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by RestonNow.com — August 23, 2017 at 4:00 pm 0

If you’re looking for fun during the coming Labor Day Weekend, you might look no further than downtown Herndon.

The annual Herndon Labor Day Festival has been scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the holiday, Sept. 4. The event on the Herndon Town Green (777 Lynn St.) will feature Virginia wine tastings, craft beers, live music, a craft show, food vendors, lawn games and more.

Admission for those participating in sampling wine and beer will be $20, which includes a glass for wine and three complimentary beer tastings. (Additional beer tastings will be $2 each.) Anyone who won’t be purchasing alcoholic beverages will be admitted for $5, and children 12 and under will be admitted free.

Live music at the event will include performances by:

  • 11 a.m.: Acoustic Soul, classic rock and blues duo
  • Noon: Wild the Waters, American music
  • 1 p.m.: The Janglebachs, a Woodstock tribute
  • 2:30 p.m.: Gary Smallwood, rural contemporary music
  • 3:30 p.m.: Speed of Sound, the Paul McCartney experience

Participating wineries will be 868 Estate Vineyards, Cobbler Mountain Cider, Horton Vineyards, Mattaponi Winery, Narmada, Rebec Vineyards, Rodgers Ford Farm Winery and Two Twisted Posts. Craft beers will be offered by Apocalypse Ale Works, Blue Mountain Brewery, Brothers Craft Brewing, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Forge Brew Works, Pale Fire Brewing Company, SmartMouth Brewing Company and Tröegs Independent Brewing.

Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided by Casero Creations, Island Smoothie, Guapo’s, The Tender Rib and Zabb Thai Restaurant.

For more information about this and other future events in Herndon, follow the town’s Parks & Recreation Department on Facebook.

File photo courtesy Town of Herndon

by Dave Emke — August 18, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

The dog days of summer are coming to an end, and Reston’s four-legged residents need to get their last fun of the season in too.

For the second year, Reston Association will host its “Dog Paddle” event next weekend. It’s an opportunity for man’s best friends to splash in RA pools that have closed for the summer, community events supervisor Ashleigh Soloff said.

“[It’s] a super fun event,” she said.

About 70 canines participated in the event in 2016, Soloff said.

Appropriately enough, Dogwood Pool (2460 Green Range Road) will host the event Saturday, Aug. 26. The next day, the dogs will splash at North Hills Pool (1325 North Village Road) will welcome pets. Each day, the events will go from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

No people are permitted in the water with the dogs, and current dog licenses are required. Dogs must be kept under control and sociable at all times, and female dogs in heat will not be permitted.

Registration can be done through Reston Association’s WebTrac system or by calling 703-435-6531. Cost is $4 for dogs of Reston Association members and $6 for dogs of non-members.

by RestonNow.com — August 18, 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.)

  • This weekend, the “Summerbration” series rolls on at Reston Station. Tonight from 7-9 p.m., Scott Kurt & Memphis 59 will perform. Saturday night from 8:30-10:30 p.m., there will be a free screening of the 2017 live-action film “Beauty and the Beast.” The Summerbration events outside the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station will continue through the end of the month. (Note: To receive free parking for these events, parking tickets need to be validated by personnel on the plaza. Find the sign that reads “Parking Validation Here.”)
  • Saturday night, Reston Town Center will continue its summer concert series with a show from Grammy Award-winning Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience from 7:30-10 p.m. at the pavilion (11900 Market St.). Parking at RTC is free on the weekends.
  • The Reston Farmers Market will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Lake Anne Village Center.
  • Lake Anne is also hosting Sunday Yoga on the Plaza each week, at 9:30 a.m.
  • This is the last weekend for Reston Community Center’s August exhibit, “The Heart of Art.” It is on display at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery (1609 Washington Plaza N.).
  • Radcliffe Bailey: The Great Dismal Swamp” closes tonight at Greater Reston Arts Center (12001 Market St.).
  • Interested in stand-up paddleboarding? Surf Reston is offering sessions this weekend on Lake Anne. Advance registration is required.
  • The Friends of Reston Regional Library back-to-school book sale is taking place at the library (11925 Bowman Towne Drive) through the weekend. Hours are until 5 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 1-3:30 p.m. Sunday. All proceeds benefit the library and its programming.
  • Many restaurants and bars in Reston will have live music this weekend. These include: Vinifera Wine Bar and Bistro (11750 Sunrise Valley Drive) from 7-10 p.m every Friday and Saturday night; Crafthouse (1888 Explorer St.) every Friday and Saturday night from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; and Tavern64 (1800 Presidents St.) every Friday from 6-10 p.m.
  • Kalypso’s Sports Tavern (1617 Washington Plaza N.) will have live music from The Vandelays tonight from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Saturday night, DJ Kram will play Top 40 hits.
  • A Grand Night for Singing” closes this weekend at NextStop Theatre Company (269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon). Shows are tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m.; with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday. Tickets range from $17.50 to $55.
  • Walker Nature Center (11450 Glade Drive) will be having a photo scavenger hunt event from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday. Cost for the all-ages event is $6 for Reston Association members and $8 for non-members.

Photo via Reston Station on Facebook

by RestonNow.com — August 16, 2017 at 10:15 am 1 Comment

DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a charity event to benefit Canine Companions for Independence, will come to Reston for the first time next month.

This will be the fourth annual D.C.-area gathering for the nationwide event. In previous years, it was held in Arlington’s Pentagon City.

The event is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 10 at Reston Town Center. From a press release:

Furry friends and their families are invited to join us for a day of fun, festivities, graduate speakers, dog demonstrations, music, food and more.

Admission is free, parking is free and our event is accessible.

Last year, hundreds joined us from DC, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware to walk and roll in our biggest celebration yet raising nearly $65,000 with an agility course, demonstrations, treats, freebies, raffles, and best of all, stories of real graduate teams who live and work here in the DMV.

Celebrate the community of people and dogs that make it possible for Canine Companions to show that the most advanced technology capable of transforming the lives of people with disabilities has a cold nose and a warm heart.

Canine Companions for Independence provides highly-trained assistance dogs to adults, children and veterans with disabilities FREE of charge.

Dozens of DogFest Walk ‘n Roll events are held yearly around the nation.

All are welcome to the event. To register as a volunteer, or to make a donation to the cause, check out the event’s website.

Photo via Canine Companions for Independence website

by Dave Emke — August 14, 2017 at 1:30 pm 9 Comments

A Herndon-area resident is organizing a “vigil for peace” to be held tonight after the weekend’s violent protests in Charlottesville.

According to a post on The Action Network website, Suzanne Nordfelt says interested individuals can meet at her home on Treadwell Lane at 7 p.m. for the event.

We are standing in solidarity with Charlottesville. Join us. Come put some positive energy in the universe and hold each other up. Please bring a candle (if you have one) and your walking shoes in the event we decide to parade down Reston Parkway. Wearing white is a plus but completely optional. Please share far and wide. We will meet in my cul-de-sac so there is lots of parking.

Over the weekend in Reston, a small “Stand With Charlottesville” gathering (pictured at top) took place Saturday night. A protest in DC on Sunday drew thousands.

Clashes between far-right “Unite The Right” protesters and counterprotesters in Charlottesville on Saturday afternoon resulted in a number of violent altercations. The showdown turned tragic when an alleged white supremacist plowed a car into a crowd, killing one and injuring nearly 20 more. Additionally, a Virginia State Police helicopter responding to the scene crashed, resulting in the deaths of two troopers.

Local, state and national leaders have urged a stop to the hate in the aftermath of the events.

by Dave Emke — August 14, 2017 at 10:15 am 8 Comments

Twenty makeshift crafts took to the waters Saturday for the first Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta.

Awards were given in three categories: Cadet Class (all-student teams), Navigator Class (teams with a mix of students and adults) and Skipper Class (all-adult teams). Winners were:

  • Cadet: “Cereal Killerz”
  • Navigator: Nova Labs
  • Skipper: “What the Duct” from Norman Creek Marina

In case you missed it…our final heat of the day with Lake Anne Brew House and Lake Anne Coffee House! We so…

Posted by Reston Museum on Saturday, August 12, 2017

The “Titanic” trophy, for the boat that sank most spectacularly, went to the Batboat Mobile.

A pre-event “launch party” was held Friday night, at which design awards were given:

  • Most Likely to Float: Nova Labs
  • Most Reston: Reston Association
  • Most Creative: Kalypso’s Sports Tavern
  • Best Design: Lake Anne Brew House
  • Best Name: “Blowfish”

All proceeds from the event benefitted the Reston Museum and Historic Trust.

Based on the success of this year’s event, the Museum has announced it will hold its second Cardboard Boat Regatta on Aug. 11, 2018.

Images via Nova Labs on Facebook. More photos available at Lake Anne Plaza’s Facebook page.

by RestonNow.com — August 11, 2017 at 2:45 pm 0

This Labor Day Weekend, Lake Anne Plaza will once again be infiltrated by an influx of jazz and blues tunes.

The 11th annual Lake Anne Jazz & Blues Festival will hit the plaza Saturday, Sept. 2. The lineup of musicians for the festival includes many well-known names in the local music community. The eight hours of music will include performances by Cheick Hamala Dibaté, Sam Gunderson, John Lee & Michael Pavone, Integriti Reeves, Mykle Lyons (sextet), Gigi MacClaughlin, Kriss Funn and Crush Funk Brass.

The free event is slated for 1-9 p.m. and will be held rain or shine. For updates, follow Lake Anne Plaza’s Facebook page.

Sponsors of the event include the Lane Anne Merchants, Friends of Lake Anne, Reston Community Center, Reston Association and Aperture Reston Station.

There will be an unofficial kickoff to the festival Thursday, Aug. 31 during the plaza’s “Take A Break” concert series. Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet will perform during that event.

by RestonNow.com — August 9, 2017 at 2:45 pm 1 Comment

With a little over two weeks left before the Reston Bicycle Club Century ride, the number of registrants is nearing 1,000.

A total of 1,500 spaces are available for the event, which is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 27. Early registration has ended, but pre-ride discounted registration of $60 is still available through Aug. 18. Registration the day of the ride will be $75.

The 35th annual event will take riders through portions of Fairfax and Loudoun counties, start and finishing at Reston Town Center. Start times will be from 6:30-10 a.m., with all riders who plan to complete the full Century needing to be off by 9.

In addition to the 100-mile “Century” ride, participants can also choose the “Metric” (100 kilometers — about 62 miles) or “Half-Metric” (50 kilometers — about 31 miles) routes. The rides will be held rain or shine.

Volunteers are also being sought to help with rest stops, T-shirts, route marking and more.

For more information about the event, email [email protected] or follow the Reston Bicycle Club on Facebook.

by RestonNow.com — August 7, 2017 at 10:15 am 0

LIVE at the Reston Kids' Tri with the 9-11 year olds.

Posted by Reston Association on Sunday, August 6, 2017

LIVE at the Reston Kids' Tri!

Posted by Reston Association on Sunday, August 6, 2017

We're LIVE at the 7th annual Reston Kids' Tri!

Posted by Reston Association on Sunday, August 6, 2017

About 250 kids between the ages of 6 and 14 took part in the seventh annual Reston Kids’ Triathlon on Sunday at Ridge Heights Pool.

Kids ages 6-8, 81 in total, swam 50 meters, biked 1.1 miles and ran 7/10th of a mile. The top time among boys was 12:57; the winner in the girls’ division completed the course in 14:55.

The largest group of kids, 104, were in the divisions for ages 9-11. They swam 100 meters, biked 2 miles and ran 1 mile. The boys’ winner completed the course in 18:49, while the top-finishing girl did it in 20:57.

Sixty-four kids ages 12-14 swam 150 meters, biked 4 miles and ran 1.4 miles. The top-finishing boy completed the course in 26:30, and the winning girl did it in 32:07.

The event was put on by the YMCA Fairfax County-Reston, Reston Association, Reston Community Center and Fairfax County.

Full results from Sunday’s event are available at its website.

by Dave Emke — August 4, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

Seventeen days from now, a lot of people are going to be staring up at the sky.

Locally, the Fairfax County Park Authority wants to make sure they’re doing it safely.

The first total solar eclipse over the continental United States in 38 years will reach us at 2:42 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21. In Fairfax County, about 80 percent of the sun will be blocked by moon. The full solar eclipse will be taking place at that time in South Carolina.

NASA warns that the only safe way to view the sun, even when it is partially eclipsed, is with the use of special-purpose solar filters or hand-held solar viewers. The American Astronomical Society has provided a list of reputable vendors for these glasses.

Every child who attended one of the Park Authority’s Adventures Away Rec-PAC camps this week received a pair of solar-viewing glasses courtesy the Fairfax County Park Foundation. Remaining glasses will be made available to the public at select parks, where a donation can help cover the costs.

The eclipse can also be viewed, with your back to it, by using a pinhole projector. The Park Authority is offering some programming to teach people how to make these.

Fairfax County also has numerous events planned for watching the eclipse, including on Burke Lake and Lake Accotink.

Graphic via NASA

by Dave Emke — August 4, 2017 at 11:30 am 0

Jack Blanchard, of Herndon, climbs a tree with help from RA staff.

Kids from around the area laughed, screamed and honked horns Friday morning during Reston Association’s annual “Totally Trucks” event at the Central Services Facility.

Kids were encouraged to climb on all the big construction equipment that services Reston, including RA trucks and a fire truck, police vehicle and other public safety vehicles. All children who took part in the event received a “Totally Trucks” construction helmet.

The annual summer event included blasts of water from a tanker truck, demonstrations from dump trucks and other equipment, and much more.

There is also a Big Trucks event scheduled for 5-8 p.m. tonight at the Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival.

Photo at left: Jack Blanchard, of Herndon, climbs a tree with help from RA staff.

by RestonNow.com — August 4, 2017 at 10:15 am 1 Comment

Children ages 6 to 14 will be participating in the annual Reston Kids Triathlon this weekend.

The triathlon is scheduled for 8 a.m. Sunday at Ridge Heights Pool (11400 Ridge Heights Road). Participants will be broken into three age groups to tackle the course: Ages 6-8 will swim 50 meters, bike 1.1 miles and run 7/10th of a mile; ages 9-11 will swim 100 meters, bike 2 miles and run 1 mile; and ages 12-14 will swim 150 meters, bike 4 miles and run 1.4 miles.

Those who are not participating in the event should still be aware of it, as traffic on some roads in the area may be affected between about 7:15 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday. 7:15-10 a.m. Those roads include Ridge Heights Road, South Lakes Drive, Soapstone Drive and Seahawk Drive.

There’s plenty of other fun around Reston on this summer weekend. Take a look at some of your options below.

(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.)

  • The Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival continues this weekend at Frying Pan Farm Park (2709 West Ox Road, Herndon), from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Parking is free today, and it will be $8 per car Saturday and Sunday.
  • This weekend, the “Summerbration” series rolls on at Reston Station. Tonight from 7-9 p.m., Alfredo Mohica & Friends will perform. Saturday night from 8:30-10:30 p.m., there will be a free screening of “Moana.” The Summerbration events outside the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station will continue through the end of August. (Note: To receive free parking for these events, parking tickets need to be validated by personnel on the plaza. Find the sign that reads “Parking Validation Here.”)
  • Saturday night, Reston Town Center will continue its summer concert series with Incendio, a Spanish flamenco and Latin fusion group, from 7:30-10 p.m. at the pavilion (11900 Market St.). Parking at RTC is free on the weekends.
  • The Reston Farmers Market will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Lake Anne Village Center.
  • Lake Anne is also hosting Sunday Yoga on the Plaza each week, at 9:30 a.m.
  • Radcliffe Bailey: The Great Dismal Swamp” remains on display at Greater Reston Arts Center (12001 Market St.) through Aug. 18.
  • Reston Community Center’s August exhibit, “The Heart of Art,” is on display at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery (1609 Washington Plaza N.) through Aug. 21. The opening reception will be Sunday from 2-4 p.m.
  • Many restaurants and bars in Reston will have live music this weekend. These include: Vinifera Wine Bar and Bistro (11750 Sunrise Valley Drive) from 7-10 p.m every Friday and Saturday night; Crafthouse (1888 Explorer St.) every Friday and Saturday night from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; and Tavern64 (1800 Presidents St.) every Friday from 6-10 p.m.
  • Kalyspo’s Sports Tavern (1617 Washington Plaza N.) will have live music from Ron Honeycutt and Steele Rose Band tonight from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Saturday night, DJ Kram will play Top 40 hits.
  • A Grand Night for Singing” is being performed at NextStop Theatre Company (269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon) tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m.; with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday. The show is being performed through Aug. 20. Tickets range from $17.50 to $55.
  • Saturday morning at 10 a.m., Reston Community Center’s Family Fun Entertainment series will present The Magic of John Dodge. The free event will be at Reston Town Square Park, at the corner of Market and Explorer streets.
  • On Sunday from 7-8 p.m., there will be an Art in the Park event at Reston Town Square Park with the Shenandoah Conservatory. Amor Saudade will perform “romantic and inspiring pieces from Brazil to Romania, jazz and classically inspired work.”

File photo courtesy Sean Bahrami/RA

by Dave Emke — August 3, 2017 at 4:15 pm 0

The 69th annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival is now underway at Frying Pan Farm Park (2709 West Ox Road, Herndon).

The fun-filled festival, which kicked off Thursday morning, features dozens of fun rides for kids as well as carnival games, fair food and much more. The fair is presented by Fairfax County 4-H.

The fair goes from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Parking is free today and Friday, and it will be $8 per car Saturday and Sunday.

The fun throughout the weekend will include not just the carnival rides and games, but also a “Big Truck” event at 5 p.m. Friday, the tractor pull at 4 p.m. Saturday, and much more.

by Dave Emke — August 3, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

If you missed Tuesday’s deadline to register for Lake Anne’s first Cardboard Boat Regatta, scheduled for later this month, never fear. The deadline to get a craft registered for the event has been extended to Sunday, Reston Museum announced Wednesday on social media.

The museum has been sharing numerous examples of possible boat designs on its Instagram account in recent days, including a shark, a tractor, a pirate ship and more.

Participants in the event will be asked to construct and decorate their own boats, which will take to the water in timed heats. Some extraneous material can be used in building the vessel, but there are many rules and limitations to what can be utilized.

Adult and family teams can register for $100; student teams can register for $40. All the proceeds from the event will go toward the Reston Historic Trust & Museum. Awards will be given to the fastest boats in each category, as well as the “Titanic” award for the ship that sinks “most spectacularly.”

“We can’t wait to see the creativity that everyone is putting into their cardboard boats,” said Elizabeth Didiano, executive director of the Reston Historic Trust & Museum. “Some teams are designing colorful, flashy boats while others are focusing on what will help their boat float the best.”

The event is scheduled for 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. A pre-event “launch party” is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11.

For more information or to register a boat, visit the event’s webpage or contact the Reston Historic Trust at 703-709-7700 or [email protected].

by RestonNow.com — July 31, 2017 at 4:00 pm 0

Attention lovers of fried delicacies, farm animal exhibits, midway games and more: It’s time again for the Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival.

The 69th annual fair will kick off at 10 a.m. Thursday and run through Sunday evening at Frying Pan Farm Park (2709 West Ox Road, Herndon). The fun includes the carnival rides and games, a “Big Truck” event at 5 p.m. Friday, the tractor pull at 4 p.m. Saturday, and much more.

Admission to the fair is free. Parking is free Thursday and Friday, and it will be $8 per car Saturday and Sunday.

Advance ride passes are available for $18 through 8 p.m. Tuesday. Passes at the gate will be $25.

The fair is presented by Fairfax County 4-H, which will be presenting entries in 564 categories within 18 departments.

Video courtesy Fairfax County

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