Send announcements to the Herndon Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.</i>
The Reston Community Players present Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the Reston Community Center Oct. 6-9 and Oct. 13-15. Evening performances are at 8 p.m. with weekend matinees at 2:30 p.m. Visit www.rcp-tix.com or www.restonplayers.org, or call 703-476-4500.
Vienna Arts Society Inc. will host its first "Art in Miniature Exhibit," Oct. 3-26, for artists in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., at the Vienna Arts Center, 115 Pleasant St., 703-319-3971, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
John Thompson, president of the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington, D.C., will be the judge for exhibit. Awards reception will be held at the Vienna Arts Center, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2-4 p.m. Call Nancy Garcia at 703-256-8460 or Pauline Lorfano at 703-938-8539.
The Big Apple Circus will premier its tour of Grandma Goes to Hollywood, at the Dulles Town Center, 21100 Dulles Town Cir., Dulles, through Oct. 10. Performance begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or can be purchased at the circus box office, located in front of the Big Top at Dulles Town Center. Ticket prices range from $15 to $39 for weekday evenings, $18 to $47 weekend and Columbus Day, and from $15 to $24 for 11 a.m. weekday matinees.
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: Oct. 13, Diary of a Mad Black Woman; Oct. 27, Elektra; Nov.10, Million Dollar Baby; Nov. 24, no movie – Thanksgiving holiday; Dec. 8, Fat Albert; Dec. 22, Coach Carter.
Drawings by Manon Cleary. The work of photo-realist Manon Cleary will be on display at the Waddell Art Gallery on the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, 1000 Harry F. Byrd Highway, Sterling. The show runs through Oct. 14. Cleary works from photos to create drawings in graphite and pencil that are photographically convincing. Free and open to the public; gallery hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday. Contact Donald Depuydt, 703-450-2627, email@example.com.
Reston Community Players present Disney's Beauty and the Beast through Oct. 15 Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Reston Community Center Stage, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. Call 703-476-4500 or visit www.restonplayers.org.
The League of Reston Artists/Reston Photographic Society's Judged Photography Exhibition will run through Oct. 30. The opening reception will take place Oct. 16, 2-4 p.m., at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery of the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne Plaza in Reston. Contact James W. Bailey: 504-669-8650, JamesWBailey@comcast.net or visit http://www.leagueofrestonartists.org.
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 held 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rec and go to senior services.
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. Call 703-476-4500.
The Closet in downtown Herndon carries many specialty items ranging from glassware, to compact discs, to books, to clothes for the whole family, including evening wear and wedding dresses. The Closet, located at 845 Station St., is open for business Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
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.
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.
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, 703-476-1514 (TTY) or visit the Web site at http://www.restoncommunitycenter.com.
The Reston Community Center's Senior book group meets every fourth Thursday, from 12:30 to 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 www.gottaswing.com.
Watercolorists jurying. The Potomac Valley Watercolorists, one of the premier watermedia associations in the Washington area, will be jurying for new members and accepting applications by Nov. 1. Requirements for membership are professional quality watermedia work documented by acceptance into three juried shows within the past two years with three different paintings and three different judges. The paintings should be original in concept and painted without the aid of an instructor. Visit www.potomacvalleywatercolorists.com.
Café Montmartre at Lake Anne Plaza in Reston is now exhibiting paintings by Anne Hausman, a local artist who teaches art at Great Falls Elementary School. Her paintings will be on display through Nov. 14 and are for sale by the artist.
Holiday Jazz at Tarara, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 25-27, Dec. 3, 10 and 17. Jazz up the holidays at Tarara with the stylings of some of Virginia’s finest musicians 12-4 p.m. Enjoy holiday treats along with wine and gift shop specials. Rain or shine at Tarara Winery, located at 13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg. Tasting Fee. Call 703-771-7100 or visit www.tarara.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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.
Mothers & More Discussion. Mothers & More is a support organization for women who have altered their career path to care for their young children at home. Discussion meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month in Braddock Hall at the Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Rd., Burke, at 7:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome. Call 866-716-7766 or visit www.novamoms.org.