Send announcements to the Herndon/Reston Connection, by mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Thursday 5 p.m. for the following week's paper. Photos/artwork encouraged. Call Christopher Staten at 703-917-6447 with questions. This free listing is reserved for activities and events that are open to the public at no or minimal cost.
The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center holds classes on Buddhist philosophy and meditation at Unity of Fairfax, 2854 Hunter Mill Road in Oakton on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. Beginners to Buddhism and meditation are always welcomed. $10 donation.
Join a week of Vacation Bible School at Harvest Christian Fellowship during July 24-28 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. This program is for all children ages 2-10 years. Harvest is located at 1948 Isaac Newton Square West in Reston. To register, call 703-834-8100 ext. 5. Registration is free.
Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation is founding a new Breast Cancer Support Group for families in the Jewish community. If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, or perhaps a close loved one has been diagnosed or is living with breast cancer, and you feel they would benefit from a Jewish-community sponsored support group, then please contact the synagogue at email@example.com or 703-437-7733. The group has been formed in order to support individuals and families in the Jewish community affected by breast cancer, raise awareness and education, and speak confidentially as a group, even as members celebrate survivorship together. The group plans to meet every month to six weeks at the synagogue, which is located at 1441 Wiehle Avenue, Reston.
Congregation Sha'are Shalom, Loudoun County's Conservative Synagogue, holds Erev Shabbat services Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Shabbat morning services on the first and third Saturdays of the month at 9:30 a.m. Rabbinic intern Michael Ragozin will preside over services once a month. The Congregation has an active Men's Club, Sisterhood and extensive gift shop. For information about the Congregation, religious school, or the Rosie Uran Jewish Education Center, call 703-737-6500, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sha-areshalom.org.
Congregation Sha'are Shalom is located at 19357 Evergreen Mill Road, Leesburg, 20175 across from Heritage High School.
A free English class for speakers of other languages is offered at Jubilee Christian Center as a special Sunday school class at 9:30 a.m. 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. Call 703-383-1170.
The Reston Bible Church is a non-denominational church, which celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2005, and serves a congregation of more than 2000 at 11979 North Shore Drive, in Reston. Pastor Mike Minter has served as the church’s pastor since he and his wife, Kay Minter, founded the church 1974. RBC is a Bible-believing and preaching church with a passion for impacting the lives of those living in the community. Call 703-478-9730 or visit www.restonbible.org.
Every Wednesday at noon, St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren St. in Herndon, offers a lunch-time Prayer and Healing Service. This 30-minute nondenominational service is offered to all local residents and people working in businesses in Herndon and surrounding areas; and allows people an opportunity to worship during the work week when they may be away from their regular church. All are welcome. Call the church Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at 703-437-3790 or visit www.saint-timothys.org.
Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation offers Sunday School every Sunday, 9 a.m.-noon, at the Boyd Montessori School in Ashburn. In addition to Sunday School, a second day of Hebrew School is offered Tuesday evenings, from 7-8 p.m., at Sanders Corner Elementary School. Attendance is limited to fourth- through seventh-graders and adults interested in learning Hebrew. Contact Lisa Kimball at email@example.com or call 703-858-1999.