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Oct. 28, 2011
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Kathleen Driscoll McKee
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Walking Trails
Reston's paths are one of the community's greatest joys. Set as your goal to explore all 55 miles of paved and natural surface pathways winding throughout Reston's open spaces. Not only do these paths provide a great place to exercise and get some fresh air, they also connect neighborhoods, recreation areas and shopping centers.

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Metrorail Silver Line
Reston Station

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is constructing a 23-mile extension of the Metrorail system, which will be operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority from East Falls Church to Washington Dulles International Airport. The extension will serve the Reston-Herndon area, the state's second largest employment concentration. It will provide a one-seat ride from Dulles International Airport to downtown Washington. Click here for more information.

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 must meet RA approval and are due on the Monday prior to publication.


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sold out 
Notice: The Halloween House and Trick or Treat Trail events on Oct. 28 and 29 at the Walker Nature Education Center are sold out. No tickets will be sold at the gate.


CPR Class Enrolling Now  

Sunday, Nov. 6
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.
Register on or before Oct. 27 to avoid cancellation of the class.
Fee: $65/ RA Members, $75/Non-members.

This class, taught by a certified American Red Cross instructor, will give students hands-on practice in addition to the video and classroom lecture. All materials are included in the fee. Students will earn the following certifications: CPR/AED for adult, child, and infant (valid two years) and Standard First Aid (valid two years). Contact Willa at aquaticsinfo@reston.org for more information. 

Clean House Clean Planet
Clean House, Clean Planet video

Eco-friendly Cleaning 

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Reservations required by Nov. 6.
$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.

This workshop will teach about why it is important to reduce the use of harsh, sometimes toxic, cleansers in the home. Learn how to make safe and environmentally friendly household cleansers, which is quick and easy to do and economical. Participants are encouraged to purchase Clean House, Clean Planet by Karen Logan and bring it to the workshop. This program is jointly produced by Reston Community Center and Reston Association. Leader: Diane Blust, Sustainable Reston/Fairfax Coalition for Smarter Growth.


Trip to National Symphony Rehearsal 

Thursday, Nov. 10 

8 a.m.-2 p.m. (The concert is from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
Bus pick-up times & locations:
  • 8 a.m. Hunters Woods Shopping Center (Ledo's Pizza)
  • 8:15 a.m. Thoreau Place, 1951 Sagewood Lane
  • 8:30 a.m. Lake Anne Fellowship House, 11450 North Shore Drive
$26/RA Members, $31/Non-members.

Attend an open rehearsal of the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Bring a lunch for the bus ride home.

Registration required. Click here for registration form.  
Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577 for more information.


Dirt! The Movie 

Friday, Nov. 11
7-9 p.m.
Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Reservations required by Nov. 8.
$5 suggested donation.
For adults
For reservations, please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Dirt! The Movie is an insightful and timely film that tells the story of the glorious and unappreciated material beneath our feet. Inspired by William Bryant Logan's acclaimed book, Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, this award-winning film takes a humorous and substantial look into the history and current state of the living organic matter that we come from and will later return to. After the film, participate in a discussion about the lessons of the film and its call to action. Special guests include Dan Schwartz (Soil Scientist, Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District) and Judy Zatsick (Fairfax County Master Gardeners, Green Spring Garden Park). Brought to you in partnership with Sustainable Reston, and made possible through the generosity of the Fairfax County Restoration Project.  


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.


Lake Audubon Walk 

Saturday, Nov. 12
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Reston Museum, 1639 Washington Plaza.
703-709-7700; restonmuseum@gmail.com.

Meet at Reston Museum at 1:30 p.m. for carpooling to a popular walk introduced by Doug Pew of Reston Paths. 

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.   

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Weed Warriors at Oriental Bittersweet site in Reston recently. Click the image to see more photos on our Facebook page.


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. 



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.



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.

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