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Feb. 22, 2013
                                         Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


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Spring Edition
Read the latest edition of the Walker Nature Center's publication.

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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.

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RA Board Election
Voting begins March 4.

NOTE: While open seats in the 2013 Board of Directors' race are uncontested, casting your ballot will help enable RA to make the results official.

Bus Routes Meeting

History of Reston Series

Garlic Mustard Challenge

Volunteer for the DRB



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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NOTICE: The RA website (www.reston.org) will be down for maintenance from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 24.

IN THE NEWS:  Updates and Announcements
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Metro-Related Traffic Discussed    

Fairfax County Supervisor, Cathy Hudgins, told WTOP.com that she does not believe traffic will significantly worsen near the Wiehle Avenue Metrorail station when the facility opens later this year.

The Hunter Mill District representative said while there may be "hard days in the beginning," she believes the new Metro Silver Line and Wiehle Avenue station will be assets to the Reston community that will not create long-term traffic woes.

Others in the WTOP.com article expressed concern that the train station and connected parking garage will cause vehicle congestion on local streets adjacent to the Dulles Toll Road. However, some county officials said they are hoping that by adding new Fairfax Connector bus routes, more people will use mass transit, thereby reducing the number of cars on the road at peak hours.

Click here to read the WTOP.com article. 

Response to Meeting "Rumors"
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Reston Association sent a letter to its members last week stating that it has not been informed of any current or ongoing meetings regarding the redevelopment of Reston National Golf Course.

Other than the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals meeting scheduled for May 22, RA President Ken Knueven said he hopes any other reports of meetings or discussions are nothing more than "rumors."

"This issue is far too important for secretive meetings among a select few," said Knueven in the Feb. 14 letter.

RA has gone on record as opposing any unplanned redevelopment of the golf course. Knueven restated the association's reasons for being against redevelopment in last week's letter. He added that Reston residents are "overwhelmingly" against attempts to build on the golf course property.

Click here to read the letter.


SLHS Musician Places Second   

William Meinert of South Lakes High School won second place in the James A. Bland Music Scholarship Contest recently. Meinert, 18, sang "The Vagabond" by Ralph Vaughn Williams and will receive a $75 scholarship from the Reston Lions Club.

The competition was held at the CenterStage theater at Reston Community Center. More than a dozen young musicians participated in the event. 


Hunter Mill District News    

Staying updated on Hunter Mill District activities, Board of Supervisors' actions and Fairfax County public meetings is easier than you think. Just click here to subscribe to Supervisor Cathy Hudgins' monthly editions of the electronic Hunter Mill Highlights Newsletter and the News from the Board. If you would like to speak with the supervisor, join her for First Monday at the Reston Library on March 4 at 1 p.m. 

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities

Connector Bus Routes Meeting  

Monday, Feb. 25

7:30 p.m.

Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods, Room 6.


The Reston Citizens Association (RCA) Board of Directors will host a presentation by the Fairfax Connector staff on the proposed new bus routes for Reston. Maps and other displays will be available. The public is invited to attend this informational session and to participate in a scheduled Q&A period.


Click here for more information.


Early History of Reston   

Thursday, Feb. 28

7-9 p.m.

Reston Community Center, Lake Anne.


The Reston Historic Trust and the Reston Museum will continue its "History of Reston" series with a free program.

The focus of the presentation will be on openness, fairness, and inclusiveness, along with the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s that set the stage for founder Robert E. Simon's concept that challenged the segregation laws and the racial traditions of Virginia.

Click here for more information. 


Storytime Fun: Toadie and the Snake   

Saturday, March 2
11 a.m.-Noon
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/child RA members, $8/child non-members.
Reservations required by Feb. 27. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Listen to Reston author Ellice Rosenberg Stern read her new and delightful book, Toadie and the Snake. Hear the tale of what happened one night in the garden around her home. Meet a snake and make a toad abode. Copies of the book will be for sale at the book signing after the program. 


Dancing Wind 

Tuesday, March 5
10-11 a.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/child RA members, $8/child non-members.
Ages 18-35 months (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by Feb. 28. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
March is the windy month. Take a walk and feel the wind as it dances around you. Blow around like a gale and float like a breeze. Make a wind sock so you can always tell when the wind is on the move. 


Organic Gardening  

Thursday, March 7
7-8 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person RA members, $8/person non-members.
Reservations required by Mach 4. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Organic gardening uses landscape design and the environment to improve the health and development of plants and soil without the use of commercial pesticides and fertilizers. Learn about this method of sustainable gardening, and bring your questions. Co-sponsored by Reston Community Center and Sustainable Reston. 


Jigsaw Puzzle Event for Seniors   

Wednesday, March 13, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive
$9/RA members, $13/non-members.
Ages: 55 years and older.

Join us as an individual or as a couple for this fun event. Each team will be doing a Reston-themed puzzle. Enjoy coffee and conversation. Lunch will be provided. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577. Click here to read about this and other RA events for seniors. 

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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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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Volunteer for the DRB   

Reston Association is seeking volunteers to serve on the Design Review Board (DRB). There are three vacancies - two design professionals (architect, land planner or landscape architect) and one lay member -  needed to serve three-year terms. The DRB interprets, administers and renders decisions involving the design covenants in accordance with the Design Guidelines.

If you are interested in applying to be a member of the Design Review Board, please forward a brief resume and statement of interest outlining the reasons for desiring appointment to the board by March 8, 2013. E-mail cate@reston.org or mail to Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston VA 20191 ATTN: Cate Fulkerson.

Click here for more information about the DRB. 

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