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Number of regional workers who telework at least occasionally (not including self-employed).
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The percentage of commuters choosing alternative methods of getting to work other than driving alone in their automobile.
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The average miles travelled by commuters in DC area.
Percent decrease over the last 12 years of drive alone commuters in DC Metro area. Source: 2013 State of the Commute Survey Report for Washington DC Region
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Ah, summer. The endless supply of events and entertainments, along with a metropolitan trail system considered one of the best in the world, make summer in Northern Virginia a special time, indeed. Kick off summer by checking out the World Police and Fire Games—on tap until July 6 at many venues in Fairfax County. See Fairfax2015.com for more info. Then make the decision to spend more time outdoors. And nothing brings on that calming feeling of Living More than a picnic. When was the last time you ventured out to a local park to have a picnic with your friends or family? Here’s a nudge to get out, along with some information, on page 11, about great places to picnic. There’s also an article on a new status for the National Capital Region. We’re one of the most fit metropolitan regions in the nation. You’re living in it: CONGRATS! One of our goals at @livemore is to give you information and resources on how to get around our region without using a car. In this edition we highlight some of the bicycling resources that are available to you via Fairfax County’s bike and trail networks. You will find information on computer and phone apps that provide you with the resources you need to pretty much bike anywhere in the county. This summer, you really can Live More Commute Less. We’ll do everything we can to help. So dive into this edition of @livemore and enjoy your summer activities, right here in your own backyard.
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@livemore Tech: Bike Fairfax Interactive Map An occasional series on technology that helps us find our way around BY DOUG PICKFORD
Fairfax County’s Department of Transportation, along with the Fairfax County Park Authority, has developed an interactive bike mapping tool application to assist riders in navigating the County’s roads, bike lanes and trails. This interactive mapping tool can be accessed both via computer and handheld devices.
points of interest and route/ trail information.
The Bike Fairfax Interactive Map displays the same useful information found on the printed version of the Fairfax County Bicycle Map (which can be found in most bike shops) in an interactive online format. The idea is to give trail users the information at both the local and regional level within Fairfax. This feature gives users the ability to access park and trail amenities within the county in one allinclusive map.
Taking Bike Fairfax with you is easy, requiring a download of the free mobile application to convert the map functionality to view on a variety of mobile devices. For iPhone and iPad devices, go to the iTunes App Store and search for the ArcGIS application and install it to your device. For Android devices go to Google Play Store and search for the ArcGIS application and install it on your device.
Here are some of the tools and features to help users navigate the map: Basemaps. Users can change the background of the map to include open streets, imagery or a grey canvas among others. Layers. The map will display the bike layer upon opening, but the trails layer can be turned on to display trail and park features such as local trails and regional trails, amenities and points of interest. Print. Once zoomed in to a particular area, the user can print out a map displaying the view in the window to include
Search. The map provides the ability to search for an address within Fairfax County allowing the user to quickly find bike routes and trails nearby. Share. The map has a built in tool making it easy to share route location via email, Facebook or Twitter.
After you have installed the application, open ArcGIS and use the search tool to find “Bike Fairfax.” Select the map to immediately view or add to your favorites for future reference. Activate the GPS functionality of your device to dynamically reference your location on the map and see what routes and trails are near you. Bicycle routes shown on the interactive map have been given one of two classifications: Preferred or Less Preferred. Classifications are based upon the expectations and tolerances of the average or typical bicyclist. Another
The New Bike Firfax Interactive map helps you plan your trip, avoid obstacles and risky routes, even lets you share your itinerary via social media. All in all, this portable tool makes for a smoother ride. Pedal on!
feature is bicycling route designations, which classify roads for compatibility with cycling: Preferred Streets and Roads: These are generally suitable for bicycling due to a combination of low traffic volumes, low traffic speeds, and/or the presence of wide travel lanes, paved shoulders or bike lanes. Less Preferred Streets and Roads: These are less suitable for bicycling, but still open to bicycle use.
Corridor Caution: For these routes, bicyclists are urged to exercise extra caution due to narrow shoulders or lanes, poor sight distances, high traffic volumes, or other challenging characteristics. Bike Routes Outside Fairfax: Roads shown as part of bicycle networks in Arlington and Alexandria, irrespective of conditions. The trails section also characterizes paths for their conditions and uses.
Primary: These paths have surfaces that are paved or well-maintained crushed stone. Secondary: These may include a few fair-weather stream crossings and rough or narrow trail surfaces. Secondary trails labeled MTN BIKE on the map are not suitable for road or hybrid bicycles. Source: Fairfax County Department of Transportation Bike Pages; www.fairfaxcounty. gov/fcdot/bike.
4 Ways to See Your “Greater” Community: On foot, bike or horseback BY DOUG PICKFORD It’s summer and if you are looking for a little “staycation”, then you might be interested in exploring one or more of these great trails that are located right here in your own backyard. @livemore will periodically highlight other trails in coming issues, so keep your eyes peeled and your boots and bikes ready! Washington & Old Dominion Trail (W&OD) This is the “Interstate” of trails in our region, a 45 mile long, multi-use trail (entire length open to biking/hiking, 32 miles for horseback riding) that stretches from Shirlington, in Arlington County, to the Town of Purcellville in Loudoun County. The W&OD bisects Northern Virginia, thus it provides access to numerous parks, towns, views and other amenities along its path. Built on an abandoned railroad bed, most of the trail experience is suitable for all. On
weekends the trail is busy. A must visit for any resident. For maps, parking access and more information visit www.nvrpa. org/park/w_od_railroad or http://www. wodfriends.org. Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail (PHNST) Great Falls/Riverbend Loop Running along the shoreline of the Potomac River for half of the loop, the PHNST is one of the most scenic settings in Northern Virginia. The loop is a small segment of a much larger nationally recognized PHNST. The trail begins at Great Falls, a spectacular drop in the Potomac River that inspired George Washington to build a canal around it (remnants remain intact). The loop is a 9 mile hiking only trail of moderate difficulty. The halfway point is Riverbend Park (Fairfax County) where a nature center, picnic facilities and more are located. For maps and descriptions of
the parks visit the National Park Service site: www.nps.gov/pohe or Fairfax County Park Authority website: www.fairfaxcounty. gov/parks/riverbend-park/trails.htm. Information on the trail is available at: http://www.everytrail.com/guide/greatfalls-park-to-riverbend-park. Manassas National Battlefield Park Spend a day hiking or riding a horse where the Blue & Gray fought not one, but two historic battles. The National Battlefield has over 40 miles of hiking and self interpretive trails. These trails traverse the many areas where major battles and skirmishes took place. Some of the original structures (farm houses, bridges, etc.) have been refurbished and can be visited on these hikes. A stop in the Visitors Center is a must for first timers. The park also features 21 miles of designated horse trails. For more information visit: www.nps. gov/mana/planyourvisit.
Greater Reston Trail System In the late 1960s Robert Simon created a visionary planned community in western Fairfax that would embody the concepts of nature, connectivity, community and health. To that, he planned and developed an extensive trail system that is heavily used today. That vision is being extended to the newer developments, such as Reston Town Center. In total, the greater Reston area has over 55 miles of hiking and biking trails and is growing as Fairfax County is continuously planning and building adjacent trail connections and systems. For more information and maps, visit: http://www. reston.org/Parks,RecreationEvents/ N at u r e E n v i r o n m e n t a l Re s o u r c e s / Walking,HikingCycling or www. fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/bike/bikemap.
Find Great Rides: Connect With A Bike Shop Or Club BY DAVID LILLARD Maybe it’s the clothes or the pricey bikes that does it. Whatever the cause, many casual bicyclists experience a “cycling anxiety” akin to joining a gym. We see cyclists out for a ride together, it looks like a blast, and we want to be part of it. But we’re held back by a sense that we couldn’t hang with these riders.
cyclists: Most are evangelists for pedals and wheels, eager to share their world with everyone—to reimagine a world in which every able person is a cyclist.
Revealing the obvious: Those svelte cyclists got started by connecting with other riders, by finding people who enjoy road and trail in the society of others.
The easiest way to connect with a group is to visit a Northern Virginia bike shop. Most do a lot more than sales and service. They host rides—some shops do it daily—where you can learn new routes in the comfort and safety of the group. The sponsored rides are for riders of all abilities and all interests.
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Most of the rides are free, too.
That’s because the modern bike shop is a gathering place. It’s a place to learn about your bike and how to maintain and fix it, and how to ride it safely and enjoyably. It’s a place to connect. Nearly all have a calendar of educational events and group rides on their websites. Here are a few: A-1 Cycling. Village Center at Dulles, 2451 Centreville Road in Herndon. Visit a1cycling.com or call 703-793-0400. Spokes. Ashburn location is in
Ashbrook Commons Plaza. Visit http:// spokesetc.com or call 703-858-5501. Bicycle Outfitters. Leesburg location at 32-C Catoctin Circle SE. Visit www. bikeoutfitters.com or call 703-777-6126. The Bike Lane. Reston Town Center location is at 11943 Democracy Drive. Visit www.thebikelane.com or call 703689-2671. Performance Bicycle. 11634 Plaza America Drive, Reston. Visit www. performance.com or call 703-464-5917.
Loudoun Dulles Green Business Challenge BY JUDY GALEN
Friendly competition can inspire success. Whether you’re running a race or attempting to solve a mystery, facing an opponent can motivate you to work harder. This premise holds true in the business world. In order for a company to win your loyalty as a customer, it probably has to beat out a competitor or two. But imagine if while competing for your business, the entity was also focusing on improving the environment. You would receive a product or service that improved community and employee health while meeting your other needs. This is what happens when a business participates in the Loudoun Dulles Green Business Challenge. Through a friendly competition, businesses work to reduce their environmental footprint, save money, and
gain recognition for their efforts—all while taking care of their day-to-day business activities. Coordinated by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, the Loudoun Dulles Green Business Challenge is open to the entire range of businesses including large, medium and small for-profit businesses; associations, charities, leagues, historic homes and other non-profits. The Green Business Challenge includes categories for businesses that lease their space, those who own their space, and home-based businesses. Participants in past years ranged from Verizon to Joey’s Smiles Photography to The Nature Generation. Chamber membership is not a requirement, and there are no registration fees. An organization simply must have an interest in improving
The National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) first took the Challenge in 2013 and achieved the Gold Level. The following year, NRPA reached the Platinum Level and was also selected as the overall winner of the Commercial Business Category. the environment and do business in the Loudoun Dulles area.
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Participants register, complete and submit a scorecard prior to deadline, and celebrate their accomplishments at an annual award ceremony. This year, the scorecard submission deadline is Sept. 4, 2015. For the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), the Loudoun-Dulles Green Business Challenge is a great fit. NRPA first took part in the challenge in 2013, with the encouragement of Ted Mattingly, Director of Facility Services. Mattingly learned about the Challenge from Loudoun County Commuter Services. NRPA gained a better understanding of the Challenge after connecting with a mentoring organization and past winner, Southland Industries. With guidance from Yvonne Smith, Southland Industries’ Facility Security Officer/Document Control Manager, NRPA reached the Gold Level in 2013. The Green Business Challenge works well with the nature of their work as a non-profit association serving
members who value outdoor spaces. In 2014, NRPA pushed a lot harder, reached Platinum Level, and was selected as the overall winner of the Commercial Business Category. As discussed in Parks & Recreation magazine, here are highlights of NRPA’s activities in pursuit of the Green Business Challenge: Energy: NRPA upgraded its HVAC control system, added LED lighting, optimized building operating parameters, confirmed the proper electrical schedule with the utility company and added timers to building exhaust fans. Education and Outreach: NRPA staff worked to educate communities through a focus on conservation, health and wellness, and social equity, at its “NRPA Green School.” Lunch and Learn sessions addressed a variety of sustainable practices which staff was able to implement at work and home. Additionally, Earth Week activities were conducted including carpool day and the planting 25 trees on its property. Water: NRPA implemented a green cleaning program by ceasing the use of all bleach-based products and installing a chemical dispensing system to accurately mix chemicals and reduce the amount of water used. NRPA installed automatic flush heads in its accessible bathroom stalls and conducted another water audit to identify opportunities for conservation and ensure proper maintenance. Waste: NRPA staff gave up individual office trash cans to encourage more focus on recycling office waste. This required staff to get up
and move to several central waste containers, reduced the number of trash bags used and cut back on labor to empty the waste as well. Transportation: In addition to participation in Bike to Work Day, NRPA completed a commuting survey, hosted a Loudoun Commuter Services presentation on commuting options, eliminated its company fleet vehicle and hosted monthly staff meetings with a green lunch to reduce by 120 the number of trips staff traveled for each event. It’s easy to get started on the Green Business Challenge. Most organizations reach success with the support of at least one champion within the organization, such as Ted Mattingly at NRPA and Yvonne Smith at Southland Industries. Champions don’t have to go it alone. The Loudoun Chamber has a committee of volunteers to support and assist businesses
interested in the program. And, there are programs and events designed to help those champions network, learn and exchange ideas with other businesses that are going green. Finally, with regard to transportation, Loudoun County Commuter Services and Dulles Area Transportation Association are eager and ready to assist you, too. Gain more inspiration by attending the next Green Business Challenge event. On Thursday, July 16, plan to take part in the “After Hours and Green Business Mixer” at North Gate Vineyard. This is a fun, casual way to learn about the Challenge from long-time and newer participants. Reserve your space by visiting http:// business.loudounchamber. org/events/details/afterhours-green-business-mixernorth-gate-vineyards-3233. In September, a more indepth, hands-on educational session will be held, “Beyond
the Recycling Bin—A Recycling Extravaganza.” Watch for details later this summer and reserve your space by visiting www. loudounchamber.org. For now, elevate the 2015 Loudoun Dulles Green Business Challenge to the top of your priority list. It’s a great project for summer interns working within an organization or anyone in your organization who is inspired by a friendly competition. For more information, and to get started, visit http:// www.loudounchamber.org/ Loudoun-Green-BusinessChallenge. You’ll find details on upcoming programs and events and see how easy it is to begin completing your scorecard for the 2015 Green Business Challenge. Judy Galen Employer Outreach Specialist Loudoun County Commuter Services, Loudoun County, Virginia
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July 1 Zac Quintana
Head to the Harris Pavilion in Downtown Historic Manassas for an afternoon summer concert series every Wednesday from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Grab lunch from one of the many local food establishments in walking distance of the pavilion or pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the live, local music. The Harris Pavilion, 9201 Center Street, Manassas, VA 20110. Contact: Anna Marie Robinson (703) 361-9800.
2,3 The Aristocats
In Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS, Madame’s jealous butler Edgar cat-naps Duchess and her Aristokittens and abandons them in the Parisian countryside. Luckily, Thomas O’Malley and his rag-tag bunch of alley cats come to their rescue!. Thursday & Friday 7p.m. Franklin Park Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. Contact 540338-7973 or fparkarts@ loudoun.gov. Tickets: FREE
All ages, Call 540-751-9588 or email KarlahLouis@aol. com.
Manassas. Contact: Anna Marie Robinson 703-3619800.
7 Take Out Tuesday: Gary Smallwood
10, 11 Nashville Imposters
The Harris Pavilion in Downtown Historic Manassas will host a summer concert series featuring local music acts every Tuesday from 6–8 pm. Guests are encouraged to order take-out from one of the numerous local food establishments to bring to the concert. The Farmers Market will also be open to enjoy during the concert. Seating may be limited so consider bringing your lawn/beach chairs. The Harris Pavilion, 9201 Center Street, Manassas. Contact: Anna Marie Robinson 703361-9800.
10 Friday Adult Dance: Silver Tones Swing Band
Dance to the sound of The Silver Tones Swing Band; 8–11pm. The Harris Pavilion, 9201 Center Street,
The Nashville Imposters present a tribute to country music greats. The first set is a tribute to Johnny Cash and George Jones, the second set presents 50 years of classic country music from 1954– 2004. This tribute band performs full-length versions of hits by Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Randy Travis, George Strait and more in this full 2-hour concert culminating in a salute to America. Friday and Saturday, 8pm, Franklin Park Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. Contact 540-338-7973 or f p a r k a r t s @ l o u d o u n . gov. Tickets: $20 All Seats.
with Della Mae. Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets to the Pavilion for bluegrass and folk-rock with Della Mae. Free. Rain or shine. 7:30–10:00pm. Presented by Reston Town Center and Reston Town Center Association. Reston Town Center, 11900 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190. Concert information: 703912-4062. Alcohol permitted at restaurants only.
11 Key West Festival
Enjoy the “Vineyard in Paradise” at the 10th annual Key West Fest. Wine tastings, food vendors, live music, kids’ activities and more. Local crafters and vendors will also be on-site selling their wares. Breaux Vineyards, 36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane, Purcellville , VA 20132; 11am –6pm. Phone: 540-668-6299; Admission: $16 in advance, $20 at the gate.
16 Mars Day 11 Della Mae
Reston Concerts on the Town Series in the Pavilion
Mars Day is an annual National Air and Space Museum event that celebrates the Red Planet with a variety
of educational and fun family activities. Visitors can also talk to scientists active in Mars research and learn about current and future missions. Here is some of what’s in store: One-on-one interaction with scientists who are active in Mars research and mission planning; a real meteorite from Mars; the latest Curiosity news from a science team member; amazingly detailed images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and views of the surface of the planet in 3-D; handson educational activities about the geology of Mars and more. Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC; National Mall, Independence Ave SW & 6th St SW, Washington, DC 20597; 202-633-2214; free admission.
18 Chuck Redd & Friends
Reston Concerts on the Town Series in the Pavilion with Chuck Redd & Friends. Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets to the Pavilion for jazz all-stars Chuck Redd & Friends,
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JULY/AUGUST 2015 featuring trumpeter/vocalist Byron Stripling (“Satchmo” on national tour). Free. Rain or shine. 7:30–10:00pm. Presented by Reston Town Center and Reston Town Center Association. Reston Town Center, 11900 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190. Concert information: 703912-4062. Alcohol permitted at restaurants only.
Reston Concerts on the Town Series in the Pavilion with Entrain. Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets to the Pavilion for hornfueled pop, blues, calypso, and more with Entrain. Free. Rain or shine. 7:30–10:00pm. Presented by Reston Town Center and Reston Town Center Association. Reston
Town Center, 11900 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190. Concert information: 703912-4062. Alcohol permitted at restaurants only.
36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. Tickets: $8 all seats, Call 540-751-9588 or email KarlahLouis@aol.com.
29, 30, 31 Suessical, Jr.
Seussical Jr. is based on the works of Dr. Seuss. “Oh the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’ best loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical Jr., a fantastical musical extravaganza. Wednesday, July 29 @ 1:00 PM, July 30 & July 31 @ 7:00 PM. Franklin Park Arts Center,
July 4th Events Alexandria - Oronoco Bay Park, 100
Madison St., Alexandria, Virginia. Celebrate Alexandria’s Birthday & the USA’s on Saturday, July 11, 2015, 7-10 p.m. Enjoy a concert by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra at 9 and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Fairfax - Fairfax City, Independence Day Parade through the downtown area beginning at 10 a.m. Musical entertainment begins at 7 p.m. at Fairfax High School with a spectacular fireworks display at dark. (703) 385-7858. Falls Church - George Mason High
School, 7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia. Live music will start at 7 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9:20 p.m.
Herndon - Bready Park, Herndon
Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave. Herndon, Virginia. (703) 787-7300. Face painting, balloon sculpturing, bingo and crafts begin at 6:30 p.m. Music at 7 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
1 Beatles and Bubblegum
This interactive live music program explores the music of The Beatles and some of the bubblegum artists from the 60s & 70s such as The Archies and The Monkees. Try your hand at Beatles trivia and learn dances from the 60s. Kids and families will be singing and dancing together through this great, timeless music. Ray Leone, the lead singer/guitarist from the kid-friendly rock
Leesburg - Ida Lee Park, Rt. 15 (King Street) and Ida Lee Drive, Leesburg, Virginia. (703) 777-1368. Gates open at 6 p.m. Fireworks around 9:30 p.m.
Leesburg – Lansdowne Resort, 44050
Woodridge Parkway, Leesburg, VA. (703) 7298400. Saturday, July 5, 2014. Live concert from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. followed by fireworks at approximately 9:45 p.m. Food and drink vendors on-site. No outside coolers allowed.
Manassas - 9431 West Street, Manassas, Virginia. (703) 335-8872. Enjoy live music, children’s activities, food and fireworks. Entertainment begins at 4 p.m. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Reston - Lake Fairfax Park, 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr., Reston, Virginia. (703) 471-5415. Fireworks begin around 9:15 p.m. Vienna - Vienna Community Center, 120
Cherry Street Southeast, Vienna, Virginia. Arts and crafts, food, live music, vendors, and games. Celebrations start at 11 a.m. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. at Southside Park on Ross Dr.
band Starfish, presents this program for the first time in Loudoun County. Franklin Park Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. Contact 540338-7973 or fparkarts@ loudoun.gov; 8pm, $10 All Seats Reserved.
Reston Concerts on the Town Series in the Pavilion with Incendio. Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets to the Pavilion for Spanish/ flamenco guitar and Latin fusion with Incendio. Free. Rain or shine. 7:30–10:00pm. Presented by Reston Town
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Center and Reston Town Center Association. Reston Town Center, 11900 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190. Concert information: 703912-4062. Alcohol permitted at restaurants only.
Reston Concerts on the Town Series in the Pavilion with Matuto. Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets to the Pavilion for Brazilian, roots-rock, and funk with Matuto. Free. Rain or shine. 7:30–10:00pm. Presented by Reston Town Center and Reston Town Center Association. Reston Town Center, 11900 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190. Concert information: 703912-4062. Alcohol permitted at restaurants only.
12 Beale Street Puppets
Blast off to a Space Age Adventure! Beam aboard for far-out fun with our musical
Milky Way marionettes. Aliens and Astronauts, Spaceships and Planets -just about everything in the galaxy for our Astronomical Rock n’ Robot Finale. Franklin Park Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. Contact 540338-7973 call to reserve; $5/ person
15 Jambulay & The Panmasters Steel Orchestra
Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets to the Pavilion for reggae, calypso, soca, and more with Jambulay and The Panmasters Steel Orchestra. Free. Rain or shine. 7:30–10:00pm. Presented by Reston Town Center and Reston Town Center Association. Reston Town Center, 11900 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190. Concert information: 703912-4062. Alcohol permitted at restaurants only.
20 Gallager, Stang, Lewis and Bullock
Strong piano, guitar and vocals define this musical group whose members have each performed for over 30 years with various bands in the Washington, DC area. Their performance is a mix of the best of acoustic rock, from classic to modern day. The depth of GSL’s 3-part harmonies shine through on recognizable hits, as well as selective side-B songs that they bring to life with their own sound. The energy, quality, and passion in their delivery are punctuated by powerful harmonica, or subtle mandolin accents, rounding out an evening in which you feel a part of the
show. Frying Pan Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171; 7:30–8:30pm; Free admission.
22 Terrence Simien & the Zydeco Experience
Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets to the Pavilion for Louisiana zydeco and high-energy blues with Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience. Free. Rain or shine. 7:30–10:00pm. Presented by Reston Town Center and Reston Town Center Association. Reston Town Center, 11900 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190. Concert information: 703912-4062. Alcohol permitted at restaurants only.
27 Ocho de Bastos’
Founded in 2009 by a group of young musicians, Ocho de Bastos’ sound is an energetic fusion of tropical rhythms with Latin rock. Frying Pan Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171; 7:30–8:30pm; Free admission.
29 Navy Band Commodores
Reston Concerts on the Town Series in the Pavilion with Navy Band Commodores. Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets to the Pavilion for big band jazz with Navy Band Commodores. Free. Rain or shine. 7:30–10:00pm. Presented by Reston Town Center and Reston Town Center Association. Reston Town Center, 11900 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190. Concert information: 703912-4062. Alcohol permitted at restaurants only.
Ramble, Roast, and Repast along the Ridge A daytripper’s guide to country picnics mountain, through the town of Berryville, turn right on Russell Road and follow the signs to Mackintosh Fruit Farm. You can pick your own salad fixings! Or visit the market to gather provisions. Don’t forget the pie! You’ll eat one there and take one home. Check out www. mackintoshfruitfarm.com to see what special programs or musical entertainment are in store.
You don’t have to go far to get a break from the routine. A quick escape awaits beneath the Blue Ridge in Upperville. All you need to do is head west on U.S. Route 50. Sky Meadows State Park, in Paris, is the first stop. The nearly 2,000 acres have pastures and woodlands, six miles of bridle trails and 14 miles of walking paths, including access to the Appalachian Trail. The Mount Bleak House interprets life on a farm at around the time of the Civil War. The park offers nature and history programs, too. Learn more at www.dcr. virginia.gov/state-parks/ sky-meadows.shtml. There are shaded picnic tables at the park. Another picnic option is barbecue under the trees at the Civil War battlefield overlook in Upperville. Head into town and follow the scent of slow roasting meat at the Country Store on the east end of town, where Bryant
Beach’s Barn Door BBQ sets up his operation. He serves up ribs, brisket, and fall-offthe-bone chicken Saturdays and Sundays. Inside the store you can add sides and pick up drinks and other provisions. The picnic area is a quarter mile east; enjoy lunch at a table in the park overlooking a Civil War battlefield. If you’re looking for a picnic with a view, head out Route 7 to Bears Den Trail Center; it’s just atop the ridge where Loudoun and Clarke counties meet. At the top of the mountain, turn left onto Blue Ridge Mountain Road, and go about a quarter mile to the entrance. The charming stone cottage, once a country retreat from the heat of the city, is now a hiker’s hostel. The grounds are open to visitors, as is the short path to the Appalachian Trail rocks overlooking the Shenandoah Valley. Looking for a picnic and a pick-your-own orchard experience? Continue over the
Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship is one of Loudoun County’s least known gems. Combining lands of the Robert and Dee Leggett Foundation and the Old Dominion Land Trust, there are nearly 900 acres of woods, meadows, farmland, creeks, and wetlands. There’s an interpretive trail where you can learn about the incredible landscape, and other trails that take you
deep into woodlands on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge. The picnic shelter in the campground is a fine place for a picnic, or you can bring a blanket and find solitude. From Leesburg, head west on Route 7; turn west on Route 9 toward Charles Town. In 10 miles—after the village of Hillsboro—turn right onto Route 267, Harpers Ferry Road. The Blue Ridge Center is about five miles up on the left. In season, you can buy produce and eggs from the resident farmers, Atilla and Shawna of Mountain View Farm.
Closer to home
If you’re looking for the perfect picnic location for a gathering or special event, no need to drive to the country. You can experience it in McLean. There’s nothing like a catered event at JR’s
Picnics and the Pavilions at Turkey Run. The Pavilions are adjacent to Claude Moore Colonial Farm, which means your guests can take a stroll to experience life in 18th-Centure America. At the Pavilions, JR’s does the cooking and catering— focusing on barbecue. It’s a cool venue for parties, receptions, outdoor corporate events, and meetings. See www.jrspicnics.com/turkey_ run.html. Check out other parks for picnicking: Northern Va. Regional Parks: http://nvrpa.org. Loudoun County Parks: http://www.loudoun.gov/ index.aspx?NID=122. Fairfax County Parks: http:// w w w. f a i r f a xc o u n t y. gov / parks/picnics.
For Work Or Travel, Getting To Dulles Gets Easier An improved transportation option to get to Washington Dulles International Airport
The sun sets on the main terminal at Dulles International Airport, but tomorrow seems bright for this global portal and important regional economic engine. Not so long ago, Washington, D.C. was a sleepy, rather provincial capital city. It wasn’t known for its restaurants or night life, nor for the vibrant diversity of its permanent residents. Now the National Capital Region is the fifth largest metropolitan area in the U.S. Its appeal for tourists and businesses stretches far beyond the District boundaries. Its two airports, Ronald Reagan Washington National and Washington Dulles International, have enabled this transformation. Together the two serve more than 40 million passengers each year. And the connections to global culture and economies just keep getting stronger. In March, Alaska Airlines began service from Dulles International to Seattle. In May, Aer Lingus continued Dulles’ record international growth, adding a flight to Dublin. At Reagan National, new service from Virgin America, JetBlue and Southwest has helped more
passengers than ever before travel through the airport. For all the new service – and all the new destinations served –Reagan National and Dulles International share common goals: to provide world-class transportation options and, just as importantly, serve as an economic catalyst for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. Each year, the organization that runs the two airports, through all its enterprises, contractors and dependent industries, supports nearly 400,000 jobs across the region, generating more than $4.5 billion in annual labor income. The region is experiencing increased development as new businesses, new jobs and new residents settle in every day. Reagan and Dulles airports are a key part of that resurgence. The airports’ tight connection with the region and its conduit to the world encourages an increase in tourism and, ultimately, further enhances the
National Capital Region. For passengers, new services and new lasting partnerships at Dulles have resulted in world-class services that promote leisure travel in the region, enhance international travel opportunities and highlight the amazing culture, attractions and experience the D.C. area has to offer. All that travel — all those jobs — require improvements to the transportation networks that connect people with flights and with work. Outside the airports, 2014 included one of the largest transportation and economic development milestones in decades. The opening of Phase 1 of the Silver Line Metrorail, connecting DC’s existing subway service with the shopping, dining and entertainment of Tysons Corner, Virginia, was a game changer for Washington, D.C., and the entire National Capital Region, expanding access for the fast-growing northern Virginia suburbs.
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at lower prices. With Silver Line Express, your total trip cost between Dulles and any station in the Metrorail system will be $11 or less.
The Washington Flyer Silver Line Express connects Dulles Airport to the WiehleReston East Metro station 7 days a week, providing cost-effective connectivity for passengers throughout the metropolitian area. Ample seating, free Wi-Fi and generous luggage storage make it a great way to go!
While work begins in earnest on Phase 2 of the Silver Line, bringing service to Dulles itself, the new Silver Line Express Bus now runs directly to Dulles from the current end of the Silver Line at the WiehleReston East Station. The bus service opened its doors when Metrorail’s Silver Line service became operational on July 26. The express bus, which costs just $5, makes Dulles closer than ever to residents in the region who can get to the airport from anywhere on the Metrorail system for less than $11 each way. The Silver Line Express bus operates during the weekday every 15 minutes during peak travel times 6:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.7:00 p.m. On the weekends, the Silver Line Express bus operates every 20 minutes between 7:45 a.m.-10:40 p.m. for a complete bus schedule visit www.flydulles.com/ silverlineexpress Passengers traveling from Dulles Airport can catch the
express route at Arrivals Door 4 from the Dulles Airport Main Terminal. From there, they will be whisked away to the enclosed parking garage at the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail station where they will go upstairs and follow the signs for the Metro access. The Silver Line Express Bus replaces the discontinued Washington Flyer Coach to and from the West Falls Church Metro station while still offering first-rate travel
Bus tickets can be purchased (with cash or credit card) at the ticket counter located inside the Arrivals level of the Main Terminal. Passengers boarding at the WiehleReston East Metro station can purchase their tickets when the bus arrives at the airport. Metrorail farecards are available for purchase inside any Metro station. With the Silver Line Express bus service, Dulles is now closer than ever. At Dulles, the past 12 months have been exciting and full of successes for the customers we serve. And we are working to build on the successes of 2014 to continue to grow passenger activity, particularly at Dulles, and to enhance the overall customer experience.
Reagan National added new service from Virgin America, Jet Blue and Southwest to the many airlines connecting the Nation’s capital to desinations nationwide.
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Pols, Beltway Bandits and Lawyers DO Have Something In Common! BY DOUG PICKFORD
Top 10 Fittest Metropolitan Regions
Believe it or not, a recent survey from the American College of Sports Medicine found that Washington (and its metro neighbors) have ranked first in being the most fit metropolitan region in the entire nation, TWO YEARS running! Type A’s must be moving this region to the height of fitness, because frankly, what else do
we all do so well? Just joking – it is a credit to this region that we have high wages, lots of parks in close proximity and communities who actually use them. For the record, here is how American College of Sports Medicine American Fitness Index study rated the greater Washington,
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Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI San Diego-Carlsbad, CA San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
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D.C. metropolitan area: “There was considerable diversity in community fitness levels among the 50 MSAs. However, for this year’s 2015 AFI ranking results, the Washington, DC MSA edged out the number one spot for the second year in a row. Since 2008, the Washington, DC MSA has continued to rank at the top by investing in the community and
environmental indicators that support a healthy and active lifestyle. Although, it continues to lead the way, many other MSAs have comparable ranking scores.” This recognition goes a long way to confirming that we do Live More Commute Less® when we put our minds to it. And great minds we do have!
Challenge This! BY KELLY WOODWARD
How can you score a cool t-shirt and 10 bucks to treat yourself to your favorite beverage…all while making your neighborhood a better place to live?
focusing on the time and money you can save for what matters most… by taking transit, ridesharing, biking or walking to work, even teleworking if your employer okays it.
Just take the Challenge! DATA’s 2015 Live More Commuter Challenge is coming this fall and it’s going to be a blast!
The Challenge itself is a two-week competition during which you pledge to try and track a new way to get to work. And you get the t-shirt and a $10 gift card just for signing up! So if you normally drive alone, try taking the new Silver Line or sharing a ride with your coworkers. Dust off your bike. Or walk a mile in your shoes. Then log onto the special Live More Commuter Challenge website and record your trip. The more trips you take, the more points you earn. And points mean gift cards galore and other neat rewards.
What is the Live More Commuter Challenge?
The Challenge is an event inspired by Live More Commute Less®, an initiative of DATA (Dulles Area Transportation Association) that helps encourage commuters to choose a way to work other than driving alone. Live More Commute Less® promotes this positive behavior change by
How do I take the Challenge?
First, ask your employer to sign up your company to be a Challenge participant. There’s no charge and DATA will provided all the promotional materials and even hold a fun kick-off event to get your coworkers excited about making smarter commuting choices. Want us to get your employer interested? Just call DATA at 703.817.1307, ext. 1 and our Director of Employer Outreach will contact your business with all the details.
But why take the Challenge?
Check out those Live More Commute Less® shades! Living more at the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Fourth Annual Chantilly Day Festival on May 16 are Kristi Lane Scott and kids Christian and Laila.
First, of course, there are the prizes! Last year’s Challenge winner earned a $500 Reston Town Center gift card and there were also big rewards for the runners-up. Then there’s an opportunity to discover a smarter way to work. Bike or walk and you
could get enough exercise to cancel that expensive gym membership you never have time to use. Take transit and you’ll finish that book you’ve been reading for weeks. Carpool with two of your coworkers so you can use the new Express Lanes and finally get home in time to see your kids play ball or to try that new gourmet recipe. If you decide you like leaving your car in the driveway, your new commuting choice could even save you several hundred dollars a month in fuel, tolls, insurance, and vehicle depreciation, You’ll also show your concern for the environment by helping reduce your company’s carbon footprint. Up to 80% of that footprint can be created by you and your co-workers driving single occupant vehicles to work. Plus fewer cars on the road benefit the whole region. During the 2014 Live More Commuter Challenge, participants logged 153 alternative trips by ridesharing, biking, walking, taking transit or teleworking! And finally, the business
whose employees record the most alternative trips receives credit for supporting the Challenge, including recognition from local government officials plus press mention in community publications, in DATA’s quarterly e-newsletter DATA Details and on DATA’s websites www.datatrans.org and www. livemore.us.
Sounds like fun! Tell me more!
The Challenge gets underway with the 2015 Live More Block Party, a cool community event with a message. Last year’s Block Party at Reston Town Center in October brought together experts with the inside scoop on how to leave your single occupant vehicle in the driveway and make a different commuting choice. Over 200 people learned how to form a vanpool…found safe bike routes from home to the office… discovered how Metro and commuter buses from Prince William and Loudoun Counties made sitting in traffic jams just a bad memory.
But the Block Party was also quite a party, kicked off by Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins and complete with free shaved ice, a juggling stilt walker, a face painter, music and more. Plus lots of free goodies from tote bags to cell phone chargers. And this year the Block Party will be even better! If you work at Westfields International Corporate Center in Fairfax, there’ll be a miniBlock Party as part of the Taste of Westfields in September.
Ready to take the 2015 Live More Commuter Challenge?
Check the Live More Commuter Less® website at www.livemore.us for updates on when to join us for the 2015 Live More Block Party or the Taste of Westfields. And encourage your employer to call DATA now at 703.817.1307, ext. 1 to schedule a kick-off event at your workplace. Because after all, what’s life without a little Challenge?
SAVE THE DATE! 14th Annual Golf Tournament A Celebration of the American Spirit! Friday, September 11, 2015 Westfields Golf Club ▪ Clifton, Virginia For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org