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Week in Reston

RA FAMILY YARD Sale

The Reston Association will have its Family Yard Sale Saturday, Sept. 9, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The rain date is Sept. 10. The event, which will feature items from about 100 families, will be held at the Reston Association parking lot at 1930 Isaac Newton Square.

MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL

The 2006 Reston Multicultural Festival will be held on Sept. 16, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at Lake Anne Plaza.

The festival welcomes new and returning performers to the World Stage this year. Síor-Óg, will perform reels and jigs. Troupe Arabesque will explore the mysteries of the Middle East through modern dance interpretations. And the Jow Ga Shaolin Institute will perform a traditional Lion Dance.

In addition to this year’s performances, the festival features children's activities, a global fashion show, fine art exhibit, diverse foods, and arts and crafts. Organizers are asking people to come dressed in their own native attire to share their culture with neighbors. The festival will be held rain or shine. For more information or to volunteer, contact Haywood R. Hopson, Sr., community events director, at 703-390-6161.

The festival is sponsored by the Reston Community Center and co-sponsored by the Reston Association, Millennium Bank, Lake Anne of Reston Condominium Association, Lake Anne Merchants Association, TLC4Kids Children’s Center, Reston Connection, The Observer News, El Tiempo Latino, The Reston Times, and Backfence.com, with support from many other community organizations and businesses.

GIVE BLOOD

* The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery is hosting its third annual community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Austin-Weston Center in Reston. Call 703-893-6168 to schedule a donation or visit www.austin-weston.com to register and for directions.

* Virginia Spine Institute will sponsor a blood drive for The American Red Cross on Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Virginia Spine Institute is located in Reston on 1831 Wiehle Ave. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 703-709-6513.

RCC: LOOKING for Candidates

The Reston Community Center is accepting candidate applications from residents of Small District 5 to run for a seat on the RCC Board of Governors. Board members set RCC policy, adopt the operating budget, attend monthly public meetings, chair committees and represent the center at community functions.

Candidates must be age 18 or older and reside in Small District 5. Candidacy registration will run from Sept. 1-18. The deadline for Statement of Candidacy forms is 8 p.m. on Sept. 18 at the RCC.

To learn more about the upcoming Preference Poll and obtain a Candidates Handbook and a Statement of Candidacy Form, visit: the RCC Hunters Woods on 2310 Colts Neck Road, the RCC Lake Anne at 1609-A Washington Plaza, or www.restoncommunitycenter.com/prefpoll.html.

For more information, directions or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500, or 1-800-828-1120, or visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com.

‘MARRIAGE Amendment’ Forum

A coalition of religious organizations called the Reston Ministerium will sponsor a public forum this month on the “marriage amendment” on the Virginia ballot in November.

The event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 17, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the United Christian Parish, 11508 North Shore Drive, in Reston. The panel will be lead by Del. Ken Plum (D-36), state Sen. Janet Howell (D-32), who have both campaigned against the amendment. Howell said, if passed, the amendment could put the health insurance and domestic violence protections of all unmarried couples at risk.

Others panelist will be Claire Guthrie Gastanaga, former Virginia assistant attorney general; Laura Robertson of Equality Virginia, a gay-rights advocacy group; and a representative of the Capital One Financial Corporation in McLean. Childcare will be provided.

The Rev. Debra Peevey, who has chaired the Reston Ministerium for the past eight years, has urged members of the religious community to get involved in what she calls a human rights issue. Questions about the meeting may be directed to Kay Rodgers at 703-620-2344.

RA DISTRICT Meetings This Fall

The Reston Association will be host District Meetings this fall in each of the four voting districts: Lake Anne/Tall Oaks, Hunters Woods/Dogwood, South Lakes and North Point.

According to the Association, the purpose of the meetings is to reconnect with members, discuss topical issues, hear comments and answer member questions. Each district’s Board of Director will lead their respective meetings with a "Desserts & Discussion" theme.

For more information about the meetings, call 703-435-6514. Below are a list of the meeting dates and locations:

* Monday, Sept. 25, 7-9 p.m., Lake Anne/Tall Oaks District Meeting at the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, Director Robin Smyers.

* Wednesday, Oct. 11, 7-9 p.m., Hunters Woods District Meeting at Glade Room Wednesday, Director Barbara Aaron.

* Thursday, Oct. 12, 7-9 p.m., South Lakes District Meeting at Reston Sunset Hills Montessori School, Director Kathleen Driscoll McKee.

* Tuesday, Oct. 17, 7-9 p.m., North Point District Meeting Brown’s Chapel Park, Director Doug Bushée.

VOLUNTEER for Reston Triathlon

The Reston Triathlon is looking for volunteers to help with the event which this year will be Sunday, Sept. 10. Volunteers are needed for packet pick up on Saturday, Sept. 9; then on race day volunteers are needed for the swim course, transition areas at Lake Audubon boat ramp and South Lakes HS, post race food, run sentry, markings, bike marshal and finish line. For those who live on Lake Audubon, the event could use assistance from those with a small boat or a canoe.

A free Triathlon T-shirt and free food after the race are rewards for helping. E-mail restontri@aol.com or go to www.restontriathlon.org and follow the links for volunteers.