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Mom & Pop: The Dandelion Patch, Reston Town Center

By Eve Thompson

The Dandelion Patch

The Dandelion Patch at Reston Town Center is the place for stationery in Reston.

The first Dandelion Patch may have opened in Vienna, but that’s close enough to claim it as a Reston mom & pop business, especially with the gorgeous store at Reston Town Center. For more than twenty years, The Dandelion Patch has been the source in Northern Virginia for fine stationery and unique gifts.

When you need invitations, stationery and announcements, The Dandelion Patch is the place to go. Their knowledgeable staff is friendlier than you can imagine, and their stores are stocked full of great invitations for parties and milestone events. You will find yourself making excuses to throw parties just so you can hang out in the store. Their specialty is making things personal, helping you define your style tone and offering creative ways to weave that same style tone through out all of your stationery needs.

Heidi Kallet, owner, loves our community, and is extremely active. She is a source of walking sunshine, and that personality carries through in the store. The Dandelion Patch merges three of her loves: entertaining, tradition, and the latest fashion trends. She travels far and wide to bring you all of your favorite stationery products and personalized gifts under one roof.

And why The Dandelion Patch? Because, just like the dandelion, they are about making your wishes come true…and having you leave with a smile.

Visit The Dandelion Patch at Reston Town Center today!

Harbourside Cluster, South Reston

By Eve Thompson

Lake Thoreau in South Reston is a magical spot—it is calm, quiet, and beautiful. Every home along its banks is gorgeous too! Harbourside Cluster is one of those communities.

Harbourside Cluster is one of the smaller neighborhoods in Reston, with only 14 contemporary patio homes. About 80% of these brick, three and four bedroom homes are direct Lakefront. All have lake access, and many also have spectacular views of the Reston National Golf Course. It is one of South Reston’s older clusters, having been built between 1978 and 1981. All homes have a garage, which is especially nice after a snowy winter like we had this year.

Harbourside Cluster is located right off South Lakes Drive and Upper Lake Drive. It’s walking distance to Terraset Elementary, Langston Hughes Middle and South Lakes High School. It’s also a half-mile walk to Reston Metro Station or three blocks to multiple bus lines. Enjoy nearby tennis courts and pool, paved walking trails thru wooded areas around the lake and golf course across street. This neighborhood is less than 3 miles to Reston Town Center, 7 miles to Dulles Airport, and less than half-mile to Dulles Airport Access Road.

Come look at Harbourside Cluster for serene lakeside living in Reston, VA.

Spring Fun Courtesy of the Reston Community Center

By Eve Thompson

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

By Eve Thompson

purple beech drive

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

By Eve Thompson

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 Pub
All 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

By Eve Thompson

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.

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