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Oct. 5, 2012
Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter

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Oktoberfest Reston

Lake Anne Jazz Festival

Library Discussion Group

Light the Night Walk


Fall Stream Cleanup

Help with Halloween

Weed Warriors Event

Covenants Members


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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

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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
Walk for Homeless
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Annual Community Walk

Reston Interfaith is trying to register 4,000 people for a charity walk for the homeless on Oct. 14. You can register online. The walk is part of the Festival on the Square, which takes place at Reston Heights, 11790 Sunrise Valley Drive.


Election Officers Needed    

The Fairfax County Office of Elections is looking for elections officers to serve at the polls on Nov. 6. To download an application, click here. To see if you are "election ready" go to www.sbe.virginia.gov/register.


IPAR to Receive County Award    

The Arts Council of Fairfax County will hold its inaugural Arts Awards Luncheon on Oct. 12 at noon at the Hilton McLean, 7920 Jones Branch Drive, Tysons Corner, Va. The Initiative for Public Art - Reston (IPAR) is one of four winners.

The annual program will recognize outstanding arts organizations, artists and arts philanthropists in Fairfax County. This year's awards will be presented to:
  • Mr. John T. "Til" and Mrs. Anne Hazel
  • McLean Project for the Arts
  • The Initiative for Public Art - Reston
  • EnviroSolutions, Inc.
Click here for contact information or to read the full arts council press release about the luncheon.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities

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.


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 this Saturday
home expo 2012
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.

Mini-Seminar Schedule

  • 11 a.m. - Vienna Paint and Decorating Co., Inc.
  • 11:45 a.m. - ETC
  • 12:15 p.m. - Reston Windows and Doors
  • 12:45 p.m. - Armstrong Management Services
  • 1:15 p.m. - DoodyCalls
For more information contact Arlene Whittick, Neighborhood Outreach Specialist, 703-435-6503 or Arlene@reston.org.

Knueven video
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Lake Anne/Tall Oaks Meeting   

Wednesday, Oct. 10
7-9 p.m. Free.
Reston Community Center,
Lake Anne, 1690 Washington Plaza.
Meet your district director, Ken Knueven, and learn about the issues and amenities in your area.


Navigating 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.


Library Discussion Group   

Friday, Oct. 12
2 p.m.
Reston Regional Libary, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive.
The library's monthly discussion group, Great Decisions, will talk about  Indonesia's prospects for democracy. This country, which successfully switched from authoritarian to democratic government in 1999, has the world's largest Muslim population. 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.


Leukemia & Lymphoma Walk    

Saturday, Oct. 20
Starts at Reston Town Center Pavilion
5-9 p.m.

Support the mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Children's games, local restaurants and live music and entertainment until the two-mile walk begins at dark. Register online or by calling 703-960-1100 .


Environmental Film

Powering the Planet 

Friday, Oct. 19
7-8:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Free. Suggested donation $5.
Reservations required by Oct. 16. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.

This film is an eye-opening look at some of the world's most important case studies in smart energy decisions, and an assessment of what it takes to build a sustainable energy infrastructure. Co-sponsored by Sustainable Reston.


Gift for Birds 

Sunday, Oct. 21
2-3 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person RA members, $8/person non-members.
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Oct. 17. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Discover which birds you can enjoy all winter and make a log suet feeder to take home to attract them to your yard.


Halloween at Walker Nature Center 

Halloween House & Trick or Treat Trail
Walker Nature Center (rain or shine).
11450 Glade Drive.
Advance tickets only: $10 per person (A $1.54 service fee per ticket will be applied to online sales.) You may also purchase tickets at the Walker Nature Center's Nature House.
Call 703-476-9689.

You're invited to the best family friendly Halloween event this side of Transylvania.

Details and online ticket sales
Choose from one of four event times:

Friday, October 26, 6 - 7:15 p.m. (sold out)

Friday, October 26, 7:30 - 8:45 p.m. http://halloweenhousefri2.eventbrite.com

Saturday, October 27, 6 - 7:15 p.m. (sold out)

Saturday, October 27, 7:30 - 8:45 p.m. http://halloweenhousesat2.eventbrite.com

Click here for more information about this and other nature programs for all ages. See volunteer information below.

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.


Covenants Members Needed   

Reston Association is seeking two volunteers to serve on our Covenants Committee.

The Covenants Committee, appointed by the Reston Association Board of Directors, is responsible for administering the Use and Maintenance Covenants set forth in the Reston Deed of Dedication. In doing so, the committee:
  • Considers and decides violations in accordance with adopted procedures that are found by staff or other association members.
  • Develops Use and Maintenance Standards.
  • ­May withdraw the privilege of the use of Reston's common areas from covenants violators.
  • ­Considers requests for temporary exception permits.
The minimum time commitment is a 1-to-3-hour meeting once a month, plus property inspections prior meetings dates.

If you are interested in applying to be a member of the Covenants Committee, please forward a brief statement of interest and any pertinent qualifications by Nov. 2, 2012, by e-mailing cate@reston.org or mail to Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston VA 20191 ATTN: Cate Fulkerson.

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