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March 16, 2012
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


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Event: Saturday, April 21


NEW  CASA Meeting

Weed Warriors Project


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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

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
Election information





Reminder: Cast Your Vote    

Three seats are open for the Reston Association Board of Directors. Ballots have been mailed to members. Electronic voting ends at 5 p.m. on March 30. Members can click here to:
  • View candidates' statements
  • See the latest quorum reports
  • Vote online
  • View videos of each candidate

The board determines the association's goals and policies and makes a significant and lasting contribution to the community. Make your voice heard by voting in this year's election. 


Work for RA this Summer  

Reston Association is currently hiring seasonal employees to fill summer jobs in our Parks & Recreation Department. Jobs are currently available in construction, natural areas, aquatics and camps.

For job information or to apply, click here. Resumes may be attached but will not be accepted in lieu of a completed online application. 

Save the Date: Annual Meeting
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The 2012 Annual Members' Meeting will be held on April 10 at 7 p.m. in the conference center at 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive. Topics for the meeting will include Reston Association's accomplishments in 2011 and plans for 2012. Results of the Board of Directors' election will be announced. Click here for more information or call 703-435-6530. 

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. 


Artist Sought for Dogwood  

Reston Association, in partnership with the Initiative for Public Art - Reston (IPAR), is seeking an artist to develop an interactive water feature for Dogwood Pool. This opportunity is open to established professional artists living in the metropolitan Washington area.
An artist will be commissioned to work with the design team overseeing the renovation of the pool complex. For more information, click here

Events, Programs and Community Announcements

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 a Fairfax County wildlife biologist 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. 


Nature Unmasked 

Friday, April 13
7-8:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Reservations required by April 10.
$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.
Superstitious? Then don't miss this Friday the 13th night hike. Bring your flashlight to shine some light on the truth about bats, snakes, spiders and other misunderstood creatures. 


CASA Informational Meeting  

Friday, April 14
11 a.m.-noon
Centreville Regional Library, 14200 Saint Germain Drive  Centreville, Va.

The Fairfax Court-Appointed Special Advocate program trains volunteers to advocate for children in court.
If you seek a volunteer role with CASA, please attend  the information session. For reservations or information, contact Elisa Kosarin, Associate Director for Recruitment and Training, at 703-273-3526, ext. 22,  ekosarin@casafairfax.org or visit www.fairfaxcasa.org.

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.

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