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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.

“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!

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

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!

This Saturday night’s free concert at Reston Town Center is Incendio from Los Angeles. 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.

Incendio: Jim Stubblefield (guitar), JP Durand (guitar), and Liza Care (guitar/bass).

Incendio in both Italian and Spanish means “fire” and this moniker is fitting for a musical group whose sound is all about energy, exploration, and passion. At the heart of Incendio’s sound is the Latin or Spanish guitar which can conjure up romantic as well as powerful and bold images – they refer to their style as “Latin guitar world fusion.” Averaging more than 150 shows a year since 2000, their live performance has  become an explosive improvisatory journey, garnering tremendous audience response at festivals across the United States.  Their seven CD’s have enjoyed international radio airplay and critical acclaim.  Their latest guitar trio CD, “Vihuela”, was released in March 2009. Incendio will leave you amazed by their phenomenal guitar skills and dazzling interplay

Don’t miss this experiencia caliente this Saturday, July 23, 7:30-10pm!

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!

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/

It’s here!

Once again one of Reston’s favorite festivals, Taste of Reston, will be lining Market Street with booths from dozens of area restaurants, live entertainment, kids activities and more!

Taste of Reston, Northern Virginia’s largest outdoor food festival, takes place Friday-Saturday, June 17-18 at Reston Town Center.  The event features delectable samplings from the region’s favorite eateries, live music both days, beer and wine gardens, fun and games at the Taste of Reston Carnival, competition at the Guns n’ Hoses Chili Cook-off, and lively advice from the Living Well Expo.

Brave Contestants in the "Guns and Hoses Chili Cook-off"

In addition to the restaurant samplings, the “Guns n’ Hoses Chili Cook-off” will pit area cops against firemen – the ultimate battle of the heroes – in Reston’s spiciest competition.  Together, a panel of five judges vote using the following categories: Aroma, Color, Consistency, Taste, and Aftertaste to determine the “overall best chili”. In addition to the award for best chili according to the taste tester judges, Taste of Reston attendees vote for the “People’s Choice.”  Last year the cops took it, defeating the firemen in what was certainly a heated battle.  Who will take it this year?  Will the hoses find retribution against the blazing guns?

The Living Well Expo is taking place during Taste of Reston at Reston Town Center! Presenting entertainment for families and children, exercise and cooking demonstrations, a Smoothie Shakedown, and Radio Disney! In their second year, they are the area’s first regional Health Expo, showcasing local and regional health organizations that will inspire you and your family to live well!

The Taste of Reston Carnival

Everyone’s favorite carnival will also be returning to turn up the fun for both the young and young at heart! Wind your way over to the festivities featured in this fun-filled festival zone to take a spin on your favorite ride. Carnival tickets are available on site and cost $1 per ticket, or $20 for 24 tickets (each ride takes 3-5 tickets to ride).  Take advantage of the carnival bonus day on Sunday, June 19, open 10am-8pm and purchase an unlimited access wristband for $25.

Restaurants include: American Tap Room, Big Bowl, Cookology, Vinifera, Jackson’s, Mon Ami Gabi, Clyde’s, McCormick & Schmick’s, M&S Grill, Il Fornaio, Obi Sushi, Finnegan’s, Flippin Pizza, Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern, Paolo’s Ristorante, The Counter, Melting Pot, Mamma Lucia, Buffalo Wing Factory, Milwaukee Frozen Custard, and more! On Friday, June 17, 5:30-10:30pm, The Fabulous Dialtones will entertain from the Town Center Pavilion. On Saturday, June 18, 7:30–10:30pm The Texas Chainsaw Horns will be lighting up the stage. The Family Fun Zone! will feature fun activities, interactive games, demonstrations, and arts and crafts for all ages.

Admission is free! Food tickets $1 each

Taste of Reston Festival: Friday, June 17,  3-11pm; Saturday, June 18, noon-11pm

Guns n’ Hoses Chili Cook-off: Saturday June 18, noon-4pm

Carnival: Friday, June 17, 3-11pm; Saturday, June 18, Noon-11pm; Sunday, June 19, 10am-8pm

www.RestonTaste.com

Produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

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