Cold Now, Hot Later (Soon) — Here’s the summer forecast, which says get ready for a big change. [Capital Weather Gang]
Reston Relay For Life This Weekend — Fun and fundraising at South Lakes High School in the name of beating cancer. [Relay for Life]
Library Wants Your Feedback — The Fairfax County Public Library is seeking citizen feedback in this online survey, which will be open until May 31. [Fairfax County Public Library]
Nearby: GMU Can Name Law School After Antonin Scalia — A Virginia state council gave the school the go-ahead after some protested the renaming of the school after the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice. [Washington Business Journal]
Reminder: 2016 Reston Now Reader Survey — RestonNow.com is conducting our first annual reader survey. We would greatly appreciate your time in filling it out. [SurveyMonkey]
Photo: Geese on Lake Anne/Credit: Ken Knueven via Facebook
Wiehle-Reston East Parking Back To Usual — The temporary closure of one of the parking garage entrances has been lifted. [Fairfax County]
NextStop Review — DC Metro Theatre Arts says Herndon’s NextStop Theatre Company’s City of Angels is “pitch perfect.” [DCMTA]
Reston-Based Exec Fired After Racial Remarks — The executive director of the Reston-Based National Association for Music Education is out of a job after he reportedly told a diversity forum that blacks and Latinos lack the “keyboard skills” needed for the profession. The association said last week it has parted ways with its executive director and CEO, Michael Butera. Butera says his remarks have been portrayed inaccurately. [Richmond Times-Dispatch]
Photo: Dock Diving Dogs at Lake Anne Plaza/Credit: PetMAC via Sweet Memories Photography
South Lakes Lax Rules — South Lakes High School’s boys lacrosse team defeated Yorktown 8-5 on Friday to win the Liberty Conference Tournament. It’s the program’s first-ever conference title.
2016 Reston Now Reader Survey — RestonNow.com is conducting our first annual reader survey. We’ve designed a survey that should take only 10 minutes to fill out, but could help Reston Now better serve the Reston community for years to come. We would greatly appreciate your time in filling it out. [SurveyMonkey]
New Law: Slow Down — Virginia has a new law that says drivers need to slow down when approaching trash trucks. The “Slow Down to Get Around” law, which carries a penalty of up to $250, says drivers must reduce their speed to at least 10 miles per hour below the posted speed limit and pass at least two feet to the left of any stationary vehicle that is collecting trash or recycling. [Fairfax County]
Photo: Outdoor Sunday yoga at Lake Anne Plaza/Credit: Lake Anne Plaza
Reduced Shakespeare Company Returns — Crowd favorite returns to RCC next weekend. [Reston Connection]
Watch Out For Brush Clearing — Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project crews will be clearing trees and brush from the median located adjacent to the south edge of the Fairfax County Parkway exit ramp from the eastbound Dulles Toll Road (DTR). The work will take place during the day, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. through May 16. The clearing work is necessary for the installation of storm water management facilities required for the Herndon Metrorail Station.
Reston Network Grid Analysis Meeting — Another in the series of meetings by the Reston Network Analysis Group (RNAG) is Wednesday, May 18 at 7 p.m. at South Lakes High School. The group is working on an urban grid of streets surrounding Reston’s transit stations. [Fairfax County]
National Merit Kudos — Olivia Strahan of Herndon High School was among 44 Fairfax County Public Schools students named as a National Merit Scholar. [FCPS]
Photo: Food Trucks on Business Center Drive
Safety Concerns At Herndon-Monroe — Do you use the commuter lot at Herndon-Monroe? Fairfax County officials want to remind patrons of some lane changes this week. Please comply to keep everyone safe, they say. [Fairfax County]
Chatting With Bob — Restonian Kristina Alcorn’s book about conversations with Reston founder Bob Simon gets some Washington Post attention. [Washington Post]
Behind The Beer — This online video reviewer checks out Aslin Brewing Company’s Astro Zombie brew. [YouTube]
Grant Hill Gets Another Honor — Reston native Grant Hill will be inducted into the Duke University Athletics Hall of Fame in September. Hill, a star basketball player at South Lakes, was part of two NCAA championship teams at Duke from 1990-94 before embarking on a 19-year pro career. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
Photo: Fun at 2o16 RA Spring Festival/Credit: Volunteer Reston
Herndon High Cabaret — Herndon High will perform “Once Upon a Time,” its annual cabaret, Saturday at 2 and 6:30 p.m. at HHS. The show will feature performances from Phantom of the Opera, Footloose, Aida, Wicked, Aladdin, Seussical, Dream Girls, Newsies, Big Fish and many more! Tickets available at the door: $10; Students, seniors, Faculty $5. The show is a benefit for Herndon High’s choral department.
Dock Diving Dogs Return May 14 — Chesapeake Dock Diving Dogs will be back in Reston Saturday at Lake Anne Plaza. Check them out at 1 p.m. [Facebook]
Reston’s Spring Splendor — Captured in great photos. [Modern Reston]
UCP’s P3 — United Christian Parish is holding a birthday celebration for the church. P3 (Pentecost Praise Party) is Sunday, May 15, 11 a.m. at Lake Anne Park (11301 North Shore Drive). There will be shuttles from UCP, as well as refreshments and music.
Photo of Herndon High Cabaret cast members/Credit: HHS
Big Yard Sale — Reston Association is holding its annual Community Yard Sale on Saturday, May 14. The sale is at 12000 Sunrise Valley Dr. from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Nearly 100 families will be selling a variety of items (household, kids’ toys and clothes and more). Rain date is May 15.
Towering Over Reston — Here’s a look at Reston’s proposed tallest building, which is planned for 1760 Reston Parkway. Developers are seeking a few tweaks, and will be before the Fairfax County Planning Commission later this month. [Washington Business Journal]
Recycling On The Rise — A recent report says the rate of recycling by Northern Virginia residents rose 10 percent from 2012 to 2014. [Northern Virginia Waste Management]
Riding Sober — SoberRide gave a record number of people rides home on Cinco de Mayo. [Inside Nova]
Photo: Reston Youth Triathlon May 8/Credit: Core Foundation
Park & Ride Changes — The west car lane in the bus loop at the Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride is closed as work begins on the installation of waterlines for the future Herndon Silver Line station. Drivers who wish to access the Dulles Toll Road should exit the Park & Ride facility by turning left onto Sunrise Valley Drive and then left onto the Fairfax County Parkway and take the exit to either the eastbound or westbound Dulles Toll Road. [DullesMetro.com]
Lower Lakes — Reston Association’s annual lake inspections will start on Wednesday, May 10. RA’s four lakes will be lowered about a foot prior to the inspections. Divers and an inspection team on the shoreline will be looking at the structural condition of the spillway, including the concrete, spillway gates and outfall pipes. The lakes will be lowered for just a few days and will be refilled naturally.
Chast In The House — New Yorker cartoonist/graphic novelist Roz Chast, will sign her book Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods Wednesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Chast is here for a speaking event at RCC, which is sold out. [RCC]
Photo: Reston Pet Fiesta 2016/Credit: Don Renner
Major Metro Work Announcement Today — Metro is likely to announce a plan to work on tracks on all lines except Silver, which could close some stations for months. Silver Line riders will be affected though, as the line shares stations with others in the system. [WAMU]
Does Twin Branches Area Have Snake Issue? — Restonian says several dog owners say “yes.” [Restonian]
Kudos, Reston Student Scientists — Rita Mazumder and Megan Le of Hunters Woods Elementary and Anna Goldman and Hannah McLauchlin of Hughes Middle were named among 50 national finalists in the inaugural Bright Schools Competition, a collaborative effort of the National Sleep Foundation and the National Science Teachers Association that encourages students to explore the correlation between light and sleep’s influence on student health and performance. Their project “The Effect of Backlit Devices Before Sleep on Alertness in the Morning,” aims to find out if pre-teens and teens have similar adverse effects when they use backlit devices before sleep compared to adults.
Behind The Scenes at Lake Anne ES — Take a spin through the school with this video. [You Tube]
SLHS Softball Improvement — South Lakes High School’s girls softball team is 12-6 and vastly improved from past seasons. [Washington Post]
Drug Use Town Hall — “We’re here because we’re seeing young people die. We have to stop it,” a DEA agent said at a heroin and opioid use town hall organized by Fairfax County earlier this week. Drug use is vastly on the rise in Fairfax County, officials said. [WTOP]
Spring Farm Day – Frying Pan Park is holding Spring Farm Day on May 14, where kids can watch sheep shearing and antique farm equipment demonstrations; milk a cow; see baby animals up close; and enjoy crafts, games, puppet shows. Admission $7 in advance/$8 at door. [Fairfax County]
New Church Leader — Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner has been hired as the new minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston (UUCR). She is currently a minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Westport, Conn., who entered the ministry after a career in public health.
Photo: Crowded bike racks at Sunrise Valley ES for Bike to School Day on May 4/Credit: Sunrise Valley PTA via Facebook
Multicultural Festival Seeks Entertainers — The search is on for musicians, dancers, storytellers and other entertainment acts to take part in the annual Reston Multicultural Festival in September. Applications are now open for the Sept. 24 festival. [Reston Community Center]
JBG To Merge? — Developer The JBG Companies may be in talks to merge with Manhattan-based New York REIT Inc., a partnership that would open up regional prospects for JBG. JBG is based in Chevy Chase but is behind many Reston projects, including Reston Heights/VY and RTC West. [Washington Business Journal]
Friday Night Live, Finally — Herndon’s Friday Night Live starts the season May 6 with a performance by “Go Go Gadget.” [Herndon Rocks]
Police Survey Results — Fairfax County Police Surveyed 4,250 county residents to ask how the FCPD was doing. Fifteen percent responded, and said overall police were doing a good job — but with some major caveats. [Fairfax County Police]
Deal For Deon — Former SLHS football player Deon King, a Norfolk State linebacker, was not selected in the NFL Draft, but did get a free agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys. [Norfolk Pilot]
Teens Develop Site To Aid Volunteerism — Area brothers have developed a site to match students with volunteer opportunities. [Fairfax Times]
At The Hop — The Reston Chorale has two shows Saturday at Reston Community Center that will showcase the music of the 1950s. [Facebook]
Parking Changes At Wiehle-Reston East — One of the garage entrances is closed for two weeks starting today. [Reston Now]
Kudos, SLHS Team — South Lakes High School’s Odyssey of the Mind team won regional and state competitions to move on to the World Finals in Ames, Iowa May 25-29. South Lakes team members are Margaret Lashley, Darya Kharabi, Eric Kim, Sydney Stoffel, Leah Moyer, Aaryan Bhandari, and Lauren Phan. The team is fundraising to help cover their travel expenses, and would appreciate community support. [Generosity]
Speak Up On Meals Tax — The Fairfax Meals Dine Out group supporting passage of a Fairfax County meals tax, which would provide $90 million in annual revenue, is encouraging citizens to attend the May 3 Fairfax County Board of Supervisor committee meeting where the tax will be discussed. [Facebook]
Indie Book Day — Saturday, April 30 is Independent Bookstore Day. Reston’s Scrawl Books, located at Urban Pop at Reston Station, will celebrate all day with treats and special events. Spend $100 and get a free Independent Bookstore Day tote bag. [Scrawl Books]
Reston Home Expo — Reston Association’s Home & Garden Expo is tomorrow at 12001 Sunrise Valley Dr. This free event will feature dozens of home improvement vendors and exhibitors set up under tents around the RA headquarters property. There will be family events, as well as expert advice to homeowners from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. [Reston Association]
Summer Science and Tech Camps at SLHS — South Lakes High School will host summer STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering and Math) and Robotics camps for two one-week sessions this summer. Camp are for students in grade 4-2. [FCPS]
Ice Cream Soon, But Not Saturday — Ben & Jerry’s at Reston Town Center, tentatively scheduled to re-open this weekend, will likely be back in business later this week, the owner said.
Former Herndon Athlete Named To National Team — Taylor Stone, an All-Met field hockey player at Herndon High (Class of ’15) has been selected to USA Field Hockey’s U-19 Team. Stone attends University of Louisville. [Louisville Athletics]
New On The W&OD — Bike counter from the Reston Bicycle Club was dedicated on Wednesday. [Fairfax County]
Kudos, Young Journalists — Several South Lakes High School students were placewinners in the Virginia Association of Journalism Teachers and Advisers write-off. [FCPS]
Update On Man Who Died After Police Scuffle — Fairfax County Police have more information about the incident that led to the death of Paul Gianelos, a man with autism whom they were trying to reunite with caregivers last week. [Farfax County Police]
ADHD Conference in Reston — Parents of kids with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, as well as teens, teachers and professionals are invited to the International ADHD Professionals Conference this weekend at the Hyatt Regency Reston. [ADHD Professionals Conference]