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Year Round Festival

101 ways to have fun in and around Reston.

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Area residents and dignitaries participate in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemorative March in Reston on Jan. 21, 2008.

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Timra Stump of Reston jumps in Lake Anne on a February afternoon despite the cold water in order to help raise funds for Camp Sunshine in the first Polar Plunge at Lake Anne in 2008.

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The South Lakes Black History Society Dance Team opened with an exhibition performance to start the No Half Steppin' in '08 Step competition, held at South Lakes last March.

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Three-year-old Kieran Romano, sitting on Bronze Bob’s lap, and his one-year-old brother Soren play around the Bronze Bob sculpture before the Fifth Annual Founder’s Day celebration on Saturday, April 12, 2008. The Reston community celebrated Reston’s 44th and Bob Simon’s 94th birthday at the Lake Anne Village Center.

b>Community Celebrations</b>

<b>Celebrating All</b>

Martin Luther King Jr., Birthday Celebration

Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods

2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston

Join hundreds of area residents for Reston’s weekend long celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s, birthday in mid-January. Community concerts, children’s activities and numerous workshops for adults discussing the past, the present and the future of the Civil Rights Movement in America. Visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com for more information.

<b>Freezing Cold Swim</b>

Polar Plunge

Lake Anne

Come to the Washington Plaza in early February and see a new Reston tradition. In 2008, the first Polar Plunge raised more than $7,000 for Camp Sunshine, sending four families to camp. The second annual event will take place on Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. Visit www.freezinforareason.com for registration and other information about the event.

<b>An Eggcellent Hunt</b>

Reston Community Center

2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston

Every March, the Reston Community Center holds an egg hunt for children eight-years-old and younger. The Eggnormous Egg Hunt includes an egg hunt, lunch and lots of other fun activities with Easter celebrities Grandma and Grandpa Bunny. The event is generally held outdoors, but in event of inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors. Check the Reston Community Center web site for more details at www.restoncommunitycenter.com.

<b>Reston Zoo Eggstravaganza</b>

Reston Zoo

1228 Hunter Mill Road, Vienna

Hundreds of children hunt for Easter Eggs around the animal enclosures. During the breaks from the egg hunt, the Easter Bunny is available for pictures and animals are available for visits. Visit www.restonzoo.com for more information.

<b>Enjoy the Arts</b>

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival

Reston Town Center

The annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival is held in May every year at the Reston Town Center. Sponsored by the Greater Reston Arts Center, the festival features many local and national artists who showcase and sell original and unique art. The festival has been held for more than 15 years and also features entertainment by local artists. It is one of the largest juried arts festivals on the East Coast. For more information, and if interested in participating next year, visit the Greater Reston Arts Center web site at www.restonarts.org.

<b>For the Taste Buds</b>

Reston Taste of the Town

Reston Town Center

With more than 30,000 people checking out the tasty treats that area restaurants have to offer, the annual Taste of the Town is the largest outdoor food festival in Northern Virginia. But food isn't the only attraction at this June event — fun activities in the "Kids Korner" and live entertainment add to the enjoyment. This event is presented by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and a portion of the proceeds benefit chamber programs and area nonprofits. Visit www.restonchamber.org.

<b>Celebrate America’s Independence</b>

Lake Fairfax Park

1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston

Join thousands of people from the area lakeside in preparation of the popular fireworks show while food and crafts vendors pepper the area. Cool down in the park’s Water Mine or peddling a boat on the lake during the day. Come early, stay late and enjoy the spectacular display of Independence Day Fireworks.

<b>Be Festive at Reston Festival</b>

Reston Town Center

The Reston Festival is an annual event held in July to celebrate the town's birthday and includes music, food, and other entertainment. Booths will showcase local artists, musicians, artisans and businesses. The event was moved to Reston Town Center after many years at the Lake Anne Village Center to provide a larger venue and to accommodate more booths. The event is hosted by the Reston Community Center and the Reston Association. Admission is free. Visit www.restonfestival.com.

<b>From the Orient</b>

Asian Festival

Brown’s Chapel Park, Reston

Thousands of people from all over Northern Virginia attend this celebration each year for the last five years. Cultural offerings from Asian nations include live music and dance, martial arts demonstrations and tens of traditional menus from area’s Asian restaurants. The weekend-long celebration is sponsored by the Thai Tennis Organization in America.

<b>Celebration of Cultures</b>

The Annual Multi-Cultural Festival

Lake Anne Village Center

This annual event occurs in early September and showcases the area’s diverse cultural wealth. Dance performances are coupled with musical performances and traditional dresses from all corners of the globe. Each continent is represented and games for children are available. Food vendors and craftsmen ensure the visitors can leave with something from the memorable celebrations. Visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com for more.

<b>Lakeside Music and Drinks</b>

Jazz & Blues Fest

Washington Plaza, Lake Anne Village Center

A full afternoon of live music with multiple bands featuring the best of national talent, including Reston grown musicians. The free festival takes place in early fall, and is presented by the Friends of Lake Anne and Mykle Lyons Entertainment.

<b>German Celebration</b>

Oktoberfest

Reston Town Center

Oktoberfest, the beloved tradition of many years had taken a hiatus for a few Octobers. However, in 2008 the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce sponsored the return of the food, beer, wine and community celebration to Reston Town Center. More than 20,000 people attended the free weekend celebration in mid-October. Reston restaurants showcased their best Oktoberfest fare and area entertainers took to the stage to provide musical and dance numbers for the large audience. For more information visit the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce web site at www.restonchamber.org.

<b>Fun for Trick-or-Treaters</b>

Halloween Trail

Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive, Reston

Dress up for Halloween and bring your little ghosts and goblins to the Walker Nature Education Center in late October for a fun and educational Halloween experience. The Reston Association sponsors the Halloween Trail each year and provides a tour of the nature center trails for three days and nights. For more information visit www.reston.org.

<b>Theater</b>

<b>On the Stage</b>

The Reston Community Players

2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston

The Reston Community Players have been performing live shows for more than 40 years. An all-volunteer organization, the group puts on four major productions a year, which has included "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "The Foreigner" and "Seussical." The players are also members of the Arts Alliance of Reston, the Northern Virginia Theatre Alliance, the Arts Council of Fairfax County and the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. Their performances take place at the CentreStage Theatre at the Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods. Visit restonplayers.org.

<b>Watch a Fight</b>

The Noble Blades

www.nobleblades.org.

The Noble Blades are an off-shoot of the Reston Community Players and are the Washington D.C. area's top professionally trained theater-based fight group. They perform a variety of different martial arts for many events and are based in Reston. Along with performances around the area, the Noble Blades also conduct classes, workshops and demonstrations. They use a variety of different weapons including daggers, knifes, and swords. For more information on performance dates, workshops and classes, or booking information, visit www.nobleblades.org.

<b>Seahawks in the Spotlight</b>

South Lakes High School

11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston

Drama, Musicals, Variety — The South Lakes Theatre Arts Department does it all. Under the long-time leadership of director Maria Harris, the high school theater department has achieved much area success and remains highly respected for producing enthralling shows with talented actors. Performing throughout the school year, their productions are as entertaining as they are varied. For more information on upcoming shows, visit www.fcps.edu/SouthLakesHS

<b>Attend Herndon High School Play</b>

Herndon High School

700 Bennett St., Herndon

Opportunities are abound for taking in a top-notch stage play without leaving town as Herndon High School's award-winning drama department puts on two mainstage plays and as many as three smaller, one-act plays stretching from fall to spring. The mainstage performances include dramatic plays in the fall and musicals in the spring. Those looking to keep up with the drama department's works can take in the smaller one-act plays that dot the calendar throughout the year. For information on upcoming performances, visit Herndon High School's drama department on-line at www.herndondrama.org.

<b>Dramatic Readings</b>

The Hub Theatre

www.thehubtheatre.org

Enjoy an evening of spectacular dramatic readings with Reston’s latest dramatic organization, the Hub Theatre, started by Reston’s residents as a way to encourage the creation of arts in the community. Readings are conducted at either The Reston Used Book Shop at Lake Anne, beginning at 3 p.m., or at the Greater Reston Arts Center at Reston Town Center, beginning at 6 p.m. Recent readings have included "Big Love," "A Christmas Carol" and "Act a Lady." For more information on the scheduled readings and on the Hub, visit www.thehubtheatre.org.

<b>Something for the Children</b>

Children’s Shows at Lake Anne

Lake Anne Village Center

Take the little ones for twice-weekly entertainment on the historic Washington Plaza. Clowns, magicians, singers and more perform free half-hour shows every Tuesday and Thursday morning from June through August. For more information visit www.lakeanneplaza.com.

<b>Watch Elden Street Players</b>

Elden Street Players

The Industrial Strength Theatre

269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon

Visit the Elden Street Players, Herndon’s volunteer theater group for top notch stage entertainment. Seasonal plays are staged each year. Actors and volunteers are sought for each play. Auditions with the Elden Street Players are held well in advance of the scheduled shows. Between 30 to 100 volunteers are needed for every show. For more information go to www.eldenstreetplayers.com. For ticket reservations call 703-481-5930.

<b>Child's Play</b>

Elden Street Players

The Industrial Strength Theatre

269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon

Elden Street Players also operates the ESP Theatre for Young Audiences, offering live theater for children. A joint venture between The Elden Street Players and the Town of Herndon Parks & Recreation Department, it has presented such shows as "Alice in Wonderland," "Rapunzel" and "The Emperor's New Clothes." See www.eldenstreetplayers.org

<b>Sport & Fitness</b>

<b>The Sticky Wicket</b>

Lake Fairfax Park

1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston

You may not know what a "Wicket Maiden" is, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the spectacle of a Cricket match. Part of an inter-Fairfax County league, Lake Fairfax hosts weekly games and is the home field for the FCC1, the Hunters, and the Cosmos. Bring a picnic dinner and watch until sundown as each team tries to best the other. Visit www.fairfaxcricketclub.org for more.

<b>Swim, Bike, Run</b>

The Reston Triathlon

11654 Plaza America Drive, Reston

Every year local residents compete in the Reston Triathlon, a race which takes participants through lakes, woods and more than 20 miles of roadway. The race also includes the rare opportunity to swim across Lake Audubon. In September 2008 the Reston Triathlon celebrated its 25th event. The Triathlon is held in early September and includes a one-mile swim, 22.3-mile bike ride and a 10K run. Choose to compete or pick a spot along the course and cheer on your neighbors. Visit www.restontriathlon.org.

<b>Marvel at Nation's Bikers</b>

Reston Town Center Grand Prix

Reston Town Center, Reston

www.evolutioncycling.org

The Reston Town Center Grand Prix is an annual bike race held in Reston featuring the top men's and women's racers from the Mid-Atlantic region. The event is hosted by the Reston Bike Club and Evolution Cycling, a Northern Virginia-based competitive riding club. Evolution Cycling has national and international champion racers on the team and is one of the premier clubs in the Mid-Atlantic region. With thousands of dollars and cash and prizes in races for all ages, the Reston Town Center Grand Prix is Evolution Cycling's largest event.

<b>Run Throughout Reston</b>

The Reston Runners

www.restonrunners.org

It doesn't matter if you do marathons or just the occasional power-walk, the Reston Runners will have a program that's right for you. A community of more than 800 members, the group welcomes runners and walkers of all levels. Along with group runs, they also sponsor a number of activities including the "Fall Into Winter" 10K run in December, the Women's Distance Festival 5K held in June, and a Thanksgiving Day 5K Cross Country Run in Lake Fairfax — just to name a few. While membership is not required to join in group runs, it is recommended. Visit www.restonrunners.org or call the hotline, 703-437-FOOT.

<b>Swimming Like A Fish</b>

Jim McDonnell 1-and 2- Mile Lake Swims,

Lake Audubon, Reston

While it is usually illegal to swim the lakes of Reston, there are a few exceptions — like the Jim McDonnell Lake Swims held at Lake Audubon and sponsored by the Reston Masters Swim Team. Usually in late May, this event offers both one-mile and two-mile roped courses. Registration is $35 for one event and $60 for two events. Proceeds from the swims benefit the Lymphoma Foundation of America. The event starts bright and early and First through Third Place Awards are given. Visit www.restonmasters.org for information about registration.

<b>Play Pick-up Basketball</b>

Reston Association Basketball Courts

www.reston.org

"I got next," is the phrase of choice for new arrivals at one of the many outside basketball courts in Reston. During the summer, to take the mind off the heat and the humidity, several regular pick-up games usually get started after normal working hours, around 6 p.m. Ballers interested in practicing the old jump shot should find a local court and watch for the regulars. Competition varies. Call the Reston Association at 703-437-9580 to find the nearest court.

<b>Learn about Nature</b>

Walker Nature Education Center

11450 Glade Drive, Reston

The Walker Nature Education Center is Reston's own nature educational facility. Operated by the Reston Association, it provides classes and courses for children of all ages, as well as summer camps, teacher workshops, adult and senior programs, service projects, and is open for birthday and other parties. Situated on 72 acres of forestland, the Walker Nature Education Center has on-grounds 1 mile of trails, a wildflower garden, a campfire ring, a meditation area, a sundial, and a picnic pavilion. Ground was broken in November for construction of Nature House, a facility that will house the center’s library and equipment to facilitate nature education. The center is always looking for volunteers, as well as guest lecturers. Visit www.reston.org/parks_rec/p_nature_ed_center.html.

<b>Serve Up an Ace</b>

Reston Association Tennis Courts

www.reston.org

The Reston Association offers residents one of the most extensive tennis programs in Northern Virginia. There are 49 tennis courts operated by the Reston Association, 26 of which are lighted and can be used for nighttime play. The program also runs tennis camps, lessons and tournaments year-round. The association operates both clay and hardwood courts, and both are open for rental. Residents may also look for playing partners through the program's web site. Lessons are available to players of all ages from beginners to advanced. The courts are also open to birthday parties. In addition, the association operates its own pro shop for tennis equipment.

<b>Take a Lap</b>

South Lakes High School Track

11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston

South Lakes High School's track is open to residents in the evenings and on weekends. Run on the same track as Olympic and international track star and South Lakes alumnus Alan Webb. Webb holds the high school mile record, which he set when attending SLHS. Recently, Webb ran and won several events at the U.S. Track and Field Championships. Who knows? Maybe some of his speed might rub off on you.

<b>Ice Skating</b>

Indoor: SkateQuest

1800 Michael Faraday Court, Reston

703-709-6300

Outdoor: Reston Town Center Pavilion

1818 Discovery St., Reston

703-709-1010

If you enjoy figure-eights, executing double axles or just watching the zamboni, Reston is home to two skating rinks. The Reston Town Center's outdoor ice rink is a great place to enjoy the cold weather. Open from November to mid-March, the Pavilion is transformed into a rink with skates and supplies available for rent.

SkateQuest is Reston's indoor rink and offers a venue for hockey, figure skating, parties, classes and public sessions. Occasionally, SkateQuest hosts a charity hockey game between the FBI and the Secret Service. Call or visit skatequest.com for a full listing of programs.

<b>As Fast As You Want</b>

W&OD Trail

Jump on the Washington and Old Dominion Trail (W&OD Trail), which runs for more than 40 miles and through the length of Reston, and enjoy a walk, a run or a bike ride. The paved trail is often a safe place to exercise and is used by many commuters, as well as local residents.

<b>Race for Turkeys</b>

5K Turkey Trot

Herndon Centennial Golf Course

909 Ferndale Ave., Herndon

Think you're fast? Come show your speed at Herndon’s Centennial Golf Course in November for the Turkey Trot 5K Race. The town's fastest people will show up to shed their soon-to-be visible holiday weight in this annual 5K race. The first-place prize is a turkey. For more information call 703-435-6868.

<b>Weather Outside Doesn’t Matter</b>

Reston Community Center Indoor Pool

2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston

Visit the Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods throughout the year for a swimming experience, whether the weather is scorching hot or freezing cold. Along with swim lanes, the swimming pool also offers programs for both younger and older Reston residents from swim lessons to therapeutic exercises. For more information, including fees and times of operation, visit www.restoncommunitycenter.org.

<b>Water, Water Everywhere</b>

Water Mine Water Park

1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston

The Water Mine water park sits on more than an acre of land in Lake Fairfax Park. The water park features slides, showers, and flume rides a plenty, all built around Pete's Pike, a boarded mine shaft covered mountain, out of which protrude two huge slides. All of this is surrounded by Rattlesnake River, in which visitors can relax on floating tubes. The park is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and the hours vary throughout the season. Children under two years old get in free. The price includes admission to the carousel on Lake Fairfax grounds. Season passes are also available. For more information on admission prices and hours, visit the park web site www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/watermine.

<b>Making A Splash</b>

Reston Association Pools

www.reston.org.

With 15 pools throughout Reston, there are plenty of chances to cool off during the hot summer months. The home for all water-based activities, including the Reston Swim Team Association, Water Volleyball, and various other programs, there is always something fun happening at the pool. Check the web site for locations, hours and prices.

<b>Fore!</b>

Reston National Golf Course

11875 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston

703-620-9333

Reston National Golf Course is an 18 hole with a 71-par course. The club also offers lessons, a driving range, a putting green, and rents equipment. Home to tournaments throughout the year, the club can also be rented out for various events. Many high schools practice on the course, and it is open five days a week. Prices differ depending on time and day. Twilight prices are also available, and there is a $15 caddie fee. Tee times must be reserved seven days in advance. For more information, visit the course web site at virginiagolf.com/restonnational.html.

<b>Drive Away From Busy</b>

Golf Park at Hunter Mill

1627 Hunter Mill Road, Vienna

703-759-5664

Escape Northern Virginia’s busy lifestyle by landing yards away from one of its busiest roads, the Dulles Toll Road, and between two of its busiest business centers, Tysons Corner and Reston. The Golf Park at Hunter Mill, a driving range and a practice facility, is located on the east side of Hunter Mill Road, near the road’s intersection with Sunset Hills Road and interchange with the Dulles Toll Road. The park is open every day but Christmas, barring extreme weather conditions, from 9 a.m. until dark. Prices for the drive balls range from $4 for about 35 balls to $10 for about 115 balls. For more information visit http://www.huntermillgolf.com.

<b>Sharpen Putting Skills</b>

Woody's Golf Range

11801 Leesburg Pike, Herndon

703-430-8337

Woody's Golf Range off of Route 7 in Herndon is the perfect place to perfect a golf stroke, a baseball swing and a mini-golf handicap all within a few feet of each other as the 33-acre facility offers a full driving range, batting cages and 18 holes of mini-golf year-round. For the next Tiger Woods or Alfonso Soriano of the family, there are staff golf and baseball professionals accessible for lessons. Picnic grounds are available for families looking to eat together after fitting in the back nine on the mini-golf course.

<b>High-School Sports</b>

<b>Support the Seahawks</b>

South Lakes High School

11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston

703-715-4500

The Northern Region boasts some of the country's finest and most competitive high school talent. South Lakes houses one of the most competitive high school basketball programs in the area with one of the most well-respected coaches in the Northern Region and country. The Seahawks basketball program has produced some of basketball's finest talent including Detroit Piston and Orlando Magic star Grant Hill. The track team’s start, U.S. Olympian Alan Webb, graduated in 2001. For more information on South Lakes High School activities go to www.fcps.k12.va.us/SouthLakes.

<b>Cheer the Hornets</b>

700 Bennet St., Herndon

Athletic Hotline, 703-749-8133

Become a part of the rallying center of Herndon community pride and enter the "hornets nest" by attending a Herndon High School sporting event. With football in the fall, basketball in the winter and baseball in the summer, there is always an opportunity to see Herndon's best and brightest young athletes compete against other area high schools. Tickets are limited and sell out quickly, especially for marquee events.

<b>Music</b>

<b>Spotlight on CenterStage</b>

The Center Stage

2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston

Browsing the list of performers that come through the Reston Community Center's CenterStage, it’s apparent that this facility is at the heart of the music community in Reston. From author Nick Hornby to Irish acoustic band Lunasa, the CenterStage brings in an eclectic variety of top-notch artists throughout the year. Set in an intimate theater, programs often allow the audience the opportunity for Q & A's, as well as after performance book signings. Visit www.restoncommunitycenter for a schedule of performances.

<b>Perfect Harmony</b>

Voce Chamber Singers

703-277-7772

Voce is a Reston-based choral group that is one of the most acclaimed in the area. Since 1989, Voce has been singing choral chamber music across the region. They have sung at the Kennedy Center and St. Thomas More Cathedral, have performed with the Washington Symphony Orchestra, and been featured on WETA. The group performs all around the Washington D.C. area, but a majority of their performances are in the Reston/Herndon area. The 22-member group has sung commissioned pieces to national acclaim. To get more information on upcoming events and performances, visit www.voce.org.

<b>Watch Reston Chamber Orchestra</b>

Reston Community Orchestra — www.restoncommunityorchestra.org.

The Reston Community Orchestra was founded in 1988 and has since become one of the area's best community orchestras. Preferring to remain a small chamber orchestra, the group performs around the community and region, sometimes in conjunction with the McLean Symphony Orchestra. The music director is Dingwall Fleary, who has held the position for 10 years. The orchestra is always on the lookout for new members and volunteers. Visit www.restoncommunityorchestra.org.

<b>"Take A Break" Concerts</b>

Reston Community Center Lake Anne

1609-A Washington Square Plaza, Reston

The Reston Community Center invites you to "take a break" and enjoy the sounds of this eclectic line-up of musicians. Every Thursday from June 1 to the end of August the RCC provides free concerts and invites the public to bring a lawn chair and picnic basket. In the past bands have ranged from 1950's pop to World Beat-Reggae. Visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com for more.

<b>Music and Dancing With Taste</b>

Jasmine Café

Washington Plaza, Lake Anne Village Center, Reston

Enjoy the food at one of Reston’s favorite dining destinations on historic Washington Plaza while experiencing terrific live entertainment. Jasmine Café has live music every Saturday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information call 703-471-9114.

<b>Listen to Music Lakeside</b>

The Lakeside Inn

11150 South Lakes Drive, Reston

703-264-0781

Local single and duets acts take the stage every Friday and Saturday night starting at 9 p.m. The Lakeside Inn overlooks Lake Thoreau and offers a variety of food. For more information go to www.thelakesideinn.com.

<b>All that Jazz</b>

Market Street Bar & Grill

1800 President's St., Reston

703-709-1234

Nothing adds to the atmosphere of dining like a little live jazz for mood music. The Market Street Bar & Grill, located in Reston Town Center, is the home of jazz musician Mykle Lyons. His group performs Thursday, Friday and Saturdays from 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Visit reston.hyatt.com for more.

<b>New Summer Concert Series</b>

Reston Heights Concerts on the Square

Westin Reston Heights, 11790 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston

Visit Vinifera, a wine bar and restaurant in Reston’s latest hotel, Westin Reston Heights, at the right time and be treated to a free outdoor concert. The Reston Heights Concerts on the Square is a series of monthly concerts in the summer that feature more than free live music. Most concerts also feature free refreshments such as water, popcorn and Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream. For more information visit www.reston-heights.com.

<b>Summer Saturday Concerts</b>

Reston Concerts on the Town

Reston Town Center Pavilion, Reston

703-912-4062

Looking for weekly variety in your musical entertainment, visit Reston Town Center on Saturdays in the summer. The Reston Concerts on the Town brings the area’s top acts from all sorts of musical backgrounds, from Motown to Country music styles. Many bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets to enjoy the free concerts. The concerts take place on Saturday nights, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., at the Reston Town Center pavilion. For more information call the concert hotline at 703-912-4062.

<b>Attend Friday Night Live</b>

Friday Night Live

777 Lynn St., Herndon

From the beginning of May until the end of August, Friday nights in Herndon are the place to see free live music as the town green, located behind the Herndon Municipal Center on Lynn Street is converted to an outdoor concert hall for the Herndon-Dulles Chamber of Commerce's concert series "Friday Night Live." Never a cover and always entertaining, the chamber and other local sponsors, including Washington, D.C.'s alternative radio station, DC101, bring together some of the region's most promising young acts. Vendors provide the food and beer and the bands provide the music for this family-oriented local music event. For band line-ups and more information, visit Friday Night Live's official web site at www.herndonrocks.com.

<b>Music Under the Stars</b>

Herndon Town Green — Herndon

703-435-6800

A series of free musical performances occur Thursdays, 7:30-9 p.m., hosted by the Herndon Parks and Recreation Department. Performers come from a variety of geographic origins and the music played is as varied as the places the entertainers are from. The series also features homegrown talent.

<b>Watch the Towne Square Singers</b>

Towne Square Singers

269 Sunset Business Park Drive, Herndon

703-481-5930

Enjoy singing or listening to music? So does Jean Goldsby. More than 20 years ago Goldsby founded Herndon's Towne Square Singers — a group of talented vocalists that perform at the Industrial Strength Theater. Still performing to this day, the group has taken on a variety of projects and productions and perform mostly in December, late April and early May. The group rehearses each Monday evening from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Herndon. Auditions are held twice a year in September and January. For tickets and performance dates contact the Herndon Community Center at 703-435-6868.

<b>Simply 'Devine'</b>

Ned Devines

2565 Centreville Road, Herndon

703-793-7376

Ned Devines is one of the premier places to see local rock n' roll bands who are trying to make it big. Gonzo's Nose, 2U, The Alternate Routes, Jack's House and a slew of other local acts have all come through here, entertaining the masses. With live bands on Friday and Saturday, as well as DJs on Wednesdays, this is a must see venue. Visit www.neddevines.com for more.

<b>Jamming at Jimmy's</b>

Jimmy's Old Town Tavern

697 Spring St., Herndon

703-435-5467

In the heart of Herndon's historic downtown, Jimmy's Old Town Tavern holds an open mic night Wednesday at 9:30 p.m Performers range in genre and include singer-songwriters as well as full bands. Acoustic artists play first, followed by the bands. After the bands perform, the scene transforms into an "Open Jam" session where anyone can play. Visit www.jimmystavern.com for sign-up details.

<b>Dance</b>

<b>Doing The Two-Step</b>

Monthly Country-Western Dance

Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods

703-476-4500

The Reston Community Center's monthly Country-Western Dance features dances like the line-dance, two-step, hustle and swing and can be quickly mastered by anyone regardless of skill level. Dances take place monthly in RCC's Hunters Woods Community Room from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Refreshments are provided. Admission is $5 per person. The dances are for people age 18 or older. Visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com.

<b>Dance Under the Stars</b>

Annual "Dance Under the Stars"

Reston Town Center

11921 Freedom Drive, Reston

Dance the night away under the twinkling stars at the Town Center. This elegant affair features music that ranges from salsa, to swing, ballroom and classical. Desserts are offered buffet style with non-alcoholic drinks. Feel free to put on your best, as this special dance only comes around once a year. Black tie optional. Price is $10. This annual event takes place in mid-June. Visit www.reston.org.

<b>Tutus and Toe Shoes</b>

Reston Institute for the Arts

2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston

703-430-8768

The Reston Institute for the Arts is a premier dance studio in the Reston area. They have been conducting dance classes since 1983, and they teach over 10 different types of dance, including some unusual ones such as modern jazz and urban tap. They also have vocal and acting classes. Their classes are for all ages, range from beginning to advance, and most classes meet once a week. The cost is dependent on the number of classes you attend and costs range from $100 to $160 per class, and costume fees are separate. In addition to classes, RIA also has two in-house companies, the Reston Youth Dancers and the Reston Jazz Ensemble. The classes meet in two locations: RCC Hunter Woods and the RCP Rehearsal Hall. For registration and more information, visit their web site at www.restondance.org.

<b>Belly Dancing</b>

La Kasbah Moroccan Restaurant, Washington Plaza at Lake Anne Village Center, Reston

La Kasbah Moroccan Restaurant is home to live belly dance performances every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. For more information call 703-707-0733.

<b>Top Notch Ballet Performances</b>

Reston Conservatory Ballet

2254 Colts Neck Road, Hunters Woods Shopping Center, Reston

Established in 1972, the Reston Conservatory Ballet offers a variety of classes to dancers of all ages, from 18 months-old to adults. Classes in Ballet, Irish, Flamenco, Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop dancing are available, as well as pre-professional programs. The Conservatory’s signature annual event is the staging of the Nutcracker in December. For more information on Reston Conservatory Ballet, including information on class sessions and fees, visit conservatoryballet.com.

<b>Swing Your Partner</b>

Swing Dance with Tom and Debra

Reston Sport and Health Club

11445 Isaac Newton Square, Reston

Tom Koerner and Debra Sternberg teach swing dancing with a smile, as is evident each year in the Reston Holiday Parade where the GottaSwing dance studio is always among the favorites. Don't know the steps? No problem — this ongoing event offers beginner lessons for a half an hour before the dance. The cost for participating is $15. Visit www.gottaswing.com.

<b>Movies</b>

<b>Movies From Around The World</b>

Independent & International Films

The CenterStage,

2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston

A big barrel of popcorn and a summer blockbuster can be a fun escape, but sometimes it's more rewarding to broaden your horizons by watching independent and international films. The CenterStage, Reston Community Center's performing stage, offers a film series that takes audiences around the world and uncovers new subject material. Films are screened at 7:30 p.m. on scheduled Sundays. Visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com/film.htm for a complete listing.

<b>Meet Me At the Movies</b>

Reston Town Center Multiplex Cinemas

On the fourth Wednesday of each month, residents 55 and older are invited to check out what's playing at the Town Center Muliplex for Free. Doors open at 9:15 a.m., movie starts at 10 a.m. Refreshments are provided and door prizes are distributed prior to the movie. Call 703-435-6577.

<b>Dive-In Movies</b>

Reston Association Pools

Grab your favorite floating device and relax as Reston Association pools are transformed into theaters. Presented at seven community pools between mid-June and early August, all ages are welcome to kick back, indulge in some cold drinks and popcorn and watch their favorite movie. For times and locations, visit www.reston.org.

<b>Movies in the Park</b>

North Hills Pavilion,

1325 North Village Road, Reston

Pack a dinner and a picnic blanket and check out a movie under the stars. Movies are shown on designated days between June and August. All ages welcomed, children must be accompanied by and adult. For times and movie titles, visit www.reston.org.

<b>The Great Outdoors</b>

<b>Sled Reston’s Black Diamond</b>

Mt. Reston

Isaac Newton Square

It’s the winter’s steepest, fastest ride in Reston. On any given snow day, hundreds of sledders make their way to what is affectionately known as Mt. Reston, which is located behind the northwest corner of Isaac Newton Square. Everyone, from novices on snow tubes to experts on snowboards, swarm the massive hill for fun in the snow as long as it lasts. Beat the rush and arrive early.

<b>Tour a Favorite Beaver Hangout</b>

Glade Stream Valley

www.reston.org.

Beavers, armed with their signature mouthful of teeth and a paddle for tails, have found a friendly home at Glade Stream Valley in Reston for the past 20 years. Beaver activity is the norm along a stretch of Reston Association paths, which follow a creek through the valley. Pick up the path at the intersection of Twin Branches Road and Glade Drive and walk through the valley early morning or late evening. Keep an eye out for wildlife other than the industrious local beaver population. Deer and birds of prey also find the spot attractive.

<b>Where the Wild Things Are</b>

The Reston Zoo

1228 Hunter Mill Road, Vienna

703-757-6222

Llamas, Zebras, Monkeys — The Reston Zoo is like an African Safari condensed into thirty acres. Operating for more than 25 years, the zoo offers a "Zoofari," a wagon ride through the world of these wild inhabitants, as well as various opportunities to get up close and personal with the animals. Check out the reptile house or even get a close look at the alligators. The Reston Zoo is open early March through the end of November. For hours and ticket prices visit www.restonzoo.com

<b>Into the Woods</b>

Walker Nature Education Center

11450 Glade Drive, Reston

703-435-6530

Did you know that Reston has 1,300 acres of open space? Winding throughout the area's four man-made lakes, along streams and around natural watershed areas, are 55 miles of paths, open for hiking and exploring surrounding nature. A good starting point is the RA's Walker Nature Education Center, which has maps and suggested paths for the adventurous. Visit www.reston.org.

<b>Iris Relaxation</b>

Margaret Thomas Garden

12410 Lawyers Road, Herndon

http://www.herndonirisgarden.com/index.html

For more than 30 years, area’s nature lovers, painters, school groups and people seeking relaxation in open space have flocked to a five-acre plot belonging to 86-year-old Margaret Thomas off of Lawyers Road in Herndon. Thomas has grown irises and other flowers and vegetation in her garden since a neighbor handed her some irises over the fence in the late 1970s. Thomas has thus far refused offers from developers and construction companies for the valuable piece of land. The volunteers who help run the garden are hoping to preserve it as a nature sanctuary, an educational center and a park for continued community use.

<b>Floating on a Boat</b>

Lake Anne Boat Rental

Lake Anne Village Center, Reston

703-464-5559

For less than $10 per hour you can get a different view of Reston's oldest village center. Boat rentals are available from beginning of June through beginning of September at the dock of Lake Anne. Local fitness center, Body By Geoff, are the caretakers of the various canoes, kayaks, rowboats and paddle boats and rent the vessels from their store, located in the Lake Anne Village Center. Visit www.restonmuseum.org for boat rental hours.

<b>For The Birds</b>

Summer Bird Walks with the Reston Association

Venture out into the woods of Reston and you might come across some spectacular fowl. Sponsored by the Reston Association, the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia and The Bird Feeder Store, these free seasonal walks take place on designated Sundays beginning early May and running through September. Walks are led by local bird experts and explore areas like the Twin Branches Nature Trail, Beaver Swamp, Bright Bond and Glade Stream Valley. You might even get lucky and spot a Bald Eagle. Visit www.reston.org.

<b>Circumnavigate Lake Thoreau</b>

Lake Thoreau

www.restonpaths.com.

For exercise and fun, follow markers along the 2.7-mile trek on the paved pathways around Lake Thoreau. Neighbors, runners and dog walkers have long enjoyed walking the circle around the lake, taking in beautiful lake views and catching a glimpse of Canada geese, ducks or other wildlife. Pick up the path at the South Lakes Shopping Center and then afterwards stop in for a beverage or a bite to eat at one of several restaurants.

<b>Wander the Wetlands</b>

Sunrise Valley Wetland Park

www.reston.org.

It’s like Reston’s version of the Everglades, but very few people seem to know about it. Invisible from the road, Sunrise Valley Wetland Park still remains a secret to most Restonians. The park is tucked away on the left or west side of the ASG Software Solutions parking lot off of Sunrise Valley Drive and east of the Monroe-Herndon Park and Ride. Turtles and lily pads fill the shallow marshland, attracting one of Reston’s most diverse displays of birds. With a nifty boardwalk stretching through the center of the wetland, visitors will be sure to see wildlife.

<b>Have an Adventure at Lake Fairfax</b>

1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston

703-471-5415

Lake Fairfax is 476-acre park that includes a lake, campgrounds, picnic areas, a water park, an amphitheater, soccer and softball fields, and a carousel. The park is open year round, from 7 a.m. to dark, except Christmas day. The 136-site campgrounds are open year round as well, and reservations must be made ahead of time to use the campgrounds. There are varying rates throughout the year, with prime rates applicable Memorial Day to Labor Day. The park amphitheater is home to Arts in the Parks all summer long, with puppet shows, bands, and various acts performing a few times each month from June through August. Boating is generally allowed on the lake, but due to recent renovations, it would be wise to check with the park ahead of time. Various picnic sites are also available for renting. For more information, visit the Lake Fairfax web site at www.co.fairfax.va.us/parks/lakefairfax.

<b>Visit Lakes Audubon, Anne, Thoreau, and Newport</b>

Reston's Lakes

www.reston.org.

Reston is home to four man-made lakes that cover more than 125 acres. The lakes are open year round, and are open to boating, fishing, and picnicking. Residents may launch private boats at any of the lakes. For more information on boating, call 703-437-9580. Fishing is also permitted in all of the lakes, although certain species are protected in certain lakes. Anglers over 16 years old must have a Virginia Fishing License. Picnic sites surround the lakes, and there are 55 miles of paths that are also open to the public. For more information, and for trail maps, visit www.reston.org/parks_rec/p_lakes.htm

<b>Away From Hectic</b>

Reston Town Square Park, Reston Town Center, corner of Market and St. Francis Streets

Get away from the hustle and bustle of Reston Town Center without ever leaving its vicinity. Nestled between the residential and office buildings, and across St. Francis Street from the Greater Reston Arts Center, the park offers a respite for everyone. In the summertime children run through the water fountain that moves the water from the ground up. The park also hosts many concerts and a farmers market on Thursdays between April and November. Local residents have also been observed playing the Nintendo Wii in the warm evening hours.

<b>Fun for the Mind</b>

<b>Magical History Tour</b>

Lake Anne Village Center

1639 Washington Plaza, Reston

703-709-7700

Did you know that the land Reston is built on was owned by A. Smith Bowman, a Kentucky bourbon distiller in the early 1900's? Much can be discovered about the history of Reston at the Reston Museum. From fun facts to a visual timeline of news coverage and photographs covering Reston's growth, visitors can even look at primary documents that explain the rich history of Robert E. Simon's creation. Visit www.restonmuseum.org for more.

<b>Speaking Your Mind</b>

Reston Presents

Reston Community Center,

Lake Anne, 1609 Washington Square Plaza

703-390-6157

Ever wonder what your neighbors are up to? We live in an area that draws from all walks of life and Reston Presents is a great way to hear about interesting people in the community. Topics vary — highlighting cooking demonstrations, war veterans and book signings with local authors. This is a great way to learn more about the world from the people around you. Reston Presents is an occasional event that is sponsored by the Reston Association and the Reston Community Center. Free.

<b>Use Reston's Resources</b>

United States Geological Survey

950 National Center, Room 1D100

12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston

703-648-4302

The United States Geological Survey is the largest library and resource center for the earth sciences in the world. Founded in 1879, the USGS has four library locations nationwide, one of which is in Reston. The library is home to over one million books and journals and 450,000 maps, as well as countless other resources.

<b>Talk to Resources</b>

Reston Regional Library

11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston

703-689-2700

The Reston Library is a designated official depository for U.S. government publications. The library has experts on numerous topics on-staff who are open for consultation. The library is also open for tours.

<b>Chess in Historic Setting</b>

Washington Plaza, Lake Anne Village Center, Reston

Chess sets are available for free checkout from the Reston Used Book Shop every day. The Book Shop is located on Washington Plaza.

<b>Farmers' Markets</b>

<b>Going Organic</b>

The Reston Farmers Market

Lake Anne Village Center, Reston

The Reston Farmers Market happens every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon from early May to late October. The market features freshly picked locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as baked goods, eggs, dairy products, meat, honey, and cut and potted flowers and plants. The Reston Farmers Market also features a Master Garden Plant Clinic, to which customers can bring plants or pesticides for pest and pesticide identification.

<b>Farmers’ Food and Wine</b>

Smart Markets Farmers Market

Reston Town Center

The farmers market at Reston Town Center opened in 2008 for the first time. Besides offering locally grown produce, the privately operated market also offers wine for sale and provides live entertainment at its location at the Reston Town Square park, on the corner of St. Francis and Market Streets. The market takes place on Thursday afternoons, between 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. from early April through October.

<b>Food & Fun</b>

Farmers Market

Lynn Street, Herndon

703-787-7300

The Herndon Parks and Recreation Department presents free performances for children attending the Farmer's Market, 10:30-11:15 a.m. The Herndon Farmers Market takes place on Thursday mornings, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., from early May to late October. It features fresh and local fruits and vegetables as well as baked goods.

<b>Art</b>

<b>Painting the Town ...</b>

Jo Ann Rose Art Gallery

Reston Community Center

2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston

Reston prides itself on a commitment to the arts and there is no better way to see that pride than by checking out the place where Reston artists hang their work. Home to the League of Reston Artists, the Jo Ann Rose Art Gallery has frequent shows and openings that cover all of the basic mediums including painting, photography, sculpture and more. Visit www.leagueofrestonartists.org.

<b>Exposing Art to Reston and Reston to Art</b>

Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) Gallery

Reston Town Center,

12001 Market St., Suite 103

The Greater Reston Arts Center, producers of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, is a meeting place for area artists, from local schools’ students to the community’s professional artist community. The gallery holds annual juried shows, solo exhibits and more. It often collaborates on projects with artists of national and international stature, but it also displays many works by Reston’s own artistic community. In December of 2008, GRACE was chosen as the site to unveil Reston’s Public Art Master Plan, the first such plan for an unincorporated community in the United States. Visit www.restonarts.org for more.

<b>Embrace the arts</b>

Council for the Arts of Herndon

P.O. Box 940

Herndon, VA 20172

The Council for the Arts of Herndon, the Town of Herndon's local arts agency, presents an annual art festival as well as ongoing programs and opportunities for those interested in the arts. The council is also working with the Smithsonian Associates to put on a summer series in Herndon which includes educational programs starting in July and running through August. Programs include singing, painting, and arts and crafts. For more information about art in the Herndon area call 703-689-9535.

<b>Gallery and Classroom</b>

ArtSpace Herndon

750 Center St., Herndon

Opened in 2008 as a temporary solution until a larger gallery is built in downtown Herndon, ArtSpace Herndon made an impression in the community with its initial offerings to Herndon’s residents and visitors. Judging and helping sponsor artistic competitions in the Town, including Paint Herndon, and then displaying the work of art created in the competitions are not the only services the creative space offers to the Town residents and visitors. ArtSpace Herndon also features classroom space for artistic programs and education to satisfy those new to the arts, as well as the experts living among us. The regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information visit www.artspaceherndon.com

<b>People Watching</b>

<b>People Watching & Percolators</b>

The Lake Anne Coffee House

Lake Anne Village Center, Reston

Want to know what is happening in Reston, or who is responsible for it all, visit a favorite Reston destination. The Lake Anne Coffee House, situated on the historic Washington Plaza, is quite possibly the best spot for people watching in Reston. Situated on Lake Anne with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, kick back with a sandwich, coffee or Java-based drink and watch the locals stroll by. It is not only a favorite hangout for many of Reston’s first residents, but also a favorite hangout for many of Reston’s young residents, especially the ones who grew up in the area. For more information call 703-481-9766.

<b>All In One Place</b>

Reston Town Center

Take a seat at the outdoor plaza on Fountain Square, next to the large fountain sporting the statue of Mercury, and see people from all walks of life walk right by you. If you do not feel like sitting, a stroll through Reston Town Center any time of year and any time of day or night, will result in seeing hundreds of people ice skating, wining, dining, walking their dogs, playing in the parks or taking a break from the busyness of everyday business.

<b>Dog Parks</b>

<b>Doggedly Free</b>

Baron Cameron Dog Park

11300 Baron Cameron Ave., Reston

Turn your K-9 loose in a Fairfax County-supported dog park. On any given day, residents from all over the area come out to the Baron Cameron Dog Park to let their dogs burn off some energy and socialize with their neighbors. These are off-leash facilities that provide the opportunity for fun puppy play and friendly frolicking. See all varieties of breeds and sizes. For more information about rules, regulations and hours of operations visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/offleash.htm. Also checkout Chandon Dog Park in Herndon.

<b>Other Fun Stuff</b>

<b>Pose with Reston’s Founder</b>

"Bronze Bob"

Lake Anne Village Center, Reston

While visitors to Lake Anne Village Center may have a decent chance of bumping into Reston’s Founder, Robert E. Simon, who lives at Lake Anne’s Heron House, they can be sure to get a picture with him. What is affectionately known as "Bronze Bob" greets all who enter the heart of the village center in Washington Plaza. "Bronze Bob," a statute of Simon smiling and sitting on a bench, is a recent addition to the center. The statue, which is just a stone’s throw away from the shores of Lake Anne, is perfect for fun photos with the family or just a good spot to sit and relax.

<b>Rev Your Curiosity</b>

Car Shows

Reston Town Center

Occassionally parts of Market Street in Reston Town Center close down for spectacular car shows. Enthusiasts from many of the Washington region’s auto clubs bring the best and most interesting aspects of their garages for display and a competition on Market Street. The past two years’ participants included a mid-Atlantic Ferrari club and a Washington area Jaguar club.

<b>‘Tis the Season</b>

<b>Santa Claus Comes to Town Center</b>

Market Street, Reston Town Center

Cheer the area’s civic and nonprofit organizations, youth groups and students prior to welcoming Santa and Mrs. Claus to Reston Town Center on a horse drawn carriage during the annual Reston Holiday Parade. The parade stretches down Market Street and features Macy’s style balloons, dance groups, ponies and classic cars. It takes place every year the Friday after Thanksgiving and draws thousands out for it. Children visit with Santa after the event.

<b>Santa Arrives by Barge</b>

Washington Plaza, Lake Anne Village Center

Welcome Santa Claus as he disembarks on historic Washington Plaza from Lake Anne. The event traditionally occurs on the first Saturday of December and gathers Reston’s first citizens at Reston’s first village center.

<b>Tree Lighting Ceremonies</b>

Reston Town Center and Lake Anne Village Center

Mix holiday spirit with community spirit and be a part of the Christmas Tree lighting ceremonies at Reston Town Center and Lake Anne Village Center after their respective holiday celebrations.

<b>Horse Drawn Carriage Rides</b>

Reston Town Center

Instead of using your feet to stroll down Market Street, let the horses use theirs. Sit back and enjoy the vistas of a holiday-decorated Reston Town Center in horse drawn carriage. Rides take place between noon and 4 p.m. and are $5 per person. Children 12 and under are free.

<b>Alternative Gifts Market</b>

Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston, 1625 Wiehle Ave.

Don’t know what to get a loved one for the holidays? Want to help deserving local, national and international organizations perform their work? Visit the largest alternative gifts market in the Washington metropolitan area at Reston Unitarian Universalist Church. Buy school supplies for children in Peru or for children in your area in somebody else’s name. Receive an informational card explaining the project supported in the name of the person you are gifting. The market takes place on a Saturday in December.

<b>Traditional German Christmas Market</b>

Bundeswehr Headquarters in Reston, 11150 Sunrise Valley Drive

Experience a traditional German Christmas market with an evening of fine German wining and dining and singing and dancing at the Bundeswehr, German Armed Forces, North American headquarters in Reston. The market is held each December as a charitable fundraiser. Reston Interfaith has been one of the organizations to benefit from the traditional market.