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Send information to the Herndon Connection, by e-mail to herndon@ connectionnewspapers.com, by mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102 or by fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Thursday, 5 p.m., for the following week’s paper. Photos/artwork encouraged. Call 703-917-6449 with questions.

Herndon Community Center Aquatics Department is looking for swimming instructors to teach classes in its Learn to Swim program. The program provides classes for students of all ages, from infants to adults, and are available weekdays, evenings and weekends. Experience is a plus, but the HCC offers training for the right candidates. HCC is located at 814 Ferndale Ave. Call Teresa at 703-787-7300, Ext. 2122.

The Bargain Loft is a local thrift store located at 336 Victory Drive in Herndon. All the money made by the Bargain Loft goes to help Herndon/Reston FISH, which helps people with emergency needs such as money for rent, utilities or medicines.

Bargain Loft is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The store has two shifts, 10 a.m.-noon and afternoons from noon-2 p.m. The Loft particularly needs people on Saturdays and can always use teens who want to acquire some community service time. Call 703-437-0600.

Sunday evenings from 6 to 10 p.m. Bready Park Indoor Tennis Court rentals are now available at a discounted rate of $22 per court hour. Call 703-435-6800, ext. 2114 to make a reservation.

The Bready Park Indoor Tennis Center is located at 814 Ferndale Ave. The heated indoor bubble offers seasonal contracts and random court times, men’s single flight, and group and private tennis lessons. Stay active all season long in this controlled environment.

For more information, visit www.herndon-va.gov or call the Town of Herndon Parks and Recreation Department, 703-787-7300.

Gifting for Families is the new holiday initiative of Northern Virginia Family Service. To support families in becoming self-sufficient, NVFS is conducting a Gift Card drive in lieu of the traditional Adopt-a-Family and Thanksgiving Basket drives.

The Toy Drive will also take place, as in previous years. There are three ways to participate: Purchase and donate gift cards from local stores, donate toys for the Toy Drive, volunteer at the Toy Closet.

NVFS needs 30 volunteers Dec. 11 through 21, weekdays and Saturday, to receive and sort toys and staff the Toy Closet where case managers will “shop” for client families. The location has yet to be determined but it will be in the Fairfax/Oakton area.

Donated toys may be dropped off Dec. 11. through 15. Choose new items that are oriented toward educational or physical activities for children, infants through age 17.

Gift cards may be dropped off or mailed to its Oakton office at 10455 White Granite Drive, Suite 100, Oakton, VA 22124. These cards will be distributed to needy families to purchase food and holiday gifts.

For more information, see the Gifting For Families page of our Web site at http://nvfs.org/giftingforfamilies.htm or contact Ann Granger at 703-219-2193 or volunteer@nvfs.org.