You say you are not a Black Friday shopper? There are still plenty of things to do on Friday, Nov. 27, particularly if you have a houseful of relatives to entertain. Here are a few ideas:

Attend the Reston Holiday Parade — The theme for the 25th annual parade at Reston Town Center is “Home Sweet Home.” Parade time is 11 a.m., but head to Market Street a bit earlier for a good viewing spot. There will be marching bands, Macy’s style balloons, and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus. Later in the day, there will be the official tree lighting and sing-a-long.

Take a Hike — Put on warm clothes and head to nearby Great Falls National Park, where level trails make for easy hiking for the whole family.

Head To Space — The Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, that is. Located in nearby Chantilly, there are exhibits and aircraft of all types, as well as simulators and demonstrations. There is also a full slate of shows at the IMAX Theater. Bonus: wide-open spaces for little ones to get out afternoon energy.

Catch a Movie — Family friendly flicks include The Peanuts Movie (G), The Good Dinosaur (PG — Opens Nov. 25), Goosebumps (PG), and Pan (PG)

Explore the Reston Paths — Reston is connected by 55 miles of trails. Gather the family and walk, jog or bike a few of them.

Have any ideas of your own? Share them with your neighbors in the comments.

Photo: Reston Holiday Parade/Credit: Mike Heffner


Holiday shoppers at Tysons Corner/file photo

It’s here! The holiday shopping season is upon us. There are deals to be had, but are they worth it? Take our poll and tell us where you stand on Black Friday.

Photo: Tysons Corner holiday shoppers/file photo


Black Cat "Midnight" at Fairfax County Animal Shelter/Photo courtesy of Fairfax County

Pet lovers: Want to shop for a gift for yourself on Black Friday?

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is hosting Black Fur-Day on Nov. 29.

The shelter says fees will be waived on adoptions of all black and mostly-black dogs and cats. Black and darker-colored animals take longer to be adopted so the shelter is offering a special promotion to bring them extra attention.

The shelter is located at 4500 West Ox Rd., Fairfax. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The shelter has more than 25 dogs and puppies, 40 cats and kittens, and dozens of small pets like turtles, birds, snakes, and guinea pigs.

The shelter is also celebrating its annual Home for the Holidays campaign. All adopters will receive a gift bag full of pet-friendly goodies and half-off adoption fees for all adult pets through Dec. 31.

(Photo of Midnight, cat at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter, courtesy of Fairfax County Animal Shelter) 


Friday Morning Rundown

Intersection Reston Town Center / Market and Library

Black Friday the Best Way — Fairfax County has these tips for making a power shopping day not only thrifty, but safe. [Fairfax County]

Silver Line Parking — You won’t see much of it, aside from the huge garage at Wiehle-Reston East. [Washington Post]

To Shop Or Not To Shop? — Have you taken our Black Friday Poll? Check it out and give us your opinion. [Reston Now]


Holiday shoppers at Tysons Corner/file photo

Friday (well, really Thursday at some big box stores) kicks off the holiday shopping season.

To some, Black Friday is the best day of the year, where bargain hunters don their running shoes for a day of bargain shopping.

For others, its is an example of crazed consumerism and a day to avoid retail at all costs.

What’s your opinion of the day?


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