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Dec. 28, 2012
   Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


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2013 Election

The RA election season has begun. Visit our Board of Directors' election page to keep up with important information about the candidates, meetings and voting methods.

Rock 'n' Roll Skate

Historic Trust Meeting

Transcribers Sought

Day of Service



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Read about what the RA's Walker Nature Center has to offer to school classes.

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

Click here for more information about the board.

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Board Business

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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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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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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.

HOLIDAY HOURS: Reston Association offices, including Nature House and the Central Services Facility, will be closed on Jan. 1. RA will close at 1 p.m. on Dec. 31 

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IN THE NEWS:  Updates and Announcements
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RA Tennis Wins Again        

Racquet Sports Industry magazine named Reston Association as "Parks & Rec Agency of the Year." This is the second major award Reston tennis has received this year. RA was recently named "USTA Mid-Atlantic Section Organization of the Year."

"My job is to grow tennis, providing it as an amenity for the community and sharing our passion," said RA Tennis Manager, Mary Conaway. Read the full RSI article online (page 36).

Reston has 52 tennis courts. About half of them are lighted and six are youth courts. Approximately 2,500 adults and children participate in RA tennis programs. 

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Recycling Christmas Trees         

Christmas trees less than 8 feet tall can be recycled at the curb in Fairfax County during the first two weeks in January at no cost. Please remove tree stands, ornaments, tinsel, lights and tree toppers. For larger trees, contact your trash collector for recycling details. Live and cut trees only.

Visit the Clean Fairfax website for more information on tree disposal and other environmental programs.  


Toll Rates Going Up Jan. 1         

The toll rate on the Dulles Toll Road will increase by 25 cents at the main plaza to $1.75 starting Jan. 1. Toll rates on the on/off ramps will increase by 25 cents to $1.00, according to a news release from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Click here to read more.  


Aquatics Now Hiring        

Reston Association Aquatics is taking employment applications for the 2013 season. Positions include lifeguard, seasonal maintenance workers and instructors.

Click here to apply or contact Willa at aquaticsinfo@reston.org for more information. 

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities

Rock 'n' Roll Skate         

Friday nights.
8-11 p.m.
Reston Town Center Pavilion.

The Friday Night Rock 'n' Roll Skate events include a live DJ, games and prizes. Call 703-709-6300 or go the Reston Town Center website for more information. 

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Winter Bird Count        

Saturday, Jan. 5
7 a.m.-Noon. Free.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Participants younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sign up by Jan. 2. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Meet bird experts, learn tips on identification and have fun on our annual half-day bird count throughout Reston's natural areas. Enjoy a free lunch, tally results and swap stories back at Nature House following the count. 


Who Goes There?        

Tuesday, Jan. 8
10-11 a.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/child RA members, $8/child Non-members.
18-35 months (must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Jan. 4. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Tracks let us know when animals are nearby, even if we can't see them. Make a track craft, listen to a story and take a short hike in search of tracks along the trail. 

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Paper Making         

Friday, Jan. 11
7-8 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/child RA members, $8/child Non-members.
Ages 5-12 (must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Jan. 8. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
People have been making paper for artistic and practical purposes for many years. Experiment making paper using a variety of recycled papers and fibers, and get ideas on how to use homemade paper for crafts and gifts. 


Trip to Dinner Theatre       

Wednesday, Jan. 16
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
$62 RA members; $68 non-members.
Senior Adults, 55 years and older.
Registration required.

Join us for a chartered-bus trip to Toby's Dinner Theatre (for lunch) in Columbia, Md., to see Hot Nostalgia, the musical. Click here or call 703-435-6577 for more information. You may also e-mail Ashleigh@reston.org


Historic Trust's Annual Meeting        

Thursday, Jan. 17
5-7 p.m.
1639 Washington Plaza, Lake Anne.

The 2013 Annual Meeting of the Reston Historic Trust (owner and operator of the Reston Museum) will include a review of the past year's activities and finances. Museum members will elect officers and board members for the coming year and hear plans for the future. 

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.   


Museum Seeks Transcribers  

Storycatcher Productions, along with the Reston Museum, is seeking volunteers to transcribe video interviews for a documentary film on the 50 years of history of Reston.

Transcribers will receive a "thank you" credit in the film. You can learn about the history of this unique planned community as you transcribe the interviews from your home.

If interested, please contact Suzi Jones via e-mail at JSJLJONES@aol.com. You will be sent a description of the film project along with transcriber instructions and an example of a transcription.


MLK Jr. Day of Service 

Saturday, Jan. 19 

9 a.m.-Noon
Southgate Community Center, 12125 Pinecrest Road.
All ages are welcome. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older.

Join us for the MLK Day of Service. Reston Association is partnering with several organizations, including Reston and Southgate Community Centers, Reston Interfaith and the Closet Inc., to conduct several service projects.

Click here for a full description of the event.

To volunteer contact Ha Brock, RA's community outreach specialist II, at 703-435-7986 or e-mail habrock@reston.org

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