Play with the Reston Orchestra; Reagan airport to undergo $1B reno

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Reston Community Center (RCC) will host a free Total Ball Conditioning demo class from 11:15 to 11:30 a.m. June 22. Combine the fun filled nature of cardiovascular movements and the balance and power challenges of strength conditioning, into one total body workout all while using a stability ball. This class takes a unique and fun approach to fitness. No registration required.

The Reston Hospital Center (1850 Town Center Pkwy.) will host a Baby Care Basics class
from 6 to 9 p.m. June 27. Topic to be covered include a review of immediate newborn care and testing procedures, an explanation of the six principle needs of infants, basic instruction on bathing, diapering and swaddling, as well as a visit from a pediatrician who will discuss newborn care and concerns. The cost to attend is $25.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to play with the Reston Community Orchestra? Maybe you’re looking for a chance to play between seasons or semesters? Do you have an instrument that’s collecting dust but keeps calling you to come back? Come out to play! RCO will hold Open Rehearsals at 7:30 p.m. July 18 and 25 and Aug. 1 and 8 at Sunset Hills Montessori School (11180 Ridge Heights Road). The cost to participate is $15/per session, or save when you book 4 sessions for $50.

The RCO is a non-profit organization supported by grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, The Arts Council of Fairfax County and the generous donations of its members and supporters.

Image credit McEnearney Associates

The Magna Carta is on display as the feature document at the National Archives & Records Administration (700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) right now. Dating back to 1297, the Magna Carta is widely viewed as one of the most important documents in democracy’s history and a prototype for the American Constitution.

The Magna Carta was written to outline the rights of barons who were being oppressed by a tyrannical king. The history behind the document dates back to 1215, when King John of England was confronted in a field by 40 rebel barons. He consented to their demands that day to avoid an internal war, but ten weeks later Pope Innocent III nullified the agreement sending England into a civil war.

To simplify, the barons wanted to protect their property and their individual rights. In doing so, they outlined some of the very principles that later fueled the colonists in the American Revolution to break away from Britain’s rule. Excerpts from the Magna Carta show that justice and equal treatment were essential to the barons’ requests: “No freeman shall be taken, imprisoned, disseised, outlawed, banished, or in any way destroyed, nor will We proceed against or prosecute him, except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land,” and “To no one will We sell, to no one will We deny or delay, right or justice.” The document helped inspire the Patriots during the American Revolution, who believed that they were entitled to the same rights as the Englishmen in the Magna Carta.

The item is on display at the National Archives in the Gallery named for David M. Rubenstein. He owns and gracious makes available for viewing one of the four surviving originals of the 1297 Magna Carta.

—McEnearney Associates, “Magna Carta on Display”

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