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Sept. 16, 2011
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter

Debut of the new RA News

RA News has a new look. Starting today, Reston Association's weekly newsletter will have a cleaner, more modern design. As always, items in the newsletter are related to RA and other non-profit community activities and events.


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Day Trip to National Harbor

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

All ages.

Fee: $25/RA members, $30/Non-members.

Join Reston Association for a bus trip up to the National Harbor. Take a stroll along the promenade and shop at the outdoor American Market, which includes a vast offering of producer-only merchandise including farm fresh produce and meats, specialty foods, handmade crafts, jewelry and more. Registration required. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577 for more information.




Useful Services Exchange Potluck Supper

Saturday, Sept. 17

5 p.m.

The home of BJ and Marilyn Silvey.

Information:  703-860-5141.

New and prospective members of Useful Services Exchange, Reston's time-trading "barter system," are invited to meet, eat and learn about the organization. Call to RSVP and get directions. Click here to read an article about the USE.


Positive Aging

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011

2-4 p.m., free.

Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, 1609 Washington Plaza.


Thanks to the Longevity Revolution we have more healthy time to thrive.  In this interactive workshop you will discover what matters in designing an authentic life. Candy Spitz, LCSW, ACC is a Career & Life Coach who specializes in helping people 50 and older design transitions aligned with their values and passions so they live with no regrets. Transitions give us opportunities to shake up our lives. Call 703-435-6577 to register.

Before Reston: The Bowman Family

Thursday, Sept. 22

7-9 p.m.

Reston Community Center, Lake Anne, 1609A Washington Plaza.

Information: 703-709-7700; restonmuseum@gmail.com.

Reston Museum revisits pre-Reston history with an extensive presentation on the Bowman family and the era of 1927-1961. Learn stories about this family, including the history of the Bowman Distillery that continued its production of "Virginia Gentleman" bourbon in Reston through the 1980s. All welcome.


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Car-Free Day a Worldwide Event

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011

Car-Free Day is a worldwide event that encourages the use of alternative transportation, ridesharing and telecommuting. Organizers are asking residents in the metropolitan D.C. region to take a pledge to go car-free or car-lite. Click here for related information about the 3rd Annual Virginia Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Week (Sept. 11-17).


Gone Batty

Friday, Sept. 30, 2011

7-8:30 p.m.

Location: Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

Reservations required by Sept. 27, 2011.

$6/person RA members, $9/person Non-members

For ages 5 and up.

For reservations, please call (703) 476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.


See one of the most fascinating creatures of the night up close. Join a bat specialist from BatWorld Nova to learn more about these amazing animals. After a presentation, take a night hike with a bat detector to find the wild bats of Reston.


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Trip to Dinner Theater to See Chicago

Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011

10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Ages: 55 years and older.

Fee: $62/ RA members, $68/Non-members

Join Reston Association as we head to The Way off Broadway Dinner Theater, in Fredrick Md., one of the area's premier entertainment venues combining fine dining with outstanding live stage shows. You'll be able to enjoy and experience this devilish, yet delightful popular show. Registration required. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577 for more information.


Fall for the Birds

Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011

2-3 p.m.

Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

Reservations required by Sept. 28, 2011.

$5/person RA members, $8/person Non-members.

For all ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)

For reservations, please call (703) 476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.


Come and see which birds are strutting their stuff at the nature center. Fall is the prefect time to learn about common feeder birds and make a feeder for your yard. Learn how to enjoy birds all winter and how you can help scientists at the same time.


Kids Play

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011

10-11 a.m.

Ages: 2-5 years (Children must be accompanied by an adult)

Location: Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive

Fee: $3/RA members, $6/Non-members

Kids Village staff will co-sponsor a morning of fun with the Reston Association. We will have a variety of activities, crafts and games. Great event for a mom's group, play dates and stay-at-home parents. Registration required. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6530 to register.


Oktoberfest at Reston Town Center

Friday, Oct. 7 through Sunday, Oct. 9

Reston Town Center Pavilion.

Presented by Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. Fall brews, delicious fare from area restaurants, live entertainment, children's rides and more. www.oktoberfestreston.com.


Reston Homes Tour

Saturday, Oct. 15.

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

A self-conducted tour of six outstanding private homes throughout Reston and a visit to the historic Delong Bowman House. Tickets on sale in September. More at www.restonmuseum.org. 

Neighborhood Watch Conference

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011

10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Location: Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston.


Neighborhood Watch Educational Workshops

You will learn:

  • How to start a Neighborhood Watch
  • Tips on home security and safety
  • Keeping a Neighborhood Watch active
  • How to recruit volunteers in your community


Brought to you by Fairfax County Police Department and Reston Association.


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Work for Reston Association

Go to the Reston Association website's careers page to see job listings and instructions on how to apply for full-time, part-time and seasonal positions.

Reston Volunteers 

RA's volunteer program consists of members in our community working in a variety of capacities. Volunteers are RA's strongest line of communication with the community. Each year a diverse group of RA members donate thousands of hours to the association. Through their dedication and kindness, we are able to provide a wide range of high-quality programs, services and events that make Reston a great place to Live, Work, Play and Get Involved.   

 Weed Warriors Brochure

Weed Warriors Project

Our native trees, ferns and wildflowers are under attack by invasive exotic plants like English Ivy, Japanese Honeysuckle and Bamboo. We need warriors like you to join us in rescuing Reston's beautiful parkland from these aggressive plants. These fast-growing, invasive plants escape from people's yards and seriously threaten local ecosystems, taking away vital food and habitat from already stressed wildlife populations. Please spend a couple hours in our parkland protecting our forests every fourth Saturday of each month as we help restore Reston's forests to their natural state.


Time: 10 a.m.-noon.

Children under 13 must be supervised by an adult.

Please wear long sleeves and long pants if you are allergic to poison ivy. RA will provide tools, gloves, snacks and water. To volunteer, contact Ha Brock, RA community outreach specialist at habrock@reston.org or by phone at 703-435-7986.



Protect the Trees

Saturday Sept. 24

The heavy vines of Oriental Bittersweet continue to strangle trees and take over shrubs in the natural area at Stones Throw Drive. Oriental Bittersweet is one of the most invasive and vigorous weeds in Reston. Please help us eradicate this aggressive vine. We will meet at the Bright Pond Lane cul-de-sac and walk down the path on the left of the pipe-Stem driveway. There is poison ivy at this site.



Help Monitor Streams 

Ages:Must be 16 years old or older.

Fall Session: Oct. 1-Nov. 30.

Become a volunteer stream monitor and help RA assess the health of our streams at several sites in Reston. If you are willing to learn, can work with a partner, enjoy data collection, wildlife identification and are interested in the health of Reston's streams, this is the job for you.  Volunteering consists of four monitoring sessions of three to four hours each for a total of 12-16 hours per year.  Training and practice are required and a two-year commitment is encouraged. For more information join the volunteer monitors' e-mail notification list by sending an e-mail to Brian Petty, Watershed Specialist at bpetty@reston.org with "Add me to the Stream Monitors list" in the message.




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