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Week in Herndon

Hispanic Business Help

The Hispanic Business Committee of the Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce launched a program in early September to help Hispanic business owners succeed in the community.

The launch was made through a "strategic partnership" with the Loudoun Small Business Development Center, a non-profit organization that has helped small businesses since 1987.

SBDC programs and workshops include, marketing and sales development strategies, exploration of business opportunities, financial management, licenses and taxes, regulations and policies and employment procedures.

To make these services more readily available to Hispanic business owners, the Hispanic Committee and SBDC are working together to develop complimentary Spanish language versions for several of these seminars.

For more information contact the Loudoun SBDC at 703-430-7222, or visit www.loudounsbdc.org or contact Ellen Kaminsky, Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce Membership Director via e-mailmembership@HerndonDullesChamber.org, or call 571-323-5302.

Police Awarded Justice Grant

The Herndon Police recently received $11,316 as a part of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant from the Department of Justice. The grant will be used to purchase bicycles for the police and informational materials. The new bicycles will help to enhance community policing efforts through the patrol of areas not accessible to automobiles. The informational materials will help to educate the public in crime prevention.

Waterline, Storm Drainage Improvements

The Town of Herndon has scheduled the replacement and upgrading of the waterline under Monroe Street, from Elden Street to Park Avenue, and storm drainage improvements along Station and Monroe Streets. Monroe Street will be closed from Park Avenue to Pine Street during the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local traffic to affected businesses and residences can access Monroe Street via Jefferson Street or Madison Street. Improvements are expected to take a total of approximately seven months to complete, weather depending. For more information, contact the Department of Public Works at 703-435-6856 or 703-435-6860.

Parks & Recreation Awarded

The Herndon Parks and Recreation Department was recently recognized by two different organizations for excellence in marketing materials.

On Sept. 14, the International Festivals & Events Association paid tribute to the Herndon Festival at the IFEA's Awards Competition held as part of IFEA's 50th Anniversary Convention & Expo in San Antonio. IFEA selected the department for a bronze award for the best Solicitation Package for the 2005 Herndon Festival Sponsorship Opportunities Catalog. The Sponsorship Opportunities Catalog is utilized to inform the business community ways they can get involved with the Herndon Festival.

At the annual Virginia Recreation and Park Society meeting, Sept. 25-27, the society awarded the Herndon Festival Sponsorship Opportunities Catalog the Best Promotional Effort Award for Best Basic Piece. The 2004 Fall Promotional Registration and Internet Processing Card was awarded the Best Promotional Piece for a Circular/ Flyer. For more information call 703-787-7300 or visit http://herndon-va.gov.

Magical Illusions

The Industrial Strength Theatre will house "Speed and Thro," Saturday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. for families to witness "high energy magic."

The stage show will feature many new magical illusions including "The Trapezoid," a modern and comedic version of the sword basket illusion. This will not be "pull a rabbit out of a hat" magic. Tickets are $9 in advance, $10 at the door for adults and $7 in advance for children 12 and under, $8 at the door. For more information, or to order tickets call 703-787-7300. The Industrial Strength Theatre is located at 269 Sunset Business Park Drive.

Home Maintenance Seminar

A one-day overview of effective preventative home maintenance and small repair techniques will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center. The workshop is designed to help homeowners avoid home component failures and the costly repairs that follow, including recommendations on how to develop short and long-term maintenance plans. The workshop will address problems associated with and preventative maintenance of appliances, HVAC (heating and cooling), kitchens, bathrooms, electrical, plumbing, doors and windows, walls and floors, siding, and roofing. There will be demonstrations of techniques and handouts will be provided. The Neighborhood Resource Center is located at 1086 Elden Street in the Dulles Park Shopping Center. For more information regarding the workshop, call 703-435-3182 or e-mail pablo.hollstein@herndon-va.gov.

October Chamber Events

Better Business Luncheon, Tuesday, Oct. 11, noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Reston. Register in advance or reserve a spot by calling 571-323-5300, or e-mailing info@herndondulleschamber.org. Sponsored by Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce and Millennium Bank.

Teen After-school Program

Teenagers 12 to 17 are invited to the Herndon Community Center for an afternoon of refreshments and a movie — free. Teen Cinema is held the second and fourth Thursday of every month from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. This is a great way to see friends and to make new ones. All movies are rated PG or PG-13.

* 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"

To find out what's playing, to be placed on a mailing list or to register, call the Herndon Community Center at 703-435-6868.

Mountain Hike

The Herndon Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a trip to Old Rag Mountain on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Old Rag Mountain is 3,291 ft. in elevation. The level of difficulty of the hike is strenuous (12 and under must be accompanied by an adult). The trip includes transportation by 15-passenger van and park admission. The van departs from the Herndon Community Center. The cost is $9 per person.

For more information or to register, contact the Herndon Community Center at 703-435-6868 or register on-line at www.herndon-va.gov.

Town Calendar

Thursday, Oct. 6

Farmer's Market, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Herndon Community Association Coalition meeting, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 8, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Harvest Moon Swim Meet, Herndon Community Center, pool closed to public

Sunday, Oct. 9, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Harvest Moon Swim Meet, Herndon Community Center, pool closed to public

Monday, Oct. 10

Columbus Day

Town offices closed

Community Center open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Refuse collected Tuesday, Oct. 11

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.

Town Council public hearing.

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m.

Architectural Review Board/Heritage Preservation Review Board work session

Neighborhood College Alumni group