RCC’s Halloween Family Day
Area children are invited to arrive in their costumes for the Reston Community Center’s Halloween Family Day. This year RCC staff will decorate the community center at Hunters Woods into a medieval setting for the event on Oct. 29 from noon until 2 p.m. The event will feature carnival style games, treats, prizes and a Moon Bounce. Family Day is a fun, non-scary event that is free and open to children eight years old and younger. Call the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500.
Fall for Lake Anne this Weekend
The Lake Anne Merchants Association announces a new event at Lake Anne Village Center, Fall For Lake Anne, on Saturday, Oct. 29. From noon until 3 p.m., families will be able to enjoy fun with scarecrow-tot making, pumpkin painting, entertainment, storytelling, light refreshments, and trick-or-treating around the plaza. Gaelic Gardens will be on site selling chrysanthemums to benefit the Reston Museum. From 1-1:30 p.m., Body by Geoff will present a Fun Fitness Session for Kids. At 2 p.m. the H.K. Lee Tae Kwon Do demonstration team will perform on the plaza. Trick-or-Treating at Lake Anne merchants is available from 2:30 through 4 p.m. Admission is free. Rain or shine.
Ice Skating Returns
The Ice Skating Pavilion at the Reston Town Center will open for skating Wednesday, Oct. 26 through March 2006. During the opening week, the town center will hold a fund-raiser, donating 50 percent of the first week’s proceeds to Reston’s Character Counts! Coalition. The Ice Skating Pavilion, operated by Lance Curran, has supported many schools, scout troops and community groups through fund-raisers over the years. Character Counts!, a nonprofit group designed to help youngsters and adults develop and practice the basics of good character, sponsors Ethics Day at South Lakes High School and puts on the annual Essay and Poster Contest. Coalition Members include the Reston Association, Reston Community Center, Reston Interfaith, Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, Reston Citizens Association, YMCA of Reston, and the office of Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins.
The Ice Skating Pavilion offers public skating and skate rentals daily, as well as birthday parties, private and corporate parties. Beginner and intermediate lessons are also available. For hours of operation and admission rates, call the skating hotline at 703-709-6300 or visit www.restontowncenter.com.
$45,000 Raised for Nature House
The Fish & Chips Challenge, a Texas hold 'em tournament organized by the Friends of Reston at McCormick & Schmick’s last week, raised $45,045. About 93 people, including 50 high rollers and 20 Fish Friendly players, participated in the event. Stuart Hamilton of Sphere Project Management won the tournament. Angel Vaccaro of Deloitte Consulting came in second, and Eric Johnson of Sigal Construction finished third. Ray Ritchey of Boston Properties donated his door prize trip to Vegas to the winner of the tournament. Other trips went to Barbara Aaron of Long & Foster and Shirley Cohen-Mintz of Deloitte Consulting. McCormick & Schmick's donated gift certificates which went to: Barbara Ramey, Jenn Blackwell, Robin Smyers and Cleve Johnson. Billie Nicolotti of Myers Public Relations won The Nature of Reston book in our Guess the Fish contest.
Mexican Artist Opens at Galerie Europa
Eduardo Luna, a "mystic realist" artist, will host a one-person show at Reston's Galerie Europa on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. "Working in the medium of oil and acrylic on canvas, Luna has a gift for projecting not only physical images of his subjects, but also personality and sensuality in a way rarely ever captured in a still image," said Gallerie manager Anya Sarnitskaya in a press release.
For a preview of Luna's work, and information about the artist, see www.LunaArtUSA.com. Galerie Europa is in Reston Town Center at 11944 Market Street, beside the Reston Cinema. Luna's show is open to the public.
The Halloween Trail is returning to the Walker Nature Education Center this month. On Oct. 27 and 28, Reston Association will sponsor after dark tours from 6:30 to 9 p.m. through the forest for an experience complete with Halloween lore, costumes, jack-o-lanterns, sound and light effects and creatures of the night. The 45-minute guided walk is not a horror show but has a few frights. Snacks and hot cider will be on sale. Enjoy free popcorn and Halloween cartoons while waiting in line. The walk costs $5 per person. Parking is available along Glade Drive or at Glade Pool. Children must be 5 years or older. Little Tyke Night, for children under 5, will be Oct. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Skateboarding Event This Weekend
The temporary skateboarding park for area youth coming to Reston will be held Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will be the second skate park on wheels event hosted by Fairfax County Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) since May. The event, which will also be raising money for victims of Katrina, hopes to raise awareness of and interest in skateboarding in Reston. Participants are asked to bring a $1 donation and their own protective gear.
RCC Pool: Grand Reopening
The indoor aquatics complex at the Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods will celebrate a grand reopening Oct. 29. The pool closed for renovations July 25. The purpose of the renovations, which cost more than $300,000, was to ensure a safer and more attractive environment for pool patrons. During the renovation, all existing tile work was replaced, as well as all countertops, sinks, shower controls, benches and partitions. During the reopening, the pool will be open for Lap Swim at 12 p.m. and Open Swim at 1 p.m. Gate admission fees remain the same, $3 for adult Reston residents and $2 for Reston youths and seniors. Nonresident rates are $5 for adults and $3 for youths and seniors. A complete schedule of pool hours, fees and classes can be found at http://www.restoncommunitycenter.com.
Craft Sale at Lake Anne
Lake Anne Fellowship House of Reston, a 30-plus-year-old non-profit Reston landmark with its 240 apartment units, will hold its annual craft sale Saturday, Oct. 29. Sponsored by the Lutheran Foundation of Virginia and created for senior citizens, the event features the work of many residents skilled at knitting, crocheting and other creative crafts. The residents spend the year voluntarily creating many craft items to be sold for the event. The crafts will be on sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Lake Anne Fellowship House at 11450 North Shore Drive, directly across the street from the Lake Anne Village Center. All of the gross sales income is used to support social and educational events sponsored by and for the LAFH residents. Organizers ask guests to park on North Shore Drive. Call Christine Sullivan, resident council president, at 703 435-6340 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best of Reston Search Begins
Best of Reston 2006 Co-Chairs Mike Clarke, Access National Bank and Laura McNulty, Equity Office at Reston Town Center will host a kick off reception, for the 15th Annual Best of Reston Awards.
The reception will take place on Nov. 1, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Greater Reston Arts Center new gallery, 12001 Market St., Suite 103, in Reston. GRACE is donating the space for the event, which will be a time to thank continued supporters of the Best of Reston Awards Gala and charge the community with searching for the "best" of 2006.
Best of Reston 2006 nominees may be businesses, organizations or individuals that go beyond the norm when giving time and/or resources to improve Reston and surrounding communities. Nominees should demonstrate a commitment to a project which has tangible results, recognize a need and show initiative to take on projects and causes which are outside the scope of their normal work, and work selflessly without thought of recognition. Nominations are due Nov. 15 at 5 p.m.
Nomination forms can picked up from the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce at 1763 Fountain Drive, or from Reston Interfaith’s offices at 11150 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 210. Forms can also be downloaded from www.restoninterfaith.org or www.restonchamber.org.
The 15h Annual Best of Reston will be held Thursday, April 20th at the Hyatt Regency Reston. Proceeds from Best of Reston support the programs and services of Reston Interfaith.
Thursday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Reston Association Board Meeting, Isaac Newton Square.
Saturday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m., Public Hearing on the draft 2006-2007 Reston Association Budget, Isaac Newton Square.