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March 15, 2013
                                       Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


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Board of Directors'

Dance Performance
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.

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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.

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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IN THE NEWS:  Updates and Announcements

Reston Today - March edition

Watch this month's Reston Today on YouTube and hear the Board of Directors' candidates give their election statements. Also, learn about how Specially Adapted Resource Clubs (SPARC) is making a difference to young adults in Reston. Click the image above to watch.

RA Staffer Wins "Citizen" Award
Cate Fulkerson was honored by the Reston Citizens Association as "Citizen of the Year" at a ceremony Thursday night. Fulkerson is the director of Administration, Member Services and IT at Reston Association. She is also a former board president of Leadership Fairfax Inc. (LFI) and works with Character Counts! at South Lakes High School.

U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly presented a commendation to Fulkerson at the Reston Community Center ceremony.

Fulkerson, who holds degrees from George Mason University and Washington College, has been with Reston Association since 1991. She has won numerous awards, including the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce's "Volunteer of the Year" honor in 2012 and the LFI's "Remarkable Resource Award" in 2009.

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Lanes to Close for Marathon 

The Reston Runners club will hold Reston's first marathon and half-marathon on Sunday, March 24.


The races will be run on local roads and RA pathways in south Reston, beginning at 7:30 a.m. near South Lakes High School, and finishing in the high school stadium.


Reston Association wants to make residents aware of the race so that they can anticipate lane closures and intersection changes while the race is underway. Click here to download a map of the route. The same course is used for both distances, with the full marathoners doing the route twice.


Police will be at major intersections and crossings, and volunteers will be at key turns and water stops along the course. The races are expected to end by 1 p.m.


Paper Ballots Delayed

Due to a typographical error discovered in the pre-printing process, the mailings of Reston Association ballots for the 2013 Board of Directors' Election have been delayed. Ballots are now expected to arrive by mail to Reston residents by the end of this week. Members who own property but are living outside of Reston should have already received their ballots. Ballots were originally scheduled to arrive by March 4. Read more.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities

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. 


Nature Walk

Reston National Golf Course      

Saturday, March 23
1-3 p.m.
Meet at South Lakes Park, 11100 South Lakes Drive (between Colts Neck Rd. and Soapstone Dr.).
Free and for adults.
To sign up, call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Join a naturalist from the Walker Nature Center and some Reston National Golf Course neighbors to learn about the natural resources and experiences that this valuable open space provides. Look for a variety of birds, including Purple Martins, and visit old field and pond habitats. Co-sponsored by Reston Historic Trust and Reston Association. 


2013 Spring Fling       

Wednesday, March 27
7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Reston Association Conference Center, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.
Free for all board members of cluster, condo and single-family detached homes, and apartment representatives.
The Spring Fling was formerly known as the Winter Social. The Spring Fling is: 
  • A celebration for board members of cluster, condo, single-family detached homes and apartment representatives.
  • A networking event. Mix and mingle with your counterparts from other HOAs.
  • An opportunity to interact with your RA advisors and other association staff and local dignitaries.
  • An awards ceremony.
  • HOA-focused games.  
This event is our way of saying, "Thank you to HOA board members for volunteering your time."

RSVP: Arlene Whittick, 703-435-6503 or Arlene@reston.org.


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.  


Dance Performance at CenterStage      

Wednesday, April 3
8 p.m.
Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road.

Dance artist, Kyle Abraham, will perform at the CenterStage theater. Click here for more information or to see the complete Professional Touring Artist Schedule on the Reston Community Center website. 

GET INVOLVED: Volunteerism at Reston Association
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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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