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Schedule of Events: Toasting Reston at 50 and Simon at 100

Come out and celebrate.

Robert E. Simon with ... Robert E. Simon. (Patch file photo.)
Robert E. Simon with ... Robert E. Simon. (Patch file photo.)
Spring has sprung — this time apparently for real — just in time for a number of events around town for Reston on its 50th anniversary and Simon on his 100th birthday.

From the Reston Celebrates website, here are some of the goings on coming up.

Saturday: Founder’s Day Celebration, noon to 3 p.m., Lake Anne Plaza

Come to Lake Anne Plaza and celebrate the 100th birthday of Reston founder, Robert E. Simon, Jr. and the 50th anniversary of Reston. Free, and all are welcome.


Saturday:  A Toast to Reston and Its Founder, 8 p.m., Reston Community Center Hunters Woods

Join family and friends in celebration of the success of the exceptional community of Reston on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. Enjoy a special private screening of The Reston Story (Working Title). Following the documentary, a panel discussion featuring the film director Rebekah-Wingert Jabi, Reston founder, Robert E. Simon, Jr., and special guests will be held in the Community Room. The evening will conclude with a toast to Simon’s 100th birthday and the 50th anniversary of Reston. Limited tickets available: $50 for Reston residents, and $100 for non-residents at the RCC Center Stage Box Office.


April 7: 50 Trees for 50 Years Arbor Day Celebration, 9:30 a.m., Walker Nature Center

Reston is proudly a Tree City USA as certified by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Join in and plant 50  commemorative trees in various locations around Reston. Volunteers will be treated to a celebratory pizza lunch at the Walker Nature Center after the planting. Special guests include Jim McGlone of the Virginia Department of Forestry, Ron Rubin of Thrive Plant Health Care Solutions, and Cate Fulkerson of Reston Association. Contact Ha Brock at ha@reston.org or 703-435-7986 to volunteer and get a location assignment. Rain or shine.


April 10: Best of Reston Gala, 6 p.m., Hyatt Regency Reston

Hundreds will gather to celebrate this year’s Best of Reston honorees, and the 100th birthday of Reston founder, Robert E. Simon, Jr., who is also the honorary chair of the event. Presented by Cornerstones and Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce.


April 12: 5K Fund Run for Nature House

Sign up to run on one of the most scenic courses in the area. There will be lots of prizes, music, and refreshments following the run. Benefits the LEED Gold Certified Nature House at Walker Nature Education Center. For 5K fees and more information, call 703.476.9689.

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