Will real estate development spur Metro riders to return?

Local Real Estate News
P7070167Will future real estate development guarantee a return of Metro’s lost riders? That’s the hope of Metro’s leaders, who believe riders will return, pointing to development either underway or planned within close proximity — defined as a half-mile walking distance — of rail stations across the region. The Wiehle-Reston station is one such example.

Homeowners remodel, redesign and restructure their home for a variety of reasons. Here are the projects that bring owners the most joy — and ROI.

Today’s Events
Bravo’s “Flipping Out” host Jeff Lewis and DIY’s “Rescue Renovation” host Kayleen McCabe will be on hand, along with more than 300 exhibitors and a new cooking stage with demonstrations by local chefs, at the Home + Remodeling Show. Call 800-274-6948 or go to homeandremodelingshow.com for more information. Buy tickets online to save $3.

If you go:
10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Jan. 22-23 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24
Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA
Cost: $10/at the door, $7/in advance, $3/ages 6-12, free/age 5 and younger

The Reston Town Center Skating Pavilion will feature a live DJ, games and prizes every Friday from 8 to 10 p.m.; skating continues until 11 p.m. Regular price is $10 admission for adults and $5 to rent skates. For more information, call 703-709-6300, go to restontowncenter.com/skating or email skating@restontowncenter.com.

Civil_War_BallThe historic Gadsby’s Tavern Museum (134 N. Royal St., Alexandria) is setting up to take patrons back in time for their much‐anticipated Civil War Ball. Taking place tomorrow night, the event will be in the Tavern’s ballroom and promises to be a dazzling night filled with desserts from the 1860s, as well as live music and dance instruction.

And if dancing isn’t really your thing, gather your courage and sign up for dance instruction ahead of time; a dance master is available prior to the ball to get you on your feet and on the right beat. If you’re interested in a class for this ball in particular, the last class will be tonight at 7:30 p.m., where you will learn how to waltz, polka, Virginia Reel and more to tunes similar to what one would hear at a mid‐19th century party. The cost is $12.

Tickets to the ball, which is a part of the sesquicentennial, can be purchased ahead of time for $45 each.

Astronaut Academy
Photo courtesy Smithsonian Air & Space Museum

If the kids are already going stir-crazy in the house, then head over to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly for the Smithsonian TechQuest Series: Astronaut Academy.

The FREE alternate reality game will challenge you to become an astronaut-in-training for a future trip to Mars. Choose what role you will play on the mission; engage in fun interactive activities; and explore the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills you will need as a member of the next generation of space travelers. Along the way, kids will learn about some of the Museum’s artifacts.

Instructions and guidance are given via a special webpage accessed on your mobile device. Players should bring their own phones or devices equipped with an internet browser and a camera. Having a digital picture-taking device (smartphone, tablet, camera) is highly recommended, but not required.

The game is aimed at upper elementary and middle school visitors and their families.

Begin your training with Astronaut Orientation in the Claude Moore Education Center Classroom 1. Astronaut Orientation is offered at regular intervals between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The last opportunity to start the game is at 2:30 p.m. A self-guided activity, the game should take between 60 and 90 minutes, and staff will help you along the way.

Go to the TechQuest website for more information, as well as dates of other upcoming Astronaut Academy games.

If you go:
10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23
Udvar-Hazy Center, Claude Moore Education Center, 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Chantilly, VA 20151
Cost: $15/Parking

If you’re looking for information on finance, The Wise Investor Group will host their 2016 annual seminar, “Value Investing in 2016: Navigating the Pass Less Traveled” tomorrow morning. Gain insight into investments and the economy. The event begins with continental breakfast at 8 a.m.

Not able to attend in person? Register here to view an online recording of the seminar following the event.

For more information, call 888-331-1907 or go to events.signup4.com/WIG2016.

If you go:
8-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23
Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park, 3111 Fairview Park Dr., Falls Church, VA 22042

Did I miss an event happening today? Know of something coming up? Leave me a message in the comments below. 

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