Elden Street Players Open
The Elden Street Players are scheduled to open their 2005-2006 play season with "The Weir," Friday, Oct. 28. A play by Conor McPherson, the setting captures the language of the local Irish Pub folk at a village pub, making for an evening of intimate fireside chat with a few unexpected twists including tapping at windows, walks through a graveyard and that feeling of an unseen someone watching from behind. Performance dates are Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 28 to Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. There is one Sunday show, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. All shows are held at the Industrial Strength Theatre, 269 Sunset Business Park Drive. Reserve tickets, 703-481-5930 and go to mailbox two. Tickets: $15 regular; $12 seniors/students. Parental warning: contains adult situations and language not suitable for children.
Help Save Herndon, a community advocacy group, will hold a public meeting, Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Herndon Fortnightly Library to discuss the issues surrounding the day-labor debate in Herndon and the country.
The purpose of the meeting is to welcome the public, share the group's perspectives and positions and invite members of the public to join in the group's efforts. Everyone is welcome, including non-Herndon residents. The Herndon Fortnightly Library is located at 768, Center Street.
November Chamber Events
The Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce is providing a way to meet representatives of local nonprofit organizations face to face Thursday, Nov. 17, at an evening mixer at Embassy Suites hotel from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.. The location is 13341 Woodland Park Drive in Herndon. The event brings individuals together who are displaying information about their nonprofit organizations, as well as local business people in a relaxed, after-business-hours mode. Representatives of organizations like Special Olympics Virginia, American Red Cross, Herndon Free Clinic, Express Care and several more will be on hand to explain how their projects improve the quality of life of so many people. Advance registration is requested. All are welcome and have the option to register at the door. Register in advance at www.HerndonDullesChamber.org, call 571-323-5300, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Fraternal Order of Police
The Greater Herndon Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 64 donated $3,165 to two charities as a result of fund-raising efforts through its annual Poker Run. The money will be divided between the Calling all Cars campaign and the Shelly A. Marshall Foundation. The Calling all Cars campaign is for law enforcement families that suffered a loss during Hurricane Katrina. More than 80 percent of law enforcement officers in the area lost their homes, according to the Herndon Fraternal Order of Police. The Shelly A. Marshall Foundation, founded after the death of Marshall during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults. The Foundation set up creative writing contests in high schools and colleges, story hours for children, summer art workshops and intergenerational tea parties at nursing homes.
The Westfield Theatre Boosters presents its fifth annual Halloween Festival Thursday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Westfield High School in Chantilly. The event will feature a haunted house, witches’ cave and living wax museum. The living wax museum showcases theatre students who stand perfectly still, as if made of wax, dressed in a variety of Halloween costumes. Theatre students also transform the Black Box Theatre into a thrilling and chilling haunted house and for the second year, will create a fright-free witches’ cave. Tickets are $3 for all three attractions and $2 for the living wax museum and witches’ cave. The haunted house may be too scary for younger visitors; all other attractions are suitable for all ages. All proceeds go to support theatre activities at Westfield High School.
Cultural Arts Foundation Meeting
The Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts, formed to promote and support the creation of a Cultural Arts Center in Herndon, will hold its second annual meeting Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m in the Town Hall Conference Room in the old town hall. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, visit www.Herndon ArtsCenter.org.
Bulb Plant Exchange
The Town of Herndon’s Cultivating Community Initiative is holding a Perennial and Bulb Plant Exchange on Sunday, Oct. 30 at Town Hall Square. From 2 to 3 p.m., participants can bring bulbs and plants to exchange with each other. From 3 to 5 p.m., the exchange will continue and a limited number of plants will be available to purchase. Proceeds from the plant sales will benefit the Cultivating Community Initiative. Participants are asked to label their plants. The label should mention the name, color, blooming time, and location (i.e. sun, shade, dry, wet) if known. Invasive plants should be limited to two. Town Hall Square is located at 730 Elden Street in Herndon. For more information, call 703-435-6800 ext. 2222.
Chamber Seeks Nominees
The Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for business awards in several categories. This is an opportunity for every business in the greater Dulles area to consider nominating a fellow business or one’s own for recognition at the Chamber’s annual Awards Gala, which is scheduled for Feb. 4, at the Dulles Hilton. To obtain a nomination form, visit www.herndondulleschamber.org/Events page, or call 571-323-5300. The deadline for returning applications is Nov. 18. Send nominations to Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 327, Herndon, VA 20172; or fax to 703-787-8859.
Halloween At Jimmy's
Jimmy's Old Town Tavern will hold its annual Halloween Party for Kids Saturday, Oct. 29.
From 1 to 3:30 p.m. children will enjoy dyno-bites and smiley fries, crafts, monster mashing, party favors and souvenir photos. The afternoon will also feature an indoor costume parade and banjo artist "Banjer Dan." Cost: $12 per child. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited, call Maggie at 703-435-5467 for reservations.
Jimmy's ninth annual Halloween Party for Grown Ups will begin later that day at 9 p.m. The party will include DJ Brian and dancing, a $100 prize for best costume, scary scream contests and more.
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. All movies are rated PG or PG-13.
* 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.
Fall Clean Up South of the bike trail Oct. 24-28
Thursday, Oct. 27
Closing Day Farmers' Market, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Board of Zoning Appeals, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 30
Day light savings time ends.
Monday, Oct. 31
Leaf collection north of bike trail.
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Town Council work session.