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Week in Reston

ACE Awards

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce honored the winners of the Awards for Chamber Excellence (ACE) Thursday evening at the Hyatt Regency Reston before a crowd of more than 200. Each year, the awards honor excellence in the development of the Reston region through innovation, growth, and service to the Chamber and community.

Terry and Lisa Saegar of BriteMoves Advertising won the Innovator of the Year award. The Incubator Company of the Year award went to SecureIT Consulting Group, Inc., an information technology audit and consulting firm. The Hill Art Group, which works to enhance the work environment with art, won the Small Business of the Year award.

The Medium Business of the Year award went to Carrabba’s Italian Grill, and the Large Business of the Year award went to Marriott Hotels of Northern Virginia.

Reston Interfaith received the Nonprofit of the Year award.

Nick Timreck of Rivet Consulting Group was named the Business Icon of the Year for his 19 years helping to build and grow Kfoury Construction.

The Chairman’s Award went to Mindy Williams of Access Point Public Affairs.

HEARING Set for Fox Mill Church

The Fairfax County Planning Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the Heritage Fellowship United Church of Christ on Fox Mill Road during its Oct. 12 meeting at 8:15 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the Board Auditorium of the Fairfax County Government center, 12000 Government Center Parkway. To register to speak, call 703-324-2865 before 3 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Individuals who do not register may still speak, but are given less time. Written comments may be sent to the above address or plancom@fairfaxcounty.gov. The proposal drew fire from neighbors earlier this year when a three-level parking structure had been proposed. The structure has since been pulled from the plans.

The case is also scheduled to come before the Board of Zoning Appeals on Oct. 17 at 9 a.m. in the same location. Individuals who wish to speak at the Board of Zoning Appeals do not need to pre-register.

RCC Community Picnic: Oct. 21

The Reston Community Center invites the public to its free annual Community Picnic on Oct. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Hunters Woods Shopping Center. The picnic offers food, including barbecue chicken and hot dogs, music, performers and family entertainment.

The Center’s Community Voting Day is also on Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when residents and business owners can vote in six locations: Harris Teeter at Reston Spectrum Center, Hunters Woods Village Center, Lake Anne Village Center, North Point Village Center, South Lakes Village Center, and Tall Oaks Village Center.

For more information about the Community Picnic or the Preference Poll, call 703-476-4500 or 800-828-1120, or visit the web site at http://www.restoncommunitycenter.com.

YMCA’s Gala Tickets on Sale

Tickets are on sale for the 7th annual Community Gala held by the YMCA Fairfax County in Reston. The gala, themed “Celebrate the Stars! America’s Treasure,” will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11 at the facility off of Sunset Hills Road.

The evening, which starts at 6:30 p.m., features dinner and cocktails, live music, a live auction, and a silent auction. Proceeds from evening will go directly to children, families and individuals in Fairfax County who cannot afford to participate in YMCA programs or membership.

Individual tickets cost $100. Tables of 10 cost $1,000. For more information contact Christine A. Mohr, director of marketing and community relations at 703-318- 5296 or cmohr@ymcawashdc.org.

NEWCOMERS Event Next Month

Residents new to Reston, and even those not so new, are invited to gathering to get to know the Reston Association. The Association is holding a newcomer’s night on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 7-9 p.m. at its headquarters at 1930 Isaac Newton Square. The event, which will offer light refreshments and door prizes, is an opportunity for members to learn more about RA and its available services, amenities and programs. To RSVP, contact Ha Brock, RA Volunteer Coordinator, at 703-435-7986.

FOOD Drive

The Reston Community Center is encouraging patrons, organizations and businesses to drop-off non-perishable food items from Nov. 1 through Nov. 23 at its facilities and other designated spots throughout the community. Donations will be distributed by Reston Interfaith to families in need during the Holiday Season and throughout the year. Items needed include canned meats and fish, peanut butter, rice, beans, and canned fruits and vegetables.

Organizations and business interested in hosting drop-off points may call the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce at 703-707-9045. To volunteer to sort donations on Thanksgiving Day, call Volunteer Program Coordinator Anna Dowdell at 703-390-6160.

The Thanksgiving Food Drive is co-sponsored by Reston Interfaith, the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, and the Reston Community Center. For more information, call 703-390-6160.

FALL for Lake Anne

Lake Anne Merchants Association will host Fall For Lake Anne, a seasonal, free family event on Saturday, Oct. 28, from noon until 4 p.m., at Lake Anne Village Center.

The event includes make-and-take crafts, games with TLC 4 Kids, storytelling at Reston’s Used Book Shop, and performances of magic and balloon-making. At 1 p.m., the Raptor Conservancy will feature a demonstration with live owls and hawks. Dogs in costume are welcome to enter a Best Costume contest. Face painting for children will also be available from 2-3 p.m. before Trick-or-Treating around the plaza from 3-4 p.m.

In the evening, adults are invited to a Halloween Party at the village center’s restaurants, which starts at 9 p.m. at Tavern on the Lake.

The event is held rain or shine. For more information, visit www.lakeanneplaza.com.

CLARIFICATION

An article last week called a Reston condominium complex “Northgate Square Apartments.” It should have said Northgate Square Condominiums.

LOOKING for the Best

Reston Interfaith and the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce seek nominations for the 2007 Best of Reston awards. The annual awards honor businesses, organizations and individuals who have shown outstanding commitment to community service and improving the lives of others.

Eligible Best of Reston nominees may be businesses, organizations, or individuals that make extraordinary contributions of their time and resources to improve the quality of life in the Reston-Herndon area and the surrounding communities.

Nominees must demonstrate commitment to a project that has tangible results, recognize a need and show initiative to take on projects and causes that are outside the scope of their normal employment, and work selflessly without thought of recognition.

Nominations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 30, 2006. Nomination forms can be picked up in Reston from the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce at 1763 Fountain Drive or from Reston Interfaith’s office at 11150 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 210. Forms can also be downloaded from Reston Interfaith’s web site at www.restoninterfaith.org or from the Chamber’s web site at www.restonchamber.org. To obtain a form by mail, call Meredith Young at 571-323-9566. Nominations received after the Oct. 30 deadline will not be considered.

Winners of the 2007 Best of Reston Awards will be announced at the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce luncheon on January 11, 2007. They will be formally honored at the 16th Annual Best of Reston Gala on April 19, 2007, at the Hyatt Regency Reston.

ENJOY an Autumn Adventure

The Living Scarecrows and a costume parade are a few of the highlights for Reston Town Center’s Autumn Adventure on Saturday, Oct. 21, from noon – 4 p.m.

The family-fun event, held at the Pavilion, celebrates the change of season with horse-drawn hayrides, a hay maze, face painting, make-and-take crafts, and entertainment by Flumpa and the Living Scarecrows. Children are invited to participate in a costume parade and contest, and trick or treating at participating Reston Town Center retailers. Admission price for activities is $5 per child or $20 per family. Proceeds will benefit the programs of Reston Interfaith, nonprofit organization serving Northern Virginia. Autumn Adventure is supported in part by Premium Sponsor, Verizon.

VOLUNTEERS Needed at RCC

The Reston Community Center continues to look for volunteers for several projects:

* RCC Clubhouse Program at Terraset Elementary School

Tutors are needed to help children ages 7-11 on homework. Time shifts include following days: Mondays, 1-4 p.m.; Wednesdays, 3-6 p.m.; and Thursdays, 3-6 p.m. For more information, contact Debbie Heron, youth programs director, at 703-390-6163 or Deborah.heron@fairfaxcounty.gov.

* Halloween Family Fun Day

On Saturday, October 28 at RCC Hunters Woods, volunteers are needed for any two-hour segment of time from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Goody bags and pizza will be available after the event for volunteers, and t-shirts will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Debbie Heron, youth programs director, at 703-390-6163 or Deborah.heron@fairfaxcounty.gov.

* Children’s Fall Flea Market

On Saturday, Nov. 18 at RCC Hunters Woods volunteers are needed for any segment of time from 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Pizza will be provided to volunteers after the event. For more information, contact Debbie Heron, youth programs director, at 703-390-6163 or Deborah.heron@fairfaxcounty.gov.

* Winter Break Fun Zone

Tuesday, Dec. 26 through Friday, Dec. 29 at RCC/Hunters Woods, volunteers are needed for any segment of time from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Activities include games, field trips, cooking, photo lab, woodshop, swimming for 20 children and volunteers. For more information, contact Debbie Heron, youth programs director, at 703-390-6163 or Deborah.heron@fairfaxcounty.gov.

JOIN the Holiday Parade

Organizers of the 16th annual Reston Holiday Parade is looking for parade participants. This year’s parade, with the theme of “Ring in the Season at Reston Town Center,” takes place Friday, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Interested groups will have the opportunity to join 1.5-mile parade route with an assortment of Macy’s style balloons, musical groups, dancers, antique cars and Santa and Mrs. Claus.

For an entry form, contact Billie Nicolotti at 703-476-9377.