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Week in Reston

Cox, Fairfax to Honor African American Women

Cox Communications, in partnership with Fairfax County, invites the public to attend a free program honoring African American women in celebration of Black History Month. The program will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, in the Fairfax County Government Center Auditorium. A free reception will be available starting at 6 p.m.

The program will include a performance by actress Jenelle Randall, who will interpret the story of music legend Nancy Wilson as part of the county’s month-long tribute to African American women in history.

Schedule: 6-7 p.m. - Reception (appetizers and light refreshments); 7 p.m. - Welcoming remarks by Vonya Alleyne, Director of Human Resources, Cox Virginia; Keynote speeches by Sharon Bulova, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; and Cathy Hudgins, Hunter Mill District Supervisor; Choir songs; Step team presentation; Dance performances; Performance by actress Jenelle Randall.

Planning MLK Birthday Celebration

Reston Community Center invites community members to participate in planning the 2013 annual Reston Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration. Planning for the 2013 event will start with a kick-off meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 6 p.m. at RCC Hunters Woods.

With a theme of "Are We Keeping the Promise?," the 2012 celebration featured community service opportunities, concerts and performances, and a keynote speech by Nnenna Freelon, a six-time GRAMMY Award nominee and "international voice of Jazz." Community members are now invited to share their ideas for the 2013 celebration and participate as members of the planning committee. The committee will meet periodically throughout the year leading up to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. The celebration is expected to include weekend concerts and performances and a commemorative march, community service projects, and other activities on Monday. All community members and ideas are welcome.

For more information or to participate in the planning committee, contact Kevin Danaher, Community Events Director, at 703-476-4500, extension 6166 or via email at kevin.danaher@fairfaxcounty.gov.