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March 8, 2013
                                       Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


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Programs & Events
Check out RA's many offerings for the summer.
Register for tennis lessons, sign up for a camp or come play in our pools. Click here to read about these and other events in Reston.

Art in Embassies
Volunteer for the DRB

Garlic Mustard Challenge

Habitat Heroes Projects

Potomac River Cleanup

Reston's Arbor Day



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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.

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

(click to e-mail)

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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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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2013 Board of Directors' Election

IN THE NEWS:  Updates and Announcements
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Candidates discuss issues at forum on Monday.
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Reston Association held a Board of Directors candidates' forum and opened the voting process to RA members on Monday evening.

Candidates Ken Knueven, Eve Thompson and Timothy A. Cohn (pictured above, left to right) stated their positions and answered questions on a variety of topics.

While all three open board seats are uncontested this year, RA is urging members to cast their ballots by March 29 so that the election results can be made official. Click on the "Cast Your Online Ballot" icon at the top of this e-mail to vote in the 2013 election.

Comcast channel 28 will air the forum on:
  • Friday, March 8, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 9, 11 a.m.
  • Sunday, March 10, 11 a.m.

Click here to watch the forum video online. 


RCA Report on Bus Service   

The Reston Citizens' Association recently presented a report about local bus service to the Fairfax County Department of Transportation. The report focuses on proposed changes to Fairfax Connector bus routes in relation to the opening of the Metrorail Silver Line station on Wiehle Avenue later this year. Read the report.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities

IPAR Event: Art in Embassies   

Tuesday, March 12
7:30 p.m.
CenterStage, Reston Community Center Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road.

The Initiative for Public Art - Reston (IPAR) will present a selection of videos highlighting public artworks commissioned by the State Department through the Art in Embassies program. Camille Benton, curator, will talk about Art in Embassies (AIE) and will introduce the films, including a film about local artist Margaret Boozer's installation of her work in the US Embassy in Djibouti, Africa. The event is free and open to the public. 


Environmental Film:

The 11th Hour 
Friday, March 15
7-9 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Free ($5 suggested donation)
Reservations required by March 12. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
This film takes a look at the state of the global environment including visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet's ecosystems. It is produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio. There will be a post-film discussion. Co-sponsored by Sustainable Reston. 


Trip to Hollywood Casino    

Wednesday, March 20

3:30-11:30 p.m.

$32/RA members; $38/non-members. 

Join RA for an evening at the race track. Enjoy live thoroughbred horse racing and new table games. Participants will receive $15 worth of free slot play. Click here for more information or to download a registration form. Contact  Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577.


Eco-Friendly Cleaning     

Wednesday, March 20
7-8 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person RA members, $8/person non-members.
Reservations required by March 17. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Learn why it's a good idea to reduce the use of harsh, sometimes toxic, cleansers in the home, and how to make safe and environmentally friendly ones that are quick, easy and economical. Attendees are encouraged to purchase Clean House, by Karen Logan and bring it to the workshop. Co-sponsored by Reston Community Center and Sustainable Reston. 


Newcomers' Night at RA     

Thursday, March 21
7-9 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

New or not so new to Reston? Come learn more about Reston Association and its many services, amenities and programs as well as other local organizations in the community. Meet RA Board members and staff and find out how you can get involved in Reston.

RSVP to Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577. 


Native Plant Sale      

Order Deadline: Friday, March 29, 5 p.m.
Pick Up: Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Want to use more native plants in your landscape but have trouble finding them or you don't like the prices once you do? Pre-order some nature center favorites and enjoy the savings. Species include sun and shade-loving perennial flowers and ferns that do well in a variety of growing conditions, and add value to your backyard habitat. Click here to download an order form and read more about the plants.  

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


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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