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Nov. 9, 2012
   Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


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IPAR Fundraiser

Chamber Luncheon

Holiday Events at RTC

Aquatics Courses


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.

Video: Travel for free with three or more in car. 

Progress Report
Keep track of Reston's development and redevelopment projects.


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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
Helping the Potomac Watershed
tree nuts

Area residents dropped off over 900 pounds of tree nuts at the Walker Nature Center this season to be sent to state tree nurseries where they will be nurtured and transplanted for use in riverside reforestation.


This year's huge response reflects the bumper mast crop dominated by white oak and chestnut oak acorns. The nature center served as a drop-off site for the Growing Native program coordinated by the Potomac Conservancy. To learn more about the program go to  www.growingnative.org


Funds Raised for "Character Counts!"  

Approximately $2,260 was raised for Reston's "Character Counts!" coalition last week. Proceeds from the opening weekend at Reston Town Center's ice rink will be given to the coalition. The money will help fund character-development programs, including Ethics Day at South Lakes High School.


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.  


Help Fight Hunger      

Reston Association is a drop-off location for the Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit Reston Interfaith, organized through Reston Community Center. Any items donated will be distributed by Reston Interfaith this holiday season and throughout the year to help fight hunger.


Requested items include non-perishables, such as canned fruit, canned beans, pasta, boxed dessert mixes, soups and flour. Hygiene items are also being collected for this project, such as diapers, baby wipes and toothpaste. Click here to download a flyer for more information regarding items needed, as well as volunteer opportunities.
The RA donation bin is located in Member Services at 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive. The collection will last through Nov. 19.  


RA Looking for Boat Owners      

Reston Association is currently looking for the owners of the following boats found on Reston lakes:
Lake Thoreau:

  • Silver Mirro Craft canoe
  • Blue canoe, (unknown make and model)
  • Yellow Escape sailboat 

Lake Anne:

  • Green Coleman canoe 

If the boats are not claimed within three weeks, they will be raffled off. Names will be drawn during the week of Dec. 2. To enter your name or to claim your boat, please call Brian Petty at 703-435-6535 or e-mail bpetty@reston.org For Reston residents only.  


New Farmers' Market Location     

Smart Markets has moved to a new location at 12005 Sunrise Valley Drive, in the parking lot of the Reston Corner office complex. The farmers' market, which was located across Reston Parkway near National Realty, will be open each Wednesday from 3-6 p.m. until the end of December. For more information, contact Jean Janssen at jean@smartmarkets.org or visit the website, www.smartmarkets.org.  


Fall Edition of The Advisor      

Read about the 2012 Reston Home Expo and get the Design Review Board election results in the latest edition of The Advisor.   

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities

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.


IPAR Annual Fundraiser    

Thursday, Nov. 15
6-8 p.m.
11990 Market Street, Reston.
Tickets are now available for the Initiative for Public Art - Reston (IPAR) Annual Fundraising Reception & Auction. Sponsorships are available for $2,500, $1,000, $500 and $125 and include varying levels of recognition and tickets. Please visit www.publicartreston.org to purchase tickets and for more information about the event.


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.


Health Care Reform Luncheon    

Friday, Nov. 16
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Westin Washington Dulles Airport 
2520 Wasser Terrace, Herndon, Va.

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce will host an informational luncheon titled "Health Care Reform: What is Next and How It Will Impact Your Business." The moderator will be Alison Starling, the anchor for WJLA. There will be a panel discussion involving health care and business professionals. Click here for more information or to register for the event.  


Advanced Homeowner Seminar 

Board Officer Roles and Responsibilities 
Saturday, Nov. 17
8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Reston Association Conference Center.
12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.
Fee: $25.00
(Open to all cluster, condo and single-family board members)  
This CAI educational seminar will include: 
  • Tips on how to run efficient meetings and how to use Roberts Rules of Order effectively.
  • Practical advice on how you can fulfill your role as board members and officers.
  • Learn from those with real-world experience how to work effectively with homeowners, committees and other board members.
  • Learn how to balance volunteer service with other life responsibilities in a healthy way - not only how to survive, but to thrive.
  • How to build community spirit through effective leadership.

To attend the session registration is mandatory and may be completed online at  Advanced Homeowner Seminar Series.
You may also mail the payment to:

Reston Association
Attention: Covenants
12001 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20191

No payments will be accepted the day of the event.  If you have any questions, please contact Arlene Whittlick at 703-435-6503.


November Bird Walk      

Sunday, Nov. 18
7:30-10:30 a.m.
Bright Pond Lane, park at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Beginning and expert birders are invited to search for birds in some of Reston's most beautiful natural areas. Must be at least 16 years old. Leader: Kevin Munroe.

There is no bird walk in December or January.  We encourage you to participate in the Winter Bird Count on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at 7 a.m. at the Walker Nature Center. Call 703-476-9689 and press 5 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.


Pre-Feast Bike Ride     

Thursday, Nov. 22
9:30 a.m.
Meet at Fountain Square, Reston Town Center.

The Pedestrian & Bicycling Advisory Committee is organizing a Thanksgiving morning bike ride. The leisurely six-mile ride will tour North Reston neighborhoods using lower-speed roads and paths. The ride will finish at about 11 a.m.. All are welcome. The ride will be canceled in the event of bad weather. Click here to download informational flyer or e-mail burtoncq@yahoo.com.


Holiday Events at RTC     

Friday, Nov. 23
7-8:30 p.m.
Reston Town Center.
  • Gingerbread Man Mile-Race for Kids: 8 a.m., Market Street.
  • 22nd Annual Reston Holiday Parade: 11 a.m., Market Street.
  • Visits and Photos with Santa: 12:30 - 4:30 p.m., next to Skate Shop.
  • Tree Lighting: 6 p.m., Fountain Square.
  • Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides: 6:30-10 p.m., Fountain Square.



Turkey Trail  

Saturday, Nov. 24
11 a.m.-Noon
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$4/child RA members, $6/child non-members.
Ages 5-12 (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Nov. 20. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Let's get moving after your big Thanksgiving meal. Grab a grown up and follow the clues left from a "wild" turkey and see where they lead you. Sharpen your skills of observation and logic as you hike along the trails.


Aquatics Instructor Classes 

Exercise Course

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

Hydro-Pilates Course   

Dec. 15
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
1743 West Nursery Road
Linthicom, 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    

Choking Hazard
Saturday, 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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