* * * UPDATE * * * Due to last week’s SPECTACULAR weather, the ice skating rink opened on Sunday, October 31. Come out this Friday and Saturday, November 5 and 6 when 50% of all proceeds benefit “Character Counts!!

Reston Town Center’s Ice Skating Pavilion is scheduled to open for the season with a very special fundraiser and a long-standing tradition. Reston’s “Character Counts! Coalition” will receive 50% of proceeds from the skating rink’s opening days of Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30, 2010. The proceeds will help fund development programs offered by the Coalition, including the annual Essay and Poster Contest, and sponsorship of Ethics Day at South Lakes High School.The opening of the Ice Skating Pavilion is weather dependent, and the season officially starts on November 1.

Public skating, with skate rentals available, will be open daily, including holidays, until March 2011. For more information, call the skating hotline at 703-709-6300.

CHARACTER COUNTS! is a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan, character education initiative designed to help youngsters and adults develop and practice the basics of good character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. The Reston CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition assists this effort by providing leadership, coordination, and resources to promote character development throughout the community. Coalition Members include the Reston Association, Reston Community Center, Reston Interfaith, Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, Reston Citizens Association, YMCA of Reston, and the office Fairfax County Hunter Mill District Supervisor, CathyHudgins.