RA News


March 2, 2012
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


Coming Next Week:
Voting Begins in the
RA Board Election


NEW  The Story of Reston

Weed Warriors Project

NEW  Newcomers' Video

  Lions Seek Volunteers

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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

Video: Newcomers' Night

Reston Association will hold its Newcomers' Night on March 29 at 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive. The informational session begins at 7 p.m. and is open to all residents of Reston. Click the image above to watch RA's YouTube video.


Lions Seek Volunteers 

The Reston Lions Club is seeking volunteers to help with the mulch sale fundraiser deliveries scheduled for March 24. This is the largest fundraiser of the year for the club, raising money for Lions For Sight as well as other programs in the area. Anyone interested in lending a hand can contact RestonLionsMulch@gmail.com. For more information on the Reston Lions Club, go to  www.restonlions.org. 


Native Plant Sale  

Order deadline: Monday, March 26, 5 p.m.
Pick up: Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Want to use more native plants in your landscape but have trouble finding them or you don't like the prices once you do? Pre-order some nature center favorites and enjoy the savings. Species include sun and shade loving perennial flowers and ferns that do well in a variety of growing conditions, and add value to your backyard habitat. Click here to download an order form and read more about the plants. 


Abandoned Boats

Reston Association is currently looking for the owners of the following boats found on Reston lakes:

  • Lake Thoreau: Red "Mohawk" canoe.
  • Lake Anne: Green "Coleman" canoe.
  • Lake Audubon: Yellow and blue "Old Town Otter" kayak, green "Old Town Loon" kayak.

If these boats are not claimed within three weeks, they will be raffled off. Names will be drawn during the week of April 1. To enter your name or to claim your boat, please call Andrew Burkart at Reston Association 703-435-6535 or e-mail watershed@reston.org. For Reston residents only.  

Events, Programs and Community Announcements

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. 


Amphibian Idol   

Saturday, March 10 

11 a.m.-Noon
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Reservations required by March 7.
$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.
Frogs and toads sing in the spring, but they are hoping for mates instead of recording contracts. Learn about which amphibians are making which sounds, and make noise as part of a frog chorus right here in the nature center.

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Environmental Film    

Friday, March 16
7 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Reservations required by March 13.
$5 suggested donation.
For adults.
For reservations, please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.

The first full-length documentary film ever made about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold, Green Fire highlights Leopold's extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. Leopold remains relevant today, inspiring projects all over the country that connect people and land. After the film, hear guest speaker, Dr. Stanley Temple, Professor Emeritus and Senior Fellow at Aldo Leopold Foundation. Brought to you in partnership with NVCT, Ecological Society of America and Sustainable Reston.


Persian New Year - Nowruz  

Sunday, March 18
11 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Reston Town Center Pavilion and Market Street. 
Discover more than 3,000 years of traditions, customs and festivities of the Persian New Year (Nowruz) with music, dance, group performances, and costumed characters, along with a Persian bazaar offering exotic food, goods, arts and more. Information at 202-369-1515. 


Trip to Strathmore 

Friday, March 23

6 p.m.-11 p.m.

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.


The Story of Reston 

Permanent Exhibit - "From New Town to Our Town"

Reston Museum, 1639 Washington Plaza.


Get the whole Reston story through this comprehensive exhibit of the beginnings and development of this award-winning community, founded by Robert E. Simon, Jr. Enjoy a live history tour of the exhibit, presented by docents every Saturday at noon. Museum guide books available.

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.  


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