RA News


June 1, 2012
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter

NEW  Smarter Growth Tour


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

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

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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.

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.


Information about a quicker way to get around the Beltway when traveling through Northern Virginia.

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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Reston Tennis Scores Big in Survey
Reston Association Tennis was voted second best in Northern Virginia in a Virginia Living Magazine survey. Click here to read more.

Events, Programs and Community Announcements

Our Bodies, Our Selves

Stories of Self Discovery and Self Destruction   

Saturday, June 2
Two shows, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive
Fee: $15 on sale at http://ourbodystories.eventbrite.com or at the door. Advance tickets are recommended due to limited seating.

Brought to you by Friends of Reston and Better Said Than Done, Voted Best Performance Act in the state by Virginia Living Magazine

The storytelling-event will feature entertaining performances of true stories about the things we do, good and bad, with our own bodies. The show is intended for an adult audience. For more information or to see videos of past shows, visit www.bettersaidthandone.com. Refreshments (beer, wine, coffee, sodas and snacks) available for purchase. All proceeds benefit Friends of Reston and support its mission of community improvement and nature education. 


Legislative Update 

Monday, June 4 

7-9 p.m. 
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.
Pia Trigiani, founder of the MercerTrigiani law firm, will lead this annual review of the recent Virginia General Assembly legislation that affects residents and common-interest communities.
RSVP: Arlene Whittick, 703-435-6503 or Arlene@reston.org


Walking Stick Workshop  

Friday, June 8
7-8 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$6/child RA members, $9/child Non-members.
For ages 5-12 (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by June 5. Call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.

Summer vacation is the perfect time to explore new places. Make a walking stick that can travel with you on your next hike. Choose the perfect stick, make a leather grip, and with help, engrave it with your name or initials to make it your own. All supplies included.


Introduction to Wildlife Photography   

Saturday, June 9
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$10/person RA members, $15/person Non-members.
Reservations required by June 6. Call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.

Join local photographer John Eppler to learn how to photograph wildlife in your backyard. Click here for more information.


Smart Growth, Steam Restoration

Saturday, June 9
9 a.m.
Walker Nature Education Center.
(Address and directions via public transportation are available during the RSVP process.)

Years of development have had an impact on Reston's streams. As we continue to grow, how are we reducing stormwater runoff and restoring our streams? On this tour, led by the Reston Association's biologist Nicki Bellezza, we'll visit a restored stream and see the before-and-after effects of this kind of work. All are welcome to this Coalition for Smarter Growth event.


Taste of Reston & Carnival

June 15-17 

Reston Town Center. 

Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce presents Northern Virginia's largest outdoor food festival, featuring samplings from the region's favorite eateries, live music, beer and wine gardens, fun and games at The Family Fun Zone, and a three-day carnival. Free admission; tickets $1 each. Click here for details. 

Day Trip to Leesburg Winery
Tuesday, June 19
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Lost Creek Vineyard & Winery

Reston Association is offering a chartered-bus trip for adults (21 and older) to this Loudoun County winery. Click here for details and registration form. 

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:


Stevenage Natural Area Restoration
Saturday, June 23.
Join the Weed Warriors to help restore the Stevenage Road natural area. Please meet at the parking lot of Reston North Park behind Home Depot at the corner of Reston Parkway and Stevenage Road. Look for the RA truck. Click here for more information about this and other Weed Warriors' events.


Clean the Bay Day - Reston Cleanup
Saturday, June 2
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.

12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA., 20191-3404 | 703-435-6530