Express your artistic passion during ChalkFest at Reston Town Center!

Posted on September 3, 2018 by Avant Property

Held Saturday, September 15, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the event is open to professional artists, amateur artists, businesses, families, and kids of all ages.

ChalkFest is one of the area’s most unique and fun events, attracting a diverse, motivated audience and promoting public art in Reston. Participants are invited to show off their creativity and craft chalk drawings on Market Street, in the heart of the Reston Town Center.

The festival draws a wide range of participants and even larger group of visitors to witness their amazing talent. In 2017, over 4000 visitors participated in the festival’s programming, exceeding the expected visitor goals for the festival.

ChalkFest is free and will be held rain or shine. Learn more at http://publicartreston.org/engage/events/chalkfest-at-reston-town-center/.

A Delicious New Pizza Choice for Reston!

Posted on August 30, 2018 by Avant Property

Who doesn’t love a good pizza? Now, Reston has a new option for pizza fans – &pizza, an “anti-establishment establishment” built on the renown of its creative, oblong-shaped pies and craft beverages.

Select from a tasty menu of signature favorites or craft your own design. No matter what you choose, you’ll love the quick service, great prices, and incredible ingredients. Stop by today!

&pizza
1826 Library Street
Reston, Virginia
11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
https://andpizza.com/

Celebrate Five Decades of History at the Reston Museum!

Posted on August 28, 2018 by Avant Property

(Photo: Reston Museum/Facebook/DavidMadisonPhotography.com)

Today, Reston is celebrated as one of the D.C. area’s most exciting communities – a vibrant hub of technology, commerce, and culture.

However, Reston was a trailblazing locale even when it was created in 1965. As a “New Town” experiment, it was one of America’s first master-planned communities, a haven of equality open to all races, ages, and incomes. Pay tribute to this inspiring legacy and spend some time at the Reston Museum!

Operated by the Reston Historic Trust, the museum is a charming showcase in the Lake Anne Plaza. It offers walking tours, community exhibits, children’s workshops, and displays featuring photos, articles, manuscripts, maps, and architectural models. Local students even compiled an extensive series of oral histories from long-time residents – which have been transcribed, bound, and exhibited in the museum.

The Reston Museum also boasts colorful works for sale by local artists and artisans, including pottery, watercolors, photos, and prints. Be sure to check out this little local gem soon!

Reston Historic Trust & Museum

1639 Washington Plaza

Reston, Virginia

(703) 709-7700

http://www.restonmuseum.org/

Make the Dog Days of Summer a Howling Good Time!

Posted on August 3, 2018 by Avant Property

Reston Town Center is a great place to walk your dog – or let your pooch walk you!

Enjoy summertime fun during the Dog Days of Summer, held every Wednesday through September 26. Canines and their humans can frolic in the Pavilion as it is transformed into an off-leash play area. You and your doggie can enjoy treats, toys, areas to cool off, pet-friendly giveaways, and more!

The Dog Days of Summer is free and sponsored by Healthy Hound Playground and Grooming Salon & Spa.

Dog Days of Summer

Every Wednesday through September 26

4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Rock Out at the Reston Concerts on the Town Series!

Posted on June 29, 2018 by Avant Property

What’s your musical personality? Do you rock out to blistering guitar riffs and driving bass lines? Are you a fan of Motown melodies or hip-shaking Latin rhythms? Maybe you prefer doo-wop, big-band jazz, or Frank Sinatra classics. Whatever your taste in tunes, grab a lawn chair and picnic blanket and come see the diverse bands of the Reston Concerts on the Town Series.

Now in its 28th year, the series is held at the Reston Town Center Pavilion, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., each Saturday through August 25. Rain or shine, it’s a guaranteed good time for the entire family. Upcoming acts include:

June 30: Beleza (samba)
July 7: Good Shot Judy (swing, big band, jazz)
July 14: Scythian (Celtic, gypsy folk-rock)
July 21: Entrain (rock, ska, calypso)
July 28: Incendio (Latin fusion, flamenco/Spanish guitar)
August 4: Chubby Carrier and The Bayou Swamp Band (Louisiana zydeco)
August 11: U.S. Navy Sea Chanters (songs from “Jersey Boys” and Motown)
August 18: T Sisters (folk-rock, contemporary bluegrass)
August 25: Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. (jazz crooner and 2011 “America’s Got Talent” winner)

So get your groove on and maybe even bust a few moves at the Reston Concerts on the Town Series!

Reston Town Center
11900 Market Street
Reston, Virginia
(703) 579-6720
http://restontowncenter.com/concerts

A New Food Market in Reston!

Posted on June 21, 2018 by Avant Property

Attention, foodies! Unleash your culinary creativity with the help of the new Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market opening in Reston!

Balducci’s doors will open on Friday, June 22, kicking off a week-long celebration with delicious food tastings; enticing chef demonstrations; wine pairings; a beer crowler bar; and special, member-exclusive offers throughout the store. All guests will receive 10 percent off their total purchase from June 22 to July 1. But that’s not all! Balducci’s customers can enjoy free two-hour parking in the Silver Garage—no app required!

Don’t miss out on the appetizing action. Come out to Balducci’s bright and early on June 22 to get a taste of the fun. Learn more at http://www.balduccis.com/reston/.

Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market
1871 Fountain Drive
Reston, Virginia
http://www.balduccis.com/reston/

A Tasty Taste of Reston!

Posted on June 2, 2018 by Avant Property

Local foodies will rejoice at the annual Taste of Reston, held June 15-16, just steps from The Avant at the Reston Town Center!

Produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, Taste of Reston is the largest outdoor food festival in the area and was voted “Northern Virginia’s Best Food Festival” for the past six years by Virginia Living magazine.

Tantalize your taste buds and indulge in food samples from more than 20 area restaurants. Relax and treat yourself to a refreshing libation in the beer and wine gardens. Enjoy live music, cooking demos, and a Family Fun Zone.

Whatever your appetite, Taste of Reston will be a palate-pleasing experience for food lovers.

Admission is free, but food tickets are available for purchase. To learn more, visit http://www.restontaste.com/.

Taste of Reston
Friday, June 15, and Saturday, June 16
Reston Town Center (Pavilion and Market Street)
http://www.restontaste.com/

Attend the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival!

Posted on May 14, 2018 by Avant Property

Looking for some thought-provoking art to decorate your home? Attend the 27th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival at the Reston Town Center!

Held May 18-20, the festival will be presented by Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE). View and purchase art from more than 200 artists from across the nation, and enjoy three days of live performances, acclaimed children’s activities, and more.

The festival is free and open to the public, although $5 donations per adult in support of GRACE are encouraged and appreciated. In return for the donation, each patron receives a robust festival program containing nearly $200 worth of dining certificates, a map of the festival, and a complete artist listing.

In addition, Balducci’s Food Lovers Market will be onsite offering samples of savory snacks and refreshing beverages at multiple booths and kiosks.

For more information, call (703) 471-9242 or visit http://restonarts.org/fineartsfestival/.

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
May 18-20
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Reston Town Center
(703) 471-9242

Viva Pet Fiesta at Reston Town Center!

Posted on April 29, 2018 by Avant Property

Celebrate the personality and fun of your favorite animal at Pet Fiesta, held Saturday, May 5th, at the Reston Town Center! This pet-centric outdoor festival is sponsored by, and benefits, GoodDogz.org, an organization dedicated to educating potential dog owners on canine selection and care, and supporting the efforts of rescue groups.

Pet Fiesta brings together local businesses, animal rescue groups, and pet owners for an exciting day of activities, demonstrations, and animals galore. Meet wonderful animals looking for their forever homes, check out the latest in pet products, and watch the animals strut their stuff during contests and fashion shows. Enjoy onstage entertainment, face painting, and caricature artists. Gather the kids and come out for a day of pets and fun for the whole family!

Pet Fiesta 2018
Saturday, May 5th
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Reston Town Center
https://petfiesta.org/

Tips to Make Every Day Earth Day!

Posted on April 27, 2018 by Avant Property

April commemorates Earth Day, and many people like to spend the month cleaning waterways, picking up litter, or organizing large-scale trash and recycling drives.

If you’re interested in living greener, but don’t know how to start or just want to begin small, here are eight great tips to make your apartment living at The Avant more eco-friendly. These steps are easy, can be implemented immediately, and, best of all, help keep our environment healthy — all year long. Everyone wins!

1. Partner with Bozzuto. Bozzuto is challenging you, our communities, our coworkers, our friends, and our families to come together and share ways we can all #BeTheGreen. Click here for more information.

2. Kill the vampires. Walk around your apartment and unplug any electronic devices and appliances you’re not using. These include TVs, computers, printers, cell phone chargers, video game consoles, and CD and DVD players (we know some of you still have these!).

Most electronic equipment still consumes energy when turned off and plugged in – about 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year. That’s enough to power a home for two months! No wonder they’re called vampires.

3. Watch that wash. Try to wait for a full load before turning on the washing machine, dryer, or dishwasher. You use the same amount of energy to power them whether you have a half load or a full one. Each washing cycle uses more than 25 gallons of water – make sure every drop counts. When using the dryer, clean out the lint filter after every load.

Doing dishes? Scrape your plate, but don’t rinse it, before putting it into the dishwasher. Pre-rinsing is no longer necessary with today’s technology and detergents, and you might use more water to pre-rinse than the dishwasher uses for a full wash cycle.

4. Don’t guzzle the H2O. Take quick showers and don’t let the water run when shaving or brushing your teeth.

5. Monitor your thermostat. Turn down your thermostat by two degrees in the winter and up by two degrees in the summer. You’ll eliminate 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide during the year.

6. Recycling, a classic that still works. For decades, we’ve all heard how wonderful recycling is. That’s because it works! Consider the fact that recycling just one aluminum can saves the amount of energy required to run a TV for three hours.

In this technology-obsessed world of ours, many retailers and other companies also will take your old gadgets for recycling. Computers, monitors, cell phones, and other electronics often contain toxic materials that should not sit in landfills.

7. Lower the lights. Change to fluorescent light bulbs – which use approximately 66 percent less energy than regular incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer. Always turn off lights when you aren’t home, or in a particular room, to save energy. You can also install automatic timers to turn off lights in empty rooms.

8. Let the sunshine in. Among the best, most inexpensive ways to warm your apartment is by letting sunlight in. Open blinds, drapes, and shutters and allow solar energy to brighten the indoors naturally.

As you can see, it’s easy to go green. You don’t have to turn your life completely upside down. Just start small, go slow, and make the adjustments gradually. Make every day Earth Day! For more tips, visit the website of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.