General Dynamics looks to Reston for new HQ building; Pirate Fest 2016

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Next: Defense contractor General Dynamics is looking towards Reston as the location for a new headquarters building, located off of Sunset Hills Road.

The company announced two weeks ago that it intends to build a 190,000-square-foot headquarters on a 22-acre lot currently owned by Boston Properties. Locals complain that the building will cause additional traffic on the already-busy Sunset Hills Road.

Photo: Stephen Kent Johnson for The Wall Street Journal, Styling by Nidia Cueva

Also: The rise of foodie culture has made home-cooking more alluring to everyone, and the increase in dual-income families means more men are sharing KP duties. At the same time, cooking has been “recoded” as a macho pastime. —WSJ, “Is the kitchen the new man cave?”, Jan. 28, 2016

Looking Ahead
Tickets go on sale today for Lake Fairfax Park’s Pirate Fest, hosted by the Fairfax County Park Authority.

This festival celebrates Virginia’s seafaring past. Join with Pyrates Royale singing traditional sea chanteys, tavern tunes and pirate ditties. Experience the life of a sailor first hand with our many fun activity stations. Wear your most dashing pirate clothes and enter our costume contest. Learn about global trade in the 18th century, and discover the luxury goods from international ports that compelled pirates to sail the seven seas.

  • Talk with The Vigilant Crew & Ships Company about life on the high seas
  • Sea Chanteys and Pirate Ditties by Pyrates Royale
  • Costume Contests for all ages
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Music by John Durant
  • Pirate and Port town activities and demonstrations
  • Pirate Tour Boat Rides

Tour boat rides are only available to patrons who have paid for Pirate Fest admission either on-line or on-site. Space is very limited.

There will also be a Pirate Fest from 5 to 7 p.m., provided by O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub.

Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are also available: Help revelers experience live as a pirate at our treasure hunt, raingutter regatta, or pirate skills challenges. Help also needed at the children’s cove. Volunteers receive FREE admission. Individual and Group opportunities available.

If You Go
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 16
Lake Fairfax Park, 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston
Cost: $10/Pirate Fest tickets in advance, $4/Pirate tour boat rides, $10/Pirate Feast $10

This weekend: The 2016 Polar Dip is 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Lane Anne Village Center. Registration starts at noon. Proceeds benefit Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine, which provides retreats combining respite, recreation and support, while enabling hope and promoting joy, for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families through the various stages of a child’s illness.

Camp Sunshine is the only program in the nation offered year-round with the distinction of having been designed to serve the entire family in a retreat model. The program is free of charge to families and includes on-site medical and psychosocial support. Bereavement sessions are also offered for families who have experienced the death of a child from a supported illness.

It is Camp Sunshine’s goal to raise in excess of $125,000 in 2016 — enough to send 50 families from the Mid-Atlantic area (including VA/MD/DC/DE/PA/WV/NC) to attend Camp Sunshine. All participants who raise at least $100 will receive a highly coveted “I DID IT” event tshirt!

Too scared or too smart to take the plunge? There’s the option to participate in the “Chicken Dip” – where you’ll only need to dip your toes in!

Finally: The Rotary Club of Reston will host its major fundraising event, “Galactic Gala,” on March 4 to support Reston schools and Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio. The event will be Star Wars themed and feature the Reston Community Orchestra, trivia games, costume prizes and more. Click here for more information.

If you go:
6 p.m. March 4
Hidden Creek Country Club, 1711 Clubhouse Road, Reston, VA 20190
Cost: $85

Did I miss an event happening today? Know of one upcoming? Let me know in the comments below.


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