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Feb. 24, 2012
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter




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Weed Warriors Project

Serve on the DRB

Reston Lakes Video
Booths Available at Festival

Work for RA

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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

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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

EPA Video: Reston Lakes  

Reston Lakes: Protecting America's Lake Shorelines 
Reston Lakes: Protecting America's Lake Shorelines
Reston Association, in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency and residents, works to protect its lakes and wildlife. Please click the above image to watch a short video about how environmental management efforts are making a difference in Reston. 


Save the Date  

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Reston Association will hold its annual Kids' Trout Fishing Day on March 31 from 8 a.m. to noon. Read more about how to help with the event in the Reston Volunteers section below. 


Booths Available at Festival

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


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.

Events, Programs and Community Announcements

Ice Skating Fundraiser

Thursday, March 1

6-10 p.m.

Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion.
$10 admission (includes skate rental) with 50% of proceeds benefitting March for Babies during regular skate hours. Also, sign up for the Reston Town Center March for Babies walk on Sunday, May 6. 

Organizations to be Honored

Friday, March 2

7:30 p.m.

Midtown at Reston Town Center, 11990 Market St.


Recipients of grants from the Giving Circle of HOPE will be honored. Each of the non-profit organizations will have a representataive and a display table.


This will be the eighth annual grantee celebration of the Giving Circle of HOPE, an organization of more than 100 members based in Reston to promote volunteerism and philanthropy.
This year's grant recipients are Alternative House, Empowered Women International, Grace Ministries, Herndon-Reston FISH, Jeanie Schmidt Free Clinic, Just Neighbors, Manassas Midwifery, PROSPERA Initiatives, Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN), and The Brain Foundation. For more information, call 703-665-9334.

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 near, 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.



Reptiles Rule

Monday, March 5

10-11 a.m.

Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

Reservations required by March 2.

$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.


Learn about the cold-blooded animals that live in Reston. Meet and learn about the nature center's live reptile friends. Make a reptile craft and sing a reptile song. 


Neighborhood Watch Workshop 

Tuesday, March 6  

7 p.m.

Guest speaker: Katy Defoe, Crime Prevention Officer, Fairfax County Police.
RSVP: Arlene@reston.org or (703) 435-6503.
Learn how to establish a Neighborhood Watch in your community. 


Trip to Strathmore for Seniors

Friday, March 23

6 p.m.-11 p.m.

Adults over 55 are invited to join RA on a chartered-bus trip to the Strathmore Music Center in North Bethesda, Md., to see Ethan Bortnick. The musical prodigy performs classics from Bach to The Beatles, Billy Joel, Little Richard and more during this interactive show.


Click here for more information or to download a registration form.

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.   


Weed Warriors Project

Our native trees, ferns and wildflowers are under attack by invasive exotic plants like English Ivy, Japanese Honeysuckle and Bamboo. That is why we need warriors like you to join us in rescuing Reston's beautiful parkland from these aggressive plants. These fast growing, invasive plants escape from people's yards and seriously threaten local ecosystems, taking away vital food and habitat from already stressed wildlife populations. Please spend a couple hours in our parkland protecting our forests every fourth Saturday of each month as we help restore Reston's forests to their natural state.

All projects: 10 a.m.-Noon.

Please wear long sleeves and long pants if you are allergic to poison ivy. RA will provide tools, gloves, snacks and water.


For more information, contact Community Outreach Specialist, Ha Brock, at ha@reston.org, 703-435-7986. 



Saturday, March 24
Protect Trees Remove English Ivy

Join RA environmental resource staff to help restore the natural area between Hunters Woods Plaza and Hunters Woods Condominiums. Volunteers will remove English Ivy that is quickly spreading down the hill further into the woods threatening trees and reducing biodiversity.


Please meet next to Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, which is located next to the Hunters Woods Community Center. We'll be working along the asphalt path between the church and Hunters Woods Condominiums off Breton Ct., which can be accessed from Glade Drive. Look for the Weed Warriors signs and the RA truck.


Trout Fishing Day Volunteers

Saturday, March 31 

Volunteer hours: 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Location: Snakeden Branch stream between Soapstone Drive and Lake Audubon.

RA is hosting a Reston Kids' Trout-Fishing Day in partnership with Northern Virginia Trout Unlimited, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.  Volunteers ages 16 and over must have a Virginia State Fishing License, available online at www.dgif.state.va.us . Adults are not permitted to fish during kids' fishing time. Volunteers are needed to teach kids how to bait, cast and hook. Volunteers will help filet the fish caught.


For more information, contact Community Outreach Specialist, Ha Brock, at ha@reston.org, 703-435-7986.  


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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