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Week in Reston

Combating DWIs

Officers from the Reston District Station will be conducting an educational and enforcement campaign aimed at reducing the number of alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes in the district. Since 2004, there have been 100 alcohol related vehicle crashes in the Reston district. The enforcement campaign aimed at detecting and arresting intoxicated drivers will be conducted through Oct. 13.

GRACE Concert Series Returns

The Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) and the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (AYPO) are bringing back the "Musical Vision Chamber Series." The series showcases some of the top young musicians in the region in 40-minute musical performances. The series starts on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. with the NOVA String Quartet. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling GRACE at 703-471-9242, or at the door. They are $5 for adults, $2.50 for students and seniors and children under the age of five are free.

Revitalizing Pinecrest

Instead of checking in to work on Friday, Oct. 5, employees from Ernst & Young will participate in the Ernst & Young Cares Day. In cooperation with Volunteer Fairfax, they will participate in a series of community service projects around the region. In Reston, together with Reston Association volunteers, they will help revitalize one of Reston’s largest and oldest clusters, Pinecrest.

Light the Night

A series of five "Light the Night" walks, benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, will kick off on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Reston Town Center. Starting at 5:30 p.m., patients, survivors, friends and family members will walk one to three miles to support the society’s mission to fund research and improve the lives of patients of blood cancers, the leading disease killers of Americans under the age of 20. For more information about the walk, contact the National Capital Area Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at 703-960-1100 ext. 237, or visit www.lightthenight.org.

Out of the Darkness

On Sunday, Oct. 7, Reston Town Center will be the site of the "Out of the Darkness" Walk for suicide prevention. The walk, three or six miles, has a mission of bringing suicide-related issues to light. Proceeds from the walk will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to fund research, education, survivor and awareness programs. Contact Shannon Smith for additional details at shannonrileysmith@yahoo.com or visit www.outofthedarkness.org.

RCC Art Extravaganza

Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods, located at 2310 Colts Neck Road, in cooperation with Northern Virginia Friends of Adventures in Health, Education and Agricultural Development (AHEAD) will host a arts show to benefit orphans in Tanzania. Proceeds will be used to construct four dormitories for female secondary school students in the rural districts in the Coast Region of the country. The event will take place on Sunday, Oct. 7, from 12 to 4 p.m. For more information contact Marilyn Karp at 703-244-1903 or marilynkarp@gmail.com.

2007 Cluster Condo Expo

Reston Association is hosting the 2007 Cluster Condo Expo on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sheraton Reston Hotel. The free event is open to all, and is an opportunity for residents to gather information on services provided by arborists, attorneys, banks, engineering consultants and landscape professionals among others. Three of the exhibitors will also host 30-minute seminars highlighting their businesses. For more information contact Arlene Whittick, Cluster/Condo Outreach Specialist at 703-435-6503.

Reston Home Tour Tickets On Sale

Enjoy a self-guided tour of five extraordinary private homes in Reston’s neighborhoods at the sixth annual Reston Home Tour, Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Meet Walter Scheib, former White House Chef, in the Manor House kitchen at Linden Springs where he’ll demonstrate his culinary skills, offer tastings, and sign copies of his new book, "White House Chef – Eleven Years, Two Presidents, One Kitchen" until 4 p.m. Tour continues until 5 p.m. Tour-goers are also invited to The Wine Cabinet at North Point Village for wine tasting, appetizers, and wine edification, 4-6 p.m.

A map of all locations is included on the Reston Home Tour ticket, and in tour programs. Prices: Until $20 through Oct. 5; $30 Oct. 6-13; groups of 10 or more, $20 each. Tickets on sale at Reston Museum and more Reston venues, posted on www.restonmuseum.org.

For more information: www.restonmuseum.org, 703-709-7700, or Reston Home Tour Chair, Bonnie Haukness at restonhometour@yahoo.com, 703-437-3800.

Referendum Deadline Approaches

The deadline for signatures on the Reston Citizens Association’s ResTOWN referendum petition is approaching. The RCA has set a deadline for Oct. 15 in order to start the process of submitting the petition to the Virginia General Assembly for consideration at its Jan. 2008 session. An online version can be found at http://gopetition.com. For further information contact Marion Stillson at 703-860-0019 or visit the web site.

RA Fish Population Survey

Reston Association, in cooperation with Aquatic Environmental Consultants, Inc., will be conducting a fish population survey of its four lakes beginning in the first week of Oct. The results will help RA gain better understanding of how to better manage the current fish population. The last time RA conducted such a survey was in 1990. An unbalanced fish population could affect the water quality. Information could also affect the management of the lakes, changing their regulation and determining which fish are allowed to be caught and kept.

Elections and the Environment

The Sierra Club will host a discussion program on election issues on Oct. 22, 7:30-9 p.m., free and open to the public. What will the state and local elections mean for the environment? How do candidates differ on environmental issues facing Virginia? Bring questions and find out. The program will be held at Lake Anne Community Center at 1609 Washington Plaza, N. For more information, contact Linda Burchfiel, 703-506-4310, larva@attglobal.net

Learn the GO System

Individuals who need a solution to get and stay organized to address their busy personal and professional agenda can enroll in a seminar scheduled for Monday, Oct. 8, from 8:45 a.m. to noon, at Fairways Executive Center, 1982 Isaac Newton Square West, Suite 202, Reston.

In the GO (Get Organized) System seminar, offered by Certified Professional Organizer Susan Kousek, participants will learn how to become more efficient and thus less stressed. Participants will take away an implementation kit and book as well.

Fee is $187. There is a $20 discount to members of Dulles Regional or Reston Chambers of Commerce.

To register for The GO System training and to pay online, go to www.balancedspaces.com/seminars/Workshops.htm

Or you may call 703-742-9179 or e-mail SKousek@BalancedSpaces.com