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Nov. 11, 2011
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


Weed Warriors


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President's Perspective
Kathleen Driscoll McKee

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Kathleen Driscoll McKee
Tom Vis

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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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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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Scandal Lecture at Library  

Tuesday Nov. 15
7 p.m.
For reservations, call 703-689-2700.

George Mason University history professor Dr. Cynthia Kierner tells the story of a scandal that engulfed the Randolphs of Virginia in the 1790s, placing the
alleged liaison between Richard Randolph and his sister-in-law in a wider historical context. 

Master Plan Meeting Set for Nov. 16
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Fairfax County Supervisor, Catherine M. Hudgins, and the Department of Planning and Zoning will host an informational meeting on Nov. 16 about Phase 2 of the  Reston Master Plan Special Study. The meeting will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. at South Lakes High School, 11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston, Va.


The meeting will include:

  • A 15-minute open house to review maps and other materials.
  • An outline of the process for reviewing and updating the existing Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan guidance for preserving residential neighborhoods throughout Reston and for four of Reston's five village centers.
  • Information about the Reston Master Plan Special Study Task Force, the Vision and Planning Principles adopted by the Task Force, and how they will be used in Phase 2.


For further information about the Reston Master Plan Special Study, including announcements about future meetings, please visit the study website at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/reston/


Water Exercise Instructor Class

Wednesday, Nov. 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.

Thanksgiving Crafters
Friday, Nov. 18
7-8:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Education, Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Reservations required by Nov. 15.
$15/centerpiece, RA members, $20/centerpiece, 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.
Start your holiday season with this festive workshop. Make a beautiful centerpiece with native plant materials and simple napkin rings for your Thanksgivng table. We'll enjoy music, mulled cider and seasonal treats as we work. All supplies provided. When making reservations, include number of people in your party and how many centerpieces you would like to make. 

Turkey Time

Sunday, Nov. 20

2-3 p.m.
Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Reservations required by Nov. 17.
$5/child RA members, $8/child Non-members.
For ages 5 to 12 (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
For reservations, please call (703) 476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.

Come celebrate turkeys in a whole new way. Compete in turkey races and do your best turkey call. Make turkey decorations for your Thanksgiving table.


Antlers and Acorns

Monday, Nov. 21

10-11 a.m.
Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Reservations required by Nov. 18.
$5/child RA members, $8/child Non-members.
For ages 3 to 5 (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
For reservations, please call (703) 476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.

Learn why November is an important time of year for deer. Make a craft, touch real antlers and go on a short hike to see what is left in the forest for the deer to eat.

Annual Reston Holiday Parade
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Friday, Nov. 25
11 a.m. 
Reston Town Center.  

The Reston Holiday Parade features huge Macy's-style balloons, floats, marching bands and hundreds of participants welcoming the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage. This community tradition is part of a full day of fun, which includes various charitable deeds, ice skating in the Pavilion and the tree lighting at 6 p.m. 
CPR Class Enrolling Now
Red Cross
Sunday, Dec. 4
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Reston Association, 
12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

Register on or before Nov. 25 to avoid cancelation of the class.
Fee: $65/ RA Members, $75/Non-members.

This class, taught by a certified American Red Cross instructor, will give the student 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 2 years) and Standard First Aid (valid 2 years). Contact Willa at aquaticsinfo@reston.org with questions. 


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 Project  

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.

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