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Pet of the Week: Destiny

by RestonNow.com Sponsor December 13, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

This is a sponsored post from Becky’s Pet Care, a professional pet care service in Northern Virginia.

Meet Destiny, a tabby kitten available for adoption locally.

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

Destiny is the smallest one in her litter. She craves physical contact and loves to snuggle. Although the smallest, she can hold her own with her siblings at playtime. Come meet this sweet young lady. She was about 6 weeks old the first part of October.

(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 Destiny 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.

by Fatimah Waseem December 8, 2017 at 2:45 pm 11 Comments

As the year winds down, tomorrow is the last day to enjoy the Reston Farmers Market for the year. The market, which is located on 1609 Washington Plaza, ends on Saturday at noon and will resume next year.

The market began its season in April will run from 8 a.m. to noon. Vendors create an eclectic gathering that offers locally grown produce as well as exotic imports from around the world. A complete list of vendors is available on the market’s site.

by Fatimah Waseem December 8, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

Editor’s Note: This is just a limited list of  events taking place in the Reston area this weekend. If you have an event you would like to ensure is listed on the website, be sure to submit it to our Events Calendar. Know of other events in the area? Comment below.

  • Enjoy “Cookies with Santa”  on Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon at The Lake House. Warm up with hot chocolate and cookies and enjoy festive crafts and activities. Tickets are $12 for Reston Association members and $16 for all others.
  • Dar Williams will sign and sign her book “What I Found in 1000 Towns: A Traveling Musician’s Guide to Rebuilding America’s Communities-One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, and Open-Mic Nigh at a Time.” The event will be held at Scrawl Books from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Obi Sushi in Reston Town Center is offering sushi-making classes on Saturday from 2 t0 4 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person. Register by call 703-766-7874.
  • Take a trip in a horse-drawn carriage on Sunday from 4 to 9 p.m. at Reston Town Center.  Tickets are $5 per person. Children under 5 ride free.
  • Holiday performances continue this weekend at Reston Town Center. On Friday, Oak Hill Middle School’s sixth grade chorus performs at 7 p.m. The Northern Virginia Ukulele Society will perform from noon to 12:45 p.m on Saturday and on Sunday at noon.
  • An opening reception to celebrate the exhibition of Paulina Peavy’s work, which illustrates her personal ontology, will be held on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Hop onto a mini-train on Sunday at Reston Town Center on Market Street near Clyde’s. Train rides will run from noon to 4 p.m.
  • Alan Tom will launch his new children’s book “Bugaboo and Buzz Buzz into the Toilet of Doom” on Sunday at Scrawl Books from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Dancers of all skills are welcome to join in on a Sunday full of dance from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods. Registration is $5 for Reston residents and $10 for all others.
  • Children can shop for gifts at Santa’s Christmas Shop at United Christian Parish (11506 North Shore Drive) from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The event is open to all ages.
  • Celebrate the season with Santa and friends at Frying Pan Farm Park. Programs begin at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. All children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

by Fatimah Waseem December 5, 2017 at 11:30 am 7 Comments

Nando’s PERi-PERi, a South African-Portuguese restaurant chain, raised $12,711 for two local public high schools at its grand opening in November.

To celebrate its new location on 2120 Sunset Hills Road, the chain donated 100 percent of all sales, excluding alcohol and taxes, to the two schools. In 2019, Herndon High School will use funds to send the marching band to represent the United States at the 75th Commemoration of D-Day in Normandy. South Lakes High School will use the donations to send their marching band to Hawaii to perform at the 2017 Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade, in addition to supporting other program needs.

Though the two schools are traditionally rivals, Nando’s said students from the two bands happily came together to raise money through the fundraiser.

“Nando’s likes to be good neighbors, and we couldn’t be happier with the community turnout in Reston,” said Sepanta Bagherpour, Nando’s vice president of marketing. “Students and parents at both high schools worked so hard to spread the word in their community, and to show support for their schools.”

Photo courtesy of Seven Oaks Media Group

by RestonNow.com November 29, 2017 at 11:30 am 35 Comments

The design behind Aperture Apartments, one of the first residential projects to open next to the new Metro station, was intended to fill a void in Reston’s architectural vernacular, according to the architecture firm behind the 421-unit luxury rental building.

“Our goal was to create a facade that would fill a decades-old gap in the city’s architectural vernacular,” said Rohit Anand, principal of KTGY Architecture + Planning, the architecture firm behind the design.

The project on 11410 Reston Station Blvd. is developed by Bozzuto Group and Veatch Commercial Real Estate in an effort to create an art-infused community that blurs the line between city and suburban living in a lower-density setting.

Anand said his team sought to create an entry plaza that would showcase a state-making art installation that would set the tone for the community. An underground parking garage with 589 parking spaces was also intended to enhance the experience on the street, he said.

The team also sought to create a community that would specifically attract artists and entrepreneurs. A double elliptical staircase in the lobby was intended to create a residential feel and lead up to gathering areas like an e-lounge and conference room, a library nook and a shared office area.

On the second floor, three interior courtyard will take up roughly 23,000 square feet of the space with a pool, grilling stations and seating. The courtyard connects to other rooms like a club lounge and an outdoor yoga center that is part of the building’s fitness center. A second courtyard contains a television, fire pit and seating. The third deck is intended to house a community dog run, according to the firm.

Aperture was previously the home of a retail strip center and a mini-storage facility.  The project is part of the ongoing $5.3 billion Dulles Corridor Metrorail project and Silver Line expansion.

by Fatimah Waseem November 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm 4 Comments

Here’s a round up of what’s going on in the community this weekend.  Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

  • On Friday, enjoy a full day of holiday events during the 27th annual Reston Holiday Parade, which runs from 8 a.m. through 10 p.m. at Reston Town Center. The complete schedule is available online.
  • South Lakes High School’s varsity football team plays in the Northern Region Championship at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $7 each. No backpacks, outside food and drink, bats and ball are allowed in the stadium.
  • Community Canteen is offering a Black Friday brunch between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday. The menu includes omelets, sandwiches, Belgian waffles, and more.
  • Mon Ami Gabi is also offering a Black Friday Brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • A book signing with Joan Waites and Lezlie Evants at Scrawl Books is set for Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Drag and contemporary artist Tennessee Loveless will be available for a book signing and the release of new art on Friday and Saturday from 2 – 6 p.m. at ArtInsights Gallery on 11921 Freedom Drive.
  • See the annual Gingerbread Village display at Hyatt Regency in Reston through January 4.
  • Drop by for a night of family fun at the Terry L. Smith Aquatics Center from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday. The entry free is $12 for Reston residents and $26 for all others. Groups of six or more must pre-register by calling 703-390-6150.
  • Sharpen your logic skills as you follow clues left by a wild turkey in the Turkey Trail at the Walker Nature Center on Saturday. RA members pay $5 and all others pay $7. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
  • On Sunday, find your glamour look for holidays parties at the Mary Kay Holiday Glamour event at Scout & Molly’s from 2 – 6 p.m.

Editor’s Note: This is an abridged list. If you know of other events, please comment below.

by Fatimah Waseem November 15, 2017 at 10:15 am 51 Comments

Reston’s ongoing impassioned debate on a move by county officials to change zoning rules to allow for more development will come to The Kojo Nnamdi Show today.

Hundreds of Restonians packed a public meeting earlier in late October to oppose the change, which many said opens up the area to further development without ensuring adequate infrastructure is already in place for current residents. Roughly 900 residents packed the meeting room after the first meeting was postponed due to an overwhelming outcry and burgeoning attendance from the community.

The show, which is on WAMI 88.5, a NPR member-station in Washington, will air at noon today. The segment is titled, “Growing Pains: Reston, Virginia Debates New Limit on Population Density.” The show issued the following description, which paints Reston’s debate as a microcosm of national development issues:

Developers and new residents are eying Reston, Virginia, and Fairfax County officials want to change zoning rules to allow them to move in. But in a trend that is playing out across the region, many long-time residents say their community is becoming too urban too fast. Critics are opposing a proposed change to a zoning ordinance that would raise the current population cap of 13 persons per acre to 16. And so many residents showed up to a meeting to discuss the change that it had to be rescheduled. Kojo explores Reston, Virginia’s growing pains and the difficulty of maintaining a suburban feel in a highly desirable, rapidly-growing region.

The show’s guests are Terry Maynard, co-chair of Reston 20/20 and Leslie Johnson, zoning administrator for Fairfax County.

Restonians can listen to the program when it is live on the radio at 88.5 FM or online at kojoshow.org. Listeners can also participate by calling  1-800-433-8850, emailing [email protected], or tweeting at @kojoshow.

by Fatimah Waseem November 14, 2017 at 2:45 pm 7 Comments

The Belgian bakery and restaurant Le Pain Quotidien will celebrate its opening earlier this month at Reston Town Center today through a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.

Light refreshments will be served from 5 – 7 p.m. The formal ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. Complimentary garage parking is available after 5 p.m.

The cafe opened on Nov. 2 at 11909 Democracy Drive. It is open from 7 am. to 9 p.m. daily. It will offer special seasonal items throughout the year. For the fall, they plan to offer treats such as a turmeric latte, spiced apple cider, Turkey Bánh Mì, a roasted pear and spinach salad, chicken “zoodle” soup and “Speculoos Tiramisu,” which the cafe describes as “a Belgian twist on the classic Italian treat.”

According to promotional material, LPQ is a privately-held company with headquarters in New York City and more than 200 locations on five continents. Its signature loaves come from the experiment of Alain Coumont, a young chef in Brussels, who opened a small bakery where he could knead flour, salt and water in 1990. Coumount struggled to find the right bread to serve at his restaurant.

For more information, visit the cafe’s website.

by RestonNow.com November 6, 2017 at 2:45 pm 0

Many pet lovers came out to Reston Town Center on Saturday for the Home 4 The Holidays pet adoption fair.

Roughly 40 different breeds were there from local purebred rescue organizations to be cuddled and played with.

The adoption fair was sponsored by GoodDogz.org.

by RestonNow.com November 6, 2017 at 10:30 am 5 Comments

Public Art Reston is growing up! The organization will celebrate its foray into double digits by celebrating its 10th anniversary with a birthday party this Thursday night, and the public is invited.

The nonprofit organization, which aims to celebrate the fine art through starting a dialogue about public works and bringing more of them into existence throughout Reston, got its roots in 2007 as the Initiative For Public Art – Reston. As the group turns 10 years old, representatives say they are experiencing a rebirth of sorts, including changing the name to Public Art Reston.

The group has helped introduce many public works of art throughout the Reston community over the past 10 years, including sculptures, statues and other works, as well as hosted many art-inspired events that engage people of all ages and encourage them to create their own works of art.

“This year’s community’s events like ChalkFest at Reston Town Center and the Annual Reception will celebrate this milestone year and the impact that public art has made on the Reston community, and the future of public art in Reston,” representatives say.

The organization is currently hosting an exhibit about the legacy of public art in Reston, entitled “Reston: The Art of Community Exhibition,” through Nov. 26 at the Reston Historic Trust and Museum, 1639 Washington Plaza.

The birthday party this Thursday will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Aperture, 11410 Reston Station Blvd. The cost is $25 per person and includes light food and drinks. A string quartet from South Lakes High School will perform, as well as a DJ. A public art activity will be available for participants to take part in, as well as raffles and a silent auction. Tickets can be purchased online. Donations to the organization can also be made through Public Art Reston’s website.

Image: Convergence sculpture at Aperture apartments, sponsored by Public Art Reston / Credit: Reston Now.

Image: ChalkFest event hosted by Public Art Reston / Credit: Reston Now.

by RestonNow.com November 3, 2017 at 2:45 pm 6 Comments

Reston Association staff announced that RA members can get free firewood this weekend.

Interested takers can get complimentary firewood at Brown’s Chapel Park, in the parking lot near the upper ball fields.

Staff said the firewood is available on a first-come, first-served basis as long as the supply lasts.

Brown’s Chapel Park is located at 1686 Browns Chapel Road, across from Lake Anne Plaza.

by RestonNow.com November 3, 2017 at 11:30 am 2 Comments

With relatively nice fall temperatures and only a slight chance of rain, there’s plenty to do around Reston and nearby this weekend.

(Editor’s Note: This is just a limited list of all the events taking place in the Reston area this weekend. If you have an event you would like to ensure is listed on the website, be sure to submit it to our Events Calendar.)

  • Tonight is the last game of the regular season for the South Lakes Seahawks football team. The game will take place at 7 p.m. at South Lakes (11400 South Lakes Dr., Reston) versus Herndon High’s Hornets. Game tickets are $5.
  • If your child is a fan of the book series “My Weird School,” “Genius Files” and “Baseball Card Adventures,” they can have the chance to meet author Dan Gutman at Herndon Middle School (901 Locust St., Herndon) tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. Ages 6 and up are welcome. Register for free online.
  • The Reston Farmers Market will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Lake Anne Village Center.
  • All are invited to an open house this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lake House (11450 Baron Cameron Ave., Reston). Enjoy light refreshments and views of Lake Newport while learning about all the different private events that can be held in Reston Association’s newest community property.
  • Get out into nature, make new friends and enjoy the fall colors, all while helping to keep Reston’s streams healthy. New volunteers are invited to help with stream monitoring this Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn to collect data, identify insects and more. Regular volunteers can even work their way up to receiving a stream monitoring certification. For more information or to volunteer, contact Ha Brock at 703-435-7986 or email [email protected]
  • The Reston Community Players’ 2017-18 season continues their presentation of Elton John and Tim Rice’s musical “Aida.” The show, winner of four Tony Awards, will be performed through Nov. 11 at Reston Community Center’s CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road). This weekend, the show is being performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $27, with student/senior tickets available for $23.
  • Scrawl Books pop-up store at Reston Town Center (11862 Market St.) has a number of events this weekend. On Saturday from 11-1 p.m. they will welcome children’s author Megan Wagner Lloyd to read and sign copies of her book “Fort Building Time.” Later that afternoon, staff from Greater Reston Arts Center will welcome artist Sue Wrbican and curator Lily Siegel to discuss the new art book “Biography of Catastrophe and the Eventual Outcome of an Instant,” from 3-4:30 p.m. in a free event that is open to the public. On Sunday from 4-6 p.m., Scrawl Books will welcome author LC Rogers to discuss and sign her book “Pocketbook Diaries.”
  • Nothing says autumn like s’mores by the campfire and harvest-themed wagon rides. Enjoy Cocoa Wagon Rides at Frying Pan Farm Park (2739 W. Ox Road, Herndon) this Saturday at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. Ages 2 and up are welcome. Cost is $10 per person. Register online.
  • The exhibit, Reston: The Art of Community, will continue at the Reston Museum (1639 Washington Plaza) this weekend. Produced by Public Art Reston in collaboration with the Reston Historic Trust & Museum, the display showcases the legacy of public art in Reston. The exhibition will be on display through Nov. 26.
  • Bring the whole family to Reston’s Plaza America (Plaza America Drive off Sunset Hills Road, Reston) on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. for the Plaza America Fall Fest. Bring toiletries or monetary donations for the local nonprofit Cornerstones and let the kids enjoy a petting zoo, pumpkin painting, coloring pages, making pipe-cleaner scarecrows, face painting and more. Parents are invited to enjoy live entertainment as well as samples, tastings and exclusive savings from Plaza America retailers. Parking is free.
  • Line dance, two-step, shuffle and swing the night away to popular country-western music at the Sunday Country-Western Dance at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods (2310 Colts Neck Road) tonight from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Ages 18 and up are welcome. Cost is $5 for Reston residents or $10 for nonresidents, collected at the door.

Image: South Lakes Seahawks football team / Credit: South Lakes Athletics

by RestonNow.com November 2, 2017 at 2:45 pm 3 Comments

One of Reston’s newest restaurants will celebrate its grand opening this month by donating a portion of sales to music programs at two local high schools.

Nando’s PERi PERi, a popular chain of South African-Portuguese casual dining restaurants known for its spicy, flame-grilled chicken, will open its 40th nationwide location at Reston Town Center-West on Monday, Nov. 13.

For its first Saturday in business, on Nov. 18th, representatives said 100 percent of sales on that day (minus sales tax and alcohol sales) will be donated to the music programs at both South Lakes High in Reston and nearby Herndon High School.

“This is all about being good neighbors, and Nando’s looks forward to becoming an integral part of the Reston community,” said Sepanta Bagherpour, Nando’s vice president of marketing. 

Representatives from South Lake High School say the school’s marching band is currently raising funds to help send students to Hawaii, where they have been invited to perform for the 2017 Pearl Harbor Memorial Day Parade next month. Herndon High is reportedly raising money to send their band to Normandy, France, where they have been invited to represent the United States in the 75th Commemoration of D-Day in 2019.

Though the two schools are traditionally rivals, Nando’s said students from the two bands are happily coming together to raise money through the fundraiser on Nov. 18.

“We are proud to support musical programs at two of the most impressive public high schools in Virginia,” Bagherour added.

Nando’s PERi PERi will be located at 12120 Sunset Hills Road.

by RestonNow.com November 2, 2017 at 11:09 am 2 Comments

We at Reston Now are very happy to share this email we recently received from Meghan and John, who say they are loving life with the new pair of cats they were inspired to adopt after seeing their photos in our weekly Pet of the Week column.

See photos of Stout and Porter above, and read what Meghan and John had to say about their new furry friends:

In debating what type of pet we should get (cat or dog), we “compromised” by agreeing to adopt “two cats and a dog,” even putting it our wedding vows.

While a dog isn’t feasible for us right now, we’ve kept our eyes out for a pair of bonded cats. Cue the “Pet of the Week” post about Werth and mention of his brother Harper. After meeting them and hearing that black cats are usually the last to be adopted, we knew we had found our cats.

We’ve had them about two weeks now and it seems like they’ve adjusted to all of the new sites and sounds (and humans) of their new home. Stout (née Harper) is energetic and the bolder of the two. His favorite activity is tumbling in the air as he plays with a feather toy. Porter (née Werth) is more subdued, but has one of the loudest purrs we’ve ever head.They both have a tiny, adorable “mew,” sounding just like little squeaky toys.

We’re so glad to have these guys – thanks for introducing us!

Meghan & John

 

Check out past Pet of the Week columns, with instructions on how to enter your pet to win at the bottom.

by RestonNow.com October 31, 2017 at 1:30 pm 5 Comments

The Belgian bakery and restaurant Le Pain Quotidien will celebrate its opening at the Reston Town Center this Thursday, Nov. 2.

The European cafe will serve different offerings for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, and will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day, RTC staff said today.

“A morning at the bakery begins with Daily Blend smoothies, organic skillet eggs and egg dishes, in addition to a range of organic breads, pastries, yogurt, coffee and teas,” LPQ representatives said in a press release.

For brunch, lunch and dinner, the bakery will offer their signature “tartines” open-faced sandwiches, alongside savory soups, salads and quiches, and in the evening, LPQ plans to serve organic wine.

The bakery will also offer special seasonal items throughout the year. For the fall, they plan to offer treats such as a turmeric latte, spiced apple cider, Turkey Bánh Mì, a roasted pear and spinach salad, chicken “zoodle” soup and “Speculoos Tiramisu,” which LPQ describes as “a Belgian twist on the classic Italian treat.”

Le Pain Quotidien will be located at 11909 Democracy Drive in the Reston Town Center. For more information, visit their website.

Image of menu items courtesy of Le Pain Quotidien

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