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Feb. 1, 2013
                                       Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


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Board Election
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.

Dance Performance

Musical Soiree

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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Non-members can sign up for Reston Association camps starting Monday.

IN THE NEWS:  Updates and Announcements

Nature House Wins

Tree Preservation Award

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Reston Association officials receive award.
Fairfax County honored the Nature House project at the Walker Nature Center at the Land Conservation and Tree Preservation Awards Ceremony on Jan. 18. The awards recognize the developers, designers, and site superintendents who have excelled in their stewardship of the environment.

Nature House is nestled in a 72-acre woodland where only 1% of the land has been cleared for the building and parking, and saved trees are thriving.

Read the full story here.

Pavilion Named for RA Employee
Dan Warfield
The Reston Association Board of Directors approved dedicating the new pavilion at Dogwood Pool to a long-time RA employee and also agreed to install two mosaics on the concrete bench/wall between the spray fountain and pavilion.

The pavilion will be named after Dan Warfield, who died in December. He helped manage the Dogwood Pool renovation project and was named Employee of the Year for 2012. He also worked on the Nature House project, which was completed in 2009.

 Read more about the dedication on Patch.com.


2013 Spring Fling Nominations  

Nominations from board members of cluster, condo and single-family detached homes are being accepted in the following categories:

Submission deadline is Friday, Feb. 22. Awards will be given out at the 2013 Spring Fling on Wednesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. in the Reston Association Conference Center. 

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities

Camp Registration       

Non-members: Feb. 4 (8:30 a.m.) 

If you are not a member of the Reston Association, but still want your child to experience the best summer camps ever, now is your opportunity.


Click here to review the camp descriptions and get registration details.


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.


Fire Lane Regulations  

Thursday, Feb. 7
7- 9 p.m.
Reston Association Conference Center, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.
This free fire lane policy workshop will provide in-depth information for board members and residents of clusters, condos and single-family detached homes. Led by  Capt. George Hollingsworth from the Fairfax County Office of the Fire Marshal, the workshop is a follow-up to the firemen-led workshop in September 2011. Attendees are asked to come with questions about their community.
RSVP: Arlene@reston.org or 703-435-6503 


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.

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Brrrrrr, It's Cold Outside  

Stories of winter nights,
ice queens and finding warmth.

Saturday, Feb. 9
First show 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Second Show 9 p.m. (Doors open at 8:30 p.m.)
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

Stories are intended for an adult audience.
Better Said Than Done, Virginia's premiere storytelling troupe, voted one of the "Best Performance Acts" by Virginia Living Magazine, presents a night of true, personal stories about acting cold, being warm and just plain freezing. Tickets $15, online at http://coldstories.eventbrite.com/. Refreshments for sale include wine, beer, coffee, hot cocoa and snacks.
All proceeds go to Friends of Reston to benefit the Walker Nature Center. Contact kshaw@reston.org for more information.


Innovative Dance Performance 

Wednesday, Feb. 13
8 p.m.
Reston Community Center, Hunter Woods
2310 Colts Neck Road.

Brian Sanders' choreography blends traditional dance theater with an inventiveness and physicality. His performance, JUNK, will take place at RCC's CenterStage as part of the Professional Touring Artist Series. Click here for ticket prices and more information. 


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


Great Backyard Bird Count   

Saturday, Feb. 16
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Free. All ages.
For more information, call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Join expert birdwatchers from the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia and the Walker Nature Center to learn how you can participate in this annual 4-day count. Get help on identifying common birds at the nature center feeders or on a walk through the woods.  Learn how to submit your observations online. Then try the count at your own home. Beginning bird watchers and children are welcome. Drop in any time, and bring binoculars if you have them. 


Musical Soiree 

Thursday, Feb. 21
7-8:30 p.m.
Reston Museum, Lake Anne.

Reston's two leading divas, Beverly Cosham and Menda Ahart, will help celebrate Black History Month by performing a long set of popular jazz and blues songs.

Click here for more information about this and other upcoming Reston Museum events. Seating is limited and RSVP required. Call 703-709-7700. 

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.

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Reston's Weed Warriors 
Change Name to "Habitat Heroes"
Reston's Weed Warrior volunteers have worked for years removing invasive exotic plants that have taken over the native vegetation in our natural areas. But our dedicated and hard-working Weed Warriors often do more than remove plants. They also replant many natural areas with attractive and important native ferns, wildflowers, shrubs or trees. Not only are the Weed Warriors removing plants but also adding beauty and food for our songbirds and other wildlife with native plants.

So this name change reflects the true nature of the work that is being done in our community. Our Habitat Heroes will continue to work on restoration projects on our natural areas. Click here to read more about the name change and to learn about environmental volunteer opportunities. 

If you would like to join this dedicated group contact Ha Brock, Community Outreach Specialist II via e-mail habrock@reston.org or 703.435-67986.

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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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