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April 13, 2012
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


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NEW  Little League Parade

NEW   Walk MS 2012


Weed Warriors Days


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President's Perspective
Kathleen Driscoll McKee

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Kathleen Driscoll McKee
Tom Vis

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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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RA Board Members Elected 

Three new members were elected to the Reston Association Board of Directors this week.


Donna Miller Rostant and Michael Sanio were elected as at-large directors. They replace Paul Thomas, who decided not to run for a second three-year term, and Tom Vis, who did not win re-election to a second term.


Richard Chew ran unopposed for the South Lakes District seat. He replaces Kathleen Driscoll McKee, who is term limited. She served two, three-year terms.


Ken Knueven (Lake Anne/Tall Oaks District) will serve as president of the board. 


Click here to read more about the 2012 Board Election.


Abandoned Boats

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


Lake Thoreau: A red "Mohawk" canoe.

Lake Anne: A green Coleman canoe.

Lake Audubon: A yellow and blue Old Town Otter kayak, a green Old Town Loon kayak.


If these boats are not claimed, they will be raffled off on April 26. To enter your name or to claim your boat, please contact Brian Petty at 703-435-6535 or e-mail bpetty@reston.org. Deadline for name submission is April 23. For Reston residents only.


Lifeguard Registration Open

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

Click here for class information.

Events, Programs and Community Announcements

Reston Little League Parade 

Saturday, April 14 

9:30 a.m.

Reston Town Center Pavilion.


Walk MS 2012 

Sunday, April 15

8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Start in Reston Town Center.

A walk to increase awareness and support research to eliminate Multiple Sclerosis.  


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 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 with Paul Hughes, executive director of ReBuild Warehouse and former president of the Fairfax Coalition for Smarter Growth. 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.


Bicycle Safety Rodeo

Saturday, April 28 

Ongoing from 1-4 p.m. (Course takes 20 minutes to complete)
Lake Newport Pool Facility, 11601 Lake Newport Road.
Free. Ages: 5-12 years
Click here for more information or contact Ashleigh@reston.org. 


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. 





Activities, Entertainment Abound 

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. 

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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