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Police Investigating Crash Between Cyclist and Van

Fairfax County police are investigating what caused a crash between a cyclist and a van near the W&OD Trail at Sunrise Valley Road Tuesday evening around 6:30 p.m.

Police said it is not yet clear whether the cyclist or the driver of the van was at fault in the accident, which caused damage to the van and sent the cyclist to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Anyone who may have seen the collision is asked to call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES (274637).

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What’s A ‘Bio Blitz?’

The Reston Association is gearing up for its first ever Bio Blitz on June 2, and staff are hoping many residents will sign up to join in on the fun.

But first–what’s a Bio Blitz, anyway?

Well, “blitz” means to do as much as you can in a short amount of time. “Bio” is short for “biological.” Put them together, and you have an event in which a large group of volunteers spreads out across a specific area and tries to identify as many different biological species as they can in that time period.

For this event, the specified area is Reston, and that time period is midnight to 11:59 p.m. on June 2.

“Naturalists and volunteers will work together during a 24-hour period to identify as many plants, animals and other organisms that live in Reston as possible,” say event organizers.

Volunteers of all types are encouraged to join in during the 2018 Reston Bio Blitz. A signup has been created, breaking up the 24-period into shorter, four- or five-hour periods, as well as separating people into groups who will search for different types of animals and plants.

Organizers say they are searching for people who are “subject matter experts” to lead teams that are hunting for specific species.

However, beginners are welcome too, they say, and will be paired up with more experienced people and an expert leader.

Requirements for volunteers are as follows:

  • Familiar with Reston’s natural areas and trails

  • Familiarity with the app “iNaturalist” (download it and learn how to use it ahead of time)

  • A digital camera to capture photos of different species

Those who know someone who is considered a subject matter expert in a certain biological area of study can form their own team, or volunteers can join an existing team listed on the signup. Additional teams may be added as more subject matter experts are recruited.

The “BioBlitz” hub for this event will be the Walker Nature Center in Reston.

If all of this sounds intriguing but you’re not free on June 2, representatives say you can play your own game of Bio Blitz by taking photos of various plant and animal species you find when you’re out in Reston nature on your own, and upload them to the Reston Biodiversity Project.

Photo: Patricia Greenburg, Reston Association Environmental Resource Supervisor / Credit: Reston Association/YouTube

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Dishing Up Tea and Dirt in Reston

Travel back in time next Thursday evening, May 17 as professional impersonator Elaine Flynn transforms into one of history’s most famous presidential offspring for “Tea With Alice Roosevelt Longworth” at the Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods.

“If the headlines of today’s political scandals make you shake your head in disbelief, wait until you witness impersonator Elaine Flynn dish the dirt on scandals of yesteryear,” describe event organizers.

Roosevelt Longworth was the eldest child of former President Theodore Roosevelt, and his only child with his first wife, Alice Hathaway Lee. As a controversial writer and prominent socialite, Roosevelt Longworth is widely considered by many to be history’s first true “celebrity,” in every sense of the word.

As such, it’s no surprise that Roosevelt Longworth would have some very good gossip indeed, about the lives of the rich and famous around New York City and Washington, D.C. In fact, it’s rumored she first coined the phrase, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, come sit by me.”

Therefore, the theme of this event is “Scandals in the City.”

“Alice starts with her own scandals,” describe event organizers. “She then continues relating the scandals that led to the death of a Congressman; President Harding and his mistresses; the love affairs involving Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt; the person (other than Mamie) who REALLY liked Ike; the women linked to JFK; the Capitol Hill employee who couldn’t file, type or even answer the phone; and the story of the Congressman, Fannie Foxe and the Tidal Basin, and more.”

Registration for this special event in honor of Older Americans Month is $15 for Reston residents and $23 for non-residents. Tickets include afternoon tea and the performance.

The event is co-sponsored by Reston Community Center and the Reston Association and takes place from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, May 17 at RCC-Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road. Register online.

Photo: Alice Roosevelt Longworth (1884-1980), C0urtesy of the National Archives / Public Domain

 

 

 

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Pet of the Week: Sassy

Becky's Pet Care

Meet Sassy, a domestic short hair and calico adult mix available for adoption locally.

Here is what her friends at Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society have to say about her:

Sassy is an adorably gentle and sweet young lady. She as a kaleidoscope of different colors which make her stunningly beautiful.

She loves cuddling on the couch and loves to be petted. Her favorite pastime is sitting on the window sill inside watching the birds. She will be happiest in a quieter home where her loving personality will best shine. Sassy is about 2 years old.

(Note: Little Buddies has adoption events every Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Pet Valu in the North Point Village Shopping Center.)

Are you and Sassy a match? If so, let us know and our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, will send you some treats and prizes.

Want your pet to be considered for the Reston Pet of the Week?

Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks.

Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Reston and Northern Virginia.

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Mother’s Day Events in Reston

Mother’s Day weekend is coming up in just a few days. Have you made plans to show Mom how special she is yet?

Besides brunch or dinner out, there are a wealth of activities to choose from, for a special way to spend some quality time with Mom — from a tea party, to a stroll in nature, to creating works of art or even dancing. Here’s a list of events we found – and let us know if we missed anything!

Mother’s Day Art Workshop – Kids can show their appreciation for Mom by creating a one-of-a-kind work of art for her at this workshop. Bring a family photo along to make it even more special. Cost is $5 for Reston residents, $10 for non-residents. Saturday, May 12, 9:30-11 a.m. at Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston Town Center, 12001 Market St., Suite 103. (GRACE)

Mother’s Day Tea – In honor of Mother’s Day, bring Mom to a tea party at Walker Nature Center. Sip tea or juice and sample a variety of pastries and fruits. Make a bouquet of paper flowers for Mom and take a stroll through the gardens to look for spring-blooming wildflowers. Cost is $7 for Reston residents, $9 for non-residents. Saturday, May 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive, Reston. (Reston Association)

Sunday Afternoon Dance – For older kids (18 and over), why not take Mom for a sing around the dance floor? Dancers of all skill levels convene the second Sunday of the month to foxtrot, swing, cha-cha, and waltz during these fun afternoon dances. Music selection ranges from golden oldies to today’s more modern dance selections. Three mini-lessons, door prizes and light refreshments add to the fun. While this isn’t an official Mother’s Day event, it could be one that Mom enjoys. Cost is $5 for Reston residents, $10 for non-residents. Sunday, May 13, 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road. (RCC)

Mother’s Day 4-Miler and 1-Mile Fun Run – Invite Mom to come cheer you on, or to run with you! This event is said to be a great way to ease yourself into running season before the real hot weather begins. The 4-Miler starts on Baron Cameron Avenue and will finish at Browns Chapel Park.  A one mile fun run/walk is also available. All pre-registered runners will receive a Mother’s Day 4-Miler short-sleeve, gender-specific commemorative race shirt. Hosted by Potomac River Running store. The race will benefit Devotion To Children, a nonprofit organization “dedicated to fulfilling the needs of children from birth to age six, so that they may become mentally, physically and emotionally healthy members of society.” Registration is $35 through May 11 or $40 the day of the race. (PRR Races)

Paint and Sip For a Good Cause – Bring Mom to an afternoon of wine and painting for a good cause. Pinot’s Palette in nearby Herndon is hosting a Paint It Forward event. A portion of your class fee is donated to BRAWS, which collects new undergarments and menstrual supplies to women in shelters. Bring a donation of new supplies, and get $10 off a future painting event. Cost is $50. “Bouquet of Elegance” class is 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13 at Pinot’s Palette, 12976 Highland Crossing, Suite D in Herndon. (Pinot’s Palette)

Did we miss anything? Share any other Mother’s Day events in or around Reston in the comments!

File Photo: Buck at Walker Nature Center in Reston

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Wednesday’s Deals & Events in Reston

Every weekday, we highlight select deals and events in 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. Visit www.TIMS.US for each day’s entire list.

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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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Wednesday Morning Notes

Spring Farm Day – It’s Spring Farm Day at Frying Pan Farm Park this Saturday, May 12. Bring the family out from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to see all the farm’s new animal babies, and watch as we shear some of our sheep to cool them off for the warm weather. Try milking a cow or goat, and experience antique equipment demos, games and more. Families can also bring canned goods, dried beans and personal care items to help stock the emergency pantry of Cornerstones Shelter. This event is a fundraiser for Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park. Admission is $7 in advance or $8 at the gate. Ages 2 and up are welcome. Parking is free. (Frying Pan Farm Park)

Special Event to Celebrate Bike Month – Join the Fairfax Alliance For Better Biking (FABB) for a special celebration of Bike Month on Friday, May 25. Meet other cyclists at the Lake Anne Village Center (1609 Washington Plaza West) by the entrance adjacent to the parking lot at 5 p.m. for a celebration ride and tour of all the new bike facilities and lanes installed in Reston over the past couple of years. After the ride, join members of FABB for a gathering at Lake Anne Brew House (11424 Washington Plaza West). One dollar from every purchase during the event will be donated back to FABB. Helmets required for the ride. This event is free but attendees are asked to register online. (Eventbrite)

Tennis Courts Opening for the Season – The North Hills clay tennis courts (1325 North Village Road) open for the season today, though they will be temporarily closed Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for routine maintenance. Passes for Reston Association-owned and -operated swimming pools and tennis courts are now available online through WebTrac. (Reston Association/Twitter)

Park Authority Seeks Public Input on Strategic Plan – The Fairfax County Park Authority has released its proposed Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2019-2023, and is seeking public input. The full document is available online. Comments can be sent to [email protected] or citizens can call the department at 703-324-8702 during normal business hours, Monday to Friday, 8 to 4:30 p.m. All comments must be received by close of business on May 25. (Fairfax County Park Authority/Twitter)

File Photo: Flowers in Reston

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