New-Grad Virtual Career Fair is Today — The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority is holding a virtual job fair today for new graduations from 1-4 p.m. Almost a dozen companies including Northrop Grumman, NTT Data Federal and Sparks will attend the event. [FCEDA]
Athletic Fields to Reopen Tomorrow — All outdoor athletic fields in Fairfax County will be open beginning tomorrow (Friday). This includes more than 850 athletic fields, including synthetic turf fields. At Fairfax County parks and public schools. [Fairfax County Government]
Honoring the Fallen in a Small Way — Members of the Post 184 Avenue of Flags Committee did not hold a Memorial Day ceremony at Chestnut Grove Cemetery in Herndon. Instead, the group received permission to place small American stick flags with name cards indicating the fallen soldier being honored at the cemetery. [The Connection]
Photo via vantagehill/Flickr
This weekend made for tempting conditions to break from safer-at-home guidelines in Northern Virginia and throughout the state.
Beach-goers packed Virginia Beach over Memorial Day Weekend while others turned to local parks to grill and gather while social distancing.
In the area, we spotted groups of more than 10 playing on local soccer fields. In some cases at Lake Anne Plaza, folks gathered with not much social distancing at mind.
With Gov. Ralph Northam expected to announce reopening plans for Northern Virginia later today, we’d love to know how you spent Memorial Day weekend in these unprecedented times.
Park-goers will be able to enjoy some features of county parks ahead of Memorial Day weekend.
The Fairfax County Park Authority has started reopening parking lots and parks in its park system beginning today. The process of clearing barricades and opening parking lots for its 427 parks is expected to continue through Friday, May 22. Facilities and restrooms will remain closed.
Indoor and outdoor parks closed roughly one month ago due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We greatly appreciate the patience and cooperation shown by County residents during this closure,” said Park Authority Executive Director Kirk Kincannon. “We understand this has been a challenge to many who enjoy the park system on a regular basis. And it will be important that everyone follows the safety and physical distancing guidelines recommended by health authorities.”
Park visitors should adhere to social distancing guidelines and groups of more than 10 people should not congregate. Other areas that will remain closed include dog parks, playgrounds, nature centers, visitor centers, volleyball and basketball courts, and athletic fields. Water foundations will also be returned off.
The opening is part of the first phase of FCPA’s reopening plan.
Photo by Marjorie Copson
Six Metro Stations to Close from Memorial Day through September 8 — Fairfax County commuters should plan to travel ahead and avoid gridlock as six Metrorail Blue and Yellow line stations close for major reconstruction and station improvements. County officials are urging commuters to use online tools to travel via transit, ride sharing, and alternate connections. [Fairfax County Government]
Reston Association Board of Directors Meets to Discuss Boats, Docks, and Other Issues — At the board’s meeting last night, a new at-large director was appointed. Board members also heard findings from the lakes, docks and boats working group, among other issues. [Reston Association]
Ravel Dance Studio Presents “Sleeping Beauty and the Street Scene” — Young dancers will perform a variety of dance genres at Reston Community Center’s CenterStage today at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. [Reston Community Center]
Flickr pool photo by vantagehill
As we head into Memorial Day weekend, here’s some information on the latest closures and openings.
Fairfax County government offices, libraries, schools, and courts will be closed on Monday.
Frying Pan Farm Park’s farm will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the indoor arena will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The visitor center will be closed.
Reston Community Center Hunters Woods will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Terry L. Smith Aquatics Center will be open from 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. RCC Lake Anne will be closed.
Metrorail and Metro bus will operate on a Sunday schedule. Off-peak fares will be in effect all day and parking will be free at all Metrorail parking facilities. Silver line trains will run every 21 minutes from Wiehle-Reston East to Largo Town Center.
Single tracking will be in effect between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory to “allow for rail, fastener, cover board and grout pad renewal,” according to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority.
The I-66 transfer station and the 1-95 landfill complex will be open. Residents should contact their trash and recycling collector directly for schedule changes due to the holiday.
Reston Association headquarters and the Central Services Facility will also be closed on Memorial Day.
RA pools and tennis courts will open all weekend, so long as the weather permits. Members and non-members must purchase or renew pool and tennis passes in order to access facilities. RA member services will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon for members and non-members to purchase or renew pool and tennis passes. Members with existing pool passes can renew them online.
The Reston Masters Swim Team will host the 31st annual Jim McDonnell Lake Swim on Sunday at Lake Audubon.
The swim has been held every Memorial Day weekend since 1988, according to the team’s website. In 1999, it was named in honor of McDonnell, a founding member of the team who was on the committee that first organized the swim. McDonnell died from lymphoma in 2016.
“Reston Masters is excited to host the 2018 U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS) Middle Distance Open Water National Championship,” said Reston Masters President Brian Evans. “Our 2-mile swim is the kickoff race of the USMS championship series and we are ready to deliver a top-notch, well-organized experience for JMLS competitors.”
Up to 200 swimmers will vie for national champion status. Swimmers take part in a two-mile open water loop around Lake Audubon. This year, two visually impaired swimmers are competing, along with a young woman trying to qualify for the U.S. Special Olympics
A practice swim will take place on Saturday.
Proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to Lymphoma charities. In the past, recipients have included Herndon-Reston Fish, Inc. and the Lymphoma Research Foundation.
More information about the event is available online.
Here’s more about the event from the organizers:
Swimmers of all abilities compete every year. This year’s field includes elite swimmers like 66-year old Shirley Loftus-Charley, a USMS All-American and All-Stars champion and record holder, who is competing in her 31st consecutive JMLS.
Swimmers in the 30-34 year age group will be watching out for distance swimmer and triathlete Shannon Greene. Shannon has placed first in the 1-mile race three times, and has taken first in the 2-mile twice.
“You can expect to see some fast swim times,” said Evans.
One swimmer is hoping to score a qualifying time to compete with Special Olympics USA, and two visually impaired swimmers are also taking on the challenge.
Competitors will swim counter-clockwise around buoys over a 1-mile course. Those swimming the 2-mile race will make the trip twice.
Photo by Ryan Dawson
Fairfax Closures for Memorial Day Weekend — Fairfax County government offices will be closed this weekend through Monday, as will libraries, schools and animal shelters. Public transit, trash pickup, recycling centers and recreation centers will all operate on a normal schedule. [Fairfax County]
Free RECenter Admission for Veterans on Memorial Day — Fairfax County Park Authority will honor former veterans and those in active duty Monday with free access to RECenters and lakefront parks. [Fairfax County]
Appian Now Open for Stock Trade — Trading on NASDAQ has begun for Appian, a Reston-based group that provides cloud-based business process management software solutions. Managed by Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs & Co., stock is available for $12 a share and the trade will be open until May 31. Appain has approximately 280 customers and will use the money raised to pay off loans and expansion expenses. [Washington Business Journal]
Scrawl Books Morning Story Time — Scrawl Books in Reston Town Center will have its weekly story time at 10:30 a.m. today. [Reston Town Center]
Metro’s Silver Line Will Get 7000 Series Railcars — Starting around June 25, the Silver Line will have two new 7000 Series trains added on weekdays to provide additional capacity. All previous trains have been the older versions that only feature six railcars, while the 7000 Series has eight. The cars are funded by the Metro Washington Airports Authority. [NBC Washington]
Here are some things to do:
In Herndon, there will be a Memorial Day observance, to include the ceremonial Avenue of Flags, at Chestnut Grove Cemetery at 10 a.m.
Chestnut Grove Cemetery is located at 831 Dranesville Rd.
In Vienna, ViVa Vienna, the annual family friendly carnival with rides, live entertainment and street fair food, continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. See more info on ViVa Vienna’s website.
In Washington, DC, the National Memorial Parade marches at 2 p.m.
We will be saluting our service members today; be back tomorrow. Have a safe and fun holiday.
If you are traveling for the Memorial Day weekend, you may want to stay put Thursday afternoon.
AAA Mid-Atlantic says nearly 966,000 D.C.-area residents will travel at least 50 miles for the holiday. And the heaviest congestion on area roads is predicted to occur Thursday afternoon between 5-6 p.m.
This is the highest travel estimate in the last 11 years, representing a nearly 2 percent increase over the 951,000 residents who traveled at this time last year, according to AAA.
“The great American road trip is back due to cheaper gas prices. We’re seeing this play out for Memorial Day, with a projected 869,600 people in the Washington metro planning to drive to their Memorial Day destinations,” AAA’s John Townsend said in a press release.
Gas prices this year are noticeably lower compared to previous years, with the national average at $2.29 a gallon, 45 cents cheaper than a year ago. Prices in the D.C. area are also down, averaging $2.28 a gallon, 41 cents cheaper.
Along with the roads, air travel is also expected to increase with a predicted number of 69,100 people expected to fly, a 1.7 percent increase from last year’s numbers.
Overall, AAA says more than 38 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend. That is the second-highest Memorial Day travel volume on record and the most since 2005. It’s about 700,000 more people than last year’s numbers.
AAA estimates that Americans have saved $18 billion on gas so far this year compared to the same period in 2015, and prices are at the lowest levels in 11 years.
Photo: Traffic on I-66/ARLnow.com file photo
Here is a list of what is open and closed today.
Nearby in Vienna, the annual ViVa Vienna fair continues with rides, carnival games, live music and other family fun. There will be a Memorial Day tribute at 1 p.m.
Reston Now will be back on Tuesday.
If you are planning to participate, not that The Reston Chorale is also collecting items for care packages to send to troops deployed overseas.
Attendees are encouraged to bring donations of items such as:
Single-serve, sealed powdered drink mixes and snack packs (flip-top canned fruit, jerky, tuna pouches, sunflower seeds, cookies, crackers, gum, individually wrapped hard candy, etc.)
Non-aerosol, unscented toiletries (lip balm, lotion, antibacterial wipes, baby wipes, toothbrushes, toothpaste,deodorant, sunscreen, etc.);
Paperback books and magazines (mysteries, action, drama, science fiction books and sports, news, entertainment, travel or nature magazines);
Comfort items (hand-held fans and misters with non-lithium batteries, insect-repellent wipes, bandannas, etc.),
Hand-held games and non-lithium batteries, puzzle books, playing cards, Nerf balls, water guns, Frisbees, Yo-yos.
For more information, visit www.restonchorale.org or call 703.834.0079.
Here is what is open and closed in Fairfax County Monday:
No mail delivery. Banks are closed.
County Government – Closed.
Courts – Closed.
Public Schools and School Offices – Closed.
Library – Closed Sunday, May 25 and Monday, May 26.
Fairfax Connector – Operating on Sunday service on Monday, May 26. Routes that operate on Sundays are: 101, 109, 151, 152, 161, 162, 171, 310, 321, 322, 371, 401, 402, 505, 574, 605, 950, 981, RIBS 1, RIBS 2, RIBS 3, RIBS 4 and RIBS 5. If your route isn’t listed, it does not have Sunday service.
Fastran – Not in service.
Park Authority – RECenters will open on regular schedule and close at 6 p.m., except George Washington RECenter, which will be closed. Nature centers open noon to 5 p.m.; historic sites open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Frying Pan Farm Park open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; visitor center closed. Green Spring Gardens open noon to 4:30 p.m.; historic house closed.
Community Centers – Closed.
Reston Community Center Hunters Woods – Open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Reston Community Center Lake Anne – Open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
County Trash and Recycling Collection – County residents should contact their trash and recycling collector directly for service schedule changes due to the holiday.
- Private Collection Service Providers
- Fairfax County Collection Customers: Trash and recyclables will be collected as scheduled on Monday, May 26. Please have your materials to the curb no later than 6 a.m. to ensure collection. Any questions may be directed to the Customer Service Center at 703-802-3322, TTY 711.
Recycling and Disposal Facilities:
This is a sponsored column by Eve Thompson of Reston Real Estate. She writes twice weekly on Reston Now.
For me, Memorial Day weekend is the beginning of summer. The sun is usually shining, and the weather here in Northern Virginia is perfect. One of the many great things about living in Reston is how many choices for things to do on Memorial Day weekend there are — from lounging at the pool to going on wild adventures. Here are some fun things to try out this year.
Go jump in a pool
The Reston Association pools will be open Memorial Day weekend. While the water is still a little cold for me, it’s fun to watch all the children splashing around in the water. If you can’t wait until Memorial Day to go for a swim, Ridge Heights pool in South Reston and North Shore Pool by Lake Anne are both heated and will open May 10. You can buy your pool pass online, which makes it easy to be ready for opening day!
Watch the Rolling Thunder rumble into town
For motorcycle enthusiasts, the Ride of the Patriots is a four-day event over Memorial Day weekend, with a ton of activities at (or beginning) at Patriot Harley-Davidson, located just West of Fairfax Circle on Fairfax Boulevard (Map). The highlight for many locals is Rolling Thunder® on Sunday. It’s awe-inspiring to see thousands of motorcycles rolling toward the Pentagon, united in the cause to bring full accountability for the Prisoners Of War-Missing In Action (POW/MIA) of all wars. Learn more about Rolling Thunder and the Ride For Freedom here.
Sample some wine, learn some history
May 24, The Winery at Bull Run
A good time for a good cause… What more could you want? Visit the historic Manassas National Battlefield, then sit back for some live jazz band and award-winning wine. Get into the spirit by wearing seersucker suits and sundresses, and feel like you’ve stepped into a bygone age.
The fundraiser supports Opportunities, Alternatives, and Resources, and organization that rebuilds lives and breaks the cycle of crime for thousands of individuals and families, providing support to families and opportunities for citizens to successfully return to the community after involvement with the criminal justice system.
Address: 15950 Lee Hwy, Centreville, VA
Times: 2:00PM to 5:00PM
Contact: Brandon Cosby
Phone: (703) 246-3184
ViVa! Vienna! Festival
May 24 – May 26, Historic Vienna
For those who have lived in Northern Virginia for any length of time, ViVa! Vienna! has become an annual must-attend Memorial Day event. This family and community oriented celebration includes amusement rides, food, crafts, vendors and entertainment — fun for all ages! Vendors include handcraft artisans, retail vendors, professionals, political parties and candidates, and community and non-profit organizations. 100 percent of proceeds go to charitable, community and humanitarian organizations.
Address: 245 Maple Ave W, Vienna, VA
Times: Saturday & Sunday 10am-10pm; Monday 10am-6pm
Phone: (703) 255-4742
Admission: Free to attend; Food and Rides cost extra