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Oct. 12, 2012
   Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter

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Choice Book Club

Light the Night Walk

Touring Artist Series


Fall Stream Cleanup

Help with Halloween

Weed Warriors Event

Covenants Members

Tennis Committee



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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   
IN THE NEWS:  Updates and Announcements

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Click on the image above to watch a video about the upcoming Newcomers' Night. The event, hosted by Reston Association, is free.


South Lakes District Meeting     

The last in a series of four district meetings will be held Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at Reston Association. The meeting will be hosted by Director Richard Chew.

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Board Adopts RNGC Resolution   
The Reston Association Board of Directors adopted a resolution about the Reston National Golf Course at a special meeting this week. Read about the resolution and other issues related to the zoning debate by clicking here.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities


Halloween House and

Trick-Or-Treat Trail is Sold Out   

The Halloween event at the Walker Nature Center, now in its 15th year, has sold out of tickets for all four event times for later this month. Buy your tickets for next year's event during the first week of October in 2013.   


Festival on the Square   

Sunday, Oct. 14
Noon-4 p.m.
Reston Heights, 11790 Sunrise Valley Drive.

The Festival on the Square includes music, activities for children and a walk for the homeless. Click here for schedule of events.


Director's Choice Book Club     

Tuesday, Oct. 16
7 p.m.
Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive.

The club will discuss the 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Tinkers, by Paul Harding. The discussion is led by Fairfax County Library Director, Sam Clay.


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 .


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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.


Red Cross  

CPR and First Aid Class  

Sunday, Oct. 21
10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

This American Red Cross course will teach students life-saving techniques through video, lecture and guided practice under the supervision of a certified instructor.
Contact Willa at aquaticsinfo@reston.org or 703-435-6532 with questions. Click here to register.


Anti-Bullying Workshop for Kids 

Sunday, Oct. 21
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Ages 6 and up. Free.

In recognition of National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month, join Sensei Karsten Davidsen and Heather Coleman, a licensed social worker with Fairfax County Schools, as they instruct your child on the ABCs of dealing with bullies. This interactive workshop educates kids on how to handle some of the most common bully scenarios. Special focus will be on confidence-building skills, body language drills, communication skills, and meditation based upon the tenets of ShinKyokushin karate. Reservations required. E-mail naturecenter@reston.org or call 703-476-9689 and press 5.


Touring Artist Series      

Wednesday, Oct. 31
8 p.m.
Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road.

Other upcoming performances at RCC's CenterStage:  

For more information, go to the RCC website

GET INVOLVED: Volunteerism 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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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.


Tennis Committee Seeks Members   

The Reston Association Tennis Committee is seeking volunteers to serve on its committee. The goals of the committee are: 
  • To increase participation in organized tennis activities.
  • Enhance all levels of communications and promote tennis through all available channels of communications within Reston.
  • Continue to advocate for indoor tennis.
  • Continue community outreach and fundraising activities for various charitable causes and organizations.

Contact Mary Conaway, Reston Association Tennis Manager, for more information. E-mail: mary@reston.org 


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