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Dec. 2, 2011
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter



Holiday Parade Video

Visit the Reston Association website for information on property ownership, governance, parks and recreation, and other subjects. The site includes "Shop RA," which allows you to purchase various products and services offered by RA.

RA Publications
Keep up on Reston Association news and initiatives by reading our various publications. Get event and program schedules, and read useful and interesting features about our community.

President's Perspective
Kathleen Driscoll McKee

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Kathleen Driscoll McKee
Tom Vis

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Board Business

- Meeting agendas
- Meeting minutes

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.

Download Trail Maps


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.

News, Updates and Alerts
Annual Parade Draws Big Crowd
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Reston Association participated in the Holiday Parade at Reston Town Center last Friday. RA's float was one of dozens of floats, balloons and acts that entertained the crowd. The festivities included a visit from Santa Claus and a tree lighting in Fountain Square. Click here to watch video on Facebook. 
Budget, Assessment Rate OK'd
The Reston Association Board of Directors adopted the 2012/2013 Biennial Budget and set the 2012 assessment rate at $565 at its meeting last Thursday. The Annual Notice of Assessment will be mailed to RA members on Dec. 15. The following budget-related documents are available to download: 
Events, Programs and Community Announcements

Jingle on Lake Anne  

Saturday, Dec. 3
11 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Lake Anne Plaza, Reston.
Along with Santa's arrival, festivities will include a petting zoo, arts & crafts market and cookie decorating. Click here for more information. 

The Battle of Dranesville
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Thursday, Dec. 8

7-9 p.m.

Reston Community Center, Lake Anne, 1609A Washington Plaza.


As part of commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Reston Historic Trust is conducting a series of tours and lectures about Civil War events that occurred in the Reston area. The Battle of Dranesville was fought on Dec. 20, 1861. Presentation includes the strategic significance of Leesburg Turnpike (Route 7), history and description of the Town of Dranesville in 1861 and the movement of troops through present-day Reston. Presenter John Waggoner is a Civil War expert.


Help Abused, Neglected Kids

Saturday, Dec. 10

11 a.m.-12 p.m. 

Herndon Fortnightly Library, 768 Center St., Herndon.

Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is hosting an information session. If you would like to learn more about advocating for abused or neglected children, please call (703) 273-3526, ext. 22, e-mail ekosarin@casafairfax.org or visit http://www.fairfaxcasa.org.

Winter Woodpeckers
 Monday, Dec. 12
10-11 a.m.
Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Reservations required by Dec. 9
$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.

Woodpeckers love to search the trees for food, even during winter.  Learn about woodpeckers and other birds who peck on trees. Take a short hike to look for their homes and make a fun craft.

Trip to "A Christmas Carol"

Thursday, Dec. 15 
Help ring in the holidays with Charles Dickens' timeless tale of redemption and charity brought to colorful life for the Yuletide season at Ford's Theatre.
Ages: Senior Adults, 55 years and older.
10:15 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee: $53/RA Members, $61/Non-members.

Call 703-435-6577 or email Ashleigh@reston.org for more information. Click here for more information about registration and pickup locations and times. 


Candle Making  

Friday, Dec. 16
7-8 p.m.
Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Reservations required by Dec. 13. 
$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.

Before light bulbs, candles were an important item in every home. Learn where wax comes from and discover how candles are made. Dip a pair of candles and decorate a pillar candle with natural materials. Keep your candles for yourself or give them away as gifts. There will be colonial music and refreshments while we work. All supplies provided.


Holiday Celebration at Museum

Saturday, Dec. 17

3:30-6:30 p.m.

Reston Museum, 1639 Washington Plaza.

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


Holiday Recollections from Around the World, 3:30 p.m. A discussion sharing traditions from Reston's diverse population.


Holiday Lights Walk at Lake Anne, 4:45 p.m. Enjoy a walk around the lake, then return to Reston Museum for more holiday remembrances and an international carol sing-along. 


Digital Camera Scavenger Hunt

Wednesday, Dec. 28

2-3 p.m.

Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Reservations required by Dec. 22.
$4/person RA members, $6/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.

Bring your digital camera, and search the trails for a list of interesting things and creative pictures to compose.  Gather back at Nature House where we will warm up with refreshments, enjoy your photos and award prizes in kids and adult categories.

Get Involved by Volunteering at Reston Association

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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