Monday, May 3
- Puppet Party (2-3 p.m.) — Help Lucky Duck and Mr. Chris find Mini Bunny so that the magic show can start! This virtual puppet mystery hosted by Fairfax County Public Library is for school-aged kids who want to love mystery and want to learn a few magic tricks.
Tuesday, May 4
- Star Wars Nailed It! (7-8:30 p.m.) — May the Fourth be with you while designing the perfect Star Wars cake. Inspired by the Netflix competition show Nailed It!, this event from Chantilly DIY cake decorating studio Cake Time gives participants a chance to succeed (or fail) in elaborately decorating their own cake. Masks must be worn at all times.
Wednesday, May 5
- Rewind Wednesdays (7 p.m.) — Join local musician David Thong outdoors at Jammin’ Java for an all-request, totally improvised show. Get over the hump day by rocking out to everything from No Doubt to Neil Diamond.
Thursday, May 6
- Books for Teachers (4-6 p.m.) — It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, and all teachers love books. From May 5-8, any teacher (or librarian and school staff) who shops at Reston’s Scrawl Books will get a discount, a free tote bag, and a gift card.
Friday, May 7
- Who Dunnit (2 p.m.) — Catch a virtual performance of South Lakes High School’s spring musical, a murder mystery written by Mark Brutsche. Can you solve the mystery of who did it?
Saturday, May 8
- FCPL Comic Con (3-4 p.m.) — Learn the basics of drawing comics with award-winning illustrator Wendy Xu, the co-creator of the book “Mooncakes.” This event is intended for middle and high schoolers.
- Soundwalk (any time) — Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and sound artist Ellen Reid curates this unique work of public art at Wolf Trap. Download the free app, walk Wolf Trap’s grounds, and listen to the music that will guide and showcase the natural environment.
Sunday, May 9
- Pups and Pints (12-8 p.m.) — The McLean Metro station’s parking lot is being transformed into a makeshift dog park. So, bring your pup, grab a bite from a food truck, sip a pint, and enjoy live music at this outdoor dog/human festival for all. Masks are required when not eating and drinking.
- Mother’s Day 5K (7-10 a.m.) — Celebrate your mom at Occoquan Regional Park’s third annual Mother’s Day 5k Run/Walk. The course takes you along the beautiful Occoquan River. It’s family and dog-friendly with finisher medals open to runners and walkers of all abilities.
Photo via Unsplash/Jessica Ruscello
Reston Company Emerges from Bankruptcy — Reston-based IT infrastructure company Internal Corp. has emerged from bankruptcy protection with a new CEO and $300 million in liquidity. The company restructured its finances and appointed its former president and chief financial officer, Michael Sicoli, to CEO. [Virginia Business]
Recap of Reston Farmers Market Opening — The Reston Farmers Market opened for the 2020 season over the weekend. Market managers spread out tents to facilitate social distancing and special rules were also in effect. [Reston Connection]
A Drive-by Celebration of Mother’s Day — The Herndon Harbor Adult Day Health Care Center organized a drive-by parade to distribute personalized Mother’s Day gifts and arts supplies. [Fairfax County Government]
Reston Association Board to Meet Today — The board will select new positions, including those for newly elected members. Forms for the organization’s new conflict of interest policy will also be distributed at the meeting. [Reston Association]
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As many families around Reston prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday (May 10), local businesses are offering packages to help people treat their moms at home.
Packages and Gifts
Scrawl Books in Reston picked out a gift for Mother’s Day this year, according to its website: “You’re Mom: A Little Book for Mothers,” by Liz Climo is a book featuring comics about motherhood.
Weird Brothers Coffee in Herndon and Old Soul Flower Company in Great Falls were offering a joint flower, chocolate and coffee packages but are already sold out, according to the item page. Still, people can get their moms brews because Weird Brother Coffee is offering take out, curbside pickup and local delivery, the website said.
Though Old Soul Flower Company’s said it is sold out of flowers for Mother’s Day weekend, the local business is running a special where it will deliver fresh flowers each week from June 1 until Sept. 30 for $400, which could be a long-term gift.
Mayflowers, a Reston-based florist, is open for business and offers dozens of floral arrangements specialized for Mother’s Day, ranging in price from $60 to $550, according to the website. The florist requires 24 hours to process orders, and people can order online.
Amphora Bakery in Herndon offers a variety of floral and brightly colored cakes that are available for roughly $27. People can choose different sizes, frosting types and over a dozen flavors, according to the website. Though the deadline has passed for some specialized cakes by Mother’s Day, people may still be able to enjoy another cake. People can email the bakery to inquire further.
Cooper’s Hawk is offering an at-home prearranged menu to celebrate this year. For $150 a group of four can get starter of bread and a salad, a choice of five different entrees, sides and a dessert. Orders must be placed by 8 p.m. tonight (May 8) over the phone at 708-215-5674, the website said.
Ted’s Bulletin is offering brunch and dinner packages for Mother’s Day and pre-order is now available. The Reston location is offering a full array of plates, treats and cocktails for pickup or delivery.
Founding Farmers Reston is offering brunch, dinner and add-on cocktail options as well. People can choose from traditional comfort foods like fried chicken to sweeter dessert main entries for brunch or dinner, according to the website. Anyone interested can order online.
People can check out the menus for their favorite restaurants to see if they have specials for Mother’s Day.
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Besides brunch or dinner out, there are a wealth of activities to choose from, for a special way to spend some quality time with Mom — from a tea party, to a stroll in nature, to creating works of art or even dancing. Here’s a list of events we found – and let us know if we missed anything!
Mother’s Day Art Workshop – Kids can show their appreciation for Mom by creating a one-of-a-kind work of art for her at this workshop. Bring a family photo along to make it even more special. Cost is $5 for Reston residents, $10 for non-residents. Saturday, May 12, 9:30-11 a.m. at Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston Town Center, 12001 Market St., Suite 103. (GRACE)
Mother’s Day Tea – In honor of Mother’s Day, bring Mom to a tea party at Walker Nature Center. Sip tea or juice and sample a variety of pastries and fruits. Make a bouquet of paper flowers for Mom and take a stroll through the gardens to look for spring-blooming wildflowers. Cost is $7 for Reston residents, $9 for non-residents. Saturday, May 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive, Reston. (Reston Association)
Sunday Afternoon Dance – For older kids (18 and over), why not take Mom for a sing around the dance floor? Dancers of all skill levels convene the second Sunday of the month to foxtrot, swing, cha-cha, and waltz during these fun afternoon dances. Music selection ranges from golden oldies to today’s more modern dance selections. Three mini-lessons, door prizes and light refreshments add to the fun. While this isn’t an official Mother’s Day event, it could be one that Mom enjoys. Cost is $5 for Reston residents, $10 for non-residents. Sunday, May 13, 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road. (RCC)
Mother’s Day 4-Miler and 1-Mile Fun Run – Invite Mom to come cheer you on, or to run with you! This event is said to be a great way to ease yourself into running season before the real hot weather begins. The 4-Miler starts on Baron Cameron Avenue and will finish at Browns Chapel Park. A one mile fun run/walk is also available. All pre-registered runners will receive a Mother’s Day 4-Miler short-sleeve, gender-specific commemorative race shirt. Hosted by Potomac River Running store. The race will benefit Devotion To Children, a nonprofit organization “dedicated to fulfilling the needs of children from birth to age six, so that they may become mentally, physically and emotionally healthy members of society.” Registration is $35 through May 11 or $40 the day of the race. (PRR Races)
Paint and Sip For a Good Cause – Bring Mom to an afternoon of wine and painting for a good cause. Pinot’s Palette in nearby Herndon is hosting a Paint It Forward event. A portion of your class fee is donated to BRAWS, which collects new undergarments and menstrual supplies to women in shelters. Bring a donation of new supplies, and get $10 off a future painting event. Cost is $50. “Bouquet of Elegance” class is 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13 at Pinot’s Palette, 12976 Highland Crossing, Suite D in Herndon. (Pinot’s Palette)
Did we miss anything? Share any other Mother’s Day events in or around Reston in the comments!
File Photo: Buck at Walker Nature Center in Reston
During the event, mothers are invited to enjoy a mimosa bar, hors d’oeuvres, shoulder massages, skin care samplings, raffle items and swag bags containing discounts and samples from local businesses.
“We are very excited to host this celebration for moms to enjoy a few hours of pampering and a fun presentation on fashion styling for their busy lifestyle,” said Sarah Brown-Burdick, MOMS Club of Reston’s president. “It’s important for moms to take some time for themselves away from the day-to-day demands, and we hope this event gives them an opportunity to do that.”
Tickets to the event are $5 and are available at the MOMS Club of Reston website.
MOMS Club of Reston is a local chapter of MOMS Club International, a volunteer-based organization with the goal to provide support, primarily for parents who choose to stay at home to raise their children.