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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.

The following articles were the five most-clicked links on Reston Now this past week.

  1. M & S Grill in Reston Town Center Closes
  2. New Details Surface in the Murder of Reston Couple
  3. Memorial Service Set for Couple Murdered in Reston
  4. Longtime Business Leaves Reston Town Center
  5. Fannie Mae Eyes Move to Reston’s Core

Feel free to discuss these topics, your weekend plans or anything else that’s happening locally. Have a great weekend!

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What’s Going On Around Reston This Weekend?

Editor’s Note: This is just a limited list of  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. 

  • ArtSpace Herndon presents a book signing with Eileen Curtis, who recently retired after serving as the Dulles Chamber of Commerce President and CEO for 23 years, on Saturday at 2 p.m. Her book, Chamber Tales: A Memoir of Commerce, Community and Stunning Forces of Change, tells personal details about the leaders with whom she worked over the last two decades.
  • On Saturday, children between the ages of 5 and 12 can bring their winter-themed artwork to Reston Regional Library for display. Only one submission per artist per season is allowed.
  • Join the Walker Nature Center for a half-day annual bird count throughout Reston from 7 a.m. through noon on Sunday. Volunteers are invited to enjoy a free launch, tally results and swap stories back at Nature House.
  • This week’s Sunday service at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston will center around the theme, “The Lives We Lead” at 10 a.m. The church is located at 1625 Wiehle Avenue.
  • Reston’s Used Book Shop (1623 Washington Plaza) is celebrating its 40th anniversary on Sunday from 1  to 4 p.m. The store opened on Jan. 7, 1978.
  • Restoration Church (1501 Becontree Lane) is also celebrating an anniversary this Sunday form 10 to 11 a.m. The church turns three this year. The celebration will include activities for kids, a photo booth and a birthday cake.
  • Reston artist Rudy Guernica’s exhibit “Lost in the Woods” will be in the Jo Ann Rose Gallery at Reston Community Center Lake Anne from Jan. 9 through February 4. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. through 8 p.m.
  • In the exhibit, “Paulina Peavy: A Message to Paulina,” Paulina Peavy’s work will be on display through Feb. 17 at Greater Reston Arts Center. Peavy gave up control of her brush to an alien entity named Locamo after attending a seance in 1932. Her work includes paintings, films and texts that she used to better channel Lacamo’s energy.
  • Congregation Beth Emeth (12523 Lawyers Road) is holding a free session on caring for caregivers on Sunday from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. The program is led by Rabbi Steve Glazer, who has established a consulting firm that specializes in the topic.
Know of other events in the area? Comment below.
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Reston Association Pays Off The Lake House Loan

Reston Association has officially paid off its million loan for the purchase of The Lake House. The board of directors elected to pay off nearly $2.42 million of the remaining balance.

Formerly Tetra, The Lake House has been hit with financial difficulties since it was purchased for $2.6 million — about twice its assessed value — in 2015. RA showed a cost overrun of $430,000 last spring, due in part to a six-figure expected rent back from former owner/tenant Tetra that did not happen. Renovations on the property to transform it into a community building have cost three times more than expected. An independent audit was requested.

RA is looking into new ways to make the facility a reliable source of income — a concern that was raised in previous RA meetings where some board members expressed dismay that RA was losing money on the project.

This year, the facility is expected to produce $224,000 in rental income. According to an RA statement, paying off the loan early will allow each member to save $8.66 on their assessment. If the facility produces target rental incomes, members can receive another $6.17 in savings, according to RA.

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Mediterranean Restaurant in Reston Town Center Closes

Neyla Mediterranean Bistro in Reston Town Center is permanently closed, according to the restaurant’s website. A store representative was not immediately available for comment.

The restaurant was located in Georgetown prior to closing in the summer of 2014. It opened on 11898 Market St. in 2015.

The menu featured mezze with baby artichokes, roasted eggplant, stuffed grape leaves, chicken shawarma slider and middle eastern kibbeh. Main dishes included flatbreads, salads, lamp chops, a mixed grill for two, falafel and more.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Friday Morning Notes

Wind Chill Advisory Issued through Midnight — The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory from 6 p.m. through midnight today. The advisory means that frostbite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. [National Weather Service]

Family, Friends and Neighbors Mourn Death of Reston Couple — Scott Fricker and Buckley Kuhn-Fricker were remembered as earth angels. A 17-year-old Lorton teen has been charged with their murders. [The Connection]

Scrawl Books Says Goodbye to Market Street Store — The indie bookstore closed its location on Market Street and plans to open another store at 11911 Freedom Drive in Reston Town Center in February. [Scrawl Books via Twitter]

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