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Jan. 6, 2012
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
RA Employee of the Year
Mo Ali

Mohamed "Mo" Ali, IT Specialist II, was recently named Reston Association's 2011 Employee of the Year.


Early in 2011, and as a member of the construction crew, Ali was recognized as part of the team that made repairs to a decorative bridge at the Walker Nature Education Center. He was also recognized for his work in helping to replace the roof on the North Hills picnic pavilion. In addition, he created a "tot lot database" for his team that enables them to monitor and track repairs and construction projects.


Beginning in May of 2011, Ali became an integral part of the Information Technology team. Since that time, he has created three new custom Microsoft Access Database programs to help both the IT department and CSF track a variety of projects including remote inspections, CSF work orders, and IT ticketing. His work on developing these programs has saved RA money by not having to hire an outside developer.


For more information about the Employee of the Year and other RA award winners, please click here.


Notice to Returning Aquatics Staff    

Applications from returning Reston Association Aquatics staff are currently being 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.

Events, Programs and Community Announcements

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.
(Note: This registration is only for previously certified individuals. Classes for new lifeguards do not begin registration until April 2.)

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


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
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
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
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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 of activities, crafts and games. Registration required. Payment due at the event.


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


Owl Pellet Investigation 

Thursday, Jan. 19

7-8 p.m.

Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

Reservations required by Jan. 16.

$5/child RA members, $8/child Non-members.

For ages 5-12 (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)

For reservations, please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.


Owls eat a variety of small animals. Learn how owls catch their prey, which owls live in Reston and what they like to eat. Become a nature detective and dissect a real owl pellet.


Early History of Reston Area 

Thursday, Jan. 19

7-9 p.m.

Reston Community Center, 1609 Washington Plaza.


Local historian, Karen Washburn, and Assistant Professor, Ted McCord, of George Mason University will present the program that includes a discussion of King Charles II and the Northern Neck proprietary grants, how they limited settlement in comparison with the rest of Colonial Virginia and how the land transferred from the Culpeper family to the Fairfax family. Admission is free. For more information: 703-709-7700 or e-mail at restonmuseum@gmail.com.  

Environmental Film: Taking Root

Friday, Jan. 20 

7-9 p.m.
Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

Reservations required by Jan. 17.

 $5 suggested donation.
For adults.
For reservations, please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.

Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy - a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration. After the film, there will be a short discussion. Brought to you in partnership with Sustainable Reston.


Buttermilk Stream Meeting and Walk 

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


Gallery Talk With Artists 

Saturday, Jan. 21
5-7 p.m. 
Greater Reston Arts Center, 12001 Market St.
Reception and gallery talk with artists. Free and open to the public. Contact Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500 to register.

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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