Reston Chorale Plans to Hold

Auditions for 2005-06 Season

The Reston Chorale will hold auditions for its 2005-06 season from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 22 and 23 at the Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods.

The season includes a combined performance with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra on Dec. 10 at George Mason University's Center for the Arts. In March, the group will perform Honegger's "King David: A Symphonic Psalm in Three Parts" with orchestra and narration.

The chorale will also perform a pops concert in May featuring the works of pianist Bobby Tartaglia and the Reston Chorale Jazz Trio.

For more information, call 703-834-0079, send an e-mail to or visit

Two Galleries Seek Framed Artworks

To Benefit Groups Aiding the Homeless

Old Mill Gallery in the Alexandria area and Art Unlimited of Springfield are collecting unwanted framed artwork to donate to the Carpenter's Shelter in Alexandria and Housing & Community Services of Northern Virginia.

Donors of framed artwork to either gallery between Monday and Aug. 20 will receive a $50 gift certificate toward any framing or artwork purchase over $200. The galleries will also issue tax deduction receipts or letters to customers who donate art.

The art will be distributed to needy families and used to decorate the agencies' shelters and facilities.

For more information on Housing & Community Services of Northern Virginia, call 703-913-0880 or visit

Carpenter's Shelter is Northern Virginia's largest program for the homeless, providing free case management services through five programs: a daytime drop-in shelter, an overnight hypothermia shelter, a temporary residential shelter, an aftercare program for former shelter residents who now live in the community and transitional apartments. For more information, call 703-548-7500 or visit

Art Unlimited is at 6715 Backlick Rd., Springfield, 703-569-4444. Old Mill Gallery is at 8744 Cooper Rd., off Richmond Highway (Route 1), 703-360-3433.

56 Judged Work by D.C.-Area Artists

Are on Display at Gallery in Reston

The League of Reston Artists' annual judged fine arts exhibit is on display through Aug. 30 at the National Center Gallery of the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston.

The exhibit features 56 works by 31 artists from throughout the Washington area.

Top winners in the judging were works by Andrea Cybyk, Chris Lipsey and Leslie Nolan. Honorable mentions went to Pam Coulter, Elsa Gebreyesus, Susan Henabery, Turgut Karacaoglu, Lipsey, Nolan, Irene Renslow and George Thigpen III. Lipsey and Nolan won in two categories for separate works.

The gallery is at 12201 Sunrise Valley Dr. For more information, call 703-200-2620 or visit

Jaxx Seeks Get-Well Cards

For Supervisor McConnell

The owner of Jaxx nightclub is asking fans and patrons of the Springfield rock venue to drop a note to Supervisor Elaine N. McConnell (R-Springfield), who is recuperating from gallbladder surgery.

On the nightclub's Web site,, owner Jay Nedry said McConnell "has been a friend of mine for 40 years. There would not be a Jaxx Night Club if it was not for Mrs. McConnell."

The address to send a card or note is: Mrs. Elaine McConnell, 8533 Tuttle Rd., West Springfield, Va. 22152.

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY


In "Saturday Morning," part of an ongoing exhibit by the League of Reston Artists, Josh Yavelberg looks at how readily children can become absorbed in TV.This painting by Elsa Gebreyesus of Annandale, also part of the league's exhibit, is a statement on upheaval in Eritrea, whose constitution is in limbo.