Week in Herndon

Week in Herndon

Pre-Festival Concert at Herndon High

The Herndon High School Orchestras will host the 2006 Pre-Festival Concert on Thursday, March 2. The concert will feature the Reston-Herndon Area Orchestra, under direction of Della Brown, Brian Smith, and Brittany Dinsmore; the Herndon Middle School Concert and Symphonic Orchestras, directed by Christine Sweitzer, and the Herndon High School Concert and Symphonic Orchestras, directed by Bette Gawinski. The orchestras will perform the music that they have selected to perform at the adjudicated District XII Orchestra Festival the following week. Complete program information, a calendar of future events, and recorded excerpts and pictures from previous performances, are available at www.herndonorch.org. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the Herndon High School Auditorium, 700 Bennett St. Admission is free.

Runnymede Park Clean-Up

The 20th annual Runnymede Park & Sugarland Run Clean-Up has been scheduled for Saturday, March 18 from 8 a.m. to noon. Residents, Boy and Girl Scouts, students, civic groups and anyone else interested in participating should meet at the Hunters Creek Clubhouse to get instructions. The clean up will focus on removing winter trash that has accumulated in the park and along Sugarland Run. In the past more than one ton of trash has been collected. Volunteers are also needed to help restore the native plant garden at the main entrance to the park. Residents who volunteer for an hour or all morning will receive free hot dogs and cookies when they turn in their trash.

If it rains heavily, the rain date is April 1. To find out if the clean up has been rescheduled call, 703-435-6800, ext. 2014. For more information call John Dudzinsky, Community Forester, at 703-435-6800, ext. 2014 or e-mail the Friends of Runnymede Park at friendsofrp@yahoo.com.

Community Art Auction

Approximately 160 pieces of art, memorabilia and glass will be presented by Marlin Art of New York during an art auction to benefit the Herndon Visitor's Center. Work by local artists will also be on display.

Co-sponsored by the Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce and the Council for the Arts of Herndon, the second annual Community Art Auction is scheduled for Saturday, March 11. The event will be held at the Herndon Municipal Center, 777 Lynn Street in Herndon. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the ‘live auction’ beginning promptly at 8 p.m. Donation/admission is $10 and includes complimentary wine, hors d'oeuvres and door prizes. The event's preview hour will begin at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

Tickets can be purchased on-line through PayPal at www.VisitHerndon.com/shop.html, by calling the Visitor’s Center at 703-HERNDON (437-6366) or by sending an e-mail to connie@visitherndon.com. Proceeds from the Art Auction will help fund daily operations of the Visitor’s Center.

Fairfax Connector Seeks Input

Representatives of the Fairfax Connector have scheduled a public meeting for Wednesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. in McNair Elementary School's cafeteria.

The meeting is scheduled to solicit comments from residents and passengers about proposed changes to the Route 989 bus service.

McNair Elementary School is located at 2499 Thomas Jefferson Drive, Herndon. A summary of the meeting will be provided upon request to those who are unable to attend; submit requests to the Fairfax Connector Information Center at 703-339-7200, TTY 703-339-1608. The summary also will be available at www.fairfaxconnector.com.

Grant Writing Workshop

In an effort to help area non-profit organizations learn about the federal grant process, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10) will host a conference on applying for federal grants Tuesday, March 7, in Loudoun County.

The conference is free and open to any non-profit organization in the 10th District. Representatives from the departments of Education, Justice and Health and Human Services have been invited to speak about grant writing and strategies for successful applications. The popular "Grants.gov" Web site also will be discussed. The conference will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Loudoun County Public School Administration Building, 21000 Education Court, Ashburn. Attendance is limited to the first 400 people to register. Groups interested in attending can contact any of Wolf's offices or register on-line at www.house.gov/wolf and click on "Grants Conference." Call 202-225-5136 (Washington office) or 703-709-5800 (Herndon office).

Town Calendar

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m.

Architectural Review Board/Heritage Preservation Review Board work session

Thursday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.

Board of Zoning Appeals

Monday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.

Architectural Review Board/Heritage Preservation Review Board public hearing

Planning Commission work session

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Town Council public hearing