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Send information to herndon@ connectionnewspapers.com or 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102 or by fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Friday. Photos/artwork encouraged. Call 703-917-6449 with questions.

Herndon’s HomeGrown Farmer’s Market, a weekly marketplace offering fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, herbs, cut flowers, baked goods, jams and more – all sold by the people who produce them. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays, through Oct. 25 in downtown Herndon next to the red caboose on Lynn Street. Special events include Fun Days, with activities for children, July 5-Aug. 9, at 10:30 a.m. Call 703-324-5390 or 703-787-7380.

Latin Movement Classes at Dance With Me Ballroom Dance Studio. No partner needed. Cuban motion, free style dancing and dance styling taught plus a fun exercise. Drop-in every Sunday, 2-3 p.m. Cost is $20 per person. The studio is located at the border of Reston and Herndon at 251 Sunset Park Drive. Visit www.dancewithme.net or call 703-444-3061.

Senior Swim Time at the Herndon Community Center Pool for a reduced rate of $2 all day on Tuesdays. Pool is at the Herndon Community Center at 814 Ferndale Ave., Herndon. Call 703-787-7300.

Teen Friday Nights for middle school students every Friday at the Herndon Community Center, 8-10:30 p.m. Events include exclusive use of the Teen Room and Game Room. There will be room to dance and mingle with friends. Tickets will be sold at Herndon Middle School the Thursday and Friday before; students must show school ID or have a parent present when purchasing admission at the door. $4 in advance and $5 at the door.

Teen Scene at the Herndon Community Center in the HCC Teen Room. The room is dedicated to middle school students every weekday afternoon, 2:30-6 p.m. Join in by purchasing a $15 pass. Call 703-787-7300.

The Closet is a nonprofit thrift shop in Herndon run by a consortium of faith communities in the area. The store, located at 845 Station St. in downtown Herndon, 703-437-7652, is open for making purchases on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Donations are accepted in the rear of the building on Thursdays and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Bargain Loft is a local thrift store located at 336 Victory Drive in Herndon. All the money made by the Bargain Loft goes to help Herndon/Reston FISH, which helps people with emergency needs such as money for rent, utilities or medicines. Bargain Loft is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The store has two shifts, 10 a.m.-noon and afternoons from noon-2 p.m. The Loft particularly needs people on Saturdays and can always use teens who want to acquire some community service time. Call 703-437-0600.

Nominations are now being accepted for the Town of Herndon’s annual Yard of the Month Awards program, an opportunity to recognize the efforts of town residents whose yards contribute to the beautification of the town and its neighborhoods. The Yard of the Month is awarded in two categories: single family homes and townhouses. The criteria for selection includes : yards are free of trash and clutter; grass, trees, shrubs and plants are well-cared for and aesthetically pleasing; rocks, logs, short fences or other decorative elements are in good condition and neatly placed; and flowers and other vegetation are well-landscaped and make good use of color.

Nominations are due Thursday, Sept. 20 for the October award. Judges for the Yard of the Month Awards program are members of the Town of Herndon’s Cultivating Community committee, a group of citizen volunteers formed to encourage beautification and to enrich the quality of life in the town’s neighborhoods. Nomination forms for the Yard of the Month Awards are available on the “What’s New” and “Cultivating Community” pages at www.herndon-va.gov, at the Neighborhood Resource Center and at the Herndon Municipal Center. Call 703-435-6800, ext. 2084 or e-mail meg.murphy@herndon-va.gov.