Simple Tips to Help You Follow Through on a New Year’s Resolution

Posted on January 21, 2020 by Warren Duffie

Making a New Year’s resolution is easy—sticking to it is a whole lot harder! But with a little perseverance and a whole lot of planning, you can be on your way to making your goals for 2020 a reality, whether you’ve resolved to be more mindful of your budget, you’re seeking to stay active, or something else altogether. Now that January is almost behind us, read on for three tips to help you stick with your New Year’s resolutions.

Start small. By breaking your resolution down into smaller, more actionable goals, you can make your overall objective a little less daunting. For instance, if you’ve resolved to save $1,000 by December 2020, consider putting away $83/month or $19.23/week into a savings account. Your weekly successes will help keep you motivated, especially as you see your bank account balance grow.

Buddy up. If you’ve made a resolution to get active this year, enlist a friend or coworker to join you in your goal. Partnering with another person helps keep you accountable; you’ll be less likely to throw in the towel when you know someone else is counting on you for moral support and companionship.

Make a realistic goal. It’s okay for your resolutions to be ambitious, but they shouldn’t be so lofty that you’re setting yourself up for failure. Think of 2020 as the first year of the rest of your life. This year, you’ll be making positive changes that will set the groundwork for your future successes. Making changes to one’s lifestyle or habits should be seen as a marathon, not a sprint!

Introduction to Cobu at The Avant!

Posted on January 17, 2020 by Warren Duffie

We have exciting news for you! We recently partnered with Cobu, a Boston-based real estate tech company that will be customizing a resident app exclusively for our community.  Here’s a quick hello from their team with more news to follow soon.


The Avant Team


Hi there, new friends – we’re Cobu and it’s great to meet you!

It’s our passion and mission to power genuine community in apartment buildings like yours. We love it so much that it’s part of our name; Cobu is short for “Community Builders!” We believe that life is about making meaningful and lasting connections, especially in the places we call home. Potential friendships are all around us, though sometimes we need a little nudge to get the connections started. That’s where Cobu – and our app – comes in!

Explore your passions and discover new interests through our interest groups. Then get to know fellow neighbors who love what you love through online discussions and in-person gatherings. Most importantly, you can become a community champion by creating gatherings – casual and unique in-person experiences – that empower your neighbors to gather.

Stay tuned for more emails including more about our app as well as a quick survey on how we can help you make those connections with your neighbors, building community, and neighborhood. We’re excited to share more soon!

Enjoy a Taste of France at Mon Ami Gabi in Reston

Posted on January 16, 2020 by Warren Duffie

Locals know that Mon Ami Gabi is more than just a spot to enjoy gourmet French fare; it’s a destination for fun events! Spanning cooking classes to happy hour specials, these events are listed on the bistro’s events page, so you can always add something new and fun to your calendar. Case in point: the Big Game Brunch on Super Bowl Sunday, which invites diners to arrive in their favorite football team’s gear. In exchange, you’ll score a gift card good toward a future meal!

Circling back to Mon Ami Gabi’s French-inspired fare, the menus offer a delicious array of food for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Highlights include the roasted salmon, the root vegetable salad, and for dessert, the creme brulee.

Explore the Winter Walk of Lights!

Posted on December 11, 2019 by Warren Duffie

Revel in the stunning glory of more than half a million colorful lights! Bring the whole family to the magical Winter Walk of lights, held at Vienna’s Meadowlark Botanical Gardens through January 5!

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens are one of the hidden treasures of Fairfax County, and never more so than during this festive walk. Every year, the gardens are transformed into a half-mile, animated path of shimmering yuletide-themed lights.

Revisit perennial favorites such as the Lakeside Lights, the Fountain of Lights, and the Holiday Nature Walk. There are even new displays this year! Round out your visit by roasting marshmallows and sipping hot beverages – available for purchase – by a warm, relaxing fire.

Put on your walking shoes and experience a beloved Northern Virginia holiday tradition! Tickets start at $8. Learn more at

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court

Vienna, Virginia

(703) 255-3631

Spreading Musical Holiday Cheer!

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Looking to maintain your holiday spirit after a day of shopping or running errands? Then visit the Fountain Square and Promenade areas at the Reston Town Center to enjoy a variety of inspiring, warm-hearted musical performances! From melodic ukuleles to soaring choral numbers, you’re sure to feel revitalized and in the yuletide spirit after witnessing these ear-pleasing concerts:

December 14:

Lindsey Hirshfeld, guitar/vocals, noon

Reston Chorale, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Rick Landers, guitar/vocals, 3 p.m.

December 15:

Northern Virginia Ukulele Society, noon

Northern Virginia Ukulele Ensemble, 1 p.m.

Rick Landers, guitar/vocals, 3 p.m.

December 21:

Northern Virginia Ukulele Ensemble, noon

Rick Landers, guitar/vocals, 3 p.m.

Enjoy a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride!

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What could be more romantic than a horse-drawn carriage ride? Picture it: you and your beloved cuddled close while watching the world go by, lulled into a relaxed state by the steady clip-clop of hooves. It’s almost like being transported to a bygone era!

On Saturdays through December 21, visitors to the Reston Town Center can enjoy this experience from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Departures leave from in front of Clyde’s. Tickets are $5 per person; children under 5 years of age ride for free. All proceeds benefit local charities.

Weather-dependent. If inclement weather occurs, please check updates at

Ice-Skating Season is Here!

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The Reston Town Center is celebrating ice-skating season in super style. Until March 15, 2020, the floor of the Pavilion has been transformed into a gleaming ice skating rink. It’s like an indoor winter wonderland!

Rent some skates and enjoy a fun, unique exercise regimen. Have you always wanted to learn to ice skate? Then this is the perfect time to partner with an instructor and tackle that dream! Need ideas for a memorable birthday party, corporate function, or fundraising event? Book the ice skating rink for a cool – literally! – celebration. Or just bring the family out for a day of bonding and building memories.

Learn more at

Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion

1818 Discovery Street

Reston, Virginia

(703) 709-6300

Express Your Artistic Side during ChalkFest at Reston Town Center!

Posted on August 25, 2019 by

Held Saturday, September 14, from 9 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.

ChalkFest will be held rain or shine. Learn more at

Run Reston Town Center!

Posted on August 19, 2019 by

Start your Thursdays by breaking a sweat and crushing goals! Meet outside of Lululemon at Reston Town Center, at 6 a.m., to join up with a running group.

There will be a run for you, no matter your fitness level or goal—whether you want to train with friends or spice up your current regimen. Come out and get your workout on!


Every Thursday, 6 a.m.

Lululemon at Reston Town Center

11957 Market Street

Reston, Virginia

Fresh Food at the Reston Farmers and Makers Market!

Posted on August 2, 2019 by

Looking for a unique, vibrant shopping experience where you can buy fresh seasonal produce and mingle with creative artists and artisans? Then experience the Reston Farmers and Makers Market!

Open every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the market features an ever-changing selection of fruits, vegetables, and other products. Indulgences include meats, cheeses, olive oil, honey, and assorted baked goods.

But the market is more than just groceries. It’s also home to dynamic artists creating handmade, vintage, and one-of-a-kind items.

Why not plan an excursion to the Reston Farmers and Makers Market? Enjoy the fine products, bring home some thought-provoking artwork, and possibly make some new friends!

Reston Farmers and Makers Market

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Reston Town Center