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Nov. 16, 2012
   Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


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Chamber Luncheon

Art Film Series

Holiday Events at RTC

Aquatics Courses

Christkindl Market


Weed Warriors Event



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Ken Knueven
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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.

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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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.

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IN THE NEWS:  Updates and Announcements

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Learn about Reston Association's Design Review Board, the 2013 RA elections and the new I-495 Express Lanes in this month's video news magazine, Reston Today

NOTICE:  Reston Association offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 22 and 23.

Three Board Seats Open in 2013
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Three seats will be open on the Reston Association Board of Directors in 2013. The openings include Lake Anne/Tall Oaks District, North Point District and At-Large Director.

RA will hold an informational meeting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 at 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive for anyone interested in running for the board. For Lake Anne/Tall Oaks and North Point seats, you must be a resident of the respective district. Call 703-435-6512 or e-mail ElectionsCommittee@reston.org for more information.

Important Election Dates 
  • Dec. 12, 2012  Election information session.
  • Feb. 1, 2013    Deadline for filing candidacy.
  • Feb. 7, 2013   Orientation session for candidates.    

Note: Residents will have the option of mailing their ballots or voting for candidates online. Voting opens March 4. Check RA News and www.reston.org for updates on the election. 


CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities

Chamber Luncheon Today     

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 Whittick 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.


Public Art Film, Speaker Series

Spiral Jetty and Inside Australia  

Tuesday, Nov. 20.
7:30 p.m. Free.
CenterStage, Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road.

The two films document works by artists Robert Smithson and Antony Gormley, created respectively in 1970 and in 2002-2003. The artists were inspired by a similar type of location, salt lakes, to express very different artistic visions. Holly Koons McCullough, Curator of Exhibitions, Greater Reston Arts Center, will introduce the films. A Q&A session will follow the screening.


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.

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.


Reptile Retreat   

Tuesday, Nov. 27
10-11 a.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/child RA members, $8/child non-members.
Ages 3-5 (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Nov. 23. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.

Meet a snake and turtle up close, and learn what other Reston reptiles will also be hibernating this winter. Make a reptile craft to take home. Click here to read about RA's nature programs.


Cold Curiosities 

Saturday, Dec. 1 

11 a.m.-Noon
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$4/person RA members, $6/person non-members.
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Nov. 28. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
What animal changes its coat for winter? Where do turtles go, and how do they survive? What animal can freeze solid and survive? Learn the answers to these questions and more through viewing animal artifacts and taking a short hike.


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.


Christkindl Market  

Thursday, Dec. 6
4-9 p.m.
11150 Sunrise Valley Drive.

The annual outdoor market features arts, crafts and German food. The crafts are made by German families stationed in the area. The event is sponsored by the U.S. German Command in Reston and raises money for local charities such as Reston Interfaith. Call 703-390-3110 for more 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.

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