Mountain boarding, which is a cross between snowboarding and skateboarding, is a new extreme sport that requires physical strength, agility and fitness. The trip fee, $40 for Reston residents and $60 for nonresidents covers lessons, board rental and safety equipment rental. Teens will be responsible for buying lunch and dinner on the way home. Bring $25-$35 for meals and snacks. For people age 11-18. Contact the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500, Virginia Relay at 800-828-1120 (TTY) or visit http://www.restoncommunitycenter.com. The Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods, is located in the lower level of the Hunters Woods Shopping Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston.
Theater Performance. Fred Garbo's Inflatable Theater performs at 3 p.m. as part of the Reston Community Center's CenterStage performing arts series. For ticket reservations, call 703-476-4500, option 3. Visit www.fredgarbo.com. RCC Hunters Woods is located in the lower level of the Hunters Woods Shopping Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston.
</b>Shane Movie Showing. The Senior Academy of Reston Community Center will show this 1953 film. Starring Alan Ladd and Jean Arthur, the film has been called one of the greatest westerns ever, and is the winner of six Academy Awards. It will be shown in RCC Hunters Woods' Center Stage, 2310 Colts Neck Road, 10 a.m.-noon. Refreshments and movie admissions are free. This program is intended for people age 55 and older. Call 703-476-4500.
</b>Book Group Meeting. The Reston Community Center's senior book group, Bookends, will meet, 12:30-2 p.m., at the Reston Community Center Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road, to discuss "Marrying the Mistress" by Joanna Trollope. Participants should bring a bag lunch. Books are on reserve at the Reston Regional Library. This free activity is intended for adults age 55 or older. Call 703-476-4500.
</b>Concert. Andes Manta performs at 8 p.m. as part of the Reston Community Center's CenterStage performing arts series. For ticket reservations, call 703-476-4500, option 3. Visit www.a-tiberio.com/andesmanta. RCC Hunters Woods is located in the lower level of the Hunters Woods Shopping Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston.
</b>Costume Party and Dance. Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia, Halloween Costume Party and Dance, 5-10 p.m. All ages welcome at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 1700 Wainwright Drive, Reston. Contact Lisa Roti at LRoti@DSANV.org or 703-690 4547.
Theater Performance. Judith Ivey performs her one-woman show "Women on Fire," at 8 p.m. as part of the Reston Community Center's CenterStage performing arts series. For ticket reservations, call 703-476-4500, option 3. Visit www.washingtonsquarearts.com/performances/ivey. RCC Hunters Woods is located in the lower level of the Hunters Woods Shopping Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston.