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April 12, 2013
                                                    Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


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Reston Kids' Triathlon
Registration opens April 16

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New Swimmer
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.

Help Abused Children
Habitat Heroes Projects

Help at 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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IN THE NEWS: Updates and Announcements
Board of Director Seats Filled
Reston Assocation announced the results of the 2013 Board of Directors' election at its Annual Meeting this week. Ken Knueven (At-Large), Eve Thompson (Lake Anne/Tall Oaks) and Timothy A. Cohn (North Point) won the three uncontested seats on the nine-member board, which oversees the association and helps set goals and policies.

Approximately 60 percent of voters cast their ballots online this year, which is a significant increase, according to the Elections Committee.  Click here to view comparisons of online and paper ballots, and vote totals. The election results were tabulated by counting agent, Intelliscan.

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Reston Association named its 2012 Service Award recipients at the 2013 Annual Members' Meeting on Tuesday night. Click here to see who won.

Golf Course Appeal Postponed

The Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals has granted Reston National Golf Course's request to postpone a May 22 hearing. The appeal will now be heard on Sept. 25. This is the fourth postponement of the hearing.


RNGC is trying to get the county to designate the golf course land as residential rather than open space. Reston Association and others want the land, which is located near the new Wiehle Avenue Metrorail Station, to remain as open space, thereby preventing any development that could adversely impact the area.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities
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.  
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Nature House Fund Run
Saturday, April 20
8 a.m. (Register at 7 a.m.)
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Click here for registration fees and additional information.

The Nature House 5K Fund Run, now in its 10th year, is a community-based and sponsored event. Timing is by Reston Runners and it is a rolling, scenic and mostly wooded course through Reston neighborhoods and parkland. Funds go to Friends of Reston.

April Family Bird Walk
Saturday, April 20
8 - 10 a.m.
Brown's Chapel Park, 1575 Brown's Chapel Road. Park by the ball fields.
Free. No reservations required. For more information, call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
These walks are geared towards families with children ages 10 and older. They help budding naturalists identify and learn about our local birds. Bring binoculars if you have them and your curiosity. Co-sponsored by the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia. Leader: ASNV's Bill Brown

Helping Abused Children
Saturday, April 20
11 a.m.-noon
Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton, Va.

Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is hosting an information session about advocating for abused or neglected children. Please call 703-273-3526, ext. 22 or e-mail ekosarin@casafairfax.org.

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.

Parking, Pets and People
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
7 p.m.-9 p.m. Free.
Reston Association Conference Center, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

Join representatives from the Fairfax County Police, Reston Station and Fairfax County Animal Center as they answer your questions about parking and pet regulations.  Also get advice on how to deal with neighborhood issues like noise, graffiti, etc. Refreshments will be served. The session is open to cluster, condo, single-family detached board members and apartment representatives.

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

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.

Bike-Riding Class for Kids
Saturdays, April 27-May 25 (Five one-hour classes)
1-2 p.m.
Reston Association parking lot, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.
$80/RA members; $90/Non-members.

This class provides a hands-on, educational way for children (ages 5-10) to master the art of bicycle riding. Registration is required. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or 703-435-6577. Click here for more information.

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.


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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