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Week in Reston

<b>Light The Night Coming</b>

Light The Night is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual fundraising walk to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer. Participants carry illuminated balloons — white for survivors and red for supporters. This year’s event in Reston will take place Oct. 1 at the Reston Town Center from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. According to the society, the average walker in the Washington, D.C. area raises $200, and the average team raises $2,000. Funds raised will be used to support leading researchers investigate causes, treatments and cures, government advocacy efforts to ensure attention to cancer-related issues and assistance programs for patients and their families. Call 703-960-1100.

<b>Out of Darkness</b>

The Out of Darkness Community Walk is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2 at the Reston Town Center. The walk benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, raising money for AFSP's vital research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives, increase national awareness about depression and suicide, and assist survivors of suicide loss. Call 212-363-3600.

<b>Tickets for C-Note Sale</b>

About 15 tickets are still available for GRACE’s C-Note Sale, the event which matches donated artwork with the number of tickets being sold. The limited number of tickets are available for $125.

The donated art is on display at GRACE’s Reston Town Center facility until Sept. 25, when GRACE will randomly draw ticket holders who will then select one piece of art of their choice from the available art until each ticket holder has gone home with a piece of art.

Proceeds from the event will support GRACE and its educational programs, including art in the schools, children workshops, exhibitions, lectures, and community outreach.

GRACE is a nonprofit art organization, relying on the support of artists, art enthusiasts, sponsors, and volunteers to help bring art and the community together. GRACE programs are sponsored in part by the Virginia Commission of the Arts and the Arts Council of Fairfax County. C-Note is sponsored in part by Kfoury Construction Group.

<b>RCC Offers Adult Fencing</b>

The Reston Community Center will hold adult fencing classes Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 8:30 from Sept. 22 to Oct. 27 at the RCC Hunters Woods. The class fee is $40 for people who live or work in Reston and $55 for all others. An equipment rental fee of $30 is payable to the Virginia Academy of Fencing on the first day of class.

RCC's fencing class teaches footwork, handwork and strategy using safety-tipped swords, protective jackets and masks. The use of this equipment makes fencing one of the safest sports around. No previous training is required. Instructors from the Virginia Academy of Fencing teach the fundamentals of this Olympic sport. Call 703-476-4500.

<b>Meet Reston Garden Club</b>

The Reston Garden Club is looking for new members. The group will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods. This month's program is entitled, "Troubleshooting Plants" by Ed Milhous, a plant expert from "Trees Please." He will demonstrate how to identify problems such as fungus, insects, too much water or not enough — issues related to both indoor and outdoor plants for both new and experienced gardeners. Call Barbara Paolucci at 703-904-9379.

<b>RCC Autumn Retreat</b>

The Reston Community Center will hold an Autumn at

Lake Anne Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The retreat features many therapeutic activities designed to energize and inspire, including musical chi gong, yoga for energy, breathing exercises, body awareness, eating awareness, nutritional snack, deep relaxation and a lake walk. The fee for this class is $25 for people who live or work in Reston and $35 for all others. This class is targeted to those age 18 and older. Call 703-476-4500.

<b>Historic Trust Needs Volunteers</b>

Volunteers are needed to help host homes that will be open to the public for the Reston Historic Trust’s fourth annual Reston House Tour on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Volunteers will each receive a free Reston House Tour ticket to enjoy the entire tour. Orientation provided. Anyone over the age of 16 is welcome to volunteer. Volunteer registration forms are available by e-mail. Contact Kathleen McKee, kmckee22@comcast.net. For more information visit www.restonmuseum.org or call the Reston Museum, 703-709-7700.

<b>Citizen Preparation Classes</b>

The Reston Community Center and Reston Interfaith are working together to help Reston residents achieve citizenship. On Thursday nights from 7-9 p.m., Sept. 29 to Dec. 1, a citizenship preparation class will be held at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Reston. The class covers American history and civics, and helps participants prepare for the oral interview and written exam given by the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service. The instructors will help students complete the application for U.S. naturalization and provide a comprehensive review of the 100 questions on the USCIS exam.

To attend this class, participants must be able to read, write and speak English. The course is targeted at persons age 16 and older. The course fee for people who live or work in Reston is $15, and $23 for all others. You may register either in person or by faxing a completed RCC Registration

form to 703-476-8617.

<b>Calendar</b>

Sept. 24, 9 a.m., Reston Association: Governing Documents Public Hearing and Roundtable Discussion at the Reston Sheraton Hotel, 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive.

Sept. 29, 7 p.m., Reston Association Special Board Meeting at Isaac Newton Square.