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Blog :: 03-2015

Spring Fun Courtesy of the Reston Community Center

Spring has officially sprung in Reston, and it's time to get out of the house and start having some fun. We are fortunate in Reston to have a resource as wonderful as the Reston Community Center (RCC), which consistently offers wonderful programming. You don't have to live in Reston to take advantage of RCC's programs and events either.

RCC offers more than 1,800 classes every year. You can see everything available by clicking here. Here are a few starting at April that could be a great way to shake off winter. Note: for the prices, the first price is for Reston residents and the second price is for those who live outside of small tax district #5).

K9 Dog Obedience I (class 105090)

Is your dog a little restless after the long winter? A dog obedience class may be just the thing Rover needs. This class is appropriate for dogs over three months old with very little or no obedience training. Positive motivational training techniques will include the basic commands of sit, down, stay, come, and how to walk nicely on a leash. Learn about mouthing, jumping, crate and potty training, and generally controlling poor behavior. There are two sessions, but the first already as a wait list so sign up now.

  • 04/08/15 - 05/20/15, 6:00P - 6:45P, $90/$180, RCC-Hunters Woods
  • 04/09/15 - 05/21/15, 12:00P - 12:45P, $90/$180, RCC-Hunters Woods

Country Western Dance (class 109004)

Get your body moving and learn some fun moves. You'll learn to line dance, two-step, shuffle and swing the night away to popular country/western tunes played by RCC's DJ. Dances are held monthly in the Community Room, which offers a spacious wooden dance floor and a smoke free environment. Refreshments are provided. You purchase ticket admission purchased at the door. For more information, please contact Jonathan Navarro, Fitness & Adult Program Director, at 703-390-6159.

  • The first Sunday of the month, 05/15, 6:30P - 9:30P, $5/$10

Heart Start CPR-AED (302313)

Be a life saver! You will learn how to overcome any reluctance to act in emergency situations and to recognize and care for life- threatening respiratory or cardiac emergencies in adults, and basic first aid. You will receive a two-year adult CPR with AED certification and a two-year first aid certification through the American Heart Association.

  • 04/11/15, 10:00A - 1:30P, $60/$120

Zumba Fitness (302327)

Join the Zumba craze. This fun workout combines high energy and motivating music with unique moves and combinations that allow you to dance your worries away. It is based on the principle that a workout should be fun and easy to do in order for participants to achieve long term health benefits. Enjoy this fusion of Latin and international music and dance that creates a dynamic and effective fitness regimen.

  • 04/06/15 - 05/11/15, 7:00P - 8:00P, $42/$84, RCC-Lake Anne

Purple Beech Drive, South Reston


purple beech drive Purple Beech Drive is a Reston lakefront community. (Photo courtesy of Zillow.)

Purple Beech Drive is a Reston lakefront community. (Photo courtesy of Zillow.)


One of my favorite neighborhoods of lakefront, single-family homes is Purple Beech Drive in South Reston. I love contemporary architecture, and I especially think the design of these homes fits with Reston--the wood-sided homes feel organic and natural. The sizes and layouts are all different, but typically they are 4-bedroom, multi-level homes. They have beautiful wooded yards, and the entire neighborhood is well landscaped and attractive.

Several of the homes have direct lakefront access to Lake Thoreau, and all have full lake access and privileges. Imagine paddling on the lake during the summer, or enjoying a picnic on your own floating barge (a favorite among many people who live on Reston's lakes). This cul-de-sac is quiet and peaceful--a great place to let your children play outside and enjoy nature. A lovely walking path circles the lake, making it easy to walk to South Lakes Village Center to enjoy a meal, or simply go for a run.

Terraset Elementary, Langston Hughes Middle School, and South Lake High School are less than one-quarter mile walk through neighborhoods. Other nearby amenities include the Walker Nature Education Center, Reston Regional golf course, Reston Metro station (about 1 mile), Reston Town Center, pools and tennis courts. Purple Beech Drive is the kind of neighborhood that is close to anything you want to do, but also perfect if you just want to hang out in your beautiful home.


Take Off Work, Enjoy St. Patrick's Day

Spring is in the air and I admit it's hard to concentrate on work. Fortunately, we all have a good excuse to take off a little early today--St. Patrick's Day. Who isn't a little bit Irish on St. Patrick's day? If you are able to take off early today, or even if you have to work all day, here are some of the celebrations happening in and around Reston.

Kalypso's Sports Tavern All day, Lake Anne Plaza, Reston

This is my favorite since I can walk from both home and office...and I like Kalypso's. Yes, it's normally a Greek restaurant. But not today. Kalypso's will offer drink specials and Irish food, such as corned beef, Guinness stew, and reuben sliders. They will also have a 50/50 raffle benefiting the American Cancer Society. Acoustic rock musician Pete Lapp will perform starting at 8:30pm. Sounds like fun.

O'Sullivan's PubAll day, 754 Elden St, Ste 102, Herndon

Actually, O'Sullivan's celebrates St. Patrick's day every single month on the 17th--that's how seriously they take it. This small, neighborhood pub has excellent Irish food, Guinness, and other beers. Be sure to try the Guinness burger--it is something special. They'll be celebrating all day.

Ned Devine's All day, 2465 Centreville Road, Herndon

It may have a Herndon address, but Ned's is just down the street (or the Dulles Toll Road, rather). This is a great Irish bar, and they do St. Patrick's Day right. They will have live acoustic musicians from 11am-9pm and Irish dancers at 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm. At 9pm. live band My Hero Zero will perform. And there will be plenty of traditional Irish food, Guinness, and green beer available all day.

The Old Brogue All day, 760C Walker Road, Great Falls

The Old Brogue is an institution in our area. Although also not in Reston, it's a quick 10-minute drive. They will have concerts throughout the day, with authentic Irish music performed with lunch or dinner--reservations are required. They also offer a St. Patrick's Day Pub Bash, with takes place all day starting at 10am, with live entertainment and Irish beer. First come, first served. They've been having hosting this party for a many years and it gets very full. My advice--go here early in the day and work your way back toward Reston as the day goes on.

No doubt restaurants at Reston Town Center will also be celebrating today. So just get out there and have some (responsible) fun!


Chadd's Ford Cluster, South Reston

Restonians love lakeside living, and Chadd's Ford Cluster is one of the many townhome communities in South Reston it. This neighborhood of 57 brick and siding townhouses is located in South Reston off Ridge Heights Road on Lake Thoreau--with about half direct lakefront properties.

The cluster was built between 1978 and 1980, and each three-level home has two to four bedrooms. And, all homes have at least two assigned parking spaces.

For those who enjoy boating or rafting, Chadd's Ford Cluster owns and maintains two docks for the residents and guests to use and enjoy. Any day the weather is nice, you'll see people making the most of living on lovely Lake Thoreau. For those who like leisurely walks or runs, the Reston Association paths run through the cluster... it's a beautiful, short walk to South Lakes Village Shopping Center for dining and shopping. For families, Chadd's Ford Cluster is walking distance to South Lakes High School, Langston Hughes Middle School, and Terraset Elementary School.

This is the kind of neighborhood where you can see the residents' pride in the beautifully manicured landscaping. The cluster association sponsors several social gatherings each year, adding to the warm community feel. Give it a visit, and you'll see what I mean. This is a wonderful neighborhood.

GRACE Enriches Reston with Art

To many in Reston, art is synonymous with The Greater Reston Arts Center--a wonderful place with a mission to enrich our community by providing access to contemporary visual arts. In pursuit of this mission, GRACE provides a year-round program of contemporary visual art exhibitions, education programs for all ages, and special events.

GRACE has been a Reston institution since 1974, when artists and art lovers founded it as a source of cultural enrichment for the new town of Reston. From its early beginnings in the Lake Anne Village Center to its current home in Reston Town Center, GRACE continues its role as a leader in the expanding regional arts community.

What I love about GRACE is that something is always happening there. I love spending evenings at Reston Town Center, seeing a new exhibit at GRACE and then going out for a wonderful dinner. I feel like I'm in Washington, DC--or even New York. And every May, I look forward to the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival--one of the premier juried art festivals in the country.

Click any of these links to learn about GRACE's exhibitions, educational programming, and the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival.

GRACE is located at 12001 Market Street Suite #103 Reston, VA 20190 (near the little park area where you often see children playing). Gallery Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm.

Waterfront like along a lake