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Volunteers of all ages are needed for Reston Festival 2009, Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12. Volunteer Orientation will be held Friday, July 10, 6 – 7 p.m. at the Pavilion at Reston Town Center (pizza will be served). Volunteer Hours: 6:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Reston Town Center – 11900 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190. The Reston Festival is seeking volunteers for a variety of positions throughout the weekend. Volunteers will receive a Reston Festival t-shirt and meal ticket for your volunteer time For more information on the festival go www.restonfestival.com

Contact Person Information: Ha Brock, RA Volunteer coordinator at 703-435-7986 or email habrock@reston.org.

To show gratitude for all volunteer work, Reston Association invites volunteers to the 2009 Volunteer Appreciation Luau! Food, music, games, give-a-waysare provided. Friday, July 31 (Rain date: Friday, Aug. 7), 6 – 8 p.m. at Hunters Woods Pool – 2501 Reston Parkway, Reston. The pool has a children’s splash area, diving board and large spa. So bring your family and enjoy a relaxing evening at the pool. RSVP by July 24 to Ha Brock, Volunteer Coordinator at 703-435-7986 or via e-mail habrock@reston.org.

Dragonfly Class: An Introduction, for all ages. Reserve by July 13, Date: Thursday, July 16, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Location: 12250 Sunset Hills Road, next to the YMCA. Free to dragonfly count participants. Learn about the fast, colorful and fascinating lives of Reston's "flying dragons." Join guest naturalist Kevin Munroe of the Fairfax County Park Authority as he focuses on basic identification, natural history and conservation of our local dragonflies. Through a combination of handouts, lecture and a slide show of photos taken in Virginia, learn how to identify Reston's common dragonflies, and get a basic introduction to their behavior and complex natural history. The class is a way to prepare for the Reston Dragonfly Count the following Saturday. Contact Person: Ha Brock, RA Specialist II at 703-435-7986 or email habrock@reston.org.

Dragonfly Count: Annual dragonfly count throughout Reston's natural

areas. Meet local dragonfly experts, learn tips on identification and

have fun while helping us obtain important information to help our

fast-flying friends. Date: Sunday, July 19, 9:45 a. m. - 3:45 p.m.

Location: RA Central Services Facility - 12250 Sunset Hills Road (Next

to the YMCA). Free to all ages. Contact: Ha Brock, RA Volunteer Specialist II at 703-435-7986 or email habrock@reston.org.

Stream Monitoring: Become a volunteer stream monitor and help RA assess the health of our streams. RA is in need of volunteers to assist with stream monitoring at several locations throughout Reston during all seasons. If you are willing to learn, can work with a partner, enjoy data collection, wildlife identification, and are interested in the health of Reston's streams, this is the job for you. Volunteering consists of four

monitoring sessions of 3-4 hours each for a total of 12-16 hours per

year. Training and practice are required and a two-year commitment is

encouraged. Date: Wednesday, July 29 (sign up by July 22). Time: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Location: RA Main Conference Room - 1930 Isaac Newton Square, Reston.

Date: Aug. 1. Location: Twin Branches Nature Trail near W&O Trail on Buckthorn Lane. Contact: Ha Brock, RA Volunteer Specialist II at 703-435-7986 or email habrock@reston.org.

Volunteer Solutions Fair in Reston: Find your niche in creating a caring community for all ages at the Volunteer Solutions Fair on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Dr., Reston. Participants will learn about volunteer opportunities that help older adults and adults with disabilities. The first five people to register and start volunteering will receive a free gift. Contact retha.lockhart@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-324-5406 for more information.

Volunteer Solutions is a program of the Department of Family Services’ Division of Adult and Aging Services/Fairfax Area Agency on Aging. Go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/aaa. Call 703-324-5406 (TTY 703-449-1186) for reasonable ADA accommodations.

Help Nursing Home Residents: Help residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities advocate for their rights, resolve conflicts and improve their quality of life. The Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers who can commit a minimum of four hours a week for one year. Volunteers set their own schedules between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays and receive training and support. Call 703-324-5861 or 703-324-5422; TTY 703-449-1186 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ltcombudsman. Register now to attend our three-day training in September.