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April 26, 2013
                                                     Reston Association's Weekly Newsletter


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Garlic Mustard Challenge
Join RA in helping to remove this invasive
plant. Join the challenge.

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Reston Schools 
RA supports this May 8 national event. Click here for more information.

Healthy Kids Day
Thanks to RA Volunteers

Habitat Heroes Projects

Help at Spring Festival

Fine Arts Festival



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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 f
or more information. 

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RA Pro Shop 
Great prices on Babolat racquets and shoes, and K-Swiss tennis and running shoes. Please call Rob at 703-435-6502.

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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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Featuring 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. Click here for information and an entertainment schedule.

IN THE NEWS: Updates and Announcements
Community Survey Reports
Reston Association completed a community-wide survey of residents. An independent survey firm, National Research Center, sent out 3,000 questionnaires to randomly selected households and renters in Reston. The firm presented the results at an RA Board of Directors' meeting last week.

The purpose of the survey is to help the board set community and budget priorities, and to learn what residents think about services. Download the survey reports and meeting presentation:

Reston Magazine: Summer Issue
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The summer edition of Reston magazine is now available online and in print.

Learn about the artwork at the newly renovated Dogwood Pool. There are articles about land use, corporate responsibility, a charity golf classic and a guide for residents seeking to sign up for a tennis or aquatics class, plus much more. Click here to download Reston


Reston 5K Fund Run Results


RA Wins Bike Award 

Reston Association has been recognized as a "Bicycle Friendly Business" by the League of American Bicyclists. The association received a bronze designation for its efforts in promoting healthy transportation in Reston.

As a result of this recognition, RA will have access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the league to become even more bicycle-friendly. Click here to read more.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities

Healthy Kids Day

Saturday, April 27

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

YMCA Fairfax County Reston

12196 Sunset Hills Road.


The free event feature health vendors, interactive programs, youth exercise clinics and carnival games that get kids moving while encouraging families to live healthier lives. Click here for more information.  


May Migration 

Saturday, May 11
10:30 a.m.-Noon
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person RA members; $8/person non-members.
All ages (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by May 8. Please call 703- 476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day. Learn about the life cycles of migratory birds and examine nests, feathers and eggs. Hike along The Glade stream valley in search of some local migrants. Learn what you can do to help our migratory friends.


Community Yard Sale  

Saturday, May 11
8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Reston Association parking lot, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive


Come by to browse for great bargains at our 95-family yard sale. This event is an opportunity to find items for a new home or college dorm. Vendor space is sold out. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or 703-435-6577 for information on weather-related cancellations.

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

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Reston Association would like to thank its volunteers during National Volunteer Appreciation Week (April 22-28). In addition, RA will hold a pool party on Aug. 2 for its volunteers. Watch for details later this summer.  

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.

Virginia Invasive Plant Removal Day
Saturday, May 4, 2013.

Reston Association invites you to join us for the fourth annual state-wide Virginia Invasive Plant Removal Day. Groups all over Virginia will be doing their best to remove invasive exotic plants in their communities. The Reston Garlic Mustard Challenge will also culminate on Invasive Plant Removal Day with a celebration at the Nature House Spring Festival.

9 a.m.-Noon: Garlic Mustard at Snakeden
Volunteers will pull Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) in the woods near Snakeden Branch stream in the natural area surrounding Old Trail Drive. Please park at the Glade Pool parking lot or along Glade Drive. We will meet near the tot-lot next to the pool parking lot and head down the asphalt path behind the pool into the woods behind the houses. There is poison ivy at this site.

1-4 p.m.:  The Nature House Spring Festival
Join us in celebrating the culmination of the Garlic Mustard Challenge with fun games and activities that help you learn more about the nasty invasive exotic Garlic Mustard plant. There will be a station to weigh your bags full of Garlic Mustard and report your pounds of removed plant debris. We'll also have a dumpster for you to throw out your collected Garlic Mustard and prevent the spread of seeds from this plant. Find out who wins the big Garlic Mustard Challenge of 2013.

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.


Help at Fine Arts Event 

Come and join us at the Greater Reston Arts Center's Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 17-19 at the Reston Town Center.


This is an opportunity to be a part of the East Coast's top-rated fine arts and crafts festival. GRACE has produced the festival since 1991. This event serves the Washington Metropolitan community by showcasing local and national artists. The festival attracts art enthusiasts of all ages and provides a quality first-hand experience with art, artists and art education programs.

There are many areas where you can volunteer.  It's easy to volunteer by using our web-based form that allows you to learn about activity options, sign up with family or friends, and choose your own shift(s).


Click here if you're ready to register now.  (At the bottom of the registration form there is a box, please add "RA VOLUNTEER" in that box.) Click here to find out more information and find a task that fits you.  

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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