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by Tim Regan — December 2, 2016 at 3:45 pm 1 Comment

Photo via Walker Nature CenterReston residents can get a little holiday cheer while enjoying a “joyous afternoon of songs, crafts, and merriment” this weekend.

The Walker Nature Center (11450 Glade Drive) is scheduled to host a “Holiday Open House” event this Sunday, Dec. 4, from 1-3 p.m.

“Making weekend plans? Come get in the holiday spirit with Walker the Woodpecker and the rest of the Nature Center crew,” the nature center wrote in a Facebook post. “See you at the Nature Center on Sunday, December 4th from 1-3pm for a joyous afternoon of songs, crafts, and merriment.”

The event is set to include:

  • Live holiday music provided by MSE Productions (with a sing-along at 2:30 p.m.)
  • Book signing with Kristina Alcorn, author of “In His Own Words: Stories From the Extraordinary Life of Robert E. Simon, Jr.”
  • Free refreshments and handmade shopping bags from Virginia Green Baggers
  • Photo opportunities with Myrtle the Turtle and Walker the Woodpecker
  • Ornament making with natural materials

For more information, email the nature center or call them at 703-476-9689.

Photo via Walker Nature Center

by RestonNow.com — December 2, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

Fairfax County Police Here are the crimes reported to the Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station between Monday, Nov. 28, and Thursday, Dec. 1:

LARCENIES:

  • 300 block of Canter Wood Lane, jewelry from residence.
  • 10800 block of Park Ridge Boulevard, laptop computer from vehicle.
  • 1800 block of Clover Meadow Drive, purse, cell phone and key from vehicle.
  • 2300 block of Rolling Fork Circle, property from vehicle.
  • 9800 block of Georgetown Pike, keys from vehicle.
  • 2200 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, wallet from business.
  • 2500 block of John Eppes Road, license plate from vehicle.
  • 2700 block of Melchester Drive, property from residence.
  • 1400 block of North Point Village Center, electronic device from vehicle
  • 6800 block of Mayo Court, cell phone from residence

A man also was arrested outside the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station Monday after police said he assaulted a bus driver and a security officer before biting cops who detained him.

A man armed with a gun robbed the Sunoco gas station at 11190 South Lakes Dr. Monday, too, according to authorities.

by Jennifer van der Kleut — December 2, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

Holiday Lights/Credit: FlickrThe area around Reston’s lakes should start looking especially festive soon.

That’s because it’s time for the 4th annual Festival of Winter Lights, an annual event that encourages residents to light up their lake-facing homes or boats with twinkling holiday lights.

The yearly yuletide event from the Lake Thoreau Entertainment Association (LTEA) helps create dazzling displays and also benefits a number of local charities.

From now until the first week of January, donations will be made to local organizations for every lit-up house, townhome, condo or boat facing one of Reston’s four lakes.

LTEA confirms that $10 per boat or home that hangs lights will be donated to Outward Bound Baltimore, an organization that teaches wilderness and survival skills to teens to help build their self-confidence and self-reliance, as well as $10 to Initiative for Public Art in Reston (IPAR).

In past years, the Festival of Winter Lights has raised as much as $10,000 for area nonprofits.

For more information about the challenge or to donate, email James Pan from LTEA at [email protected].

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by Jennifer van der Kleut — December 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm 7 Comments

FCPS Buses/Credit: FCPSIt’s official: The first day of school in Fairfax County next year will fall in August, marking the first time in decades that area schools will start before Labor Day.

The Fairfax County School Board approved the calendar for the 2017-18 school year this week, with school starting on Monday, Aug. 28, and ending earlier than usual, on Friday, June 15.

Although the law in Virginia — called the “Kings Dominion Rule” — mandates that school should start after Labor Day, Fairfax County Public Schools applied for a waiver from the commonwealth. FCPS was informed in February that it could get the waiver until at least the 2019-20 school year because the district had canceled school an average of at least eight days per year in at least five of the past 10 years due to inclement weather.

In the 2013-14 school year, FCPS was forced to add three days to the end of the school year due to missing more than the maximum number of school days allowed, Washington Post reported.

Following that school year, discussions began about starting the instructional calendar earlier. This past spring, the district polled families to gauge their support for moving the first day of school into August.

Parents who participated in the survey were fairly evenly split, 52 to 47 percent, between those in favor of and those opposed to the earlier start date, respectively. More than 60 percent of responding FCPS staff said they favored the change.

Outgoing FCPS Superintendent Karan Garza had long advocated for the change as well.

“These changes are being made to provide more instructional time before winter break, enhanced flexibility to help students and school staff members meet college application deadlines, and to end the school year earlier in June,” FCPS officials said Thursday.

The 2017-18 school year will include a full two weeks off in winter, letting out Dec. 18, 2017 and resuming on Jan. 2, 2018.

The full 2017-18 calendar is on the district’s website.

Photo via Fairfax County Public Schools 

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by Tim Regan — December 2, 2016 at 10:30 am 4 Comments

Photo via Truffle ShotsA new pop-up shop is slinging chocolate treats for the holiday season at Reston Town Center.

Truffle Shots is now open at 11826 Market Street, according to co-owner Lauren Athay. As the name implies, the shop sells “truffle shots,” an original confection that “replaces the chocolate shell of a traditional chocolate truffle with a sealed shot glass to create new levels of truffle indulgence for all the senses.”

The shop’s shots are available in more than 30 flavors, including minted grapefruit, caramel beurre noisette and champagne vinaigrette.

“As D.C. area natives, we jumped at the chance to open a pop-up here with the hope of establishing a permanent store in the area,” Athay told Reston Now in an email.

Truffle Shots is open at the town center Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. The temporary shop will stay open through “at least” the end of the year.

Photo courtesy of Truffle Shots

by Jennifer van der Kleut — December 2, 2016 at 9:10 am 0

Christmas tree at Reston Town Center

Metro Aware of Track Problems Before Silver Line Derailment, NTSB Says — Metro was aware of track issues that could cause cause a derailment before a Silver Line train went off the tracks outside of the East Falls Church Metro station in July, according to the he National Transportation Safety Board. [Washington Post]

Reston Chorale and Symphonic Brass to Hold Holiday Concert This Weekend — The Washington Symphonic Brass is set once again to join the Reston Chorale for their annual holiday concert. The performance is scheduled for Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. at CenterStage at RCC Hunters Woods (2310 Colts Neck Road). Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors 62 and older. Military personnel and children 17 years old and younger are free. [Reston Community Center]

South Lakes to Face Westfield in Finals Saturday — South Lakes High School’s varsity football team is set take on defending state champion Westfield High School tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the Region 6A Finals. The winner of this game will go on to the state finals in Hampton. South Lakes is currently ranked No. 5, and Westfield is ranked No. 10. [Washington Post]

Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides Begin This Weekend — Reston Town Center will start having horse-drawn carriage rides this Saturday. They generally will run from 4 to 9 p.m. Pickup is in front of Clyde’s on Market Street. A donation of $5 per person, to benefit local charities, is asked of any riders age 5 and older. [Reston Town Center]

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by RestonNow.com — December 2, 2016 at 7:30 am 0

On Fridays we take a moment to thank our advertisers and sponsors:

Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, the business community for the vibrant region.

Matthew A. Cash, financial advisor at Baird’s Private Wealth Management in Reston.

BLVD, Comstock’s apartments at Reston Station.

AKG Design Studio, boutique design firm specializing in kitchen, bathroom designs and cabinetry sales.

Berry & Berry, PLLC, Reston law firm specializing in federal employment, retirement, labor union, and security clearance matters.

Reston Real Estate, Eve Thompson of Long & Foster Real Estate specializes in Reston homes.

Reston Carpet Cleaning, local cleaning service.

Becky’s Pet Care, offering friendly pet services in Northern Virginia.

Reston Community Center, serving Reston’s recreational and cultural needs.

MakeOffices, shared work spaces with five area locations, including Reston.

Boofie O’Gorman, Top Producer Realtor at Long & Foster Reston.

Goldfish Swim School, specializing in children’s swim lessons year-round.

Small Change Consignment, serving Reston’s kids for more than 30 years.

Smilezone Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Reston dentist Dr. Mahathi Nanduri

A Cleaning Service, professional residential and commercial cleaning.

Reston Montessori, private co-educational school for children ages 3 months to sixth grade.

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern, providing great food and drink at Lake Anne Plaza.

All Spice Cafe & Catering, bringing flavor to your events.

Oatlands Historic House & Gardens

Towns of Lansdowne Square, luxury townhomes in downtown Landsdowne.

Bright Horizons at Commerce Metro Center, new child care facility in Reston.

Susannah Palik, residential Sales Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate.

Inform Fitness, personal training studio that offers results with 20-minute workout.

Knutson at Brambleton, urban townhomes in downtown Brambleton.

The Metropolitan Village at Leesburg, distinctive apartments.

Knutson Crescent Place, new townhomes in walkable Leesburg.

Aspen Jewelry Designs, custom jewelry

by Tim Regan — December 1, 2016 at 4:15 pm 0

Run with Santa 5K 2014/Courtesy PR Races

Santa’s been training for this all year. What about you?

The 6th annual Cap Tech Run With Santa 5K takes place this Sunday, Dec. 4, at Reston Town Center.

Here is what you need to know:

  • The race begins at 8:30 a.m. You can run as an individual or a team. All teams must be pre-registered.
  • Online registration will close Friday, Dec. 2 at 8:00 p.m. Attendees can also register in-person, however.
  • Packet pickup is at the Potomac River Running Store at Reston Town Center on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 7 to 8 a.m.
  • The course starts and finishes on Market Street near Fountain Square. Affected roads include Town Center Parkway, Cameron Glen Drive, Fountain Drive, Reston Parkway, Sunset Hills Road, Market Street and Explorer Street.
  • There will be a free kids “fun run” (it goes a few hundred yards). For the fun run, registration will take place on race day. Little participants will receive a finisher medal for running the race. The fun run will take place around 9:30 a.m., after the 5k but just before the awards ceremony.
  • There will also be a costume contest with prizes. Runners are free to don festive suits or elf costumes. Go nuts.

Photo of 2014 Run With Santa 5K/Courtesy PR Races

by Andrew Ramonas — December 1, 2016 at 2:45 pm 9 Comments

Wiehle Reston-East Metro/Credit: Mike HeffnerA proposal that would keep the Metro system open until 1 a.m. on weekends, but close it before midnight on other nights, cleared a key hurdle today.

A Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority panel this morning endorsed new Metro operating hours to allow for more repair and maintenance time, NBC Washington reported. The new hours, which still need the support of WMATA’s full board, would go into effect July 1, 2017, and last for two years.

Under the plan, Metro would have service on the Sliver Line and its other lines:

  • Mondays to Thursdays from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Fridays from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Sundays from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Since SafeTrack repairs began earlier this year, the system has closed at midnight every day and opened at 5 a.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. on weekends. Trains previously operated from 5 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 5 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday.

Do you back WMATA’s plan? You can weigh in through the poll and in the comments.

Photo courtesy of Mike Heffner

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