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by RestonNow.com — May 3, 2017 at 4:30 pm 25 Comments

Pirate Fest is returning to Lake Fairfax Park (1400 Lake Fairfax Dr.) this Saturday, May 6, offering the area’s youngest pirates the chance to ride in pirate ships, sing pirate ditties, and hear tales of excitement on the high seas.

Kids — and parents — are encouraged to dress up in their favorite pirate costumes and practice their best “arrrrgh, matey” and head to Lake Fairfax Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is $10 through Fairfax County Parks and Recreation. For an additional $4 per person, you can book a pirate boat tour with a real pirate captain at the wheel.

Other planned activities include the raingutter regatta, a treasure hunt for real pirate booty, the “Pirate Skills Challenge” with jousting and cannons, fun science and craft projects and more.

There were also be a marketplace full of “exotic treasures” to shop for.

Advance registration for the event is recommended, and required for the pirate boat tour. Visit the Pirate Fest page on the Parks and Recreation website to register and see more details about the event.

Images of Pirate Fest by Fairfax County Parks & Recreation

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by RestonNow.com — May 3, 2017 at 2:45 pm 2 Comments

Fairfax County has made sample ballots available for June 13’s Virginia primary election, at which Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates will be selected.

Republican candidates for governor are Ed Gillespie, Corey Stewart and Frank Wagner. Democratic candidates are Ralph Northam and Tom Perriello.

For lieutenant governor, Republican candidates are Glenn Davis, Bryce Reeves and Jill Vogel. Democratic candidates are Justin Fairfax, Susan Platt and Gene Rossi.

To find your polling place, visit the Virginia Department of Elections website.

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Pet of the Week: Squirt

by RestonNow.com Sponsor — May 3, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

This is a sponsored post from Becky’s Pet Care, a professional pet care service in Northern Virginia.

Meet Squirt, a Shepherd and Labrador Retriever mix available for adoption.

Here is what her friends at Safe Haven Puppy Rescue have to say about her:

Squirt is an adorable 10-week-old Shepherd mix who is simply beautiful and sweet as they come.

She’s a total ham as you can see, and loves to play and love on her people. Squirt was so cooperative for her photo session as you can clearly see in the pictures — she’s a great blend of friendly affection and normal puppy playfulness and will be great company.

Precious pups like these go fast, so please send your application on in pronto so you don’t miss out.

Are you and Squirt a match? If so, let us know and our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, will send you some treats and prizes.

Want your pet to be considered for the Reston Pet of the Week?

Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks.

Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Reston and Northern Virginia.

by RestonNow.com — May 3, 2017 at 11:15 am 3 Comments

Editor’s Note, May 4 at 12:55 p.m.: The date of this event has been corrected to Sunday, May 7 at 11 a.m.

This article was submitted to RestonNow by a member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Christian Church. Similar submissions can be sent to [email protected]

All are welcome at Martin Luther King, Jr. Christian Church’s (11400 N. Shore Dr.) celebration service this Sunday, May 7 at 11 a.m.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Christian Church began in February, 1982 by a band of Christians who wanted to have a worship center like the worship homes they had come from as they settled in Reston.

The first service was held in the Southgate Community Room in South Reston. The name of the church was chosen because of the turbulent times its founders had lived through during the Civil Rights movement and the lasting results brought about by Dr. King. (more…)

by RestonNow.com — May 3, 2017 at 10:15 am 21 Comments

As Reston Association board members prepare to draw up the budget for FY2018-19, they are seeking input from community members.

Budget has been a hot topic around Reston lately, particularly after last year’s controversial overrun of the budget for projects like the Lake House, and after pool schedules for this year came out and had cuts in them that upset many residents, considering that RA annual assessment dues went up $35 for 2017.

RA CEO Cate Fulkerson spoke last month at the association’s annual member meeting, expressing a commitment to more transparency and efficiency.

Fulkerson also announced a series of “listening meetings” in each of Reston’s districts to hear feedback on RA operations directly from residents, specifically timed to occur before FY2018’s and FY2019’s capital and operating budgets are finalized.

Those meetings are expected to take place over May and June. The budget is expected to be adopted in the fall.

In addition to the listening meetings, the RA has recently been distributing feedback forms that residents can print out and submit, or email to staff.

The forms ask for residents’ ideas and suggestions for new projects or services that would be beneficial to members, services or facilities that need improving upon, and the like.

“Perhaps you have a suggestion or an idea about improving association services or adding new services,” the request for feedback reads. “You are welcome to submit any and all ideas about Reston Association’s services, facilities, operations and programs.”

For those who have ideas on new projects or services, or existing ones that might need more funding, the RA asks them to describe their idea in as much detail as possible, including as many specifics like location, cost or potential savings as they can.

The RA promises to “prioritize” constructive suggestions during budget talks.

“The Board of Directors will carefully consider all suggestions received, in light of available financial resources, and will prioritize these suggestions for possible inclusion in the upcoming budget.”

Click here to download the feedback submission form from RA’s website.

It can then be mailed or dropped off at RA headquarters (12001 Sunrise Valley Dr.), or can be sent by email to [email protected]

Submissions must be received no later than June 30.

 

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by RestonNow.com — May 3, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Local LEGO Team Chosen For World Championships – Reston’s Academy of Christian Education (ACE) is officially the only team in Virginia to be invited to travel to St. Louis, Missouri this month to take part in the first ever LEGO League Championship, an invitation-only event in which 30,000 students from 38 countries present their LEGO projects to the world. ACE’s Junior LEGO League was selected after showing off their project at the World Festival Expo at the Verizon Center in March. Organizers challenged students with building a creation that demonstrates the symbiotic relationship between the Honey Guide Bird and the Honey Badger. ACE delivered that, and then some, even adding sound and motion to their creation. [RestonNow Press Releases]

Longtime County Exec Announces Retirement – County Administrator Edward L. Long announced his retirement Tuesday afternoon. Long has worked for the county government for 40 years, starting out as a budget analyst in 1977. He has served as the county’s administrative lead since April of 2012. Long has received several awards for excellence of service. Reps for the county say several stakeholder groups will be consulted as the county “recruits nationally” for Long’s replacement when his retirement goes into effect Sept. 15. [Fairfax County Government]

Find Your Perfect Four-Legged Match – This Saturday, the fountain at Reston Town Center (11900 Market St.) will be overrun with adorable dogs and puppies looking for a forever home. Lucky Dog Animal Rescue will be participating in the Pet Fiesta from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be bringing around 50 animals that are available for adoption. Those interested can view photos and bios of all the animals coming to the event ahead of time. [RestonNow Events]

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