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Sept. 7, 2012
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter

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GRACE Art Exhibit
Touring Artist Series

DMV2Go Services

Sustainable Agriculture


Bike, Pedestrian Project

Help with Pirate Party

Weed Warriors Event


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
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.

Video: Testing I-495 Express Lanes. 

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
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Click image to go to treesaregood.org website.

Website Provides Tree-Care Tips  

Reston residents often have questions about fallen and damaged trees after a storm. The www.treesaregood.org website provides tips about caring for trees in order to prevent them from being damaged, information on disposing of debris after a storm and suggestions on general tree care.


Home Energy Makeover Contest 

Northern Virginia residents could win a home energy makeover from the non-profit Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) worth up to $10,000 just for taking an online energy assessment.

LEAP is the Department of Energy's official sponsor for the Home Performance with Energy Star Program. Click here for more information.

You may also sign up for the Oct. 4 Home Energy Efficiency workshop at Nature House - a Green Living event brought to you by Reston Community Center and Reston Association in support of Sustainable Reston.

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Award-winning photo by Jim Kirby.

Lake Audubon Photo Wins Award     

An aerial photograph made by Reston photographer Jim Kirby won the grand prize in the U.S. Forest Service's "My Neighborhood Forest" photo contest.

The image depicts homes densely surrounded by trees along Lake Audubon. Kirby said the image showed "the amazing forest that we live under."

Click here to read more.


Community Meetings Schedule 

Below is a schedule of the the three remaining district community meetings (the Hunters Woods/Dogwood District session was held on Sept. 5):


Click here to download informational flyer.


Wednesday, Sept. 19 

North Point District, Director Mike Collins. 

Aldrin Elementary School, 11375 Center Harbor Road.


Wednesday, Oct. 10 

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

Reston Community Center, 1690 Washington Plaza.


Thursday, Nov. 8 

South Lakes District, Director Richard Chew.

Reston Association Conference Center, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive. 

Pools Being Drained      

The Reston Association aquatics maintenance department has begun draining pools. Every fall, pools must be drained low enough to allow winterization of vacuum/skimmer lines and to permit water expansion during freeze and thaw periods.

This year, RA is attempting to minimize the impact to surrounding areas by using electric submersible pumps rather than high-flow gas pumps. If you have questions or concern, please contact
aqmaint@reston.org or isaacb@reston.org.




RCC Board of Governors       

This year's Reston Community Center Preference Poll will fill three positions for three-year terms on the Board of Governors and will take place as follows:

  • Candidate registration will be open from Aug. 31 to Sept. 14.
  • A candidate orientation and photo session will be held on Sept. 13.
  • A candidates' forum will be held on Sept. 19.
  • Voting will take place from Sept. 28 to Oct. 12.

For more information about the Preference Poll, visit RCC's website.

Events, Programs and Community Announcements

Community Yard Sale   

Saturday, Sept. 8

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.
Come by to browse for great bargains at our multi-family community yard sale.
Vendor space is sold out.
Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577 for information on weather-related cancellations.


Orioles vs. Yankees  

Sunday, Sept. 9 

11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Pickup: Reston Association 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.
$39/RA members.
Join us for a bus trip to the Orioles Park at Camden Yards to see the Baltimore Orioles play the New York Yankees. All sales are final. Registration form can be found on our website. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577 for more information.


Art Exhibit: Election Process       

Sept. 13-Oct. 27
Opening reception: Sept. 13, 5-7 p.m.
GreaterRestonArtsCenter 12001 Market Street Suite 103.

GRACE gallery will transform into a provocative, artful interpretation of a campaign office, with viewer participation solicited through interactive components. Guest-curated by performance artist Holly Bass, the exhibition will incorporate work by critically-acclaimed artists Renee Stout, DJ Spooky, and additional participants. 703-471-9242. 


Nature Game Day      

Sunday, Sept. 16
2-3 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/child RA members.
$8/child Non-members.
Ages 5 to 12. Reservations required by Sept. 12.
Enjoy games like Tic Tac Toe and Twister with a nature spin. Click here for more information about this and other nature programs on the Reston Association website.


Touring Artist Series      

The Touring Artist Series continues at Reston Community Center's The CenterStage, located at 2310 Colts Neck Road. Upcoming events include:

Click here for more information. 


DMV2Go Offers Services 

Wednesday, Sept. 19  

9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Reston Town Center Pavilion.

Apply or renew an ID card and driver's license, obtain a vehicle title or license plates at the DMV's wireless office on wheels. Click here for information on all services offered
at DMV2Go.


Film: Energy Quest USA 

Friday, Sept. 21 

7-8:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Free. Suggested donation $5
Reservations required by Sept. 18. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
This environmental film features five diverse communities where people are taking charge of their energy future. It includes factual information on fracking and the role of natural gas in the future. Join a post-film discussion about energy conservation and production in Reston. Co-sponsored by Sustainable Reston.

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Reston Multicultural Festival      

Saturday, Sept. 22
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Lake Anne Plaza.
Food, entertainment and crafts from around the world. Click here to download the festival flyer.


Fur, Feathers, Fins 

Saturday, Sept. 22
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive
$5/child RA members, $8/child non-members.
Ages 3 to 5 (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Sept. 19. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.

Learn what covers the skin of different animals. See and touch some up close. Click here for more information about this and other nature programs.


Rally for a Cause Tennis Tourney    

Saturday, Sept. 22-Sunday, Sept. 23
Matches begin at 9 a.m.
Lake Newport Tennis Center, 11452 Baron Cameron Ave.

Tennis tournament for the benefit of Reston Interfaith, Heart and Wounded Warrior Foundation. Click here to download flyer.

Sign up to play men's or women's singles or doubles. Players are guaranteed to play at least two matches.  Trophies will be awarded by Reston Tennis pro staff and representatives from the benefiting organizations immediately following the finals matches.

For more information or to register go to www.restontennis.org or e-mail Rally4acause@restontennis.org.


Nutrition Series: Sustainable Agriculture  

Saturday, Sept. 22
3 p.m.
United Christian Parish, 11508 North Shore Drive.

Pam Hess, the editor of Flavor Magazine, will be the featured speaker at the next Nutrition & Health Series program. Hess will talk about nutritional, environmental and ethical benefits of sustainable agriculture. Click here for more information.

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.
Click here for full description of the event. 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.   


Bike and Pedestrian Project      

The Pedestrian and Bicycling Advisory Committee are looking for volunteers to help collect bicycle and pedestrian counts in Reston on Sept. 11-13. This regular data collection is part of a national project to document walking and cycling as modes of transportation. More information about the national effort can be found at http://bikepeddocumentation.org.
Shifts are two hours in the morning and evening on Sept. 11-Sept. 13. At some locations, volunteers may be asked to observe directional information, helmet usage and other demographic data in addition to the number of cyclists and pedestrians. Training will be offered.

If you are interested in helping with this effort, please e-mail Brian Murphy at brian@reston.org.


Pirate Party Needs Volunteers       

Wednesday, Sept. 19
10:45 a.m.-Noon
North Hills Pavilion, 1325 North Village Road.
Volunteers needed to dress up as pirates and lead a scavenger hunt at "It's a Pirate Party." Costumes will be provided. Energetic and outgoing personalities are a must.

For more information or to volunteer contact Ha Brock, Community Outreach Specialist II via e-mail habrock@reston.org.


Weed Warriors Project        

Protect the Trees at Field View
Saturday, Sept. 22
10 a.m.-noon.
We will meet at the Bright Pond cul-de-sac and walk down the path on the left of the pipe-stem driveway.  There is poison ivy at this site. Click here for more information.

To volunteer, contact Ha Brock, Community Outreach Specialist II via e-mail habrock@reston.org.

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