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90 Degrees in Reston This Week?

Today may have been a cooler, crisper day, with highs in the low 60s, but according to the Capital Weather Gang, that will likely all be gone by tomorrow.

The Gang predicts Reston could reach the 80s by Tuesday, and possibly hit 90 degrees by Thursday.

With the warmer, dryer temperatures comes an increased risk for fires. The National Weather Service warns that the local area is under a fire warning “due to low dewpoints and a gusty northwest wind.”

By the weekend, temperatures should be back in the 70s, which means a sunny weekend perfect for outdoor activities.

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Japanese Creperie J-Petal Opened This Weekend

Japanese creperie J-Petal opened this Saturday, according to Jean Lin, the manager of the Harrisonburg, Va. location, who spoke with Reston Now on Friday.

The Hunters Woods Village Center location, at 2260 Hunters Woods Plaza, will be the fourth Virginia location for the small chain.

According to the creperie’s website, there will be fourteen total stores with the new addition.

Both sweet and savory crepe options are on the chain’s menu.

Customers can have their choice of anything from a chicken to a “fruit martini” crepe.

J-Petal also offers Thai ice cream, a rolled up variation of the global dessert.

Photo courtesy of Twitter/Prashant

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Walker Nature Center’s Spring Festival Returns Next Week

The Walker Nature Center’s Spring Festival is back next week, featuring a recycling clown magic show, crafts for kids, and live entertainment.

The free event will be held May 5 from 1-5 p.m. Song Garden, Hickory Grove, and other artists will perform acoustic music live throughout the festival.

There will be $5, half hour canoe and kayak rentals at Lake Audubon, as well as fishing activities, a native plant sale, and information from local environmental groups.

The entertainment schedule is as follows:

  • 1:30-2 p.m. — Blue Sky Puppet Theater: The Three Green Pigs
  • 2:45-3:30 p.m. — Teddy the Recycling Clown: Magic Show
  • 4-4:45 p.m. — Reptiles Alive: Live Animal Show

Parking will be available at Glade and Soapstone Drives as well as at Glade Pool.

Photo courtesy of Reston Association

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VIP Limo Tour of New Construction Homes in Loudoun County — May 12

Interested in buying a new home or designing your own?  Get a glimpse of the best new construction homes that Northern Virginia has to offer — on Saturday, May 12 at 12 p.m.!

Join the Keri Shull Team for an exclusive luxury tour around the latest and greatest new construction communities of Loudoun County including Toll Brothers, Beazer Homes and NVR Homes.

Hosted by New Construction Specialists from the Keri Shull Team, this luxury tour around Loudoun will take you through these new communities, while going over the ins-and-outs of building or buying a brand new home.

Perfect opportunity to discover your new home, meet your future developer or find your next inspiration!

Ride in style with the Keri Shull Team — Saturday, May 12! Wine and hors d’oeurves are included free of charge.

What’s Included With Your $49.99 Refundable Deposit

  • Executive limo van transportation from Reston Limousine
  • Boxed lunch from Pinstripes
  • Keri Shull Team wine opener
  • Expert guidance from the areas top new construction agents
  • Private arranged VIP tour; exclusive insights for this tour only
  • $250 Moving rebate from Town and Country Movers
  • $100 credit towards labor from Charles Graves Painting
  • Free staging consult if you have a home to sell
  • Lifetime membership to our exclusive client events

For your deposit to be refunded, you must buy any home within the next 12 months from your tour date. Space is limited to 20 attendees, so sign up today before it fills up! Click here to register.

Event details

  • What: VIP New Construction Limo Tour
  • When: Saturday May 12, from 12-3 p.m.
  • Where: Toll Brothers, Beazer Homes, and NVR Homes
  • Cost: $49.99 refundable deposit
  • Contact:  [email protected]or call 571-969-7653

Space is limited to 20 attendees, so sign up today before it fills up! Click here to register.

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Monday Deals & Events in Reston

Every weekday, we highlight deals and events around Reston, with help from Tim’s Reston Directory. Some require a coupon or have more instructions, so be sure to click the link for details and any additional requirements.

Food & Drink

Fun & Events

Sales

Follow Tim’s Reston Directory on Twitter and Facebook and visit TIMS.US for a comprehensive monthly calendar of deals and events around Reston.

Interested in special promotion as the deal or event of the day? Have a deal or event tip? Like what you see and want to make a comment? Want to make a suggestion? Email Tim at [email protected]!

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Monday Morning Notes

(Updated 1:36 p.m. to remove an event that has already passed)

Warming up to solar? – Fairfax County is holding a free information session today, and will be offering real estate tax credits, solar energy systems discounts, and more to home and business owners. (WTOP)

The throwback comments section – A Reston resident had their Letter To The Editor published in The Washington Post. The topic? The split between Reston and the rest of Fairfax County about density and proposed growth. (The Washington Post)

That’s a lot of butts – Reston business Waitbusters hit 50,000 customers seated since launching their software about a year ago. (Restaurant News)

Everyone’s a critic – A theater review of Reston Community Player’s Thoroughly Modern Millie. Sounds like it was a good time. (Maryland Theatre Guide)

We’re taking a hiatus – Our morning newsletter will be taking a break through May 10, as the editor is away. ARLnow’s assistant managing editor, Bridget Reed Morawski, will be stepping in to cover Reston.

The photo in the morning newsletter was provided with a caption that it is a Great Blue Heron. Another reader has chimed in to say that it is actually a Great Green Heron. Additionally, the Reston editor will be returning May 10, not May 8.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user vantagehill.

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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.

  1. Honeygrow to Open in Reston Town Center West in May
  2. Thursday Morning Notes
  3. Reston Association’s CFO and Acting CEO Resigns
  4. Updated: Baron Cameron Avenue at Wiehle Avenue Closed
  5. Residents Worry Upgraded Plaza in South Lakes Village Center Will Attract Teens, Noise

If you have ideas on stories we should cover, email us at [email protected] or submit an anonymous tip. We’re also looking for photos of Reston submitted by readers. Feel free to discuss these topics, your weekend plans or anything else that’s happening locally in the comments below. Have a great weekend.

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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Eight Candidates Sought For RCA June Election

The Reston Citizens Association is seeking candidates for the eight open district and at-large seats for its 13 member Board of Directors.

That’s over 60 percent of the total board.

Four At-Large Director seats are up for grabs, each for a three-year term.

The Town Center/Lake Anne/Tall Oaks District Director position is open for a three-year term and the South Lakes District Director seat is up for a two-year term.

Two open North Point Director positions are also seeking candidates, with one- and two-year terms respectively .

To run in the election from June 7-22, Reston residents are required to file candidate forms by May 30.

A press release from the RCA stated that “to run for a director seat, you must live in Small Tax District 5, be a Reston resident 18 years or older, and vote in designated precincts/polling places within Reston districts.’

Applications are available online and must be emailed by May 30 to [email protected]

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Fairfax County Seeks $132 Million for Soapstone Connector

Nearly $132 million is being sought to fund the Soapstone Connector, a long awaited, half-mile-long extension between Sunrise Valley Drive and Sunset Hills Road.

The funding request for the $169.2 million project comes roughly five years after the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a hybrid design for the project, which will provide an additional overpass over the Dulles Toll Road and ease traffic on south Reston roads.

Major development in the Wiehle-Reston East area, including Comstock’s Reston Station mixed use project, is expected to generate additional traffic on area roadways.

Local and state officials have long identified the need for the project, which aims to alleviate bottlenecks along Wiehle Avenue at Sunset Hills Road and Sunrise Valley Drive and improve connectivity for pedestrians and bicyclists to the Wiehle-East Metrorail Station.

According to preliminary plans, the new road will include a three-lane cross section with one travel lane in each direction and a two-way, left-turn-only lane. Other features include five-foot wide bicycle lanes on each side, a five-foot wide sidewalk on the west side and a 10-foot wide path on the east side.

Construction is not anticipated until after 2023. Additional design, engineering and environmental work is expected to continue through 2022.  In 2014, the county’s board placed the project on its list of high priority projects for 2015 to 2020.

A funding gap of $25 million remains to complete the project. Requests to the Commonwealth Transportation Board have been made. Construction is expected to cost $45 million.

The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority will review the request, which is one of 60 candidate transportation projects in the area. NVATA is seeking public comment on the project on May 10 at 3040 Williams Drive, Suite 100 in Fairfax. Online comments can be submitted through Sunday, May 20.

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Expect Long Rides On Metro This Weekend

Metro rail service will be interrupted by single tracking and rail readjustment maintenance work this weekend.

Expect Orange and Silver Line Metro trains to operate approximately every 24 minutes, according to WMATA.

Silver Line trains, however, will only operate between Wiehle Reston East and Ballston-MU Metro stations. Anyone trying to travel further along the line should transfer to the Orange or Blue lines.

However, the Orange and Blue lines will both be single tracking between Eastern Market and Stadium Armory Metro stations for maintenance.

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Weekend Deals & Events in Reston

Every Friday, we highlight the entire weekend’s deals & events around Reston, with help from Tim’s Reston Directory (www.TIMS.US). Some require a coupon or have more instructions, so be sure to click the link for details and any additional requirements.

Event of the Week:

Midtown Jewelers renovations are complete & now it’s time to celebrate! The past 10 years have been fun, memorable, successful & life-changing because of YOU. That’s why, for their birthday this year, they’re giving back to you for the love and support you’ve given their store.

Visit Midtown Friday May 4 & Saturday May 5 for their 10 Year Diamond Anniversary sale – 30% off store wide, just in time for Mother’s Day (May 13th)! In fact, beat the rush & visit before the big event next weekend and tell them Tim sent you or you saw it on RestonNow and they’ll honor the discount all week!

Bring your friends & family- there will be cake & drinks too!

Friday, April 27

Food & Drink

Fun & Events

Kids

Saturday, April 28

​​Food & Drink

Fun & Events

Kids

Sunday, April 29

​Brunch

Food & Drink

Fun & Events

Follow Tim’s Reston Directory on Twitter and Facebook and visit TIMS.US for a comprehensive monthly calendar of deals and events around Reston.

Interested in special promotion as the deal or event of the day? Have a deal or event tip? Like what you see and want to make a comment? Want to make a suggestion? Email Tim at [email protected]!

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Friday Morning Notes

You don’t want to use Metro, anyway — Sign up for the Bike To Work Day event closest to your place of business. [Reston Bike Club]

Some like it hot  According to the Farmer’s Almanac, this summer is going to be a scorcher. [Patch]

Bae (systems) wants to move  Aerospace company BAE Systems is reportedly looking to consolidate offices. They’ve currently got one office in Reston. [Washington Business Journal]

Spooked yet? — South Lakes High School will present a performance on “Phantom” today through May 5. Tickets are available online. [SLHS]

Flickr pool photo via vantagehill

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Reston Town Center to Welcome ‘Pet Fiesta’ on May 5

Calling all pets and pets owners: The Pet Fiesta is coming to Reston Town Center on Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..

Sponsored by RTC and NOVADog Magazine, the outdoor festival brings together business, rescue groups and pet owners for activities and demonstrations. The event, which is open to all, also includes face painting and onstage entertainment. Animals will also be available for adoption. 

This year, a dog walk around Reston Town Center and the Washington & Old Dominion Trail was cancelled due to a lack of registrants.

Volunteers can sign up online. More information is available online

The event benefits GoodDogz, a non-profit organization that aims to educate future dog owners on dog selection and supports rescue groups.

Photo via Gooddogz.org

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Del. Ken Plum: Recognizing the Natives of Virginia

This is a commentary from Del. Ken Plum (D-Fairfax), who represents Reston in Virginia’s House of Delegates. It does not reflect the opinion of Reston Now.

The Commonwealth of Virginia made a significant step last week in setting the record straight on the settlement of the land area now known as Virginia by dedicating a memorial to the earliest Virginians on the grounds of the State Capitol in Richmond. Too often discussions about the settlement of Virginia start with English settlers landing at Jamestown in 1607. While that event is most important, it should not over-shadow the fact that indigenous people lived in the region for 12,000 to 17,000 years before that depending on the archeologists with whom you speak.

How they got here is also discussion as to whether it was a northern route through what is now Alaska or east from Europe. Their population at the time the English arrived is estimated to be about 50,000. They had a system of governance built around 30 tribes in a confederation under the Powhatan paramount chiefdom. They had a system of agriculture, held religious beliefs built around nature, and were good stewards of the environment.

During two periods of history Virginia Indians were almost obliterated. The English settlers brought diseases against which the indigenous people were not immune and superior weapons that killed or drove off the Indians. In 1924 with the passage of the Racial Integrity Act in Virginia, Indians were no longer recognized. That law made you either white or if you had one drop or more of “colored” blood you were non-white. Current day Virginia Indians have great difficulty tracing their lineage because of this law that did not recognize their ancestors.

After a couple decades of study and advocacy the federal government on January 29, 2018 officially recognized seven Indian tribes along with an additional four tribes that had been recognized by the state. Only two of the tribes, the Pamunkey and Mattaponi, have retained reservation lands assigned by treaties made with the colonists.

Last week Governor Ralph Northam led the ceremony on the grounds of the State Capitol dedicating Mantle, the Virginia Indian Tribute monument. The name Mantle is taken from the deerskin decorated with beads and shells that Chief Powhatan wore around his shoulders. The monument is like a labyrinth viewed by the many Indians as a sacred symbol. It is shaped like a nautilus, a growing symbol of strength. The area is naturally landscaped with a meditation area and infinity pool. Learn more at indiantribute.virginia.gov/monument.

The General Assembly held a successful Reconvened Session last week in which the Governor’s vetoes were sustained. The Special Session in which the General Assembly continues to work on a budget for the next two years has not adjourned. A budget that includes a plan for Medicaid expansion for persons who cannot afford health care is likely to be completed in the next couple of weeks. Significant progress is being made on a very important step for all Virginians.

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Boston Properties’ Executives: Plan to Kickstart Reston Gateway Underway

Boston Properties is ready to kickstart the first phase of Reston Gateway, 22-acre site next to the future Reston Town Center Metro Station, a company executive said.

During the company’s quarterly earnings conference call Wednesday, BXP Chief Executive Officer Owen Thomas lauded a recent lease signed with Fannie Mae for the mixed use project. Fannie Mae will anchor two office building in the project, which also includes 3.5 million square feet of development.

The new mixed use project is designed to complement “the amenity base and community environment of the highly successful Reston Town Center,” Thomas said.

Fannie Mae plans to occupy the building in the first quarter of 2022. A mid-sized hotel, more than 600,000 square feet of residential development and 90,000 square feet of ground floor retail is planned on the site.

BXP President Doug Linde said he was pleased by the strength of Reston Town Center, which he called “a magnet for private sector contractors and technology tenants.”

“We have recently signed two expansion and extension deals with technology tenants for 112,000 square feet. One tenant grew 30% and the other grew 40 percent. And we are negotiating a third expansion and extension this time growing 115,000 square feet tenant to a 160,000 square feet. We are also in early renewal discussions with tenants for more than 300,000 square feet of space,” Linde said.

The company opened the Signature, a residential high-rise in Reston Town Center, in January.

So far, 11 percent of residential units or 86 of the 508 units are leased, Linde said.

Overall, the real estate investment trust reported an income of $176 million, up from $97 million this time last year.

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