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Aug. 10, 2012
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter

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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
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.

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

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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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August Edition of Reston Today

The latest edition of Reston Association's video magazine includes segments on the Dogwood Pool renovation project, efforts to combat invasive exotic plants, plans for a DMV facility, a preview to the Multicultural Festival and much more. Click the image above to watch the video on the RA YouTube channel.
RA President's Perspective
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Ken Knueven's latest blog post in the President's Perspective.

Twin Branches Trail Closed
The Twin Branches Nature Trail near the dam will be closed until Aug. 31 because of construction. Excavation of the dam is necessary to repair the spillway and the trail that was severely damaged from a 2006 storm. Please follow the signs for temporary stream crossing. For your safety, avoid the construction area.
News from RA Aquatics
Join us for senior water aerobics
Reston Association's most popular class is moving to Ridge Heights heated pool in order to wrap up the season.
Aug. 21-Sept. 20.
Ages: 55 and up.
$4/RA members.
Ridge Heights Pool, 11400 Ridge Heights Road.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 a.m.

Note: Pool will not be heated until the water temperature drops to 78 degrees.
Some pools close Aug. 19
The following pools will close for the season on Sunday, Aug.19: Autumnwood, Golf Course Island, Hunters Woods, Lake Audubon, Newbridge, Shadowood, Uplands. Tall Oaks pool will begin a weekend-only schedule after Aug. 19.
Reston Kids' Triathlon
Sunday, Aug. 12
Start at Ridge Heights Pool.
Click here for more information.
Note: Ridge Heights Pool will not open until 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12 .

Dogwood Pool Update
Due to necessary additional renovations, Dogwood Pool will not open for the regular 2012 swimming season. Click here for more information.

Health of Reston's Lakes

At a recent presentation to the Reston Association Board of Directors, Bill Kirkpatrick, President of Aquatic Environment Consultants (AEC), gave a lake ecology primer and discussed the findings and management activities at Reston's four lakes - Anne, Thoreau, Audubon and Newport. Click here to read more. 


Events, Programs and Community Announcements
Concerts on the Town Series
Saturday, Aug. 11
7:30-10 p.m.
Reston Town Center Pavilion. Free.
This week's performers: EC3 & Friends.

Click here for RTC's full calendar of events.


Kids Outdoors 

Wednesday, Aug. 22

9 a.m.-noon (Check-in will begin at 8:45 a.m.)

Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

$15/child RA members, $20/child non-members.

Ages 6-10 years.

Reservations required by Aug. 17. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.


Parents, drop off your child at this jam-packed morning of outdoor fun. Kids will play a game of "wild tracking" to solve a forest mystery. Go log rolling with a naturalist to discover what creatures you can uncover. Build a shelter using only natural objects. Finish your adventure around a campfire with a favorite campfire treat.


Cricket Crawl  

Wednesday, Aug. 22

7:30-9:30 p.m. Free.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Ages 8 and up (Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Sign up by Aug. 21. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Participate in a regional citizen science project to get a baseline on cricket populations in the Northern Virginia/D.C./Baltimore area. Meet at Nature House for a crash course in cricket and katydid calls. Then go outside and listen for eight target species on the nature center property. We will finish by carpooling to other sites in Reston. Sponsored by Audubon Naturalist Society, Discover Life and Natural History Society of Maryland.


End of Summer Pool Party 

Friday, Aug. 24, (Rain date: Aug. 25)

4-8 p.m. Free.

Ridge Heights Pool, 11400 Ridge Heights Road.


Come and have a last hurrah before school starts. The pool party will have food, a DJ and fun for the whole family.  Please bring school supplies and backpacks to donate to Reston Interfaith's Back to School Drive. Co-sponsored by Reston Community Center.


Hunters Woods Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 5 

7-9 p.m. Free.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.


If you live in the Hunters Woods/Dogwood district of Reston, you may attend this community meeting. It will be an opportunity to meet your district director and to learn about the issues and amenities in your area. It will be hosted by District Director, Cheryl Beamer.


You will hear about programs, events, activities and plans for your community and learn about the work of the Board of Directors with regard to your district.


Reston is divided into four electoral districts, represented by a member to the Board of Directors.  The other community meeting dates have been set as well. (Locations will be announced).


Wednesday, Sept. 19 

North Point, Director Mike Collins. 

Wednesday, Oct. 10 

Lake Anne/Tall Oaks, Director Ken Knueven (President of the RA Board of Directors).

Thursday, Nov. 8 

South Lakes, Director Richard Chew.


Voluntary Simplicity  

Mondays, Sept. 10-Oct. 15
7-8:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center,11450 Glade Drive.
$30/person RA or Reston Community Center members, $40/person non-members.
Reservations required by Aug. 20. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Join this discussion course to identify adjustments that can be made in daily living that are positive responses to today's complex dilemmas. Learn to embrace, partially or totally, the tenets of frugal consumption, ecological awareness and personal growth. Explore the distractions that prevent us from caring for the earth, and acknowledge the connection between our lifestyle choices and the condition of the planet. Participants receive a book of readings that form the basis of each discussion. Co-sponsored by Reston Community Center and Sustainable Reston.

Vendor Registration Now Open
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Event: Saturday, Oct. 6
Reston Community Center - Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston.

Vendor Registration LinksThe vendor registration process is now open for  Reston Home Expo 2012. If you are the owner of a business that serves the Reston community, you should reserve a table.  Business categories include: Landscapers, Property Management, Reserve Studies, Arborists, Paving, Towing, General Contractors, Concrete, Decks, Community Association Law firms and many more.
Click the links above for registration forms. For more information contact Arlene Whittick, Neighborhood Outreach Specialist, 703-435-6503 or Arlene@reston.org.

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.   

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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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Fall Weed Warriors Brochure

Click here to download the fall edition of the Weed Warriors' brochure. Learn about how you can help remove invasive exotic plants at one of Reston Association's scheduled volunteer events.
Committees Seek Members

Reston Association is seeking a volunteer to serve on our Covenants Committee. One member is needed to fill an at-large seat for a term of three years.


The Covenants Committee, appointed by the RA Board of Directors, is responsible for administering the Use and Maintenance Covenants set forth in the Reston Deed of Dedication. Click here for more information.

Also, Reston Association's Transportation Advisory Committee is seeking members. Click here for more information.

You can send inquiries about volunteer opportunities on either committee to: cate@reston.org
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