Alexandra Rossi, Publisher

Letter from the Publisher

2017 March/April VivaReston LIfestyle Magazine coverSpring is here!

And with the flowers, the warmer temperatures, and the Easter Bunny, we have a big celebration here in Reston: Our Founder’s Day on April 8. At the event, Restonians will be also able to leave their mark with a commemorative brick at Lake Anne plaza with a donation to the Reston Historic Trust and Museum, now led by Beth Didiano, the Trust’s first full-time director. See page 22 for more details!

Also, learn more abut the Reston Community Center’s 15th Diva Central Prom Dress Giveaway, where local teens have the opportunity to get a prom dress for free.

Also in this issue, get to know the 22 finalists of the Cornerstones for Our Community—Best of Reston Awards and their generous contributions to Reston; learn about the recent merge of the Dulles Corridor Rail Association with the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance; get informed about the upcoming Maker Faire Nova, where more than 100 makers will share their ideas in areas of art, engineering, robotics, drones, 3D printers and more; read about the wildlife in Reston and their impact on our community; learn about the native plants in Reston and how to replace invasive plants with native ones for a healthier ecosystem; discover new events in the area, including concerts, exhibits, and plays; and see the new Sunoco Food and Fuel complex at the Dulles International Airport.

In the special Home and Design Showcase section, you will learn about new trends in home remodeling, from top experts in the area. And speaking of construction, be prepared to be awed when you read about the new and monumental MGM National Harbor in Prince George’s County.

Be inspired by the local folks who jumped in the freezing waters of Lake Anne at the Freezin’ for a Reason Virginia Polar Dip to help raise funds to send children with life-threatening illnesses and their families to Camp Sunshine.

Get ideas of where to go with your family during Spring Break, as well as fun activities for celebrating Easter with your kids, and learn about the many local option for summer camps.

In the arts section, read about the wonderful and creative exhibit held at the Reston Art Gallery: “Painters and Poets Collaboration,” where three forms of art—paint, poetry and music—join together to delight our senses; rock with the Toni-award nominated play “Rock of Ages” by the Reston Community Players on stage during March and April; learn about Capital Harmonia, a women’s chorus that performs for local and national organizations that support women; and mark your calendars for the Spring exhibits at the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE.)

Don’t miss out on the always-interesting column of Delegate Ken Plum, “Springtime in Virginia’s Gardens”; and in the business section, get to know the annual list of the worst business clichés, by Rob Deigh.

Our Furry Neighbors section has a very interesting story in this edition: Learn about the brand new app “Dingo the Dog”, where dog owners can find out about food recalls, learn tips to take care of their best friend, and find out about dog-friendly events and businesses that support their pup. Also, read about heartworm prevention.

In our Health Section, get to know local, top Reston professionals and the “pinhole technique” to heal your gums, by Doctor Marcos Grande.

We hope you enjoy this edition that we have put together to make this your best Spring ever!

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