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by Ryan Moore November 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm 2 Comments

Alternative Gift Market (Image via Unitarian Universalist Church)Reston residents are set to have the chance to do some Christmas shopping and help people in need this weekend.

The 16th annual “Alternative Gift Market” is slated to return to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reston (1625 Wiehle Ave.) Saturday from 10 a.m to 3 p.m.

During the market, shoppers can make donations to 30 local and international nonprofit organizations on behalf of loved ones. Cornerstones, Giving Circle of Hope and Kids R First are among the groups that are participating.

The donations, which come with holiday cards, include $10 for meals at Reston’s Embry Rucker Homeless Shelter, $15 for school supplies for Northern Virginia students and $55 for a water well pump in South Sudan.

Visitor to the market also can buy fair trade, handmade presents from Amani ya Juu, an African sewing and training program for women.

Image via Unitarian Universalist Church

by Jennifer van der Kleut November 21, 2016 at 11:30 am 0

American Turkey - Credit: Lupin/Creative Commons

Reston residents will have a chance to get outside and shake off that turkey coma this weekend.

Reston Association’s Walker Nature Center (11450 Glade Drive) is scheduled to host a “Turkey Trail” scavenger hunt this Saturday, Nov. 26, at 11 a.m.

During the event, attendees can breathe in the crisp fall air, marvel at the trees’ changing colors and search for clues along the trails near the nature center.

Organizers say a “wild turkey” has gone on the loose and left behind clues that families will need to decode in order to follow the “turkey trail.” As they do so, families will learn some fascinating facts about the beautiful Thanksgiving birds.

Registration by tomorrow is encouraged. The cost is $5 for RA members or $7 for non-members.

Photo: An American turkey, credit to “Lupin” on Creative Commons.

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by Karen Goff December 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

Santa at Lake Anne Plaza in 2012/Photo: Lake Anne Plaza

Santa on a Boat!

Jolly old St. Nick returns to Lake Anne Plaza Saturday — making his customary Reston barge arrival at Jingle on the Lake.

Reston Association president and Lake Anne residentKen Knueven will be piloting the boat that brings Santa to town at 12 p.m. sharp.

Jingle on the Lake runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature strolling carolers, a petting zoo, music, wine tastings, merchant specials, children’s crafts, cookie decorating, holiday arts & crafts market, holiday entertainment and much more.

The holiday event is hosted by Lake Anne Merchants. Admission is free. The event will be held rain or shine.

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