Waiting for a Cyber Monday order? The Fairfax County Police Department has issued several tips to protect delivered orders from “package pirates.”
“Those packages from Cyber Monday sales are starting to show up on doorsteps and we want to ensure the Grinch doesn’t steal your gifts. Unfortunately, this type of crime does happen in our community and we are offering these tips to ensure package safety this holiday season,” according to the police department.
The department suggested the following tips:
- Sign up for delivery alerts to know when the items are delivered.
- Don’t leave delivered packages unattended. Ask a neighbor to keep an eye out for the packages and offer the same in return.
- Require a signature delivery for packages you ship to friends and family.
- Set up alternative delivery options. Check your delivery service’s website for details.
- Many retailers allow you to purchase items online and pick up in store or at a locker, where they’ll be safe until you can pick them up.
- See if it’s possible to have packages delivered to your workplace for the holiday season.
- Going out of town? Hold your mail and packages.
- Keep an eye out for suspicious people and vehicles in your neighborhood. Don’t be afraid to call the non-emergency number!
- Package theft is not just an issue around the holidays, it occurs throughout the year. Consider investing in an exterior security system.
FCPD encourages individuals to call the police department on its non-emergency number at 703-691-2131 to provide any information about suspicious people or vehicles.
Reston Community Center is holding its 19th annual Gifts from the HeART exhibit and holiday gift shopping event on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Reston Community Center Lake Anne (1609-A Washington Plaza).
Art will be on display through Jan. 2 at the center’s art galleries. 3D exhibit items will remain on display through Feb. 21. Entry fees from artists’ submissions and 10 percent of all sales will be donated to Cornerstones, a non profit organization that aims to help neighbors overcome tough economic times.
“The annual ‘Gifts from the HeART’ exhibit and sale has become a Reston tradition,” said Cheri Danaher, RCC’s arts education director. “It celebrates the arts and the holiday season with one-of-a-kind gifts while supporting those in need in our community.”
The exhibit includes original artwork made with various media, including sculpture, stained glass, collage and acrylic paint. Artwork will also be available for purchase at the event.
According to a press release, the event will help Cornerstones continue its operations at Embry Rucker Community Shelter, the Laurel Learning Center and community services outreach, which includes job counseling and youth programs. The event has raised more than $10,000 for the organization since the exhibit began in 1999.
Local artists and crafters are scheduled to set up tables at Reston’s United Christian Parish (11508 North Shore Drive) during its 2nd annual Art and Craft Fair this Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Church organizers said this year’s festivities will be even bigger than last year, with more vendors and more space. Nearly 30 vendors are already slated to participate.
Also new this year will be an “alternative gift opportunities” table, which benefits a wide variety of charitable organizations from around the world.
Such organizations include:
- Opportunity International, which gives micro-loans to entrepreneurs in developing nations.
- Hope Made Real, featuring gift items made by children at an orphanage in Rwanda.
- Living Water International, which supports bringing clean drinking water to nations around the world.
- Doctors Without Borders, an exchange program that brings medical professionals to developing countries.
There will also be a nonjuried table at the fair for which several artists have agreed to donate their wares, with all of the proceeds benefiting UCP Mission programs.
Admission to the fair is free, and free parking will be available at Lake Anne Elementary School, adjacent to the church.
Images via United Christian Parish
Reston Town Center ushers in the holiday season on Friday, Nov. 27 with its 25th annual parade, tree lighting, and fun for the whole family.
Here is what you need to know:
The parade, with Macy’s-style balloons, marching bands, dancers, the Washington Nationals’ Racing Presidents, and Santa and Mrs. Claus, kicks off at 11 a.m. on Market Street. The parade will happen rain or shine.
This year’s Grand Marshal is Susan Ungerer, founder of nonprofit Kids R First, which helps outfit thousands of needy kids with school supplies each year.
The Junior Grand Marshal is Joseph Dagbe, an eighth-grader at Langston Hughes Middle School. Dagbe, selected by LHMS principal Aimee Monticchio, is a straight A student and a member of the basketball club.
Masters of Ceremonies are NBC Washington anchor Angie Goff and chief meteorologist Doug Kammerer. They will announce the Reston Holiday Parade from podiums at two locations on Market Street, opposite the VIP grandstands at Fountain Square and Library Street.
After the parade, the celebrations continue. Santa and Mrs. Claus will stay for visits and photos and a mini-train will be offering rides on Market Street until 4:30 p.m.
Any donation for a 5 x 7 photo will benefit South Lakes High School Chorus.
The Clauses will return at 6:00 p.m. for the Tree Lighting in Fountain Square, which is followed by a half-hour Christmas sing-along.
Horse-drawn carriage rides begin at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit local charities. Departure point is in front of Talbots on Market Street. $5 per person; children 5 and under ride free with adult.
Prior to the parade, the kids’ Gingerbread Man Mile will take place. Visit PR Races for registration and more information.
The holidays are a time for giving, and we’re giving you a weekly chance to win some great gifts from local businesses this month. Keep them for yourself or gift them to a friend, coworker or family member.
To enter the contest, free of charge, all you need to do is sign up for our daily email newsletter. The newsletter delivers Reston Now headlines to your inbox on weekday (and some weekend) afternoons.
If you’re one of our more than 1,000 existing newsletter subscribers, you’re automatically eligible to win. See our official contest rules for an alternate means of entry and other sweepstakes details.
We’ll conduct a drawing every Friday through the end of December. The prizes include:
- Apple iPad Air 16GB from RestonNow.com
- $50 gift certificate to Kalypso’s Sports Tavern
- $50 gift card to Michael’s from Cindy Beyer Design
- Adult Sonicare toothbrush from Reston Serenity Smiles
- Personal training session from Storm Fitness
- One month of free swim lessons from Goldfish Swim School
- $109 gift card for artisan flower arrangements from Bloompop
- Exercise class from The Harrison Apartments
- Cat exam from Just Cats Clinic
- $150 donation to Cornerstones on your behalf from Eve Thompson of Reston Real Estate
Please join us in supporting these and other local businesses when making your holiday shopping plans and New Year’s resolutions.
Good luck and happy holidays from Reston Now!
In the meantime, you can find out what’s open and closed on Monday by checking out this post. Government offices are observing the holiday, but parks and the Reston Community Center are open as usual.
Public schools, government offices and libraries will be closed on Monday for Columbus Day, but a few centers and services will operating as usual. Here’s what to expect.
Reston Community Center — The Hunters Woods and Lake Anne centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Events on the drop-in calendar for Monday include strength training for seniors, a bridge group and all-ages water aerobics.
Parks and nature centers — RECenters will operate on regular schedule. Nature centers will be open from 12 to 5 p.m. Historic sites will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Fairfax County Public Schools and school offices
- County government
- Office of Elections
- Reston Regional Library
- Community, teen and senior centers
Metro — Trains and buses will operate on a Saturday schedule, with service every 6 to 12 minutes during daytime hours. Parking at all Metro-owned lots and garages will be free, and off-peak fares will be in effect all day.
Fairfax Connector — Buses with weekday service will operate on a holiday weekday schedule. See the Connector’s website for more details.