RA News

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Jan. 25, 2013
                                       Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


Questions about RA News?
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Board Election
The RA election season has begun. The deadline for filing for candidacy is 5 p.m. on Feb. 1.

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

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Run for a Cause
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.

Scholarship Competition

Virginia Polar Dip

Garlic Mustard Challenge


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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Camp Registration 
Begins Monday

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Read the winter edition of The Advisor.

IN THE NEWS:  Updates and Announcements
New Virginia App Could Save Lives
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The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has developed a mobile app that will help residents prepare for disasters and stay informed during emergencies.


The "Ready Virginia" app will provide smart phone and tablet users with local weather and public health alerts. It will locate hurricane evacuation routes and provide information about nearby Red Cross shelters.


The Ready Virginia app is available for free in the Apple App Store and in Google Play for Android.


"This new app is one of the most important ones Virginians can install on their mobile devices," said Gov. Bob McDonnell. "Now our citizens can get 'mobile ready' and ensure that their families are prepared for emergencies and stay informed with official disaster information when an emergency occurs."


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Residents Reminded to Lock Doors   

In light of recent reports of automobile vandalism and robberies in western Fairfax County, Reston Association wants to remind residents to be vigilant in keeping their vehicles and homes locked and secured.

The Reston District Police Station website provides bulletins and crime prevention tips to help keep your property safe. You may call the crime prevention office at 703-478-0799. The district station is located at 12000 Bowman Town Drive, Reston.

If you want to take a more active role in crime prevention, county police allow residents the opportunity to join a Citizen Advisory Committee for specific areas. The Reston district committee meets on the third Thursday of each month. Click here for contact information. 


Bus Routes the Topic of Meetings  

Six public meetings, including two in Reston, will be held in February to discuss a proposed Fairfax Connector bus service plan that would restructure, add and eliminate routes.

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation is seeking public input on 12 new routes, among other changes, that are planned to coincide with the opening of the Metrorail Silver Line later this year.

Click here for more information and a meeting schedule. 


Aquatics Now Hiring  

Reston Association Aquatics is taking employment applications for the 2013 season. Positions include lifeguard, seasonal maintenance workers, instructors, and leadership positions fit for college students seeking internships and recent graduates..

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

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities
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Camp Registration Begins Monday      

RA members: Jan. 28 (8:30 a.m.) 


Non-members: Monday, Feb. 4


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.


Music Scholarship Competiton          

Tuesday, Jan. 29
7:30 p.m.
Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road.

Reston Lions Annual James A. Bland Music Scholarship Competition will be held at the Reston Community Center Theater at Hunter Woods. Solo musicians from local schools with voice, piano and instrumental musical talents will compete for scholarship prizes.

The Bland competition is a progress contest, where vocal and instrumental music students compete against each other at a local club level, with winners advancing to the region, district and state finals. Contest participation and concert admission are free. 

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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. 


Nesting Birds 

Tuesday, Feb. 5
10-11 a.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person RA members, $8/person non-members.
18-35 months (Children must be accompanied by an adult).
Reservations required by Feb.1. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Bird nests are easy to find in the winter. Make your own bird nest craft to take home, see real bird nests up close and go in search of nests in the trees along our trails. 


Nature Game Night  

Friday, Feb. 8
7-8:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person RA Members, $8/person Non-members.
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Feb. 5. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Bring the whole family for a game night with a nature spin. Play Nature Pictionary, Tree Twister and Forest Bingo. Then, make your own checker board out of natural and recycled materials to take home. Have popcorn and homemade snack mix while enjoying an evening full of fun and games.


Environmental Film: Home  

Friday, Feb. 15
7-9 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Free ($5 suggested donation)
Reservations required by Feb. 12. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Experience the wonderment of our world in a way that will enthrall and inspire you. Award-winning aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand and narrator Glenn Close take you on a spectacular voyage with aerial footage from 54 countries. Home is a depiction of Earth's majesty, an exploration of its problems and a call to action. Co-sponsored by Sustainable Reston

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.   


Garlic Mustard Challenge 

Reston Association will be hosting a Garlic Mustard Challenge during the spring of 2013.

Volunteers are needed to remove as much invasive Garlic Mustard from Reston as possible in order to preserve ecosystem health and habitat.

The challenge will culminate on Virginia Invasive Plant Removal Day and at the Spring Festival celebration on May 4. Click here to learn how you can get involved. 

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