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Reston Community Center to Host Weekend of Activities to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A full breakdown of the weekend's events.

A commemorative march will be part of the Reston Community Center's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration this weekend. (Photo by Alex McVeigh)
A commemorative march will be part of the Reston Community Center's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration this weekend. (Photo by Alex McVeigh)
Here's what's happening at the Reston Community Center this weekend, part of their annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration. 

Saturday, Jan. 18


Community Service Projects, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Southgate Community Center 12125 Pinecrest Road. Join friends and neighbors in honoring Dr. King’s legacy by serving your community. As Dr. King said, “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve.”

RCC is partnering with the Southgate Community Center, Reston Association, Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith) and The Closet on community service projects.

Indoor projects include making bag lunches for the Embry Rucker Community Shelter, sorting and organizing items from The Closet and several other projects at Southgate Community Center.

There will also be several outdoor projects such as cleaning up the natural areas, pathways, and hardscape surrounding the area, weather permitting. Volunteer hours conclude around noon, at which point volunteers will gather to share a lunch that will be provided.

Sorting donations is for ages 13 and up. Children 12 and younger are welcome to participate in the other projects, but they must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older.

To volunteer, please contact Ha Brock, Reston Association Community Outreach Specialist, at 703-435-7986 or habrock@reston.org. Please specify what project you are interested in volunteering for.

Reston Community Orchestra's 8th Annual Memorial Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 4 p.m. RCC Hunters Woods. Free, donations are appreciated.  Hosted by Reston Community Center, Maestro Dingwall Fleary will lead the Reston Community Orchestra in the eighth annual musical salute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

An integral part of Reston’s weekend of celebration and remembrance, the concert will feature the works of African-American composers, as well as works inspired by the civil rights movement for which Dr. King gave his life.

Joining the RCO is Best of Reston awardee, song stylist, and community leader, Beverly Cosham.

Sunday, Jan. 19


Art by Reston Schools Reception, 1:30 p.m., RCC Hunters Woods. Free and for all ages. The creativity of Reston students will be celebrated at this reception. Come celebrate the young artists’ contributions and visions.

With themes centered on the history of Dr. King and the civil rights movement, the art will be on display from early January through the end of the month.

Commemorative March, 3 p.m., Lake Anne Plaza. Free for all ages. Community members will assemble at 3 p.m. at Lake Anne Plaza. Rev. David North will teach a brief history of songs used in the civil rights movement and then lead everyone marching and singing songs to the Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation.

A shuttle bus will run between the two sites from 2:30 p.m. until after the Voices of Inspiration program concludes.

Voices of Inspiration, 4 p.m., Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, 1441 Wiehle Avenue. Free for all ages. Voices of Inspiration is the 24th Anniversary program honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This event is sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Christian Church and includes many Reston faith communities.

Monday, Jan. 20


SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK Sing-along, 11 a.m., RCC Hunters Woods CenterStage. For all ages, $5 Reston residents/$10 Non-Reston residents. Tickets can be purchased here. Experience the transformative power of singing along with select members of SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK®. No experience required. Tickets sold through the CenterStage Box Office.

Community Lunch & SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK  Keynote Address, 12:30 p.m. RCC Hunters Woods Community Room & the CenterStage. For all ages, $5 Reston residents/$10 Non-Reston residents. Tickets can be purchased here. Join us for a family-style community lunch followed by a specially prepared musical Keynote Address featuring the songs of the civil rights movement. Tickets sold through the CenterStage Box Office.

Especially for Youth, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., RCC Hunters Woods. For ages 6 to 12 Years Old, free. Registration Required. You may register your school age child (1st - 6th grade) to participate in activities at RCC. Children should be registered in advance.

Limited on-site registration will be available on the day of the event; however all forms must be completed in their entirety. Children will rotate through a series of activities including a performance, an age-appropriate video, and arts and crafts. All activities will be based on the history of Dr. King and the civil rights movement.

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