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happy holidays

Dec. 23, 2011
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter





"Treasures" in Lake 

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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

RA Holiday Closings   

The Nature House will be closed from Friday, Dec. 23 through Tuesday, Dec. 27. The trails at the Walker Nature Education Center will remain open. Reston Association headquarters and Central Services will be be closed Dec. 23-26. 

"Lost Treasures" Found in Lake

You have to wonder how some things end up in certain places. Take for example, the odd assortment of items that found their way to the bottom of Lake Anne. A statue of Buddha, a small cannon, a Dell laptop, a 1966 license plate, a lantern, a dog toy and the frame of a Kawasaki motorcycle were discovered when Reston's oldest lake was lowered in order to make repairs to the concrete spillway.


Brian Petty, Reston Association Watershed Specialist, found the items. Petty also found an assortment of what appeared to be bowls and flower vases.


"As I surveyed the exposed lake bottom on foot, I found interesting lost treasures. Some items are quite old," Petty said. 


He cleaned them as best he could and took some pictures. Click here to see photo gallery.


Lake Anne's water lever was lowered at least two feet to permit repairs and sealing of the concrete spillway riser located near Wiehle Avenue.






Tracking Snow Trucks    

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will introduce a website this winter that will allow the public to monitor snow-removal truck locations within six-minute intervals. This tool will be available when trucks are plowing residential streets.


VDOT will be developing a fact sheet in the coming weeks to address specific questions about the snow-removal process. For additional information, please visit  http://www.virginiadot.org or contact the Hunter Mill District office.


Reston Association has requested that VDOT restrain from dumping snow on RA trails, sidewalks and bus stops.


Candidates Sought for RA Board 

Interested in guiding the direction of the Reston community? Click image below for details on how to run for the Board of Directors. 

candidates call   

Candidacy Forms and other election information can be found online at www.reston.org. The election is open to property owners and renters within Reston Association.


For more information, contact Cate Fulkerson, cate@reston.org or 703-435-6512.

Events, Programs and Community Announcements



Blood Drive at Town Center    

Tuesday, Dec. 27
12-7:30 p.m.
Reston Town Center Pavilion.
Schedule appointments at 1-866-2566372 or inova.org/donateblood. On-site registration available. 


New Year's 5k Run   

Sunday, Jan. 1
10 a.m. start.
Reston Town Center.
Potomac River Running will kick off to the New Year with a fast 5k loop around the Reston Town Center and local roads. Cash awards, food and prizes follow the race. Registration and information  available at potomacriverrunning.com or call 703-689-0999. 

bird count

Winter Bird Count 

Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012
7 a.m.-Noon
Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Sign up by Jan. 4, 2012.
For adults.
To sign up, call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.           
Join us for a half-day annual bird count throughout Reston's natural areas. Meet local bird experts, learn tips on identification and have fun while helping obtain important information about our feathered friends. Enjoy lunch, tally results and swap stories back at Nature House following the count. Click here for more information.


Historic Trust Annual Meeting 

Thursday, Jan. 12
6-8 p.m.
Reston Museum, 1639 Washington Plaza, Lake Anne Village Center.
All are welcome to attend the annual meeting of Reston Historic Trust (RHT) to hear a review of the past year's activities, and for the election of board members. A January art show and sale exhibit reception will follow the meeting. Refreshments will be served.







Hot Stars on a Cool Night  

Friday, Jan. 13
7-8:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Reservations required by Jan. 10, 2012.
$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.

Winter is a great time to explore the galaxy. Learn about celestial objects that are now in view. Then head to the boat ramp at Lake Audubon Pool to check out the stars over the water. Hot cocoa will be provided.


Cartoon Skate 

Ice Skating Pavilion, Reston Town Center.
Every Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Share the ice at the Ice Skating Pavilion with Scooby-Doo, Tweety Bird, Cat in the Hat and more.
For more information call 703-709-6300 or e-mail skating@restontowncenter.com.


Bikes for Kids  

The Bike Lane is conducting a holiday fundraiser to provide bicycles to children through Reston Interfaith. For more information or to donate, click here.

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.   


Festival Planning Committee  

The 2012 Reston Festival committee is looking for energetic volunteers to help plan this great community event, which will be held at Reston Town Center on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15, 2012. This committee offers you the opportunity to make a difference in your community and have a lot of fun in the process.
We need volunteers who would be willing to commit to serving on the Planning Committee from January-July and be present at the festival on July 14 and 15. Click here for information about which positions need to be filled.


Do you have questions about snow removal in Reston? If so, click the link below for answers.

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