The history of the innovative, award-winning, planned community of Reston, Virginia reached a milestone in 2014. This New Town was brought to life in 1964 by the vision of its founder, Robert E. "Bob" Simon, Jr., and the first Reston residents moved into their homes at Lake Anne that year. Fifty years later, Bob Simon celebrated his 100th birthday in the community he created. Reston Celebrates was created to commemorate the landmark of Reston’s 50th anniversary – as Reston is known for its many events of all kinds, there’s always something to enjoy.


Rumors of Another World - Jo Ann Rose Gallery Exhibit

November 3, 2014 - December 1, 2014  //   9:00am - 9:00pm

Reston Community Center - Lake Anne Village Center

1609 Washington Plaza N, Reston, VA 20190

Celeste Friesen-Nikkel exhibits her award-winning acrylic and mixed work in this November exhibit. Her diverse works present a range of expressionistic/abstract styles inspired primarily from nature, and in particular, the wild and magnificent scenery of Northern Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.


Acrylic & Mixed Media Works by Celeste Friesen-Nikkel
Exhibit Dates: November 3 - December 1, 2014
Reception: Sunday, November 9, 2:00pm - 4:00pm   |   703.476.4500   |
Jan 5

Annual "Gifts from the HeART" to benefit Cornerstones

December 1, 2014 - January 5, 2015  //   9:00am - 9:00pm

Reston Community Center - Lake Anne Village Center

1609 Washington Plaza N, Reston, VA 20190

Sales of original works of two- and three- dimensional art in many mediums including watercolor, oil, acrylic, clay, mixed media, photography, and fiber will benefit Cornerstones.


Exhibit Dates: December 1 - January 5
Reception: Saturday, December 6, 11:00am - 4:00pm


Tuesday Night At The Movies: My Neighbourhood

December 2, 2014   //   7:30pm - 9:30pm

Reston Community Center - Hunters woods | the centerstage

2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA 20191

My Neighbourhood follows Mohammed El Kurd as he comes of age in the midst of unrelenting tension and remarkable cooperation in his backyard. Highlighting Mohammed's own reactions to the highly volatile situation, reflections from family members and other evicted residents, accounts of Israeli protesters and interviews with Israeli settlers, the film chronicles the resolve of a neighbourhood and the support it receives from the most unexpected of places. My Neighbourhood is directed and produced by Rebekah Wingert-Jabi, who documented Mohammed's story over two years, and acclaimed filmmaker Julia Bacha. It is the latest production by Just Vision, an award-winning team of Palestinian, Israeli, North and South American filmmakers, journalists and human rights advocates dedicated to telling the stories of Israelis and Palestinians working nonviolently to achieve security, freedom and peace in the region.



Free to attend.   |   703.390.6167

Reston's 50th Anniversary Merchandise

Ongoing Throughout the 50/100 Celebration

Reston Association

12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191

While they last, items for Reston's 50th can be purchased at two locations, and also at Reston Association's special events. Merchandise includes: T-Shirts - $10; Polo Shirts - $15; Coffee Mugs - $5; Travel Mugs - $8


Available at:
Reston Association (address shown), from 8:30 a.m. until 5 pm, Monday to Friday
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 am until 5 pm; Saturdays, 10 am until 1 pm; Sundays, 1 pm until 4 pm. (Closed on Tuesdays)


While supplies last.   |   703.435.6530   |

Re-Energize Reston Community Challenge

Ongoing Throughout 2014

REston, VA

In honor of Reston’s founding year (1964), the Re-Energize Challenge goal is to help 1,964 homeowners get a low-cost (just $45) Home Energy Check-up performed by LEAP (Local Energy Alliance Program). Their evaluation of your home’s energy efficiency potential includes installation of energy saving light bulbs, power strips, and more at no additional cost. For every Reston check-up performed this year, LEAP will donate $10 to Friends of Reston for nature education programs, tree plantings and other sustainability initiatives. Visit the website to learn more and schedule your Home Energy Check-up today.


Presented by LEAP, Reston Association, Friends of Reston, Sustainable Reston and Dominion Power.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration

January 19, 2015   //   12:00pm - 3:00pm

Reston Community Center - Hunters woods

2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA 20191

Reclaiming Grace in the Face of Adversity

The Keynote Address celebrates the resilience of the human spirit, the power of kindness and the strength of imagination in hope. The address will be followed by our traditional Community Lunch.


Free to attend.   |   703.390.6166

2014 Supporters

Reston AssociationReston Hospital CenterGreater Reston Chamber of CommerceReston Town CenterReston Town CenterReston Community Center & Fairfax CountyCornerstones