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The Weekly Planner is a roundup of interesting events coming up over the next week in the Reston area.

We’ve searched the web for events of note in Reston, Herndon and Great Falls. Know of any we’ve missed? Tell us!

Monday (Nov. 23)

  • Thanksgiving Food Drive (November 1-23) — Patrons, businesses, and organizations are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food and other items at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods (2310 Colts Neck Road) and Lake Anne facilities, the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, and a variety of other drop-off points throughout the community, the website said. View this link to see the most needed items.

Tuesday (Nov. 24)

  • Spanish Chat (1-2 p.m.) — Residents can practice Spanish conversation informally online at this virtual event, which is organized by Great Falls Library. A Zoom invite will be sent to registered participants one day before the discussion.

Friday (Nov. 27)

  • Chocolate Factory Band (7 p.m.) — The Chocolate Factory Band will grace the stage of P.J. Mulligan’s once again. Patrons are encouraged to come early as COVID-19 restrictions will be in effect at the location (2310 Woodland Crossing Drive).

Saturday (Nov. 28)

  • Carriage Rides (November 28 – December 19) – 4-9 p.m. at Reston Town Center (11900 Market St.) – For $30, enjoy a journey along the streets of Reston Town Center and benefit local charities, the website said. The carriage will depart from the Pavilion on Market Street. Groups are limited to five people and masks are required. To register, use this link.

Sunday (Nov. 29)

  • Train Rides (November 29 – December 20) – 12-3:45 p.m. at Reston Town Center (11900 Market St.) – For $20, enjoy a mini train ride with the family through the streets of Reston Town Center and benefit local charities, the website said. The train will depart from the Pavilion on Market Street. Groups are limited to four people and masks are required. To register, use this link.

Photo by Wade Gilley

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The Weekly Planner is a roundup of interesting events coming up over the next week in the Reston area.

We’ve searched the web for events of note in Reston, Herndon and Great Falls. Know of any we’ve missed? Tell us!

Monday (Nov. 2)

  • Thanksgiving Food Drive (November 1-23) — Patrons, businesses, and organizations are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food and other items at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods (2310 Colts Neck Road) and Lake Anne facilities, the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, and a variety of other drop-off points throughout the community, the website said. View this link to see the most needed items.

Tuesday  (Nov. 3)

  • Gourds and Gobblers — 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park (8700 Potomac Hills St.) — Learn about wild turkeys and other animals and plants that are an important part of our Thanksgiving tradition, the website said. The cost is $8 per child. To register, use this link.

Wednesday  (Nov. 4)

  • Mystery of Your Choice (Online) — 10:30-11:30 a.m. — Participants each offer a short presentation of their selection, followed by discussion with Great Falls Library staff, the website said. To register, use this link.

Thursday  (Nov. 5)

  • Meet the Artists — 2:15-3:30 p.m. at Reston Community Center (2310 Colts Neck Road) — Shepherd University faculty member Brooke Evers performs a program of renowned art songs with pianist Marina Chamasyan, the website said. To register, use this link.
  • Intermediate German Class — 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Great Falls Library (301 Second Ave. N.) — Expand your German learning through exploring language, culture and participating in conversation, the website said. To register, use this link.
  • Reel Deal Film Club — 5:45-6:45 p.m. — The Reel Deal Film Club hosts lively discussions of must-see films, the website said. Discussing, The Campaign with Will Ferrell, the group will meet via Zoom. To register, use this link.

Friday  (Nov. 6)

  • Nature at Night — 5:30-7 p.m. at Riverbend Park (8700 Potomac Hills St.) — Enjoy nighttime hikes, get a peek at nocturnal critters, make an awesome craft, and learn how these animals wake up when we go to sleep, the website said. The cost is $8 per person. To register, use this link.
  • Campfire Fridays — 7-8:30 p.m. at Lake Fairfax Park (1400 Lake Fairfax Drive) — Participants can enjoy an evening campfire and s’mores for the whole family, the website said. The cost is $12 per person. To register, use this link.

Saturday  (Nov. 7)

  • Fall Watershed Cleanup Day — 12 p.m. at Riverbend Park (8700 Potomac Hills St.) — Join Clean Virgina Waterways and the Ocean Conservancy on an International Coastal Cleanup Event to keep our waters clean, the website said. Participants should expect to collect trash from streams and trails, and compile and report results on trash collected to contribute to a global snapshot of littered items. Email to Valeria Espinoza, [email protected], register.

Sunday  (Nov. 8)

Staff Photo by Jay Westcott

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Reston’s North County Governmental Center is one of the most popular spots for early voting in Fairfax County.

While turnout through the county — and country — is high, the Reston location has seen one of the highest turnouts of the county’s 13 satellite voting locations.

Overall, voters are coming out in droves in the county. So far, 301,000 ballots have been cast in total — almost more than 2.5 times more than the total number of absentee votes cast in 2016, according to county officials.

More than 7,300 ballots have been cast at the North County Governmental Center followed by about 6,100 ballots at the Herndon Fortnightly Library and 1,400 at Great Falls Library, which is only open on Saturdays and opened for voting on Oct. 17.

County officials caution that wait times are still long.

“It takes 25 minutes or much longer depending on the place, day and time when voting,” said county spokesperson Brian Worthy.

The county has added two extra hours for early voting tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday. The change applies to 13 early voting sites, which typically open at 11 a.m. The hours at the Fairfax County Government Center remain unchanged.

Other than long waiting times, voting operations have been going relatively smoothly. The county swiftly moved to expand the number of satellite locations following arduous waiting times earlier this month.

While most voters have been masked, some residents have complained about party representatives failing to do so.

Worthy noted that while all individuals are encouraged to wear face coverings, the actions of party representatives cannot be controlled outside the 40-foot limit where campaigning is allowed.

The deadline for early voting this year is 5 p.m. on Oct. 31. Absentee ballots can be delivered by hand until 7 p.m. on Nov. 3 or by mail until noon on Nov. 6.

At this point, Worthy said it’s unclear how this year’s voting procedures will be adapted in future elections.

After the 2020 election is finished, the Fairfax County Office of Elections will look at any lessons learned–but it’s too early to look back in the past since the office is focused on Election Day which is now just [six] days away.”

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Great Falls Library has reopened after a one-day closure yesterday (Thursday).

According to Fairfax County’s website, the library was closed due to lack of heat. Normal operations have now resumed.

The library is open today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located at 9830 Georgetown Pike in Great Falls.

Photo via Fairfax County Government

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