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Feb. 10, 2012
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter




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Reston Today - February

Japanese Delegation


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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
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Reston Today - February News
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Japan delegation
AT RESTON ASSOCIATION: Heidi Merkle of the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning, Goldie Harrison of Supervisor Cathy Hudgins' office, Kathleen Driscoll McKee, president, and Milton W. Matthews, CEO of RA, are joined by Barbara Rovin, executive director, Reston Town Center Association and Marion Myers of Myers PR. Japanese delegation pictured on the right.


Delegation Visits from Japan

A delegation from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, accompanied by the First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan, came to Reston last week to explore concepts of urban core planning and how a community association provides services to the community.  

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boothsBooths Available at Festival

Participating groups, reserve your table today. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org for more information. Table space is free for non-profits, $25 for businesses. The festival will feature hands-on activities and entertainment for all ages, including live animals, craft making for kids, displays and information from environmental groups as well as fishing and canoe/kayak rentals on Lake Audubon.


The Spring Festival is Saturday, May 5, from 1-5 p.m. at the Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

Spring Fling Award Nominations
Deadline Extended

The Reston Neighborhood Advisory Committee has extended the award nomination submission deadline to Feb. 17. Board presidents of any Cluster, Condo or Single-Family Detached home association may submit nominations. Click the links below to download Award Nomination Forms. All Submissions are due by close of business next Friday.

2nd Place for South Lakes Student
bland winner
Anne-Marie Lloyd



Anne-Marie Lloyd, a vocalist from South Lakes High School in Reston, won second place in the Reston Lions Club "James A. Bland Music Contest" last week. Lloyd performed a soprano selection: Se Tu M'Ami by Parisotti. Click here to see more pictures of winners from neighboring areas.



Events, Programs and Community Announcements

Stream Walk, Meeting Saturday 

Saturday, Feb. 11  

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. 


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.


Lecture on Healthy, Happy Pets

Saturday, Feb. 18

2 p.m. 
Reston Regional Library
11925 Bowman Towne Drive
Former veterinary hospital manager and author, Ingrid King, will discuss her book, Buckley's Story. King will also talk about creating a happy, healthy life for pets and their owners.


History of the Railroad

Thursday, Feb. 23

7-9 p.m.

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

703-709-7700; restonmuseum@gmail.com


Reston Museum presents a "Before Reston" program that includes a discussion of creation of the railroad in 1853 called the Alexandria, Loudoun & Hampshire, the land purchased by Benjamin Thornton, what happened to the Thornton property after the Civil War and the events leading up to the creation of the Washington & Old Dominion (now a bike and pedestrian trail with Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority). Presenters are local historians Ron Beavers, a graduate of George Washington University, and Paul McCray, the former manager of the Northern Virginia W&OD Railroad Regional Park. Free admission.



March Migration

Sunday, March 4

2-3 p.m.

Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

Reservations required by March 1.

$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.


Spring is on the way, and it's time for bird migration to begin. Discover which birds will return from southern locations and which birds will be heading north. Learn about flyways and what you can do to help migratory birds.


Save the Date

Reston for a Lifetime Transportation Forum 

Saturday, March 31

9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Reston Community Center, Lake Anne. 


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.



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