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Sept. 23, 2011
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter

Greetings from Reston Association

RA News includes information about association and other non-profit community events and programs. The free newsletter is sent to subscribers on Fridays. Items for submission are due on the Monday prior to publication and are subject to revision in order to meet RA standards. 


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Reston Multicultural Festival

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011

11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Lake Anne Village Center.  


The Reston Multicultural Festival is a celebration of the diversity and welcoming community spirit that is found in Reston. Click here to watch video.    




Neighborhood Fire Safety Workshop

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011

7 p.m.

Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.


Is your cluster or condo property properly marked for emergency vehicles? Have you designated the appropriate space for these vehicles? Join Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department Captain William Schellhamer, IV as he discusses these important and potentially life-saving fire safety topics.  

RSVP: Arlene Whittick, 703-435-6503 or  arlene@reston.org.

Gone Batty

Friday, Sept. 30, 2011

7-8:30 p.m.

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.



Two Rain Garden Seminars Scheduled

Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-noon. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m.

ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center St., Herndon.

Oct. 1, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 9 a.m.

Marymount University - Caruthers Building, room 1021, 2807 N. Glebe Road, Arlington.

Free seminars to promote the environmental benefits represented by rain gardens. Homeowners will learn how to properly site, design, construct and maintain do-it-yourself rain gardens. 


Contact Laura Grape, Senior Environmental Planner with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission at lgrape@novaregion.org or 703-642-4625.

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)

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


Oct. 7-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.



Garden Club Trip Open to Non-Members

Oct. 11, 2011

7 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Reston Garden Club is taking a bus trip to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. Non-members are invited. The bus will leave from Reston Town Center Park & Ride. The cost of the bus for non-members is $34, which must be paid in advance. The group admission to Longwood for adults is $12, and $11 for seniors. E-mail jsmchugh3@gmail.com for more information.

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.

Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.


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.


Signed Trail Update Walk

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Reston Museum, 1639 Washington Plaza, Reston.

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

Meet at Reston Museum and join Joe Stowers for a 3-mile walk and an update on Reston's signed trails between Lake Anne and Reston Town Center. All welcome.

Halloween House & Trick-or-Treat Trail


Halloween House & Trick-or-Treat Trail Walker Nature Education Center, rain or shine.

11450 Glade Drive, Reston.

Tickets: $10 per person. ($1.54 service fee per ticket will be applied to online sales.) You may also purchase tickets at the Walker Nature Education Center's Nature House. Call 703-476-9689.


See links below for details and online ticket sales. Note: Ticket sales begin on Oct. 1.


Choose from one of four event times:

Oct. 28, 6-7:15 p.m.  http://halloweenhousefri1.eventbrite.com  

Oct. 28, 7:30-8:45 p.m.  http://halloweenhousefri2.eventbrite.com  

Oct. 29, 6-7:15 p.m.  http://halloweenhousesat1.eventbrite.comĀ  

Oct. 29, 7:30-8:45 p.m. http://halloweenhousefri2.eventbrite.com



Water Exercise Instructor Classes Offered

Wednesdays, Nov. 2, 9 and 16.

5-9 p.m. Attendance required at all sessions.

Fee: $180. 

Location: Audrey Moore RECenter, 8100 Braddock Rd. Annandale, Va.

E-mail Willa aquaticsinfo@reston.org for more details.

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 Projects

Our native trees, ferns and wildflowers are under attack by invasive exotic plants like English Ivy, Japanese Honeysuckle and Bamboo. 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 from March through November.  


Time: 10 a.m.-noon.

Adults and children ages 10 and up are welcome. With young volunteers, adult chaperons are encouraged. 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.


Click here to read about environmental opportunities on the RA website. 



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.


Stop the English Ivy
Saturday, Oct. 22
We will return to the restoration site inside the Old Trail Drive horseshoe to remove the English Ivy. It creates a monoculture and prevents native plants from thriving. Please help restore the area. Meet at the tot-lot. You can access that natural area from a pathway on the inside of Old Trail Drive between 2368 and 2354 Old Trail Drive. There is poison ivy at this site.


Volunteer for Fall Stream Cleanup
Take part in International Coastal Cleanup Day.
Do you want to make a lasting contribution to improving the health of our local streams? Tons of trash ends up in the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay. Not only is this litter an eyesore, it threatens the health of the bay. You can make a difference in two ways.

Date: Oct. 22, 2011
Time: 9 a.m.- Noon
Age: All ages welcome


- Snakeden Branch (upper): Meet at Hunters Woods Village Center.
- Snakeden Branch (middle): Meet at Soapstone Road.
- Nature House: Meet at the Pavilion.
- Colvin Run: Meet at Tall Oaks Pool.
- Stevenage Road: Meet at Reston North Park.
Volunteer for Site Leader for Fall Stream Cleanup
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.    



- Pick up supplies at RA Central Services Facility.

- Meet and register volunteers. 

- Present a short safety speech, provided by RA.
- Hand out supplies.
- Ensure volunteers work safely and responsibly.
- Return supplies and tally sheets at the end of project.
- Must have a cell phone. 



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. 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.



Halloween House & Trick-or-Treat Trail  

Oct. 28-Oct. 29, 2011, rain or shine.

Volunteer hours: 4:30-9:30 p.m

Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.


Note: There will be a mandatory volunteer orientation at the Nature Center on Friday, Oct. 21 from 6-7 p.m.


Click here for more information or contact Ha Brock, RA community outreach specialist II, at habrock@reston.org or call 703-435-7986. Volunteers must be pre-registered to help with this event.



Multicultural Festival
Fire Safety Workshop
Rain Garden Seminars 
12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA., 20191-3404 | 703-435-6530