McLean Orchestra Season Begins

The McLean Orchestra will open its 33rd season Saturday night with a concert themed "The Enigma" at Oakcrest School, its new venue.

The 8 p.m. concert will feature guest violinist Regino Madrid, a member of the U.S. Marine Band, "The President's Own." The program will include Mozart's Overture to "Don Giovanni" and Elgar's "Enigma Variations."

The school is at 850 Balls Hill Rd. Tickets are available in advance and at the door: $20 for seniors and students; $5 for ages 12 and younger; and $23 for others. For more information, call 703-893-8646 or visit

Brushing Up for Halloween

Artists Arla Albers and John Scott Williams will teach what they call a new form of face painting Oct. 28 in Springfield.

The one-day class, tied to Halloween, teaches students to paint full-face ghosts, monsters, witches, dogs, cats, butterflies and princesses. Albers said the painting eliminates the need for children to wear plastic masks that could impair vision and breathing.

In addition to learning the basics and advanced face-painting, participants will learn a sponging technique that creates a quality much like airbrushing.

After the class, there will be a face-painting jam session at which participants will be able to put into practice what they learned.

The class is from 12:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 28 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8304 Old Keene Mill Rd. The cost is $150. Face paints and supplies will be sold there.

For more information, call 703-560-5596.

History of Reston, in Five Homes

The Reston Historic Trust will hold its third annual Reston House Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 16.

This year's tour will feature five homes, one from each decade of Reston's existence from 1960 through 2000. They will be open for self-conducted tours.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour. They are available at the Reston Museum, 1639 Washington Plaza, Lake Anne Village Center. Call 703-709-7700.

Volunteers also are needed to help host the homes during the tour.

Proceeds from the tour benefit the Reston Historic Trust. For more information, call 703-709-7700 or visit

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY


Arla Albers and fellow artist John Scott Williams will teach a face-painting class Oct. 28.