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June 29, 2012
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter

 Free Concert at RTC


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Ken Knueven
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.


Featured this Week
RA Events, Programs, News  
News, Updates and Alerts
TodayShowNBC Today Show Crew in Reston
Today Show
NBC News correspondent Tom Costello (left) and his cameraman pose with RA staff at North Hills Pool in Reston this week.
The Today Show was in Reston doing a story on lifeguard safety training at North Hills Pool on Tuesday.

Tom Costello, an NBC News correspondent, interviewed Laura Kowalski, Reston Association's aquatics manager. A mock rescue was also filmed at the Reston site.

Video from other locations around the country is also likely to be used in the segment, which has no air date at this time.


RA Offices Closed on Wednesday  

Reston Association offices and the Nature House will be closed in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.

Events, Programs and Community Announcements
Chuck Redd & Friends Concert
Saturday, June 30
7:30-10 p.m.
Reston Town Center Pavilion.
Free as part of the Concerts on the Town series.
Click here for RTC's full calendar of events.

Celebration at Lake Newport Pool
Fourth of July
Wednesday, July 4
Noon-4 p.m.
11601 Lake Newport Road.
Come to the pool and enjoy the July Fourth festivities before the fireworks. There will be a DJ, contests and prizes.

Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577 for more information or weather-related cancellations.


Butterfly Class and Count   

Butterfly Class
Thursday, July 5
7-8:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person (Free for count participants).
Sign up by July 2. Call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.

Butterfly Count
Saturday, July 7
9:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Sign up by July 4. Call -703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.

Discover the colorful and diverse lives of Reston's "flying flowers." The butterfly class will focus on the basic identification and life cycles of our local butterflies through a combination of field guides, handouts and a Power Point presentation. Then, join staff and volunteers for the annual Butterfly Count through Reston's natural areas. Meet fellow butterfly lovers, learn tips on identification and have fun while helping to collect important information.


Trip to Patuxent Research Refuge     

Saturday, July 7
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Ages: Senior Adults, 55 years and older.
Pick-up location:
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive
$15/RA members; $19/non-members.
The National Wildlife Refuge System is the world's largest network of lands and waters dedicated to protecting wildlife and their habitat. Explore educational, state-of-the-art exhibits and trails that demonstrate the value of wildlife research. Enjoy a tram tour, and a guided-trail walk. Pack a picnic lunch.

Click here for registration form. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577 for more information.


Dragonfly Class and Count 

Dragonfly Class
Thursday, July 12

7:30-8:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person (Free for count participants).
Reservations required by July 9. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.

Dragonfly Count  

Saturday, July 14
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Meet at Bright Pond Lane. Park at the end of the cul de sac.
Reservations required by July 12. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689.

Learn about the fast, colorful and fascinating lives of Reston's "flying dragons." In the class, guest naturalist, Kevin Munroe, of the Fairfax County Park Authority, will focus on basic identification, natural history and conservation of our local dragonflies. Then, join the annual Dragonfly Count through Reston's natural areas. Meet local dragonfly experts, learn tips on identification and have fun while helping to obtain important information on our fast-flying friends.

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.


Upcoming events:


Quartermaster Woods Restoration
Saturday, July 28
Join Weed Warriors and remove invasive exotic shrubs like Burning Bush and Bush Honeysuckle from the natural area. These shrubs are a threat to biodiversity and are linked to the decrease in song bird populations. The natural area surrounding the Quartermaster Soccer Field needs your help.

Please park along Glade Drive or Quartermaster Lane and meet on the Quartermaster Soccer Field. Look for the RA truck. There is poison ivy at this site.


Help With Kids' Triathlon
Volunteers are needed to help with the Reston Kids' Triathlon on Aug. 12. Click here for more information.

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