Week in Reston

Week in Reston

Reston Chamber to Celebrate 30th Anniversary

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce will celebrate 30 years of serving as a cornerstone of business and community on Saturday, Dec. 1, 7–11 p.m. at the Sheraton Reston Hotel. The chamber was founded in 1982 as the Reston Board of Commerce with an initial membership of 100

businesses. Today it has grown to include over 600 member companies and was recently recognized by the Washington Business Journal as the second largest chamber of commerce in Fairfax County and the sixth largest in the Washington D.C.-metropolitan area. The past three decades have seen tremendous business development in the Dulles

Corridor, growing from over 500 firms representing over 10,000 jobs in 1981 to over 2,390 companies representing 58,936 jobs in 2012.

Mark S. Ingrao, CCP, CAE, president & CEO of the chamber said, "We are entering a new era of potential business development with the advent of metro service coming through Reston to Dulles Airport and into Loudoun County. As we move forward into the next 30 years and beyond, this chamber will continue to provide the strategic vision and

engaged leadership that have made us one of the largest and most impactful business organizations in the Washington D.C.–metropolitan area. Please join us on Dec. 1, 2012 as we commemorate our past and look ahead to our bright future."

The evening features live music by the South Lakes String Quartet and Diamond Alley; delicious cuisine, open bar and ice luge; Silent Auction, including jewelry from Midtown Jewelers, a getaway to the Greenbrier Resort and a three-night tropical excursion to El Conquistador in Puerto Rico; complimentary photo booth; and valet parking.

To register visit http://www.restonchamber.org/events.

Tickets are $145 for current chamber members; $175 for future chamber members.

Exploring the Early History of Reston

The Reston Historic Trust and the Reston Museum are exploring the early history of Reston. The Reston Museum is producing another free program on Nov. 29: “The Early History of Reston—Translating the Dream to Reality.” For more information, call the Reston Museum at 703-709-7700, email restonmuseum@gmail.com, or visit www.restonmuseum.org.

The event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery at Reston Community Center—Lake Anne Reston Community Center—Lake Anne, 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston.

Peter McCandless and Chuck Veatch, along with a panel of other early marketing experts, will present a program on the origins of Reston, the nation’s first large-scale planned community that changed the face of the suburban landscape in America. The presentation will cover Robert E. Simon Jr.’s vision for Reston, incorporating contemporary architecture and a balanced community with a mix of uses and clustered development, how the plan became “world famous,” and the market challenges facing Reston.

McCandless and Veatch were two of Simon’s first Reston employees in charge of turning the original dream into a reality.

Giving Circle of HOPE Honors 11 Non-profits

The Reston Giving Circle of HOPE is awarding $55,000 to 11 nonprofit partners in Northern Virginia that encourage job creation, help build strong families and assist community members in need.

This is the ninth grant cycle for the Giving Circle of HOPE, an organization of more than 100 members that was founded in 2004 to promote volunteerism and effective philanthropy. Members seek to make a difference in the community by contributing their time, talents and money to projects which encourage self-sufficiency and well-being among people in need in Northern Virginia.

Since its inception, the Giving Circle has given out over $525,000 through the Grant program, Empty Bowls and Gifts That Give Hope.

This year’s recipients of $5,000 grants are Alternative House, Computer C.O.R.E., Friends of Guest House, GRACE Ministries, Herndon-Reston FISH, Literacy Council of NoVa, Manassas Midwifery, NoVa Therapeutic Riding Program, OAR, Packaged with Care and Stroke Comeback Center.

A Celebration to honor Non-profit Partners will be held in early 2013.

For information, contact Rebecca Berntsen at 703-665-9334 or visit www.GivingCircleofHOPE.org.

Stroke and Osteoporosis Screenings Coming to Reston

Residents living in and around Reston can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. Oakbrook Church will host Life Line Screening on Nov. 29 at 1700 Reston Parkway in Reston.

Four key points every person needs to know:

  • Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability;

  • 80 percent of stroke victims had no apparent warning signs prior to their stroke;

  • Preventive ultrasound screenings can help you avoid a stroke;

  • Screenings are fast, noninvasive, painless, affordable and convenient.

Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women.

Packages start at $149. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit our website at www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.