RA News

Dec. 30, 2011
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter




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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

Click here for more information about the board.

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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
Notice to Returning Aquatics Staff    

Applications from returning Reston Association Aquatics staff are currently be accepted. Click here to apply. 

Re-hire instructions and login information were e-mailed to former staff. If you need assistance, please contact Willa at aquaticsinfo@reston.org.



Click here to read about a new update class required for lifeguards in 2012.


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New Year's Closings     

Reston Association facilities, including RA headquarters, the Central Services Facility and Nature House, will be closed at 3 p.m. today as well as Monday, Jan. 2. Nature House will also be closed on Sunday, Jan. 1, but open on Saturday, Dec. 31. 





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.

Events, Programs and Community Announcements

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. 

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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.


Lifeguard Update Class 

Registration begins Jan. 9, online at www.reston.org or in person at the RA Member Services desk, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive. 
The American Red Cross is releasing a new lifeguard training program in January and all previously certified lifeguards will have to complete an update before working in 2012. 
After registering, you will receive an e-mail asking you to select one "dry" and one "wet" day in order to complete the training. All returning staff must complete both the dry and wet days in order to be fully certified.

For questions about the certification classes, please contact Willa at aquaticsinfo@reston.org


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.


Wiehle North Stream Walk 

(Including Forest Edge Cluster, Regency Square Cluster, and Cedar Ridge Apartments)
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 
Time: 10 a.m. 
Location: Meet at the pathway near the Bus Stop and Day Care Center on North Shore Drive.
Click here for more information.

Wiehle South Stream Walk
(Including Villas de Espana Cluster, Bentana Woods West Cluster, Tall Oaks at Reston Apartments and Colvin Woods Apartments)
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012
Time: 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Location: Meet at the pedestrian bridge ( Click here for map.)
Click here for more information.

RA to Host Event for Kids
kids play
Tuesday, Jan. 17
10-11 a.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

$4 RA Members.



Great Kids Village staff will cosponsor a morning of fun with Reston Association. There will be a variety activities, crafts and games. Registration required. Payment due at the event.


Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6530 to register.


Buttermilk Stream Meeting and Walk 

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012
Time: 9 a.m.-Noon 
Location: Forest Edge Elementary School, 1501 Becontree Lane, Reston.  
Refreshments will be provided.
Click here for more information.


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.

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.

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