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April 5, 2013
                                                    Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


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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.
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Public Art Film

Little League Parade

Orchestra Benefit

Library Programs

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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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.

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IN THE NEWS: Updates and Announcements
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Science Camp Has a New Home 

Reston Association announced that its 2013 Science Camp will be held at Buzz Aldrin Elementary School, 11375 Center Harbor Road. 


The popular Science Camp had to be relocated from the U.S. Geological Survey building after the USGS lost federal funding last month due to sequestration. The camp was held in the USGS visitors' center, which had to be closed because of the cutbacks.


"We have already begun the process of finding the scientists to do the programming with the campers," said Barb Beaver, camp program supervisor. "We have every confidence that Science Camp will be great in 2013."  

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Ball Field Lighting Proposal         

There will be a full Design Review Board meeting on April 16 related to the proposal to add lights to one of the Brown's Chapel baseball fields, as well as the parking area. The 7 p.m. meeting will be held at Reston Association headquarters at 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive. Click here for more information or to download supporting materials about the lighting project. 

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New Round of Bus Meetings         

There will be two Fairfax Connector public meetings in Reston this month. The first is on April 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods. The second is on April 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Reston Community Center, Lake Anne.

Fairfax County has scheduled five other public meetings in the area and will host an online chat about the new Connector bus service plan that will go into effect when the new Metrorail Silver Line opens later this year. Click here for the list of meetings.

The revised Connector service plan includes restructuring of 24 routes and eliminating six routes. 

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Reston Kids' Triathlon         

Registration for the annual Kids' Triathlon begins on April 16 at 7 p.m. Training clinics and scholarships are available. See www.restonkidstri.org for information.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities

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. 


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.


Exit Through the Gift Shop          

Tuesday, April 9
7:30 p.m.
Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road.

This film, presented by the Initiative for Public Art - Reston (IPAR) and Reston Community Center,  documents street art through the lens of Los Angeles-based filmmaker Terry Guetta. The film was shown at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 83rd Academy Awards. 

10th Annual Founder's Day

Bob Simon
Saturday, April 13
Noon- 4p.m.
Lake Anne Village Center

Come celebrate Bob Simon's 99th birthday during this community event that will include remarks by local officials, a dedication of newly installed commemorative bricks, family fun and musical entertainment. Click here for more information.  


Little League Parade  

Saturday, April 13
9:30 a.m.
Reston Town Center.

The Reston Little League opening-day parade will occur along Market Street. Click here for more information. 


Community Orchestra Benefit 

Friday, April 19
7:30 p.m.
Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods.

A "Caribbean Night" will be held to benefit the Reston Community Orchestra. The event will include music, dance and food. Click here for ticket prices and other information. 


Upcoming Library Programs 

Friday, April 12
2 p.m.
Reston Regional Library,
11925 Bowman Towne Drive.

John Hanny, author of Secrets From the White House Kitchens, will speak about his experiences as a visiting White House chef during the Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford presidencies. Please call the library at 703-689-2700 and press 4 to register.
Friday, April 19
2 p.m.
Great Decisions Roundtable Discussion. The topic is Myanmar and Southeast Asia. Reading material is available at the library's Information Desk two weeks before the program. 

Earth Day Fun
Sunday, April 21
2-3 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/child RA members, $8/child non-members.
Ages 5-12 years (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by April 17. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.

Celebrate Earth Day at the nature center. Play carnival-style games and build a tower out of recyclable materials. Make a paper-mache Earth and a grass head craft to take home. Have fun while learning what you can to do keep our planet green.

Environmental Film: Cool It!
Friday, April 26
7-9 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Free ($5 suggested donation). Adults.
Reservations required by April 23. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.

Award-winning filmmaker Ondi Timoner travels the world with Bjorn Lomborg, exploring the facts and science of global warming and its impact. Lomborg is the founder of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, a globally respected think tank that brings together the world's leading economists to prioritize major global problems. Co-sponsored by Sustainable Reston.

Spring Festival
Spring Festival
Saturday, May 4
1-5 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Free for all ages.
For more information, please call 703-476-9689.

The festival will feature hands-on activities and entertainment, including live animals, craft making for kids, displays and information from environmental groups as well as fishing and canoe/kayak rentals on Lake Audubon. There will also be a native plant sale by Nature By Design.

See information about volunteering at this event.

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.

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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