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Reston Now Weekend Discussion

Before we head off into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the biggest stories on Reston Now over the past week.

There’s much to do around Reston this weekend, including the free Spring Festival at Walker Nature Center, the March For Babies, water fun at Ridge Heights Pool and more–but be sure to keep an eye on any dark clouds moving in; the weather forecast includes a big chance for rain storms on and off Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

1. Fairfax County Seeks $132 Million For Soapstone Connector Project

2. Japanese Creperie J-Petal Opened This Weekend

3. Boston Properties Executives: Plan to Kickstart Reston Gateway Underway

4. Reston Association Board President Resigns After Cancer Diagnosis

5. Air Quality Alert Issued For Reston, Washington Metro Region

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!

Photo: Cyclist on W&OD Trail / File Photo

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It Could Be A Rainy Weekend in Reston

Though originally Restonians were promised a mild, sunny weekend with temps in the 70s–after enduring several days of 80- to 90-degree heat–it looks like the weather forecast has taken a rather damp turn.

The Capital Weather Gang predicts a strong likelihood of storms that could begin as soon as Friday night, and make periodic appearances throughout the weekend, though the schedule is anything but concrete.

“Some shower activity seems unavoidable, but we should have dry intervals, too. Our best advice is to stay flexible and have a Plan B for anything outside,” says The Gang.

The highest chances of rain, including possible thunder and heavy downpours, appears to be between Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon, with a chance of drying out by Sunday evening.

“Timing is fluid and subject to change,” the Gang explains.

Western Maryland and West Virginia are more directly in the path of the approaching storm front. The Gang says it is still possible that it will miss the greater D.C. area if the front “loses steam” before it reaches us.

File photo

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Get Info on Water Safety, Local Swim Lessons For the Kids This Weekend

Get your kids swim-ready this weekend with all the water safety tips your family needs, along with information about both private and group swim lessons in Reston.

May is National Water Safety Month, and Reston Community Center (RCC) is kicking it off with a day full of important safety information, as well as help determining what level your child is at with his or her swimming skills, in order to figure out which lessons are best to sign up for.

The RCC Water Safety Day event will take place at the Ridge Heights Pool, 11400 Ridge Heights Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, May 5.

“We want all kids in Reston to be safe around water; it’s especially important in our community as Reston is justly renowned for the abundance of pools, streams and lakes available here for everyone to enjoy,” says RCC Aquatics Director Matt McCall.

RCC offers Level 1 and 2 swim classes for Reston residents ages 6 to 12 free of charge during the months of July and August. Information on the classes will be provided at Water Safety Day, and families can register their children online via WebTrac. Two- and four-week group swimming lessons are also offered beginning in June. Registration for these classes begins the week of May 7. Families can also sign up for private lessons according to their own schedules.

RCC also works with the Reston Association to offer a Drowning Education Awareness Program (DEAP) throughout the year, including two land-based water safety awareness programs for youth and civic organizations, which are offered free of charge to the community.

McCall says RCC is also working to organize CPR classes off-site. Groups of residents interested in organizing one for their neighborhood can call 703-390-6150 to arrange to have RCC staff come speak to them about the possibility.

Meanwhile, bring the kids to RCC’s Terry L. Smith Aquatics Center (2310 Colts Neck Road) anytime in the month of May to pick up a free water safety coloring and activity book and a water safety pledge.

File Photo: Ridge Heights Pool

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Jump Start Reston Tennis Season at Racquet Demo Day

Warm weather is here, and that means tennis season is here in Reston.

To swing into the new season, the Reston Association will be hosting a Tennis Racquet Demo Day at the Lake Newport tennis courts on Saturday, May 12, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Reston Association tennis program manager Rob Tucker will have several racquets on hand for people to try out, including some of the newest models from brands like Babolat, Wilson, Dunlop and Head.

Tennis instructors will also be there to show people how the racquets are used, and to help players figure out which racquet is right for their game.

To RSVP for this free event, at 11452 Baron Cameron Avenue, contact Tucker at [email protected]

Photo via Reston Association

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Weekend Deals & Events in Reston

Every Friday, we highlight select deals and events for the entire weekend around Reston, with help from Tim’s Reston Directory.

Some require a coupon or have more instructions, so click the link for details and any additional requirements.

Friday, May 4:

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Sunday, May 6:

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​​​​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

Reston Company Under Investigation – Just days after making Forbes Magazine’s list of the country’s best employers, news reports have come out that Reston-based Leidos Holdings is under investigation by the Pentagon for allegedly retaliating against a whistleblower in 2016. A woman sued the company after she claims she was excluded from working on an important contract after filing a report against colleagues she said had been making unwanted sexual and racist comments to her for some time. The Pentagon’s inspector general has reportedly backed her claims, and disciplinary action against the company is reportedly being considered. (StarsAndStripes.com)

Metro Ridership Continues to Decline Everywhere But Reston – Though system-ride Metro ridership has continued to decline throughout the D.C. Metro area as a whole, rides taken on the Silver Line in Tysons Corner and Reston increased 2.6 percent in January, according to reports. Earlier this year, Metro started charging a $2 fee for parking in its garages on Saturdays at all stations except Reston’s Wiehle-Reston station–though that could change, as Metro officials have discussed making the temporary weekend fees permanent as a way to make up lost revenue from declining ridership system-wide, particularly since a recent study showed that parking numbers did not decline after the $2 charge was implemented. (WTOP)

CenterStage to Welcome ‘Boys in Trouble’ – For one night only, Reston will host a performance of the production of “Boys in Trouble,” produced by transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey. The show has been earning rave reviews across the country; The San Francisco Bay Times recently declared Dorsey a “visionary.” The show is described as “an urgent and timely examination of American masculinity’s deep roots” through “stark honesty, powerful storytelling and breathtaking dancing.” Tickets are now available for the May 16 performance at 8 p.m. at CenterStage, Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road. Tickets are $15 for Reston residents and $20 for non-residents, and can be purchased online. (Reston Community Center)

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