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Yes, chilly winds blow and snowflakes flurry down from the skies, but according to Punxsutawney Phil spring is on it’s way! The celebrity groundhog and Seer of the Seasons did NOT see his shadow, which means we get to dodge an additional six weeks of winter.

We’re welcoming the budding season with open arms here at Reston Town Center, and want to remind you of all of the fun things coming your way!

Embrace your Irish at Clyde's St. Patrick's Day Celebration!

Spring kicks-off with Clyde’s St. Patrick’s Day Party!

March

3/16 Clyde’s of Reston‘s 3rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

3/17 Persian New Year – Nowruz – Celebration & Festivity 

April

4/13 Walk MS 2013, produced by MS Society

4/17 R4 Collection Day – Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Reston!

4/20 Ride to Provide, presented by Lorenzo Alexander

4/21 Northern VA Kidney Walk, presented by the National Kidney Foundation 

4/27 Paul’s Ride for Life, benefits the Washington Regional Transplant Community 

4/27 – 4/28 Great Grapes! Wine, Arts & Food Festival, produced by Great Grapes!

May

5/4 Pet Fiesta, produced by Gooddogz.org & Reston Dogs

5/5 March for Babies, produced by March of Dimes

5/5 Cinco de Mayo Street Fiesta, produced by Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande Cafe

5/17-5/19 Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, produced by Greater Reston Arts Center

June

Taste of Reston, produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

Taste of Reston, produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

6/1 Concerts on the Town Series begins, Presented by Reston Town Center and Reston Town Center Association

6/2 Tour de Cure, produced by American Diabetes Association

6/9 Love Your Body – Northern Virginia Yoga and Wellness Day, produced by Beloved Yoga

6/14-6/15 Taste of Reston, produced by Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

6/23 Reston Grand Prix Bicycle Races, produced by Evolution Cycling and The Bike Lane

View a full listing of Reston Town Center events at http://www.restontowncenter.com/events


Fall is finally here – the weather has cooled down, school has started, and you’re ready to get back on track. Now’s the time get active, and get a jump start on the cold winter months…and maybe some of the activities and events at Reston Town Center can help!

Here’s what we’ve got coming up:

Join Potomac River Running for their weekly fun run on Thursdays at 6:30 pm. This low key group run led by store staff and members of various local training groups allows runners of every pace and experience to feel at home in a casual setting! The free program is a great way to meet new people and add some structure to your training schedule.  They also have a special free kettlebell group session on Saturday, September 29, 9-10 am in the Pavilion for those who want to increase their strength!


Get Active with Athleta at one of their many health and fitness classes or workshops! This month check out their Nutrition Club on Sundays 10:30–11:30 am; explore juicing as a cleanse or way to simply increase your fruits and veggie during the raw cuisine juicing class on Sunday, June 23. They also have a Run Club on Tuesday, September 25, 6:30 pm, but if running isn’t your thing, they have a Cardio Happy Hour Tuesdays, 6-7 pm.  For moms looking for a fun way to get active and meet other moms, they offer a Rolling Stroller meet-up on Wednesdays from 10-11 am, but if you want to roll a little faster, the Power-to-the-She Cycle Club may be a good fit (meets Saturdays along with The Bike Lane’s 20 mile morning ride 9-11am). And for those who prefer to chat and socialize instead of gasping for air, there is a Walk Club that meets Sunday Mornings from 9:30-10:30 am for a 3 mile walk around Reston Town Center. Athleta is also celebrating National Yoga month with Yoga classes on Saturdays September 22 (Pavilion) and 29 (in the store) from 8-9 am. All these activities are free, so get involved and try something new!

Walk to End Alzheimer’s and Candlelight Rally is only one mile, but raises support and awareness for The Alzheimer’s Association research that can reclaim the future for millions. So join us in the Pavilion at 5pm on Sunday, September 30 for a special walk and candlelight rally.

Help the Homeless Walk at Mayflowersis coming up on Thursday, October 4, 12 pm to support Reston Interfaith’s program to raise awareness and funds to prevent and end homelessness in our community. The brief walk from Mayflowers to the Embry Rucker Homeless Shelter and back (about a mile or so) and is a good, social way to enjoy the great outdoors while helping your community. Reston Interfaith will receive a $50,000 bonus incentive through the Fannie Mae Help the Homeless program if 4,000 people walk, so gather your friends and register now!

Anthem Great Pumpkin 5K, Pumpkin Smash Mile and Kids’ Pumpkin Dash are on Saturday, October 6, starting at 8:00 am for a fun morning where the whole family can get out and play. You can run, walk, or jog any of the three spooktacular events while enjoying a beautiful day outside with family and friends celebrating health and the fall festive season! The Great Pumpkin 5K is for families, joggers, and those rare few who can sprint over three miles. The Pumpkin Smash Mile is more of a speedy mile-long costume party complete with prizes for best costume! And then last but not least, the little ones get to run it out in the Kids’ Pumpkin Dash – costumes are a plus! A pumpkin decorating contest will also be going on throughout the event, so bring your energy, creativity and sport your best Halloween costume!

Light the Night Walk for Leukemia & Lymphoma is a celebration of light and life for the noble cause of finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. The event starts with food, festivities and a remembrance ceremony in memory of those who have lost their battle against blood cancers, followed by the two-mile walk, then more food, carnival games, live music by MOJO and celebrations galore! Register now and get more details here.

And once you’re back on track this fall, you can be ready for our winter events!

PRR has several winter running events at Reston Town Center. They can wrap up your fall with the Nearly Naked Mile on November 10; Gingerbread Man Mile (for kids!) on November 23, Run with Santa 5k on December 9, and finally the New Year’s Day 5k!  For registration and information visit http://www.prraces.com.

And you can’t forget Reston Town Center’s favorite winter activity, ICE SKATING! The rink opens in the Pavilion on November 1 and will be open daily (including holidays) with lessons available for those of us that haven’t laced up our skates in a while.

All of these events and activities are great ways to build a fun, active lifestyle, support your community and keep you and your family fit. So register for one or all of them and get out here!

In our last post, we shared some of our best activities around Reston Town Center to prevent childhood summer “brain drain,” so to keep the summertime fun rolling, here are the rest of our top 10 fun learning activities!

1. If you’re looking for something the whole family can do together on Saturday mornings from 10 – 10:45 am, the Family Fun Entertainment Series at Reston Town Square Park is just the ticket. Performances run through August 11 and include mischievous mime antics, puppet shows, magic, live music and more! There is plenty of seating space and grass for a picnic and be sure to not miss the free Rocknocerous concert coming up on July 28 – their music is fun for kids AND adults!

2. Summertime creates some of the best memories, so if you’re feeling crafty, you can make a summer fun scrap book with pictures and keepsakes from trips, outings, or even crafts! Paper Source has funky paper, hundreds of stickers and sparkly, creative embellishments for all your pages and FedEx can help with the printing and cutting. This gives your kids a cool indoor activity where they get to be the creative captain!

3. This summer has been extremely hot, but if you’re tired of the pool, you could bring the little ones down to the interactive fountain in Reston Town Square Park to splash around and cool off. The fountain is open 9 am – 10 pm, Monday – Sunday, and at noon on Saturdays through August 11 after the Family Fun Entertainment Series.

4. If you want to tire the little ones out, a bike ride or nature walk might do the trick. The W&OD trail is right next to Reston Town Center; The Bike Lane and Potomac River Running can get you set up with all the equipment you could need like a jogging stroller or kids bikes. The Bike Lane even rents out adult bikes on a daily basis if yours has gone the way of the garage sale!

5. You have to make lunch, right? Well, might as well pack it in to-go boxes for a picnic in the park! They’ll have so much fun they won’t even notice the veggies in their lunches. There are benches, trash cans and plenty of shaded grass to spread out on in Presidents Park & Hyatt Park in front of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Enjoy the outside fun and explore with your kids how being active and healthy foods help their brain and bodies grow!

Whew! That should keep them busy for a while. But if you have superhuman children and still need more ideas, check out the Reston Town Center events calendar or our “Kids Activities Around the Town” Pinterest board for some pintastic fun!

And even though we’re full swing into summer and don’t want to think about school, mark your calendars:  Virginia’s tax free weekend for back-to-school shopping is coming up on August 3-5 where qualifying school supplies selling for $20 or less per item, and purchases of qualifying clothing and footwear selling for $100 or less per item will be exempt from sales tax.

Staying fit and taking care of your body is no easy task, but with a little motivation and lot of variety, it can at least be fun. Reston Town Center  has so many creative fitness events that the hard part is choosing which ones you want to do.

Variety in exercise regimes (aka cross training) is very important to a well-balanced muscular system and broadens your physical abilities, says Barbara Bushman, Ph.D., FACSM, associate professor, Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at Southwest Missouri State University in an About.com Women’s Health article.  Different workouts also provide a variety of “good” stress on the body, like aerobic, anaerobic, isometric, strength or resistance training.

For example, a cyclist may want to switch it up with a yoga class or swimming to challenge their cardiovascular system and increase flexibility to improve their stamina and prevent injuries.

Switching up your routine also prevents boredom, which can ruin your motivation and create a plateau of physical performance according to the American Council on Exercise. So don’t get stuck in your routine; grab some friends and head to Reston Town Center for events like these:

Lov
e Your Body, on June 10, 2012, cultivated and celebrated yoga and holistic wellness. 40 yoga studios, wellness centers and vendors shared  ways to Love Your Body with free classes for the whole family, massages, henna and alternative healing therapies demonstrations such as Reiki, chiropractic, massage, and yoga therapy.Down Dog on Love Your Body Day in the Pavilion

Athleta hosts events in the Pavilion to celebrate the strength of the female form. The Power of She, was a 3 day event, June 19-21, 2012, filled with activities featuring local gyms, trainers, clubs, professional athletes, health and beauty consultants and local restaurants and eateries with classes like Hoopnotica, Belly Dancing, Turbo Kick and Hip Hop to stay active and fit. Throughout the month of July join Athleta for a myriad of fitness activities, including Yoga Fridays, July 13 & 26, at 8am; and 9:30am Sunday Meet-up groups for running (July 8), walking (July 22), and cycling (July 29)!

Potomac River Running  also hosts Fun Runs, a weekly running group on Thursday nights at 6:30 that traverses through the W&OD trail for beginners and competitors to have a social work out. It’s perfect for groups of friends or family who want something to participate in together.

RTC Grand Prix RaceFor you cyclists, Reston Grand Prix was last weekend, but is hosted at Reston Town Center every year in June. If you want to test your speed and reflexes, sign up for the Grand Prix presented by The Bike Lane  for the 1.25K 8-turn course through the heart of Reston Town Center.
 

Feeling fit yet? Coming up tomorrow, July 4, is the Firecracker 5k hosted by Potomac River Running. This event is a great way to celebrate our nation’s birthday with the whole family. There’s T-shirts, little kids fun run after the race, a post race breakfast, free massages, live music, race photos and cash prizes. Registration is still open, so sign up now for a discount.

So whatever your sport is, branch out, challenge yourself and try something new – and bring your friends and family with you!

Bicycle commuters on Bike to Work Day- May 18

May is National Bike Month – Reston Town Center hosts a lot of biking events throughout the year, but in May, we host a pit stop for National Bike To Work Day presented by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. This event has more than 12,000 participants who commit to biking to and from work on May 18 with 49 pit stops around the Washington D.C. area.

These pit stops are where all the fun happens – we had 350 cyclists at our stop this year. The morning started off with a complimentary high-energy breakfast supplied by several of Reston’s favorite food suppliers, including Community Canteen. Pit stops usually have raffle prizes, food, drink, free tee-shirts and more. It’s also where you can meet up with an experienced commuter convoy if you’re not a pro at navigating the best bike route to work. The Bike Lane in Reston Town Center was also there to give riders a complimentary bike safety check before the convoy rolled out.

Congressman Connolly addresses the Bike to Work Day crowd in the Pavilion before they ride off

Congressman Connolly addresses the Bike to Work Day crowd in the Pavilion before they ride off.

Bike to Work Day is a great event for people to use as a dry to start biking to work – see how long it takes, what your energy levels are the rest of the day and find the best route all while experiencing the biking community in the D.C. area.

Aside from being fun, biking to work has a lot of perks for you and the environment: it gives you a great workout – cardio and strength if you happen upon some hills – and saves you money on gas and car upkeep. According to a Forbes article this month, “The average annual operating cost of a bicycle is $308, compared to $8,220 for the average car.” That means bicyclists in the U.S. save $4.6 billion a year. Biking instead of driving is becoming an epidemic in the U.S. and the number of bicycle commuters has increased 40% from 2000 to 2010.

Saving gas and money also means saving the environment. If you ride your bike 10 miles to work every week, you are saving 418 grams of carbon monoxide from the air, reducing your carbon footprint. With all these benefits to biking over driving, we’ll be expecting even higher numbers next year at our pit stop and hope to see you there!

And here are some of the best biking trails in the DC area to get you started. Happy biking!

Photo courtesy of Marine Corps Marathon

For the second year in a row Reston’s Potomac River Running Store has conquered the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) Team Running Store Competition.  A total of 15 stores from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. participated in the competition.  With a winning time of 8:46:30, PRR Reston clinched the win by 14 minutes.

PRR team members consisted of Adam Condit, Christ Sloane, and Mary Klaff.  Condit finished fifth overall in the competition – among 21,023 MCM finishers – with an individual time of 2:29:28 (beating his 2010 time of 2:31:00), pushing the PRR team into first.  Team Running Store results are determined by combining the finishing times of each store’s fastest three runners, including at least one runner of both genders.

The MCM Running Store Award was presented by MCM Director Rick Nealis and mascot Miles the bulldog to PRR store owners Ray and Cathy Pugsley and Margie and Brendan Shapiro on Wednesday, January 4. “We are so proud of our crew for once again hanging tough and finishing strong,” says Ray Pugsley.

Congratulations Potomac River Running and team! Find information on the Potomac River Running store and races at www.potomacriverrunning.com.

All unofficial results for the 36th MCM Team Competitions are available at www.marinemaration.com.

“Run, run, fast as you can! Can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!”

Can YOU run like the Gingerbread Man?

Once you’ve stocked the refrigerator with your turkey and pumpkin pie leftovers, kick off the 2011 holiday season by running the inaugural Gingerbread Man Mile for Kids!, an event that we are sure the whole family will love. Join Potomac River Running and Reston Town Center for a little bit of running and a whole lot of shopping! Registration is FREE and all donations benefit Neediest Kids.

Kids can run like the Gingerbread Man at the Kids Mile Fun Run. The course covers a 1-mile loop around Reston Town Center. Once kids finish, they can enjoy delicious gingerbread cookies.

Registration and Information at http://www.prraces.com/gingerbread/

Holidays are HERE! at Reston Town Center

After a thrilling morning of tiny tots racing down Market Street, get set for a day full of holiday festivities!  Stores open at 8 am for the early Reston Town Center shopper, and the Ice Skating rink is open all day – as is the Hyatt’s giant gingerbread village, on display in the lobby! Beginning at 11 am is the 21st Annual Reston Holiday Parade, complete with Macy’s-style balloons, floats, community groups, antique cars, and more!  From 12:30-4:30 enjoy visits and photos with Santa.  He’ll be checking his list right next to the Skate Shop before heading back out to light up Reston Town Center and the holiday tree at 6 pm.  Join him in Fountain Square for the official start of the Holiday Season, sing carols along with the Reston Chorale and hop on board  a horse-drawn carriage to round-off  wonderful wintry day!

Reston Celebrates Independence Day Weekend!

Kick off the 4th of July weekend with the Radio King Orchestra as part of the Reston Concerts on the Town Series! In the Pavilion, on Saturday, July 2, 7:30-10pm, settle down on your lawn chairs and picnic baskets for an evening filled with swing and big band jazz!

Next on Sunday, July 3, head back to the pavilion to hear the music created by children and youth musicians gathered from all over the globe in the 7th Annual Youth Orchestra Gala Concert, 6-10pm. Leesburg’s own Youth Music Promotion and Preservation Association (YMPPA), is a non-profit educational organization established with the mission of promoting, supporting, sponsoring, and organizing music programs for children and youth.  It is modeled after the Venezuelan system of youth orchestras, which has proved that music is an effective way to create positive change in society. Enjoy as these children share their talent and give their heart, for the purpose of improving our world and world relations.

Happy Monday! Happy Fourth! Happy early bird freedom run through Reston! Prepare yourself for the day’s massive consumption of hot dogs, potato salad, and various festive drinks, by beginning the day with Potomac River Running and the Firecracker 5K! Nothing says independence like a morning run through the sloping streets of Reston. The race will start and finish at Reston Town Center. The course is a fast loop around the Town Center area on the local roads. Join us, bring the family and begin the July 4th celebration with a run!  Commemorative, technical race t-shirts to all pre-registered runners, and food and awards after the completion of the race.  A portion of the race proceeds benefit the =PR= Award for Excellence.

There will be cash awards for the top 3 overall male and female finishers ($300, $200, $100) as well as for the top master runners ($100) and awards for the top 3 in each age group. 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, and 75 & over. For more information visit www.potomacriverrunning.com.

Before the fireworks light the sky get your American spirit revved with the patriotic tunes played by the 257th Army Band in the Pavilion Monday, July 4, 7:00pm. The “Band of the Nation’s Capital,” the 257th Army Band, boasts a proud lineage going back to the legendary Corcoran Cadets of 1883, the DC militia that inspired John Philip Sousa to compose his march of the same name. Through a series of mergers with other organizations such as the 121st Engineers in 1921, The 260th Costal Artillery Unit in 1939, and ultimately the 91st Army Band in 1959, the ensemble faithfully continues to provide musical support for the Washington DC National Guard while proudly representing both the Guard and its home city throughout the world.

Enjoy these exciting concerts and events this weekend at Reston Town Center, and from us to you, Happy Fourth of July!

A rainbow of yoga mats created the terrain of the Reston Town Center pavilion on June 12, as 3,000 attendees managed to raise $1,500 for Reston Interfaith at the third annual Love Your Body Yoga and Wellness Day!

Free yoga classes of all varieties took place, managing to cater to all levels of age and expertise throughout the event. While some sessions focused on intellect and the creation of inner-peace and overall tranquility, others required a more advanced physical state and flexibility—one seminar even involved handstands! The local yoga studios responsible for leading the classes set up booths on the perimeter of the pavilion, providing information about their practices—many offering passes for free classes!

Patrons of healthy lifestyles contributed to the relaxed vibe of the event, offering an array of samples of organic products and spa services. Massages were a hit, relaxing partakers enough to put the “zzz” sound in zen! Reston Whole Foods Market, SweetGreen, Honest Tea, and several others set up an assortment of healthy eats and beverages, encouraging attendees to join them in consuming foods that would be sure to summon applauds from their bods.

Organic culture was also applied to clothing and products, such as nail polish, make-up, hair care, and other personal products. Henna was a sensation, drawing many over to get inked with anything from indie designs to Chinese characters.

Attendees were able to walk away from Love Your Body with ample resources to help bring peace and health to their body and soul!

Check out more photos of this event:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/restontowncenter/sets/72157626954531426/

Ohmmm… Ohmmm… Trying to center your chi and gain a greater connection to your third eye and inner realm of higher consciousness? Or, maybe you just want to get that yoga body in shipshape for summer. Whichever the case we welcome you on Sunday, June 12, 2011 for the third annual Love Your Body Yoga and Wellness Day, presented by Beloved Yoga! The event will take place rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Reston Town Center Pavilion and kicks off the Virginia Yoga Week!

Love Your Body will focus on promoting personal wellbeing from the inside out, by virtue of instructional yoga classes for all ages and abilities, healthy food samples, therapeutic seminars, massage treatments, as well as many other services and offerings! Free classes are offered all day, and the first 500 attendees will receive a free tote bag!

Sunday’s schedule of events:

9:00-10:00am, Opening Flow Yoga Class by Beloved Yoga, serenaded by Prema Hara

10:10-10:40am, Beginners Yoga by Health Advantage

10:45-11:15am, Yoga for the Lower Back by Life Wellness Centre

11:20-11:40am, Intro to Kundalini by Radiant Sun Therapy

11:45-12:15pm, Mudras & Mantra by Sat Kartar Singh

12:20-12:50pm, Bikram by Bikram Reston

12:55-1:25pm, Ashtanga Yoga by Inner Power

1:30-2:00pm, Rocket Yoga

2:05-2:35pm, Synergy Yoga (Family)

2:40-3:05pm, Yoga Dance by Camille/Dream Yoga Studio & Wellness Center

3:15-4:15pm, Closing Celebration Concert: Wade Morissette!

Our favorite sponsors of healthy living will be on site to help guide and inform guests on the best choices to please both body and soul , including SweetGreen, Reston Whole Foods Market, Lululemon Athletica, and YogaAlliance! We hope you’ll join us this Sunday, June 12, to celebrate this occasion of zen and inner-peace!

Volunteers needed! If interested contact belovedyoga@yahoo.com

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