RA News


June 8, 2012
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter

Taste of Reston

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.

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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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RA Events, Programs, News  
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495 Express Lanes Overview 

495 Express Lanes Overview
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The 495 Express Lanes will open later this year on the Capital Beltway in Virginia. This video gives an overview of how the toll lanes will work.


RA Participates in Food Drive   

Reston Association is joining forces with the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce in the first Governor's Bowl Chamber of Commerce Challenge Food Drive - a competition among select Virginia chambers of commerce and their member businesses.

The drive runs through Independence Day. At its conclusion, the chambers that collect the most food statewide will be recognized by Gov. Bob McDonnell.


You can drop off food at one of the following Reston Association collection boxes through July 2:

Member Services
12001 Sunrise Valley Drive

Nature House
11450 Glade Drive

Central Services Facilities
12250 Sunset Hills Drive

All donations will be given to the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB), which will then be distributed to several nonprofits in our community (including Reston Interfaith). Ultimately, the food will be given to people in need across Fairfax County. Click here to download a list of the 10 most-wanted food items. 

Events, Programs and Community Announcements

Smart Growth, Stream Restoration

Notice: Tomorrow's tour of Reston's stream restoration projects has been canceled by the Coalition for Smarter Growth due to low registration.


Stars of the Summer Night  

Thursday, June 14
7-8:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$4/person RA members, $6/person non-members.
Recommended for ages 5 and older. Please have one adult for every 1-2 children.
Reservations required by June 11. Call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.

The summer season brings new constellations to the sky. Learn about these stars and what tools can help you locate and view them. Then head outdoors to use telescopes and binoculars to look for stars, constellations, planets and other celestial objects.


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. 


Fishing with Fathers  

Saturday, June 16
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person RA members, $8/person non-members.
For all ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by June 13. Call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.

Celebrate Father's Day by fishing with us at Lake Audubon. Learn fish facts, fishing basics and practice casting. We'll provide rods and bait. Those 16 and older wishing to fish will need a fishing license available online at www.dgif.state.va.us.


Canoe Trip: Jug Bay Sanctuary  

Saturday, June 23
7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Meet at Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$20/person RA members, $25/person non-members.
Adults and children (ages 12 and up welcome with a parent/guardian).
Reservations required by June 9. Call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Explore the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary along the Patuxent River in Maryland on foot and by canoe. Jug Bay is one of the largest freshwater tidal wetlands on the East Coast. The Patuxent River is relatively slow-moving and great for beginners and advanced paddlers alike. Click here for more information.

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.


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