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April 19, 2013
                                                     Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


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Denim Recycling
Habitat Heroes Projects

Help at Spring Festival



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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
Read the Annual Report Online
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Missed the Annual Members' Meeting last week? No problem.
Click here to download the 2012 Annual Report and read about Reston Association's accomplishments and goals.

Click here to watch the video presented at the meeting or view the entire meeting on Vimeo.  
RA Supports May Bike Events
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Reston Association's Pedestrian & Bicycling Advisory Committee is encouraging area residents to participate in the following events in May:

RA is a sponsor for the Reston Town Center pit stop on Bike to Work Day on May 17.

Work Underway on RELAC Plant
Reston RELAC has begun the preparation work on the RELAC plant that serves Lake Anne area residents. The plant generates cooling for homes during the warmer months.

Preparation work will continue though mid-May. Here is a list of tasks that have been completed as of this week:
  • The area around the intake has been cleaned and musk has been removed.
  • Pump house pit has been cleaned and the sluice has been power washed.
  • The tubes in the chiller heat exchanger have all been cleaned.
  • Chillers are being prepared.
  • Talks with both Vantage Hill and Heron House were initiated to coordinate connection to the system.
  • General plant cleanup and repair.
  • All pumps and motors have been serviced.
  • Chemical provider contract negotiated by Reston RELAC and signed by Aqua America.
Reston RELAC has been contracted by Aqua America to do the first six weeks of startup and operations.

According to a status update released by Reston RELAC, the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) is expected to announce its decision regarding the transfer of ownership from AQUA Virginia to Reston RELAC by May 2 of this year. Click here to read the full update and a preventative maintenance checklist for residents using the RELAC system.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities
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

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.

Denim Recycling
Saturday, May 4
1-5 p.m.
Walker Nature Center

Reston Environmental Action (REACT) will collect old, used denim at the annual Spring Festival. The denim will be sent to the organization Cotton. From Blue to Green where it will be recycled into environmentally-safe insulation for home-building organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.
Cotton. From Blue to Green accepts any type of denim apparel, colored denim, and organic denim. The denim does not have to be 100% cotton.

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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