Before we head off into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the biggest stories on Reston Now this week. We’re equally curious about why a 2014 post about how to spot if a cat is in pain was one of the most read stories this week.
- Reston Tailoring’s Disappearance Leaves Clients Hung Out to Dry
- Herndon HS Drama Teacher Faces 20 Charges of Possession of Child Pornography
- How to Spot When a Cat is in Pain
- Modell’s Sporting Goods to Close in Plaza America
- Reston Man Killed in Five-Vehicle Crash in West Virginia
Feel free to discuss these topics, your weekend plans or anything else that’s happening locally in the comments below.
Photo by Fatimah Waseem
The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, which is now in its 28th year, continues this weekend at Reston Town Center. Artists from around the country will take part in this outdoor festival, which has attracted roughly 30,000 patrons annually.
Donations collected from the festival will go to the Greater Reston Arts Center. The festival is on for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on tomorrow and Sunday.
A festival party set tomorrow, which includes the 2019 Awards of Excellence, refreshments, entertainment, and more, is for members only. Attendees must be contributing supporters to receive a complimentary invitation to the event.
Tomorrow (May 18)
- Baby Expo (9 a.m. to noon) — Learn about products, childcare resources and fund things to do with the family in this event at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods. The expo is free and open to all.
- Bookworms Club (11 a.m.) — Dive into reading “Pig the Stinky” and “Book hog” at Scrawl Books. Each week, readers explore a new theme and can participate at any time.
- Relay for life of Reston-Herndon (2 p.m.) — Help race money to help the American Cancer Society fight cancer in this annual event, which takes place at South Lakes High School.
- Habitat Heroes (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) — Volunteers can help remove invasive garlic mustard from the woods and stream banks at Old Trail Drive Natural Area. Spring is the best time to tackle this invasive plant that attacks native trees, ferns and wildflowers.
- On That Note: Brand New Day (7-9 p.m.) — Sterling Playmakers will perform popular songs from musicals at this ticketed event at ArtSpace Herndon.
- Luau on the Lake (1-4 p.m.) — Lake Anne Brew House is hosting what organizers are calling a “fun-filled, luau-themed afternoon” to benefit South Lakes High School’s food pantry. Attendees should bring non-perishable donations. A percentage of proceeds will go directly to the pantry.
- Bringing Art to a New Town (7-9 p.m.) — Artist Pat Macintyre shares her story about her 1970s TV show and how Reston inspired her artwork. The event takes place at the Reston Museum.
Photo by Don Renner
The Reston Chorale is presenting a self-guided tour of private gardens on Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The third annual event, which is called Gardens of Note, will also feature pop-up performances by members and friends of The Reston Chorale and a Hidden Lane Garden Party at the end of the day.
Tickets, which are $22, can be purchased online in advance or in-person at the following locations:
- Mayflowers (11959 Market Street)
- Chesapeake Chocolates, Wine, Gifts & More (11426 Washington Plaza W)
- The Wine Cabinet (1416 North Point Village Center)
- Reston Farm Market (10800 Baron Cameron Avenue)
Prices rise to $25 on tour day. All proceeds benefit The Reston Chorale.
Visitors will pick their first stop after receiving a list of the gardens on this year’s tour. Tickets will then be exchanged for a program guide with a tour map and more information.
The event concludes with a Hidden Lane Garden Party at 4 p.m., which features light refreshments, guided tours of the property, and ensemble performances by The Reston Chorale. The party is hosted by Hidden Lane Residential Landscapes on their grounds.
This year’s gardens of note were selected by tour organizers and garden specialists:
- The Agnew garden in North Point
- The Over and Vongsavat gardens at Lake Anne
- The Horr garden and West Market
- Pond in Reston Town Center
- Fannie Mae gardens and ponds
- Reston Association Garden Plots in Hunters Woods
Attendees can also purchase the perennial of the year — wood betony — at the event.
Photo via Carol Nahorniak
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The food pantry at South Lakes High School, which was established by the school’s PTSA in 2017, is now offering healthy eating workshops.
The workshops are funded by a $7,000 Delta Dream Grant from the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and aim to educate students about healthy eating.
Recently, nutritionist Kristen McGill of Giant Food gave a cooking demonstration and answered students’ question about how to eat healthy on a budget. Students learned about differing cutting techniques, how to make vegetarian chili, and the best and fastest way to cook rice. She also walked students through sources of healthy fats.
Students were given goodie bags with coupons, avocados, a wooden spoon, and informational material on healthy eating on a budget.
The pantry was created to help students who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals — nearly 30 percent of the student population. The pantry is also open to South Lakes Pyramid students and their families.
Currently, the pantry needs the items below. Drop-offs are accepted at the school’s main office.
- Canned goods
- Boxed or dry goods
- Cooking oil
- Laundry detergent, dish soap
Photo via YouTube/FCPS
It’s official: Modell’s Sporting Goods will close on July 9, leaving a major vacancy at 11680 Plaza America Drive.
The store is closing because it lost its lease. A company official declined to release more information about the store’s closure to Reston Now.
A clearance sale is now in effect at the family-operated chain, which sells athletic equipment, footwear and clothing.
County permits do not indicate what will fill the space once it is vacated.
Photo by Fatimah Waseem
Three Local Businesses Make Fortune 500 List — Leidos Holdings and NVR in Reston made it to the Fortune 500 list of the largest publicly traded companies in the country. Fortune magazine published this year’s list yesterday. Beacon Roofing, a Herndon-based company, also had a spot on the list. [Fortune]
It’s Festival Friday Today — The 28th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival kicks off today from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. and runs into the weekend at Reston Town Center. Town center merchants will offer Festival Friday deals that are only in effect for today. [Greater Reston Arts Center]
Sportsters Camp Registration Now Open — Registration for the camp, which encourages skill building and sportsmanship, is open online now. The camp, which runs form June 17 through July 26, is for children between 6 and 9 years old. [Reston Association]
Flickr pool photo by vantagehill