Before we head off into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the biggest stories on Reston Now in recent days.
- Reston Residents Accuse Local ‘Music Man’ of Repeated Overcharging
- Missing SLHS Teacher Found Dead Near Crashed Motorcycle
- Crime Roundup: Request for Cigarettes Turns Violent
- At Budget Meeting, Residents Push for Lake Thoreau Pool to Remain Open
- Local Committee OKs Isaac Newton Square Proposal
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This Labor Day weekend, the 13th annual Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival returns to Lake Anne Plaza on Saturday (August 31).
The festival features an afternoon and evening of jazz on the lake. It takes place from 1-8 p.m.
The following performers are set to take part in the festival, among others:
It is hosted by Lake Anne Plaza and sponsored by Friends of Lake Anne and the Lake Anne Plaza Merchants, with support from Reston Community Center.
Photo via Charlotte Geary Photography
The proposal, which has been in the works since May 2016, would bring up to 300 residential units in a nine-story building and an office building to the site, which is located at 11480 Sunset Hills Road.
A three-story parking garage, which is connected to the building with a tunnel, with 554 parking spaces is also planned.
In an August 27 report, the county’s planning and zoning staff recommended approval of the project.
Photos via handout/Fairfax County Government
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As we head into Labor Day weekend, here’s a look at some area closings and schedule adjustments for the holiday.
Public schools, library, county offices, the county’s animal shelter, General District Court, and Reston Community Center Hunters Woods and Lake Anne will be closed.
The Fairfax Connector will be operating on a Sunday schedule. Metrorail and Metrobus will also operate on a Sunday schedule, with off-peak fares in effect all day. Parking will be free at all Metrorail facilities.
Frying Pan Farm Park’s farm and indoor arena will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but its visitors center will remain closed. More information about county closures is available online.
Reston Association offices, the Central Services Facility and the nature house will close at noon today (Friday) and remain closed on Monday.
The pool schedule for the holiday weekend is below:
Glade, Lake Audubon, Lake Newport: Noon to 7 p.m.
North Shore, Ridge Heights: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In the town of Herndon, government offices will be closed. Recycling collection will be postponed from Monday to Tuesday. The town’s Labor Day festival is set from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the town green.
Photo via Ben White/Unsplash
Since the first United States Census in 1790, the U.S. Census Bureau has recorded the mean center of the population as it moves west and south.
Baltimore-based artist Nate Larson’s explores these centroid towns in the next chapter of his project. The upcoming exhibit, “Centroid Towns: Like a Passing Shadow,” features the town of Waterford, Va., the centroid town of 1810. The exhibit will run from September 28 through January 4.
GRACE wrote the following about Larson:
Nate Larson works with photographic media, artist books, and digital video. His projects have been widely shown across the US and internationally as well as featured in numerous publications and media outlets, including Wired, The Guardian, NPR, Hyperallergic, New York Times, The Washington Post, and Art Papers. His artwork is included in the permanent collections of the High Museum Atlanta, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Orlando Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago. Larson is currently serving as Chair of the Photography Department at MICA / Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.
Larson’s previous work featured communities like Ellicott City, Md., Bloomington, In., and Mascoutah, Ill.
The exhibit is supported by Virginia McGehee Friend.
The opening reception is set for September 28 from 5-7 p.m. at Reston Community Center. Larson and GRACE’s executive director and curator Lily Siegel will discuss the exhibit. Creative responses are set for October 3 and 24 at 7 p.m.
Photo via Nate Larson/GRACE
County to Host Zoning Open House — “Sheds, home-based businesses, and outdoor lighting on residential properties are some of the topics that will be discussed at the upcoming Zoning Open House on Tuesday, September 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. It will be held in the South County Center Main Conference Room, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria.” [Fairfax County Government]
Hourly Wages to Rent in Reston — “They say home is where the heart is, but a new report by affordable housing advocates also shows that home is where the money is. The typical household in Fairfax County must earn $32.02 an hour to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment at fair market rate, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition. In the report, “Out of Reach,” Virginia is said to have the 13th highest ‘housing wage’ in the country.” [Reston Patch]
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Lululemon, a Canadian athletic apparel retailer, is launching a weekly fitness program in Reston Town Center next week.
Participants in the program, which is called Run RTC, will meet every Thursday at 6 a.m. outside its RTC location (11957 Market Street).
Each run will be between 25 to 45 minutes in the area.
The event is free and open to all. Registration is open online.
Photo via lululemon
Police said the vehicle was likely a sedan, according to witness accounts. The make, model and driver of the car are unknown.
The Fairfax County Police Department requests any with information to call the department’s crash reconstruction unit at 703-280-0543. Tips can be submitted anonymously by calling 1-866-411-TIPS or by text by sending “fccs” to 847411.
Seranno was killed while walking across South Lakes Drive towards Castle Rock Square on December 31.
Photo via Madison Grace Shannon/Facebook
Five candidates will participate in Reston Community Center’s candidate forum on September 11. The forum, which will guide voters on their preferences on who should fill three seats on RCC’s Board of Governors, takes place at RCC Hunters Woods at 6:30 p.m.
Voting in the annual preference poll will take place from September 6 through 27. Ballots will be delivered via mail to Small District 5 residential and commercial addresses after September 5. Voting requires a user ID and PIN to vote online, in-person or by mail.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will appoint members to the three three-year positions based on preferences stated by participants in the poll. RCC’s board is designed to bring social, recreational, cultural and educational activities throughout the district.
First-time candidates Laurie Dodd and Robert Petrine join incumbents Beverly Cosham, Michelle Moyer and Paul Thomas in the race for three positions.
Photos via RCC
The publication, which made different selections based on the type of waterpark, wrote that the water mine was one of the best in the area for children between ages 7 and 11.
“Older children beeline for the three lengthy, winding water slides standing three stories tall,” the magazine wrote. “There’s also a log walk, a lazy river, more slides, and a splash area for younger kids.”
The Fairfax County Park Authority wrote the following about the waterpark:
The Water Mine captures the excitement of the Old West’s Gold Rush with themed attractions including more than an acre of slides, flumes, sprays, showers, floatables, and an interactive water playground. Kids can careen off covered wagons, float on wild animals, dash through showers tipped from water-filled ore carts, or float along the Rattlesnake River, a 725-foot lazy river. The centerpiece is Pete’s Peak, a craggy mountain featuring water slides of various size and intensity.
Although the water mine will be open tomorrow (Friday) from noon to 6 p.m., it goes to the dogs with a season-ending event on Saturday (September 7) to benefit the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and the Fairfax County Park Foundation.
Photo via FCPA
More than 50 artists will converge at the Greater Reston Art Center’s gallery in Reston Town Center next month for the annual Monster Drawing Fundraiser.
The rally turns the gallery into a public performance space as artists create artworks on-site using the media of choice from 4-8 p.m.
Completed works are hung on the wall and are available for purchase at $75 each. If more than one person is interested in an artwork, the buyer will be determined through a drawing.
All proceeds from the event will benefit GRACE’s exhibition programs.
The event, which is sponsored by Collective Arts Brewing, is free and open for all.
Volunteers can sign up online to help with the event.
Photo via GRACE
Continuing my story about electric vehicles that began more than two decades ago, Jane and I purchased a Tesla a week ago. It is environmentally friendly, has many safety features, and will be very comfortable for my numerous trips to Richmond!
Take a Break Concert Series Today — Enjoy a performance by The Rick Whitehead Trio at Lake Anne Plaza today form 7-9 p.m. The event is free and open to all ages. [Reston Community Center]
Reston Built to Live, Work and Play — “Reston is an unincorporated area in Fairfax County, approximately six miles from Washington Dulles International Airport and 17 miles from downtown Washington, D.C. In 2018, Money magazine ranked it as the Best Place to Live in Virginia due to its many parks, lakes, golf courses and bridle paths and noted the shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities in Reston Town Center.” [The Connection]
Unlawful Entry Reported at Ledura Court Home — Police believe someone entered a vacant condominium on the 11700 block of Ledura Court sometime between August 24 and August 27. Nothing was taken. [Fairfax County Police Department]
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A new nursery school and day care program could be coming to Dranesville United Methodist Church.
The church, which already has a permit for a private school, is seeking to replace the current private school with a nursery school and day care program.
In an application submitted to Fairfax County on June 19, William Bliven, chairman of the church’s board of trustees, said the switch would “more broadly serve the surrounding community.”
The church is proposing no changes to its facilities, grounds or telecommunications facilities. However, 19 spaces for staff and parents — which are available on site — will be needed. The nursery and childcare program would have a maximum enrollment of 99 — 51 seats less than the previously approved private school.
The hours of the church would be tweaked slightly to accommodate working parents. The new program would be open on weekday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The application was accepted by the county earlier this month. Dates for future county meetings have not yet been docketed.
The church is located at 1089 Liberty Meeting Court in Herndon.
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