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April 6, 2012
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


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NEW  R4 Collection Day


NEW  Weed Warriors Days


Visit the Reston Association website for information on property ownership, governance, parks and recreation, and other subjects. The site includes "Shop RA," which allows you to purchase various products and services offered by RA.

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.

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

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.

Featured this Week
Notice: Nature House will be closed on Sunday, April 8.

News, Updates and Alerts
Reston Today - April News
Reston Today - April News
Click the image above to watch this month's edition of Reston Today. Learn about the progress being made on the Metro Silver Line and Reston Station, as well as other topics.

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Tuesday, April 10
7-9:30 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.
Hear reports on the state of the association. Learn the results of the 2012 Board of Directors election. Meet your neighbors. Refreshments will be served.


Lifeguard Registration Open

Online at Shop RA or in-person at our Member Services desk, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

Click here for class information.


Construction Work to Begin 

Fairfax County will be doing construction work on the stormwater easement located off Bennington Woods Road near Autumnwood Drive, which is Reston Association property. The county plans to have a lane closure on Bennington Woods and bring in equipment this week. The work is expected to take approximately 3-8 weeks. 


More information on the Section 41 Winstead Lane and Autumnwood Drive (Basin 0333DP) project can be found by clicking here.


Events, Programs and Community Announcements

R4 Collection Day  

Wednesday, April 18 

1-4 p.m.

Reston Town Center Pavilion.


Reston Town Center is partnering with a number of groups that will be on site to collect used items for recycling and re-use. RTC will only accept specific items at R4 Collection Day: Reduce. Re-use. Recycle. More information: www.restontowncenter.com


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. Click here for more information.


Auditions for Festival

April 30, 6-9 p.m. or May 12, 1-6 p.m. 

Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road.

The Reston Community Center will hold auditions for performing arts groups of all ages and cultures for the 12th annual Reston Multicultural Festival. The festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Lake Anne Plaza. For more information, contact the community events director at the center at 703-3906166 or kevin.danaher@fairfaxcounty.gov. 


Spring Festival 

Saturday, May 5
1-5 p.m.
Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
For more information, please call 703-476-9689.

The festival will feature hands-on activities and entertainment, including live animals, craft making for kids, displays and information from environmental groups as well as fishing and canoe/kayak rentals on Lake Audubon. There will be a native plant sale by Nature By Design. Click here for schedule of events.

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, 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

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.


weedwarrioreventsUpcoming events:  

Protect the Trees at North Village Road  

Saturday, April 28


Virginia Invasive Plant Removal Day
Saturday, May 5
Time: 9 a.m.-Noon
Glade Pool Parking Lot, 11550 Glade Drive


Click here for information about both of these Weed Warriors volunteer opportunities. 

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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