Where to Celebrate New Year’s in Reston — Where do you plan to ring in 2017? If you’d rather get out of the house than stay home and watch the ball drop on TV, there are a few places offering special celebrations and dinners. [Reston Patch]
Missing Teen Found Safe — Fairfax County police say that 17-year-old Elliot Byrum, who went missing from North Point Village Center in Reston Wednesday afternoon, was found safe Thursday afternoon, after being missing for more than 24 hours. [Reston Now]
Plan Ahead for Childcare on Snow Days — Fairfax County’s Office for Children (OFC) maintains a database of regulated child care programs in the area on its website, including many that offer the option of occasional or back-up care. OFC invites all local parents of school-aged children to browse the database and line up emergency care now for the inevitable snow days ahead. [Fairfax County OFC]
Virginia State Parks Present Free ‘First Day Hikes’ on Jan. 1 — The Commonwealth invites all to celebrate the first day of 2017 by visiting any of Virginia’s 37 state parks, with free admission. Officials are also reprising their annual photography contest — take a photo while hiking or visiting one of the state parks and post it online, and three winners will be selected. Prizes include gift certificates toward overnight stays and a year of free state park admission. [Virginia State Parks]
Once again this year, the shopping center will be the starting and finishing points for the New Year’s Day 5K, sponsored by Potomac River Running, PR Races, Dunkin’ Donuts and Commonwealth Race Management.
Even better, you don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn after a night of countdown celebrations, because the race begins at 10 a.m.
The race will be professionally timed by Commonwealth Race Management and racers will be given ChronoTrack B disposable tags. The full results of the race will be posted online following the event.
Cash awards of $150, $100 and $50 will be presented to the top three male and female race finishers in each of several age categories. In addition, anyone who pre-registers for the race will receive a long-sleeved “tech” t-shirt.
Parking at Reston Town Center will be free on New Year’s Day. Strollers and dogs are prohibited along the race route.
High-resolution photos of racers will be taken by Potomac River Running and will be available for downloading for free on the store’s Flickr page after the race.
Potomac River Running is looking for volunteers to help with the event. Those interested in volunteering should email [email protected].
Advance registration is $35 and will be open until 8 p.m. on Dec. 30 online. Registration will be available for $40 during packet pickup, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 31. at Reston Town Center. Runners can register in person on race day for $40 if the event is not sold out.
That means many things will close early on Saturday for countdown celebrations, and will remain closed Monday in observance of the New Year’s holiday.
Reston Now will be publishing as usual on Monday, Jan. 2.
Reston Association and Fairfax County Government:
- Reston Association offices and facilities, including the Central Services facility, will close on Monday, Jan. 2 in observance of New Year’s Day. In addition, the Nature Center will close Dec. 31 through Jan. 2, though the trails at Walker Nature Center will remain open.
- Fairfax County government offices are also closed Monday, Jan. 2.
- Fairfax County Public Schools remain on Winter Break, with school resuming on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
County Libraries, Recreation Centers:
- Fairfax County public libraries are closed Sunday and Monday, Jan. 1 and 2.
- On Saturday, Dec. 31, all Fairfax County RECenters are open at their usual time and will close at 4 p.m. except George Washington, which is closed. All other sites such historic sites, nature centers, visitors centers and houses are closed.
- Historic sites, nature centers and Riverbend Visitors Center are open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Frying Pan Farm Park is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Visitors Center is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Green Springs Gardens Horticultural Center is open 12-4:30 p.m. but the Historic House is closed.
- On Sunday, Jan. 1, all RECenters except George Washington are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All historic sites and visitors centers are closed.
- More detailed information and hours for specific locations is available on the county government website.
Reston Community Centers:
- RCC Hunters Woods is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 31. and 12-5 p.m. on Jan. 1. The center is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 2.
- The Terry L. Smith Aquatics Center is open 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 and 12-4:30 p.m. on Jan. 1. The center is open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 2.
- RCC Lake Anne is closed Dec. 31-Jan. 2.
Fairfax County Courts:
- Fairfax County Circuit and General District courts are open as usual on Dec. 31, and will be closed Monday, Jan. 2 in observance of New Year’s Day.
- On Saturday, Dec. 31 for New Year’s Eve, Metrorail will operate on a Saturday schedule from 7 a.m. until 3 a.m. In addition, fares will be waived between midnight and 3 a.m. thanks to a partnership with MillerCoors. Metrobus will operate on a Saturday schedule. MetroAccess subscription rides are canceled.
- On Sunday, Jan. 1, Metrorail will operate from 7 a.m. to midnight on a Sunday schedule. Metrobus will operate on a Sunday schedule. MetroAccess subscription rides are canceled.
- On Monday, Jan. 2, Metrorail will operate from 7 a.m. to midnight on a Sunday schedule. Metrobus will operate on a Sunday schedule. MetroAccess subscription rides are canceled.
- Off-peak fares will be in effect on all three days, and parking fees are waived at all Metro-operated parking facilities.
- Track work will resume on Monday, Jan. 2 on the Red, Orange, Silver and Blue Metrorail lines.
Connector Buses and Fastran:
- Fairfax Connector buses will run on a Sunday schedule on Sunday and Monday, Jan. 1 and 2. See details of all routes online.
- All Fastran neighborhood and community service transportation programs will be closed Saturday through Monday, Dec. 31 to Jan. 2.
Trash and Recycling:
- Residents should contact their individual service providers to find out their holiday collection schedules. Information about various providers throughout the county are available on the government website.
- For residents who wish to recycle household items, hazardous waste and items such as Christmas trees, the I-66 Station in Fairfax will be closed on New Year’s Day, Sunday, Jan. 1.
Runners only will use town center streets and Reston Association paths, keeping major roads open. The running store will have food and music at Reston Town Center after the race.
Online registration for the 5K is $35.
Photo via Flickr/Potomac River Running
Reston Now is off today. We will be back on Monday with more news, events and other things to know around town.
2015 was a busy year here. What are your predictions for Reston in 2016?
Thanks to all our readers — whether you discovered us when we launched in October 2013 or just started reading us yesterday — for another great year.
Meanwhile, read this funny in-and-out list from our friends at Restonian.
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Who is ready to kick off 2016 with a race?
Potomac River Running is sponsoring the New Year’s Day 5K Jan. 1 here in Reston.
It doesn’t even begin that early — race time is 10 a.m. — so it may not even interfere with your New Year’s Eve plans.
Online registration is $35 and open through Dec. 30. Race day registration (if not sold out) will also be available for $40.
The race starts and finishes at Reston Town Center. The course is on town center streets and Reston Association paths, so no major roads will be affected.
There will be music and New Year’s Day celebrations post-race at RTC.
Lifetime Fitness in Reston is also hosting a New Year’s Day Commitment Day 5K that is open to non members.
New Year’s Day 5K 2015/Courtesy: PR Running Flickr
Get 2015 off to a healthy start with the New Year’s Day 5k at Reston Town Center.
Online registration for the 10 a.m. race is still open. Entry fee is $35 through Dec. 30. All ages are welcome.
The flat course starts and finishes at the Reston Town Center. The race goes through several streets of RTC as well as the W & OD Trail.
See a course map on PR Racing’s website.
This is a sponsored column by Eve Thompson of Reston Real Estate. She writes twice weekly on Reston Now.
I don’t know about you, but I usually spend so much energy deciding what to do on New Year’s Eve, that I completely forget about planning about New Year’s Day! This year I thought I’d actually look into what’s going on New Year’s Day in the Reston and DC area. Here are the five activities that made my list. Chances are I’ll just decide to stay inside and drink coffee all day, but it’s nice to have good options.
- Visit the Smithsonian museums — I have to say it never occurred to me that the museums would be open on New Year’s Day. But they are. Whether you love modern art, airplanes, or dinosaurs, the Smithsonian has something for you. Visit their website to find hours and locations.
- Explore the National Zoo — Want to spend some time outside in the brisk January air? Visit the National Zoo. It should be quiet on New Year’s Day. And if you feel adventurous, you can wander on into Rock Creek park for an outdoor picnic. The website has more information.
- Take a hike — I love hiking in the winter. The air is brisk and there are no bugs. If you really want to stay local, simply pick up any of the RA trails and go for an adventure. Or head off to one of the many local parks (click here for a list). I love starting at River Bend park in Great Falls and hiking along the river into Great Falls Park to look at the falls. The dogs like it too.
- Have brunch with friends — Why should the new year festivities end at midnight? I love getting together with friends on New Year’s Day and talking about our big plans for the coming year. Between Reston Town Center, Lake Anne, and South Lakes Village Center, and there are plenty of wonderful options to choose from in Reston. If I run out of coffee, you’ll likely see me down at Lake Anne.
- Watch some college bowl games — I’m not a huge football fan, but somehow watching college football on New Year’s Day just feels right. And since I’m not emotionally invested in any of the games, it’s a stress-free activity! There are games all week, but here is the Jan. 1 lineup:
TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Fla. – 12 p.m.
Heart of Dallas Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Dallas – 12 p.m.
Capital One Bowl, Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Fla.- 1 p.m.
Outback Bowl, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla. – 1 p.m.
Rose Bowl Game Presented by Vizio, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif. – 5 p.m.
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., – 8:30 p.m.
However you decide to spend that day, I hope it is a fun and relaxing start to 2014. Happy New Year!