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by RestonNow.com June 13, 2018 at 10:15 am 17 Comments

Reston’s 18th annual Multicultural Festival is set for Sept. 22 (Saturday) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Lake Anne Plaza.

The annual event aims to bring together Restonians in order to celebrate community and culture. The festival will include music, entertainment, dress, food and cultural gems from around the world.

Attendees are encouraged to dress in their cultural attire. The festival also includes a naturalization ceremony, arts and crafts, food and family activities.

RCC is seeking applications for arts vendors by July 6, food vendors by July 13, and community organizations by July 20.

The event is presented by Reston Community Center, hosted by Lake Anne Plaza and co-sponsored by the Reston Association, along with other Reston organizations and businesses.

Photo via Reston Community Center

by RestonNow.com June 13, 2018 at 9:00 am 12 Comments

A planning problem — As Fairfax County officials mull plans to increase Reston’s population density cap, a former member of the Fairfax County Planning Commission writes that Reston has a planning problem that must be addressed as new developments move forward. [The Washington Post]

Love says goodbye — Today is the last day that Virginia’s LOVE letters will be on display at Lake Anne Plaza. The display was installed on June 7.  [Lake Anne Plaza]

VY to celebrate grand opening — VY, a new development on Sunrise Valley Drive, will hold its grand opening celebration tomorrow. The event features light fare from Reston Kabob and a sushi display from PassionFish Reston. [On Tap Magazine]

Nearby: To the rescue — Can the Silver Line save Loudoun County’s office market? Several sites once slated for office developments are being re-evaluated as possible data center sights. [Bisnow]

Flickr pool photo via vantagehill

by Fatimah Waseem June 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm 6 Comments

Artists, professionals and amateurs alike, descended onto Lake Anne Plaza over the weekend for Public Art Reston‘s annual “Chalk on the Water” event.

During the two-day street art festivals, participants created drawings on the plaza. Proceeds from the event benefit Public Art Reston, a non-profit organization that aims to promote the arts in Reston.

More than 180 people participated in the event, which drew roughly 1,725 attendees.  

“The event went extremely well despite the weather forecast. Artists in all categories created amazing chalk drawings. Most artists came prepared with a sketch or image they planned to realize in chalk,” said Anne Delaney, executive director of Public Art Reston.

The winners for three categories — professional artists, amateur artists and families and kids — are below and pictured above:

Professional Artist

  • 1st Place: Penny Hauffe
  • 2nd Place: Erica Fallin
  • 3rd Place: Brianna Camp

Amateur Artist

  • 1st Place: Maxine Prudhomme & Samantha Burgess
  • 2nd Place: Jennifer Griffith
  • 3rd Place: Tongman Yang

Families & Kids

  • 1st Place: Faisal Chaudry
  • 2nd Place: John Byron
  • 3rd Place: Elia Jarrett

All of the artwork from the weekend’s festival will remain visible on the plaza until it wears off naturally, which could happen today given the forecast of rain.

Photos by Public Art Reston

by Fatimah Waseem June 8, 2018 at 9:00 am 0

A new home — Global construction firm Bechtel Corp. will move its headquarters from San Francisco to Reston by the end of the year, bidding farewell to its base of operations for the first time in more than 100 years. [The Washington Post]

Fifth annual ‘Chalk on the Water’ festival is this weekend — “Public Art Reston, in collaboration with Friends of Lake Anne, will present Chalk on the Water at Lake Anne, the annual chalk festival at Lake Anne Plaza. Public Art Reston is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its founding.” [Reston Community Center]

Beauty for all the senses — Reston Chorale showcased five gardens of distinction in four local neighborhoods during the annual Gardens of Note event. [The Connection]

Fired up about fireworks — Lake Fairfax Park will host its annual fireworks show on June 30. As soon as the skies darken, fireworks will light up the sky. [Fairfax County Parks Authority]

PassionFish reopens — After temporarily closing for renovations, the restaurant in Reston Town Center is now open. [PassionFish]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

by RestonNow.com June 4, 2018 at 3:30 pm 0

The “Take a Break” summer concert series at Lake Anne plaza will feature shows every Thursday night through Aug. 30.

The concert series is presented by Reston Community Center in cooperated with MSE Productions, Inc. Four of the nights are designated as “dance nights” that will feature dance demonstrations and instruction to match the music.

The complete line-up is below. 

Each concert is scheduled for 7-9 p.m.

by RestonNow.com June 4, 2018 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

Gun violence awareness   Supporters of gun violence awareness day congregated at the Wiehle-Reston East Station on Saturday to participate in the fourth annual “Wear Orange Gun Violence Prevention Rally in Old Town Alexandria. [Twitter]

Herndon stabbing under investigation — Denis Hernandez, 21, was arrested in connecting with a stabbing late last week. The victim, who has not been identified, was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. [Local DVM]

Dabbling in pickleball — Pickleball is becoming a paddle sport for some Reston Association members. This video offers a basic overview of the sport (yes, sport!). [Reston Today]

Photo by Ruth Sievers

by Fatimah Waseem June 1, 2018 at 2:30 pm 3 Comments

iFix, a business that repairs cell phones, shuttered its doors on Wednesday (May 30), an employee confirmed Thursday afternoon.

The business, which also buys, sells and trades cell phones, was located at 1635 Washington Plaza North.

John Kim, the owner, told Reston Now the closure was promoted by failure to negotiate a new lease  Kim said a significant rent increase was proposed.

Nearby, New Trail Cycling Studio is gearing up for a late summer 2018 opening. The old pharmacy building remains vacant.

The store has one other location at 1095 Edwards Ferry Road in Leesburg.

No word yet on what will replace the iFix location.

Photo by Ruth Sievers

by Anna Merod May 16, 2018 at 3:30 pm 1 Comment

Virginia’s “LOVE” letters are making a comeback to the Lake Anne Plaza from May 31 through June 7.

The letters statue is known for photo opportunities. Lake Anne Brew House is encouraging locals to come to the plaza for the statue and to stay for local events on the plaza including a Pride Night event held at the brewery on June 1 from 4-11 p.m.

June is LGBTQ pride month. It was established to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, during which patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn protested to resist the harassment and persecution of LGBT Americans by the police, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

Reston has other events in store for the month, including an inaugural Pride Festival, led by the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston.

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by Bridget Reed Morawski April 30, 2018 at 9:00 am 3 Comments

(Updated 1:36 p.m. to remove an event that has already passed)

Warming up to solar? – Fairfax County is holding a free information session today, and will be offering real estate tax credits, solar energy systems discounts, and more to home and business owners. (WTOP)

The throwback comments section – A Reston resident had their Letter To The Editor published in The Washington Post. The topic? The split between Reston and the rest of Fairfax County about density and proposed growth. (The Washington Post)

That’s a lot of butts – Reston business Waitbusters hit 50,000 customers seated since launching their software about a year ago. (Restaurant News)

Everyone’s a critic – A theater review of Reston Community Player’s Thoroughly Modern Millie. Sounds like it was a good time. (Maryland Theatre Guide)

We’re taking a hiatus – Our morning newsletter will be taking a break through May 10, as the editor is away. ARLnow’s assistant managing editor, Bridget Reed Morawski, will be stepping in to cover Reston.

The photo in the morning newsletter was provided with a caption that it is a Great Blue Heron. Another reader has chimed in to say that it is actually a Great Green Heron. Additionally, the Reston editor will be returning May 10, not May 8.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user vantagehill.

by Fatimah Waseem April 6, 2018 at 1:30 pm 0

The Reston Farmers Market opens for its 20th season at Lake Anne Plaza’s parking lot on April 21.

The market will be open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon from opening day through December. It will be closed on September 22 for a multi-cultural festival.

Virginia Living magazine’s Annual Best of Virginia Awards ranked the market as the second-best farmers market in the state.

SNAP beneficiaries receive a $20 match at the market. No dogs are allowed at the market.

Meanwhile, the farmers market by Community Foodworks, located at St. John Neumann Catholic Church (11900 Lawyers Road), is scheduled to open on April 18.

This year, the market will not include a CSA-option. Fossil Rock Farm, last year’s CSA vendor, plans to remain a vendor.

Community Foodworks is a D.C.-based non-profit that aims to increase access to healthy food while creating opportunities for local farmers.

Reston Farm Market, located at 10800 Baron Cameron Avenue,  opened for the spring and summer season on March 1. It will run through Sept. 12 and offers spring greens, spinach, kale, lettuce, tomatoes and more.

It is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. 

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by Fatimah Waseem March 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment

New Trail Cycling Studio is opening at Lake Anne Plaza in the late summer at 1614 Washington Plaza.

Liz Kamp — a Reston resident of nearly 10 years, an avid indoor cyclist and a mother of three — is behind the venture, which will offer indoor cycling classes for all levels.

Kamp hopes to use the studio to create a welcoming, tight-knit community.

“I’ve always wanted to create a fitness business where community is important. Cycling offers that,” she said.

The studio takes up half of the former location of Lakeside Pharmacy, which closed in 2014 after 44 years of business. Another tenant is expected to take up the other half of the site.

Classes, which blend authentic cycling drills paired to the beat of music, will be offered for adults, teens and individuals age 55 and and up. Riders of all levels are welcome to take classes.

Kamp, who has 15 years of experience in the fitness industry, said the idea for her business has been “a long time coming.”

“I’ve been planning on launching a brick and mortar store for the last six years. There’s a real need for building and capitalizing on this great community,” she said.

Photo courtesy of Liz Kamp

by Fatimah Waseem January 30, 2018 at 2:30 pm 17 Comments

Eric Lundberg, an engineer by training, began dabbling with pretzel recipes in his Reston home. The hobby, which he hoped would build bonding time with his daughter as she went through high school, transformed into something bigger: a locally-owned bakery called Nordic Knot.

His production quickly overwhelmed the countertops of his home, which he had certified for the business. After a temporary stint operating through Lake Anne Brew House, Lundberg has found a permanent production site for his bakery just two doors down from the business that drove his success, the brewhouse.

“This was a complete departure from what I’ve done before,” Lundberg said. “I’ve taken something I enjoy and turned it into a good product.”

The store on 11412 Reston Plaza West operates as a production center since late last year. Lundberg and Melissa Romano, the brewhouse’s co-owner, hope to establish a store in the spring. For now, they’re taking online orders, distributing wholesale and delivering locally.

Their business partnership grew from the moment Lundberg came to Romano with a brown paper bag full of pretzels and a business pitch before the brewhouse opened. Retail sales ran through the brewhouse since it opened in 2016.

“The pretzels were so amazing it was not a hard decision to forward and team up with Eric,” Romano said.

They’re now working on plans to capitalize on the emerging breweries market. Many local breweries lack fully operations kitchens, often leaving a good beer without good food to match, they said. They currently deliver to Black Walnut Brewery in Leesburg, Old Ox Brewery in Ashburn, and local businesses.

“We’re both community-minded individuals and Lake Anne really provides a good canvas for community-oriented businesses,” Romano said.

Nordic Knot also sends out an electric scooter to deliver locally on bike trails in Reston — an effort to embrace the “progressive” and “forward-thinking” feel of the community, Lundberg said.

They hope to open a storefront where customers can walk-in to place orders and take a bite sometime in the spring.

Photos by Studio-M Photos &  Jennifer Heffner Photography

by RestonNow.com January 29, 2018 at 10:15 am 3 Comments

Commemorative bricks for Reston’s annual Founder’s Day are being sold through Wednesday, February 14.

Bricks will be installed on Lake Anne Plaza after Founder’s Day on April 14.  They can be purchased from the Reston Historic Trust and Museum for a tax-deductible contribution of $100 for a standard brick and $250 for a large brick. 

The tradition aims to bring Robert E. Simon and his vision for a special and inclusive community to life, according to organizers.

“It is a way for members of the community to leave a legacy or honor a loved one. The bricks are also a tangible and visible way for the community to be a part of the history or Reston,” said Alexandra Campbell, executive director of Reston Historic Trust and Museum.

Founder’s Day is presented by Reston Historic Trust and Museum, Reston Association, Reston Community Center, and Public Art Reston. The event is hosted by Lake Anne Plaza. 

Photo courtesy Reston Historic Trust and Museum

by Fatimah Waseem January 22, 2018 at 3:00 pm 1 Comment

Get your costume and a warm towel ready for the 11th annual Freezin’ for a Reason Virginia Polar Dip on Feb. 3 at Lake Anne Plaza.

Proceeds from the event will help send children with life-threatening illnesses and their families for a retreat in Casco, Maine. Camp Sunshine’s fundraising goal is $100,000 for this year, enough to send 40 families from the area to attend the camp.

The community event draws hundreds of spectators to Lake Anne Plaza to watch “dippers” take plunges into the lake in the middle of the winter.

Eight other Polar Dips will take place nationwide this year. The initiative was founded in 2008 by the Toth family of Oakton, whose daughter, Jennifer, battled cancer. She first attended Camp Sunshine in 1996.

The event in Reston will kick off at noon. The dip will begin at 2 p.m. Participants who raise at least $100 will receive an “I DID IT” event shirt.

For more information, visit the event website. Participants can register online.

File photo by Don Renner

by Fatimah Waseem October 27, 2017 at 11:30 am 2 Comments

Trick-or-treaters have plenty of options for goodies, fun and scares throughout the area this weekend.

At the BOO-stravaganza at Frying Pan Farm Park (2739 West Ox Road), guests can enjoy themed games, enter a slightly-spooky barn and take a wagon ride through the woods at night. One-hour sessions begins at 6 and 7 p.m. tonight. The cost is $10 per person and reservations are required. Call 703-437-9101 for more information.

Children in costumes can visit participating retailers to trick-or-treat goodies on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m in Reston Town Center. Participating retailers will display a pumpkin flyer in their window.

Lake Anne Plaza (1609 Washington Plaza West) will also hold its annual Boo & Brews event on Saturday. The schedule runs from 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. and includes a pet costume contest, a live DJ, pet treats, pumpkin painting and beer gardens.

Children and their parents can trick-or-treat at decorated car trunks in the parking lot of Forest Edge Elementary School (1501 Beacontree Lane) from 3 – 4 p.m. on Saturday. The event, Trunk-or-Treat, is hosted by Reston Church.

Guests can also trick-or-treat in the playgrounds of Lake Fairfax Park (1400 Lake Fairfax Drive) and enjoy s’mores and stories. The program runs from 7 – 8:30 p.m. and costs $8 per person. No reservations are necessary. Call 703-471-5414 for more information.

There is plenty else scheduled to take place this weekend in the area as well. Take a look at our list below.

(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.)

  • The Washington West Film Festival continues tonight and Saturday with dozens of screenings and opportunities for conversation with filmmakers. For the complete schedule, visit the festival’s website.
  • The United Christian Parish (11508 North Shore Drive) will holds its third annual Fall Art and Craft Fair on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local artists and craftspersons will showcase their work in this juried fair. Admission and parking are free.
  • Volunteer to help remove English ivy vines on the path between Sanibel Drive and Dogwood Elementary School (12300 State Route 4721) on Saturday between 10 a.m. and noon. Reston Association needs volunteers for its Habitat Heroes initiative to help protect the native mayapple plant. Attendees should wear long sleeves and pants. To volunteer, register online.
  • The Reston Community Players’ 2017-18 season continues their presentation of Elton John and Tim Rice’s musical “Aida.” The show, winner of four Tony Awards, will be performed through Nov. 11 at Reston Community Center’s CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road). This weekend, the show is being performed at 8 p.m. on tonight and Saturday tonight and at 2;30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $27, with student/senior tickets available for $23.
  • A trail of illuminated hand-carved pumpkins is welcoming visitors to “THE GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience,” now through Sunday at Lake Fairfax Park (1400 Lake Fairfax Drive). Presented by Townsquare Live Events, the “enchanting Halloween wonderland” features a third-of-a-mile trail decorated with more than 5,000 pumpkins. Tickets, which are $16 for kids ages 3-12 and $22 for adults, are available online and must be purchased in advance.
  • Show off your best superhero costume at Scrawl Books (11862 Market St.) from noon to 6 p.m on Sunday. The book store is hosted a Be Your Own Superhero Day. All ages are welcome.
  • The exhibit, Reston: The Art of Community, will continue at the Reston Museum (1639 Washington Plaza) this weekend. Produced by Public Art Reston in collaboration with the Reston Historic Trust & Museum, the display showcases the legacy of public art in Reston. The exhibition will be on display through Nov. 26.

  • Sue Wrbican: Well Past the Echo” will be on view at Greater Reston Arts Center (12001 Market St.) through Nov. 18.
  • The Reston Farmers Market will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Lake Anne Village Center.
  • Many restaurants and bars in Reston will have live music this weekend. These include Crafthouse (1888 Explorer St.) every Friday and Saturday night from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; and Tavern64 (1800 Presidents St.) every Friday from 6-10 p.m; and Kalypso’s Sports Tavern (1617 Washington Plaza N.) every Saturday from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
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