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Week in Reston

Student Designs Friends’ Ornament

South Lakes High School student Matt Blackerby designed an ornament that Herndon Friends picked to help their efforts in providing health insurance for children in need. The ornaments are $15, and the money from the sales, after a $1 deduction for materials, will go to the Medical Care for Children Partnership. Proceeds from 22 ornaments sold buy one child’s insurance for a year. For more information call 703-968-2971 or e-mail jrosenthal2@cox.net.

Winter Coat Closet Opens

The sixth annual Hunter Mill District Coat Closet for adults and children in need of winter coats is now open. The Coat Closet, co-sponsored with Reston Interfaith, will be accepting coat donations for adults and children at the North County Governmental Center, 12000 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, on the following days through March 15: Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon; Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Donations of winter coats are tax deductible and receipts are available. Donations should be new or gently used — in good condition and dry cleaned. Both child and adult sizes are needed — extra large sizes are especially appreciated. Volunteers are needed to assist clients in selecting coats, greet donors and sort donations.

Last year approximately 5,000 coats were given away. "The Coat Closet reflects two important things about the community: first, the willingness to recognize a need and second, the generosity in responding to that need," said Hunter Mill District Supervisor Catherine Hudgins. "They both are a reflection of being part of a great community."

For more information, contact Martin Taylor in the Hunter Mill District Supervisor’s Office, 703-478-0283, TTY 711

South Lakes Concert Set

The South Lakes High School Advanced Choirs and Advanced Orchestra will present "A Masterwork Concert: Handel’s Messiah" on Dec. 18 at the Sunset Hills Montessori School, located at 11180 Ridge Heights Road. The event will feature a 6 p.m. Art Gallery display of International Baccalaureate Art and Advanced Chorus student projects and the concert will start at 7 p.m.

Registration for NVCC Reston

Registration for classes with the Northern Virginia Community College in Reston is under way for spring classes that begin on Jan. 14. The Reston center consists of 18 classrooms, 12 computer labs and a multipurpose room in two buildings on Wiehle Avenue. To learn more about course offerings and services at the Reston Center call 703-948-7737. Students may apply, enroll and visit the list of courses offered at nvcc.edu.

Reston P&Z Seeks Members

The Reston Planning and Zoning Committee seeks to fill five vacancies for three-year terms and three vacancies for associate members for one-year terms. The terms will commence Jan. 1, 2008. All residents of Reston are eligible to serve. The primary purpose of the committee is to ensure that the development of Reston as a planned residential community follows its founding principles. Meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Reston Association Board Room at 1930 Isaac Newton Square.

UCP Christmas Eve Services

The United Christian Parish will hold five Christmas Eve services at 11508 North Shore Drive. The 4 and 5 p.m. services are designed for families with young children, and all children attending are invited to wear costumes as angels or shepherds. The 7 and 9 p.m. services will include scripture lessons and special music. The 11 p.m. service will have candlelight and communion. For more information call the church office at 703-620-3065.