Parking Garage Ready

To Open in Reston

A five-level, 400-space parking garage is scheduled to open tomorrow at the Reston Town Center in time for the center's annual holiday parade and tree lighting.

The garage is on Explorer Street between Freedom Drive and New Dominion Parkway. Parking will be free.

The surface lot will be closed early next year, and the last stage of construction will begin on Phase II of the town center. The construction will include 560,000 square feet of office space and 75,000 square feet of retail.

Class Will Show Seniors

How to Shop on the Web

The Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods will hold a class Dec. 6 for seniors on how to shop online.

Benefits include avoiding traffic, parking problems and crowds and obtaining instant cost comparisons, detailed product descriptions and a variety of venues. The drawbacks, according to a news release, are credit card safety issues and having to remember online passwords and log-ons.

The class, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will discuss how to select an online store, use a credit card safely, return goods and assess a store's policies on privacy and shipping charges.

The center's Beginning Internet Explorer class is a prerequisite for the shopping class. The cost is $15 for Reston area residents, $30 for others.

The community center is at 2310 Colts Neck Rd. For more information, call 703-476-4500 or visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com.

Falls Church Thanksgiving

Looks Back to Civil War

The city of Falls Church will hold an 1862 Civil War Thanksgiving reenactment from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Cherry Hill Farm House.

There will be costumed reenactors portraying actual Falls Church residents from the Civil War era as they entertain friends and soldiers in the parlor and host the holiday meal. Children will be able to try 19th-century games.

Admission is free; donations are appreciated. The farmhouse is at 312 Park Ave. For more information, call 703-248-5171 or visit www.fallschurchva.gov.

McLean Offers House Tour,

Plus Crafts, Auction, Food

The Women's Club of McLean will host its 39th annual house tour Dec. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

There will also be a marketplace with craftsmakers, vendors, a silent auction, grandmother's attic, country kitchen and a snack bar at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, at Westmoreland Street and Chain Bridge Road.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on Dec. 1 at the marketplace at the church. Advance tickets are being sold at Beyond the Garden Gate in Falls Church, the Golden Pineapple in Great Falls, Karin's Florist in Vienna, Artisans in McLean, Curves in McLean and Esmeralda's in McLean. For more information, call 703-356-0089.

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY and STEPHEN C. FEHR