by Anna Merod March 16, 2018 at 10:15 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.)

  • Teachers and children alike can attend the Reston Friend Children’s and Educators Book Sale on Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Reston Regional Library in the Reston Meeting Room 1 and 2.
  • Looking for live music? Check out Jeff Smith and Tim White perform country, rock, folk and pop classics along with their original songs on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Kalypso’s. The concert is free.
  • Learn how the farm animals at Kidwell Farm settle down for the evening during a night tour of the farm on Friday and Saturday from 7-8 p.m. The tour will cost you $10.
  • Go to the theatre and watch “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” performed by the Reston Community Players at the CenterStage Friday through Sunday. Friday and Saturday’s shows start at 8 p.m. and Sunday’s show starts at 2 p.m.
  • Help remove weeds that target Reston wildlife as a part of the Reston Association’s “Habitat Heroes” program. To help out, meet at the asphalt path near the intersection of Fieldview Drive and Stones Throw Drive at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
  • Have your kids learn about how to make more green practices at home with the Reston Association’s “Go Green” nature program. The program on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. costs $6 for RA members and $8 for non-members.
  • Create a blanket for children facing trauma or illness as a part of Project Linus’s Make-a-Blanket Day. The event is on Saturday from 1-5 p.m. and you must RSVP to 571-643 -3248 or [email protected].
  • Come to Scrawl Books to hear New York Times bestselling author L.M. Elliott discuss her new book Hamilton and Peggy!: A Revolutionary Friendship. The event is on Saturday from 4-6 p.m.
  • Take a stroll through Reston’s most beautiful natural areas while searching for birds with the Reston Association on Sunday starting at 7:30 a.m. The group will meet in the Brown’s Chapel parking lot.
  • The Bike Lane is holding a women’s only class on bike maintenance on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The class costs $25, but The Bike Lane will be giving $25 gift cards for the store.
  • Need some more balance in your life? Attend a meditation workshop presented by Sahaja Yoga on Sunday at 11 a.m. at 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.
  • Spend your day watching the performance of Peter & the Wolf and Carnival of the Animals featuring dancers from the Conservatory Ballet of Reston. The performance is on Sunday from 4-5:30, and tickets are available here.
  • The Reston Community Orchestra will be holding a family concert Sunday from 4-5:15 p.m. featuring young musicians at the
  • Looking for a holistic approach to addressing an illness, strained relationship, anxiety or other woe? The Dranesville United Methodist Church is holding a healing service on Sunday from 7-8 p.m.

by Anna Merod March 13, 2018 at 11:30 am 0

Teens can save money this prom season by attending the Annual Diva Central Prom Dress Giveaway at the Reston Community Center Lake Anne.

The event will be held on March 24 (Saturday) from noon until 6 p.m. The free event is open to all middle and high school students who are in need of a prom or spring formal dress and accessories. There is a limit of one dress per person.

RCC opened up donations for dresses and accessories in February and received hundreds of dresses. Volunteers will be available to help teens select their perfect prom or formal look, and a makeup artist will also be available from 4 to 6 p.m.

“School dances are becoming increasingly expensive experiences for middle and high school students. We hope to lessen that financial burden by giving local teens the opportunity to create their entire prom or dance look for free,” said LaTanja Jones, RCC’s collaboration and outreach director, in a press release.

Photo via Reston Community Center

by Anna Merod March 9, 2018 at 2:30 pm 4 Comments

The Reston Historic Trust & Museum is holding an event highlighting women pioneers in Reston in honor of Women’s History Month.

The free program will begin at 7 p.m. at the RCC Lake Anne Jo Anne Rose Gallery. It will start off with a slide presentation about early women Reston residents followed by a panel discussion covering more recent women’s involvement in Reston.

The list of Reston pioneer women cover all sectors of the community, including education, politics, architecture, art, media and more.

One of the women to be highlighted in the slide presentation is Chloethiel Woodard Smith, an architect and urban planner from the D.C. area and who was one of the original architects in Reston, said Alexandra Campbell, executive director of Reston Historic Trust & Museum.

Another woman to be featured is Priscilla Ames who was the director of the developer’s Community Center in Reston.

“She was incredibly involved. She kind of just knew everybody, tried to know everybody in the community and to let them know what Reston had to offer,” Campbell said.

The museum currently has an ongoing list of Reston pioneer women, which the public can add to at anytime on their website.

Photo via Reston Historic Trust & Museum

by Fatimah Waseem March 8, 2018 at 11:30 am 1 Comment

Trace the story of the Blind Boys of Alabama, a legendary gospel quartet that blossomed after its members met in the 1930s at a segregated, state-run institute for the blind, this Sunday at Reston Community Center.

As part of the ReelAbilities Film Festival, an offshoot of the New York film festival, CenterStage will show the film, “How Sweet the Sound — The Blind Boys of Alabama,” at 3 p.m. at RCC Hunters Woods.

The documentary is directed and produced by Reston’s own Leslie McCleave. The independent filmmaker graduated from Herndon High School and was raised in Reston. The screening will be followed by a conversation with McCleave, who currently teaches film and video production at Emerson College in Boston, Ma.

The festival, run by the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, features films by and about people with disabilities. Screenings will take place at several venues throughout Northern Virginia.

Sunday’s screening is restricted to viewers ages 18 and above.

For more information about other screenings, visit the festival’s website.

by RestonNow.com March 7, 2018 at 2:30 pm 13 Comments

A Reston resident will lead RCC Cycles, a program by Reston Community Center that aims to teacher riders of all ages the fundamentals of cycling.

Kelley Westenhoff, a certified cycling instructor, will teach three-hour sessions for students age 13 and up on April 8 and 29 and sessions for students between ages 6 and 12 on April 21 and May 5.

The cost, which includes rental of a bike and the use of a helmet, is $65 for Reston residents and $98 for all others. Each class is limited to 10 students.

For more information, visit RCC’s website. Registration is available online.

Here’s more from a release by RCC:

Topics addressed in class will be basic braking, steering and balance. Westenhoff is a cycling advocate and serves as vice chair of the Reston Bicycle Club. Her technique, certified by the League of American Cyclists, is intuitive and will take students through a progression of skills to launch participants on their way to riding with confidence.

RCC Leisure and Learning Director Eileen Boone said RCC Cycles was started last year in order to support Reston’s growing cycling opportunities, including the many miles of bike trails and the new Capital Bikeshare stations.

“For those who haven’t had the opportunity to learn, this class is a great start down the healthy road of cycling for fun and transportation,” said Boone.

Photo via Reston Community Center

by Anna Merod March 2, 2018 at 12:00 pm 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.)

  • Get your fill of books and booze at a happy hour book signing at Mon Ami Gabi (11950 Democracy Drive) on Friday from 5-7 p.m. where local authors Chuck Cascio, Kristina Small Alcorn, Erik MacDicken, and Nathan Leslie will be around to sign their books.
  • Need some for mindful practices in your life? Then check out the mindfulness workshop to learn some simple tools to build calm and focus at the Thomas Jefferson Library from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday.
  • Grab some used books at the used book sale at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The book sale will continue at the same time on Sunday and that day you can fill up a bag of used books for $10.
  • Take an exploratory hike or participate in an indoor Nature House program as a part of the Raptor Exploration at the Walker Nature Center. The event starts at 10:30 a.m. at Saturday and tickets cost $7 for Reston Association members and $9 for non-members.
  • Join Better Said than Done, a local storytelling group, share stories of overcoming adversity and celebrating women’s history at the City of Fairfax Regional Library at 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Mystery novel fan? Then you can meet Libby Klein, Sherry Harris and Maya Corrigan who will be talking about their mystery series for Kensington and sign their latest books. They will be at Scrawl Books (11911 Freedom Drive) starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Watch “Fried Green Tomatoes” as a part of Reston Regional Library’s Fantastic Films: Book to Movie series. The screening will be on Saturday from 2-4 p.m.
  • The Freedom for Family Wellness Summit is being held from Thursday through Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Reston with this year’s theme being “Align. Connect. Act.” The event connects leaders in family chiropractic lifestyle and the holistic health movement.
  • Are you a poet? Then stop by the poetry workshop with the Northern Virginia Poetry Group at the Centreville Regional Library on Saturday from 3-5 p.m. where your work will be shared, critiqued and revised.
  • Join the Reston Chorale for their performance “Out of the Shadows” on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the RCC Hunter Woods in the Community Room. The choir will be showcasing contemporary and classical choral works by female composers.
  • The Reston Ten Miler presented by Fidelity Investments will be held Sunday at 8 a.m. at South Lakes High School. Online registration closes at 8 p.m. today.
  • Meet the candidates for the Reston Association Board of Directors at The Lake House (11450 Baron Cameron Ave.) on Sunday from noon to 2 p.m.

Photo via Potomac River Running

by Anna Merod February 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm 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.)

  • Join Monsters Dance at the Hyatt Regency Reston from Friday through Sunday for a weekend of classes and events. There will also be vendors and auditions.
  • Join the Reston Association Friday in a trip to the Ronald Reagan building to watch the Capitol Steps, a parody political musical group, perform live. To go, meet at the Hunters Woods Shopping Center (Ledo Pizza) at 5:45 p.m. or at the Lake Anne Plaza parking lot at 6 p.m.
  • Take a dip in the pool with the family for The Terry L. Smith Aquatics Center at RCC Hunters Woods. The event is Friday from 7-9 p.m. and entry costs $13 for Reston residents and $23 for non-Reston groups.
  • Attend a free screening of the documentary “City of Trees” as part of the Annual Environmental Film Series at the Walker Nature Center from 7-9 p.m. on Friday. The film touches on a community’s fight for equal access to good jobs and safe parks in D.C.
  • Love musicals? Then check out the “Back to Broadway” cabaret at Herndon High School starting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Musical features include songs from “Hamilton,” “Shrek” and “Tuck Everlasting.” Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.
  • Do your kids love to dance? Then bring them to the Kiddie Academy of Reston’s free DanceParty! starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Children of all ages are welcome to attend.
  • Pet Valu in the South Lakes Village Shopping Center  will be holding an adoption event Saturday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. There will be an Alaskan malamute and pet goodies for sale that will go toward donations.
  • Check out Reston Association’s newest community building, the Lake House. An open house will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Martha Washington Library is hosting a free family movie screening Saturday from 2-4 p.m. The movie will be “Wonder” a PG rated movie about a boy with facial differences who attends school for the first time.
  • The CenterStage RCC Hunter Woods is showing the musical “Letters from Iraq” by Rahim AlHaj, which reflects on the aftermath and consequences of war. The show starts on Saturday from 8-11 p.m. and tickets cost $20 for Reston residents and $30 for non-residents.
  • Tag along as beginner or expert bird finder on a bird walk of Reston Lakes and waterfowl tour. The free bird walk will meet at Lake Newport Tennis and will run from 8-11 a.m. Sunday.
  • There’s also Purim Palooza which is being held at Congregation Beth Emeth on Sunday from 12-2 p.m. There will be a moon bounce, crafts, carnival games, lunch, a costume contest and more.
  • Need a new birdhouse? You can make one out of a gourd grown at Frying Pan Park. The program runs at the park from 2-3:30 p.m. on Sunday and tickets cost $10 per person.
  • Get the chance to meet Dennis Woods, author of “Black Flag Journals” which tells his story of his experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan. Woods will be at Scrawl Books from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday to discuss the memoir.
  • Nothin’ Fancy, a bluegrass band, will be performing at the Frying Pan Park Visitor Center. The show is at 7 p.m. Sunday and tickets cost $18 in advance and $20 at the door.

by Anna Merod February 16, 2018 at 11:30 am 1 Comment

(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.)

  • Watch the Basketball District Finals at South Lakes High School on Friday. The women’s game will feature Langley High School vs. South Lakes at 5:45 p.m. The men’s game will feature Washington Lee High School vs. South Lakes at 7:30 p.m.
  • Join Stanley Whitaker for an evening of live guitar music at Tavern64 on Friday from 6-10 p.m.
  • Take a dip in the pool with the family for The Terry L. Smith Aquatics Center at RCC Hunters Woods. The event is Friday from 7-9 p.m. and entry costs $13 for Reston residents and $23 for non-Reston groups.
  • Learn how to break a board (or five) at Life Champ Martial Arts of Reston. The event is on Friday 7:15-8 p.m. and costs $20.
  • Call yourself a punk? Then you might enjoy the local punk coverband Poprocks who are performing at the Crafthouse Friday from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.
  • Jam out and skate during the “Rock N Skate” event at the Ice Skating Pavillion Friday from 8-10 p.m. There will be a live DJ and music, prizes and games.
  • Take an exploratory hike, have some outdoor fun or participate in an indoor Nature House program as a part of the “Great Backyard Bird Count: eBird Workshop.” The free program runs on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Walker Nature Center.
  • Share the ice with classic, beloved cartoon characters such as Scooby Doo and Cat in the Hat at Ice Skating Pavillion on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Need a little practice reading or just love dogs? Have your child read to a therapy dog at the Kingstowne Library. The event is for ages 5-12 and will run from 12:30-1 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Learn more about the opioid crisis in the country in a lecture by a representative of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board. The lecture will take place at the Kings Park Library in the Kings Park Meeting Room on Saturday from 1-3 p.m.
  • Historian Gregg D. Kimball of the Library of Virginia will trace the Prohibition musical legacy through spoken narrative, period images and live and recorded music. The event is from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Chantilly Meeting Room in the Chantilly Regional Library.
  • Don’t miss the free Paulina Peavy exhibit at the Greater Reston Arts Center, which ends Saturday at 5 p.m. Peavy’s work reflects her “personal ontology and the meaning of life,” according to Reston Town Center. Her work includes paper, paintings, films, texts and masks.
  • Tag along as beginner or expert bird finder on a bird walk of Reston Lakes and waterfowl tour. The free bird walk will meet at Lake Newport Tennis and will run from 8-11 a.m. Sunday.
  • Come listen to the Piedmont Bluz Acoustic Duo play traditional African American folk music. The performance will be at the Reston Meeting Room 1 and 2 at the Reston Regional Library from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Watch the one man show of Mark Brutsché perform Snow White and the Seven Dwarves at the CenterStage RCC Hunter Woods at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 for Reston residents and $10 for non-Residents.

File photo.

by Fatimah Waseem February 15, 2018 at 3:30 pm 61 Comments

Public forums to engage with the 13 candidates vying for seats on Reston Association’s Board of Directors are slated for the end of the month.

There are 11 candidates are running for three at-large board seats and two candidates are running for the South Lakes District seat in an election that could dramatically alter the makeup of the board.

The at-large candidates’ forum for candidates seeking a three-year term is set for Monday, Feb. 26 from 7-9 p.m. at RA headquarters (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive). The forum for South Lakes candidates and at-large candidates seeking a one-year term is set for the next day at the same time and place. A tentative rain date is set for March 1.

The breakdown of candidates is as follows:

  • Two at-large seats (three-year term): Aaron Webb, Colin Meade, Derrick Watkins, John Pinkman, Sridhar Ganesan, Travis G. Johnson and Ven Iyer
  • At-large seat (one-year term): Andy Sigle, David Ballard, John Bowman, Ray Wedell
  • South Lakes District seat (three-year term): Tammi Petrine and Julie Bitzer

The voting period for the election is March 5 through April 2. Results will be announced on April 10 at the annual members’ meeting at 7 p.m.

Stay tuned for candidate profiles on Reston Now in the coming weeks. Information on each candidate is available on RA’s website.

File photo.

by Anna Merod February 15, 2018 at 12:30 pm 5 Comments

The Reston Historic Trust and Museum will host a panel tonight exploring whether Reston is living up to founder Bob Simon’s goal of being a diverse place.

The panel of speakers will include residents who have lived in Reston for different periods of time. Panelists are Beverly Cosham, Victoria Cosham-Rivera, Omer Gorashi, Gerald Zavala and Anthony Zavala.

The event is free and will run from 7-9 p.m. at the JoAnn Rose Gallery at the Reston Community Center Lake Anne.

One of Simon’s goals was to ensure individual dignity was the focal point of all planning.

“We are interested in not only the experiences of the early pioneers, but also the experiences of those who grew up in Reston, those who came later and their children’s experiences, and the impressions and experiences of those who are the more recent members of our community,” organizers said in an Facebook event page.

by Anna Merod February 14, 2018 at 2:30 pm 3 Comments

The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival is returning to Reston Town Center for its 27th annual event, and this year the festival is a day longer.

The festival established by the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) will run from May 18-20 at 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day and will bring more than 200 artists from across the country to show original works in 16 different categories of fine art and fine craft.

“The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival is an event unlike any other. The quality of the fine art is exceptional, and the variety ensures that there is something for everyone, from woodwork to jewelry, ceramics, and painting,” said GRACE Executive Director and Curator Lily Siegel in a press release.

Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market will also be joining the festival as a title sponsor in time for its move to the Reston Town Center this spring. The market will be providing attendees food at multiple locations throughout the festival.

On top of the showings there will be a festival party for artists, sponsors and their guests from 7:30-9 p.m. There will also be an announcement of the 10 winners of the Awards of Excellence who will receive $500 in cash prize, a blue ribbon for their artist booth and admission into next year’s festival.

Donation tickets cost $5 per adult to benefit GRACE. There will also be free parking in all Reston Town Center garages throughout the entire festival.

by Fatimah Waseem February 6, 2018 at 1:30 pm 1 Comment

Reston Community Center’s Board of Governors wants to hear from its constituents at a meeting on Feb. 12 at its Hunters Woods location (2310 Colts Neck Road) at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting is intended to gauge the community’s priorities by seeking feedback from partners, patrons and constituents.

During the meeting, the board will provide an update on goals outlined in the center’s strategic plan from last year through 2021. Board members will also present information about renovations to the Terry L. Smith Aquatics Center.

“This is our opportunity to hear from our community to affirm that we are pursuing their goals for RCC programs and services. We are looking forward to a productive conversation,” wrote Leila Gordon, RCC’s executive director.

To RSVP, email [email protected] by Friday at 4 p.m.

What would you like to see RCC do differently this year? What are the center’s strengths? Comment below. 

by Anna Merod February 6, 2018 at 10:30 am 2 Comments

The award-winning dance performance titled “What’s Going On – The Marvin Gaye Project” will be coming to the Reston Community Center tomorrow.

Choreographed by Vincent Thomas, Ralph Glenmore and Sylvia Soumah, the show will feature modern, jazz and West African dance looking to incite “thoughtful engagement with audience members,” according to Reston Community Center’s website.

“What’s Going On” also won Best Dance Performance in Baltimore magazine last year. For the award Baltimore magazine said, “Thomas found the perfect muse in Marvin Gaye, bringing this legendary soul singer to life in a breathtaking production.”

Tickets for Reston residents will cost $20 and $30 for all others.

Photo Courtesy Dance Place

by Fatimah Waseem February 5, 2018 at 4:00 pm 0

Registration for Greater Reston Art Center’s summer camp is now open. The camp, which is organized in partnership with Reston Association, runs on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lake House.

Before and after care is available through RA.

The camp includes a variety of sessions:

  • My Mom Would Never Let Me Do That: Using mixed media, this session combines scientific exploration and the creative process to create “the messiest and silliest” art projects.
  • Fibers & Friends: Kids can become “wonder-weavers” by exploring all things related to fiber like tie dying, friendship bracelets and basketry.
  • Art and Movement: This new session focuses on ways art can encourage movement. Beloved Yoga, a local yoga studio, will help campers “enhance their action art” with daily yoga sessions.
  • Full STEAM Ahead: Campers will solve problems involving kinetic artwork, technology art and more.

Registration is open online

Photo via GRACE

by Fatimah Waseem February 2, 2018 at 11:30 am 1 Comment

(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.)

  • Get your costume and a warm towel ready for the 11th annual “Freezin’ for a Reason Virginia Polar Dip” on Saturday at Lake Anne Plaza. The event in Reston will kick off at noon. The dip will begin at 2 p.m.
  • Children between the ages of three and five can play with light and shadow during the Walker Nature Center’s Shadow Puppet Production on Saturday from 10-11 a.m. Registration is $6 for RA members and $8 for all others.
  • Let your inner sleuth free and dive into the selection of books available at the Reston Friends Mystery and Adventure Book Sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. The sale will continue on Sunday from 1-3:30 p.m.
  • In the mood for a movie and not a book? Experience the film “The Color Purple” on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. The screening is part of the library’s “book to movie” series.
  • Enjoy a free wine tasting at Chesapeake Chocolates at Lake Anne Plaza from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday. Ten percent of all sales will be donated to the polar dip.
  • In good deed opportunities this month, donate formal wear and accessories for the 16th annual Dive Central Dress Drive. Reston Community Center is accepting donations through Feb. 28 at its Hunters Woods and Lake Anne locations.
  • Join the South Lakes Chorus Department for the 13th year of Broadway Night. This year’s production, “Curtains Up Cabaret,” features more than 80 South Lakes High School students. Performances are scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre at SLHS. Tickets are $15 at the door.
  • Check out the recurring art exhibit “Paulina Peavy: A message to Paulina” this weekend at the Greater Reston Arts Center. Peavy was a trained artist who believed an alien controlled her brush after she attended a seance in 1932. Peavy’s mediums include paper, paintings, films, texts and numerous masks.

File photo.


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