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Prom Dress Giveaway at Reston Community Center

Reston Community Center invites teens ages 14-18 to shop for a complete prom look at its "prom boutique," located in the Jo Ann Rose Gallery. Choose from hundreds of new and gently used dresses, including top designers. Then complete your look with accessories, shoes, jewelry, handbags and make-up lessons. Participants will be entered in a raffle to win prizes that include restaurant gift cards, flowers, limo service and more. Everything is completely free.

Diva Central Prom Dress Giveaway will be held on Saturday, April 6, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Reston Community Center Lake Anne, 1609-A Washington Plaza, Reston.

Limit one dress per student.

Reston Couple Celebrates 70 Years

Manny and Ruth Hershkowitz will celebrate 70 years of marriage on Thursday, April 4. Ruth is 91 and Manny turned 96 on Tuesday, April 2, two days before their anniversary. The two recently moved to Ashby Ponds retirement community in Ashburn, Va., and were Reston residents for 30 years prior. Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., Manny worked in the fur market and Ruth was a schoolteacher. The two moved to Virginia to help take care of their oldest son’s children. They have three children, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Manny holds a Guinness World Record as the oldest ball boy in history; he worked the US Open at Flushing Meadow, N.Y., in September of 1999 at the age of 82.

5K Fund Run/Walk to Benefit Reston Nature House

On Saturday, April 20, at 8 a.m. Friends of Reston is hosting the 10th Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk to benefit the Nature House at the Walker Nature Education Center.

This year’s race is being dedicated to the memory of Christoph Walker. Chris was the son of Vernon and Elfriede Walker for whom the center is named. Vernon Walker was a naturalist and the first director of open spaces in Reston. Chris loved Reston and called it home for most of his childhood and adult years. He also loved the Nature Center and was an avid user of its paths and walkways. Additionally, this year’s race includes a team of participants running and fundraising in honor of Chris Walker.

Register for the run/walk online at http://www.active.com/running/reston-va/10th-annual-nature-house-5k-fund-run-2013, in person at the Walker Nature Center, or at the 7 a.m. check-in the day of the race.

Funds raised will support The Nature House, LEED Gold certified by the US Green Building Council, and will allow further building enhancements, green initiatives and educational displays and exhibits.

Cuts for Cause at Le Shoppe

On Sunday, April 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Le Shoppe Salon, 11934 Democracy Drive, Reston—at Reston Town Center—will donate 100 percent of proceeds from specified salon services to two charities—Gary Sinise Foundation, helping wounded soldiers, and Children’s Miracle Network, saving lives, one child at a time. Women’s haircuts, $40; Men’s haircuts, $30; Blow-dry, $40; Manicures, $15; Polish change, $8; Facial waxing, $15. 703-435-5555; www.leshoppesalons.com.

School to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Children’s House Montessori School in Reston will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a reunion for current and alumni families on Friday, April 12. The event will be at the school from 5 to 8 p.m. Families past and present will be able to share a picnic together, enjoy a celebratory cake, and play on the natural playscape playground.

Children’s House Montessori School was started in 2003 by Keturah Collins, owner and director, and Karen Disney, assistant director, with one classroom and 10 children. It quickly grew to two classrooms and has stayed a small, family-oriented school throughout the last 10 years. Today there are nearly 40 students, over 90 alumni families, and seven staff members.

The school’s program is based on the philosophy of Maria Montessori who believed that that purpose of formal education was to “learn how to learn.” Here children are allowed to make choices for their own learning, develop independence through their work in the classrooms, and learn respect for others and all living things.