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L’OCCITANE en Provence in Reston Town Center is Temporarily Closed

L’OCCITANE En Provence, a natural skin care, body and bath products store, has temporarily closed in Reston Town Center (11951 Market Street).

The French bath and body store closed on August 13 for renovations. Construction is expected to be completed roughly six weeks from this week. The store first opened in September 2011 in Reston Town Center.

Amanda Pasquariello, a spokesperson for the company, offered the following details about the renovation:

Through a sleek new design, with a hint of vintage detailing, a focus on warm elegant materials, and an emphasis on light, the new in-store experience will convey a renewed sense of modernity & conviviality for the brand. Stepping inside the new store guests will be greeted with an ‘Ice-breaker’ sink unit and this is where they will begin their L’OCCITANE discovery journey…  Other parts of the boutique will feature an area dedicated to professional skincare consultations, an inviting Provencal lounge, and an enhanced cashier area featuring an impactful Gift Atelier where customers can explore our expertise in the Art of Gifting. The new store is due to open Fall 2018 and we are excited to bring the Sunshine & hospitality of Provence to Reston Town Center.

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Tuesday Morning Notes

Building worlds on display — An art exhibit that mixes scientific fact and fantasy is on display through September 15. Several artists’ work is featured in the gallery at the Greater Reston Arts Center. [Greater Reston Arts Center]

Nearby: Springfield man faces charges after threats against mosque — A 22-year-old man faces nine charges after being arrested at Masjid Noor in Springfield. Police believe Zulqarnain Khan threatened to kill everyone the encountered at the mosque. [Fairfax County Police Department]

The biggest of them all — The Washington Business Journal has listed Reston Station as the second largest ongoing construction project in the Greater D.C. area. Projects are ranked based on their construction cost. The project is expected to cost $690 million. [The Washington Business Journal]

Discussion on book themes tonight — Dive into a discussion about why books matter, why we’re drawn to specific themes and what these themes tell us about ourselves. The event is part of PBS’s The Great American Read. [Reston Regional Library]

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This Weekend: 2018 Splash and Dash for Youth

The inaugural 2018 Reston Youth Splash and Dash will take place this Sunday at 8:30 a.m. As of today, registration is completely sold out and local musician Ted Graber will provide entertainment during the event.

Proceeds from the event will benefit underserved youth. Children who are six-year-olds will swim 50 meters and run 1K; seven-to-ten-year-olds will swim 100 meters and run 1K; 11-to-15-year-olds will swim 150 meters and run 2K.

The pool swim will take place at the Lake Audubon pool and the run course will take place on a nearby section of pathways. The focus of the event is participation, not competition, according to organizers.

All participants will receive a medal and T-shirt. Athletes can also enjoy snow cones provided by KONA Ice, yogurt with toppings by honeygrow and snack by BARE Snacks. Volunteers will also be dressed like superheroes.

The event is sanctioned by USA Triathlon in possible with a partnership with Reston Association and the CORE Foundation.

More information on the event is available online.

Photo via CORE Foundation

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Reston Multicultural Festival

Join us for a celebration that brings together the people of Reston to celebrate our rich medley of cultures. Everyone is encouraged to dress in attire from their own cultural roots and share the stories that we gather on the pathways of our lives. Reston Community Center presents the Reston Multicultural Festival; it is hosted by Lake Anne Plaza and co-sponsored by Reston Association, with partners from a variety of Reston-based organizations and businesses. Rain or shine. Check out www.restoncommunitycenter or call 703-476-4500 for more information.

Entries for Abandoned Boat Raffle Due This Week

Reston Association is holding a raffle for abandoned and donated boats this week. In order to enter, individuals must email [email protected] with the subject line “BOAT RAFFLE” by Thursday (August 24).

The email must contain the name of the entrant, address and phone numbers. Entries are limited to one per household. Proof of residency and a general access permit application are required to be eligible to participate.

Winners will be randomly selected the week of August 27. Those selected can pick a boat on a first-come, first-serve basis. All boats must be purchased as they are. The raffle and boats are free.

Reston Association is, however, encouraging donations to Friends of Reston to help fund watershed education program. The organization is a non-profit entity that aims to support RA’s charitable, educational and scientific purposes, according to its website.

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Lease by August 15 for Half Off First Month’s Rent at 2 BR Summerchase Community Condo

Gorgeous two bedroom condo with over 950 sq. ft. in the attractive Summerchase Community, fully carpeted with expansive natural light, exuding off the vaulted ceiling.

$1677 is the effective rent, after half month rent free, rent returns to $1750.

Large living/ding room features wood burning fireplace and has access to relaxing balcony space.

Gorgeous white out kitchen features Onyx countertops/breakfast bar, subway tile backsplash, and soft close cabinet and drawers.

12th Annual Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival Set for Sept. 1

Lake Anne Plaza will once again be lit up with an influx of jazz and blues tunes on September 1.

The 12th annual Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival will take place at Lake Anne Plaza from 2-9 p.m. The event is free and open for all ages.

The festival is hosted by Lake Anne Plaza and sponsored by Reston Community Center, Fola, Public Art Reston, and Foxes Music Company.

The New Line Brass Band will perform on August 30 at 7 p.m. for an unofficial kick off of the festival.

This year’s lineup includes the following:

  • 2 p.m.: Shannon Gunn Quintet
  • 3 p.m.: Revelator Hill
  • 4 p.m.: Shacara Rogers
  • 5 p.m.: Vaugh Ambrose Quintet
  • 6 p.m. Gigi MacLaughlin Quartet
  • 7 p.m.: Adrian Duke Project

For the latest updates, follow the Lake Anne Plaza Facebook page.

Photo via Lake Anne Plaza

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Reston Association Monitors Algae Bloom at Lake Thoreau

A bloom of purple algae has appeared at Lake Thoreau. Reston Association is monitoring the bloom of Planktothrix rubescens algae.

In a statement, RA said that the algae likely appeared because heavy rains washed different nutrients and sediment into the lake.

Although the algae are expected to clear up on its own, people and pets should avoid ingesting water from the lake. The algae should disappear on its own as cooler conditions take over.

Blue and green algae that appeared on Lake Audubon disappeared after floating on the lake three years ago.

Photo via RA

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This Week’s Deals & Events in Reston

Each Monday, Tim’s Reston sets the table with deals and events for the work week ahead in Reston. On Friday, we’ll catch up with Tim again with the upcoming weekend’s deals and events. Join his daily email newsletter for an up-to-date reminder of each day’s deals.

Highlights for the upcoming work week include:

Event of the Week: The Great American Read Lecture Series: Literary Themes — Who Am I? is Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. @ the Reston Library. Join the discussion about why the books we read matter, why we’re drawn to these themes and what they tell us about ourselves.

Monday:

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

Thursday:

See the entire list by category or scroll through the entire list here:

Follow Tim’s Reston on Facebook,  Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, & his newsletter for new deals and events, posted regularly throughout the week!

Interested in special promotion as the Deal or Event of the Week or Weekend? Have a deal or event tip? Comments? Suggestions? Email Tim at [email protected]!

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Monday Morning Notes

‘Muscle Up Mondays’ continue today — Crunch Fitness will continue to offer free group fitness classes on Mondays through October 29 at 6:30 p.m. in Reston Town Center. [Facebook]

Delays on Orange, Silver and Blue lines continue –Metro commuters are encouraged to seek other transportation options this week as major construction work continues through August 26. [Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority]

Ramp and lane closures in effect this week — Several local lanes and ramps will be closed this week as work on phase two of the Silver Line continues. Impacted roads include the Dulles Toll Road, Sunset Hills Road, Sunrise Valley Drive and Herndon Parkway. [Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project]

Let’s talk finances — Reston Association’s Board of Directors will meet with the organization’s fiscal committee to review the first draft of the operating and capital budgets, as well as the PRC zoning amendment. [Reston Association]

In summary: Downtown Herndon redevelopment — Comstock Partners has officially withdrawn its application for a Certificate of Appropriateness to the Town of Herndon’s Heritage Preservation Review Board for the redevelopment of downtown Herndon. But plans are in the works to resubmit the proposal, which calls for roughly 17,600 square feet of retail, 200+ apartments, and a 761-space parking garage. [Fairfax County Times]

Photo by Beth Allgaier

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Weekend Discussion Topics

Before we head off into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the biggest stories on Reston Now in recent days.

  1. Italian Restaurant to Open in Reston Town Center Next Year
  2. Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls to Open Next Month in Reston Town Center
  3. Despite Appeals, Residents Voice Strong Support for Downtown Herndon Redevelopment
  4. San Diego-based Big Data Firm Opens Reston Office
  5. Five Men Involved in Attempted Robbery at Hunters Woods Village Center

If you have ideas on stories we should cover, email us at [email protected] or submit an anonymous tip. We’re also looking for photos of Reston submitted by readers.

Feel free to discuss these topics, your weekend plans or anything else that’s happening locally in the comments below.

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