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July 20, 2012
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


RA Pro Shop
Great prices on Babolat racquets and shoes, and K-Swiss tennis and running shoes. Please call Rob at 703-435-6502.

Free Concert at RTC

Civil War Presentation



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

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.


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.


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Special Notice
Reston Association offices will close at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25 for an employees' picnic at Lake Anne Pavilion.

Helping Needy School Children
back to school 2012
Reston Association is supporting the charitable campaign to provide backpacks for school children this year. Click here to learn how you can donate a backpack.

Butterfly Count Breaks Record
butterfly count
Reston Association's annual  count yielded 435 butterflies and 27 species. The Sachem Skipper was the most prevalent species with 181 counted. Read more in The Connection.

Aquatics News

Wake Up with Water Aerobics

Tuesdays and Thursdays

8-9 a.m.

Uplands Pool, 11032 Ring Road

Click here for details and fee information


Some Pools Close Early for RSTA Team Parties

Sunday, July 22

5:30 p.m.

The following pools will close at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 22 for the RSTA Team Parties: Autumnwood, Glade, Golf Course Island, Hunters Woods, Lake Audubon, Lake Newport, Newbridge, North Hills, North Shore and Ridge Heights.


Hunters Woods Pool Closing early for RA Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

Friday, July 27

5 p.m.

Hunters Woods pool will close early on Friday, July 27 to host our annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic. 


Lake Newport Pool Opens Late for RSTA All-Stars Meet

Saturday, July 28

1 p.m.

Lake Newport pool will be hosting the RSTA All-Star Meeting on Saturday, July 28. The pool will open to members and guests at 1 p.m.


All Pools Close Early for Lifeguard Olympics

Sunday, July 29

7 p.m.

All Reston Association pools will close at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 29 for our Annual Lifeguard Olympics.

Please feel free to join us at Lake Newport Pool at 7:30 p.m. on this date to cheer on your favorite staff.

DMV Mobile Unit in Reston

If you need to go to the Division of Motor Vehicles in person, you will have a more convenient option. It's called "DMV 2 Go" and brings a mobile unit to Reston on a regular basis.


According to a DMV spokesperson, the decision to bring a mobile unit to Reston was based upon a successful test back in March. DMV has five mobile units that are brought to communities across the Commonwealth.


Reston Association President Ken Knueven says the service will mean a great deal to time-challenged folks who live or work in Reston.


"Having a DMV mobile site visiting our community throughout the year will save each of us a great deal of that precious commodity," Knueven said. 

Times and locations for future DMV 2 Go visits in Reston will be announced at a later date.

Report Storm Damage Online
If you suffered storm damage in the derecho that hit the region two weeks ago, you can now make a damage report through a Fairfax County online reporting tool. The county Office of Emergency Management recently launched the Disaster Damage Database.

Click here to read more in RA News Releases.
Events, Programs and Community Announcements
Concerts on the Town Series
Saturday, July 21
7:30-10 p.m.
Reston Town Center Pavilion. Free.
This week's performers: C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band. Click here for RTC's full calendar of events.


Buzzing Cicadas      

Thursday, July 26
7-8 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 23. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.

Cicadas are not the only insects making noise, but they are the loudest. Learn why and how cicadas, crickets and grasshoppers make noise. Go into the evening woods, listening and looking for members of the insect chorus.


Civil War Event at Lake Anne     

Thursday, July 26
7-9 p.m.
Reston Community Center, 1609 Washington Plaza.
1862 - The Civil War Returns to Fairfax County
Presenters: Historians Jim Anderson and Jim Lewis.
For more information, call the Reston Museum at 703-709-7700, e-mail restonmuseum@gmail.com, or visit www.restonmuseum.org.


Seeing in the Dark      

Friday, Aug. 3
8-9 p.m.
Walker Nature 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 31. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.

When the sun goes down, some animals are just waking up. These animals have their own ways of navigating in the dark. Hike in the twilight and learn how mosquitoes find us in the dark, how owl ears are different from ours, and what bats use to "see" in the dark.

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 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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