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What’s Going On Around Reston This Weekend?

This weekend is looking like it’s going to be rather wet and overcast, but there’s still plenty going on around Reston this weekend.

Here is just a sample of the events going on around the area this weekend.

  • The Reston Players take the stage this weekend with their new production, Noel Coward’s “Private Lives.” This play is often called “the quintessential comedy of manners.” Performances at 8 p.m. on May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m., and a 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, May 14. Tickets are $21, or $18 for students with ID and senior citizens. Shows are held at CenterStage at the Reston Community Center (2310 Colts Neck Road). Visit RestonPlayers.org for more information.
  • Friday night, Encore Chorales from Lansdowne Woods and the Potomac Arts Academy at George Mason University presents a free choral concert at Reston’s United Christian Parish (11508 N. Shore Dr.). The singers will perform a variety of pieces including “Les Miserables,” “Va Pensiero,” “Porgy and Bess” and “Do Lord Remember Me.”
  • On Saturday from 4-6 p.m., support reading by local children by joining Girl Scouts at Reston Town Center’s Scrawl Books (11862 Market St.) for a Book Drive and Author Panel. Bring gently used books to donate to elementary schools, or purchase books at Scrawls and donate them on the spot. Enjoy refreshments, and hear talks about book writing and publishing by local authors such as K.L. Kranes (“The Travelers”) and Angela Glascock (“Locksmith at the End of the World”), who will also sign copies of their books. A door prize will be given away at the end of the event. This event is free.
  • On Saturday, join the folks from Lucky Dog Animal Rescue for Pet Fiesta at Reston Town Center. At LDAR’s booth, located by the fountain (11900 Market St.), there will be roughly 50 dogs and puppies up for adoption. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Don’t forget about Walker Nature Center’s annual Spring Festival this Saturday from 1-5 p.m. (11450 Glade Dr.). It will feature entertainment, live animals, craft-making for kids, displays and information from local environmental groups, canoeing and kayaking on Lake Audubon, fishing, a native plant sale by Nature by Design, and much more.
  • Let loose your child’s inner Top Chef with a Kid’s Cooking Class at Reston Town Center’s Il Fornaio restaurant (11900 Market St.) this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This weekend they’ll learn how to make pizza from scratch, and enjoy soft drinks and gelato.
  • Back by popular demand this Saturday from 2-6 p.m. is TEDx Herndon at Herndon Middle School (901 Locust St.). This year’s theme is “Difficult Conversations.”
  • Take in some art and education at this Saturday’s Curator Talk at 4 p.m. at the Greater Reston Arts Center (12001 Market St. #103). Curator Holly McCullough will discuss “The Great Dismal Swamp” by Radcliffe Bailey, which is on display at GRACE through August.
  • This weekend, an all-female cast will perform Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet multiple times Saturday and Sunday in the Lake Anne Recreation Area (11301 North Shore Drive). One show will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, and there will be shows at both 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday. The performances are free, but donations are welcome. The show is being put on by the D.C.-based performance troupe, AnyStage Theatre Company.
  • Support the March of Dimes by joining other locals for the March For Babies this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Reston Town Center Pavilion (11900 Market Street). Activities will include a picnic, music and lots of fun things for the kids.
  • Put on your best pirate garb and take the family out to Pirate Fest this Saturday and Sunday at Lake Fairfax Park (1400 Lake Fairfax Drive) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy the raingutter regatta, a treasure hunt for pirate booty, the “Pirate Skills Challenge” with jousting and cannons, fun science and craft projects and more. For $4 per person, you can also take a boat tour with a real pirate captain at the wheel. Register through Fairfax County Parks and Recreation for $10.
  • Meet artist Norman Krasnegor at an Artist’s Reception Sunday from 3-7 p.m. at the Hunters Woods Village community center (2310 Colts Neck Road), to celebrate the opening of his exhibit, which will be on display through May.





4 Kitchens, 4 Budgets – and What You Get For It

One of the top questions most of my clients ask on our first meeting–drum roll, I know you will be surprised!–is, “How much this is going to cost?” or, “Can you tell me how tall a tree will be full-grown? Well, it depends!

So it is with remodeling projects and kitchens in particular. There is no set standard for size or options for kitchens. Even in a condo building you will most likely to see at least six different versions of layouts, and that is just from the initial built. There are too many options, components and sometimes unknowns that make every kitchen unique.

One of the items that you will need to take under consideration is location. It most likely makes no financial sense to install builder-grade cabinets and appliances in a high-end neighborhood, or vice-versa. You will not get a return on your investment if you place all Sub Zero and Wolf appliances in a $300,000 townhouse.

You will also need to consider if you are planning to remove walls, any major changes to the layout and such that will affect your cost.

Let’s look at these four kitchen projects, starting from the lower and going to the high end.

#1 The Face Lift

In this Alexandria project, the homeowner wanted to update the kitchen but not change the cabinets. We did change the cabinets for the island since it was too small and she wanted to add a wine cooler and a spot for the trash. We kept the appliances, the cabinets got painted, and we added new flooring, counter tops, hardware and lighting. A facelift can stretch your budget if your cabinets are in good condition and you love your layout.  Such a project will run $15,000 to $20,000 based on the size of the kitchen.

#2 The Basic Pull-and-Replace

This was a Falls Church project. The customers had just bought the townhouse, which has a great layout, lots of room and hardwood floors, but an outdated kitchen. There were not major structural changes other than cutting down the bar wall to add counter height. Other than that, we updated the kitchen with new cabinets, counter tops, appliances and a back-splash. We used entry-level cabinets, basic appliances and mid-range granite. A project such as this, with a relatively mid-sized kitchen, will run about $20,000 to $30,000.


#3 Mid-Range – Let’s Change It Up!

In this Arlington condo, everything needed to go! 1981, say goodbye! The closed layout and outdated cabinets and appliances had to go. In this project, we used upgraded cabinets with plenty of bells and whistles. As you can see, there was a considerable amount of construction involved to create the open space and work around the obstacles of condo construction. We also used an upgraded appliance package and Quartz counter tops. A project along this range will be $30,000 to $50,000.


#4 The Luxury Deal

This beautiful home in Fairfax was upgraded at some point in the past 10 years. The colors may have not been the best, but the layout didn’t work for our homeowner, who wanted a big, open space that was light and inviting. In this project, extensive construction was involved to remove walls and update the layout of this kitchen. We used custom cabinets, taking advantage of the height with crown molding detail, a furniture-style finish on the island, high-end appliances and Quartz counter tops. A farmhouse-style sink and faucet finished off the look.  A project such as this will run $100,000 and up based on the size of the kitchen and added details such as fixtures, lighting and hardware.

So, can you re-do a large kitchen on a small budget? The answer is yes. Whatever your budget, there is something that can be done to fit your kitchen to your lifestyle.





Reston: When Will the Rain Stop?

You’ve undoubtedly noticed, it’s a wet and rainy morning around Reston. Will the rain let up today?

According to the National Weather Service, there’s a chance, but not a big one.

Rain and the chance of thunderstorms is likely until at least 2 p.m. Friday, with the added likelihood of “gusty winds.” Temperatures will mostly remain in the 60s, with a possible high of 73 degrees.

Around mid-afternoon, there is a chance the rain will finally stop between 2 to 4 p.m. Then, the chance of showers tonight goes down to around a 30-percent likelihood. Temperatures tonight will hover in the 50s.

For the weekend, sporadic rain is highly likely. The chance of rain is 70 percent between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, with a mostly clear mid-day leading to a 30-percent chance of rain returning around 8 p.m. Temperatures will linger in the 50s with a high near 64.

Thankfully, it looks like Restonians may be able to enjoy a dry Sunday. There is only a 20-percent chance of showers around 8 a.m. However dry, though, it will likely be an overcast and windy day, with temperatures in the 50s and wind gusts of up to 24 miles per hour.




Friday Morning Notes

Invasive Plant Removal this Weekend — Join Habitat Heroes this Saturday, May 6 to help remove invasive plants from around the Glade Recreation Area (11550 Glade Dr.). Members say, “Reston’s native trees, ferns and wildflowers are under attack by invasive plants like English ivy, Japanese honeysuckle and bamboo. These fast-growing, aggressive plants escape from people’s yards and threaten local ecosystems, taking away vital food and habitat from already stressed wildlife populations.” No expertise is needed, members will teach you anything you need to know to help. Reston Association will provide some tools, gloves, snacks and water, but you can bring your own gardening gloves if you have some. [Habitat Heroes/SignUp Genius]

Lyft Offering Local Sober Rides Friday Night for Cinco de Mayo — Lyft is partnering with the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) to offer free rides of up to $15 Friday night for adults enjoying cocktails in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. The first 1,500 D.C.-area customers to enter the promo code “CINCODC” will get $15 free toward a ride. Good for both new and existing customers. Must be 21 and older. Promotion offered between 7 p.m. Friday and 4 a.m. Saturday. [WRAP/Sober Ride]

Herndon Man Charged With Sexually Abusing Teen For Four Years — Eric W. Judy, a 54-year-old Herndon man, has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a teen boy over a period of four years. The boy, now 17 years old, recently told authorities that the man had been abusing him since May of 2013, when he was 13 years old. According to police, the man was a “family friend” who regularly spent time with the boy and took him on trips. Fairfax County police arrested Judy on Wednesday night. He is being held without bond in Loudoun County. [WJLA]

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May 20: Taste of Loudoun Food Festival at Westmoore

Calling all foodies! Keep your eyes (and forks) out for Westmoore’s Taste of Loudoun Food Festival event, May 20 from 12-3 p.m.

Come sample a variety of eclectic cuisine, including Mediterranean, American and Mexican Fusion dishes. Plus, a Kool Zone Truck will be serving up refreshing smoothies and shaved ice. Two large tents will provide additional space for family and friends to gather, no matter the weather. Also featured, sixteen tables and distributed plastic glasses to fill with your festive drink of choice. Don’t miss out on delicious food and the opportunity to tour some of Westmoore’s beautiful residences.

Westmoore is Loudoun County’s hottest new Metro community in the heart of Ashburn, Virginia, attracting buyers with urban-inspired townhomes and private rooftop terraces in an amenity-rich neighborhood just steps away from the Metro. Experience the difference here as luxury features come standard, peace is easily attained, accessibility to local attractions is ideal, and long commutes are a thing of the past.

Additionally, Westmoore’s highly anticipated clubhouse and community pool are steadily progressing, as residents and prospective buyers alike are eager to see the finished “Westmoore Club,” which will only enhance the already exciting and dynamic lifestyle promoted throughout the neighborhood.

Next month, Westmoore is switching gears from a food festival to a four-legged affair. They’re partnering with Lucky Dog Rescue for their “Paws in the Park” adoption event, June 17 from 12-2 p.m. Come out and support the cause to find these sweet pups a forever home! And you never know, you might just meet your new best friend. What a fantastic way to support a local shelter, save a life and attend one of the many events hosted by Westmoore throughout the year.

Westmoore is located at 43393 Ghazwa Square, Ashburn, VA 20148. The sales office is open Mondays from 1 to 6 p.m., Tuesdays – Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m. Call 571-707-5090.

The preceding was written and sponsored by Westmoore.


Thanks to Our Sponsors and Advertisers

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

Reston Station, Summerbration will offer something to watch, listen to, taste and enjoy all summer long.

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

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.

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.

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

Fusion Academy, accredited private middle and high school for grades 6-12.

Reston Children’s Center, providing care, preschool and private education and summer camp enrichment.

Ryan Homes — Westmoore, Loudoun County’s hottest new Metro community in the heart of Ashburn.

Knutson Brambleton, Loudoun County urban townhomes with yards in the sky.

Knutson Crescent Place, urban townhomes in Leesburg — Loudoun’s authentic town center since 1758.

DC Bike Ride, Washington’s closed-road and car-free 20-mile scenic bike ride, coming May 14.

Lofts at Village Walk, urban townhome condominium designs at The Village at Leesburg.

Towns of Lansdowne Square, a collection of 23 luxury urban townhomes in downtown Lansdowne.

Tall Oaks Assisted Living, assisted living, memory care and more senior care services.


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