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Everyone is gearing up for going back to school, including the shops here at Reston Town Center – especially Be Right Burger!

Starting Monday, August 20, brb is swapping backpacks for burgers. For every new, durable backpack donated, (no wheels or logos please!) you get a complimentary, fresh, juicy burger with lettuce, tomato and American cheese. (Sorry, all their other gourmet toppings will be a minimal fee.) We do feel the need to tell you that it’s absolutely worth a little extra for their locally sourced veggies and delicious sauces like sriracha mayo or chipotle ketchup. We’re drooling already.

You have the whole week from August 20 – August 24 to make your burger swap. Bring in a book bag every day and you can have lunch all week or get the whole office involved for a backpack and burgers lunch. The best part is that the book bags go to support Reston Interfaith’s back to school goals, which include equipping thousands of students in the Reston-Herndon area for school, grades K-12. Their resources go to Reston Interfaith clients as well as local students, who receive free or reduced cost meals at school.  Think about how excited some lucky child will be walking into school with a cool new backpack knowing someone cares about their education.

The whole event culminates in a brb Burger Bash on Friday July 24, 5 – 9 pm in the Pavilion, where there will be a DJ, dancing, kids’ activities, giveaways and prizes! Backpacks will be accepted through the festivities. So stop by to donate during the week and come by on Friday for the Burger Bash!

This Friday, August 12, 11am-8pm, head over to the Pavilion for an opportunity to score some good karma points and help members of the community in need!

Join Perkowitz+Ruth Architects and K3 Construction as they give the traditional canned food drive a patriotic twist, and build a giant American Flag in the Reston Town Center Pavilion with your canned food donations!  Non-perishable food and cash donations will be accepted all day in order to benefit Reston Interfaith!

Help to fill the pantries of those in need before the holidays are here again!

For more information or to make other arrangements for your donation, contact Nicole Standish at 703.668.0056 or nstandish@prarchitects.com.

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/

Reston Town Center presents the fifth R4 Collection Day: Reduce. Re-use. Recycle. Reston! on Wednesday, September 15 from 1 pm until 4 pm. In an effort to provide awareness and options for disposal of items that can be diverted from landfill, specific items listed below will be accepted for collection at the Reston Town Center Pavilion, 11900 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190.

Bikes for the World will be collecting old bikes with a $10 donation that covers their repairs at R4 Collection Day on September 15

Reston Town Center is partnering with a number of groups that will be on site to collect used items for recycling and re-use, including: Bikes for the World (bicycle, sewing machine and hand tool collection); Reston Interfaith (winter coats); Secured Shred (document disposal); and Turtle Wings (computers and other electronics collection).

“We collected literally tons of electronics and paper in the four previous R4 Collection Days we’ve hosted twice a year since 2008,” according to Kathy Cope, General Manager of Reston Town Center. “All of the participants have been very appreciative of the opportunity, and we’re glad to offer this ‘green’ service. We’re providing our patrons, tenants, and the community with an option to safely dispose of items they need to discard, plus maintaining awareness of the types of items that can be recycled, and potentially put to good use, rather than put into the trash.”

The first four R4 Collection Days also collected hundreds of eyeglasses, bicycles and portable sewing machines for repair and re-use for shipment to underprivileged areas of the world, in addition to the tons of electronics plus paper shredded on site for recycling.

Reston Town Center plans to continue with holding this event twice a year, as demand requires. The next R4 Collection Day will be scheduled for April 2011.

Only the items listed below will be accepted at the R4 Collection Day. NO hazardous waste items. Items will only be accepted from 1 pm until 4 pm, and must be delivered directly to the appropriate collection booth. The list is also available on www.restontowncenter.com.

R4 collection items include:

  • Bicycles ($10 donation requested for repairing bikes for reuse)
  • Bicycle parts, accessories, and tools
  • Cell Phones
  • Computers and related equipment (hard drives can be removed on site)
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Documents for shredding
  • Electronics* (full list follows)
  • Eyeglasses & Hearing Aids
  • Portable Sewing Machines

*Electronics, collected by Turtle Wings, include: Answering machines, cables, camcorders, CDs, CD players, cell phones, computers, cords, DVDs, DVD Players, electric typewriters, electronic games, fax machines, keyboards/mice, hard drives, ink/toner, laptops, laptop batteries, mainframe equipment, microwave ovens, modems, monitors, networking equipment, pagers, PDAs, printers, printed circuit boards, radios, remote controls, scanners, stereos/components, tapes, tape players, telephones, telecom equipment, televisions, two-way radios, UPS-power supplies, VCRs, word processors.

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Established in 1990, beautiful Reston Town Center is an acclaimed outdoor venue offering more than 50 retail shops, 30 restaurants and a 13-screen cinema, plus more to come.  At the Center’s hub, the Pavilion hosts special events, concerts, festivals throughout the year and ice-skating in winter. For more information on shopping, dining and events at Reston Town Center, visit www.restontowncenter.com. Find it on Facebook, follow on Twitter, and read the blog www.WhereOutsideIsIn.com. Address: 11900 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190 Directions: From I-495, take I-66 west to the Dulles Toll Road (Exit 12, Route 267 West) to Reston Parkway (Exit 12). Turn right on Reston Parkway then left on New Dominion Parkway (4th light).

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