RA News
Ha Bob Ashleigh
Sept. 30, 2011
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter

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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A Helpful Fall Reminder
fall leaves
Fallen leaves and dead wood spread throughout the woods become an essential part of the forest's ecosystem. However, debris from our yards moved into the woods and left in dense piles takes many years to decompose. This prevents the forest from regenerating itself. Debris at the base of some larger trees may kill the trees.


Now is the time to plan for composting or for proper disposal with your trash or landscape company. If appropriately located in the backyard, compost bins may not require RA Design Review Board approval. For more information call the Covenants staff at 703-435-6530 or go to the RA website.

Dogwood Pool Renovation 
Reston Association Dogwood Pool renovation plans are underway. Updates regarding the project will be posted on the RA website.

For questions or concerns, please contact Dan Warfield at 703-435-6549 or Danny@reston.org.


Rain Garden Seminar Offered

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.

sustainable reston


Film: The Power of Community 
Monday, Oct 3
7 p.m.
The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil.
Reston Community Center, Lake Anne, Jo Ann Rose Gallery.

An inspiring film about how the loss of most of Cuba's petroleum imports in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union impacted food production and other aspects of life on the island.  There will be a discussion following the film.
For additional info, please go to www.sustainablereston.org or contact Diane Blust at dblust@comcast.net.  


Backyard Composting
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011

7-8 p.m.

Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

Reservations required by Oct. 3, 2011.

$5/person RA or RCC members, $8/person Non-members. For adults. 

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

Meet with a Fairfax County Master Gardener and learn how to recycle leaves the natural way right on your own property. Participants will also learn how kitchen waste and other yard debris can be composted. This program is jointly produced by Reston Community Center and Reston Association.


Gone South
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011

11 a.m.-Noon

Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

Reservations required by Oct. 5, 2011.

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

For 3-5 years (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)

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

Learn which birds stay here in winter, and which head south until spring. Make a craft to feed the birds that are staying, and take a short hike to see who is still around.

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.


Environmental Action Annual Meeting  

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Nature House at the Walker Nature Education Center.
Open to the public.
Hiu Newcomb of Potomac Vegetable Farms will explain the "ecoganic" methods used at the farm. Reston Environmental Action will provide updates on their recycling, yard and garden care, transportation and energy projects, and look back on the 10 years since REACT was formed.  For more information, e-mail info@restonenvironmentalaction.org.


RCC Voting Deadline Extended 

The Reston Community Center (RCC) Board of Governors announced a two-day extension for voting in the 2011 RCC Board of Governors Preference Poll. The new deadline for voting will now be Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. for mail-in ballots and Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. for walk-in and online ballots. Click here 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. 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.

Newcomers' Night

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011

7-9 p.m.

Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive


New or not so new to Reston? Come learn more about Reston Association (RA) and its many services, amenities and programs. Meet RA Board members and staff and find out how you can get involved in Reston. Light refreshments will be available and door prizes will be awarded. Please RSVP to Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577.


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 are welcome.

Festival Begins With Community Walk

Festival on Square

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011

12-5 p.m.

11790 Sunrise Valley Drive, just off Reston Parkway at The Westin Reston and the Sheraton Reston.


The day will start with a Help the Homeless Community Walk, which will benefit Reston Interfaith. After the walk, there will be live music and entertainment, food & drink, children's activities, and more. Visit www.thefestivalonthesquare.com, contact Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577 for more information. For more information on Reston Interfaith, e-mail abby.kimble@restoninterfaith.org.  


Halloween Fun at Reston Association 

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011

10-11 a.m.

3-5 years (Children must be accompanied by an adult)

Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

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

Dress up in your favorite costume and join the fun with hands on activities, crafts and go trick-or-treating around the Association office. Registration is required. Payment due at the event. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6530 to register.


Mt. Scenic Railroad Train Ride 

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011

8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

55 years and older

Fee: $55/ RA Members, $63/Non-members.

Chartered bus trip up to Cumberland, Md., for a roundtrip excursion on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. Experience a mixture of mountain scenery, with the fall leaves changing. Pack a lunch for the train ride. Registration is required. Click here for registration form. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577 for more information.

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.


Register for CPR/AED Certification 

Reston Association will offer community CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), AED (automated external defibrillator) and First Aid classes. All classes are held at the RA headquarters building, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive. Click here (then go to Aquatics) to register.

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. 



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.


Support Biodiversity

Saturday, Nov. 19

Help protect the trees at Wainwright natural area by removing the English Ivy. English Ivy is a threat to the health of trees by crowding the roots and suffocating the bark. It can break branches and kill a tree. Meet near the corner of Wainwright and North Shore Drives. Look for the RA truck. 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.



Rain Garden Seminar
12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA., 20191-3404 | 703-435-6530