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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.

This year Reston Town Center celebrated the holidays with Disney Princesses, Humpty Dumpty, Mother Goose, and even the Hungry Hungry Caterpillar! We are excited to announce our largest crowd ever, estimated at around 15 thousand people gathered down two blocks of Market Street! We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day and a more thrilling turnout.

The day began with the Gingerbread Man Mile Run, a fun run for kids to race around Reston Town Center and then enjoy delicious Gingerbread Man cookies.

Next was the 21st Annual Reston Holiday Parade celebrating the theme, “Storybook Magic!”  Characters from our favorite childhood stories marched, floated, and danced down Market Street alongside community groups, schools, and entertainers.  Chili and Carson from MIX 107.3 were the official emcees of the parade, keeping the crowds excited and informed of all the parade participants.  Santa Claus was once again the guest of honor, riding through last on his horse-drawn carriage and spreading with him tidings of joy for the new Christmas season.

Throughout the day were visits and photos with Santa, Ice skating, and a fantastic Gingerbread Village on display in the Hyatt Lobby!  Five days in the making, this delicious creation consists of 145 pounds of sugar, 100 pounds of flour, 2 gallons of molasses and honey, 1½ pounds of cinnamon and nutmeg, 15 pounds of pretzels, and 90 pounds of candy!

To round-off the perfect beginning to the holiday season, Santa and Mrs. Claus led thousands of spectators in the lighting of the giant Christmas tree in Fountain Square.  With the help of all who believe, Santa lit the tree on the count of three, and then led the crowds along with the Reston Chorale in a holiday sing along.

View live footage of the 21st Annual Reston Holiday Parade on Comcast Channel 28  in Reston on December 3,4,10,11,24, and 25 at 11am.  Also, view online at www.rctv28.com.

See all our pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/restontowncenter

The name Reston is derived from the initials of a man who envisioned a new type of suburban community.  Robert E. Simon took a piece of land in Fairfax County and saw the possibility of that land becoming a self-sustaining suburban area where people could both work and live. The planned community that has emerged, though almost 50 years in the making, was once the off-beat idea of an innovative planner and now sets the standard for Town Center Communities.

John Clark from Planning Magazine wrote about Reston’s evolution, from its beginnings as a simple idea to its construction and reality as a suburban-downtown destination.  Follow along for a fascinating account of how this town came to be: Reston Revisited PLANNING MAGAZINE 2011

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!

Evolution Cycling’s 10th Annual Reston Town Center Grand Prix bicycle race is happening this Sunday, June 26, 7:30am-5pm!  Experience the speed and thrills of races around Reston Town Center, featuring the Mid-Atlantic’s top men and women racers, competing for thousands in cash and prizes.

The Reston Town Center Grand Prix will host more than 500 athletes to compete at all levels, from beginner to seasoned racer.  Thousands of spectators will be able to watch cyclists fly down the streets and whip around tight corners at thundering speeds.

The schedule includes children’s races for younger cyclists aged 4 to 9 years old, beginning at 12pm.  Children with any kind of bike are welcome to participate in the race as long as they are wearing a bike helmet. The Bike Lane will be providing complimentary helmet checks on site.

Proceeds from the event will support The Raisin Hope Foundation, an organization that encourages brain injury research and promotes public awareness and understanding of people with a disability as a result of a brain injury.

Evolutionary Cycling is a non-profit organization governed by volunteer members, and is a member of USA Cycling, the Mid-Atlantic Bicycle Racing Association (MABRA) and the Virginia Cycling Association (VCA). Learn more at www.evolutioncycling.org

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/

Congratulations to all who participated in the Tour de Cure on Saturday, June 5!  It was a great success, as thousands of bikers from around the region gathered to support those who live with diabetes.  The American Diabetes Association is still campaigning, and they are very close to reaching their $700,000 goal!

Designed as a series of routes for various riding distances, Tour de Cure is able to accommodate participants of all ages and experience levels. From 4 year-olds being towed along in bike attachments to 70 year-old professional cyclists; whether riding for oneself, a loved one, or simply to support a good cause, people from all walks of life were present at Saturday’s event at Reston Town Center.

 As the Tour is not a race, but rather a paced excursion, bikers were able to focus on the cause rather than their individual performance.  Staggering the start of the various biking distances—which ranged from 12 miles to 100 miles—allowed for all groups to return to the town center around the same time period. Riders came back to cheering fans and enthusiastic supporters.

After the bikers returned, the fun was only just beginning. The event featured a catered lunch to all participants, karate and hula performances, bike check-ups from RTC’s own The Bike Lane, a Gold’s Gym Cycle-a-thon, and more!

Tour de Cure’s tour de force left the greater Washington area filled with anticipation for next year’s event, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday June 3, 2012!

2011 Summer Line-up is Here!

Come celebrate summer at Reston Town Center by dancing to great live music in the Pavilion every Saturday night. Reston Concerts on the Town, the weekly summer concert series at Reston Town Center, will kick off its summer season on June 4th with the Beatles tribute band, Hard Day’s Night. 

Reston Concerts on the Town is a free concert series that takes place at the Reston Town Center Pavilion every Saturday night, June 4th thru August 27th, from 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., rain or shine. Featuring talented local and national acts, the concerts are sponsored by the Reston Town Center Association with support from the Fairfax Times. This year’s line-up features a diverse array of music including boogie-woogie blues; swing; jazz; Latin rhythms; Motown; reggae; and Celtic and East European rhythms.

Music lovers of all ages are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics to the concerts each week and come ready to have a swingin’ good time. For more information about this series, please call the concert hotline: 703-912-4062.

The full summer concert line-up is below.

The concert series kicks off the first Saturday in June, and continues every Saturday night through August.

2010 SUMMER SCHEDULE
Free concerts throughout the summer!
Time: Saturdays, June – August, 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., rain or shine
Place: Reston Town Center Pavilion, Reston Virginia
Directions: From the Capital Beltway (495), take the Dulles Toll Road (Exit 45A/ Route 267 West). At Reston Parkway (Exit 12), turn right. To enter Reston Town Center, turn left at the fourth light onto New Dominion. Free garage parking
Contact: call 703-912-4062 for further concert information

JUNE

4th
Hard Day’s Night
Beatles tribute     

11th
Henry Butler & NONY Funk
Jump blues,New Orleans jazz, funk

18th
Taste of Reston
Texas Chainsaw Horns
Blues-based rock            

25th
David Akers & the Epitome,
Hits from the 40s thru today                       

JULY

2nd
Radio King Orchestra
Swing, Big Band Jazz

9th
Reston Festival

16th *
Bucky Pizzarelli & Chuck Redd,
w/ Nicki Parrott, Robert Redd, Delores King Williams & Tom Williams

23rd
Incendio
Spanish guitar, Afro-Cuban, & more

30th
The Verny Varela Band
Salsa, Merengue, Rumba,& more

AUGUST

6th
Jambulay
Reggae, calypso, soca, & zouk

13th *
U.S. Army Band Downrange
Pop, R&B, & more

20th
Mo’ Sol
Motown, Soul, R&B

27th
Scythian
High-energy Celtic and World music

*concert format: no dance floor

Please note: Other than the June 18th Taste of Reston, alcohol is permitted at restaurants only.


May is National Bike to Work Month, and hundreds of bicycling commuters from the Washington metropolitan region will be out pedaling in celebration of this clean, inexpensive, and healthful means of transportation.  Be part of the solution to Northern Virginia’s traffic congestion, and join hundreds of bicycle commuters to celebrate Bike to Work Day, this Friday, May 20th, at the Reston Town Center Pavilion.  This stop is conveniently located near the W&OD Trail, Reston Transit Station, and new Sunset Hills Park and ride.

Bicyclists Meet in the Pavilion for refreshments, mingling, and prizes.

The event stretches from 6:30-9:00am, and features free snacks and drinks, prize raffles, bicycle tune-ups, and a chance to meet fellow riders.  Pre-registered riders also get a t-shirt.  Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins will greet riders at 8 am, and Bruce Wright of Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling will be on hand to bring people up to date on the latest bicycling improvements in the county.  The locker rooms and showers at the Reston YMCA will be open to participants on the morning of the event.

The Reston Town Center pavilion will be one of several pit stops for the annual “Bike to Work Day” sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA), and Fairfax County.

Channel your inner Lance Armstrong, and do your part to help the community, the planet, and your health!

To register, visit www.waba.org/events/btwd/ and select the Reston pit stop.

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