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March 9, 2012
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


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Weed Warriors Project



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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

Watch Reston Today   

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This month's edition of Reston Today includes comments from candidates for the Reston Association Board of Directors. The video also provides information on how to vote in this year's election.


Metrorail Meetings Scheduled  

Fairfax County will hold a series of public meetings starting the week of March 12 on the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project Phase II. Meeting schedule:


Monday, March 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

South County Governement Center

Community Room 221 A/B

8530 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria


Wednesday, March 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Hutchinson Elementary School

13209 Parcher Ave., Herndon


Thursday, March 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Westgate Elementary School

7500 Magarity Road, Falls Church


Monday, March 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Fairfax County Government Center

Conference Room 9/10

12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax


 Click here for more information. 

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RA Program Best in State 

Reston Tennis Association's program earned top honors as one of the best tennis clubs in Northern Virginia by readers of Virginia Living magazine. According to editors of the magazine, the honors will be announced in the Best of Virginia issue of Virginia Living in May 2012. At that time, winners will know whether they placed first, second or third in their respective categories. 


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
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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. 


Lions' Mulch Sale  

Saturday, March 24

The Reston Lions Club is holding a mulch sale fundraiser for the benefit of local charities. Free delivery to surrounding communities is available. Click here for online orders and more information.


Living With Wild Neighbors 

Thursday, March 29

7-8 p.m.

Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

Reservations required by March 26

$5/person RA Members, $8/person Non-members

For adults.

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


Ever have a coyote saunter down your street, a woodpecker drum on your house, a snake slither in your garage or a squirrel nest in your attic? These are just a few of the issues we may have living in close proximity to wildlife. Join Fairfax County's Wildlife Biologist, Victoria Monroe, for a discussion of wildlife issues and what you can do to live harmoniously with our wild neighbors.

Kids' Trout Fishing Day
Saturday, March 31
8 a.m.-Noon.
Click here for information.

Lifeguard Class Information 

Registration open Monday, April 2 at 8:30 a.m. for new lifeguards. Returning lifeguards can register for update classes now.
Online at www.reston.org or in person at our Member Services desk, 12001 Sunrise Valley Dr.


Click here for course information.


Reston Association Aquatics is a proud provider of American Red Cross Health and Safety classes. 

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.  

Reston's Arbor Day
Monday, April 9
9:30 a.m.-Noon
Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Ages: Adults and children (ages 5-12 must be accompanied by an adult).

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

Potomac River Watershed Cleanup

Saturday, April 14

9 a.m.-Noon

All ages welcome.


For locations and other information, click here or contact Community Outreach Specialist, Ha Brock, at ha@reston.org, 703-435-7986.


Do you have questions about snow removal in Reston? If so, click the link below for answers.

12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA., 20191-3404 | 703-435-6530