Editor’s Note: This is just a limited list of all the events taking place in the Reston area this weekend. If you have an event you would like to ensure is listed on the website, be sure to submit it to our Events Calendar. Know of other events in the area? Comment below.
- The newly opened Nando’s PERi PERi at 12120 Sunset Hills Road is hosting a grand opening on Saturday. All sales will be donated to the bands of South Lakes High School and Herndon High School. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- The Reston Farmers Market will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Lake Anne Village Center.
- Remove English ivy at South Shore Road on Saturday from 10 a.m. through noon. Volunteers will dig roots with small tools and pulls vines until the area is cleared from a section of the woods. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Follow the Habitat Heroes signs for directions. For details on how to register as a volunteer, visit RA’s website.
- Create Thanksgiving centerpieces at the Walker Nature Center (11540 Glade Drive) from 10:30 a.m. through noon on Saturday. All materials are provided. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
- Herndon High School Theatre presents “Twelfth Night” today from 7:30 – 10 p.m. and on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the school’s auditorium. Tickets are $6 for students and $12 for adults.
- Learn techniques in metalworking, material manipulation and beading at the Greater Reston Arts Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. The event is for attendees ages 18 and up. The fee is $45 for residents and $55 for all others.
- Enjoy a ride on Engine $62 of the Resources Railroad at Lake Fairfax Park on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Create your own Thanksgiving-themed craft to take home. The cost if $5 and the Fairfax County Park Authority will be collecting non-perishable food items for a local food bank.
- The Martin Luther King, Jr. Church will have a one-day Christmas Bazaar on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 11140 North Shore Drive.
- Meanwhile, the 8th annual tree lighting festival kicks off this Saturday from 3 – 4 p.m. at the Village at Leesburg Shopping Center. Attendees are encouraged to bring donations for the Toys for Tots program.
- Harry Butwosky will present a six-part lecture series on the years between World War I and World World II from 2 to 4 p.m. at Reston Library on Sunday.
- On Sunday, Ingrid King discusses her books and a hodgepodge of topics ranging from lessons learned from pets and cat health. The event will take place at Scrawl Books (11862 Market St.) from 4 – 6 p.m.
As holiday festivities begin, the 27th annual Reston Holiday Parade is set for Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. The half-mile parade will include Macy’s-style balloons, music, dance, community groups, antique cars and more.
The parade, which takes place along 11900 Market St. will also welcome the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn garage. Jingle bells will be distributed to people along the route of the one-hour parade.
Between 12:30 and 4:30 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos. Mini-train rides will also run during this time.
The Clauses will then participate in a tree lighting and sing along between 6 and 6:30 p.m. Horse drawn carriage rides will also be offered to the community following the lighting until 10 p.m. Proceeds from photos and rides will benefit local charities, according to Reston Town Center.
USA Today readers ranked the parade the fourth best holiday parade in the country last year. The parade has taken place since 1991, rain or shine.
To register as a volunteer, visit RTC’s website.
Donations for Thanksgiving Food Drive Needed Through Nov. 20 — The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, Reston Community Center and Cornerstones is seeking non-perishable food and items for a food drive. Drop off locations are dispersed throughout Reston. All donations will benefit Cornerstones, a non-profit organization that aims to help neighbors overtime tough economic times. For a complete list of items needed and drop off-locations visit the center’s website. [Reston Community Center]
Reston Town Center’s Ice Skating Pavilion To Open for the Season — Lace up your skates and get ready for the opening of RTC’s ice skating pavilion on 1818 Discovery St. The pavilion will be open today at 11. Admission for adults is $10 and $9 for children under 12. Skate rentals cost $6. [Reston Town Center via Facebook]
Meals on Wheels Needs Drivers Countywide –– Drivers are needed throughout to pick up and deliver meals to individuals on specific routes. Deliveries are made midday Monday, Wednesday ad Friday. Each route is a maximum of two hours. [Fairfax County Government]
‘Death at the Place Theater’ Showing Continues This Weekend — Watch the saga of Vaudeville at Café Montmartre at Lake Anne tomorrow and next Saturday at 8:15 p.m. The show opened to a packed house earlier this month. [Fairfax County Times]
Here are some ideas:
All of the places mentioned take reservations. Either click on the restaurant name or visit Open Table.
Photo: Red’s Table at South Lakes Village Center
The Turkey Day 5K takes place early on Thanksgiving Day at South Lakes High School.
The race features something for all ages.
The full 5K starts at 8 a.m. There is a one-mile fun run/walk that starts at 8:50 a.m. And for the youngest participants, a 100-yard tot trot at 9 a.m.
The race starts and finishes on the track at the SLHS stadium. The course will be run on trails and paths near the school. Roads will not be affected.
Potomac River Running, organizers of the race, is partnering with One Warm Coat this holiday season. PR Races will be accepting clean, gently used coats at this year’s Turkey Day 5K. OWC will collect the coats on race day and get them to people who need them.
Online registration is $35 through Nov. 23. Online registration closes on Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. Race-day registration ($40) may be available, but organizers expect the race to sell out.
Kids’ fees are $25 for the 5K ($30 on race day); $20 for the fun run ($25 race day); and free (sign up at the race) for the tot trot.
Photo: Turkey Trot 2014/Credit: PR Races
Who is ready for a little bicycling before feasting?
Reston Association is organizing its annual Thanksgiving Day Bike Ride. Want to take part? Here is what you need to know.
Ride starts Thursday, Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving Day) at 9 a.m.
The main ride meets up at at South Lakes Village Center, 11120 South Lakes Drive at 8:30 a.m. RA also encourages you to organize your own group of riders leaving from your neighborhood.
All rides converge at Starbucks at Reston Town Center.
Contact [email protected] or call 703-966-6182 for more information and to connect with a ride coordinator in your neighborhood.
This is a sponsored column by Eve Thompson of Reston Real Estate.
I love Thanksgiving weekend — there is so much to do and so much fun to be had. I wish it could last longer. If you’re new to Reston, or just want some new ideas about what to do this weekend, here are some of my favorites.
Donate Food to Those in Need
Before the weekend, consider donating food to Cornerstones — a fabulous Reston-based organization that makes a real difference in people’s lives.
The Reston Community Center, Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, and Cornerstones have joined to collect food for the needy. You can drop off non-perishable food and other items from Nov. 1 to 24 at the Reston Community Center’s Hunters Woods and Lake Anne facilities, the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, and a variety of other drop-off points throughout the community. Visit the web page for a list of items they really need and to see dropoff locations.
If you don’t feel like cooking this Thanksgiving, I suggest visiting Vinifera at the Westin Reston Heights. They are offering a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday buffet for a reasonable price: $49 per adult; $20 per child ages 5-12; and $7 per child ages 5 and under. The restaurant is located at 11750 Sunrise Valley Dr, Call (703) 234-3550 for reservations. For other options, check out this list of Northern VA restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner.
Reston Holiday Parade
An annual tradition on the Friday after Thanksgiving, the Reston Holiday Parade has grown in every way. Macy’s-style balloons, musicians and marching bands, dancers, antique cars, community groups, and more make up this one-of-a-kind, one-hour procession welcoming the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus for the season.
The 2014 Parade Theme — “Home for the Holidays” — invites adults and kids alike to join the fun to celebrate home, family, and freedom! Come early to get your free sleigh bells. The fun starts at 11:00 a.m. at Reston Town Center.
Tree Lighting and Sing Along
After you have warmed up from your morning at the Holiday Parade, come back to the Reston Town Center for the annual tree lighting and sing along at 6 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in a horse-drawn carriage to magically light up the huge Christmas tree in Fountain Square. After that is a traditional holiday sing along led by The Reston Chorale and brass quintet.
From 6:30 until 10 pm, horse-drawn carriage rides are available, embarking from outside of Talbots on Market Street. All proceeds benefit local charities.
Shop for Gifts from the Heart
Shop at the annual “Gifts from the HeART” from Dec. 1 to Jan. 5 to benefit Cornerstones. Sales of original works of two- and three- dimensional art in many mediums including watercolor, oil, acrylic, clay, mixed media, photography, and fiber are available–and make great gifts. Come to the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne and find the perfect gift!
That should do it — after all, you need plenty of time to lounge around and visit with your family and friends!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Most Fairfax County offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving. Here is a complete list:
County Government – Closed Nov. 28-29.
Animal Shelter – Closed Nov. 28; open Nov. 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Courts – Close at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 27; closed Nov. 28-29.
Public Schools and School Offices – Two-hour early closing for students only on Wednesday, Nov. 27; closed Nov. 28-29.
Library – Closed Nov. 28-29.
- Nov. 28 – Sunday schedule. Routes with Sunday service operate according to the Sunday schedule. Routes without Sunday service will not operate.
- Nov. 29 – Holiday weekday schedule. Routes with weekday service operate according to the weekday schedule except 335, 394, 395, 585, 595, and 597, which will not operate. (These routes do not operate when a holiday weekday schedule is in effect.)
Fastran – No service Nov. 28-29.
- Nov. 28 – RECenters open at regular time and close at noon, except George Washington RECenter, which is closed. Nature centers, historic sites, Frying Pan Farm Park and the Green Spring Gardens horticultural center and historic house are closed.
- Nov. 29 – RECenters open regular hours. Nature centers open noon to 5 p.m.; historic sites open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Frying Pan Farm Park open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the visitor center open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Green Spring Gardens horticultural center open noon to 4:30 p.m.; the historic house is closed.
Community Centers – Closed Nov. 28-29.
Reston Community Center Hunters Woods – Open Nov. 28, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.;Terry L. Smith Aquatics Center will close at 1:30 p.m., Nov. 29 – regular hours.
Reston Community Center Lake Anne – Open Nov. 28, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 29 – regular hours.
County Trash and Recycling Collection – Residents receiving trash and recycling collection from Fairfax County will have regular collection service Nov. 28 and Nov. 29. Residents receiving trash and recyclables collection service from private collection companies should contact service provider for the holiday schedule.
Recycling and Disposal Facilities at I-66 Transfer Station and I-95 Landfill Complex – Closed on Nov. 28. Open on Nov. 29 with normal operating schedule.
Thinking of giving thanks by helping others this holiday season?
Reston Community Center’s Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith) is running through Nov. 25. Drop off boxes are located throughout the community to receive your donations of unopened, unused and unexpired food items for distribution to those in need in the Reston area.
Here is what the drive needs most:
- Heavy Duty Clear Plastic Bins (approx. size of file boxes)
- Baby Wipes
- Canned Fruit
- Canned Meats
- Condiments (mayo, mustard, ketchup, etc.)
- Cooking Oil
- Canned Beans
- Peanut Butter & Jelly
- Soups, Chili, etc.
- Ramen Noodles & Cup-o-Noodles
- Macaroni & Cheese
- Boxed Potatoes
- Bagged & Boxed Rice & Couscous
- Pasta/Rice Mixes
- Coffee, Tea, etc.
- Dry Beans
- Flour, Sugar, etc.
- Hygiene Items (toothpaste, soap, etc.)
- Milk (evaporated, condensed, dry, soy, etc.)
- Oatmeal, Pancake Mixes, Other Breakfast Items
- Season Packets (taco mixes, marinades, soup mixes, etc.)
- Snacks (cookies, cracker, fruit bars, etc.)
Drop off locations include RCC Hunters Woods and Lake Anne, as well as dozens of other spots in Reston. To see a complete list of locations, visit RCC’s website.
- Volunteer loaders needed Nov. 26 and 27, 3:30-5:00 p.m. to unload a truck filled with unsorted food donations.
- Event leader training for food sorting , Nov. 28 9 -10 a.m. Volunteers, 16 yrs. and older, with leadership abilities needed. Training from 9-10, followed by packing event from 10 to 1 p.m. or until done.
- Food sorting – Nov. 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages welcome.