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Week in Reston

SLHS Homecoming This Weekend

South Lakes High School will be celebrating Homecoming this weekend. Events for the celebration begin Wednesday, Oct. 19 with Powder Puff football games. Freshman and sophomores will compete at 6 p.m. and the juniors and seniors will compete at 7 p.m. A bonfire will following the games. The South Lakes Homecoming Parade is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 21, starting at the Hunters Woods Shopping Center at 5 p.m. Later that evening, the Seahawks varsity football team will host Langley High School at 7:30 p.m. During halftime, the Homecoming Queen will be announced. Finally, the Homecoming Dance will be held on Saturday at 9 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

RCC Pool: Grand Reopening

The indoor aquatics complex at the Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods will celebrate a grand reopening Oct. 29. The pool closed for renovations July 25. The purpose of the renovations, which cost more than $300,000, was to ensure a safer and more attractive environment for pool patrons. During the renovation, all existing tile work was replaced, as well as all countertops, sinks, shower controls, benches and partitions. During the reopening, the pool will be open for Lap Swim at 12 p.m. and Open Swim at 1 p.m. Gate admission fees remain the same, $3 for adult Reston residents and $2 for Reston youths and seniors. Nonresident rates are $5 for adults and $3 for youths and seniors. A complete schedule of pool hours, fees and classes can be found at http://www.restoncommunitycenter.com.

Technology PAC Endorses Plum

The Northern Virginia Technology Council Tech PAC endorsed Del. Kenneth R. "Ken" Plum (D-36) this week. "Throughout your career in public service, you have championed policies and initiatives to promote science and technology education and workforce development, to increase e-commerce and the growth of the Internet and technology, to grow entrepreneurship, to bolster economic development, and to improve the quality of life in our region," said John Backus, chairman of the NVTC’s PAC, in a statement. "We view your re-election to the House of Delegates as critical to Virginia’s continued technology policy leadership and we are pleased to support your campaign for re-election."

Plum introduced the legislation that established Virginia’s Joint Commission on Science and Technology (JCOTS) and was its first chairman.

South American Music Arriving

The folk ensemble Andes Manta, made up of four brothers, brings the traditions of South American Music to Reston Friday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. to Reston's CenterStage at the Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods. This concert will conclude the group's two-week visit with elementary school age children in Reston, teaching them the traditions of South American folk music. Playing more than 35 traditional instruments, these Ecuadorian musicians perform a variety of traditional rhythms of Indian village festivals. Andes Manta has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian Institution, The National Cathedral, and hundreds of performing art centers, universities, schools, and festivals. In addition to playing the music, the brothers are committed to educating audiences about Andean folk music. They will spend two weeks working with young children in Reston before the concert.

This show is suitable for all ages. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for youth/seniors. Tickets for all CenterStage events may be reserved by telephone, purchased from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day at the Reston Community Center Information & Service Desk, or purchased in person during Box Office hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Call 703-476-4500.

Club’s Art in the Garden

Open to guests and members, the Reston Garden Club will meet Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Meadowlark Gardens Park in Vienna. The meeting’s program is, "Art in the Garden" by Tammy Burke, who is a University of Maryland art major and has a degree in horticulture from Northern Virginia Community College. The event will feature trellis making using copper tubing, how to create decorative garden ornaments using old bowling balls, and a method of leaf casting to make bird baths. Call Barbara Paolucci at 703-904-9379.

Craft Sale at Lake Anne

Lake Anne Fellowship House of Reston, a 30-plus-year-old non-profit Reston landmark with its 240 apartment units, will hold its annual craft sale Saturday, Oct. 29. Sponsored by the Lutheran Foundation of Virginia and created for senior citizens, the event features the work of many residents skilled at knitting, crocheting and other creative crafts. The residents spend the year voluntarily creating many craft items to be sold for the event. The crafts will be on sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Lake Anne Fellowship House at 11450 North Shore Drive, directly across the street from the Lake Anne Village Center. All of the gross sales income is used to support social and educational events sponsored by and for the LAFH residents. Organizers ask guests to park on North Shore Drive. Call Christine Sullivan, resident council president, at 703 435-6340 or email james.sullivan@mindspring.com

Religious Scholar To Visit RCC

Religious Scholar Julie Galambush will speak at Reston Presents Monday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Jo Ann Rose Gallery at the Reston Community Center, Lake Anne. The talk will examine the roots of Christianity. Galambush, who earned her doctorate in Hebrew Bible at Emory University, reveals the life of early Christians as they first struggled with — and then left behind — the larger Jewish community. Galambush teaches religion at the College of William and Mary. Her new book, "The Reluctant Parting: How Did the Followers of Jesus Stop Being Jewish?," will be released by HarperCollins this November.

Sponsored by the Reston Community Center and the Reston Association, the event is open to people of all ages and registration is not required.

Halloween Trail

The Halloween Trail is returning to the Walker Nature Education Center late this month. On Oct. 27 and 28, Reston Association will sponsor after dark tours through the forest for an experience complete with Halloween lore, costumes, jack-o-lanterns, sound and light effects and creatures of the night. The 45-minute guided walk is not a horror show but has a few frights. Snacks and hot cider will be on sale. Enjoy free popcorn and Halloween cartoons while waiting in line. The walk costs $5 per person. Parking is available along Glade Drive or at Glade Pool. Children must be 5 years or older.

Author to Visit Used Book Shop

Austin S. Camacho, author of the adventure novel "The Payback Assignment" and three mystery novels in the Hannibal Jones series, will be speaking Oct. 22 at Reston’s Used Book Shop at Washington Plaza at Lake Anne Village Center from 7-9 p.m. Camacho, who lives in Springfield, had an Army career writing broadcast news and is now a public affairs specialist for the Department of Defense. Call 703-435-9772 for directions and more details or go to www.RestonsUsedBookShop.com.

Skateboarding Event

The temporary skateboarding park for area youth coming to Reston will be held Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will be the second skate park on wheels event hosted by Fairfax County Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) since May. The event, which will also be raising money for victims of Katrina, hopes to raise awareness of and interest in skateboarding in Reston. Participants are asked to bring a $1 donation and their own protective gear.

Calendar

Thursday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Reston Association Board Meeting, Isaac Newton Square.

Saturday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m., Public Hearing on the draft 2006-2007 Reston Association Budget, Isaac Newton Square.