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Astronaut Academy
Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy. Credit: Smithsonian Air & Space Museum

The Smithsonian Air and Space MuseumSteven F. Udvar-Hazy Center will host Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy this Saturday, June 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Academy is a free alternate reality game that will challenge participants 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 skills you will need as a member of the next generation of space travelers. Along the way, you’ll learn about some of the Museum’s fascinating artifacts. Free, parking $15.

GRCC logoThe Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) will host a New and Prospective Member Orientation  from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3. If you’re new to the chamber, interested in joining or have been a member for years and need a refresher, Orientation is the best way to understand how to maximize your ROI on Reston Chamber Membership. Meet the chamber staff and learn from committee participants on how membership benefits both nonprofit and for-profit companies of all sizes. This event is complimentary to all current and future members.

  • 8-8:15 a.m. Registration & Networking
  • 8:15-9:30 a.m. Program
  • 9:30-10 a.m. Networking

Reston Association (RA) will host Hot Tub Movies for adults ages 17 and older who enjoy the late night adult swim hours.

  • 8:30 p.m. July 7, Glade Pool (11550 Glade Drive)
  • 8:30 p.m. Aug. 16, Hunters Woods Pool (2501 Reston Pkwy.)

Come relax, enjoy a Luau atmosphere and refreshments will be provided. Canceled in the event of rain or threatening rain. Movie titles will be advertised at the event location or contact Ashleigh@reston.org or 703-435-6577 for more information or weather related cancellations. Free.

  • Plus: Don’t forget all of the FREE summer film festivals, concerts, community cookouts, ice cream socials and yoga classes in Reston listed here.

From Trash to Treasure: 6 Incredible Ideas for Re-Purposing Items

If you are looking for ways to save money and cut back on the amount of trash you contribute to the overflowing landfill problems, consider re-purposing items before doing the junk disposal. There are many creative projects you can do with ordinary household items that you no longer have a use for instead of adding them to the waste removal or the waste recycling pile. See below for just a few of the limitless re-purposing ideas out there:

1. Old Tires

Old tires can be re-purposed in a variety of ways. If you paint an old tire and fill it with play sand, you have a sandbox. Stick an umbrella in the middle of the sand and your kids can play for hours. If you have an abundant amount of old tires, you can paint them and turn them into yard statues of frogs, tea pots and other decorations. Then there’s always the good old tire swing hung from a tree branch with a rope and chains. No need to think waste clearance as soon as a tire goes bad.

2. Old Dresser

Do you have an old dresser with missing or broken drawers? Do not throw it out! Remove all the drawers and the drawer sliders. Depending on the shape it is in, you might want to sand and stain or paint the dresser. Once painted, your old dresser will resemble a bookcase or bookshelf. Add some baskets to the “shelves” and you have an inexpensive, re-purposed organizer. You may even decide to keep a bottom or top drawer or two for extra storage as well. You can use this for toys, baby supplies, craft supplies, office supplies, video games, almost anything.

3. Plastic Coffee Containers

Many brands of coffee are now available in plastic coffee containers with lids now. Once you have used up all the ground coffee, clean them out real good. If there are any paper labels or price tags, remove those. Spray paint the containers and you can use these as canisters or storage in your kitchen, laundry room, pantry, etc. Try placing labels on them, or use chalkboard paint so you can easily label them. If it doesn’t work, well, the junk disposal pile isn’t going anywhere.

4. Old Pallets

Pallets can be re-purposed in many, many ways. All you need is a saw, a hammer and some nails (or a drill and screws) and you can create anything. You can turn them into shelves for your walls. You can create amazing patio furniture. You can use the wood to create an awesome, funky accent wall. Outdoor decor can be created with these. There are thousands of DIY projects that can be found online with instructions if you are not very crafty.

5. Everyone has jars.

You may have them lying around from canning, honey, jelly, or other reasons. This is another item that should never be thrown out. You can use these to store items like nails, spices, and beads. You can paint them or frost them to use as candle holders, vases for flowers or lanterns for the patio. Cut open a glow stick, dump the contents into a jar, shake and you will have a night light for camping. There are many easy ways to re-purpose those old jars. The best part is, you don’t even need to pay extra for them because so many products come in jars at the store already.

6. Hanging Closet Sweater Rack

Those cheap, cloth or canvas material sweater racks that you hang in the closet can be used for more than just sweaters. They can be used as hanging organizers. Toys, books, boards games, yarn, fabric and so much more can be organized in these. And, when you’re done with them, they might collapse and can be easily stored away without taking up much room until you need them again.

Use your imagination and apply it before doing any junk removal. Removal services will always be there, but you may miss out on an opportunity provided by your own junk.

—McEnearney Associates, “From Trash to Treasure: 6 Incredible Ideas for Re-Purposing Items”

Did I miss an event happening today? Know about something coming up? Have a real estate question? Let me know in the comments below. 

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