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Top of the mornin’ to ya! This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration kicks off in a brand new fashion: with the Potomac River Running Lucky Leprechaun 5K on Saturday, March 16, at 8:30am!

Start your Irish-palooza with a festive 3.1 mile run around Reston Town Center.  The 5k course winds its way on the roads surrounding Reston Town Center, and let it be noted – with a 60 minute time limit en tow.  If that sounds daunting, don’t worry! The average time to walk a mile is 20 minutes, and with this track being just over three miles maintaining an easy pace should get you through! Who knows, maybe you’ll even find some gold.*

Stroller-bound wee ’uns: unfortunately this course is not stroller friendly, so you will have to wait for your care-taker at the finish line; we recommend waiting with another care-taker. For the slightly older tykes, there will be a free Kid’s Fun Run at 9:30am – registration for this portion of the event will take place on the morning of March 16 in front of the Pavilion.

Like proof of your commitment to fitness and all things St. Patty’s?  Register early and snag some sweet swag in the form of a Lucky Leprechaun t-shirt: www.prraces.com/luckyleprechaun.

Ok, so you just ran an incredible race on a Saturday morning through the wilds of Reston. It was harrowing. It was revitalizing. It was the fuel for your healthy Irish heart! And, not to mention it gave some early repentance for the day’s coming food and beverage choices…

So, what are you going to do next?!

Stomp across that finish line and get refueled Emerald Isle-style with the Clyde’s of Reston St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – that’s what you’re going to do! At 10am get your fill with the Bacon & Kegs Irish breakfast, then enjoy Clyde’s food, Guinness beer, and Irish folk dancing all day long.  Kid’s get in the spirit too with activities to keep ‘em going all the live long day, including festive face painting and a moon bounce.

Raise a pint, dance a jig, twirl a lass, and eat your fill. This celebration raves on rain or shine on Saturday, March 16, 10am – 11pm. Sláinte!

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*Reston Town Center does not maintain or manage the existence of gold or its distribution in or around the 5K loop area. That is left for participating leprechauns, rainbows, or Brangelina to bestow upon who they wish.

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


It’s no real surprise to people already living in Reston, but the rest of the world is being reminded that Reston is one of the best small cities to live in America! Our master-planned community ranked seventh in the recent poll by CNN Money – go Reston!

Ranked on factors like strong job opportunities, great schools, low crime and plenty to do, it’s no wonder Reston was rated so highly. Our “uber-urban downtown,” (aka Reston Town Center!) offers shops, restaurants, live concert series, wine and beer festivals, seasonal ice skating and family events year-round. Add in our unique, creative neighborhoods with sidewalks and quiet streets and ongoing recreation of pools, miles of trails, parks, lakes and the W&OD winding through it and you wonder how we didn’t make number one! With new companies moving into the area creating new jobs all the time, it’s also a great place to start a career.

Recently ranked as one of Four Square’s “Top 10 Romantic Spots in the US,” Reston offers its visitors and residents a unique setting that is both intimate and urban. Designed as a community to foster connectivity, relationships both new and old can grow while a steady stream of new people keeps life and experiences fresh. After all, the people you are with are often what add the ‘awesome’ to where you are!

As the locals know, Reston is only 30 minutes outside Washington D.C. and acts as a respite from the bustling city life. It’s also a mere 10 minutes from Washington Dulles Airport and within the next few years, the new metro extension will connect all three easily.

Thank you to all the Restonians for making Reston the “best place to live”!  For those unfamiliar, come visit and see for yourself!

Greater Reston Arts Center and the Hyatt Regency Reston are pleased to present the work of accomplished Virginia artist, Dana Scheurer, in an exhibition at the Market Street Bar and Grill; on display now through April 16, 2012.

As one of the area’s most creative and prolific artists Dana Ann Scheurer is known for her expert manipulation of watercolor paints and whimsical subject matter.  In addition to participating in all twenty of the annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festivals, produced by Greater Reston Arts Center. Scheurer has been a featured artist in four exhibitions organized by GRACE and has been an active GRACE artist member since 1981.

Visit Market Street Bar and Grill for dinner and be filled with not only a delicious array of cuisine, but with the watercolor treasures from Scheurer’s exhibition, New Works.

Dana Scheurer with her work, "Magic Garden."

The exhibition of New Works includes 20 watercolor paintings that showcase Scheurer’s mastery of drawing, color, composition, and precise execution of a delicate media.  The largest work on display, Magic Garden, stretches 42” x 32” and is a comprehensive expression of Scheurer’s love of form, music, and classical images; all experienced by the viewer as a striking dreamlike visual delight.

Paintings are strategically placed in the exhibit prior to being mounted. Media used: Winsor Newton watercolor on D'Arches watercolor paper.

Other new compositions will explore Scheurer’s love of special iconic Reston images, such as Lake Anne and Reston Town Center, ageless classical forms, and the light hearted “beach series” where she excels in the use of bold color.  The precision of all Scheurer’s hand drawn work offers the viewer an opportunity for careful study.  The details hidden among each painting call the viewer to revisit multiple times in order to take the image fully in.

Join Scheurer at Market Street Bar and Grill on Monday, January 30, 5 – 7 pm, for a Reception and Gallery Talk; learn about the pieces and the vision behind them.

Dana Scheurer
www.danascheurer.com

GreaterRestonArtsCenter
www.gracearts.org

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!

This Saturday night’s free concert at Reston Town Center is the Verny Varela Band!  This concert is part of the free summer series that takes place at the Reston Town Center Pavilion every Saturday night thru August 27, from 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., rain or shine.

The Verny Varela Band will be closing out July and heating up the Pavilion with spicy Salsa, Merengue, Rumba and more! Verny Varela is an arranger, composer, singer, and flutist from Cali, Colombia where he first started singing and playing with his father’s band, “El Nuevo Son.”  He takes the stage this Saturday, July 30, 7:30-10pm.

Verny has been on tour in both Europe and in the U.S. with the Tito Gomez after branching out from his Colombian roots. He wrote and sang for Thievery Corporation on the albums: “The Richest man in Babylon,” “The Cosmic Game,” and “The Radio Retaliation.” Verny also sang on the 40th Anniversary CD of the outstanding charanga band, “Orquesta Broadway” in New York City in 2002.

Verny released his album “Amar de Nuevo” in 2004, which was placed on the Latin Grammy list of “best tropical albums” of 2005.  In 2008, Verny released his newest album “Gracias” – in which he wrote and arranged 90% of the songs.

Come ready to dance, you won’t be able to resist!

In 1959 Cadillac was known as “a new measure of automotive supremacy.” In an effort to keep that claim alive, Cadillac presents their “Cadillac Cullinary Challenge” in which you, the driver, can take the wheel first hand, and decide for yourself which vehicle reigns supreme.  Stroll leisurely from vehicle to vehicle, comparing the luxury and performance of the Cadillac line up to their challengers. The vehicles will go head to head against similar makes and models from BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes, and give you the chance to decide which vehicle you prefer.


Following the theme of competition, join us for a free culinary event presented by Cadillac’s culinary partners. Watch a lively competition between two talented and renowned chefs – Geoffrey Zakarian of The Lambs Club and The National, and Chris Clime of PassionFish.  Pick up tips from the best in the business and then sample their delicious creations!

Cadillac Culinary Challenge Test Drive program

Saturday, July 16, 10 am – 6 pm & 
Sunday, July 17, 10 am – 6 pm

Test drives run the entire program time and culinary demonstrations take place at 11:30am, 2pm and 4pm. Seating is limited to a first come, first serve basis.

This is an open event, so please invite your friends and family to join.
www.CadillacChallenge.com

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!

More than just “snap,” “crackle,” and “pop,” were present at Friday and Saturday’s Taste of Reston. Also in the mix were, “munch,” “crunch,” “sizzle,” “slurp,” “gulp,” as well as lots of, “yum’s” and “mmms”—and it should be noted that none of these guests of honor had anything to do with Rice Krispies!

27 of the Reston area’s favorite food accommodators, 24 sponsors of positive living, 12 supporters of prosperous work lives, as well as numerous entertainers gathered in RTC for Taste of Reston—a tasty and fun-filled festival to benefit the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce.

Market Street was lined by dozens of white tents full of delectable smells. Tickets were the currency to tantalize one’s taste buds—whether used for hamburger sliders and crab cakes, or berry pound cake and gelato. Taste, however, was not the only sense to be satisfied, as warm breezes carried a feast for the ears, transporting pleasant sounds from the various music stages and artists throughout the premises.

President’s Park was the site for the Living Well Expo, which featured dance classes, sporting games, healthy living sponsors, and other activities to encourage physically healthy lives! From bubble-blowing clowns to Redskins Girls line dancing with civilians, many performers were present in the Living Well Expo to create a more interactive experience.

Just down the hill, in the North East parking lot lurked a festival overflowing with fun for all ages! Rides, carnival games, and cotton candy, set the scene for this section of Taste of Reston, adding just a little more flavor to the event.

Spicy seasonings perfumed Library Street on Saturday afternoon, as the Guns n’ Hoses Chili Cook-Off went down between our favorite hometown heroes: the Fire Department versus the Police Department. The Police Department’s “Reapers Stew” took the gold this time, leaving the Fire Department ready to bring it in 2012!

The event ended with a bang, as the Texas Chainsaw Horns took center stage. The zesty horn-based funk band was bursting with energy, able to capture the audience with their jazzy, soulful arrangements and vibrant attitude!

Thanks to all who came out to support the Reston Chamber of Commerce at the 21st annual Taste of Reston Event.  We hope to see everyone back in 2012 to see how the tastes of Reston evolve in the coming year!

For photos of the event, click here!

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