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Jan. 4, 2013
   Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


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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.

Historic Trust Meeting

Day of Service



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

- 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.

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
Candidate Filing Deadline Nears
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The deadline for filing as a candidate for the Reston Association Board of Directors is Feb. 1 at 5 p.m.

There are three seats open this year. They include Lake Anne/Tall Oaks and North Point districts, as well as an At-Large director's position.

The Board of Directors is responsible to the membership for seeing that the overall organizational goals of Reston Association are accomplished. In general, a director's job is to set policy in all matters - finance and budget, personnel and compensation policies, and planning and program strategies.

There will be a candidates' orientation meeting on Feb. 7 at RA headquarters, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive. Online voting begins on March 4.

Click here for more information about the election. 
Garlic Mustard Challenge
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Reston Association will be hosting a Garlic Mustard Challenge during the spring of 2013. RA is seeking volunteers to remove as much invasive Garlic Mustard from Reston as possible in order to preserve ecosystem health and habitat. The challenge will culminate on Invasive Plant Removal Day and with the Spring Festival celebration at the Nature House on May 4.

Click here for more information about how to get involved.

Garlic Mustard is an invasive exotic species that produces allelopathic chemicals that alter the soil chemistry and prevent native plants and trees from growing. Each plant may produce thousands of tiny seeds. The plant is easy to spot and remove at this time of the year.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities
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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. 

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Environmental Film at WNC         

Friday, Jan. 18
7-9 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Free. Suggested donation $5.
Reservations required by Jan. 15. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
This film is an inspirational immersion in the "Transition Movement," which gathers stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Hear about communities growing food everywhere, localizing their economies and setting up community power stations. Co-sponsored by Sustainable Reston


Creatures of the Chesapeake Bay         

Sunday, Jan. 20
2-3 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$7/person RA members, $10/person non-members.
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Jan. 17. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Join a marine biologist from Under the Sea to meet and touch live creatures native to the Chesapeake Bay such as a horseshoe crab, a flounder and an American eel. Learn about bay ecology and how the way we treat water at home affects the water quality and wildlife found in the bay. 

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Camp Registration Begins Soon     

RA members: Monday, Jan. 28

Non-members: Monday, Feb. 4

Both begin at 8:30 a.m.


Friendship and Fun for over 35 years!


Sign up your child or children for Reston Association Summer Camps. Click here to review the camp descriptions and get registration details.  


Once registration opens, you can sign up online at www.reston.org. Following these tips can ensure a successful registration:

  • Make sure you are registered on the RA website.
  • Your profile must include current contact information.      
  • Camper's info must be correct.

A deposit is required at the time of registration to hold your spot. Transportation or extended-care options must be paid in full.


You can also register in person at 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston. For more information contact camp@reston.org or call 703 435-6551.


RA Camp sessions fill up fast. Waiting lists are available and RA will notify you when a space becomes available.

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.   


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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