RA News
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Oct. 7, 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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October is NeighborWoods Month   

Weed Warriors is celebrating NeighborWoods Month. This event is made possible through support from Alliance for Community Trees and Reston Association. Weed Warriors will meet at the Old Trail Drive tot-lot on Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. to remove English Ivy as part of this month-long celebration. See more information below under our Weed Warriors section. 

OKTOBOktoberfest 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.



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.

EnergyCrossroadsFilm: Energy Crossroads
energy crossroads
Friday, Oct. 14, 2011
7-9 p.m.
Walker Nature Education Center - 11450 Glade Dr.
Reservations required by Oct. 11, 2011 (There is limited seating.)
$5 suggested donation. For adults.
For reservations, please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
This award-winning documentary exposes problems associated with high energy consumption. It also offers  solutions. The film features passionate individuals, entrepreneurs, experts and scientists at the forefront of their field, bringing legitimacy and expertise to the core message. After the film, participate in an energy discussion with special guest Tom Whipple (Association for the Study of Peak Oil). Brought to you in partnership with Sustainable Reston.



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.

Organic Gardening Lecture
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011
7-8 p.m.
Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Reservations required by Oct. 16, 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.

Organic gardening uses landscape design and the environment to improve and maximize the health and the development of plants and soil without the use of commercial pesticides and fertilizers.This program is jointly produced by Reston Community Center and Reston Association.

County Bicycle Open House Meeting
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Sunrise Valley Elementary School,
10824 Cross School Road, Reston.
Help set the course for making Fairfax County a bicycle-friendly community by attending this
Countywide Bicycle Transportation Plan meeting. For more information, click here
Newcomers' Night Set for Oct. 20
newcomer logo

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011

7-9 p.m. Free.


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 Includes Community Walk

Festival on Square

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011

12-5 p.m. Free. 

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


A Help the Homeless Community Walk, which will benefit Reston Interfaith, will begin at 1:30 p.m. Along with 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 Events Filling Up Fast

Halloween poster

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. Waiting lists available if event is sold out.


Choose from one of four event times (all times p.m.):

Oct. 28, 6-7:15  http://halloweenhousefri1.eventbrite.com (sold out)  

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

Oct. 29, 6-7:15 http://halloweenhousesat1.eventbrite.comĀ (sold out)

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



Water Exercise Instructor Classes

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.

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.

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 Volunteers Needed

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.



Oktoberfest at Town Center
12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA., 20191-3404 | 703-435-6530