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by Fatimah Waseem December 14, 2017 at 11:30 am 0

by RestonNow.com December 14, 2017 at 10:15 am 0

Reduced Shakespeare Company, a troupe that has been performing shows for more than three decades, will bring their interactive skits to Reston Community Center’s CenterStage on Saturday.

The group will perform “The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)” on Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. in an effort to “rekindle the joy, inner-child and familial dysfunction inside us all,” according to the troupe’s description of the show.

Audience members can bring a Christmas gift of $5 value or less and participate in an audience gift exchange. RSC’s shows are known for their unique tongue-in-cheek interpretations of the world and interaction with the audience during live shows.

During the show, the artists will describe how Santa saved Christmas, delve into the history of famous Christmas traditions, explore the origin of the term nutcracker and more.

Tickets are $25 for Reston residents and $35 for all others. For more information, visit RCC’s website or call Paul Douglas Michnewicz, the arts and events director at 703-390-6167.

by RestonNow.com December 13, 2017 at 10:15 am 7 Comments

The Washington Nationals will bring out their Racing Presidents today at Reston Town Center.

During the fourth inning of every Nationals home game, Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and Herbert Hoover race in what has become a fixture of games since 2006.

The presidents are introduced individually when they enter the park and they run along the track and turn for a final sprint along the first base foul line. This year, the race featured the original “Rushmore Four,” restoring a traditional lineup that competed in earlier races.

At Reston Town Center, the presidents will entertain guests at Fountain Square around the skating rink. The event will run from 5 – 7 p.m. and will include entertainment and giveaways.

by Fatimah Waseem December 11, 2017 at 2:45 pm 0

The work of Tracie Griffith Tso, a Chinese brush painting instructor at the Reston Community Center, is on display at RCC Hunters Woods through Jan. 4.

Griffith Tso began painting her first bamboo brushstrokes in a California studio and honed her skills under the training of a Hong Kong master. She created functional clay art at the age of 12 and now specializes in traditional flower bird painting.

In a release, Griffith Tso said enjoys painting without sketching, a form of spontaneous expression that she said reflects emotions and movement in body language, especially in freestyle drawings of animals. She uses traditional ink made of rice stalks and other organic materials on rice paper using wolf hair brushes.

The artist also sells her pottery and prints at the Torpedo Factory’s’ Scope Gallery in Alexandria. She lives in Reston with her husband and workshop rabbit and muse, Cleo. She has taught Chinese brush painting at art centers and museums nationwide. Griffith Tso also works with other media like tiles, apparel, accessories and professional graphics, according to her website.

The exhibit, titled “Far East Echoes: Broad Brushstrokes and Loving Details,” is on display through Jan. 4.

Image via Inksart.com

by Fatimah Waseem December 7, 2017 at 2:45 pm 3 Comments

Opponents of a proposal before the county to increase Reston’s population density continue to mobilize ahead of community meeting on Monday night.

The Coalition for a Planned Reston, a community organization that includes Reclaim Reston, Reston 20/20 and the Reston Citizens Association, will gather community feedback about the proposal and discuss specific changes to scale back Reston’s master plan in an effort limit the scale of development in the planned community.

The proposal, which will go before the county’s Board of Supervisors, would increase the maximum allowed population per acre in the Planned Residential Community district from 13 persons up to 16.

The zoning change could also open up Reston’s village centers to increased residential development. The proposal would allow the Board of Supervisors to approve developments above 50 residential units per acre within the district’s Transit Station Areas (TSAs) — so long as the projects comply with the area’s master plan that guides development.

Reston Association staff opposed the changes. In a letter, In the letter, the RA staff also asks county supervisors to hold off on any further consideration of the PRC density cap increase until RA staff and county staff together can examine the Reston Master Plan portion of the county’s Comprehensive Plan.

Meanwhile, the coalition will pitch amendments to Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins before Christmas. Overall, the coalition is seeking to constrain density growth and ensure infrastructure keeps up to pace with development.

CPR hopes to maintain the intensity of opposition to the proposal, which eclipsed in late October during a 900-person public community meeting in Reston where an overwhelming majority of attendees opposed the proposal.

“We are anxious to present what we believe are reasonable Reston plan amendments to Supervisor Hudgins rather than just denoting a list of topic areas where changes could be made,” said Terry Maynard, co-chair of the Reston 20/20 Committee. “We are hopeful that the community will buy in to these proposals and possibly suggest some modifications and additions.”

Changes under consideration include reinstating a population cap throughout Reston which existed in the community’s 1989 plan; placing a cap on high-density, high-rise residential development, which the coalition stated is unlimited in the current plan; and phasing development with supporting infrastructure similar to the Tysons plan.

On a broader level, the coalition seeks to ensure county policies and standards that govern schools, parks and transportation are realistically in line with Reston’s growth potential.

CPR will also use the meeting platform to discuss other controversial zoning matters, including the “densification of Saint Johns Woods” and the addition of a road through Hidden Creek Country Club.

“The last minute inclusion by the Planning Commission of developer language allowing Bozzuto to re-develop St. Johns Woods at triple its current density is a perfect example of community exclusion in the development process,” said Reclaim Reston member Bruce Ramo.

The meeting will be held on Monday at 7 p.m. in the Reston Association Conference Center.

by Fatimah Waseem December 7, 2017 at 1:30 pm 20 Comments

Tamika Mallory, co-chair of this year’s Women’s March in Washington, will deliver the keynote address at the 33rd Annual Reston Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration on Jan. 15.

Mallory, a social justice advocate helped organize the march with drew several hundred thousand participants this year. She has closely worked with the Obama administration to advocate for civil rights, women’s rights, health care, eradicating gun violence and eliminating police misconduct.

In a statement, Leila Gordon, Reston Community Center’s executive director, said Mallory’s address will encourage the community’s youth to participate in the celebration.

“It’s clear that civil rights issues are more important than ever and that new perspectives and voices are contributing to the vitality of the movement… Mallory is one of the young people who have stepped forward to advance the cause for universal social justice and equity passionately and effectively,” Gordon said.

The address will begin at noon at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods (2310 Colts Neck Rd.). Tickets are $5 for Reston residents and employees and $10 for all others.

Mallory’s address is part of a three-day celebration at the community center. Events include community service projects, a 12th annual tribute by RCC’s orchestra and other programs. For more information, contact Kevin Danaher, community events director at 703-390-6166 or by email at [email protected]

A full program of the weekend is available on RCC’s website.

Photo via Reston Community Center

by Fatimah Waseem December 7, 2017 at 10:15 am 1 Comment

The Greater Reston Arts Center will hold an opening reception on Saturday centering around the work of Paulina Peavy, a formally trained artist who came to believe people came spirits and inhabited the universe as invisible atoms that could mold into various forms when they reached Earth.

The reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Greater Reston Arts Center. The exhibit, which will be open for view from Saturday through Feb. 17, is the first to bring together a selection of Peavy’s work across disciplines, representing the artist’s radical worldview and philosophy.

GRACE promoted the following description of Peavy and her work:

Paulina Peavy (b. 1901 Colorado Springs, Colorado; d. 1999, Bethesda, Maryland) was a prolific artist who worked across genres including painting, drawing, poetry, and film. Though formally trained in art and science, Peavy excused herself from the mainstream arts community after becoming a regular attendee at a weekly séance in 1932. At these gatherings, the artist was introduced to her spirit muse, Lacamo, who she came to collaborate with for the remainder of her life.

Image via GRACE

by Fatimah Waseem December 4, 2017 at 10:15 am 0

Retired NBA player Grant Hill visited South Lakes High School for his jersey retirement ceremony where he appreciated his Reston roots. The Washington Post published a recap of the ceremony this weekend.

Grant played four teams in his 19-year professional career as a basketball player in the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers. He was a seven-time NBA Allstar. As an eighth grader, Grant wore a tie to Langston Hughes Middle School in order to match the dress code of South Lakes High School’s basketball team, which had a dress code on game days.

According to the Post, Grant said:

“The last thing on my mind was the NBA or college, I just wanted to play here at South Lakes. That was what I wanted to do,” Hill said. “It was a different time . . . you spent your Friday nights watching high school sports and that was entertainment for a whole community, so I just wanted to play at South Lakes and that was pretty much it.”

No Seahawks basketball player with wear No. 32 again after the retirement ceremony. Local teachers and attendees told the Post the Grant’s presence brought closure to the community.

“Not only athletically but socially as a citizen of Reston, Grant brought a lot to the community with his overall demeanor in everything he does,” said Wendell Byrd, who stepped down as South Lakes coach in 2007. “Grant went away and continued to blossom and tonight he shared with the Reston area that ‘I’m still a Reston kid.’ ”

Junior point guard Cameron Savage told the Post that he felt like Grant opened up to the community in a cordial manner.

“For him to come back, it means the world for us,” Savage told the Post. “He had so much success, but he came back and treated us like we’ve known him for 30 years, he treated us like we were his best friends. Tonight was special.”

Photo via the Washington Post

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

Lake Anne Plaza is gearing up for the annual “Jingle on Lake Anne” this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The program includes a variety of festivities, including strolling carolers, a petting zoo, music, wine tastings and cookie decorating. The event is hosted by Lake Anne Merchants.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Craft Market
  • 10 a.m. – noon – Cookie & Kid Crafts
  • 11 a.m. -1 p.m. – Elementary School Choruses
  • Noon-2 p.m. – Santa arrives with Paddleboards
  • 2 p.m.– Close: “Pop-up” Bar
  • 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Live Music on Plaza

For more information, visit the festival’s website.

by Fatimah Waseem December 1, 2017 at 11:30 am 0

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. Know of other events in the area? Comment below.

  • More than 50 artists will transform the Greater Reston Arts Center into a working art station at the center’s “Monster Drawing Rally” on Saturday from 1 – 5:30 p.m. Artists will turn GRACE’s gallery into a public performance theater by creating artwork on-site using various media. Audience members can purchase artwork for $75 per piece as it is created.
  • Sue Fliess will read and sing her new book “We Wish for a Monster Christmas!” at Scrawl Books (11862 Market St.) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event includes monster coloring.
  • Enjoy holiday performances at The Promenade in Reston Town Center this weekend. On Saturday, Tenor Timor McKee will perform at 2 p.m. Guitarist Eric Waters will perform at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Experience a horse-drawn carriage ride on Saturday between 4 and 9 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Carriages will depart from Mark Street near Clyde’s.
  • The Reston Farmers Market will take place from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Lake Anne Village Center.
  • Terry Tempest Williams, an environmental activist, will speak about America’s national parks at CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road) on Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. Williams is the author of the book, “The House of Land: A Personal Typography of America’s National Parks.”
  • On Saturday, shop at ‘Gifts from the HeART,’ an event at Reston Community Center where the building will become a festive marketplace of food and gifts. Original artwork will be available for purchase. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Make winter wreaths at the Walker Nature Center on Saturday from 10:30 to noon. All ages are welcome. Registration is $25 per person.
  • Take a chartered bust rip to Constitution Hall for the Holiday Music Festival to enjoy sounds of the holiday season on Sunday. All ages are welcome. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Buses will leave at 1:15 p.m. at Hunters Woods Shopping Center and 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Lake Anne Plaza.
  • At Frying Pan Farm Park on Saturday, staff will be available to help children and young adults between the ages of 3 and 16 to shop in the park’s country store, which has a wide selection of unusual gifts for a child-sized budget. To register for a half-hour shopping trip, visit the park’s website. Adults must wait on the site. The cost is $2 per child.
  • Participate in country western dance at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods on Sunday from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Tickets are $5 for Reston residents and $10 for all others.
  • Enjoy a mini-train ride on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Trains will leave from Market Street near Clyde’s. Proceeds will benefit Friends of Reston.
  • The Walker Nature Center will host an open house on Sunday from 1 – 3 p.m. The open house includes refreshments, live holiday music and ornament-making. No registration is required.
  • Congregation Beth Emeth in Herndon will host a Hanukkah boutique on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Participate in a “Menorah Magic” workshop at Reston’s Home Depot (1651 Reston Parkway) on Sunday. Shifts run between 3:30 and 4:15 p.m. and between 4:30 and 5:15 p.m.
  • The Lake House will also have an open house on Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon.
  • Celebrate the holiday season with Santa at Frying Pan Farm Park on Sunday. One-hour programs include cookie decorating, games, and letter-writing to Santa. Programs begin at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register online.

by Fatimah Waseem November 30, 2017 at 11:30 am 0

Reston Community Players will kick off the new year with a performance featuring the story of the world before the fabled adventure of Peter Pan and Captain Hook.

The group will present Rick Elice’s “Peter and the Starcatcher” from Jan. 19 through Feb. 3 at Reston Community Center’s CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road).

According to information provided by Reston Community Players about the show:

Before Wendy… Before the dreaded Captain Hook… Before a boy named Peter Pan… There is a tale you may not know about; an apprentice starcatcher named Molly, a pirate named Black Stache, and a nameless orphan. Thrown together in a perilous adventure, they are about to find themselves on a life-changing journey on the high seas.

Based on the novel by humorist Dave Barry and suspense writer Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling, grownup prequel to the treasured story of Peter Pan. The winner of 5 Tony Awards in 2012, this magical and hilarious tale of fantasy will make your imagination take flight with clever wordplay, daring movement, and live music.

Shows will begin at 8 p.m. except for two shows on Feb. 27 and 28. For tickets and information, call the box office at 703-476-4500, ext. 3 or purchase tickets online.

In its 51st season, Reston Community Players is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has been producing high quality theatrical productions since 1966. RCP is partially funded by grants from Fairfax County, in cooperation with the Arts Council of Fairfax County.

Photo courtesy of Reston Community Players

by RestonNow.com November 29, 2017 at 10:15 am 8 Comments

Terry Tempest Williams, an environmental activist and author, will be featured in “The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks” on Saturday at CenterStage.

Her book has been called a love letter to America’s national parks. Reston Community Center’s website published the following biographical information about Williams:

A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice. “So here is my question,” she asks, “what might a different kind of power look like, feel like, and can power be redistributed equitably even beyond our own species?”

The event will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets for Reston residents are $15 and $20 for all other. Purchase tickets online. For more information, call 703-390-6167 or visit RCC’s website.

by Fatimah Waseem November 27, 2017 at 2:45 pm 0

More than 50 artists will transform the Greater Reston Arts Center into a working art station at the center’s “Monster Drawing Rally” on Saturday from 1 – 5:30 p.m.

Artists will turn GRACE’s gallery into a public performance theater by creating artwork on-site using various media. The event is designed as a fundraiser for the center. Audience members can purchase artwork for $75 per piece as it is created. If there are multiple bids for the same piece, a drawing wll be used to select the winner of the piece.

The event will also include a monster rally for children in a separate area. Children can create their own artwork and hang it for public display. A cash bar for attendees 21 years and older will also be on on-site.

Participated artists include Sondra Arkin, Timothy Devenney and Josh Whipkey. Admission is free, but RSVPS are requested online.

For more information, visit GRACE’s website. Volunteers can also sign-up online.

Photo courtesy of Southern Exposure via GRACE

by Fatimah Waseem November 27, 2017 at 10:15 am 0

Jurisdictions in Northern Virginia are collecting gently used and new coats and blankets for Syrian refugees in this year’s donation drive. The drive is powered by the Northern Virginia Relief Center, a nonprofit organization that aims to create a better life for people who come to Northern Virginia from around the world.

Since 2013, the drive has collected more than 100 tons of donations for Syrian and Iraqi refugees from jurisdictions like Fairfax County, Prince William County and Alexandria. Last year, 40,000 blanket and 33,000 winter coats were collected at over 100 drop-off sites throughout the country.

Donations will be accepted through Sunday at more than 30 locations. Local government drop-off locations will stop collecting donations at 5 p.m. on Friday.

In Reston, donations can be made at the Hunter Mill District Supervisor Office (1801 Cameron Glen Drive) Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A complete list of all drop-off locations is also available online.

The organization is also accepting online donations. This year, all donations will be shipped to refugees located in Lebanon through a partnership with Paxton Van Lines and Maersk Line, according to the center’s website.

Photo via Northern Virginia Relief Center

by Fatimah Waseem November 22, 2017 at 11:30 am 0

Festive marionettes will perform in a winter wonderland of snow at Frying Pan Farm Park on Dec. 21. as part of the Puppets in a Winter Wonderland of Snow event.

The show is led by Bob Brown, a master puppeteer who has worked combined puppets and storytelling for more than 60 years.

Performances will take place at 10 a.m and 11:30 a.m. in the park’s visitor center, which is located on 2739 West Ox Road in Herndon.

Registration costs $5 per person for audience members. The park’s country store will be open for gift shopping.

For more information, call 703-437-9101. To register, visit the park’s website.

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