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March 29, 2013
                                       Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


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Call to "Positive" Artists

Garden Club Meeting

Habitat Heroes Projects

Potomac River Cleanup

Reston's Arbor Day

Spring Festival



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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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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
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Click here for information on the
2013 Board of Directors' election.

Please take time to cast your vote in the 2013 Reston Association Board of Directors' Election. Your vote must be received by the counting agent's office by 5 p.m. April 5, 2013.  A second round of voting reminder postcards will be in homes this week. You can vote online through the association's website, with the unique access codes provided inside the postcard. The font style for the User Names and Passwords has been changed on the postcards to increase readability.

Read an open letter from the board president. 
For more information call 703-435-6512 or send an e-mail to electionscommittee@reston.org. 

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Silver Line Faces Possible Delay 

The opening of Phase 1 of the Metrorail Silver Line could be delayed several weeks or more, according to an article on washingtonexaminer.com. A delay in the completion of a rail yard in Falls Church appears to be the cause of the potential hold up in rail service to Reston. Click here to read the Examiner article.

The Silver Line is supposed to open to passengers by the end of this year. The Wiehle Avenue station in Reston is the last stop in Phase 1 of the project. When Phase II is completed, the Silver Line will extend beyond Dulles Airport, into Loudoun County. 

Marathon Results and Photos
Reston's first marathon was held last Sunday. There was also a half marathon run through south Reston. The races were organized by Reston Runners. Click the links for results and photos:


New Swimmer Evaluation        

Swimmers ages 10 and under, interested in joining the Reston Swim Team Association for the 2013 season, will be required to participate in a new swimmer evaluation. Click here for more information.  


"Positive Energy" Art         

The League of Reston Artists (LRA) is inviting artists to enter their work for an exhibit about "positive energy." Entries must be submitted by April 10 and will be shown to the public from April 15-July 12 at the Parkridge 5 Building on Parkridge Blvd., in Reston. Click here for information.  

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities

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. 


Garden Club Meeting        

Tuesday, April 2 
1 p.m. 
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.

Peter Deahl, co-founder of The Pruning School in Sterling, will give a power point presentation and a demonstration concentrating on fine pruning of shrubs at the next Reston Garden Club meeting. 


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. 


Board Member Education Series

HOA Financial Management 
Saturday, April 6
8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Reston Association Conference Center,
12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

Topics that will be covered in this free class include:
  • Developing budget line items using zero-base budgeting.
  • Historical trend budgeting.   
  • Measuring community needs and homeowner expectations .  
  • How to read financial statements and make them work for you. 
  • Strategies and practices to protect your funds. 
  • How to use your reserve study in financial planning.

Refreshments will be served. The session is open to cluster, condo, single-family-detached board members and apartment representatives. To register online click on
CAI Board Member Education Series- HOA Financial Management.


For more information please contact Arlene Whittick, Neighborhood Outreach Specialist, at 703-435-6503 or arlene@reston.org.


Heart-Based Communication         

Monday, April 8
7-9 p.m.
Reston Community Center at Lake Anne,
1609 Washington Plaza

Reston Presents ... Heart-Based Communication - Learning to Engage the Heart as well as the Head in Discourse.

In this free program, the Rev. Joanne Aaronson will discuss important points to remember when speaking with others. Join us for an inspiring, interactive presentation.  Registration requested. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or 703-435-6577 to register. 


Wonderful Spring Wildflowers        

Tuesday, April 9
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 April 5. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Before the leaves appear on trees, wildflowers bloom to soak up the sun. Make a pretty flower craft to take home, and take part in a scavenger hunt to find different colored wildflowers. 


Annual Members' Meeting         

Tuesday, April 9
7-9 p.m.
Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

Learn about the state of Reston Association and hear the results of the Board of Directors' election. Come meet your neighbors. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to annualmeeting@reston.org by April 1. 

GET INVOLVED: Volunteerism at RA
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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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