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Week in Reston

Incorporation Could Save Money?

ResTOWN advocates performed a skit Monday reenacting tax day. "Uncle Sam," played by Reston Citizens Association board member Rod Koozmin, presented oversized mock checks to two homeowners. In the skit, two average Reston homeowners realize that if Reston were a town their taxes would be deductible, saving them about $79 each. RCA points out that town taxes are deductible and homeowner fees are not. In addition, RCA estimates that the average homeowner would save about $203 per year if Reston were a town. Most of this savings, RCA says, are a result of businesses contributing to town taxes.

Republican Challengers Debate

The Republican candidates seeking the nomination in Virginia's Eighth Congressional District will debate this Friday, April 21 in Reston. The forum, sponsored by the Republican Club of Greater Reston, will be held at the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne at 8 p.m.

Three candidates, Mark Ellmore, Tom O'Donoghue and Bob Pasicov, have filed for the Republican nomination to oppose incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D). All three candidates have been invited to participate in the debate. The Republican nominee will be selected in a June 13 primary.

The Republican Club of Greater Reston is the political and social organization of active Republicans in the greater Reston area. The April 21 debate is open to the public. For information, contact Davida Leuhrs at 703-742-8043.

Festival Volunteers Wanted

The Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) is calling for volunteers for the 15th Annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, May 20 and 21 at Reston Town Center. Volunteer registration forms are available on the festival pages of the GRACE Web site, www.restonarts.org, or from the GRACE gallery at 12001 Market Street, Suite 103, in Reston Town Center. For more information, call 703-471-9242 or e-mail gracevolunteer06@hotmail.com. There are a number of volunteer opportunities available, such as artist relations; children’s art tent; hospitality tables; logistics; merchandise; publicity; set-up/take-down; signage; survey; refreshment sales, and more. Every festival volunteer will receive a Fine Arts Festival T-shirt.

Celebrating Founder’s Day

Founder’s Day celebrations begin April 21 with the announcement of the “Bronze Bob” Photo Contest at the opening reception of the Reston Museum’s special Founder’s Day Exhibit. “Bronze Bob” photos will be displayed in the Reston Museum. In 2004, Reston’s 40th Anniversary, the Reston Historic Trust unveiled the bronze image of Robert E. Simon, Jr. at the first Founder’s Day Celebration, as a surprise for Bob’s 90th birthday. The statue has become affectionately known as Bronze Bob. The 3rd Annual Founder’s Day Celebration will be held at Lake Anne Village Center on Sunday, April 23, starting at 12:30 p.m. The festivities include a presentation and a brick commemoration on the Plaza, followed by a reception and story sharing at Reston Museum. Reston founder Robert E. Simon, Jr. will also lead a Founder’s Day Walk at 1:30 p.m. On April 26 at 7 p.m. at the Reston Museum, Simon will lead a discussion on early Reston design, development and planning.

Relay for Life Seeks Volunteers

Organizers for the Reston Relay For Life are seeking help this year to coordinate a successful event. The nationally recognized event honors the community's cancer survivors, remembers loved ones lost to cancer, and raises funds for cancer research and education. Emphasizing a circus theme, the Relay offers live performances, singers and food. The event takes place May 20-21 at South Lakes High School. In addition to asking for volunteers, organizers are asking survivors to notify them so survivors can be honored. Entertainers, fundraisers and additional teams are also being sought.

Accessible Housing Forum

The Reston Citizens Association (RCA) is co-sponsoring a community forum on accessible and visitible housing in conjunction with Reston Interfaith The forum, on Monday, May 8 at Lake Anne Community Center at 7 p.m., will focus on how homes in Reston can be adapted to their residents’ future needs to accommodate “aging in place.” The event will also provide information on contractors who have experience in making modifications to facilitate accessibility and visitability.

Calendar

Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Earth Day Festival at Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

Monday, April 24, 8 p.m., Reston Citizens Association Board Meeting at Comcast Studios, 12345-G Sunrise Valley Drive.