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March 1, 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.

Orchestra Concert
Volunteer for the DRB

Garlic Mustard Challenge

Habitat Heroes Projects

Potomac River Cleanup

Reston's Arbor Day



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Board of Directors

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Ken Knueven
Richard Chew

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Board Business

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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 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.

IN THE NEWS:  Updates and Announcements
"State of the County" Video
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Fairfax County Board of Supervisors' Chairman, Sharon Bulova, recently gave her "State of the County" address.


In her taped address, Bulova discussed issues regarding the Metrorail Silver Line as well as other transportation and development-related topics. The Wiehle Avenue Metro station in Reston is scheduled to open later this year. 


Click here to watch the address on YouTube.


Aquatics Now Hiring    

Reston Association Aquatics is taking employment applications for the 2013 season. Positions include lifeguard, seasonal maintenance workers, instructors and leadership jobs suitable for recent graduates or college students seeking internships. Returning seasonal employees were sent re-hire paperwork on Feb. 22 that must be returned by March 29.

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

Red Dawn

Call for Art Entries   

The League of Reston Artists (LRA) is asking artists to submit works to be displayed on Founder's Day at Lake Anne on April 13. The artwork would need to be be delivered to Reston Community Center on Monday, April 1 at 10 a.m.

Submissions can be in paint, mixed media and other two-dimensional media (no photography). The painting shown above, "Red Dawn," is one of the entries. The entry fee and form are due by March 28.

Click here for more information.  


RCC Considers Indoor Facility    

Reston Community Center has released a meeting schedule and FAQ sheet about a proposal for a new indoor recreational facility at Baron Cameron Park. A focus group session is set for March 25 at 6:30 p.m. Related meetings begin in early March and run through mid-June.

Click here to download the full meeting schedule or to read the FAQ sheet about the proposed facility.

RCC is seeking input from the public, potential partners and other stakeholders. The proposal suggests that the facility be built in partnership with the Fairfax County Park Authority.

RCC is a community organization separate from Reston Association, although the two organizations do work together on various community events and projects. 

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities

It's a Pirate Parrrrty   

Wednesday, March 6
11 a.m.-noon.

Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive

$4/RA members, $6/non-members.

Ages 3-5 (Children must be accompanied by an adult).  


Dress up like a pirate and enjoy games, crafts and fun activities. Registration required. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org  or call 703-435-6577. Click here for more information about this and other events for children. 


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


Amphibian Idol   

Saturday, March 9
11 a.m.-Noon
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 March 3. Please call 703- 476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Frogs and toads sing in the spring, but they are hoping to attract mates instead of recording contracts. Learn which songs belong to which amphibians, and make noise as part of a frog chorus right here in the nature center. 


Brilliant Birds   

Monday, March 11
10-11 a.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/child RA members, $8/child non-members.
Ages 3-5 years (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by March 8. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Many birds migrate far away during the winter. They return with their most colorful feathers in spring. Make a bird craft, see some pretty feathers up close and go on a short hike to see if we can find these beautiful birds in the trees. 


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. 


Community Orchestra Concert    

Sunday, March 17
4 p.m.
Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road.

The Reston Community Orchestra will be presenting "Birthday Boys" in its third concert of the season. Along with maestro Dingwall Fleary, there will be guest conductor, Jim Villani, formerly an associate conductor and clarinetist with the former Reston Chamber Orchestra.

Click here for more information. 

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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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. 


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.  

Habitat Heroes Project
(Formerly Weed Warriors)
Our native trees, ferns and wildflowers are under attack by invasive exotic plants like English Ivy, Japanese Honeysuckle and Bamboo. That is why we need heroes like you to join us in rescuing Reston's beautiful parkland from these aggressive plants. These fast growing, invasive plants escape from people's yards and seriously threaten local ecosystems, taking away vital food and habitat from already stressed wildlife populations. Please spend a couple hours in our parkland protecting our forests every fourth Saturday of each month as we help restore Reston's forests to their natural state.

Please wear long sleeves and long pants to protect against poison ivy, thorny plants and biting insects. RA will provide tools, gloves, snacks and water.

Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m.-Noon
Garlic Mustard at Old Trail Drive

Help restore the Old Trail Drive natural area and remove the Garlic Mustard that has invaded the Snakeden Stream watershed. The spring is the best time of the year to identify Garlic Mustard and pull it out of the ground before it goes to seed. Please meet along Glade Drive between Old Trail Drive and Generation Drive. There is poison ivy at this site.

For more information or to volunteer contact Ha Brock, RA community outreach specialist II at habrock@reston.org or 703-435-7986.

Potomac River Cleanup     

Saturday, April 6
9 a.m.-Noon
Reston sites: Snakeden Branch, Nature Center, Colvin Run, Stevenage Road and Hidden Creek.

All ages welcome.

Join thousands of volunteers in a multi-state effort as we do our part in cleaning up the Potomac Watershed. RA is hosting several sites along Snakeden Branch and Colvin Run, two tributaries to the Potomac River.
For locations and other information, click here or contact Ha Brock, RA community outreach specialist II at habrock@reston.org or 703-435-7986. 


Reston's Arbor Day      

Monday, April 15
9:30 a.m.-Noon
Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive and Twin Branches Nature Trail.
Ages: Adults and children (ages 5-12 must be accompanied by an adult).

For more information, click here or contact Ha Brock, RA community outreach specialist II at habrock@reston.org or 703-435-7986. 

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