After brief changes to parking over Thanksgiving break, free holiday garage parking will return to Reston Town Center this month.
Although garage parking is free on weekdays after 5 p.m. and on weekends, changes are planned for the holiday season. Typically, the first hour of parking is free on weekdays.
From Dec. 21 through New Year’s Day, garage parking will be free.
Parking was also free from Nov. 23 through Sunday (Dec. 1), in addition to the following holidays:
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- President’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Columbus Day
- Veteran’s Day
The holiday tree in Reston Town Center is set to light up this Friday (Nov. 29).
A half-hour-long holiday sing-along, in conjunction with the Reston Chorale and a brass quartet, will wrap up the evening after the tree is lit.
Attendees are encouraged to show up early and gather around Market Street near Fountain Square (11921 Freedom Drive).
Songbooks will be provided, and there will be a guest appearance from Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
Photo via Facebook
More outdoor seating will soon be on the way for &pizza, a fast-casual pizza restaurant that’s known for its oblong-shaped pizzas.
The restaurant, which opened over the summer last year, plans to add roughly 20 seats, a railing perimeter and minor lighting, a company spokesperson told Reston Now.
Currently, &pizza has an outdoor patio section that seats between 25 to 30 people.
County permits indicate a permit to complete the work was processed in mid-November.
Photo via Google Maps
Panera Bread will close its doors in Reston Town Center next month.
A manager at the RTC location told Reston Now that the bakery and cafe, which serves up sandwiches, salads and other items, will close on Dec. 17. It is located at 1825 Discovery Street.
The business plans to reopen in Reston at a later point. The location has not been publicly announced yet.
County permits do not indicate what establishment will take its place.
Photo via Google Maps
17Fifty — the newest office tower in Reston Town Center is nearing completion. Leidos, the full-building tenant of the 17-story building located at 1750 Presidents Street, is gearing up to move into its new headquarters by March 2020.
A spokesperson for Boston Properties told Reston Now that the top of the building has been topped off and the the work to enclose the building has been completed.
The company is now working to construct the interior space for Leidos, a Reston-based information technology contractor.
The new building has roughly 276,000 square feet. The tower is designed by Shalom Baranes Associates.
County permits for the building’s sprinkler system were recently processed.
Photos by Jay Westcott
A new DIY candle making experience is coming to Reston — just in time for the holidays.
Paddywax Candle Bar is coming to Reston Town Center (1816 Library Street) with a grand opening next Saturday (Nov. 23) and will allow customers to design their own candles.
Participants can choose their own container and scent combinations before an instructor assists them with the rest of the process. There are more than 2,000 possible combinations, according to a press release.
The candle making classes cost $40 which includes a take-home candle, which is available for pick-up three hours later.
Premade candles at the shop cost around $12-25.
Paddywax Candle Bar first opened its doors in Nashville, and the Reston shop will mark the company’s 8th location in the U.S.
Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase during candle making classes for guests over the age of 21.
Participants are also eligible for 20% off their purchase of candles, greeting cards, hair accessories, personal care items and textiles after their class.
Photo via Paddywax Candle/Facebook
Britepaths Seeks Volunteers — The Fairfax-based nonprofit organization is seeking volunteers to sponsor families in need throughout the county. Sponsors are matched with families and may opt to provide a December holiday meal and gifts for children under 18. [Britepaths]
First African American Appointed as State Fire Marshal — “Governor Ralph Northam today announced the selection of Virginia’s new State Fire Marshal, Garrett Dyer. Garrett Dyer will oversee the law and code enforcement branch of the Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP), and lead more than 28 inspectors and administrative support staff. The Virginia State Fire Marshal’s role is to implement and enforce the fire code.” [Office of the Governor]
Toy Drive in Reston Town Center Kicks Off This Month — RTC’s “Toys for Tots” drive will run from the last week of November through the first week of December. The program is held in partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Toys will be collected in building lobbies. [Reston Town Center]
Photo by Marjorie Copson
Reston Holiday Parade Nominated Again on USA Today’s “10 Best” List — “Reston Holiday Parade, voted one of USA Today’s “10 Best” each year since 2016, is nominated again for the fourth year in a row. The USA Today poll is now open for 2019… The “10 Best” winners will be announced on Friday, December 13.” [Reston Town Center/USA Today]
Registration for 2020 Reston-Herndon Little League Now Open — Registration is now open for next year’s programs. Currently, the organization is offering a $25 off discount for early bird registration. [Reston-Herndon Little League]
Photo via vantagehill/Flickr
Later this month, people in Reston have the chance to celebrate the holidays with a day of festivities.
The Reston Holiday Parade is set to take place on Friday (Nov. 29) in the Reston Town Center (11900 Market Street) and includes family-friendly events that are scheduled to take place throughout the day.
Festivities will kick-off with a half-mile parade beginning at 11 a.m., which will last an hour and feature “Macy’s-style balloons, musicians, dancers, antique cars, characters, community groups, dignitaries, special guest emcees,” according to the event website.
Children will be given bells along the parade route.
The route will run along Market Street and finish up with Mr. and Mrs. Clause, which kids will have the opportunity to interact with later.
People can enjoy mini train rides, street entertainment and take photos with Mr. and Mrs. Clause from noon until 4:30 p.m, following the parade.
At 6 p.m. there will be a Fountain Square tree lighting and sing-along, followed by horse-drawn carriage rides from 6:30 until 10 p.m.
All proceeds from the paid activities will benefit local charities.
Photo via Reston Town Center
The annual event, which happens from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., is a fundraiser that relies on donations.
The yard sale will include baby and kids gear like toys, games, book, stain-free clothing and gently-worn shoes. Larger items include high chairs, swings, music tables, bikes and kitchen sets.
All remaining items will be 50 percent off from noon to 1 p.m.
The sale takes place at 12021 North Shore Drive.
Tomorrow (Nov. 9)
- Sing Books with Miss Emily (10:30-11 a.m.) — Join Mis Emily to celebrate the 50th birthday of Sesame Street. The event is co-sponsored by Friends of Reston Regional Library.
- Sesame Street Birthday Celebration (10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) — Celebrate the show’s 50th birthday, which will include games, activities, stories, songs and more.
Sunday (Nov. 10)
- Author Andrew Marble (2 p.m.) — Marble discusses his biography on a U.S. military leader. The event takes place at Scrawl Books in Reston Town Center.
- History of World War II (2-4 p.m.) — Harry Butowsky of George Mason University continues his six-part lecture series on the wart Reston Regional Library. This weekend’s session is the last of the series.
- Sunday Afternoon Dance (2:30-4:30 p.m.) — Dancers of all skill levels are welcome to dance at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods. The session is open to participants age 18 and above.
- Country Western Dance (5:30-7:30 p.m.) — Dances are held monthly in the community room at Reston Community Center. The cost is $5 per session for Restonians and $10 for all others.
Photo via LANK/Facebook
Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion Opens Today — The rink will be open for the 2019-2020 season today. Information about pricing as well as daily hours is available online. [Reston Town Center]
Nominations Accepted for Volunteer Reston Service Awards — Reston Association is accepting nominations for the annual Reston Association Volunteer Service awards. Nominations are due by Feb. 28. [Reston Association]
Health and Safety Podcast Features Holiday Cooking Fire Safety Tips — The podcast includes information about grant funding for the county’s Fire and Rescue department, as well as tips on how to cook safely during the holidays. [Fairfax County Government Emergency Preparedness]
Photo via Flickr/Dario Piparo
State Democrats Take Control of State Legislatures — “Virginia Democrats continued their winning streak under President Trump on Tuesday and took full control of the statehouse for the first time in more than two decades. Suburban voters turned out in big numbers to back Democratic candidates, continuing a trend of once GOP-friendly suburbs turning blue. This is the third election in a row in which Democrats made significant gains since Trump was elected.” [Associated Press]
Reston Town Center Ice Rink to Open on Friday — The public ice skating rink will open on Friday (Nov 8). Access is $10 for adults, $9 for youth under 11, and skate rentals are $6. [Reston Town Center]
Edison Academy to Host Apprenticeships and Skilled Workforce Fair — “High school students and recent graduates interested in the construction-related trades, service industries, manufacturing, and information technology are invited to attend the Apprenticeships and Skilled Workforce Career Fair on Thursday, November 7, at Edison Academy. The fair is designed to encourage interest among high school students and recent graduates in the in-demand skilled career fields that are attainable through two-year degree programs, certifications, apprenticeships or on-the-job training.” [Fairfax County Public Schools]
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After a months-long crowdfunding effort, construction on a 50-foot steel sculpture has begun in Reston Town Center.
The sculpture, titled Buoyant Force, is designed by artist Sue Wrbican who was inspired by the paintings of American Surrealist Kay Sage.
In a release, the Greater Reston Arts Center called the sculpture an “unprecedented project that will not only bring a monumental sculpture in Reston, but will be an act of creative place-making.” The sculpture will be located in Reston Town Square Park.
Wrbican is an associate professor and director of photographer at George Mason University’s School of Art.
Her work, which is known for depicting scaffolded structures and furled fabric in desolate landscapes, is inspired by Sage, who GRACE says lived in the shadow of her husband, the surrealist Yves Tanguy.
GRACE turned to a crowdfunding to help finance the construction of the project. The installation is expected to be complete by the fall.
Photo via Greater Reston Arts Center
A new burger spot is coming to Reston Town Center soon.
The Capital Burger — which serves up “luxury” burgers, hand-cut fries, milkshakes and wine — plans to open at 1800 Presidents Street soon.
A company representative told Reston Now the restaurant was not ready to share details about the new location yet.
Here’s more about the restaurant from its website:
The Capital Burger’s main fare features a proprietary blend of beef. To create these luxurious burgers, we worked alongside renowned Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors. Pat, a third-generation butcher, only uses beef from small, family-owned farms, and with an artisan’s skill blends different cuts. What did we achieve? A sublime burger worthy of our guests.
County permits for new signs and other construction-related work were processed in late October.
The Capital Burger has another location in the District.
Photo via The Capital Burger/Facebook
Facebook has inked a lease for roughly 75,000 square feet in Reston Town Center.
During a quarterly earnings call this week, Boston Properties President Doug Linde disclosed that the company reached a deal with the social media giant.
County permits indicate Facebook will take up space at 1818 Library Street, a 250,000-square-foot building in the town center.
No other information about the deal was immediately available.
Photo via vantagehill/Flickr