Free Seminar Offers Safe Driving Tips for Older Adults

Driving skills change as you age — prompting Reston Community Center to hold a free session on safe driving for older adults.

The program is set for Oct.23 (Tuesday) from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at RCC Hunters Woods. The event is free and registration is not required.

Participants will learn how to stay safe on the road and assess when to stop driving altogether. Workshops will include information about equipment, using technology to find rides, helping neighbors who do not drive and other ways of finding safe and reliable transportation.

More information is available on RCC’s website.

Photo via RCC

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Bestselling Author Armistead Maupin Coming to CenterStage

Armistead Maupin, an LGBTQ artist and a bestselling author best known for his six-volume Tales of the City series, is coming to Reston Community Center on Sunday (Oct. 21). Maupin is scheduled to speak at CenterStage on at 7 p.m.

Tickets, which are $20 for Reston residents and $30 for all others, can be purchased online.

Maupin, who was born in the District in 1944, grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina and served with the River Patrol Force in Vietnam.

He worked as a newspaper reporter in Charleston, South Carolina, after which he was assigned to the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press in 1971. He has written nine novels. One of his novels, The Night Listener, became a feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette, according to his website.

RCC issued the following information about Maupin and his work:

Launched in 1976 as a groundbreaking serial in the San Francisco Chronicle, Armistead Maupin’s iconic Tales of the City series has since blazed its own trail through popular culture – from a sequence of globally best-selling novels, to a Peabody Award-winning television miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney. His new book is a memoir titled Logical Family, which grew out of his critically acclaimed one-man show of the same name and can be purchased prior to and after the performance.

Maupin now lives in San Francisco with his husband.

Photo via Reston Community Center

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Renovations Proposed for Sheraton Reston Hotel

The new owners of Sheraton Reston Hotel (11810 Sunrise Valley Drive) in Reston Town Center have proposed a series of renovations to the 298-room hotel.

Wurzak Hotel Group, a Philadelphia-based company and DoveHill Capital Management acquired the property in March. Reston Association’s Design Review Board will consider the owners’ proposal to renovate the building’s exterior at the board’s meeting on Tuesday (Oct. 16).

Proposed renovations include repairs and repainting of the building’s facade. New louvers will be installed and wood-printed aluminum screens would be added to bring a “natural element” to the property, according to the owners’ proposal. Nature-inspired wood-printed metal will be repeated throughout the building and a clearer entry to the new Gastropub location will be added.

The DRB meets at 7 p.m. in Reston Association headquarters (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive). The board will also hear a case that was previously rejected in April.

T-Mobile has filed another application to install antennas on the roof of the Waterford Square Condominiums — a proposal that was flatly rejected after opposition from residents. Opposition to the proposal remains.

Photos via handout/Reston Association

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Here Comes South Lakes High School’s Homecoming Parade

The South Lakes High School homecoming parade is scheduled for Oct.26 (Friday), and students are taking advantage of the opportunity to fundraise for a good cause.

The school’s leadership class will fundraiser for Hungry for Music, an organization that buys instruments for children who cannot afford their own. The class aims to raise $1,000 to purchase 20 instruments for an after-school program. Collection baskets and tables at homecoming activities will be open for donation throughout the week of the parade.

The parade, which is set for 5-6 p.m., will feature student organizations, class councils, clubs, team, community groups, elementary schools, and the school’s marching band, The Spirit of Reston. Student-built boats will reflect the theme of “Tune in to South Lakes.” Each grade will select a music genre and the grand marshall this year is SLHS teacher Chris Moorhead, according to information provided by the school.

The parade begins at 5 p.m. from Hunters Woods Shopping Center. It will continue north on Colts Neck Drive, turn east onto South Lakes Drive and finish at SLHS. A small food court will be set-up in the stadium-side parking lot with food trucks from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

The football game against Yorktown High School begins at 7 p.m. shortly after the parade. Admission is $5 and the Class of 1998 will also be on-site to celebrate their 20th reunion.

Photo via Lyn Fiscus

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Monday Morning Notes

Where’d the money go — A report by the Office of Inspector General has found that Metro failed to properly track millions of dollars in spending. [WTOP]

Reston resident, others challenge local Airbnb regulations — “One month into Fairfax County’s new regulations on short-term lodging, a group of local citizens are suing to have the regulations voided. On July 31, the Board of Supervisors adopted the Short-Term Lodging (STL) Zoning Ordinance Amendment aimed at regulating home-sharing inside Fairfax, most commonly carried out through the websites Airbnb and VRBO.” [Tysons Reporter]

Make the call — County officials urge residents to make the call by stopping domestic violence. The event was in recognition of domestic violence awareness month. [The Connection]

Photo by Chip McCrea

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