Week in Reston

Week in Reston

Asian Festival in Reston This Weekend

The 2nd annual Asian Festival is coming to Reston at the Lake Newport Tennis Facility, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission to the event is free. The festival promotes understanding of the Asian culture from Thailand, China, India, Philippines, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. Each participating country will showcase its music, cultural performances, food, beauty pageants, fashion, handicrafts, other products and entertainment. The festival has blended together trade opportunities, product marketing, entertainment, food and tennis, creating an event to attract all sections and age groups. One of the activities includes an Asian Idol singing contest.

Legg Mason 75K Women Tennis Challenger

In conjunction with the Asian Festival, the Legg Mason $75,000 Women Tennis Challenger is coming to Reston at the Lake Newport Tennis Facility in Reston, from July 30 to July 31. More than 100 up-and-coming tennis stars from across the globe will compete in the women's professional tennis challenger. A free children's tennis clinic will be offered by current world top players from the Legg Mason Tennis Classic at 6 p.m. Visit www.asianfestivaldc.com.

Nature House 5K Run and Walk

The Friends of Reston and the Reston Association are sponsoring the Nature House 5K Fund Run and Walk Aug. 6 to benefit the future Nature House. The race, which begins at 8 a.m., will be on paved and natural surface trails, beginning and finishing at the nature center. Most of race fee of $20, or $25 on the day of the race, is tax deductible. For information, call 703-435-6501.

FISH Needs Help

For more than 35 years, Herndon-Reston FISH (Friendly Instant Sympathetic Help) has been helping local families in crisis meet emergencies and short term needs.

Built on the "neighbor helping neighbor" concept, FISH has tried to help the community. But, recently FISH has more requests for help than the current fund-raising efforts can provide for.

Under the direction of newly appointed president Marcia Di Trapani, along with new officers on the executive board, FISH members plan to solicit more donations to help with its cause.

FISH is an all-volunteer, nonsectarian, nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, which not only operates a hotline, assisting more than 21,500 callers per year, but also provides round-trip rides for the elderly and other needy persons to their medical appointments. It also operates The Bargain Loft, 336 Victory Drive in Herndon, a thrift store that accepts and sells many items including used furniture, household items, books and toys. The Bargain Loft is completely run by volunteers.

For more information about FISH, to volunteer or make a donation, call 703-437-0600.

Hudgins Appointed to Board

Fairfax County Board Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) was appointed by Gov. Mark Warner to serve on the State Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board. The Reston resident will help the board in its advisory role of the state’s emergency medical operations.

Reston Farmers’ Market T-Shirts Coming

During the next few peak weeks at the Reston Farmers’ Market at Lake Anne Village Center, classic T-shirts will go on sale as well as Freestone peaches. The T-shirts are adorned with original art by Reston resident artist, Sarah Gerould. The T-shirts will be introduced at a brief ceremony in the market after 9 a.m., which will include the market’s founder Debbie Shprenz.

Abandoned Boats and Boat Giveaway

The Reston Association continues to look for the owners of abandoned boats. On Lake Audubon, two paddle boats have been found, and on Lake Anne one paddle boat has been found.

Also, RA is giving away boats, in 'as-is' condition — two canoes and a rowboat — at a drawing that will take place in three weeks between Aug. 7 and Aug. 12. To retrieve found boats or to register for the drawing call Brian Petty at Reston Association at 703-435-6535.

‘Burnversions’ Art Exhibit At RCC

In August, the Reston Community Center-Hunters Woods will feature an art exhibit by Reston artist James Bailey called “Burnversions.” The exhibit crosses the line between art and therapy. Bailey designed Burnversions as a means of enabling people who had been mistreated — in his words, "burned" — by friends, lovers, family, the political system, or by life itself, to rid themselves of

their emotional pain. Burnversions will run from Aug. 1-31.

Golf Tournament to Aid Rwanda Orphans

On Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Reston National Golf Course, the United Christian Parish of Reston will sponsor a golf tournament to aid orphans in Rwanda. The cost to play, $125 per player, includes a round of golf and cart, beverages on the course and an awards dinner. Registration is from 11-11:45 a.m. with a tee time of noon. All golfers are invited to participate. The event hopes to raise at least $10,000 for the United Methodist Church of Rwanda. The United Christian Parish (UCP) has been working for nine years with a United Methodist Church project in Rwanda, which provides food, shelter and medical care for children orphaned by war and AIDS. Funds raised by the golf tournament will help build an orphanage, school and clinic to help 300 children in Rwanda’s capital city of Kigali. UCP youth also raise $3,000 each year to support a young Rwandan studying medicine at the university in Kigali. The United Christian Parish is an ecumenical church combining four denominations: United Methodist, Presbyterian (USA), United Church of Christ, and Disciples of Christ. Visit www.unitedchristianparish.org.


July 28, 7:00 p.m., Reston Association Meeting at Isaac Newton Square in Reston.

July 29, 8:30 a.m., Joint Meeting of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and School Board, Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.