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Aug. 17, 2012
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter

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Free Concert at RTC

Disney Art Exhibit

INOVA Blood Drive

Touring Artist Series

USE Picnic



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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.

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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RA Events, Programs, News   
News, Updates and Alerts
reston kids triathlon 2012
Competitors are cheered on during the swimming portion of the Kids' Triathlon last Sunday
Kids' Triathlon a Success 
The 2012 Reston Kids' Triathlon drew over 200 competitors last Sunday. Reston Association, the YMCA and volunteers all contributed to the success of the event. Click here to read more.
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.

Events, Programs and Community Announcements
Concerts on the Town Series
Saturday, Aug. 18
7:30-10 p.m.
Reston Town Center Pavilion. Free.
This week's performers: Beleza. 
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Bird Walk

Sunday, Aug. 19
7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 
Stratton Woods Park, 2431 Fox Mill Road.
Leader: Bill Brown.
Beginning and expert birders are all welcome to help find birds in some of Reston's most beautiful natural areas and surrounding parks. 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.

Cricket Crawl  

Friday, Aug. 24

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.


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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.


Disney Art Exhibition 

Saturday, Aug. 25 

2-6 p.m. 

ArtInsights, 11921 Freedom Drive , Reston Town Center. 


Disney and Film Art of John Rowe.

Meet the artist and see the premier of original exclusive art from Disney film posters, plus Misty of Chincoteague books. Exhibition runs through Sept. 30. 703-478-0778


INOVA Blood Drive

Tuesday, Aug. 28

7:30 p.m.

Reston Town Center Pavilion.

Schedule appointments or register on-site.

www.inova.org. 1-866-256-6372 


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 District, Director Mike Collins. 

Wednesday, Oct. 10 

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

Thursday, Nov. 8 

South Lakes District, Director Richard Chew.



Tree Detectives  

Saturday, Sept. 8

10:30-11:30 a.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 Sept. 5. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.


Can you identify a tree by its leaves or nuts? Learn tricks of the trade and use detective skills on a walk to discover some of our common trees. Search for nuts and berries the animals are eating now and storing for the winter.


CenterStage Touring Artist Series 

Saturday, Sept. 8

Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods.

Click here for more information. 


Services Exchange to Hold Picnic  

Saturday, Sept. 8

5-8 p.m.
2615 Penny Royal Lane, Reston.
Prospective members of Useful Services Exchange (USE), a "time bank" or barter organization for residents of Reston and Herndon, are invited to the group's annual family picnic. USE, founded in 1975, enables neighbors to help each other by bringing together people with various needs and people who can meet those needs. For additional information, call Marilyn Silvey, 703-860-5141.


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
home expo 2012
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.   

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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