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Save the Date: Northern Virginia Walk Like MADD and MADD Dash Set for October

The 10th annual Northern Virginia Walk like MADD and MADD DASH is set for October 13 at the Herndon Police Department from 9 a.m. to noon.

Thousands are expected to rally together in over 90 cities across the country in order to increase awareness about drunk driving. Registration for the Herndon event, which is open online, will also take place on site from 8-9 a.m.

The police department is also accepting donations of used sneakers to donate to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), a nonprofit organization that seeks to eliminate drunk driving, prevents underage drinking and advocates for stricter impaired driving policies.

Donated items should not have any holes. Donations will be accepted at the race and at the Herndon Police Department (397 Herndon Parkway).

Photo via Walk like MADD

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This Weekend: Herndon High School Drama Boosters Club Presents ‘The Little Mermaid’

Middle school and high school students from the Herndon High School Drama Boosters Club will present “The Little Mermaid,” a full-length musical based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film produced by Howard Ashman and John Musker.

Performances, which will take place at Herndon Middle School (901 Locust Street), are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday (July 27) and Saturday (July 27). A Sunday show will take place at 2 p.m. 

The club will also offer a backstage tour for young children before Sunday’s matinee from 1-1:45 p.m. After each show, cast members will be available for photos.

It’s an amazing experience, as students must really come together as a team in order to put on this full-length production in less than four weeks,” said Renee Maxwell, a drama booster.

Tickets are $10 for students and children and $12 for adults if purchased online. At the door, tickets are $12 for students and children and $15 for adults.

The complete cast is below:

  • Director: Raphael Schklowsky, Theatre Director, Herndon High School
  • Vocal Director: Jane Waldrop, Music Teacher, Clearview Elementary School
  • Tech Director: Lukas Funke, FCPS Employee (and former Herndon High student)
  • Assistant Director & Choreographer: Erin Maxwell, Rising Senior, Herndon High School
  • Stage Manager: Gigi Henriquez, Rising Senior, Herndon High School
  • Orchestra Conductor: Jeremy Shoop, Director of Music Ministries, Holy Cross Lutheran Church
  • Costume Designer: Maria V. Bissex, Owner, MVB Costumes

Photos via Renee Maxwell

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Departing from Downtown Home, Herndon Festival to Change Location Next Year

Departing from its longstanding home in downtown Herndon, next year’s Herndon Festival will take place at the Northwest Federal Credit Union campus (200 Spring Street).

Due to a 2017 agreement with Comstock, the property that housed the festival carnival will be under construction beginning late 2018 or early 2019. As a result of limited space, an alternative site was found. Other areas of downtown Herndon are expected to also undergo construction.

It is unclear if the festival will ever return to the downtown area.

Once the redevelopment project is complete, town staff will assess what new events or activities will be appropriate and attractive to the community. The Herndon Festival, as we know it today, likely will not return to the downtown area, due to the loss of the open space to host the carnival and considerable number of vendor, sponsor and volunteer booths required,” according to a statement by town officials.

Sans the charm of downtown buildings as a backdrop and grassy spaces for concert seating, county officials expect next year’s festival will feature different programming that will keep the event “fresh and interesting” for the audience.

County officials will not consider removing the carnival from the festival in order to keep the event in downtown Herndon because the carnival generates 45 percent of total revenues from the festival.

“Without a carnival the event would have to be curtailed in enough ways that it would not resemble what we now know as the Herndon Festival,” according to town officials.

Photo by Mikey Tate

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38th Annual Herndon Festival Begins Thursday

The Herndon Festival returns to historic downtown Herndon on Thursday (May 31) through Sunday (June 3). The annual event will include four days of activities, vendors, and entertainment.

The event, which takes place at 777 Lynn Street, averages attendance of 80,000 over all four days, according to the festival’s website.

The carnival will be open on Thursday from 6-10 p.m., on Friday from 5-11 p.m., on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Single tickets are $1.25, with bundle deals and an all-pass ticket available.

New this year is a kids’ puppet show and car creation event where kids can make their own cardboard car and watch a puppet show. Kids can also enjoy a hands-on art area, an entertainment alley, and fireworks displays.

On Sunday, 5k and 10k races will take place in the morning. Arts and crafts vendors, as well as an entrepreneur and business expo, will also be on site.

Attendees are encouraged to use a complimentary shuttle bus service, as parking will be limited. The following street closures will also be in effect:

  • Elden Street in both directions between Monroe Street and Center Street
  • Spring Street in both directions between Locust and Elden Street
  • Center Street between Locus Street and Vine Street, with the exception of southbound traffic between Elden Street and Locust Street.

Street closures will impact Fairfax Connector routes.

A map of the festival is below:

For more information, visit the festival’s website.

 

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Friday Night Live, Free Concert Series Returns to Herndon

Friday Night Live! (FNL!), Herndon’s free outdoor concert series, returns on Fridays now through August 24. Held on the town green next to the Herndon Municipal Center, the concert series features local bands from across the East Coast.

FNL! is produced by the Herndon Chamber of Commerce and presented by the lead sponsor, Volkswagen Group of America, along with other sponsors like United Bank and Budlight.

Domino’s Pizza and TurCuisine offer food at the event and Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern and Egg Karne provide food on rotating schedules. A featured beer is selected each month.

The schedule for the event, which runs from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., is below. FNL! will not take place on June 1 due to the Herndon Festival.

File photo by Laura B. Poindexter

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What’s Going on Around Reston This 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.

  • Getting hitched in the near future? Then you might want to check out the Spring Bridal Show going on at Midtown Jewelers all weekend. The show runs from 12-8 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m – 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Attend the free screening of The Babushkas of Chernobyl, which details the lives of a small community of women who live in the radioactive Dead Zone around Chernobyl’s Reactor No. 4. The screening will be at the Walker Nature Center on Friday from 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Does your child want to learn how to fish? Then take them to the free program of Kids Trout Fishing Day on Saturday from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Check-in will be near the 7-11 on Soapstone Drive. Registration is encouraged.
  • Celebrate Easter a week early and bring your kids to the EGGnormous Egg Hunt at the Sunrise Valley Elementary School on Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m. The free event is for infants through children 8 years old.
  • Hunt for some eggs with your kids and pet some animals at the Frying Pan Park Visitor Center for the Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. Registration is required and the event costs $8.
  • The Diva Central Event will be offering free formal and prom dresses for teens in middle and high school this Saturday at the RCC Lake Anne from 12-6 p.m.
  • Want to attend the March for Our Lives in DC? The Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston is organizing a group to take the Metro together into DC to participate in the march demanding more gun control on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Make sure to contact the church if you want to join.
  • Looking for an aquatic twist on Easter Egg hunts? Then let your kid take a dive for eggs on Saturday at the Herndon Community Center pool between 1-4:30 p.m. Registration is suggested and entry for one adult and child together is $10.
  • Learn about the life of “Angel of the Battlefield” Clara Barton from a park ranger of the Clara Barton National Historic Site in Glen Echo at the Reston Regional Library Saturday from 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Immerse yourself in the sounds of 7-12 metal rings in a sound bath meditation from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Bikram Yoga Reston.
  • For $20, you can see the vintage country/western band Billy & Bob Country Classic Show perform at the ArtSpace Herndon on Saturday from 7-9 p.m. Tickets include free food and drink.
  • Award-winning journalist, author of three non-fiction books and former South Lakes High School teacher Chuck Cascio will be reading from his latest novel “The Fire Escape Belongs in Brooklyn” at Scrawl Books Sunday at 2 p.m.
  • It’s crime fiction evening with Josh Pachter, Meg Opperman and Barb Goffman for Reston Readings’ night at Reston’s Used Book Shop on Sunday from 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Fan of the blues? Check out the blues/rock-n-roll/Americana band By & By at Frying Pan Park’s Visitor Center on Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door.

Photo via Reston Community Center

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What’s Going on Around Reston This Weekend?

(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.
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What’s Going on Around Reston This Weekend?

(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.)

  • Does your kid want to learn how to fish? Then take them to the Kids Trout Fishing Derby on Saturday from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. The event will meet at the Herndon Police Station on the Sugarland Run Trail.
  • Support your neighbors and the environment by attending the Spring Flea Market on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the RCC Hunter Woods. Who knows, maybe you’ll find some treasure along the way!
  • Need some more books for your kids? Check out the City of Fairfax Library Friends Spring Children’s Book Sale running from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday at the City of Fairfax Regional Library.
  • Curious about how 3D printing works? Check out the ongoing demonstrations all day of a MakerBot Replicator Mini 3D Printer at the Centreville Regional Library on Saturday.
  • Author Laura Murray will be at Scrawl Books to read and sign her children’s book The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School. The event will be on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Watch the free screening of “How Sweet the Sound – The Blind Boys of Alabama” as a part of the ReelAbilities Film Festival. The screening will be on Sunday at the CenterStage from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Take a run in the 5th annual Ice Breaker 5k race in Herndon on Sunday. The race will start at 8 a.m. at 200 Spring Street.
  • Learn about the Jewish holiday Passover over PJ Library stories about the holiday and then braid challah dough at Whole Foods Market on Sunday from 10-11 a.m.
  • Attend a lecture series at Frying Pan Park about local farmers and how you can support them. The series is on Sunday from 2-3:30 p.m. and costs $10 for attendees.
  • Get your groove on at the Sunday Afternoon Dance at RCC Hunter Woods where you can foxtrot, swing, cha-cha and waltz. The event will be from 2:30-4:30 p.m. and tickets cost $5 for Reston Association members and $10 for non-members.
  • Not up for a waltz? Then give Sunday Country Western Dance a shot instead. You will be able to line dance, two-step, shuffle and swing your way through country and Western tunes at the RCC Hunter Woods from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5 for Reston Association members and $10 for non-members.
  • Fan of acoustic music? Then you might want to check out the Sterling/Reston Acoustic Jam on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at the Cafe Montmarte.
  • Grab your skates and get on the ice rink one last time before the ice skating rink in Reston Town Center closes for the season on Sunday at 7 p.m.
  • Come see the Darrell Webb Band as a part of the Bluegrass Barn series at the Frying Pan Park’s Visitor Center. The show is on Sunday at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $18 in advance and $20 at the door.

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What’s Going on Around Reston This Weekend?

(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

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What’s Going on Around Reston This Weekend?

(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.

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What’s Going on Around Reston This Weekend?

(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 in the mood for Valentine’s Day and check out a free concert with Maya Feygelson and friends singing love songs at the United Christian Parish on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
  • Not in the Valentine’s Day mood? Instead, you can see the performance Word Becomes Flesh, a production that “examines masculinity and responsibility within the constructs of hip-hop culture” through a series of letters from a single father to his unborn son. The performance is on Saturday from 8-11 pm at the CenterStage RCC Hunter Woods. Tickets are $20 for Reston residents and $30 for non-Reston residents.
  • Learn more about what police are doing to build long-lasting relationships with Reston and nearby communities at the Fairfax County Civilian Police panel and Q&A. The panel and dialogue will be held Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston from 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
  • Get your foxtrot on this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Reston Community Center Hunter Woods for an afternoon dance class. There will be three mini dance lessons, light refreshments and music ranging from golden oldies to a more modern dance selection. Tickets are $5 for Reston residents and $10 for non-Reston residents.
  • As Reston is part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, learn more about  the bay in the presentation Creatures of the Chesapeake Bay where you can touch and meet live creatures native to the ecosystem. There are two showings Sunday at the Walker Nature Center. The first is at 1:30 p.m. and the second is at 3:00 p.m. Tickets cost $8 for Reston Association members and $12 for non-members.
  • Into action-packed novels about uprisings of empires? Then come and meet C.V. Wyk at the ArtInsights Gallery of Film and Contemporary Art and grab a copy of her new novel Blood and Sand on Sunday from 4- 5:30 p.m. The novel tells a story of two daring slaves who decide to take on an empire.
  • Celebrate Mardi Gras this Sunday at the United Christian Parish starting at 5 p.m. where you can watch live performances from local artists including the Reston Divas. The event is free and open to all ages.
  • Learn more about agriculture in Virginia, the state’s largest industry, in a lecture series by local farmers at the Frying Pan Park Visitor Center. The event is on Sunday from 2 – 3:30 p.m. and tickets cost $10. There will also be a sampling of the local farm’s fruits

Photo via Reston Community Center

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What’s Going on Around Reston This Weekend?

(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.

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What’s Going On Around Reston This 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. 

  • ArtSpace Herndon presents a book signing with Eileen Curtis, who recently retired after serving as the Dulles Chamber of Commerce President and CEO for 23 years, on Saturday at 2 p.m. Her book, Chamber Tales: A Memoir of Commerce, Community and Stunning Forces of Change, tells personal details about the leaders with whom she worked over the last two decades.
  • On Saturday, children between the ages of 5 and 12 can bring their winter-themed artwork to Reston Regional Library for display. Only one submission per artist per season is allowed.
  • Join the Walker Nature Center for a half-day annual bird count throughout Reston from 7 a.m. through noon on Sunday. Volunteers are invited to enjoy a free launch, tally results and swap stories back at Nature House.
  • This week’s Sunday service at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston will center around the theme, “The Lives We Lead” at 10 a.m. The church is located at 1625 Wiehle Avenue.
  • Reston’s Used Book Shop (1623 Washington Plaza) is celebrating its 40th anniversary on Sunday from 1  to 4 p.m. The store opened on Jan. 7, 1978.
  • Restoration Church (1501 Becontree Lane) is also celebrating an anniversary this Sunday form 10 to 11 a.m. The church turns three this year. The celebration will include activities for kids, a photo booth and a birthday cake.
  • Reston artist Rudy Guernica’s exhibit “Lost in the Woods” will be in the Jo Ann Rose Gallery at Reston Community Center Lake Anne from Jan. 9 through February 4. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. through 8 p.m.
  • In the exhibit, “Paulina Peavy: A Message to Paulina,” Paulina Peavy’s work will be on display through Feb. 17 at Greater Reston Arts Center. Peavy gave up control of her brush to an alien entity named Locamo after attending a seance in 1932. Her work includes paintings, films and texts that she used to better channel Lacamo’s energy.
  • Congregation Beth Emeth (12523 Lawyers Road) is holding a free session on caring for caregivers on Sunday from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. The program is led by Rabbi Steve Glazer, who has established a consulting firm that specializes in the topic.
Know of other events in the area? Comment below.
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Thursday Morning Notes

How Family Tried to Keep Suspected Neo-Nazi from their Daughter — People magazine published an in-depth piece about the Reston double murder on Friday, including details on how the family attempted to keep the suspect, who turned the gun on himself, away from their daughter. [People]

Escape Herndon Donates Tickets for Charity — The business is donating proceeds from all tickets sold for New Year’s Eve to Starlight, an organization that aims to bring joy and comfort to hospitalized children and their families. [Escape Herndon]

Reston Library Holds One-Hour Sessions to Build Computer Skills — Adults seeking to improve their computer skills can register for a one-hour session with a technology volunteer to improve their computer skills and get help with navigating the Internet and e-books. Individuals interested in participating should call the library to make an appointment. The session will take place from 6 – 8 p.m. today. [Fairfax County Government]

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