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Calendar: May 2-8

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<cal1>Thursday/May 3

<cal2> Personal Histories Symposium. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. The symposium will help both new and seasoned writers, with writing activities, networking and the chance to learn about publishing venues, local writing programs and support groups. Cost is $7 per person, bring a bag lunch. Advanced registration is required. Call the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department at 703-255-6360.

<cal1>Friday/May 4

<cal2> Flower Show & Plant Sale. 4-6 p.m. at the Great Falls Community Library, Great Falls. The Great Falls Garden Club is holding a flower show and annual plant sale. The theme of this year’s flower show is "The Elements: Earth, Fire, Wind and Water." Emphasis will be placed on growing and designing with fresh plant materials. For more information about the Great Falls Garden Club, contact Membership Chair Caroline Van Wagoner at 703-430-9030.

<cal1>Saturday/May 5

<cal2> Pet Fiesta! Exhibition and Pet Adoption. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Reston Town Center Pavillion and Market Street, Reston. Presented by Reston Town Center, GoodDogz.org and Reston Dogs, Inc. A celebration for pets and pet lovers. Includes a Tails on Trails dog walk, super pet adoption, fun pet contests, exhibitors, pet resources, rescue groups and non-profits, a Doghouse of Style Fashion Show. On-leash pets of all kinds are welcome. Free event, rain or shine. Visit petfiesta.org.

FISH Fling Gala and Fundraiser. 6:30-10:30 p.m. at the Reston Town Center, 12601 Bluemont Way, Reston. Live music by The Difficult Run Jazz Band will set the tone for a festive evening of dancing, silent and live auctions, games and prizes, wines, beverages, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts. Businesses and individuals have signed up to be sponsors and donors. Local businesses, such as The Wine Cabinet, Safeway and M. Beem Jewelers, have contributed goods to make this a truly memorable event. All proceeds will go directly to the FISH Assistance program. To receive an invitation, contribute an auction item or service, or become a donor or sponsor, e-mail Herndon-Reston FISH at hrfish@gmail.com. Tickets are $50 per person. Tax deductible check donations may be sent to: Herndon-Reston FISH, Inc., 336 Victory Drive, Herndon, VA 20170.

Community Day & Housing Fair. 12-4 p.m. at Hendon Neighborhood Resource Center, Dulles Park Shopping Center, 1086 Elden St., Herndon. The 7th Annual Community Day & Housing Fair, an afternoon of celebration featuring performers, children’s programs, nature programs, a variety of food offerings; the event kicks off the Town’s annual Neighborhood Celebration Month. Call 703-435-6830.

Senior Senior Prom. 2-4:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, next to the Herndon Community Center. The Loudoun Jazz Ensemble and The 8-Week Wonders Swing Dancers will provide lively entertainment and dance music. All Herndon/Reston residents age 50 years or better are invited to attend. Prom Attire or formal dress is requested. Each senior person receives a corsage or boutonnière and a dance memory card with their picture. At the close of the event, awards and crowns are given for Prom King and Queen, Best Dressed, Best Dancer. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and admission is free. For reservations call 703-437-5886.

Flower Show & Plant Sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Great Falls Community Library, Great Falls. The Great Falls Garden Club is holding a flower show and annual plant sale. The theme of this year’s flower show is "The Elements: Earth, Fire, Wind and Water." Emphasis will be placed on growing and designing with fresh plant materials. For more information about the Great Falls Garden Club, contact Membership Chair Caroline Van Wagoner at 703-430-9030.

NoVAC’s Flea Market Sale. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Lane Elementary School, 7137 Beulah St., Alexandria. Shop for household effects, children’s items, clothing, books, tools, baked goods, glassware, electronics and more. For more information, visit www.dstnovac.org or call 703-922-5966.

"Back To Broadway." 3 p.m. at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Drive, Reston. The students at the Reston Performing Arts Academy are taking their first trip to New York City to visit Broadway. As they prepare for the exciting trip and board the bus, the very strange bus driver, Clemdaeous Thorn, has other plans for the group. Purchase Tickets at the RCC Box Office: $10 adults, $8 student/seniors $5 children 5 under. E-mail RIANEWS@comcast.net or visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com.

The Mark Newton Band. Bluegrass. 7:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1090 Sterling Road, Herndon. Admission: $12. 703-435-8377.

<cal1>Sunday/May 6

<cal2>Mad Agnes Trio. 4 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 2351 Hunter Mill Road, Vienna. The concert and an ice cream social are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome to help support the community Lakota Mission Team that will be traveling this summer to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Call 703-281-3987 or visit www.GoodShepherdVA.com.

"Latin Movement Classes." 2-3 p.m. at Dance With Me Ballroom Dance Studio, 251 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon. No partner needed. Cuban Motion, Free Style Dancing and Dance Styling taught plus the benefit of a great waistline and fun exercise. Drop-In every Sunday. Cost $20 per person. Visit www.dancewithme.net or call 703-444-3061.

Flower Show & Plant Sale. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Great Falls Community Library, Great Falls. The Great Falls Garden Club is holding a flower show and annual plant sale. The theme of this year’s flower show is "The Elements: Earth, Fire, Wind and Water." Emphasis will be placed on growing and designing with fresh plant materials. For more information about the Great Falls Garden Club, contact Membership Chair Caroline Van Wagoner at 703-430-9030.

"The Bard Meets Broadway." 3 p.m. at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Drive, Reston. The Time: Merry old England in time of William Shakespeare. The court yard is full of promising thespians eager to work with the famous playwright. But for some reason he has not shown up to the firstThespian Festival and is missing. Fast Forward to 2007: Students at the New Theater for Us School are trying to unravel the mystery of that moment in history when Shakespeare was missing from an important happening. To their amazement, the trail leads them to the historical 49th Street Theater on Broadway. This performance will feature the Reston Institute for the Arts students in the advanced classes in Actin’ Up Rep, Jr. Jazz, RIA Jazz Repertory, Ballet Repertory, Lyrical Dance, Adult Jazz, Tap III, Urban Tap, and Adult "Happy Tappers." Purchase Tickets at the RCC Box Office: $10 adults, $8 student/seniors $5 children 5 under. E-mail RIANEWS@comcast.net or visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com.

Salting Fish: Participatory Event. 1-4 p.m. at the Claude Moore Colonial Farm, 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean. Visit the colonial farm family as they prepare their yearly catch of herring. They invite guests to help clean, salt and pack the fish into jars. Regular admission: $3 adults; $2 children and senior citizens. Complimentary admission with Farm membership. Free parking. Weather permitting call 703-903-9330 day of event. http://www.1771.org/directions.htm.

Rock Music Recital. 2-4 p.m. at Jammin Java, 227 W. Maple Ave., Vienna. Several bands comprised of kids, ages 8-15 years old, will perform rock songs they've composed, as part of their training at the All Things Rock School in Tysons Corner. Tickets are $5 for the event. For more information, contact All Things Rock at 703-288-0022 or visit www.allthingsrock.us.

<cal1>Tuesday/March 8

<cal2> Guest Lecturer Julian Bond. 7:30 p.m. at the McLean Community Center’s Alden Theater, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Chair of the NAACP, Bond reveals how race, technology and immigration shaped today's music. Tickets to this free event will be distributed on a

first-come, first-served basis beginning at 7 p.m.; limit four per person. For directions, call 703-790-0123.

<cal1>Thursday/May 10

<cal2> Bull Run Civil War Round Table. 7 p.m. at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Drive, Centreville. Edwin C. Bearss, Historian Emeritus, National Park Service, speaks on "Gettysburg: East Cemetery Hill, Culp’s Hill and East Cavalry Field." Free and open to public. Call 703-675-0702.

<cal1>Friday/May 11

<cal2> Voce presents "Shakespeare in Song." 8 p.m. at St. Francis Church, 9220 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. The upcoming concert is an a cappella concert of texts from Shakespeare's plays set to an incredibly varied score by New York composer Matthew Harris, who will be in attendance and speak at the concert. A reception and opportunity to meet the composer and performers will follow. Advance purchased tickets are $23 for adults, $18 for seniors and $5 for students. (purchase at least 24 hours prior to concert). Tickets will be available at the door and are an additional $2 each.

More info about Voce at http://www.voce.org.

Roundtable Discussion. 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m. at the Unity of Fairfax Church, 2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton. The theme is "Source" which provides a wide array of possibilities for discussion. The audience is encouraged to participate by asking questions and participating in the dialogue. There will be an opening musical performance by Mark Torgeson on piano. Admission is $20/person at the door and includes attending the Soul Searching Conference on Saturday, May 12, proceeds benefit Unity of Fairfax Church and Wise Women Foundation. Visit www.wisewomenweb.net.

<cal1>Saturday/May 12

<cal2> Voce presents "Shakespeare in Song." 8 p.m. at St. John Neumann Church, 11900 Lawyers Road, Reston. The upcoming concert is an a cappella concert of texts from Shakespeare's plays set to an incredibly varied score by New York composer Matthew Harris, who will be in attendance and speak at the concert. A reception and opportunity to meet the composer and performers will follow. Advance purchased tickets are $23 for adults, $18 for seniors and $5 for students. (purchase at least 24 hours prior to concert). Tickets will be available at the door and are an additional $2 each. More info about Voce at http://www.voce.org.

One-Mile Run/Walk and Children's Festival. 9 a.m.-noon at the Vienna Baptist Children’s Center, 541 Marshall Road, Vienna. To register, call 703-281-2021 or visit vbc-va.org/vbcc/run_and_fun.html.

ALL4HYM. Bluegrass. 7:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1090 Sterling Road, Herndon. Admission: $12. 703-435-8377.

Coul Searching Conference. Featuring keynote speakers Carol Fitzpatrick, author of "Fear Not My Child," "I Am Here;" Adam Gainsburg author of "The Soul's Desire for Wholeness;" and Red Cameron author of "Journeys in the Life of the Soul" will take place at the same location to further explore the idea of "source." at the Unity of Fairfax Church, 2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton. Visit www.WiseWomenWeb.net or call 202-372-7351.

Variety Sale. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., Vienna. Antiques, jewelry, china, fine apparel, art, books and more. Donations accepted on Friday, May 11 from 1-9 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Homeless Animals. Visit www.foha.org.

<cal1>Wednesday/May 16

<cal2> Clifton MarketPlace. The Clifton Community Women’s Club offers its annual MarketPlace 5-8 p.m. at various locations throughout historic Clifton. Events include art show and sale, silent auction and boutique. Visit www.cliftoncwc.org or call 703-266-5791 or 703-830-3418.

<cal1>Thursday/May 17

<cal2>Clifton Homes Tour. The Clifton Community Women’s Club offers its annual Homes Tour 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at various locations throughout historic Clifton. $20/advance, $25/day of tour. $10/single tickets. For ticket purchase locations and more, visit www.cliftoncwc.org or call 703-266-5791 or 703-830-3418.

<cal1>Friday/May 18

<cal2>Movie in the Park. Dusk, 8 p.m. at Glyndon Park, 300 Glyndon St., NE, Vienna. Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Parents are required to stay with their children during the movie. For information on which film will be shown, call 703-255-7842 after noon on May 16 and for weather information on the day of the show.

<cal1>Saturday/May 19

<cal2>McLean Day. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. at Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. Come out for a day of festival rides, concessions and many activities. Also, the MCC Governing Board elections will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Perfect for new residents to get to know the area. For more, visit www.mcleancenter.org.

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival. At the Reston Town Center, this event is a gathering of artists, artisans, musicians and craftsmen around the area. The NVFAA is a premiere event in the region for local arts. Free children’s arts activities and live music. Volunteers needed. For more, visit www.restonarts.org, call 703-471-9242.

KidsFest & Bike Rodeo. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Faith Baptist Church, 301 Center St., Vienna. KidsFest and bike rodeo for ages 5-12, sponsored by the Vienna Police Department, Parks and Recreation Department and Volunteer Fire Department. All activities are free of charge. The day will include a fire station open house, car seat safety checks, moon bounce, puppet show, magic show and more. Advance registration is required for the bike safety rodeo. For information, call 703-255-6360.

"Foundations of Freedom." 8 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 North Beauregard St., Alexandria. In celebration of Virginia’s 400th Anniversary, the Reston Chorale presents a world premiere concert. The centerpiece of "Foundations of Freedom" is the premiere of a new choral/orchestral work, "Principal Among Principals" by distinguished composer, David Ott. This work was commissioned by The Reston Chorale with the generous contribution of John and Susan Adney. Foundations of Freedom is a singular multi-media event. Tickets: $25 for house seats, and $40 for box seats, available via www.restonchorale.org or by calling 703-834-0079. Call for more information, or e-mail info@restonchorale.org.

18th Century Spring Market Fair. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Claude Moore Colonial Farm, 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean. Celebrate spring at living history museum’s first Market Fair of the season. Watch the Blacksmith in action. See wild turkeys and piglets. Dance and sing period songs. Admission: Adults $5; Children 3-12, Senior Citizens $2.50. Or visit www.1771.org for a free Market Fair pass.

Audubon Quartet. 3 p.m. at CentreStage Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. After the concert, Milch-Sheriff and Pashayan will be available in the lobby to answer any questions about the work. Tickets are $15. 703-476-4500.

8K Fun Run. Begins 8 a.m. in the Lewinsville Senior Center, 1609 Great Falls St., McLean. This race kicks off the annual McLean Day. Preregister at 1440 Chain Bridge Road until 6 p.m on Thursday, May 17. Prereg is $18. For more information, including race categories, visit www.mcleancenter.org.

<cal1>Sunday/May 20

<cal2>Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival. At the Reston Town Center, this event is a gathering of artists, artisans, musicians and craftsmen around the area. The NVFAA is a premiere event in the region for local arts. Free children’s arts activities and live music. Volunteers needed. For more, visit www.restonarts.org, call 703-471-9242.

18th Century Spring Market Fair. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Claude Moore Colonial Farm, 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean. Celebrate spring at living history museum’s first Market Fair of the season. Watch the Blacksmith in action. See wild turkeys and piglets. Dance and sing period songs. Admission: Adults $5; Children 3-12, Senior Citizens $2.50. Or visit www.1771.org for a free Market Fair pass.

Colorful Shorts for Piano. 4 p.m. at Centre Stage Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. African Fantasy for piano & orchestra and Wedding Cake for Piano & Strings By Camille Saint-Saens. Symphony No. 1 In C Minor By Georges Bizet And A Surprise Concerto Featuring Pianists Robert Brittain & Zvia Sheinman Also Camille Brady & Maestro Dingwall. Visit www.restoncommunitycenter.org.

<cal1>Friday/May 25

<cal2>Movie in the Park. Dusk, 8 p.m. at Glyndon Park, 300 Glyndon Road, NE, Vienna. Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Parents are required to stay with their children during the movie. For information, call 703-255-6360.

<cal1>Saturday/May 26

<cal2>ViVa! Vienna! The annual ViVa! Vienna! Town Festival will be held May 26-28 on historic Church Street. Come out for festival activities, concessions, parades and more. For information, call 703-255-4742 or visit www.viennarotary.org/vivaviennapage.htm.

McLean HS Alumni Band Concert. 2 p.m. at McLean High School. For more information, including Alumni Band registration and Anniversary Dinner reservations, please visit www.mcleanband.org or call Bob Tilman, 703-534-4153.

<cal1>Sunday/May 27

<cal2>ViVa! Vienna! The annual ViVa! Vienna! Town Festival will be held May 26-28 on historic Church Street. Come out for festival activities, concessions, parades and more. For information, call 703-255-4742 or visit www.viennarotary.org/vivaviennapage.htm.

<cal1>Monday/May 28

<cal2>ViVa! Vienna! The annual ViVa! Vienna! Town Festival will be held May 26-28 on historic Church Street. Come out for festival activities, concessions, parades and more. For information, call 703-255-4742 or visit www.viennarotary.org/vivaviennapage.htm.