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Reston Town Center Hosts ChalkFest

IPAR ChalkFest brings hundreds of spectators and artists to Reston.

Amazing art lined the streets of Reston Town Center during the Reston ChalkFest event. Adults, teens and children had an opportunity to color the bricks of Reston’s Market Street between Library Street and Presidents Street.

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‘Parked Outside the Door’ Opens at ArtSpace Herndon

Photo exhibit examines relationships with vehicles and buildings.

Photographer John Petro’s exhibit “Parked Outside the Door” has opened at art gallery ArtSpace Herndon. In the exhibit, Petro explores two fundamental constructs of ingenuity, vehicles and buildings. While traveling America, Petro captured scenes of mobility and permanence.

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Businesses Change Hands at Reston Lake Anne Plaza

Some businesses move on despite redevelopment plans.

Located between Baron Cameron and Sunset Hills Road, Lake Anne Plaza and the adjacent neighborhood are the nucleus of the original Reston development. An important part of Reston’s development is its five village centers and town center.

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Riverbend Park Hosts Virginia Indian Festival

Park prepares for 17th annual Virginia Indian Festival.

Riverbend Park in Great Falls will be hosting its 17th annual Virginia Indian Festival on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of eight tribes will gather on the banks of the Potomac River from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Herndon Elementary Holds Open House

Parents, teachers and students meet before school begins.

Herndon Elementary School (HES) held an open house on Aug. 29 as an opportunity for teachers, parents and students to meet and connect. Fairfax County Public Schools opened Sept. 2, so students could visit their classrooms and get oriented.

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Exhibit Of Konko Opens at ArtSpace Herndon

ArtSpace Herndon shares story of a Ghana village and a literacy program.

ArtSpace Herndon brings the story of the village of Konko with an exhibit that opens Aug. 26.

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Reston Association Begins Meetings On Pony Barn Pavilion

Reston Association seeks community input regarding redevelopment.

Surrounded by a secluded wood at the intersection of Steeplechase and Triple Crown Road in Reston is the Pony Barn Picnic Pavilion, a 2006 square foot picnic pavilion near Glade Stream.

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JamBrew Indie Concerts Return to Herndon

While Herndon Friday Night Live concludes music does not yet stop.

Friday Night Live, the Herndon outdoor concert series concluded on Aug. 22 with performances by bands Almost Journey and The Fuzz. “We have had a great year so far for Friday Night Live,” said founder Doug Downer.

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Lifelong Herndon Resident Honored for Community Service

Delegate Tom Rust presents resolution recognizing Elma Mankin.

“I was born here 90 years ago, I have been here all my life although I have traveled extensively,” said Elma M. Mankin. “When I was growing up Herndon was a small town.

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Backpacks Donated At Herndon Hutchison Elementary

Community reaches out to families of young students.

Thousands of students in the Virginia and D.C. Metro area will be returning to schools this fall. In Fairfax County, public schools open Sept. 2.

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Century Bike Tour Held At Reston Pavilion

Over a thousand from D.C. metro area attend bike event.

On Aug. 24, Reston Bicycle Club held its 32nd annual century bike tour. The event began and ended at Reston Town Center. “We had approximately 1,165 riders,” said Ed Robichaud, a resident of Reston and member of the RBC bike club. The Reston Bicycle Club (RBC) was formed in 1982 to promote cycling in the Reston and surrounding areas. RBC is a volunteer, nonprofit club, with over 700 members.

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Herndon Planning Committee Holds Parking Conference

Committee receives input from Herndon residents.

The Town of Hendon Planning Commission met Aug. 21 to solicit comments on whether parking requirements in the downtown should be reduced or remain as currently required.

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Mural Dedication Held in Herndon

Art mural by Keith Naquin on view at Station Street in Herndon.

Associates and friends of the Council for the Arts of Herndon (CAH) assembled to celebrate the dedication of a mural at the Dominion Animal Hospital at 795 Station Street in Herndon. The mural, painted by former Herndon High School art teacher Keith Naquin, is a 95-foot long piece of art, and was commissioned by the CAH. Almost 100 persons attended the outdoor dedication ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 17.

Totally Trucks Event Held In Reston

Event shows vehicles used by Reston Association.

Trucks on display included a dump truck, trash truck, back hoe, Bobcat and a moving tractor. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, Fairfax County Police, and USPS also had vehicles at the event.

National Night Out Held In Herndon

Neighborhoods In Town of Herndon get acquainted with police force.

Neighborhood block parties were held throughout the town of Herndon on Aug. 5 in celebration of National Night Out. In 1984, National Night Out started as a way to promote crime prevention through neighborhood camaraderie.

Great Turnout For Herndon’s Tavern Golf Tournament

Golf event raises money for The Council for the Arts of Herndon.

"This year's tourney was easily one of the best ever,” said Jimmy Cirrito, owner of Jimmy's Old Town Tavern.

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Governor Proclaims Teen Cancer Awareness Week

Cancer support group witnesses signing of proclamation in Herndon.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe in the company of cancer survivors and friends signed a proclamation in the town of Herndon proclaiming the third week of January as Teen Cancer Awareness week in Virginia.

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Summer Camp, Cabaret at NextStop Theatre

NextStop Theatre’s first summer of theatre classes.

Opening on Aug. 28 at NextStop’s Industrial Strength Theatre will be “Gidion’s Knot” by Johnna Adams.

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Tysons Welcomes Metrorail

Arrival of Silver Line to Tysons set to encourage residential development.

Five Silver Line Metro stations located in Reston and Tysons Corner opened to the public on Saturday, July 26.

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Temporary Fire Station To Be Constructed In Herndon

New fire station expected to be complete by spring of 2016.

The original station was built in 1950 and according to fire officials cannot accommodate newer, larger-sized vehicles such as ladder trucks.

Lights Go Up Along W&OD Trial

Construction projects underway in downtown Herndon.

In downtown Herndon construction has been occurring at several locations including the Vinehaven townhouse project on Vine Street.

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Wiehle-Reston East Opens for Metro Riders

Fairfax County holds open house at Reston garage.

Fairfax County held an open house at the Wiehle-Reston East Garage on July 19 to show potential Metro riders access and parking options.

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Herndon High Presents ‘Hello Dolly!’

Musical performances set for Aug. 1, 2 and 3.

The first week of August the Grand Musical Theatre Experience returns to Herndon High School with a production of the musical “Hello Dolly!”

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Libraries Promote Summer Reading

Fairfax County program encourages students to read.

Every summer, the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) offers a summer reading program for children ages preschool-12th grade.

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Reston Water Mine Pool to Expand

Lake Fairfax pool facility to be expanded, construction begins September.

With a lazy river and water slides, the outdoor pool has been a great attraction for families and visitors, but size and capacity limitations have increased the waiting times for patrons.

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Fairfax County Prepares Bus System For Silver Line

Bus changes help ensure Silver Line success.

Among the changes are elimination of old bus routes and the closure of the Sunset Hills Interim parking in Reston near the intersection of Sunset Hills Road and Town Center Parkway.

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Kickoff Held For Fairfax 2015 Games

Police and firefighters conduct demonstrations at Reston Town Center.

The World Police & Fire Games (WPFG) Sports Extravaganza offered live demonstrations including Honor Guard, Muster Carts, Police Motors, and Martial Arts.

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Herndon Enjoys Summer in Spotlight

Downtown Herndon remains active despite summer heat.

On July 9 and July 10, reporters from channel NBC4 visited downtown Herndon to share some of the special qualities of the town.

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Reston Metropolitan Unveils Rooftop Features

Reston Chamber of Commerce attends ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The rooftop level includes a sports club with cardio-theater equipment and saunas, and a movie screening room with surround sound.

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Herndon Town Calendar Photos On Display

Photos of Herndon on display at ArtSpace Herndon.

ArtSpace Herndon has opened the annual Town of Herndon Calendar Exhibit, featuring finalists from the 2014 Town of Herndon Calendar Competition.

Thousands Attend Firecracker 5K Race

The race for the troops held at Reston Town Center.

The 5K race began at 8 a.m. and had approximately 2,300 persons registered to participate.

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Thousands Attend Firecracker 5K Race

The race for the troops held at Reston Town Center.

THE 5K RACE began at 8 a.m. and had approximately 2,300 persons registered to participate.

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Parties, Action Continue At Reston Pools

Reston Association holds 4th of July party and other events.

The afternoon on July 4 there was a community party at Lake Newport Pool in Reston.

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Potter’s Fire Awards Trophies For Holiday Challenge

Businesses show community spirit in downtown Herndon.

The Potter’s Fire Throwdown is a contest developed to challenge other businesses in Herndon to decorate their storefronts for the patriotic holidays from May 10 to the 4th of July.

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Music and Community at Café Montmartre

Lake Anne restaurant continues to be a local entertainment venue.

The evening of Friday, June 27, residents of Reston and other guests were at Café Montmartre for the restaurant’s monthly music event.

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New Playground Opens At Herndon Community Center

Children’s playground now open at Bready Park.

“This playground packs as much as possible into the space, and incorporated most of the suggestions we gathered from the community and the school kids,” stated Cynthia Hoftiezer, Project Coordinator for the Town of Herndon.

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Town Of Herndon Holds Swearing In Ceremony

Mayor Merkel and 2014-2016 Town Council sworn in to office.

More than 200 persons attended the event, including U.S. Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11), Del. Mark Keam (D-35), Fairfax County Board of Supervisors’ Chairman Sharon Bulova, former Board of Supervisors Chairman Kate Hanley, Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust, and former Herndon Mayors Carol Bruce, Mike O’Reilly, and Steve DeBenedittis.

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Eagle Scout Project Collects Electronic Hardware

Community and friends hold successful electronic recycling event.

Approximately 20,540 pounds of electronics were collected for recycling at an electronics recycling drive held June 21 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, in Herndon.

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Bicyclists, Pedestrians Shape Phase 2 Planning

Results of Herndon Metrorail Stations Study announced.

On June 18, a final public workshop was held at McNair Elementary School in Herndon to provide the results and final recommendations of the Herndon Metrorail Stations Access Management Study (HMSAMS) effort.

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First Chalk Festival Held In Reston

Art event showcases local talent at Lake Anne Plaza.

Reston’s Lake Anne Plaza hosted its first ever chalk festival titled Chalk on the Water, the weekend of June 7-8.

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Spring Concert at South Lakes

South Lakes Choral Department presents music skills.

Friends, families and local residents had the pleasure of hearing the South Lakes High School Choral Department perform on Tuesday, June 3 at the school’s Little Theatre.

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Hamlet at Herndon High

Herndon High Drama presents season finale on June 13-14.

As the school year is wrapping up, students in Herndon High drama prepare for the final production of the school year, Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

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Burnt Offerings Exhibit On Display At ArtSpace Herndon

Paintings by Reston artist Morgan J. Norwood on display until June 29.

In June, visitors to the community art gallery ArtSpace Herndon will see an array of paintings making an artistic ring of fire in the main gallery.

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Herndon High Holds Pops Concert

Herndon students display their music skills.

Herndon High School choir presented great music in their final major performance of year in the school Pops Concert.

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Tour de Cure Held in Reston

Cyclists bike to raise funds for American Diabetes Association.

Thousands of persons went to Reston Town Center on Sunday, June 1, to participate in the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure Race.

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South Lakes High School Holds Spring Concert

Reston band students display their music skills.

On May 29, the South Lakes High School symphonic band and wind ensemble performed at the school’s Little Theater.

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Summer Fun Revisits Herndon

Traditional festivals, concerts and events planned this summer.

Lasting May 29 to June 1, the annual Herndon Festival will be a part of the largest free event in Northern Virginia. This award-winning event takes place in historic downtown Herndon at 777 Lynn Street.

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Herndon Honors the Fallen

Annual memorial day event held at Chestnut Grove Cemetery.

Residents of Herndon and local dignitaries gathered at Chestnut Grove Cemetery Monday, May 26, to commemorate Memorial Day.

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Herndon High Presents Spring Concert

Students display year’s worth of progress.

On May 20 at Herndon High auditorium, the Herndon High school (HHS) band presented their final major band production for the school year.

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World Of Beer Opening In Reston

Staff prepared for June 2 grand opening.

On Monday June 2, the World of Beer restaurant at 1888 Explorer St. in Reston Town Center will have its grand opening. “I saw there was a need for a World of Beer in the area,” said owner Evan Metz. Metz also owns the World of Beer (WOB) located in Ballston, which opened the summer of 2012.