RA News


Sept. 28, 2012
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter

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Appetite for Art

Garden Club Meeting

Author at Library

Oktoberfest Reston

Lake Anne Jazz Festival


Fall Stream Cleanup

Help with Halloween

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

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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.

Featured this Week
RA Events, Programs, News   
IN THE NEWS:  Updates and Announcements

Remaining District Meetings   


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RA and Reston Hospital Team Up     

Reston Association is supporting Reston Hospital Center's efforts to collect donations to fight breast cancer. The fundraising effort is part of the 2012 Pink Glove Dance Video Competition, which the hospital is entering on behalf the Reston community.

Videos will be posted on pinkglovedance.com on Oct. 12. Viewers will then be able to vote for their favorite video. Winners will be determined by votes and other judging criteria. Voting ends on Oct. 26.


Silver Line Public Hearing in Loudoun  

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has set a tentative date of Oct. 17 to hold a public hearing about the county's Metro Tax Districts, which will help fund Phase 2 of the Silver Line Metrorail from Reston to Dulles Airport and beyond. Click here to read more from Loudoun Rail Now.


Video: Reston Home Expo   

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Watch RA's YouTube video about this year's Home Expo.

Go to the RA website to learn more about the 2012 Reston Home Expo or read about the event
in the calendar items below.

Report Your Lost Items by Oct. 5 

Did you lose a swimsuit, favorite towel or goggles at a Reston Association pool this summer? Be sure to file a "Lost-and-Found" report as soon as possible. All leftover items will be donated on Oct. 10, so please don't delay.

Send an e-mail to aquaticsinfo@reston.org with the following information.
  • Date lost (or date range).
  • Pool where item was lost.
  • Detailed description of item.
  • Your name, e-mail and phone number.


Transportation Meetings Open to Public   

Fairfax County will hold nine public meetings that will focus on countywide transportation issues. Additional information about these issues can be found on the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance website.

Click here to see a schedule of the meetings.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities

Appetite for Art  

Contemporary Art Dialogues for Adults
Oct. 1-15
10:30 a.m.-noon.
12001 Market St., Suite 103.

Engage in lively and in-depth discussion with the curator and exhibiting artists from GRACE's newest exhibition, Campaign Re/Form. Contact GRACE at 703-471-9242 or Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500 for fees and registration.


Jigsaw Puzzle Event for Seniors 

Tuesday, Oct. 2
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.
$9 RA members.
$13 Non-members.
Ages: 55 years and older.
Registration required. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or 703-435-6577. Click here for event description.


Deer Me! 

Tuesday, Oct. 2
10-11 a.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/child RA members, $8/child non-members.
Ages 18-35 months (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Sept. 28. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Fall is a great time of year to see and learn about deer. Click here to read more about this nature program.


Reston Garden Club Meeting 

Tuesday, Oct. 2
1-3 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

Denise Shreeve, founder of Our Native Bees in McLean, will give a presentation about the value of bees. Attend this meeting if you would like to join the organization. More information at http://www.therestongardenclub.org.


Author to Speak at Library  

Wednesday, Oct. 3
7 p.m.
Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive.

Author Robert F. Dorr, retired Air Force veteran and diplomat, will talk about his new book, Mission to Tokyo, which describes B-29 bomber crews in WWII.


Home Energy Efficiency 

Thursday, Oct. 4
7-9 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person RA or RCC Member, $8/person Non-member
Reservations required by Monday, Oct. 1. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Attend this program to learn how to improve your home's energy use to make it more efficient, comfortable and cost-effective. Co-sponsored by Reston Community Center Sustainable Reston. Click here to learn more about this and other programs for adults.




Oktoberfest Reston  

Oct. 5-7
Reston Town Center.
The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce has produced the Oktoberfest Reston for the past five years. Read more about the many events scheduled for this year's event.


National Harbor Trip for All Ages   

Saturday, Oct. 6
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
All ages welcome. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
$24/RA members.
Join us for a chartered-bus trip to the National Harbor, located just across the river into Maryland. See full description of the trip here or download registration form.


Jazz Festival at Lake Anne   

Saturday, Oct. 6
Noon-8:30 p.m.
Lake Anne Plaza, Reston.
The 6th Annual Lake Anne Jazz Festival is a free, family-friendly, all-day event that will showcase local emerging artists and national jazz performers.

The festival is sponsored by Lane Anne Merchants, Friends of Lake Anne, the Reston Community Center, Reston Association, Bozzuto, and Republic Land Development and IZZE Sparkling Juice. For more information and a schedule of events, click here.

Home Expo for Residents, Vendors
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Saturday, Oct. 6
Reston Community Center - Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston.
10-2 p.m. Free.

The Reston Home Expo 2012 is your one-stop shopping opportunity to talk directly with contractors, roofers and other service providers. Also, get cost-saving tips in free workshops that will be offered throughout the day.

Vendor Registration Links
The vendor registration process is 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.


Rascal Raccoons  

Tuesday, Oct. 9
10-11 a.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/child RA members, $8/child non-members.
Ages 3-5 (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Oct. 6. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Make a raccoon mask and tail crafts, and then dress up like a raccoon to go in search of what a raccoon needs. Click here to read more about this and other programs.


Navigating the Local Transit System 

Thursday, Oct.11
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.
$9 RA members.
$13 Non-members.
Join us for an hands-on, innovative transportation experience to get familiar with regional transit systems.

Click here for a description of this seniors' event. Registration required. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or 703-435-6577.


Autumn Campfire  

Friday, Oct. 12
6:30-8 p.m.
WNC Campfire Ring on Soapstone Drive between Glade Drive and Lawyers Road.
$5/person RA members, $8/person non-members.
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Oct. 9. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Click here for more information.


Newcomers' Night  

Thursday, Oct.18
7-9 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

Learn about Reston Association's services, amenities and programs at this free session. Click here for more information.

GET INVOLVED: Volunteer 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.   


fall 2012 stream clean up  

Fall Stream Cleanup         

Saturday, Oct. 20
10 a.m.-noon
All ages welcome.

Take part in Coastal Cleanup Day by helping to remove trash from these locations in Reston:
  • Snakeden Branch (upper): Meet at Hunters Woods Village Center.
  • Snakeden Branch (middle): Meet at Soapstone Road.
  • Nature House: Meet at the Pavilion.
  • Colvin Run: Meet at Tall Oaks Pool.
  • Stevenage Road: Meet at Reston North Park.

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


Help Needed for Halloween Event  

Halloween House & Trick-or-Treat Trail
Oct. 26-27 (rain or shine)
Volunteer hours: 4:30-9:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

Note: There will be a mandatory volunteer orientation at the nature center on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 6-7 p.m.

Click here for more information about volunteering for the event. To volunteer, contact Ha Brock, Community Outreach Specialist II via e-mail habrock@reston.org.


Weed Warriors Projects 

NeighborWoods Month 
Alliance of Community Trees Sponsored Event 
Saturday, Oct. 13 
10 a.m.-Noon 
Reston Association is celebrating NeighborWoods Month in October with support from the Alliance of Community Trees. Join us to protect the trees at the Old Trail Drive horseshoe. Volunteers will help remove invasive exotic plants. These plants reduce biodiversity so by removing them we allow native plants a chance to thrive and create healthy wildlife habitat. Meet between addresses 2358 and 2354 Old Trail Drive. There is poison ivy at this site.

For more information please contact Ha Brock at 703-435-7986 or habrock@reston.org.      


Stop the Tree Hazard
Saturday, Oct. 27
10 a.m.-noon
Adults and children ages 10 and up are welcome.
Join RA staff to help removed the English Ivy in the Sanibel Drive natural area. We will meet at the Sanibel Drive cul-de-sac. Click here for more information about this and other environmental volunteer opportunities.

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

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