It’s the end of another week, but before we head out for the weekend, these were our most read stories this week:
- Man Pronounced Dead After Falling From Reston Town Center Parking Garage
- Driver Charged in Fatal Reston Crash on Sunday
- Man Beaten, Robbed at Reston Laundromat
- Man Arrested in 22-Year-Old Reston Sexual Assault Cold Case
- Le Pain Quotidien to Open at Reston Town Center This Week
Feel free to discuss anything of local interest below. Have a great weekend!
Interested takers can get complimentary firewood at Brown’s Chapel Park, in the parking lot near the upper ball fields.
Staff said the firewood is available on a first-come, first-served basis as long as the supply lasts.
Brown’s Chapel Park is located at 1686 Browns Chapel Road, across from Lake Anne Plaza.
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Based on many favorite tv design shows, one would think everyone is going to the open kitchen design plans with island seating. After doing many kitchen design consults, I know island seating is not for everyone. The sometimes forgotten breakfast nook is ideal for families who would like a space for light meals. The appeal to a breakfast nook or cozy kitchen seating is that it has less of a barroom feel.
Although there are several scenarios of when a kitchen nook is an excellent choice, one of the best times to add cozy kitchen space is in an older home. Older homes many times have an unused breakfast area that is too small for a kitchen table. Additionally, many kitchens in older homes have windows that make it challenging to add cabinets without losing the kitchens natural sunlight. So, instead of losing space and light in the kitchen, a breakfast nook could be the perfect solution.
The great thing about kitchen nooks is that they can add storage space. Since most of them are are custom built to fit your space; they can be made with storage in the bottom portion of the nook’s seating. Another option is buying ready-made chairs and benches with storage space.
Of course, as a homeowner, getting the most out of space with or without extra storage will be essential, so follow the flow of the area when having your nook designed. Depending on the shape of your kitchen your nook can be curved, L-Shaped, U-Shaped, or parallel. The key is to make sure it has enough space for people to sit and stand from it easily.
Another thing to consider when having a cozy kitchen space designed is whether or not the nook will transition into another room or be the separation space between the kitchen and another room.
Although, having a nook that is near windows are beautiful, not all kitchen nooks will be near windows. You can still get all the lighting you need by adding a fun light fixture above the cozy kitchen space.
Breakfast nooks are also an excellent spot for homework, add in bay windows, and you can have quite the serene place for morning coffee. Of course, cozy kitchen spots are also a fantastic way to add a touch of color to your kitchen by adding fabric pillows on the chairs or benches of your breakfast nook.
When choosing fabrics for your cozy kitchen space, stain-resistant fabrics are ideal if you will be eating light meals there. If you have small children, another idea is diner style nook with vinyl seating, which is easy to wipe down and keep clean.
(Editor’s Note: This is just a limited list of all the events taking place in the Reston area this weekend. If you have an event you would like to ensure is listed on the website, be sure to submit it to our Events Calendar.)
- Tonight is the last game of the regular season for the South Lakes Seahawks football team. The game will take place at 7 p.m. at South Lakes (11400 South Lakes Dr., Reston) versus Herndon High’s Hornets. Game tickets are $5.
- If your child is a fan of the book series “My Weird School,” “Genius Files” and “Baseball Card Adventures,” they can have the chance to meet author Dan Gutman at Herndon Middle School (901 Locust St., Herndon) tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. Ages 6 and up are welcome. Register for free online.
- The Reston Farmers Market will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Lake Anne Village Center.
- All are invited to an open house this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lake House (11450 Baron Cameron Ave., Reston). Enjoy light refreshments and views of Lake Newport while learning about all the different private events that can be held in Reston Association’s newest community property.
- Get out into nature, make new friends and enjoy the fall colors, all while helping to keep Reston’s streams healthy. New volunteers are invited to help with stream monitoring this Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn to collect data, identify insects and more. Regular volunteers can even work their way up to receiving a stream monitoring certification. For more information or to volunteer, contact Ha Brock at 703-435-7986 or email [email protected]
- The Reston Community Players’ 2017-18 season continues their presentation of Elton John and Tim Rice’s musical “Aida.” The show, winner of four Tony Awards, will be performed through Nov. 11 at Reston Community Center’s CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road). This weekend, the show is being performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $27, with student/senior tickets available for $23.
- Scrawl Books pop-up store at Reston Town Center (11862 Market St.) has a number of events this weekend. On Saturday from 11-1 p.m. they will welcome children’s author Megan Wagner Lloyd to read and sign copies of her book “Fort Building Time.” Later that afternoon, staff from Greater Reston Arts Center will welcome artist Sue Wrbican and curator Lily Siegel to discuss the new art book “Biography of Catastrophe and the Eventual Outcome of an Instant,” from 3-4:30 p.m. in a free event that is open to the public. On Sunday from 4-6 p.m., Scrawl Books will welcome author LC Rogers to discuss and sign her book “Pocketbook Diaries.”
- Nothing says autumn like s’mores by the campfire and harvest-themed wagon rides. Enjoy Cocoa Wagon Rides at Frying Pan Farm Park (2739 W. Ox Road, Herndon) this Saturday at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. Ages 2 and up are welcome. Cost is $10 per person. Register online.
- The exhibit, Reston: The Art of Community, will continue at the Reston Museum (1639 Washington Plaza) this weekend. Produced by Public Art Reston in collaboration with the Reston Historic Trust & Museum, the display showcases the legacy of public art in Reston. The exhibition will be on display through Nov. 26.
- Bring the whole family to Reston’s Plaza America (Plaza America Drive off Sunset Hills Road, Reston) on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. for the Plaza America Fall Fest. Bring toiletries or monetary donations for the local nonprofit Cornerstones and let the kids enjoy a petting zoo, pumpkin painting, coloring pages, making pipe-cleaner scarecrows, face painting and more. Parents are invited to enjoy live entertainment as well as samples, tastings and exclusive savings from Plaza America retailers. Parking is free.
- Line dance, two-step, shuffle and swing the night away to popular country-western music at the Sunday Country-Western Dance at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods (2310 Colts Neck Road) tonight from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Ages 18 and up are welcome. Cost is $5 for Reston residents or $10 for nonresidents, collected at the door.
Image: South Lakes Seahawks football team / Credit: South Lakes Athletics
With only a few slight chances of rain, Reston could be looking at a warmish days for the first weekend in November. Here’s what weather reports for the region are predicting:
Friday: Sunshine should dominate most of the day, but chances of rain increase as the evening hours approach. The folks at Capital Weather Gang say to look out for a “Hunter’s Moon” tonight which will cool temperatures, bringing us into the mid-40s to lower 50s overnight.
Saturday: Easterly winds will bring in clouds for most of the day, with temperatures in the 50s to, at most, the low 60s, with a chance of sprinkles in the mid-afternoon to early evening. Chances of light rain increase to about 40 percent later in the evening.
Sunday: We can expect mostly clear skies Sunday, with temperatures possibly approaching 70 with some humidity.
RCC Offers Day Camps On Student Holidays Next Week — Reston Community Center is hosting “Fun Fusion Days” on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 6 and 7, when Fairfax County Public Schools are not in session. RCC staff will lead children ages 7 to 11 in a variety of activities such as arts and crafts, sports, games, movies and cooking, aiming to keep children happy and engaged. Campers must bring their own lunch, snacks, and drinks. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road. The fee is $45 per day for residents or $68 per day for nonresidents. Register online through WebTrac. [Reston Community Center]
Beware of Local Solar Scams — Fairfax County Government is warning residents of a scam involving solar companies. In an online statement, officials said local residents have reported being contacted and given a sales pitch by companies claiming to be part of a county-wide program called “Solarize Fairfax.” While in the past the county has partnered with the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), which negotiated rates for county residents with two specific companies, county officials said that program is no longer active, and the county has never endorsed any specific solar companies. [Fairfax County Government]
Reston Woman Named One of 2017’s ‘Women Who Mean Business’ — Reston resident Lynn Dugle has been named one of Washington Business Journal’s 2017 “Women Who Mean Business,” which “honors the region’s most influential businesswomen.” Dugle is the CEO of Engility Corporation and has more than quadrupled the firm’s business during her short tenure. Most recently, she helped the company land a lucrative, $200-million contract with the Federal Aviation Administration to help modernize the country’s air traffic control systems. In her spare time, Dugle is on a mission to visit at least 100 different countries during her lifetime–and she’s already 80 percent of the way there. [Washington Business Journal]
Fairfax County Police Stop Child Exploitation Ring — Fairfax County police officers received a tip over the weekend that underage girls were being held against their will at a Springfield hotel. Officers responded to the TownPlace Suites on Brandon Avenue in Springfield and found one young victim in the lobby, and another two in one of the hotel’s rooms. Officers also located the suspect holding the victims hostage and took him into custody. A 22-year-old Fredericksburg, Virginia man is charged with commercial sex trafficking, abduction with a firearm, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. [Fairfax County Police]
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