Reston, VA

The Weekly Planner is a roundup of interesting events coming up over the next week in the Reston area.

We’ve searched the web for events of note in Reston, Herndon and Great Falls. Know of any we’ve missed? Tell us!

Monday (Nov. 9)

  • Thanksgiving Food Drive (November 1-23) — Patrons, businesses, and organizations are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food and other items at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods (2310 Colts Neck Road) and Lake Anne facilities, the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, and a variety of other drop-off points throughout the community, the website said. View this link to see the most needed items.

Tuesday (Nov. 10)

  • Spanish Chat (Online) – 1-2 p.m. – Great Falls Library will practice Spanish conversation informally via Zoom, the website said. To register, use this link.

Thursday (Nov. 12)

  • Virtual Trivia Happy Hour (Online) — 5:30-6:45 p.m. – Reston Regional Library hosts a virtual trivia program twice a month via Zoom. This event is for adults. To register, use this link.
  • Transgender Virginian’s Story (Online) – 7-8 p.m. – Reston Regional Library will host members of Equality Virginia’s Transgender Advocacy Speakers Bureau, for an evening of community and learning as they share their story as a transgender person followed by plenty of time for dialogue and questions, the website said. The group will meet via Zoom. To register, use this link.

Friday (Nov. 13)

  • Virtual Chess Club (Online) – 4-5 p.m. – Reston Regional Library invites school-age children and teens to earn and improve chess skills using online Lichess tactics, the website said. The group will meet via Zoom. To register, use this link.

Saturday (Nov. 14)

  • Great Falls Virtual Studio Tour (Online) – 11 a.m. – Great Falls Studios will host local artists and their artwork online. Viewers can shop and connect with artists, the website said. The virtual tour will be available November 14-30.
  • The Young Actors Theatre – 3 p.m. at Reston Community Center (230 Colts Neck Road) — The Young Actors Theatre (YAT) Program trains young actors (ages 7 – 15) in voice, dance and acting over the course of 10 weeks of classes and rehearsals, culminating in a final performance of fully produced original musicals, the website said. The group will perform The Wizard of Oz. To receive free tickets, email [email protected]
  • Native American Campfire Cookout – 3-4:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park (8700 Potomac Hills St.) — Discover some native recipes and cooking techniques as you help prepare native dishes to taste, the website said. The cost is $12 per person and children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, use this link.

Photo via Great Falls Studios/Facebook

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The Weekly Planner is a roundup of interesting events coming up over the next week in the Reston area.

We’ve searched the web for events of note in Reston, Herndon and Great Falls. Know of any we’ve missed? Tell us!

Monday (Nov. 2)

  • Thanksgiving Food Drive (November 1-23) — Patrons, businesses, and organizations are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food and other items at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods (2310 Colts Neck Road) and Lake Anne facilities, the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, and a variety of other drop-off points throughout the community, the website said. View this link to see the most needed items.

Tuesday  (Nov. 3)

  • Gourds and Gobblers — 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park (8700 Potomac Hills St.) — Learn about wild turkeys and other animals and plants that are an important part of our Thanksgiving tradition, the website said. The cost is $8 per child. To register, use this link.

Wednesday  (Nov. 4)

  • Mystery of Your Choice (Online) — 10:30-11:30 a.m. — Participants each offer a short presentation of their selection, followed by discussion with Great Falls Library staff, the website said. To register, use this link.

Thursday  (Nov. 5)

  • Meet the Artists — 2:15-3:30 p.m. at Reston Community Center (2310 Colts Neck Road) — Shepherd University faculty member Brooke Evers performs a program of renowned art songs with pianist Marina Chamasyan, the website said. To register, use this link.
  • Intermediate German Class — 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Great Falls Library (301 Second Ave. N.) — Expand your German learning through exploring language, culture and participating in conversation, the website said. To register, use this link.
  • Reel Deal Film Club — 5:45-6:45 p.m. — The Reel Deal Film Club hosts lively discussions of must-see films, the website said. Discussing, The Campaign with Will Ferrell, the group will meet via Zoom. To register, use this link.

Friday  (Nov. 6)

  • Nature at Night — 5:30-7 p.m. at Riverbend Park (8700 Potomac Hills St.) — Enjoy nighttime hikes, get a peek at nocturnal critters, make an awesome craft, and learn how these animals wake up when we go to sleep, the website said. The cost is $8 per person. To register, use this link.
  • Campfire Fridays — 7-8:30 p.m. at Lake Fairfax Park (1400 Lake Fairfax Drive) — Participants can enjoy an evening campfire and s’mores for the whole family, the website said. The cost is $12 per person. To register, use this link.

Saturday  (Nov. 7)

  • Fall Watershed Cleanup Day — 12 p.m. at Riverbend Park (8700 Potomac Hills St.) — Join Clean Virgina Waterways and the Ocean Conservancy on an International Coastal Cleanup Event to keep our waters clean, the website said. Participants should expect to collect trash from streams and trails, and compile and report results on trash collected to contribute to a global snapshot of littered items. Email to Valeria Espinoza, [email protected], register.

Sunday  (Nov. 8)

Staff Photo by Jay Westcott

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Thursday Morning Notes

Informal Survey on Reston Association Website Underway  Reston Association is conducting an informal survey to determine what features its membership would find most important in a new RA website. As part of the preliminary research in choosing a vendor and a website platform that meets the current and future needs of the association, please click the link below to take the online survey.” [RA]

Native American Campfire Cookout Returns to Riverbend Park  Residents can learn how early Native Americans lived off the land by learning special recipes and cooking techniques. The event takes place on Nov. 14 and Nov. 21. [Fairfax County Government]

Flood Watch In Effect   A Flood Watch is in effect until 10 p.m. this evening. Remnants of former Hurricane Zeta may result in two to three inches of rain. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department]

Photo by Elizabeth Copson

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The county is seeking volunteers for several watershed cleanup days in Fairfax County.

Volunteers will gather at a park or recreation center to help “clear Earth’s arteries by removing tires, bottles, cans and other debris dumped in local waterways,” according to the county.

The service opportunity is open to residents age 12 and up.

The first local cleanup is set to take place on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Lake Fairfax Park followed by a clean-up at Riverbend Park on Saturday, Nov. 7.

Volunteers can register online. In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, volunteers must ream six-feet apart, wear cloth face coverings in public settings, and limit group sizes.

Photo via Fairfax County Government

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Washington Parent magazine readers voted three Fairfax County parks as their regional favorites in the magazine’s 2020 Parent Picks contest.

With more than 11,000 votes, Clemyjontri Park in McLean, Riverbend Park in Great Falls and Burke Lake Park in Fairfax Station were all finalists in the contest.

Clemyjontri Park, located at 6317 Georgetown Pike, won in the category of Fun & Activities/Playground.  The park is known as a park for all children.

“It is a playground where every child is welcome,” according to the Fairfax County website. “This park is a place where children who use wheelchairs, walkers or braces, or who have sensory or developmental disabilities, can have a parallel playground experience of fun and exploration.”

Riverbend Park (8700 Potomac Hills St.) and Burke Lake Park (7315 Ox Road) both won in the category of Fun & Activities/Nature Centers.

Riverbend Park is known for its geology, plant life, wildlife, isolation, and beauty, the Fairfax County website said.

With 888 acres of land, Burke Lake Park is most loved for its campgrounds, mini-gold and disc golf courses, and more.

Photo via Friends of Riverbend Park/Facebook 

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Thursday Morning Notes

Fire Department to Host Virtual Open Houses — During Fire Prevention Week, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will host several interactive activities and virtual events beginning Monday, Oct. 5. The event replaces open house events typically held at local fire and rescue stations. [FCFRD]

Robbery Investigation Underway in Herndon — A man stole a wallet from a victim while he was sitting in his car shortly after midnight on Sept. 19 in the 1200 block of Elden Street. The case is under investigation. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Forest Salamander Survey Underway at Riverbend Park — “During the ‘Salamanders Undercover’ program, learn about the secret lives of these important amphibians through hands-on discoveries. The program runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and is designed for children age 7 to 12. The cost is $10 per child.” [Fairfax County Government]

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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This year’s general election ballot will include a $112 million bond referendum requested by the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Roughly $100 million of the bonds will be used to help finance land acquisition to finance parks, new park development, and the ownership of natural and cultural resources. The remaining $12 million funds the county’s share for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority‘s capital projects. Those projects include expanding public open space and trails, protecting resources, improving existing facilities, and expanding more recreational opportunities.

The latest request for general obligations bonds is the largest since 1959. In 2016, FCPS requested roughly $95 million.

The bond referendum follows a needs assessment in 2016 that called on county residents to identify areas of importance an unmet needs, according to the county. Following that review, a capital improvement framework was developed to guide future projects.

Plans include a new Riverbend Park Visitor Center in Great Falls, playground replacements, improvements and renovations at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston and the development of new trails and stream crossings across county parks.

Currently, roughly 60 percent of all park operating costs are covered by user fees, which do not cover capital costs.  The bond question will be on the Nov. 3 ballot.

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Eight Native American tribes from the state are set to take part in the Virginia Native American Festival at Riverbend Park in Great Falls next month.

The festival — which includes hands-on activities and live demonstrations — is set for Saturday, September 7 at the park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Demonstrations include storytelling, fire making, archery, spear throwing and making stone tools. Attendees will also get the change to help build a dugout canoe. Vendors will also be on-site to sell Native American crafts, pottery and jewelry.

Registration is $8 online and $10 at the gate.

The Rappahannock tribe dancers and drummers are also scheduled to perform at the event.

The festival is organized by the Fairfax County Park Authority and Riverbend Park, which is located at 8700 Potomac Hills Street in Great Falls.

Photo via Fairfax County Park Authority/Facebook

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