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Nov. 2, 2012
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Skating Fundraiser

Adult Library Programs

Hike to Ancient Rocks

Aquatics Course


Weed Warriors Event



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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. 

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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.

NOTICE: To report downed trees, please call 703-435-6530 or e-mail Reston Association Central Services at CSFstaff@reston.org. 

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IN THE NEWS:  Updates and Announcements
GMU Apartment Residents' Study
Residents participation in community activities.

The Center for Social Science Research at George Mason University recently completed a study of apartment residents in Reston. The study focuses on the engagement levels of residents in the Reston Association community. RA considers renters full members and encourages them to participate in a wide range of activities and to serve on governing committees and boards.

Through interviews and a community survey, the GMU report explores the opportunities available to members, the extent to which apartment residents are involved in community activities, and what challenges these residents face to greater participation. The chart above is an example of the kind of information presented in the study.
  • To download the final GMU apartment residents' report, click here.
  • Click here to read the presentation, Engaging Apartment Residents in Community Associations: A Study in Reston, Va.

Watch Film About Public Art

Public art film
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Fun, Beauty, Fantasy: Reston's Public Art  is a short documentary produced by the Initiative for Public Art - Reston (IPAR) and is now available to watch on Vimeo. The film includes historic footage and information about the sculptures and fountains at Lake Anne and Reston Town Center, as well as interviews with Reston's founder, Robert Simon, and others in the art community.


Coalition Fundraiser at Rink 

Reston's "Character Counts!" coalition will receive 50 percent from Reston Town Center 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.


Public skating and skate rentals are available until March. Call 703-709-6300 for information, rates and schedules. 


Winter Tennis Court Lighting

In an effort to conserve energy, Reston Association will be shutting off the lights at all tennis courts, except Lake Newport, in December and January. The lights at Lake Newport will remain on until 10 p.m. Starting Feb. 1, 2013, the lights will be turned back on at all of the RA courts.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities

Library Programs for Adults  

Reston Regional Library
11925 Bowman Towne Drive.

The following are adult library programs for November:

Saturday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. - The Northern Virginia RepRap Group and Nova Labs will demonstrate digital fabrication with personal 3D printers.
Monday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. - Re-employment specialist Charles King, who works for the Virginia Employment Commission, will discuss how the VEC can assist job seekers.
Friday, Nov. 9  at 2 p.m. - The last session of this year's Great Decisions Roundtable Discussion Group. The topic is Energy Geopolitics. Reading material is available at the library's Information Desk.
Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. -  A discussion of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Olive Kitteredge by Elizabeth Strout.


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. Click here to read about RA's nature programs.


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.


Hike to Ancient Rocks     

Saturday, Nov. 10
1 p.m.
Meet at Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

Gary Nobles of USGS and Dr. Robert Ridky, National Education Coordinator of the USGS, will tell the story of these ancient rocks and lead a 2.5-mile walk along Twin Branches and Lake Audubon trails. Join a brief orientation at Nature House.

This event is offered by Reston Museum with the support of Reston Association and Reston Community Center. Click here for more information on this and other museum events.


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.


Brokers' Open: Selling Reston    

Wednesday, Nov. 14
10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Real estate professionals may attend this free tour and informational luncheon, and learn why Reston is the model for communities across the globe. You'll hear about the impact of updates to the Reston Master Plan and you'll see what's happening with the construction of the Wiehle Avenue Metro Station. Click here for more information.


Thanksgiving Crafters    

Friday, Nov. 16
7-8:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$20/centerpiece RA Members.
$25/centerpiece Non-members.
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.) Reservations required by Nov. 14. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Make a beautiful centerpiece with native plant materials and a set of four simple napkin rings for your Thanksgiving table while enjoying music, mulled cider and seasonal treats as we work.  All supplies provided.


Aquatic Exercise Instructor Course   

Dec. 1-2.
Maryland Athletic Club,
110 W Timonium Road, Timonium, Md.
Click here for information.

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 Project    

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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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