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March 22, 2013
                                       Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


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Blood Drive

Reston History Program

"Empty Bowls" Event

Habitat Heroes Projects

Potomac River Cleanup

Reston's Arbor Day

Spring Festival



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Programs & Events
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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.

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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.

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Ken Knueven
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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. 

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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.

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The Reston Runners club will hold Reston's first marathon and half-marathon this Sunday. 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. Click here for lane closure information and a map of the race route.

IN THE NEWS:  Updates and Announcements
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Voting Deadline Extended  

The Reston Association Elections Committee has decided to extend the voting period in the Board of Directors' election until 5 p.m. on April 5. The committee's decision to move the deadline from March 29 was a result of a delay in ballots being mailed to south Reston. Once ballots arrive, members will be able to cast their votes by mail or online.

Three candidates are running for three open seats on the nine-member board that oversees the association. While the race is uncontested, a 10 percent quorum is necessary to validate the election.

Click here for more information on the election. 


Board Seeks Bus Service Changes 

Reston Association's Board of Directors has sent a letter to Fairfax County recommending changes to bus service in preparation for the opening of the Metrorail Silver Line later this year.

The recommendations sent to the county's Director of Transportation, Tom Biesiadny, include specific items related to bus routes, schedules and commuter lines. One of the suggestions includes a reduced fee or free bus service for the South Reston Park & Ride to encourage ridership to and from the Wiehle Avenue station.

Click here to read all of the board recommendations in the March 19 letter. 


Budget Suggestions Sought

The Reston Association Board of Directors is seeking input and suggestions from residents concerning the 2014-2015 budget. The board will adopt the biennial budget in the fall of 2013.

Members can fill out a suggestion form and mail it to Reston Association by April 26. The form can also be e-mailed to RABudget@reston.org. For more information, or to download a suggestion form, click on the following links: 
The board has also released its 2014-2015 Budget Development Calendar. Key dates include June 27, when the board will determine priorities in a draft of the budget, and Aug. 28, when the proposed budget will be made available to the public.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities

Lions Club to Deliver Mulch

Saturday, March 23
7 a.m. (Rain or shine)
Dogwood Elementary School, 12300 Glade Drive.

The Reston Lions Club is asking for volunteers to help deliver mulch to customers this Saturday. Contact Don Leas at RestonLionsMulch@gmail.com for more information.


INOVA Blood Drive at RTC 

Tuesday, March 26
7:30 p.m.
Reston Town Center pavilion.

Schedule appointments at 1-866-256-6372 or inova.org/donateblood. On-site registration. 


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.


"Building Community in Reston"     

Thursday, March 28
7-9 p.m.
Reston Community Center at Lake Anne.
The Reston Historic Trust and the Reston Museum are exploring the early history of Reston and producing another free program titled: "Building Community in Reston: Vernon Walker-Nature & Environment." Presenters include Reston naturalists Katie Shaw, Claudia Thompson-Deahl, Glenn Walker and Nancy Herwig.

For more information, call the Reston Museum at 703-709-7700, e-mail restonmuseum@gmail.com, or visit www.restonmuseum.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 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 about the plants. 


April Fool's Day Fun        

Monday, April 1
10-11 a.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/child RA members, $8/child Non-members.
3-5 years (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by March 29. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
April Fool's Day is always a silly day full of fun. Bring your best nature jokes to share, and enjoy this wacky hike to see the funny side of nature.  


Lifeguard Class Registration       

Begins Monday, April 1
8:30 a.m.
Reston Association Member Services, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive or online at www.reston.org.
Click here for course information. 


Write Your Memories into Memoirs       

Thursdays, April 4-May 23
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.
$32/RA members; $42/Non-members.

Whether you are just beginning or already writing your memoirs, this eight-week class focuses on turning life experiences into engaging stories. Discuss different writing topics each week in a supportive and lively setting. Registration required. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577. Click here for more information about this an other events for seniors. 


An Evening with the Lorax        

Friday, April 5
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Free ($5 suggested donation).
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.). Reservations required by April 2. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Step into the magical world of Dr. Seuss's The Lorax. Watch the newest movie while surrounded by a colorful forest of trufulla trees. Explore a touch table of nature objects, make a trufulla tree and learn how we can be local Loraxes. There will be concessions for sale. 


Annual Empty Bowls Event      

Friday, April 12
5:30 -8 p.m.
Floris United Methodist Church
13600 Frying Pan Road.

The Giving Circle of HOPE, a philanthropic organization in Reston, is hosting the 6th Annual Empty Bowls charity event to benefit Food for Others. There is a minimum donation of $20 to receive the meal, which includes a bowl handcrafted by a local potter that you may keep. All proceeds raised will go to hunger relief in Northern Virginia. For more information, contact emptybowls@givingcircleofhope.org or call 703-665-9334. 

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

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.

Garlic Mustard in the Watershed
Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m.-Noon
We will battle Garlic Mustard (see information on RA's Garlic Mustard Challenge). It is one of the many invasive exotic plants taking over the Wainwright natural area. Reston needs as many hands as possible to pull Garlic Mustard from the forest floor to help create space for native plants to grow. Meet at Wainwright Drive near the recreational field. Look for the RA truck. 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. 


Spring Festival Volunteers      

Saturday, May 4 (rain or shine)
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Volunteer shifts:  12:30-3 p.m. and 3-5:30 p.m.
Volunteers under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult that is at least 21 years old.

Volunteer to help for a couple of hours and then spend the rest of the day enjoying the festival with your family and friends. Carnival games, crafts for children, concessions
and face-painting positions available.

The festival will feature entertainment, displays and information from environmental groups, hands-on nature activities, carnival-style games, canoe and kayak rentals on Lake Audubon, fishing activities and food.

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

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