Entertainment Calendar: Reston, Herndon
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Entertainment Calendar: Reston, Herndon

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Ongoing
Season Extended at Farmers Market. On Saturdays, take advantage of the extended season until Dec. 7 at the Reston Market located at the Lake Anne Village Center, 1609-A Washington Plaza. You can preorder fresh produce, meats, cheese, pies, and eggs for the holidays or stop by for fresh produce, bread, and honey. Contact the Community Horticulture Office at 703-642-0128 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/farmersmarkets.

Reston Farmers Market. Saturdays, through Dec. 7, 8 a.m.-noon at Lake Anne Village Center, 1609-A Washington Plaza, Reston. The largest of the Fairfax County Farmers Markets. SNAP accepted, bonus dollar program. For list of vendors and more information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/farmersmarkets/reston.

Centroid Towns: Like a Passing Shadow. Through Jan. 4, at GRACE, 12001 Market St., Suite 103, Reston. GRACE presents the next chapter of Baltimore-based artist Nate Larson's Centroid Towns project. Since the first US census in 1790, the United States Census Bureau has been recording the mean center of population as it moves steadily west and south. The first Centroid Town recorded was Chestertown, Maryland, and the projected Centroid of the 2020 census is Hartville, Missouri. Larson will dive deeper into the community of Waterford, Virginia, Centroid Town of 1810. Visit restonarts.org/exhibition/nate-larson/ for more.

Christmas and Holidays

Friday/Nov. 29

Reston Holiday Parade. 10 a.m. At Reston Town Center, Reston. The 29th annual Reston Holiday Parade – one of USA Today’s 10 Best – plus tree lighting, sing-along, horse-drawn carriage rides, and more all day. Rain or shine. Schedule: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Visits and photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus;

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Mini-train rides on Market Street;

5 p.m.: Dance Performance at Fountain Square;

6– 6:30 p.m.: Tree Lighting & Sing Along;

6:30– 10 p.m.: Horse-drawn Carriage Rides. Visit www.restontowncenter.com/holidays.

Sunday/Dec. 1

”Happy Joyous Hanukkah.” 7 p.m. At Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. The Klezmatics present Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous Hanukkah at Reston Community Center. Cost is $20 Reston/$30 Non-Reston. Woody Guthrie, father of American folk music and creator of “This Land Is Your Land,” also wrote Hanukkah songs. These were discovered by his daughter in 1998 and are reinterpreted by the Klezmatics.

Sunday/Dec. 1

2019 Celebration of Lights. 3:45-6:30 p.m. At the Village Field in Great Falls (behind the Post Office). Celebrate the beginning of the season with the 29th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies next to the fire as you listen to local children's choral groups sing seasonal music. The petting zoo and pony rides will keep your kids busy until Mr. and Mrs. Claus arrive by antique fire truck to light the tree. The timeline is as follows:

3:45 p.m. - Great Falls United Methodist Preschool

4:00 p.m. - Village Green Day School

Pony Rides and Petting Zoo begin

4:15 p.m. - King's Kids Preschool

4:30 p.m. - Siena Academy

4:45 p.m. - St Francis Creche Preschool

5:00 p.m. - Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive to light the tree

5:15 p.m. - Forestville ES Ensembles

5:30 p.m. - Great Falls ES

5:45 p.m. - Colvin Run ES Singalong

6:00 p.m. - Live Nativity (pony rides and petting zoo close)

Volunteers are needed between 4-6 p.m. Contact info@celebrategreatfalls.org if you are available. After Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in an antique fire truck to light the Great Falls Tree, they will meet all children who wish to share their holiday wishes.

Saturday/Dec. 7

The Wonder of the Season. 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. At Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. Join The Reston Chorale for The Wonder of the Season, featuring Vivaldi's Gloria, family holiday favorites and a very special guest. Children 17 and under admitted free, but tickets are required. Tickets are $0 to $25. Visit www.RestonChorale.org.

Events in Alexandria

Friday-Saturday/Dec. 6-7

The Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend. At various Old Town Alexandria locations. The Campagna Center presents the 49th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend and Parade. The parade is Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. and begins at St. Asaph and Wolfe Streets and concludes at Market Square with a massed band concert. Admission: Free for parade and Heather and Greens Sales; $180-$290 for Taste of Scotland; $40 for Holiday Home Tours. In 1749, the City of Alexandria was officially established by three Scottish merchants and named after its original founder, John Alexander, also of Scottish descent. Through your support of the events of The Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, you provide vital support to Campagna Center programs that serve more than 2,000 children, teens, and adults throughout the year. Visit the website: https://www.campagnacenter.org/scottishwalkweekend

Saturday/Dec. 7

Boat Parade of Lights. Parade begins at 5:30 p.m.; Dockside festivities 2 to 8 p.m. At Waterfront Park, 1 King Street, Alexandria. Parade viewing areas: Founders Park (351 N. Union St.), Alexandria City Marina (0 Cameron St.), Waterfront Park (1 King St. and 1A Prince St.), Point Lumley Park (1 Duke St.), Shipyard/Harborside Park (1 Wilkes St.), Windmill Hill Park (501 S. Union St.) and Ford’s Landing Park (99 Franklin St.). Admission: Free; $ for food/drink and some activities. VisitAlexandriaVA.com/boatparade

Schedule in Old Town (2 to 8 p.m.)

Holiday music and giveaways from 97.1 WASH-FM

Letters to Santa postcard station from Penny Post

Holiday ornament activity from AR Workshop Alexandria (2 to 4 p.m.)

Bookmark making station from Old Town Books (4:30 to 8 p.m.)

Torpedo Factory Art Center Holiday Festival

Santa arrives by fireboat at the Alexandria City Marina (3:30 p.m.)

Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights begins (5:30 p.m.)

Tuesday/Dec. 31

First Night Alexandria. 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. At venues throughout Old Town Alexandria. This 25th Anniversary Celebration is the largest New Year’s Eve party in the D.C. region that is safe and fun for the entire family and culminates with a fantastic fireworks finale over the Potomac River at midnight. Kids Karnivals: 6 to 9 p.m. at four warm indoor venues in Old Town, Del Ray and the West End. Live Entertainment: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at warm indoor venues throughout Old Town Alexandria. Rockin’ on the River: 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Waterfront Park, 1 King St., Alexandria. Midnight fireworks: Potomac River at the foot of King St., Alexandria. All Access Admission: $25 through November 30, 2019; $30 December 1-30, 2019; $35 December 31, 2019; Kids Karnival is $5 for children ages 2-12 and free for parents and infants. Call 703-963-3755 or visit firstnightalexandria.org.

Calendar

Wednesday/Nov. 20

Meet Me at the Movies. 10 a.m. At Bow Tie Cinemas, Reston Town Center. Reston Association presents “The Tomorrow Man.” Refreshments and prizes provided prior to movie. Free to 55+. For information: Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577 or visit www.reston.org.

Medicare 101. 6-7:30 p.m. At Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. Learn about Medicare Part A, B, C and D, as well as how to cover the gaps in Medicare benefits through Medicare Supplement Plans. Free. Registration required. Visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com.

Thursday, Nov. 21

Caregiver Lunch Break. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. At Hunters Woods at Trails Edge, 2222 Colts Neck Road, Reston. Caregivers will enjoy Lon Kieffer’s one-man dramatic comedy “Defending the Caregiver” which puts the spotlight on caregiver personality will address challenges faced by all caregivers, whether they are family, professional or personal caregivers. Visit the website: www. HuntersWoodsAtTrailsEdge.com.

Creative Response: Michael Ratcliffe. 7 p.m. At GRACE – Greater Reston Arts Center, 12001 Market Street, Suite 103, Reston. Join GRACE to hear Michael Ratcliffe respond to the exhibition Centroid Towns: Like a Passing Shadow, featuring new work by Baltimore-based artist Nate Larson. The short presentation will be followed by open conversation. All ages. Sponsored by Reston Community Center. Free and open to the public. Visit the website: restonarts.org.

Estate Planning Essentials. 7 p.m. At Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Dr., Reston. Do you have your will or trust plan in place? Attorney Bettina Lawton will cover what you need to know to make sure that what you have spent your life accumulating goes to the people or charities that you value. Bettina Lawton, of Lawton Legacy Planning, PLLC, has been practicing in Northern Virginia since 2003. She concentrates on wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and estate planning and administration.

Saturday/Nov. 23

Herndon Turkey Trot 5K Race. 4 p.m. At Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave., Herndon. Runners and walkers take your mark and get ready to conquer a fun 5K trail course, which winds around the Herndon Centennial Golf Course. Long-sleeved Sport Tek T-shirts guaranteed to the first 700 pre-registered runners. Shirts must be picked up the day of the race. Refreshments, entertainment and door prizes will be available after the race to all runners. Pre-registration is $30/adults; $20/youth, plus can of food. Online pre-registration ends Nov. 22. Race day registration is $35/adults; $20/youth, plus can of food. Contact Tim Lander, Recreation Supervisor, Herndon Parks and Recreation Department, 703-435-6800 x2106 or Tim.Lander@herndon-va.gov. Registration is available at the Herndon Community Center and online at http://herndon-va.gov/events and www.active.com.

Arts Herndon Gala. 7-11 p.m. At The Crowne Plaza, 2200 Centerville Road, Herndon. This will be an enchanting evening out with fabulous ‘40s music, dancing, and a variety of entertainers. Additionally, there will be silent auctions for a number of gift packages, and a wine pull (at additional contribution). Cost is $60 per person; cash bar, live music, and silent auction. Event and donations are tax deductible. For tickets, visit the website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fabulous-forties-fundraiser-for-arts-herndon-tickets-78304132769

Sunday/Nov. 24

West Coast Swing Lesson plus Social Dance. 5-8 p.m. at Herndon Senior Center, 873 Grace St. #1, Herndon. Instructor Tim Bowker and partner Laura Martin will teach West Coast Swing, 5-6 p.m. Classes videotaped for individual review. Basic skills recommended. Social dancing, 6-8 p.m. WCS crossovers and ballroom, Latin, Hustle contemporary mix. $10; $8, USA Dance members. Email herndonsocialdancers@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/herndonsocialdancers.

Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass. 7 p.m. At the Bluegrass Barn at Frying Pan Park, 2739 West Ox Road, Herndon. Tickets for all shows are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Purchase tickets online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fryingpanpark or by phone at 703-222-4664 or 703-437-9101.

Monday/Nov. 25

NARFE Luncheon. 11:30 a.m. At Amphora Diner, 1151 Elden Street, Herndon. Mr. James Marshall, Director, Federal Benefits Institute, NARFE Headquarters, will speak on Federal Employee Benefits. The cost of the luncheon is $18.15, which includes tax and a small gratuity. Call your reservation and choice of entree to Shirley at 571-442-8910 no later than Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. or email Shirley.Boning@comcast.net.

Wednesday/Nov. 27

Dollars and Sense. 7 p.m. At Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Monthly group discussion focuses on business leaders and markets. We will be discussing "Naked Economics" by Charles Wheelan. Call 703-689-2700.

Saturday/Nov. 30

Artisan Pop-Up. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At a Private Home Show, 1650 Parkcrest Circle, Reston. Shop from seven-plus local artists showing original

paintings, prints, children's books, artisanal chocolates, ceramics, jewelry and (it's actually true) more. Parking is easy and the spirit is merry. Contact Hannah Huthwaite at email: hannahhuthwaite@gmail.com.

Small Crawl. At Lake Anne Plaza, 11402 Washington Plaza, West, Reston. Start with a group "Crawl" (walk) around Lake Anne starting at Bronze Bob and then visit participating businesses to sample what they have to offer with a "small" selection. Bring your friends, family, kids and pets. Walk off your Thanksgiving meal and have a fun filled and delightful day. Participating businesses: • Teapot & Cake – Snowflake cupcake $1 • Reston Historic Trust & Museum – Reston Sticker – free. • Chesapeake Chocolates – Free wine tasting and Virginia treats 12 – 3 p.m. and $1 Chocolate all day long. Write a letter to Santa at the North Pole Mailing station • Reston Used Books Store– 50% short stories • Lake Anne Brew House – 1/2 price off of your first "Small Pour" (5 oz. size taster) • Lake Anne Coffee House & Wine Bar – Small cookie for sale. Visit http://lakeanneplaza.com.

Mark Twain Birthday Celebration. 2 p.m. At Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Join in this literary celebration of Mark Twain's birthday. Call 703-689-2700.

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Holiday Open House. 4:30-6:30 p.m. At Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. Come say farewell and share your best wishes as Cathy Hudgins concludes 20 years of service as Hunter Mill District Supervisor. Light refreshments and desserts. RSVP to 703-478-0283.

Saturday/Dec. 7

Family Fun Winter Festival. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. At The Goddard School, 2400 Dulles Town Blvd., Herndon. Featuring Kids Breakfast and pictures with Santa; dancing with a princess; cookie decorating; crafts from around the world; and winter games. Cost is $7/child over 1 year old. Parents and children under 1 year old are free. Call 703-653-0337.

Mystery Authors Extravaganza. 1 p.m. At Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Hear 21 authors from the Sisters in Crime Chesapeake Chapter as they talk about their latest books. From Libby Klein to Maya Corrigan and Sherry Harris, you will find your favorite mystery writers at the Reston Regional Library.

Dr. Charles Thomas Jr. Talk. 2 p.m. At Scrawl Books, 11911 Freedom Drive, Reston. The topic is his book, Best Kept Secrets: From Invisible Walk-Ons to Life Champions. Written by an athlete for athletes and those with a personal development mindset, it's a book about the power that we possess to move from feelings of invisibility to life champions. Meet the man who went from a walk-on at Notre Dame to CEO, to best-selling author and radio host.

Monster Drawing Rally. 4-8 p.m. At Signature Apartments, 11850 Freedom Drive, Reston. Join the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) and artists from across Virginia, Maryland, and the District for a live drawing event and fundraiser. The Monster Drawing Rally turns the the evening into a public performance as over 50 artists create unique artworks on-site using their preferred media. As the works are completed, they will be hung on the wall and available for purchase at $75 each. If more than one person wants to purchase the same artwork, there will be a draw of cards to determine the winner. All proceeds benefit the exhibition program at GRACE. Open to all and free to attend. Visit the website: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e49a4af28a75-2019

Friday/Dec 13.

Holiday Concert. 7:30-9 p.m. At Heritage Fellowship Church, 2501 Fox Mill Road, Reston. Encore Chorales of Reston and Fairfax present traditional and contemporary holiday music with 100-plus voices. This is a joint concert with Encore Chorales of Reston and Fairfax. Singers come from various communities in western Fairfax and eastern Loudoun. All ages welcome. Email: EncoreReston@gmail.com. Visit the website: www.EncoreCreativity.org.

Saturday/Dec. 14

European-Style Holiday Market. 12 noon to 8 p.m. At Town Hall Square, 730 Elden Street, Herndon. Some 30 artisans and food vendors will offer their handcrafted goods for sale. In addition, there will be German beers, waffles, lebkuchen (traditional German gingerbread cookies), stollen (cake-like fruit bread), glühwein (warm mulled wine), Swiss raclette, smothered poutines and grilled German sausages. Also handmade toys, jewelry, arts, woolen and wooden crafts. German bands, holiday choirs and fantastical skits will perform on the steps of the Town Hall. Visit the website at herndon-va.gov/recreation or call 703-787-7300.

Wreaths Across America. 12 noon. At Chestnut Grove Cemetery, 831 Dranesville Road, Herndon. The Town of Herndon, in partnership with the Herndon Woman’s Club, will join Wreaths Across America to honor 850 veterans who were laid to rest at Chestnut Grove Cemetery. The goal is to place a wreath on every veteran’s grave. Volunteers, including members of the military, fire and police departments, Herndon Fortnightly Club, Herndon Boy Scouts Troop 1577, Reston Chorale, and South Lakes Junior ROTC, will participate. The cost to sponsor a wreath is $15. To show your support and to sponsor a wreath, send a check made payable to Herndon Woman's Club, P.O. Box 231, Herndon, VA, 20172. Donations are needed by Dec. 2, 2019. Donations are also accepted online at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/search?searchType=group. When you either click on this link or type this website in your browser, you will be brought to a search page. Here you will type in Herndon Woman’s Club for the Group Name and select Herndon Woman’s Club (VA0143P). Visit www.herndon-va.gov/recreation, or call 703-787-7300.

Sunday/Dec. 15

West Coast Swing Lesson plus Social Dance. 5-8 p.m. at Herndon Senior Center, 873 Grace St. #1, Herndon. Instructor Tim Bowker and partner Laura Martin will teach West Coast Swing, 5-6 p.m. Classes videotaped for individual review. Basic skills recommended. Social dancing, 6-8 p.m. WCS crossovers and ballroom, Latin, Hustle contemporary mix. $10; $8, USA Dance members. Email herndonsocialdancers@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/herndonsocialdancers.

Sunday/Dec. 29

West Coast Swing Lesson plus Social Dance. 5-8 p.m. at Herndon Senior Center, 873 Grace St. #1, Herndon. Instructor Tim Bowker and partner Laura Martin will teach West Coast Swing, 5-6 p.m. Classes videotaped for individual review. Basic skills recommended. Social dancing, 6-8 p.m. WCS crossovers and ballroom, Latin, Hustle contemporary mix. $10; $8, USA Dance members. Email herndonsocialdancers@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/herndonsocialdancers.

Jan. 17-26

Joshua’s Hands Quilting Event. Location TBA in Purcellville. Joshua's Hands is a non-profit in Loudoun County that hosts free quilting events to support wounded servicepeople. Joshua’s Hands will host 10 days of quilting fun to make handmade quilts for servicemen and women wounded while serving our country. All are welcome. No sewing experience or registration needed. All materials are provided but donations are appreciated. Come for an hour or the day. Monday-Saturdays 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sundays 1-9 p.m. Purcellville. Check website for exact location. Info@JoshuasHands.org, or call 540-454-7827, or visit www.JoshuasHands.org.

More Ongoing

Trivia Night at Crafthouse. Tuesdays, 8-10 p.m. at Crafthouse, 1888 Explorer St., Reston. Call 571-926-9931 or visit crafthouseusa.com for more.

Karaoke at Crafthouse. Wednesdays, 8-10 p.m. at Crafthouse, 1888 Explorer St., Reston. Call 571-926-9931 or visit crafthouseusa.com for more.

The Elden Street Tea Shop. Saturdays in ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center St., Herndon. Sip tea and enjoy a variety of locally made snacks and pastries while enjoying the latest art installations in the gallery. Visit www.eldenstreettea.com.

Small Business Support Sundays. Visit independent stores and restaurants, and those that support small businesses at Reston Town Center, offering specials, discounts, tastings, and localized treats every Sunday. Visit SmallBusinessSupportSundays.com.

All-comers' Group Fun Run. Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Potomac River Running, Reston Town Center, 11900 Market St., Reston. For beginners or competitive runners, come out for a fun, low-key run that is safe and social. Call 703-689-0999 or visit www.potomacriverrunning.com/reston/.

Over-40 Softball League. A Fairfax-based league is looking for enough players to form another team. Players must be at last 40 years of age to be eligible. All games are doubleheaders - played on Sundays at Bready Park in Herndon between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. If interested, email skeduman@aol.com for more.

Improving English

One-To-One English Conversation. Mondays, 1 p.m. at Reston Library, Reston Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Free. Multiple one-on-one practice sessions with a volunteer are available each week. Call 703-689-2700 to reserve a spot.

Pre-Beginners. Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. at Reston Library, Reston Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Free. Call 703-689-2700 to reserve a spot.

Beginners. Tuesdays 10-11 a.m. with Beth; Thursdays 10-11 a.m. with Genie; Fridays 10-11 a.m. with Ivan. At Reston Library, Reston Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Free. Call 703-689-2700 to reserve a spot.

Intermediate. Mondays 10-11 a.m. with Rick; Wednesdays, 1-2 p.m. with Susan; Wednesdays 2-3 p.m. with Sharoni. At Reston Library, Reston Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Free. Call 703-689-2700 to reserve a spot.

Advanced. Thursdays 10-11:30 a.m. with Richard; Fridays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with Mary. At Reston Library, Reston Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Free. Call 703-689-2700 to reserve a spot.

Vocabulary Building. Mondays 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m. at Reston Library, Reston Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Free. Call 703-689-2700 to reserve a spot.

Speak & Write. Mondays, 1:30-3 p.m. at Reston Library, Reston Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Free. Call 703-689-2700 to reserve a spot.

Dialogs & Grammar. Tuesdays, 11:15-12:30 p.m. at Reston Library, Reston Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Free. Call 703-689-2700 to reserve a spot.

Pronunciation. Thursdays, 1-2:30 p.m. at Reston Library, Reston Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Free. Call 703-689-2700 to reserve a spot.