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Save the Date: Northern Virginia Walk Like MADD and MADD Dash Set for October

The 10th annual Northern Virginia Walk like MADD and MADD DASH is set for October 13 at the Herndon Police Department from 9 a.m. to noon.

Thousands are expected to rally together in over 90 cities across the country in order to increase awareness about drunk driving. Registration for the Herndon event, which is open online, will also take place on site from 8-9 a.m.

The police department is also accepting donations of used sneakers to donate to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), a nonprofit organization that seeks to eliminate drunk driving, prevents underage drinking and advocates for stricter impaired driving policies.

Donated items should not have any holes. Donations will be accepted at the race and at the Herndon Police Department (397 Herndon Parkway).

Photo via Walk like MADD

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Back to School Book Sale at Reston Regional Library Begins Today

The Friends of Reston Regional Library is hosting a back to school book sale that begins today and runs through Sunday (August 19).

More than 10,000 books in good condition will be available for purchase. Children’s selections range from board books to middle school books. Teaching and education materials, as well as books for teens, will also be available.

No scanners are allowed at this sale and volunteers reserve the right to limit purchases per family on a daily basis. No strollers are allowed in the sale.

The book sale runs today from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 1-3:30 p.m.

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Reston Association to Hold Information Session on Bus and Metro Services

Need some extra help getting around? Reston Association is hosting an information session on how to ride the bus and Metro.

The event, set for August 16 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., will offer attendees a hands-on learning experience. Participants will ride the Mobile Accessible Travel Training bus and get tips on reading bus schedules, route maps, calculating and paying fares, and other skills.

The bus will then stop at a Silver Line Metro Station, where participants will learn how to determine fares, buy Metrorail fare cards, load SmarTrip cards and read the rail system map.

The event is free. Attendees will meet on the training bus, which will be parked on the southwestern corner of the parking lot of the Reston Association (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive).

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‘Back 2 School Bash’ Offers School Preparation Resources on August 18

It’s that time of year again: Fairfax County Public Schools will begin the new school year on August 28. Ahead of the new academic year, a “Back 2 School Bash” with one-stop-shop resources for getting ready to go back to school will be held on Aug. 18 at South Lakes High School (11400 South Lakes Drive).

The event, which is free and open to all ages, will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local schools, government agencies and nonprofit providers will be on-site to provide information about resources, programs and services offered by community agencies and through other partnerships.

The bash is cosponsored by FCPS, Cornerstones, Reston Community Center, YMCA Reston, and Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Service.

For more information, contact LaTanja Jones, Collaboration and Outreach Director, at 703-390-6158, or [email protected].

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Save the Date: ‘Flavors of Fall’ Returns to Reston Town Center in October

It’s not too early to begin planning for the fall. Flavors of Fall, a free annual festival that includes live entertainment, dancing and family activities, returns to Reston Town Center on October 6.

Admission and parking are free for the event. Restaurants will serve up samplings of their favorite falls menus. Tickets are $1 each or $20 for 24 tickets. Most food tastings require between one and five tickets.

Beer prices are five tickets for a 16-ounce, mainstream beer, six tickets for a 12-ounce craft beer and three tickets for a five-ounce craft beer.  Wine is six tickets for a five-ounce poor and one ticket per wine tasting.

More information on the event will be released soon. The event is produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce.

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This Weekend: Eighth Annual Reston Kids Triathlon Returns

The eighth annual Reston Kids’ Triathlon will be held this Sunday at Ridge Heights Pool. 

Children between the age of 6 and 14 can compete in a mix of swimming, biking and running races. Participants between the age of 6 and 8 will take part in a 50-meter swim, a 1.1-mile bike ride and a 0.6-mile run. Children between the age of 9 and 11 will race in a 100-meter swim, a two-mile bike ride, and a one-mile run, while children between the age of 12 and 14 will go head to head in a 150-meter swim, a four-mile bike ride and a 1.4-mile run.

The event, which is sponsored by Reston Association and the YMCA-Fairfax County, will begin at 8 a.m.

Registration closes at 5 p.m. today. Participants must also be registered as youth members of the USA Triathlon. The registration cost if $45 for all participants.

Attendees are encouraged to park in the lot at South Lakes High School. Parking on Ridge Heights Road will be limited.

Photo by Sean Bahrami/RA

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Creative Response by Marine Biologist Response Set for Thursday

Heather Spence, a DC-based marine biologist, cellist and gamist will lead this month’s creative response at the Greater Reston Arts Center on Thursday (August 2) at 7 p.m.

Spence performs internationally as a soloist and with Arabic, Sephardic and world music ensembles. Locally, she has performed at George Washington University and has a Ph.D. in bio-acoustics from the City University of New York. She has also designed and taught courses on animal behavior, personality and motivation, and perception.

The Greater Reston Arts Center invites a creative professional to respond to work on view in the gallery one Thursday of each month. Spence will give a short presentation and lead an open conversation. The event, sponsored by Reston Community Center, is free and open to the public.

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Talk on Reston’s Environmental Quality Set for September 5

Aerial of Reston (Photo via Reston Historic Trust & Museum)

The Reston Historic Trust & Museum is hosting a talk on the environmental quality of Reston on September 5 at the Reston Community Center Lake Anne’s Jo Ann Rose Gallery.

Doug Britt, a Virginia Master Naturalist and project director for the first Reston Annual State of the Environment Report (RASER), will summarize the findings of the RASER and discuss new topics planned for this year’s report, which is currently in progress.  Britt will also provide an update on progress made since the first report was published in July last year.

The RASER included 60 recommendations on how to improve and protect Reston’s environmental quality. It is intended to summarize existing environment data, establish a baseline against which future changes can be measured and provide information that can policy and program decisions. The report covers topics like wildlife, light pollution, environmental education, water resources and air quality.

The second report will likely be submitted to Reston Association’s Board of Directions in the fall. Its scope was expanded to include more environmental attributes in Reston.

The event, which begins at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Photo via Reston Historic Trust & Museum

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Next Week: 4-H Fair and Carnival at Frying Pan Farm Park

The 70th annual 4-H fair and carnival returns to Frying Pan Farm Park next week from Aug. 2-5. The event offers livestock viewings, 4-H exhibits, food, carnival rides, game and live entertainment.

Tickets for carnival rides at $1 each or $24 for $20. Most rides require three to five tickets. Unlimited ride wristbands can be purchased for $16 until today (July 25) and between July 26 and August 1 for $18. All carnival games take cash only.

More information about activities planned for each day is available on the county’s website.

Frying Pan Farm Park is located at 2709 West Ox Road.

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This Weekend: Herndon High School Drama Boosters Club Presents ‘The Little Mermaid’

Middle school and high school students from the Herndon High School Drama Boosters Club will present “The Little Mermaid,” a full-length musical based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film produced by Howard Ashman and John Musker.

Performances, which will take place at Herndon Middle School (901 Locust Street), are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday (July 27) and Saturday (July 27). A Sunday show will take place at 2 p.m. 

The club will also offer a backstage tour for young children before Sunday’s matinee from 1-1:45 p.m. After each show, cast members will be available for photos.

It’s an amazing experience, as students must really come together as a team in order to put on this full-length production in less than four weeks,” said Renee Maxwell, a drama booster.

Tickets are $10 for students and children and $12 for adults if purchased online. At the door, tickets are $12 for students and children and $15 for adults.

The complete cast is below:

  • Director: Raphael Schklowsky, Theatre Director, Herndon High School
  • Vocal Director: Jane Waldrop, Music Teacher, Clearview Elementary School
  • Tech Director: Lukas Funke, FCPS Employee (and former Herndon High student)
  • Assistant Director & Choreographer: Erin Maxwell, Rising Senior, Herndon High School
  • Stage Manager: Gigi Henriquez, Rising Senior, Herndon High School
  • Orchestra Conductor: Jeremy Shoop, Director of Music Ministries, Holy Cross Lutheran Church
  • Costume Designer: Maria V. Bissex, Owner, MVB Costumes

Photos via Renee Maxwell

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Save the Date: Annual ‘Totally Trucks’ Event Set for Aug. 3

One of Reston Association’s most popular summer events, Totally Trucks, returns on August 3.

Children can climb on big construction equipment used by RA. A police and fire truck may also be on display. All children will receive a “Totally Trucks” construction helmet.

A horn-free hour will take place from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

The program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at RA’s Central Services Facility (12250 Sunset Hills Road). Fees are $1 per child age two and under and $2 per attendee above three years.

For more information, visit RA’s website.

Photo by William O’Brien

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Reston Regional Library to Hold Trivia Night

Reston Regional Library will host a trivia night on books tomorrow (Thursday) from 7-8:30 p.m.

The event is made possible through “The Great American Read” grant from the American Library Association and PBS. The Great American Read an eight-part show that explores the power of reading.

Reston Regional Library is one of 50 libraries in the country selected to receive the grant and host programming around the show.

During tomorrow’s trivia night, individuals are encouraged to form teams with three to five people. The top teams will win book-related prizes.

The event is open to individuals ages 13 and up.

Photo via PBS

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Reston Community Center Releases 2018-2019 Lineup for Professional Touring Artists Series

Reston Community Center has released its 2018-2019 lineup for its Professional Touring Artists Series.

Ticket sales will open to Reston residents and employee within Small District 5 on August 1. Proof of residence of employment status may be required. Sales will open to the general public on August 8.

Box office business hours are from 4-9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and on Saturday from 1-5 p.m. The box office also opens two hours before the curtain time for each performance.

This year’s lineup includes a mix of old and new professionals, including DeRay Mckesson a civil rights activist.

“From world-renowned authors to dance nights with the stars, from sensational jazz concerts to hysterical stand-up comedy, from a Broadway legend to an opera diva  – the CenterStage couldn’t be more diverse or more timely,” said RCC Director of Arts and Events Paul Douglas Michnewicz.

The complete lineup, provided directly from RCC, for the 2018-2019 season is after the jump.

Photo via RCC

2018 National Heritage Award Fellows at the Reston Multicultural Festival

Saturday, September 22, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (performance times vary)

Lake Anne Plaza (Free and open to the public)

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellowships are the nation’s highest honor in folk and traditional arts. Fellows this year are Carolyn Mazloomi, African-American quilter, and Eddie Bond, Appalachian old time fiddler.

Mazloomi’s quilts have been exhibited in venues such as the National Civil Rights Museum and the Renwick Gallery. Her quilts often reference African-American history as well as African ancestry. Bond is an Appalachian old time fiddler and lead vocalist for the New Ballard Branch Bogtrotters, which derives its name from the original Bogtrotters, the famous Galax, VA-area band of the 1930s.

The Bad Plus: Never Stop II

Sunday, September 30, 7:00 p.m. ($20 Reston/$30 Non-Reston)

The Bad Plus came together at the end of the 20th century and has avoided easy categorization ever since, winning critical hosannas and a legion of fans worldwide with their creativity, unique sound and flair for live performance. 

Armistead Maupin, Best-selling author and LGBTQ activist

Sunday, October 21, 7:00 p.m. ($20 Reston/ $30 Non-Reston)

Armistead Maupin’s iconic Tales of the City series has blazed its own trail through popular culture. 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. (Recommended for adults ages 18 and older; younger audience members must be accompanied by a parent or guardian).

Dr. Robert Sapolsky, acclaimed author, stress expert, biologist and neuroscientist

Wednesday, November 7, 8:00 p.m. ($20 Reston/ $30 Non-Reston)

Dr. Sapolsky is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University and a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research at the National Museum of Kenya. He lectures widely on topics as diverse as stress and stress-related diseases, baboons, the biology of our individuality, the biology of religious belief, the biology of memory, schizophrenia, depression, aggression and Alzheimer’s disease. His book Behave can be purchased prior to and after the performance.

Holiday Gospel Extravaganza with The Legendary Ingramettes

Sunday, November 25, 3:00 p.m. ($15 Reston/ $20 Non-Reston)

Known as the First Family of Gospel Music in Richmond, VA, The Ingramettes’ commanding performances demonstrate their extraordinary depth of talent in American gospel music. The Ingramettes have received numerous awards, including the prestigious Virginia Heritage Award, and recently performed at the Virginia Folklife Festival and the Library of Congress.

Happy Vaudeville Holidays with Mark Brutsché

Saturday, December 1, 11:00 a.m. ($5 Reston/ $10 Non-Reston)

With Christmas just around the corner, Santa has gone missing! His elves are on the hunt, but can they find him before it is too late? Join “Mr. Vaudeville and Friends” in this hilarious adventure filled with music, mayhem and laughter for an afternoon of holiday-spirited fun. 

Lúnasa Christmas from Ireland with Special Guest Singer Ashley Davis

Saturday, December 15, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. ($25 Reston/ $35 Non-Reston)

Internationally acknowledged as one of the finest traditional Irish instrumental bands, Lúnasa has performed across the globe since 1997. Featuring guest singer Ashley Davis and dancers, the band and their guests will create a musical, spoken word and entertainment tapestry taking the audience back to the Irish homeland in the days leading up to Christmas.

From Here to There: An evening with opera diva Elizabeth Bishop

Sunday, December 16, 7:00 p.m. ($15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston)

Critically acclaimed mezzo-soprano and Reston resident Elizabeth Bishop will present a thrilling evening on the theme of journeys, singing music from opera, classical song repertoire and American folk standards.

Reston Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Keynote Address and Community Lunch

DeRay Mckesson, Civil Rights Activist, author of The Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope

Monday, January 21, 12:00 p.m. ($5 Reston/ $10 Non-Reston)

Spurred by the death of Michael Brown and the subsequent protests in Ferguson, MO, DeRay Mckesson has become a leading voice in the effort to confront the systems and structures that lead to the mass incarceration and police killings of black and other minority populations.Mckesson’s newly released book On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope will be available for purchase before and after his keynote address, and the author will sign books following the community lunch.

Dabke, choreographed by Zvi Gotheiner, in collaboration with dancers

In partnership with Dance Place

Thursday, February 7, 8:00 p.m. ($20 Reston, $30 Non-Reston)

Dabke is based on a Middle Eastern folk dance, a line dance often performed at weddings, holidays and community celebrations. This beautiful, modern interpretation of this cross-cultural favorite explores themes of solidarity, tradition and the universal nature of dance. After the performance, learn how to do the dabke in our Community Room, when the performers become your teachers as we all celebrate community through dance.

An evening with Broadway legend Baayork Lee

Saturday, February 9, 8:00 p.m. ($15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston)

From her Broadway debut in The King and I  to starring in the original production of A Chorus Line, Baayork Lee has worked alongside some of the most famous musical theatre artists of the past 70 years. Spend an evening with this delightful Broadway veteran as she discusses sustaining a creative career, her intergenerational work with the National Asian Artists Project and the state of Broadway today.

Yumi Kurosawa with special guest Anubrata Chatterjee

Wednesday, February 13, 8:00 p.m. ($15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston)

Koto visionary Yumi Kurosawa teams up with world-renowned tabla player Anubrata Chatterjee for a romantic program that brings together two exciting musical traditions, bridging the cultures of Japan and India.

Ranky Tanky

Sunday, March 3, 7:00 p.m. ($20 Reston/$30 Non-Reston)

Ranky Tanky released their eponymous debut in October of 2017. By December of that year, their album had soared to the No.1 position on theBillboard, iTunes, and Amazon Jazz charts. From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the “Gullah” musical roots of Charleston, SC, are “rank” and fertile ground from which these contemporary artists are grateful to have grown.

Contra-Tiempo presents: joyUS justUS

In partnership with Dance Place

Thursday, March 14, 8:00 p.m. ($20 Reston/$30 Non-Reston)

With an invigorating blend of physically intense and socially astute interpretations that push the boundaries of Latin dance as an expressive cultural and contemporary form, Contra-Tiempo brings salsa back to its roots as a mode of expression for the struggles of the working class. Learn how to salsa in the Community Room after the performance, where the performers become your teachers as we all celebrate the communal nature of dance.

Reduced Shakespeare Company’s The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]

Wednesday, March 27, 8:00 p.m. ($25 Reston/ $35 Non-Reston)

Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild and memorable ride that leaves audiences breathless and helpless with laughter. In the spirit of Shakespeare himself, RSC shows contain some occasional bawdy language and mild innuendo. All children (and parents) are different, so we’ve chosen to rate our shows PG-13: Pretty Good If You’re 13.

Jazzmeia Horn

Saturday, March 30, 8:00 p.m. ($20 Reston/ $30 Non-Reston)

Jazzmeia Horn has a name that speaks for itself, capturing her very essence. With vocal confidence far beyond her years, the young singer arrives with a debut recording that serves as a clarion call proudly announcing the arrival of a confident musical talent with a bright future ahead of her, blessed with a name that carries its own destiny.

Liner Notes: A Musical Journey Through Hip-Hop’s Many Intersections

Sunday, April 7, 3:00 p.m. ($15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston)

This electrifying show combines live music, poetry and a multimedia design that enhances a medley of your favorite jams while bringing together generations of music lovers. Collide with music’s past and present through hip-hop samples and actual liner notes from your favorite LPs. featuring Paige Hernandez, Baye Harrell, Akua Allrich and Kris Funn’s Corner Store Jazz Quintet.

Trout Fishing in America

Saturday, April 13, 3:00 p.m. ($5 Reston/ $10 Non-Reston)

Trout Fishing in America is an eclectic folk/rock band best known for perceptive, funny and delightful music that has earned them a place in the hearts of kids and parents everywhere. 

Still Standing: A Musical Survival Guide to Life’s Catastrophes

with Anita Hollander, actress and disability rights activist

Wednesday, May 8, 8:00 p.m. ($15 Reston/ $20 Non-Reston)

Anita Hollander has established a highly successful career in New York and regional theatre, television and film despite having lost her leg to cancer. Still Standing has been presented at the Kennedy Center, The White House, Off-Broadway, Walt Disney World, throughout the United States and Russia. Stay afterward and learn about her views on disability as it’s depicted in modern media and theatre.

ETHEL with guest artist Robert Mirabal present

The River

Sunday, May 26, 7:00 p.m. ($15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston)

ETHEL and Robert Mirabal, Native American musician, instrument builder and three-time GRAMMY® Award winner, present their next evolution of the cross-cultural concert experience. The inspiration this time is “Water as the embodiment of Spirit, and its essential role in Life on Earth.” As delivered by these master performers, the effect is breathtaking, even ecstatic. Arrive early at 6:15 p.m. for a pre-show conversation with Robert Mirabal.

An Evening with Nancy Giles, CBS news commentator and comedian

The Accidental Pundette: Musings, Complaints, Shrieks and Sighs on American Politics

Saturday, June 1, 8:00 p.m. ($25 Reston/$35 Non-Reston)

For more than 14 years, Giles’ work on the Emmy Award-winning CBS Sunday Morning has received acclaim for its unique blend of common-sense wisdom, laugh-out-loud humor, and social and political commentary. 

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‘Building Worlds’ Exhibit Coming to Greater Reston Arts Center

An otherworldly exhibition that explores the intersection of science fiction, fantasy and science with fears, ideals and being human is coming to Greater Reston Arts Center this month.

The exhibit, slated for July 21 through September 15, will feature the work of Michael Booker, Rachel Guardiola, Timothy Harper, Laura Beth Konopinski, and Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann.

An opening reception and curator’s talk, free and open to the public, is set for July 21 from 5-7 p.m.

In a statement, GRACE issued the following description of the exhibit:

Recognizing that our retelling of the past changes constantly and opening ourselves to new possibilities can help to identify the biases of our accepted histories. The artists in this exhibition create their own worlds, including cultural references and artifacts, to question the assumptions of history-making and truth-telling.

Photos via GRACE

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Second Annual Roots Music Festival Set for Saturday

Six bands are on the lineup for the second annual Lake Anne Roots Music Festival.

The event, set for Saturday (July 14), will take place from 1-7 p.m. at Lake Anne Plaza.

Event-goers will get to take advantage of a full day of bluegrass and contemporary roots music from around the region. A plaza-wide beer garden is also part of the event, which is free and open to all.

The schedule for the festival is below:

  • 1 p.m.: Bobby Thompson
  • 2 p.m.: Morgan, Finch & Young
  • 3 p.m.: Jeff Welsch
  • 4 p.m.: Snakehead Run
  • 5 p.m.: Splitt String Soup
  • 6 p.m.: The Jakobs Ferry Stragglers

Photo via Lake Anne Plaza

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