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* * * 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.

May 1st marks the favorite day of the year for our furry friends at Reston Town Center!  Pet Fiesta is an outdoor festival bringing together local businesses, animal rescue groups and pet owners for one exciting day of interactive activities, demonstrations, exhibitions and animals galore. Meet dozens of animals looking for their “forever home” and then check out the latest in pet products. The kids will enjoy on-stage entertainment, face painting and caricature artists. Gather the kids and join us for a great spring day of pets and fun for the whole family, all for a great cause!

Paws-itively Fun Pet Contests!

Think your dog is the fastest Frosty Paw™ eater? Does your dog have the howl heard round the world? Is your pet a snappy dresser?  Enter a variety of contests and win fabulous prizes!

Tails on Trails Dog Walk

What better way to spend a spring day that walking with your best friend? The Tails on Trails dog walk is a scenic walk to raise money to help homeless dogs find loving homes. The route will take you and your furry pal around the Reston Town Center on a walk along the W&OD trail, sidewalks & footpaths. What a great way to bond with your pet and get some much needed exercise! Dog walk begins at 10AM rain or shine!

Super Pet Adoption

Rescue groups will showcase adoptable animals to potential forever families. The event will also host nonprofit animal welfare organizations dedicated to educating the public.

Fun for the WHOLE family

Schedule

The event runs from 9am – 4pm. View the full event schedule.

Exhibits

This year’s Fiesta features exhibitors of pet products, nonprofit groups and rescue groups. Bring your leashed pet to do some shopping, meet new friends, or maybe even adopt a new family member!  Check out the list of nearly 100 organizations participating here.

Pet Fiesta benefits GoodDogz.org, an organization dedicated to educating potential dog owners on dog selection and care and supporting the efforts of rescue groups.

The Popular R4 Collection Day comes to Reston Town Center

We’re hosting the fourth R4 Collection Day: Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Reston! on Wednesday, April 21 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.

We’re partnering with a number of groups that will be on site to collect used items and supply information on recycling, including: Bikes for the World (bicycle and sewing machine collection); Lions Club of Reston (eyeglasses and hearing aids collection); Secured Shred (document disposal); and Turtle Wings (computers and other electronics collection).

A $10 donation with your old bike will repair it for re-use with Bikes for the World.

The first three R4 Collection Days resulted in tons of electronics for recycling and paper shredded on site, and hundreds of eyeglasses, bicycles and portable sewing machines for repair and re-use for shipment to underprivileged areas of the world. 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 September 2010.

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.

R4 collection items include:

  • Bicycles ($10 donation requested for repairing bikes for reuse)
  • Bicycle parts, accessories, and tools
  • 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. Find more information on shopping, dining and events at Reston Town Center, Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.  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).

Interested in riding in the Reston Tour de Cure coming up June 20th? Here’s your chance to learn more and get charged! Thursday night marks the free Tour de Cure Kick Off Party at The Bike Lane in Reston Town Center. Enjoy food and refreshments while you get rider, team and volunteer crew information and win great prizes! Pick up your tour brochures, posters and other materials and learn winning recruitment and fund-raising strategies from successful leaders. Bring team members, friends, neighbors, co-workers! RSVP needed. Learn more.

The Fountain at Reston Town Center came on March 11th with the arrival of the warmer weather.

The fountain came on today at Reston Town Center – a sure sign to locals that we’re trading the gloomy days of winter for some much needed fresh air and outdoor fun!

Speaking of outdoor fun, the ice skating rink remains open for the time being – so if you’re trying to get your final fix of winter fun, come on over! Just give the skating rink a call first to make sure they’re open as the days go on. You can reach them on the skating pavilion hotline at 703.709.6300

The Reston Runners are teaming up with INOVA Blood Donation Services here with us this weekend to address the critical blood shortage caused by the recent snow storms. The runners, who have been planning a 5-mile run and 3-mile walk from Fountain Square, are encouraging runners and patrons of Reston Town Center to give blood on January 9th following the run.

Reston Runners

The Reston Runners at Fountain Square, Reston Town Center. Photo courtesy of the Reston Runners Website. Photo by Kishan B.

“We are hopeful that Reston Runners can make a difference on Jan 9th with a big turnout of donors,” said a representative from the Reston Runners.

The INOVA Blood Donation Services supplies 15 hospitals in the metropolitan area, and the blood supply at any given time constitutes only about 30-50% of the need and in an emergency.

The bloodmobile will be on site next to the Reston Town Center Pavilion on Saturday, January 9th from 8:30am – 12:30pm. Walk-ins are welcome, but you may schedule your appointment time by calling 1.866.256.6372 or online at www.inova.org/donateblood. Panera Bread is donating indoor space for registration – we want you to stay warm! For more information about race training after giving blood, visit the Reston Runners online.

Donating Blood at Reston Town Center

The bloodmobile is onsite here at Reston Town Center regularly on the 4th Tuesday of each month from noon – 7:30pm. Schedule appointment times by calling 1-866-256-6372 or online here. The bloodmobile will be located beside the Pavilion near Williams-Sonoma. On site registration is always available as well. Thank you for donating blood!

Mark Your Calendars for Winter/Spring Donation Dates:

January 26
February 23
March 23
April 27
May 25

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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. 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(RestonTownCntr), read the blog “WhereOutsideIsIn.com”, sign up for the E-News or call 703-689-4699. Reston Town Center, 11900 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190

Directions: From I-495, take I-66 west to the Dulles Toll Road (Exit 67, Route 267 West) to Reston Parkway (Exit 12). Turn right on Reston Parkway then left on New Dominion Parkway (4th light).

We’ve had community performances featuring local schools all season spreading Holiday Cheer while you shop and dine with us at Reston Town Center! Special performances have included Fox Mill Elementary Chorus, Fairfax Christian School Fife & Drum Corps (in the video above), Lake Anne Elementary Chorus, Westfield High School Carolers, Celtic Rhythm School of Dance, Hoofin’ Ground Tap Dancing just to name a few! View the Reston Town Center calendar of events to view other events and holiday activities at Reston Town Center.

The Toys for Tots Drive with The Bike Lane in 2008.

The Marines will be here in Town Center today to accept unwrapped toys and cash donations for Toys for Tots during the MIX 107.3 live broadcast from Fountain Square. Come out to see Mix’s Chilli & Carson during the live broadcast from 3-7pm! The Bike Lane is also collecting donations for youth bikes and helmets. For more details visit http://bit.ly/80ug6P

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