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Happy Thanksgiving From Reston Now

Turkey centerpiece/file photo

Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your day, no matter what you are doing.

Reston Now will not be publishing Thursday or Friday. We’re very thankful for all the readers — nearly 1 million unique visitors have checked out more than 3.6 million pages on the site since we launched in fall of 2013!

In case you missed any pre-holiday articles this week:

Here are Reston restaurants open today. Starbucks is also open, but is closing in late afternoon.

Here’s the skinny on Friday’s holiday parade at Reston Town Center.

Here are some ideas of things to do with your family the next few days.

Here’s a list of active things, such as the Reston Thanksgiving Bike Ride and the Turkey Day 5K.

Here is some info on Small Business Saturday, which is this weekend. Reston is full of locally owned businesses — not just retail. Loads of restaurants, nail salons, dry cleaners, dog walkers and florists work hard to make our community great.

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Get Moving on Thanksgiving Day in Reston

Turkey Trot 2014/Credit: PR Races

Reston Now has been mentioning pre-Thanksgiving feast organized activity ideas all week. Here’s a reminder in case you missed a few:

Thanksgiving Bike Family Ride

Turkey Day 5K at South Lakes High School

Thanksgiving Day Trail Walk/Run at Lake Fairfax

And to kick off the holiday events Friday at Reston Town Center:

Gingerbread Man Mile (for kids under age 14)

Walk-up registration is most likely available for the races, but double-check onlineto make sure it is not sold out.

Photo: Turkey Day 5K 2014/Credit: PR Racing

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Thanksgiving: There’s Time for Last-Minute Shopping in Reston

Thanksgiving turkey/Credit: John C. Abell via FlickrForget something for your Thanksgiving feast? Maybe you should have an extra bottle of wine?

We’ve got you covered.

Most Reston groceries stores are open, but with limited hours, on Thanksgiving Day.

Here is what you need to know:

Trader Joe’s – Closed

Whole Foods – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Giant Foods – 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Safeway – 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Harris Teeter –  8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Photo: Thanksgiving turkey/Credit: John C. Abell via Flickr

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Give Thanks at UCP’s Thanksgiving Eve Interfaith Gathering

United Christian Parich/Courtesy UCPUnited Christian Parish in Reston is inviting people of all faiths to come to the church Wednesday night for a celebration of community and giving thanks.

The church’s annual Thanksgiving Eve gathering “allows the local community to  come together in celebration of the diversity of our community,” says UCP’s website. “We share the unity of our humanity in the simple, yet universal message of ‘giving thanks to God’ for the gift of each other and lift up the call anew to care for our neighbors and neighborhood.”

The service is Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the UCP Sanctuary, 11508 North Shore Dr.

Participants will include:

• All-Dulles Area Muslim Society
• Shoreshim Community
• St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church
• Unitarian Universalist Church, Reston
• Cornerstones
• Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins
• Del. Ken Plum

A social time for connecting and re-connecting follows the service.

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5 Non-Shopping Things to do on Black Friday

You say you are not a Black Friday shopper? There are still plenty of things to do on Friday, Nov. 27, particularly if you have a houseful of relatives to entertain. Here are a few ideas:

Attend the Reston Holiday Parade — The theme for the 25th annual parade at Reston Town Center is “Home Sweet Home.” Parade time is 11 a.m., but head to Market Street a bit earlier for a good viewing spot. There will be marching bands, Macy’s style balloons, and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus. Later in the day, there will be the official tree lighting and sing-a-long.

Take a Hike — Put on warm clothes and head to nearby Great Falls National Park, where level trails make for easy hiking for the whole family.

Head To Space — The Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, that is. Located in nearby Chantilly, there are exhibits and aircraft of all types, as well as simulators and demonstrations. There is also a full slate of shows at the IMAX Theater. Bonus: wide-open spaces for little ones to get out afternoon energy.

Catch a Movie — Family friendly flicks include The Peanuts Movie (G), The Good Dinosaur (PG — Opens Nov. 25), Goosebumps (PG), and Pan (PG)

Explore the Reston Paths — Reston is connected by 55 miles of trails. Gather the family and walk, jog or bike a few of them.

Have any ideas of your own? Share them with your neighbors in the comments.

Photo: Reston Holiday Parade/Credit: Mike Heffner

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Poll: Travel for Thanksgiving or Stay Right Here?

Beltway Traffic/Credit: BethesdaNow.comAn estimated 1.15 million D.C.-area residents will travel 50 miles or more for the Thanksgiving holiday. Will you be among them?

According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, holiday travel will be virtually unchanged this year, down 0.2 percent compared to 2014.

That’s despite lower gas prices and better weather — it’s supposed to be mostly sunny and cool this week. Last week at this time there was a predicted snowstorm.

About 90.5 percent of all D.C. area travelers will travel by car, compared to 7.3 percent traveling via air and 2.2 percent via other modes of transportation.

Meanwhile, a new study shows Tuesday is the new Wednesday for Thanksgiving week, meaning the worst pre-holiday traffic around DC is on Tuesday.

Will you be among those traveling outside of D.C. this year?

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