RA News


May 11, 2012
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


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NEW  Walk for Cancer

NEW  History of Reston


Weed Warriors Days


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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.


Board of Directors   (click names to e-mail)

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

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.
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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. 

Featured this Week
News, Updates and Alerts

RA Aquatics Information    

Heated pools at 11515 North Shore Drive and 11400 Ridge Heights Road open Saturday, May 12. Hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on weekends and 1-7 p.m. on weekdays. Pool passes are required. Receipts are not accepted for pool entry. 



Other Aquatics News


Book Your Pool Party
Reston Association offers both after-hours private parties and, new in 2012, birthday party packages at the pools during the day. See information sheets available online in the "Quick Links" section. There is a 10% discount if you book before June 1.
Register Now: Water Safety Instructor Certification
June 23-July 1
Times vary by day.
$230/RA members
All registrations must be received by June 5.
SCUBA Classes and Camp
Discounts available to RA members.
Click here for course dates, times, and fees.
E-mail Frank Wilson deep_blue_scuba@excite.com for details or to register.       


Tennis Courts for Kids to Open    

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the six new kids' tennis courts is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 at 11301 North Shore Drive. Click here for more information.

Events, Programs and Community Announcements

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.


Break the Silence Run and Walk

Saturday, May 12 

8-11 a.m.
Reston Town Center.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. 

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition's 5K run and 1-mile walk to raise awareness. Entry fee. Register at www.ovarian.org.


Film: A Community of Gardeners  

Friday, May 18
7-9 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Reservations required by May 12.
$5 suggested donation.
For reservations, please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Throughout D.C., people of all ages and backgrounds are gardening side by side, growing vegetables, fruits and flowers in community gardens. This film explores the gardens as sources of fresh food, outdoor classrooms, places of healing, links to immigrants' native countries, centers of social interaction and oases of beauty. It looks back on the history of community gardens, including the potato patch farms of the 19th century and the World War II victory gardens. Click here for more information. Co-sponsored by Sustainable Reston.


Bike to Work Day  

Friday, May 18
6:30-9 a.m.
Reston Town Center Pavilion.
Call 800-745-7433 for more information.


Bushels of Beetles    

Monday, May 21
10-11 a.m. 
Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive
Reservations required by May 18
$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.

Beetles are the largest group of insects, and they come in a dazzling array of sizes, shapes and colors. Meet live beetles, decorate your own bug box to take home, and then go in search of beetles.


Early History of Reston, Part 1 

Thursday, May 24 

7-9 p.m.
Reston Community Center, 1609A Washington Plaza.

As part of its continuing program of examining the history of the area, the Reston Historic Trust is conducting a special program on the early history of Reston.
Admission is free, but donations to Reston Museum are appreciated. Space is limited. For more information, call 703-709-7700, e-mail restonmuseum@gmail.com, or visit www.restonmuseum.org. 


Bird Walk   

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. 

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:

Old Trail Restoration Continues

Saturday, May 19, 2012
10 a.m.-Noon
Help restore the Old Trail Drive natural area and remove the Garlic Mustard that has invaded the Snakeden Stream watershed. Click here for more information about this event. 


Please meet at the Glade Drive pool parking lot at the corner of Soapstone and Glade Drives.
To volunteer contact Ha Brock, community outreach specialist II at 703-435-7986 or e-mail to habrock@reston.org


Click here for information about Weed Warriors and other environmental 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.
Clean the Bay Day - Reston Cleanup
June 2, 2012
10 a.m.-Noon
Access points at Lake Audubon, Thoreau and Anne
Please sign up by May 29. Click here for more information.
Join fellow boaters and lake enthusiasts for the 6th annual Reston Lake Cleanup. We are looking for volunteers to get on their boats and to walk the shorelines of each lake to collect trash.
To volunteer contact Ha Brock, community outreach specialist II at 703-435-7986 or e-mail to habrock@reston.org.

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