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May 4, 2012
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


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Available online or at RA Member Services desk.
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Registration now open.

NEW  Appetite for Art


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.

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Ken Knueven
Mike Collins
Andrew Sigle
Michael R. Sanio
Richard Chew

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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
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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
Spring Edition of The Advisor

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Read about news and helpful tips from Reston Association's Covenants Department in the latest issue of The Advisor. Click here to download the summer edition.


RV Storage Space Available  

Reston Association members may store their recreational vehicles, trailers, boats and canoes at the Central Services Facility on Sunset Hills Road. For information about availability of spaces, call CSF at 703-437-7658. Click here for additional information.  

Video: May 18, 2012 Bike to Work Day
Click the image above to watch video.
Bike to Work Day is May 18
Reston Town Center Pavilion
6:30-9 a.m.; biketoworkmetrodc.org
Thousands of area residents are expected to participate in the annual Bike to Work Day on May 18. The event is held to promote a clean, healthy way to get to work. Click the above image to watch an informational video about the day.

Events, Programs and Community Announcements

Spring Festival Tomorrow   

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.


Bird Walks  

Sunday May 6  

7:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m.

Location:  Bright Pond. Park in the cul-de-sac at the end of Bright Pond Lane off Reston Parkway just south of Route 7.

Leader: Andy Rabin


Sunday, May 27

7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Location: Glade Stream Valley. Park near the intersection of Glade Drive and Twin Branches.

Leaders: Joanne and David Bauer.


Beginning and expert birders are all welcome to help find birds in some of Reston's most beautiful natural areas.  We will visit a variety of sites on each walk. Our collaborative efforts usually produce a variety of local birds. These walks are sponsored by Reston Association and its Environmental Advisory Committee, the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia and The Bird Feeder store. There are no fees and registration is not required. 


Sunset Splendors  

Friday, May 11
7-8 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Reservations required by May 8.
$4/person RA members, $6/person non-members.
For all ages (Children under 12 must br accompanied by an adult.)
For reservations, please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.

Sunset marks a transition in nature. Day turns to night, the sun gives way to the moon and diurnal animals trade places with nocturnal ones. Walk the trails to observe these changes, and transition yourself from using your eyes to using your ears.


Appetite for Art 

Mondays: May 7, 14 and 21. 

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Greater Reston Arts Center, 12001 Market St.

Contemporary art dialogues for adults. Engage in lively and in-depth discussion with the exhibiting artists from GRACE's newest exhibition, "Play."  Call GRACE for fees and registration at 703-471-9242 or Reston Community Center 703-476-4500.


Birds in Boxes   

Saturday, May 12
11 a.m.-Noon
Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Reservations required by May 9.
$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.
Have you ever seen a baby bird? Join a nest box monitor to check on the bluebird boxes around the nature center. Each year, the nature center partners with the Virginia Bluebird Society in maintaining and monitoring nest boxes around Reston. Learn about the importance of these nest boxes and which birds like to use them.


Heated Pools Open May 12 

Saturday, May 12 

North Shore Heated Pool and Spa,
11515 North Shore Drive.
Ridge Heights Heated Pool,
11400 Ridge Heights Road.
Weekends: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Weekdays: 1-7 p.m. (with additional adult swim hours at North Shore)Click here for the full pool schedule. Pool passes are required. Receipts are not accepted for pool entry.


Reston Community Yard Sale

Saturday, May 12 

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.
Ninety-five families will be selling a variety of items. Vendor space is sold out. In case of rain in the forecast, call 703-435-6577 the morning of the event for a recorded message. No calls for space please.


Relay for Life  

Saturday, May 12; Sunday, May 13
South Lakes High School, Reston.
Play tennis or walk the track to raise funds in the fight against cancer.
Tennis: 1 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, for $10 donation/hour of tennis.
Walking: 1 p.m. Saturday-8 a.m. Sunday.
Visit www.restonrelay.org and join "Team Tennis for Life" to contribute and/or participate.
For more information, email: relayforlife@restontennis.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, 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:


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. 

Volunteers Needed for Youth Triathlon
Love running, biking, swimming or working with kids?  We could use your help at our second annual Reston Youth Triathlon for the benefit of the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation.

Training will be provided on Saturday, May 19. The race is on May 20. Free T-shirts given to all volunteers. Contact: Kelley Westenhoff, westenhoff@gmail.com.
12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA., 20191-3404 | 703-435-6530