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Nov. 30, 2012
   Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


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Christkindl Market

CASA Meeting

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Visit the Reston Association website for information on property ownership, governance, parks and recreation, and other subjects. The site includes "Shop RA," which allows you to purchase various products and services offered by RA.

RA Publications
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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Board Business

- Meeting agendas
- Meeting minutes

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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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.

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IN THE NEWS:  Updates and Announcements
Winter Edition Now Available
Branching Out Winter12

Strategies for survival differ for various birds in the winter. Read about this and other subjects in the Walker Nature Center's winter edition of Branching Out. Click here.


Reminder About Yard Debris   

It is that time of year when leaf litter is abundant. There  also are many storm-damaged trees throughout the area. Reston's woods, streams and meadows need your help. If you have not yet determined how to properly dispose of your yard debris, please read our Yard Debris brochure for tips and resources.

As a reminder, Reston Association has started conducting inspections of remote strips and other RA land.

Reston residents, in partnership with RA, are responsible for protecting irreplaceable community assets. Keeping open space healthy and useful for everyone is easier if we all do our part. Dumping refuse including but not limited to grass clippings, leaves, Christmas trees, appliances, old sofas and motor oil is prohibited.

South Lakes District Meeting
South Lakes meeting
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Watch a video of the recent South Lakes District community meeting. Learn about important issues in your area in this 90-minute presentation hosted by Richard Chew, director for the South Lakes District.

News Releases on RA Website
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Check out Reston Associaton's home page or go directly to the News Releases section of the website to read current and past posts regarding important information about RA and the Fairfax County region.

Police Collecting Toys   

The Fairfax County Police Department's motorcycle unit is working with other local law enforcement agencies to collect toys for sick children during the holiday season.

You may donate a new, unwrapped toy at any county police station before Dec. 10.


The Reston District Police Station is located at 12000 Bowman Towne Drive. The motorcycle officers will deliver the toys to Fairfax County Hospital on Dec. 12.


Click here for more information or call the Public Information Office at 703-246-2253.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities

Everlasting Evergreens    

Monday, Dec. 3 or Tuesday, Dec. 4 
10-11 a.m. 
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive. 
$5/child RA members; $8/child Non-members. 
Ages 18 months-35 months.
Reservations required by Nov. 29. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org
Evergreen plants have green leaves all year long. Go on a walk to look for pines, hollies and evergreen ferns. Learn why these plants are important to animals. Smell the scent of pine and make some evergreen crafts.


LEED-ND Workshop     

Tuesday, Dec. 4  
7-9 p.m. Free. 
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

Join representatives from the U.S. Green Building Council as they provide lessons that can be applied to existing neighborhoods and existing homes on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND).


Homeowners, property owners, neighborhood associations and local governments are increasingly looking for ways to integrate sustainability into their homes, businesses and infrastructure. The U.S. Green Building Council created the LEED for Neighborhood Development and LEED for Homes rating systems in order to serve as a voluntary leadership standard for the planning and design of new neighborhoods, redevelopments and new homes and multi-family development respectively.


RSVP: Arlene@reston.org or 703-435-6503.



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. Click here to download flyer. 


CASA Informational Meeting   

Saturday, Dec. 8
11 a.m.
Reston Community Center, Lake Anne
1609-A Washington Plaza.

Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will host an informational session for anyone who would like to learn about advocating for abused or neglected children. Please call 703-273-3526, ext. 22, e-mail ekosarin@casafairfax.org, or visit www.fairfaxcasa.org


Holiday Open House    

Sunday, Dec. 9
1-3 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
For more information, call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Bring your family or friend to an afternoon of festive fun at Nature House. Listen to live music, make an ornament from natural materials and enjoy free refreshments. Pick up holiday gifts or snap a photo with one of the nature center mascots. There will be a sing-along at 2:30 p.m. 


Animal Homes     

Tuesday, Dec. 11
10-11 a.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/child RA members, $8/child non-members.
Ages 3-5 years (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Dec. 8. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Examine animal homes close up, make a bird nest craft, and go on a short hike to search for where animals live. 

Want to Serve on the RA Board?
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Wednesday, Dec. 12.
7 p.m.
Reston Association
12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

Reston Association will hold an informational meeting for anyone interested in running for the Board of Directors. There will be three seats open in 2013. 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.     
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.   

Join an Advisory Committee

Advisory committees are comprised of Reston Association members who provide advice on association matters and perform duties requested by the Board of Directors.

The board currently has eight committees:
Interested RA members are invited and encouraged to attend advisory committee meetings before submitting an application. All committee meeting times are posted on our website. If you are interested in volunteering or would like  information on each of the committees, please click here.

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