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Oct. 26, 2012
   Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


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Touring Artist Series

Skating Rink Information

Garden Club Meeting


Weed Warriors Event



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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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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.

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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

Reston Magazine, Winter Edition      

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The Reston Association-produced quarterly magazine was mailed to residents this week and is available online. Click the image above to download your free copy.

Watch District Meeting Online

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Click here to watch the video of the recent Lake Anne-Tall Oaks District community meeting. Visit our Vimeo channel for all of the district meeting videos.

Newcomers' Night on Facebook

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Nearly 60 people attended Reston Association's Newcomers' Night last week. See photos on our Facebook page.

P&Z Committee Seeks Members 

The Reston Planning and Zoning Committee is seeking to fill five vacancies. The new members will serve three-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2013. There are also three vacancies for associate members, each serving a one-year term. All Reston residents over 18 years old are eligible to serve. Meetings are held once a month. Click here for more information and application links. 

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities

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


Ice Skating Season Opens at RTC  

Thursday, Nov. 1
Reston Town Center Pavilion.

Public skating and skate rentals available until March. Call 703-709-6300 for information, rates and schedules. You can also e-mail  skating@restontowncenter.com or go to www.restontowncenter.com.


Coalition Fundraiser at Rink 

Reston's "Character Counts!" coalition will receive 50 percent from rink proceeds on Saturday, Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 4. The opening weekend benefit will help fund development programs offered by the coalition, including Ethics Day at South Lakes High School. 


Character Counts! is a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan, initiative designed to help youngsters and adults develop and practice trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Reston coalition members include Reston Association, Reston Community Center, Reston Interfaith, Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, Reston Citizens Association, YMCA of Reston and the office of Fairfax County Hunter Mill District Supervisor, Cathy Hudgins.     


Wine Tasting at Nature House 

Friday, Nov. 2
4-6 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Ages 55 and older.
$9/RA members, $13/non-members.
Click here for a full description of this and other Reston Association events for seniors. Download event flyer.


Reston Presents Series  

Monday, Nov. 5
7-9 p.m. Free,
Reston Community Center at Lake Anne Plaza.

This month features local author, Isabelle Tsakok, speaking on Success in Agricultural Transformation: What it Means and What Makes it Happen. The author will discuss why successful agricultural transformation should be of interest to urban Americans. Registration requested. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or 703-435-6577 to register. Click here to learn more about the Reston Presents Series and this event.


Turkey Feathers     

Tuesday, Nov. 6
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 Nov. 2. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Learn about turkeys, read a turkey story, make turkey noises and strut in your own turkey tail feathers. Cick here to read about RA's nature programs.


Garden Club to Meet   

Tuesday, Nov. 6
1-3 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

After a short social period, Seth Fleming from Meadowlark Gardens will speak on "Strategies for Creating Year Round Color in Your Garden." For information about the club visit the website.


Environmental Film: King Corn    

Friday, Nov. 9
7-9 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Free. Suggested donation $5. Adults.
Reservations required by Nov. 6. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.

Click here to read about this award-winning documentary and other nature programs at RA. Watch the trailer.


CPR and First Aid Class  

Sunday, Nov. 11
10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

Certifications earned: Adult CPR and First Aid.

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.


Big, Bad Birds of Prey   

Sunday, Nov. 11
2-3 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$4/person RA members, $6/person non-members.
Reservations required by Nov. 8. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Discover how big local birds of prey can be, examine bird wings and feet up close, and finish with a mini-hike to see if we can spot birds of prey or their nests in the woods.

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.   


Weed Warriors Projects  

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 or call 703-435-7986.

Choking Hazard Project
Sunday, Nov. 17. (Final Weed Warriors project for 2012)
10 a.m.-noon.
Help protect the trees at Wainwright natural area. We will continue the restoration of the natural area at Wainwright Drive by removing the English Ivy. Meet near the corner of Wainwright Drive and North Shore Drive. Look for the RA truck. There is poison ivy at this site. Click here for more information.

Thanks to our Weed Warriors
Over the year, we have had a wonderful group of "Weed Warriors" volunteers. These dedicated volunteers worked alongside RA environmental resource staff to remove invasive exotic plants to protect habitats and wildlife in our natural areas. RA appreciates the volunteers' efforts and strong commitment to the Weed Warriors Program. RA will resume the battle against invasive exotic plants in the spring of 2013.  We will conquer Garlic Mustard at Old Trail Drive on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

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