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Jan. 11, 2013
   Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


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Registration for the 10th Annual Nature House 5K Fund Run/Walk is now open. Proceeds will go to The Friends of Reston for Community Projects, Inc.

Check out our careers website page for employment opportunities.

MLK Jr. Celebration

USE Dinner Meeting

Virginia Polar Dip

Day of Service
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Garlic Mustard Challenge
Learn how you can join the effort to limit the growth of this invasive plant.



Board 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.

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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Register online for the Feb. 9 event.

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IN THE NEWS:  Updates and Announcements
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Click image to watch Reston Topics video.

Survey to Help RA Assess Services 

Beginning this week, an independent survey firm will send out 3,000 questionnaires to randomly selected households and renters in Reston. The purpose of the survey is to help the Reston Association Board of Directors set community and budget priorities, and to learn more of what residents think about the association and its services.

If you receive the survey in the mail, please take the time to complete and mail it back to the independent firm. If you have questions, please contact Reston Association's director of communications, Amelia Townsend at amelia@reston.org.

Former RA President Dies
One of the first presidents of the Reston Association Board of Directors died on Jan. 6 from injuries sustained in a Dec. 26 car accident. Frederick Naef, 76, of Reston, led the association from April to September 1971. He was the second person to lead the organization after the merger of the First and Second Reston Homeowners' Associations.

Naef was eastbound on Lee Highway near Old Lee Highway at about 9:30 a.m. when another driver heading in the opposite direction lost control of his vehicle and collided with Naef's vehicle.

A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reston at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26.

In lieu of flowers, and as an expression of Naef's lifelong pursuit of learning, the family suggests a donation to an educational institution of the donor's choice.


Golf Course Hearing Rescheduled            

The Jan. 30, 2013 Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals hearing about Reston National Golf Course has been rescheduled for May 22.  Click here for more information.


Christmas Tree Recycling           

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. Remove tree stands, ornaments, tinsel, lights and tree toppers. For larger trees, contact your trash collector for recycling details. Click here for more information. 

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities
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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



Bond to Speak at MLK Event          

Jan. 19-20
Various times and locations.

Reston Community Center will hold the 28th Annual Reston Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration. Community service will be the theme of this year's events, which will be held at RCC Hunters Woods, Southgate Community Center and Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation.

Former NAACP Chairman and founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee, Julian Bond, will be the keynote speaker on Sunday, Jan 20.

All events are free, but some require registration. Click here for more information. 


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. 


Owl Investigations          

Thursday, Jan. 24
7-8:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person RA members, $8/person non-members.
All ages 7 through adult.
Reservations required by Jan. 21. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
What do owls eat? Examine a real owl pellet. Learn about how owls catch their prey, and which owls live in Reston. Then take a short hike in search of owls in the forest. 


Useful Services Exchange Dinner           

Saturday, Jan. 26
5 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church, 1625 Wiehle Ave.

Useful Services Exchange (U.S.E.), a barter organization open to Reston and Herndon residents, will hold its annual winter potluck and business meeting. Current and prospective members are invited. U.S.E. is a time bank through which neighbors trade services without exchanging money.  RSVP to MediaVIP@aol.com or 703-860-5141. 

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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.

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Winter Wonderland for Kids         

Wednesday, Jan. 30
10-11 a.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.
$4/RA members; $6/Non-members.
Ages: 3- 5 years (Children must be accompanied by an adult).

Winter crafts and activities. Registration required. Payment due at event. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577 to register. 

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Polar Dip at Lake Anne            

Saturday, Feb. 2
2 p.m.
Lake Anne Plaza

Donations have begun for the Virginia Polar Dip. The event raises money for sick children and their families to visit the Camp Sunshine retreat in Maine. 

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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