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March 30, 2012
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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
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Kathleen Driscoll McKee
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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.

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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.

Progress Report
Keep track of Reston's development and redevelopment projects.
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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.

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News, Updates and Alerts

Last Call to Vote

Online voting in the election of the Reston Association Board of Directors ends at 5 p.m. today. Video of the 2012 Candidates' Forum is available by clicking the following links:

Hunter Mill Updates - Sustainable Reston Pledge
Hunter Mill Updates - Sustainable Reston Pledge
Participation Goal: 12 Percent

In this video, Fairfax County Supervisor (Hunter Mill District), Cathy Hudgins, explains the Sustainable Reston Pledge and how it will help improve the quality of life for residents. Click the image to watch the video. See related material by clicking the following links: 

Mulching Advice from RA
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Proper mulching is important for the health of your trees. Reston Association recommends following the guidelines on this diagram. Click the image on the left to enlarge the diagram.


Stormwater Project to Begin

The final plans for the Winstead Lane and Autumnwood Drive Basin project have been approved. Click here for more information or to download the final design plans. Construction on the project is expected to begin the first week of April.

Events, Programs and Community Announcements

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. 


Earth - The Operator's Manual 

Friday, April 20

7-9 p.m.

Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

Reservations required by April 17.

$5 suggested donation.
For adults.

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


This climate change and sustainable energy documentary is a rigorously researched, beautifully filmed and an uplifting antidote to the widespread "doom and gloom" approach to the subject matter. Its objective, accessible assessment of the Earth's problems and possibilities, leaves viewers informed, energized and optimistic. After the film, there will be a discussion. Brought to you in partnership with Sustainable Reston. Click here to watch trailer


Cheery Chickadees

Saturday, April 28

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

Reservations required by April 25.

$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 some of our smallest and most energetic birds. Make a bird craft, and then become a chickadee to see the forest through their eyes.


Paws4people Puppy Prance

Saturday, April 28
Registration: 9 a.m.
Walk: 10 a.m.
Lake Fairfax Park, Reston.
The 1st Annual Puppy Prance Fun Walk and Canine Carnival will benefit the Northern Virginia Chapter of the paws4people™ foundation.

Bring your family and your best canine friend to join us for a fun-filled day starting with a walk, and then continuing with demonstrations, contests, vendors, food, and games for all.

Click here for more information.

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.


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.

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 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.

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