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by RestonNow.com — April 27, 2017 at 4:00 pm 3 Comments

Hundreds of volunteers are needed for the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival next month.

Organizers are recruiting 500 people to help with essential tasks such as artist hospitality, greeting festival visitors, promoting Greater Reston Arts Center, encouraging creativity at the Family Art Park and more. Time commitments range from a few hours to an entire day.

Information about volunteer opportunities is available at the Greater Reston Arts Center website.

Volunteers will receive a festival T-shirt and a program with restaurant coupons. Students may also receive community service hours. Individuals, teams of co-workers, friends and families are encouraged to participate, organizers say.

The event at Reston Town Center will begin with a kickoff party Friday, May 19 from 6-9 p.m., featuring complimentary food and wine along with the opportunity to mingle with artists and other dignitaries. Tickets are $50.

The festival itself will follow the next two days, with admission a $5 suggested donation for adults. It will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 20; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 21.

All interior streets of the Town Center will be reserved for pedestrians only, leaving an 11-block art walk. Boston Properties’ parking fees will be waived during the event, including during the kickoff party Friday.

Photo courtesy Greater Reston Arts Center

by RestonNow.com — April 21, 2017 at 1:30 pm 3 Comments

The annual Spring Festival is coming soon to the Walker Nature Center (11450 Glade Drive), and volunteers are needed to help manage the day’s festivities.

The free event is slated for 1-5 p.m. Saturday, May 6. It will feature entertainment, live animals, craft-making for kids, displays and information from local environmental groups, canoeing and kayaking on Lake Audubon, fishing, a native plant sale by Nature by Design, and more.

Entertainment, sponsored by Reston Community Center, will include shows by The Goodlife Theater, Mad Science and Wildlife Ambassadors. Acoustic music will also be provided by The Stewart Sisters, Song Garden and Hickory Grove.

Attendees are encouraged to park along Glade and Soapstone drives, or at Glade Pool.

Volunteers, ages 13 and up, are needed for 2 1/2-hour shifts during the day. Tasks will include working the registration table, performing as a mascot, selling concessions, helping with crafts and more. For more information and to receive a volunteer application, contact Ha Brock, Reston Association volunteer supervisor, at [email protected] or 703-435-7986.

File photo of 2016 Spring Festival courtesy Volunteer Reston

by RestonNow.com — April 19, 2017 at 11:30 am 0

Just when you thought knew every story Shakespeare had to offer, this show comes along.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company will perform “William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play” on Friday and Saturday nights at Reston Community Center’s CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road). The nationally touring comedy troupe claims the 90-minute play is an abridged version of a 100-hour-long work written by a 17-year-old William Shakespeare.

“We are totally not completely making this up,” they say in promotional material.

Typical to other Shakespearean works, the troupe says, the play contains “occasional bawdy language and mild innuendo.” With that in mind, the shows are rated PG-13 — “Pretty Good If You’re 13,” they say.

Tickets to the performance are $25 for Reston residents and $50 for non-residents. For more information, visit the Reston Community Center website.

Image courtesy Reston Community Center/Reduced Shakespeare Company

by RestonNow.com — April 19, 2017 at 10:15 am 2 Comments

The 10th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held Friday, April 28, from 5:30-8 p.m. at Floris United Methodist Church (13600 Frying Pan Road, Herndon).

Advance tickets for the event are $25 for adults. They will be $30 at the door. Tickets for children under 12 are $15.

For a small donation, guests receive a supper of soup, bread, beverage and dessert, as well as a handmade pottery bowl to keep as a reminder that there are those in our community with empty bowls. The event will feature entertainment and a raffle.

Among the local artists creating bowls for the event, which is sponsored by the Giving Circle of HOPE, are students at Madison High School. Attendees will select a handmade piece of pottery contributed by a Madison student or other local artist. Madison High School students, many of whom have been studying for several years and are accomplished potters, are working under the direction of art instructor Julia Bargo. About 30 students are involved with the project.

According to the Fairfax County Community Action Advisory Board, 1 in 15 people live in poverty, which is defined as an income of less than $23,850 for a family of four. All proceeds from the Empty Bowls fundraiser will be donated to Food for Others, the largest distributor of free food directly to the hungry in Northern Virginia.

“Empty Bowls engages the community to invest in Food for Others and it serves as a critical fundraiser to help us provide food for people in need throughout the year,” said Annie Turner, executive director of Food for Others. “This is the 10th year that The Giving Circle of HOPE has organized this event and we are thankful for their long-term support.”

For more information and to buy tickets online, visit www.givingcircleofhope.org.

Photo of Madison High School students courtesy Giving Circle of HOPE

by RestonNow.com — April 17, 2017 at 11:30 am 4 Comments

When “Romeo and Juliet” was first performed in the 1600s, all-male casts were used — women were not permitted on stage.

Next month in Reston, the script will be flipped.

DC troupe AnyStage Theater Company, which first brought Shakespeare to Reston with “Hamlet” in 2015, will return May 6-7 to stage an all-female version of the classic love story. Three stagings of the outdoor production are slated for Lake Anne Recreation Area (11301 North Shore Drive). A cast of seven women will portray 12 roles in the minimal-scenery show, which will also feature 21st-century costumes and music.

The show (trailer available on YouTube) is directed by Aria Velz and John-Nicholas Walsh.

“One of the best parts of having an all-female cast is talking about masculinity and femininity in the play,” Velz said in a news release. “Having a room full of women talk about not only womanhood but our perspective of manhood makes for insightful and hilarious moments while staging, particularly in the scenes with only male characters.”

Diane Samuelson plays Romeo.

“One of my favorite aspects is the energy and enthusiasm from everyone in the cast getting to tackle roles we wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to play,” she said of the show.

Kirsten Koch portrays Juliet in the show.

“Juliet is often seen as sort of a half-person, defined by being in a pair with Romeo rather than as an actual character,” Koch said. “This production really highlights that Juliet is much more complex than she gets credit for. We can see the strength of her character in her refusal to follow along quietly.”

Velz says she hopes the show reaches the audience in a specific way.

“We’re hoping audiences really see how the masculinity and braggadocio that boys and men display can be ridiculous,” she said.

The performances will be Saturday, May 6 at 2 p.m.; and at both 2 and 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 7. Performances are free but donations are welcome.

Image courtesy AnyStage Theater Company

by RestonNow.com — April 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm 9 Comments

The 26th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival is just a little over a month away.

Thousands of people are expected to enjoy the festival, which will take place May 19-21 at Reston Town Center. The event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Greater Reston Arts Center (12001 Market St.).

Around 200 exhibiting artists will be filling the streets to show off their wares during the event. The festival is an honoree in the America’s Best Art Fair Awards competition, which recognized it as one of the top juried art fairs in the country.

The event will begin with a kickoff party Friday, May 19 from 6-9 p.m., featuring complimentary food and wine along with the opportunity to mingle with artists and other dignitaries. Tickets are $50.

The festival itself will follow the next two days, with admission a $5 suggested donation for adults. It will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 20; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 21.

All interior streets of the Town Center will be reserved for pedestrians only, leaving an 11-block art walk. Boston Properties’ parking fees will be waived during the event, including during the kickoff party Friday.

File photo

by Dave Emke — April 10, 2017 at 2:45 pm 1 Comment

Reston’s roots and its future were celebrated Saturday during Founder’s Day, marking the 53rd anniversary of the community.

From the art walk to the crafts, food and music, there is a lot to like about Founder’s Day, said Raba Letteri.

“This is like a tradition for us,” said Letteri, who was attending along with her husband, Paul, and sons Joseph and Aaron. “Every year, we go do the 5K and then we come here for the event … and to support the businesses.”

Those who were at Lake Anne Plaza on Saturday had a lot of activities from which to choose. The opening of Kiln & Co. was a big hit with many children and adults, all of whom were able to enjoy free custard. Kids including little Leila (pictured) and her brother Emory enjoyed painting their very own ice cream bowls — after their faces had been painted by the artist outside on the plaza.

Kiln & Co. wasn’t the only business with special goings-on Saturday, as all of the plaza’s storefronts were bustling with activity and special offers for visitors. Grown-ups also were able to enjoy a public art tour, films, book signings and more as they learned more about Reston during the day.

Joseph Letteri, a senior at South Lakes High School, said he’s been coming to Founder’s Day with his parents as long as he could remember and he’s always had a good time. He said he respects what Reston’s founder, Bob Simon, had in mind when he created the community.

“[Reston] is very unique,” Joseph said. “From the very start, Reston accepted all different types of backgrounds.”

The annual Founder’s Day celebration is presented by the Reston Historic Trust with support from Reston Community Center, and it is co-sponsored by Reston Association and Public Art Reston.

by RestonNow.com — April 6, 2017 at 4:15 pm 0

Children ages 6 to 14 are invited to participate in the annual Reston Kids Triathlon. Registration starts next week.

The triathlon is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 6 at Ridge Heights Pool (11400 Ridge Heights Road). Participants will be broken into three age groups to tackle the course:

  • Ages 6-8: swim 50 meters, bike 1.1 miles, run 7/10th of a mile
  • Ages 9-11: swim 100 meters, bike 2 miles, run 1 mile
  • Ages 12-14: swim 150 meters, bike 4 miles, run 1.4 miles

At least one free training clinic will be offered to registrants in June or July to help them understand what to expect on the day of the event.

Volunteers are also sought for the event. In addition, individuals or businesses are invited to make donations to sponsor children in the race. The event itself is co-sponsored by Reston Association and the YMCA Fairfax County-Reston.

The 2016 race had more than 200 participants.

Registration for the seventh annual event begins Wednesday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at the event’s website.

Image via Kristina Alcorn/Reston Association on Facebook

by RestonNow.com — April 3, 2017 at 10:15 am 0

The 14th annual Nature House 5K run/walk is slated for Saturday at the Walker Nature Center (11450 Glade Drive).

The event, open to all ages, benefits the Friends of Reston. The course mostly consists of paved walkways in neighborhoods as well as pathways at the Nature Center and through Glade Stream Valley Park.

The course is very similar to that of the Reston Sprint Triathlon, according to RA Parks & Recreation Director Larry Butler, making this a “great warmup race.”

T-shirts will be given to all pre-registered participants, and to walk-in registrants as supplies last. Post-race festivities will include an awards ceremony and a prize drawing, in addition to the presentation of overall and age group medals and prizes.

Registration is $30 for ages 13 and up, $20 for those 12 and under. Walk-in registration will begin Saturday at 7 a.m., with the race to start at 8.

The Friends of Reston is a nonprofit organization that works to support Reston Association in performing charitable, educational and scientific purposes. The Nature House, gifted to RA in 2009, is its flagship project.

Photos via Active.com registration page

by RestonNow.com — March 31, 2017 at 4:00 pm 3 Comments

Major League Baseball arrives for 2017 on Monday, with the hometown Washington Nationals hosting the Miami Marlins for a season-opening matinee.

Those who take the Metro down to Nationals Park for the game will be in for an added treat, as Reston Station at Wiehle-Reston East will be hosting a baseball celebration from 10 a.m. to noon. The fun will include live music, a cornhole competition, hot dogs and more. In addition, the first 50 riders who show their ticket stubs will get free parking passes for the station’s ParkX.

The Nationals will continue the series against the Marlins with a game Wednesday night. The festivities at Reston Station that evening will take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

For more information about upcoming events at Reston Station, visit its website.

by RestonNow.com — March 29, 2017 at 4:00 pm 0

Milking cows. Feeding the livestock.

It’s all part of a day’s work for a farmer. Beginning in April at Frying Pan Farm Park (2709 W. Ox Road, Herndon), local families are invited to find out what it’s like.

The Junior Farmer Family Fun program will take place at the park every other Thursday beginning April 6. Open to ages 2 and up, the program will give participants the chance to get up close and personal with farm life by helping with a variety of the chores.

Topics and activities will vary throughout the six weeks of the program, which will go from 4 to 5 p.m. each day. Cost to participate is $7 per person, per week. All children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Frying Pan Farm Park preserves and interprets a farm of the 1920s-1950s, including the agricultural process, rural community life and landscape. Its goal is to provide for the educational, cultural and recreational enrichment of citizens and visitors of Fairfax County.

For more information about Frying Pan Farm Park, the program or other activities that are available, call 703-437-9101 or visit its website.

Photo via Fairfax County Park Authority

by RestonNow.com — March 27, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

Dogs will be the guests of honor Saturday during the “Wag Fest” celebration in Reston.

At the event, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., dog lovers will have the opportunity to, among other activities:

  • Learn about the county’s nine dog parks and find out about opportunities to serve as a volunteer dog park monitor
  • Visit with search and rescue dogs from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue’s Virginia Task Force 1
  • See a police K9 unit demonstration
  • Treat their dogs to handmade doggie treats
  • Get a lesson in dog park etiquette and speak with service dog trainers
  • See the latest in doggie goods from local vendors of dog merchandise and services
  • Purchase a dog license

Among the presenters will be the Fairfax County Animal Shelter, Weber’s Pet Supermarket, Gordon’s Grill and Off-Leash K9 Training LLC.

The free event will be held both inside and outside the North County Governmental Center (1801 Cameron Glen Drive). For more information, call 703-324- 8662 or visit the event’s Facebook page.

by Dave Emke — March 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm 0

Raul Midon - courtesy Raul Midon/Reston Community Center

A new album from singer, songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón comes out Friday — and Reston residents have a chance to be among the first to hear the new tunes live.

Reston Community Center’s latest artist-in-residency, Midón will bring his jazz, soul and pop performance to the stage at RCC’s CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road) at 8 p.m. March 29. The preceding day, he will perform privately for South Lakes High School and Langston Hughes Middle School students.

According to a press release from Reston Community Center, the title track of the new album — “Bad Ass and Blind” — tells you what you need to know about him:

“His work is bold, dynamic and demonstrates his genius. The title track alone is a tour de force that finds Midón celebrating blindness with a ripping guitar solo and fierce spoken word rhyme. This and many more of his musical gems come with stories that Raul will break down for us.”

Midón, who was blind at birth, sang backup vocals for artists including Shakira, Julio Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez and Christina Aguilera before releasing his major-label solo debut, “State of Mind,” in 2005. He performed the title track from that album on both “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” (To see more of Midón’s performances, visit his YouTube channel.)

“We selected Raul Midón as our artist-in-residence this season because he brings a singular perspective and style to his music and a positive message of overcoming adversity,” said Paul Douglas Michnewicz, RCC’s arts and events director, in the press release. “Our goal is to give Reston students the opportunity to experience the work and background of a musical genius as well as the ability to see multiple points of view. Raul’s cultural frame of reference and his holistic response to his blindness help students connect and fosters respect for our differences.”

Tickets for the public performance at CenterStage are $15 for Reston residents and $20 for non-residents. They are available for purchase online and at CenterStage’s box office.

Photo courtesy Raul Midón/Reston Community Center

by RestonNow.com — March 22, 2017 at 10:15 am 3 Comments

Reston AssociationReston Association is welcoming new — and “not-so-new” — members to an open house to learn more about what the community has to offer.

The event will be held Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at The Lake House (11450 Baron Cameron Ave.).

According to a flier advertising the event, attendees will be able to:

  • learn about aquatics, camps, environmental education and tennis programs
  • learn about upcoming RA events for all ages
  • meet members of the RA Board of Directors and advisory committee
  • purchase pool and tennis passes and learn how to use WebTrac
  • learn about how to get involved in Volunteer Reston
  • vote in the RA Board of Directors’ election
  • meet with the Covenants Advisor and learn about services provided to property owners
  • meet local elected officials and community organization representatives

Refreshments will be provided by Jersey Mike’s, and door prizes will be awarded.

RA’s event calendar shows additional open house events at The Lake House are scheduled for April 30 and May 21.

Attendees are being asked to used WebTrac to register for the event. For more information, email [email protected] or call 703-435-6530.

by RestonNow.com — March 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm 3 Comments

2017 Reston Runners Marathon course map

The 2017 Runners Marathon of Reston is scheduled for Sunday, April 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Race proceeds go to the Reston Runners Community Fund, designed to support the Reston community by providing scholarships to area student-athletes and financial support for athletic programs.

The marathon course traverses Ridge Heights Road, Soapstone Drive, Sunrise Valley Drive, Twin Branches Road, Lawyers Road, Steeplechase Drive and South Lakes Drive, as well as portions of Reston’s trail system. Marathoners will circle the 13-mile course twice.

In addition to the marathon, a half-marathon and marathon relay will also be run. Organizers say about 700 runners in total are registered, representing 20 states. Runners from as far away as Hawaii are registered to participate.

In addition, nearly 250 community members — including Reston Runners club members, Boy Scouts and more — will be helping along the route, as well as in the days leading up to and following the event. Anyone interested in signing up as a volunteer will get a long-sleeved T-shirt, a commemorative glass and other thank-you items.

No roads are scheduled to be closed, with runners expected to stay within coned-off sections of roads along the course. However, police reserve the right to close roads for safety as needed.

Map courtesy Reston Runners

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