RA News


Feb. 3, 2012
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter



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Serve on the DRB

The Advisor: Winter Issue

Aquatics Now Hiring


Work for RA

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

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

Save the Date

 fund run



Join us for the 9th Annual Nature House 5K Fund Run/Walk. Click here to pre-register or register on the day of the event, beginning at 7 a.m. Enjoy RA's new Nature House facility - the place for environmental education in and around Reston.


The Fund Run/Walk is a community-based and sponsored event. Timing is by Reston Runners and it is a rolling, scenic and mostly wooded course through Reston neighborhoods and parkland.
If you do not want to run or walk, please consider volunteering by contacting Ha Brock at ha@reston.org.


Winter Edition Now Available 

Important information for Reston's clusters, condos and single-family residents. Click here.

campregistCamp Registration Continues


RA members: Began Monday, Jan. 30.

Non-members: Starts Monday, Feb. 6.


Sign up your children for Reston Association Summer Camps. Click here to review the camp descriptions and to get full registration details.  


You can sign up online at www.reston.org. Following these tips can ensure a successful registration.

  • Make sure your profile information on our site is updated with your current contact information.
  • A deposit is required at the time of registration to hold your spot.
  • Transportation or extended-care options must be paid in full.

You can also register in person: 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston. For more information contact campadmin@reston.org or call 703 435-6530.


The Glade Repair Work

Reach 6 repair work is underway. Crews will be in The Glade to begin tree removal and installation of deck mats. Stream construction is scheduled to begin the week of Feb. 6, weather permitting. It is expected to take six weeks to complete the repairs.

Please avoid using the pathway during construction hours. The pathway will be gated and closed. From Twin Branches Road, follow Glade Drive as a detour, then take the stairs across from The Wharf to connect to the trail again. 


Aquatics Now Hiring 

RA Aquatics applications are open for the 2012 season.

Visit https://careers.reston.org to apply.

Positions include lifeguard, seasonal maintenance, and instructors.


Contact Willa at  aquaticsinfo@reston.org with questions.


Spring Fling Award Nominations 

Cluster, Condo and Single-Family Detached Board Presidents click link below to download Award Nomination Forms. Submission deadline is close of business Feb. 6, 2012.

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Statement: 2012 Reston Festival 

Reston Association withdraws from the 2012 Reston Festival. Click here for official statement.

Events, Programs and Community Announcements

Pesticides Workshop 

Monday, Feb. 6.

Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive. 

7- 9 p.m.

Free. R.S.V.P. Arlene Whittick 703-435-6503 or Arlene@reston.org.


The Mating Game 

Friday, Feb. 10
7-8 p.m. 
Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive. 
Reservations required by Feb. 7. 
$4/person RA members, $6/person Non-members 
For adults 
For reservations, please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org


Join a naturalist for an elightening exploration of our local wildlife's weird, wild and wonderful mating scene. Find out which male fish wants to appear as a female, which amphibians can "hug" too much, and the hidden costs of being too attractive.


Stream Walk, Meeting Rescheduled 

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012  

Time: 9 a.m.-Noon 
Location: Forest Edge Elementary School, 1501 Becontree Lane, Reston.


You are invited to hear about Reston's Stream Restoration Project in the Colvin Run watershed. Preliminary designs are underway for the Buttermilk Creek stream near Buttermilk Lane, Hunt Club Road and West Hills Lane.

Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc. will be presenting information about the history and purpose of the stream restoration project and the plans for this watershed. Time will be provided for questions and answers. A stream walk will follow the presentation. Click here for a map and more information. 


Reston's Two Divas

Saturday, Feb. 11
6-8 p.m. 

Reston Museum, 1639 Washington Plaza, Reston

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


To celebrate Black History Month, join us for an evening of jazz and fun with song stylists Beverly Cosham and Menda Ahart, with Felicia Kessel-Crawley on keyboard. Cosham is an acclaimed cabaret singer, jazz artist, and award-winning actress. She brings her improvisational style to favorite classical jazz songs. Ahart's love of singing is channeled through her church choir and Mosaic Harmony, an interfaith, multicultural choir that draws on the heritage of African-American inspirational music. Kessel-Crawley is an accomplished singer and songwriter, as well as a pianist and instructor. Free admission. 


Groovy Groundhogs 

Saturday, Feb. 11

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

Reservations required by Feb. 8.

$5/child RA members, $8/child non-members

For ages 3 - 5 (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)

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


Groundhogs are rodents with many names who can do more than just dig holes. Learn about their other names, how deep they can dig and what else they can do besides dig. Make a groundhog puppet to take home, and enjoy a snack and story.


Promoting Democracy 

Tuesday, Feb. 14
2 p.m. 
Reston Regional Library
11925 Bowman Towne Drive


Great Decisions, an ongoing, roundtable adult discussion group, will be talking about the subject of promoting democracy. Reading material is available at the Information Desk. 


Environmental Film: Blind Spot 

Friday, Feb. 17

7-9 p.m.

Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

Reservations required by Feb. 14

$5 suggested donation.
For adults.

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


This documentary establishes the inextricable link between the energy we use, the way we run our economy and the effect it has on our environment. It takes as a starting point the inevitable energy depletion scenario known as Peak Oil to inform us that we are at a crossroad. Either path we choose will have a profound effect on our way of life. After the film, there will be a short discussion. Brought to you in partnership with Sustainable Reston.

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.   


Serve on DRB, Advisory Panels

There are three vacancies on the Design Review Board. Two design professionals (architect, land planner, or landscape architect); and one Lay Member are needed to serve three-year terms. The DRB interprets, administers and renders decisions involving the design covenants in accordance with the Design Guidelines. 


In addition, there are vacancies on the Reston Neighborhood Advisory Committee, which is responsible for facilitating the collection and exchange of information between the Association and Reston's residential property owners and managers including but not limited to Clusters, Condominiums, Apartments, and established neighborhood groups on issues related to governance, property management, maintenance and revitalization.


If you are interested in applying to be a member of the Design Review Board or the Reston Neighborhood Advisory Committee, please forward a brief statement of interest and any pertinent qualifications by March 5, 2012, by email cate@reston.org or mail to Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston VA 20191 ATTN: Cate Fulkerson.


Click here for more information about these and other volunteer opportunities at Reston Association.



Communications Committee 

Reston Association is seeking communication professionals who would like to volunteer for the Communications Advisory Committee and work on specific outreach projects. The panel meets once a month. To be considered, send an e-mail outlining your specific experience to Cate Fulkerson via cate@reston.org. For more information, click here.



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