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Santa Claus is Coming to Town Soon for ‘Jingle on Lake Anne’

 

Looking to get into some holiday spirit? Lake Anne Plaza is preparing to host its classic event, “Jingle on Lake Anne,” on Dec. 1.

The event at 11609 Washington Plaza kicks off with a craft market at 8 a.m., followed by cookies and kids’ crafts. Adults and children can make ornaments and decorate cookies while listening to the Lake Anne Elementary School students’ perform.

At noon, Santa and his elves will arrive via boat and paddle across the lake for photo opportunities.

The events throughout the day are as follows:

  • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Craft market
  • 10 a.m. to noon:  and kids’ crafts
  • 11 a.m. to noon: Lake Anne Elementary School chorus and orchestra
  • Noon: Santa arrives and pictures are taken
  • Noon to 2 p.m.: Music on the plaza

The event is sponsored by Lake Anne merchants.

Photo by Ken Knueven via Facebook

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What’s Going On Around Reston This Holiday Weekend?

Editor’s Note: This is just a limited list of  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.

Closures are in effect ahead of Christmas weekend, but there are still a few options for things to do in the area:

  • Horse-drawn carriage rides continue on Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. at Reston Town Center. Rides depart from Market Street near Clyde’s and cost $5 per person. Children under 5 ride free.
  • Have your gifts wrapped by volunteers at Hyatt Regency’s Market Street entrance on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Donations will benefit Kids 4 First.
  • Enjoy a holiday break brunch at Mon Ami Gabi from Tuesday through Friday. The brunch runs from 11:30 a.m. through 4 p.m.
  • Take part in college night skate night at the Ice Skating Pavilion in Reston Town Center every Thursday through March from 6 – 9 p.m.
  • Paulina Peavy’s exhibition at Greater Reston Arts Center continues every Tuesday through Saturday, Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Santa will visit Glory Days Grill on 1400 North Point Village Center on saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.
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Friday Morning Notes

Inova Blood Drive Set for Tuesday — Locals can donate their blood at Reston Town Center beside the pavilion from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday. On-site registration is available. Appointments can also be scheduled by calling 1-866-256-6372 or www.inova.org/donateblood. [Reston Community Center]

Service Offered to Get a Free Ride Home — The Washington Regional Alcohol Program is offering free rides home through the SoberRide program for people who have consumed alcohol and do not wish to drive. The program will be offered nightly between 8 p.m. and 4 p.m. through Jan. 1. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department]

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Schedule Released — Reston Community Center has released the weekend schedule for this year’s 33nd annual birthday celebration. The program includes special performances, community service projects, and a voices of inspiration program sponsored by the Reston Martin Luther King, Jr. Church. [Reston Community Center]

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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department: Water Live Christmas Trees

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is reminding locals to water their live Christmas trees in order to avoid fires.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 200 homes fires each year begin with a Christmas tree.

NPFA provides the following tips to avoid Christmas tree and decoration fires:

  • Cut the two-inch base from the trunk before placing it on the stand.
  • Keep the tree at least three feet away from all heat sources.
  • Ensure the tree does not block any exists.
  • Add water to the tree stand daily.
  • Use lights labeled with an independent testing laboratory.
  • Replace the string of lights with worn or broken cords.
  • Turn off Christmas tree lights before going to bed or leaving home.
  • Remove the tree after Christmas. Do not leave trees in the home, garage, or directly outside the home.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released the following video detailing the dangers of an unwatered tree:

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Thursday Morning Notes

Holiday Toy Distribution Set for Today — The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will host a toy distribution today to offer toys to more than 350 children at 3304B Culmore St. in Falls Church. The distribution will begin at 10 a.m. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department]

Fairfax County Park Authority and Pathways Sign Agreement — The partnership will allow adults with disabilities to intern in programs and activities by FCPA. The ultimate goal of the program is to provide competitive employment chances for qualified individuals. For more information, contact the pathways to careers employer relations coordinator John Gyourko at 571-249-9468 or [email protected]. [Fairfax County Government]

Free Wine Tasting on Friday at 1194 Market St. —  Celebrate the holiday season at Boxwood Estate Winery’s Trellis with a free wine tasting sponsored by The Tasting Room from 7 – 10 p.m. [Reston Community Center]

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‘The Ultimate Christmas Show’ Set for Saturday at RCC CenterStage

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.

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Monday Morning Notes

Volunteers Enhance Safety at Fellowship House  Nearly two dozen volunteers gathered at the Hunter Woods Fellowship House in Reston on Nov. 11 to make bathrooms in the 222-unit apartment complex more accessible. [Fairfax County Times]

Holiday Performances on The Promenade Announced — Reston Town Center will feature outdoor musical performances on The Promenade, including the Northern Virginia Ukulele Society at noon on Dec. 17, Catchin’ Toads at 3 p.m. on Dec. 17 and Tenor Tim McKee at noon on Dec. 23. [Reston Town Center]

Local Group Celebrates 50 Years of Volleyball in Reston — The group, Hickory Volleyball, was founded in 1967 by longtime Restonian Philip Lilienthal, founder and president of Global Camps Africa. [Fairfax County Times]

Safety Tips for Displaying Christmas Trees — The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department suggests reviewing Electronic Safety Foundation International’s tips on how to display Christmas trees in your home. [The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department]

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What’s Going On This Weekend Around Reston?

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.

 

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One Week From Today: Reston Holiday Parade

As holiday festivities begin, the 27th annual Reston Holiday Parade is set for Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. The half-mile parade will include Macy’s-style balloons, music, dance, community groups, antique cars and more.

The parade, which takes place along 11900 Market St. will also welcome the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn garage. Jingle bells will be distributed to people along the route of the one-hour parade.

Between 12:30 and 4:30 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos. Mini-train rides will also run during this time.

The Clauses will then participate in a tree lighting and sing along between 6 and 6:30 p.m. Horse drawn carriage rides will also be offered to the community following the lighting until 10 p.m. Proceeds from photos and rides will benefit local charities, according to Reston Town Center.

USA Today readers ranked the parade the fourth best holiday parade in the country last year. The parade has taken place since 1991, rain or shine.

To register as a volunteer, visit RTC’s website.

File photo.

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Holiday Weekend Crime Roundup

Fairfax County Police carIt was a quiet holiday weekend for crime in Reston.

The Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station reported only three items over the Christmas holiday.

Among them: an apparent Christmas Eve burglary at the Hidden Creek Country Club, a theft of silverware from a home on Manning Street and the theft of a licence plate from a vehicle on Oak Hampton Place.

From FCPD:

RESTON DISTRICT STATION

BURGLARY: 1700 block of Clubhouse Road (Hidden Creek Country Club), 12/24/16 around 2:45 a.m. The business was burglarized. It could not be determined at the time whether anything was missing. There were no signs of forced entry.

LARCENIES:

1000 block of Manning Street, silverware from residence

2500 block of Oak Hampton Place, license plate from vehicle

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POLL: Did You Stay in Reston for the Holidays?

I-66 trafficNearly 2.6 million people in the D.C. area were expected to travel during the Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s holiday period this year, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

That’s a Christmastime record to the region.

Were you among those holiday travelers? Or did you stay put?

Let’s try to see what percentage of Reston residents left town for the holidays.

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Could Reston See a White Christmas This Year?

Snow Day in RestonTo put Reston’s holiday weather forecast in musical terms, the chances are pretty low for a “white Christmas” this year, but hopefully the day will turn out “merry and [at least somewhat] bright.”

Temperatures likely will reach the upper 40s Sunday in Reston, with some peeks of the sun, according to Weather.com.

Christmas Eve is more likely to be wet, though, with a 40 percent chance of rain in the morning. But with the high and low temperatures expected to stay above freezing (47 and 36 degrees, respectively), rain probably won’t turn to freezing rain or snow. The chance of precipitation goes down to only around 10 percent by Christmas morning.

During the past 25 years, the chances of Northern Virginia seeing a white Christmas on any given year have stayed around 25 percent, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In fact, the only areas of the U.S. where chances are 50 percent or above are in “the mountainous West, northern New England and the far northern tier,” NOAA says.

Reston and the greater D.C. area have had a white Christmas less than 10 times in the past 127 years, according to Reston Patch and DCist. Snow was last on the ground on Christmas in 2009, after the “Snowpocalypse” hit the area.

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Reston Child Care Center to Host Breakfast With Santa

Santa Claus with kids (Photo via Wikimedia/Bailiwick Studios)Santa Claus is set to visit a Reston child care center for breakfast next week.

Common Ground Child Care Center (1700 Wainwright Drive) is scheduled to host the big man in red from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, according to the organization. Children can have some food, play games, work on crafts and take a photo with the jolly old elf.

Admission is $5. Parents also are asked to donate a new or gently used children’s book for Common Ground’s library.

Families are encouraged to RSVP at [email protected].

Founded in 1972, Common Ground provides programs for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years old.

Photo via Wikimedia/Bailiwick Studios

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Reston’s Annual Christkindlmarket Set for This Thursday

Christkindlmarket/Courtesy German Armed ForcesReston residents can experience Germany without buying a plane ticket during a holiday market later this week.

The German Armed Forces is scheduled to hold its annual Christkindlmarket at its office at 11150 Sunrise Valley Dr. this Thursday, Dec. 8, from 4-9 p.m.

Each year around the holidays, the office transforms its parking lot into a traditional German outdoor Christmas fair.

In previous years, the festival has included games, crafts to purchase, entertainment and traditional German food and beer.

Though the outdoor event is free, some of the food, beer and merchandise costs money.

Reston Christkindlmarket/Credit: German Armed Forces

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German Christkindlmarket is Thursday in Reston

Christkindlmarket/Courtesy German Armed ForcesWant to feel like you are celebrating the holidays in Bavaria without traveling far?

Then stop by the German Armed Forces annual Christkindlmarket Thursday evening.

Each year, the German Armed Forces, which has an office in Reston (where you can also see a piece of the Berlin Wall on display), turns over the parking lot the office building at 11150 Sunrise Valley Dr. into a traditional German outdoor Christmas fair.

The festival, which runs from 4 to 9 p.m., is fun for the whole family. There are games, crafts to purchase, entertainment and traditional German food and beer.

The event is free, but some of the food, beer and merchandise costs money. Proceeds from the event benefit local charities.

The event is outdoors and happens rain or shine, so dress appropriately.

Reston Christkindlmarket/Credit: German Armed Forces

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