Alexandra Rossi, Publisher

Letter from the Publisher

Summer days, happy days!

With school out and vacation time upon us, Reston and the Dulles corridor gets busy with community events for the family. In this edition, you will find a complete list of events to enjoy during the warm days, including the Multicultural Festival at Lake Anne, art exhibits at the Reston Art Gallery and ArtSpace Herndon, the annual Chalk Festival at the Reston Town Center, musical events at Lake Anne’s Kalypso’s Sports Tavern, and concerts at the Reston Town Center’s Pavilion among others. We’re letting you know about “Small Business Support Sundays” being held by merchants at the Reston Town Center during the summer for a one-of-a-kind shopping experience.

Sneak a peek at the photos from the Northern Virginia Arts Festival, Taste of Reston, Yoga Festival, and Chalk on the Water. Get to know about the inspiring philanthropic efforts of Virginia Veterans (VAVETS), a wonderful organization helping veterans in need. Additionally, we give insights into the work of Kiddar Capital in support of the arts’ families and children from Terraset Elementary, who raised funds to help find a cure for Diabetes Type 1; and PenFed’s 13th Annual Night of Heroes Gala, the proceeds of which will be used to support more than 35,000 veterans, active military members, and their families each year.

Get behind the curtains with the director of Tony Award-winning “Private Lives,” held at the Reston Community Center CenterStage, and don’t miss out on the always-interesting column by Delegate Ken Plum.

Summer days also are perfect for family and friends gatherings. You’ll find catering ideas for outdoor cookouts and barbeques, and learn about some of the best area wineries and breweries.

In the Real Estate section, we provide information on when it’s a good time to buy or sell a home, by real estate expert Jennifer V-E Johnson.

In the Health section, read about why a good posture benefits your overall well-being, and learn about Smile Wonders’ Give Kids a Smile community service project, Grande Dental’s “Chao Pinhole Technique,” and obstructive sleep apnea in children by Sunrise Othodontics’ Dr. Liliana Calkins.

For our feline-loving readers, you’ll love our Furry Neighbors section featuring the cute and naughty faces of cats!

We hope you enjoy this edition, and that the remainder of your summer is a happy, relaxing one!

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