RA News


Feb. 8, 2013
                                       Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


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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.

Interfaith Benefit

Bus Service Meeting

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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Virginia General Assembly Resolution 634 recognizes Reston. Read the full resolution.


IN THE NEWS:  Updates and Announcements
Board Candidates Announced
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Four candidates have announced that they will be running for three seats on the Reston Association Board of Directors. The Elections Committee has certified the following:


Ken Knueven


Lake Anne/Tall Oaks District 
Eve Thompson


North Point District 
Timothy A. Cohn
Larry Dunn 


Click here to download the official filings.


Voting begins on March 4. Results of the election will be announced at the Annual Members' Meeting on April 9. 

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A foursome gets ready to take the plunge into Lake Anne.

Polar Dip Raises $72,000 

The 2013 Virginia Polar Dip, held at Lake Anne last Saturday, raised about $72,000 that will go towards sending seriously ill children and their families to Camp Sunshine in Maine.

About 200 participants wore various costumes and jumped into the cold waters of the Reston lake as part of the fundraising event. Wind chills were below 25 degrees and the water temperature was 36, according to organizers who said the total money raised over the last six years has exceeded $300,000.

 Click here to read more. 


Best of Reston Winners 

Reston Interfaith and the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce recently named the 2013 winners of the Best of Reston Awards, which recognize outstanding community service.

Robert E. Simon, the founder of Reston, will chair the 22nd Annual Best of Reston Awards gala on April 11 at the Hyatt Regency.

This year's honorees:
  • Doug Bushée - Individual Community Leader.
  • Ed Robichaud - Individual Community Leader.
  • Friends of the Reston Regional Library - Civic/Community Organization Leader.
  • YMCA Fairfax County-Reston - Civic/Community Organization Leader.
  • Mayflowers A Floral Studio at Reston Town Center - Small Business Leader.
  • John Marshall Bank - Corporate Business Leader.
  • Amanda Andere - Vade Bolton-Ann Rodriguez Young Leaders - Entrusting Our Community's Future Award.

Click here for more information about the dinner and awards ceremony or call 571-323-9572.  

Ask Fairfax!
Read the transcript from this week's Ask Fairfax! online chat about the Metrorail Silver Line project and Fairfax Connector bus service. Click here.


Board Supports Bike Safety Measures   

The Reston Association Board of Directors and its Pedestrian & Bicycling Advisory Committee are working to improve infrastructure, particularly near the new Wiehle Avenue Metro Station.

In two separate letters sent to Hunters Mill District Supervisor, Catherine Hudgins, and the state's House Transportation Sub-Committee Chairman, John A. Cox, the RA board is advocating for specific enhancements and supporting legislation that will help provide cyclists and pedestrians safer access north and west of the Reston Station, where heavy traffic is anticipated when the Metro Silver Line opens later this year. Download the letters: 

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities
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CPR and First Aid Classes 

Reston Association Aquatics is proud to be an Authorized Provider of American Red Cross programs and can offer customized CPR/AED and First Aid certification classes for your organization or group. Classes are held at RA headquarters, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, and can accommodate up to 12 students per day. Weekday evenings and weekend days are available.

Click here or e-mail Willa at aquaticsinfo@reston.org for more information.
Looking for a class to join as an individual? Watch for future RA News announcements or e-mail Willa at the above address to be added to an interest list. 

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Swim Team Clinic Registration  

Reston Swim Team Association (RSTA) clinic and pre-season prep programs are starting soon. Click here for details and to register. 

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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/. Tickets will also be sold at the door. 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.


Benefit for Reston Interfaith   

Sunday, Feb. 10
6 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Reston, 1800 Presidents St.

A silent auction and Capital Steps 30th Anniversary performance will benefit Reston Interfaith. The performance begins at 7 p.m. Click here for information. 


Fairfax Connector Meeting    

Monday, Feb. 11
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Lake Anne Elementary School, 11510 North Shore Drive.

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation will hold the last of its six meetings about Fairfax Connector bus service changes. The public meeting will include information about changes to the service that will coincide with the opening of the Metrorail Silver Line later this year.

Click here for 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. 


2013 Spring Fling Nominations  

Submission deadline: 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.

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

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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