Alexandra Rossi, Publisher

Letter from the Publisher

VivaReston January/February 2017As we start the New Year I am grateful for what 2016 brought to our community and hopeful that 2017 will be even a better year for all of us!

As wedding proposals pop up over the holidays and wedding preparations come together for Spring celebrations, in this edition we present a wedding section with everything brides and grooms need to make their day an unforgettable one! From the dress to the flowers, the catering to the venue, and of course, the diamond, our readers will find a guide to keep for reference into the future.

As Valentine’s approaches, we have a nice Reston story of a romantic proposal at the Reston Town Center. Also, learn how to choose the right diamond from a local expert in the industry.

January starts with the magnificent exhibit of combined painting, poetry and music “Poets and Painters Collaboration” at the Reston Art Gallery & Studios, while the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) presents “CUT” with six visual artists. Read about how the Arts Council granted $379,000 to further the arts in Fairfax County.

Sneak a peek at the galas and holiday parties leading organizations threw at the end of last year, including the YMCA Gala and Awards; Public Art Reston (IPAR) Annual Fundraising Reception and Auction; The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce’s annual Tinsel’n Tinis; and the Reston Association’s Annual Open House.

During these cold winter months, we have a practical section where you will find ideas of how to keep your little ones entertained, and your furry family members warm and safe.

Learn all about the new bike rental system by Capital Bikeshare in Reston and their plans for this year; the launch of the new RestON, Opportunity Neighborhood initiative to provide children and families in need limitless opportunities; the 23rd anniversary of George Mason’s OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute); and the Reston Community Center’s new state-wide award for Best New Program at the 62nd Annual Conference of the Virginia Park and Recreation Society. Also, read about the Step Sisters, a non-profit to improve the life of women affected with breast cancer and how the Reston Hospital has partnered with them. Don’t miss out the interesting columns by Delegate Ken Plum and Dr. Liliana Calkins.

To start your new year as an independent business person, learn about Cirque Salon Studios and its innovative option for beauty professionals in the area.

My best wishes to you and your loved ones for a 2017 full of prosperity, happiness, health and most of all, love.

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