RA News


July 6, 2012
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter

 Free Concert at RTC


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.

Board of Directors

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Ken Knueven
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.

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted last Tuesday to approve the second phase of construction of the Metrorail Silver Line from Reston to Dulles Airport and into the Ashburn area. Click here to read more.


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.

About RA NEWS  
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
Watch July Edition of Reston Today
Click image above to view video on YouTube.
This month's edition of Reston Today includes segments on Reston Association's pools and programs for seniors. There is also information about the progress being made on Reston Station and the Kids' Triathlon.
RA Offices Closed this Saturday

As part of the Fourth of July holiday observance, Reston Association offices will be closed on Saturday, July 7.
Pool Schedule and Alerts
Our 14 pools are up and running but if anything breaks or there's an "accident" in a pool, we will post it here.
Also available is a link to the full pool schedule.
Events, Programs and Community Announcements
Water Aerobics or Aqua-Zumba
Classes are available in the morning and afternoons; weekdays and weekends. Click here for details.
Upper East Side Big Band Concert
Saturday, July 7
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.


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.


Bird Walk 

Sunday, July 15
7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Upper Glade Stream Valley, 11550 Glade Drive, park at Glade Pool.
Leader: Carolyn Williams

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.


Mediation Workshop   

Can We All Just Get Along 
Thursday, July 19
Reston Association Conference Center
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Facilitators: Northern Virginia Mediation Services.
Understand how the mediation process can stop your board or neighborhood disagreements from getting out of control. The workshop will be lead by the Northern Virginia Mediation Service. RSVP Arlene Whittick 703-435-6503 or Arlene@reston.org.


Good Ole Days Campfire    

Friday, July 20
7-8:30 p.m.
WNEC Campfire Ring on Soapstone Drive, between Glade Drive and Lawyers Road.
$5/person RA members, $8/person Non-members.
For all ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by July 17. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.

For years the campfire has been a place where friends and family gather to relax and enjoy time together. Come to the campfire ring to enjoy that same tradition. Listen to stories, sing fun songs and cook some yummy treats.


Digital Camera Scavenger Hunt     

Saturday, July 21
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$4/person RA members, $6/person Non-members.
For all ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by July 18. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.

Calling all shutter bugs. Bring your digital cameras, and search the trails for a list of interesting things and creative pictures to compose. Gather back at Nature House where we will cool off with refreshments, enjoy your photos and award prizes.

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.


Volunteer Appreciation Pool Party
Celebrate and thank our 2011-2012 volunteers
Friday, July 27 (Rain date: Aug. 3)
Time: 6-8:30 p.m.
Location: Hunters Woods Pool - 2501 Reston Parkway.
Bring your family and enjoy a nice evening with fellow volunteers and our staff. Come enjoy food, music, door prizes and giveaways. This is our way of thanking you for giving back to the community.

Please RSVP by July 24 to habrock@reston.org or 703-435-7986.

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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