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May 3, 2013


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Donations Sought   
Event to raise money to help fight cancer.

Farmers' Markets Open

Pet Fiesta at RTC

Meditation Techniques

Habitat Heroes Projects

Fine Arts Festival



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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.

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Ken Knueven
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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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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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IN THE NEWS: Updates and Announcements

Heated Pools Open May 11 

  • North Shore Heated Pool and Spa, 11515 North Shore Drive.
  • Ridge Heights Heated Pool, 11400 Ridge Heights Road.  
Weekends: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Weekdays: 1-7 p.m. (with additional drop-in fitness hours at North Shore).

Pool passes are required. Receipts will not be accepted for pool entry. Click here for a list of all RA pools.


Outdoor Markets Open    

Smart Markets Reston is now open for the 2013 season. Its new location is at Reston Corner, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, next to the Reston Association building. The market is open every Wednesday from 3 p.m.-7 p.m.  Come dine al fresco at our "Taste of Local" food truck or shop for local produce and products for your eating-in pleasure.

Smart Markets provides locally grown and raised food, including fresh breads and cheeses. The market will have free cooking classes and musical entertain on certain weeks. Click here for more information.

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The Farmers' Market at Lake Anne opens this Saturday. The market will feature 28 vendors and is open from 8 a.m.-noon. The market runs through November.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities
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Event is Tomorrow at WNC     

Saturday, May 4
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
1-5 p.m. Free.

The Spring Festival includes live music, craft making, displays, fishing and boating activities. For a complete schedule of the day's events, click here.


Pet Fiesta  

Saturday, May 4
Reston Town Center
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission.

This annual festival provides demonstrations, exhibitions and activities. Pet adoption groups will be present. Funds raised from the event go to GoodDogz.org.


Swim Lesson Test, Registration    

Lesson Test
Saturday, May 4
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Ridge Heights Pool, 11400 Ridge Heights Road.
Free. No registration required.
If you need assistance determining what group swim lesson level to take, please join us for a fun evaluation of skills. Wait time is typically less than 15 minutes and participants will be seen in the order they arrive.

Lesson Registration
Monday, May 6 for RA members.
Wednesday, May 8 for non-members.
Opens at 8:30 a.m.
Online at www.reston.org or in-person at our Member Services Department, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive.

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.-12:30 p.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.


Meditation Techniques  

Tuesday, May 14
7 p.m.

Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive. 


Gerry Gorman, a longtime student and practitioner of meditation, will demonstrate simple techniques that will enrich your life. For more information, call 703-689-2700. 


How to Make a Solar Oven   

Sunday, May 19
1-4 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person RA members, $8/person Non-members.
For ages 10 through adult.
Reservations required by May 16. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.

Solar ovens use sunlight to slow cook or warm foods without the aid of electricity or other fuel sources. Build an oven and receive a simple recipe. All supplies provided. Co-sponsored by Reston Community Center and Sustainable Reston.

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.

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.


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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