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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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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.

IN THE NEWS: Updates and Announcements

Reston Today - May Edition     

Reston Today May 2015
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This month's Reston Today features a segment on Reston Station and the Metrorail Silver Line. Take a tour of the facility by clicking on the video above. There are also segments on the opening of Reston's pools and information about cicadas.


RA Monitoring Facility Plan   

Reston Association is assessing plans for a Fairfax County and Reston Community Center proposal for an indoor recreation facility at Baron Cameron Park. Click here to read RA's position statement on the project.

Related information posted on the RCC website:

Notice: There will be no RA News next Friday. The next RA News will be delivered on May 24.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities

Dogwood Pool Ceremony   

Saturday, May 11
10 a.m.
Dogwood Pool, 2460 Green Range Drive.

The ceremony will include light refreshments, door prizes and giveaways. Special guests will be in attendance and after a dedication of the pavilion, the newly renovated facility will officially open at 11 a.m. Click here for more information.


RA Pool Openings
May 11:
North Shore Heated Pool and Spa (heated through Season 1), Ridge Heights Heated Pool (heated through Season 1), Dogwood Pool.
May 25:
Autumnwood Pool, Glade Pool and Spa, Golf Course Island Pool, Hunters Woods Pool and Spa, Lake Audubon Pool, Lake Newport Pool, Lake Thoreau Pool and Spa, Newbridge Pool, North Hills Pool and Spa, Shadowood Pool, Tall Oaks Pool, Uplands Pool.

Pool passes are required. Receipts will not be accepted for pool entry. Click here for a list of all RA pools and a link to the full pool schedule.


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.


Great Decisions    

Friday, May 17
2 p.m.
Reston Regional Library,
11925 Bowman Towne Drive.

This Reston Regional Library "Great Decisions" roundtable discussion will be led by retired ambassador David Newton. The subject is "humanitarian intervention." Reading material is available for the program. For more information, call the library at 703-689-2700.


Bike to Work Day   

Friday, May 17
Leave the car in the garage and commute by bicycle on Bike to Work Day. Make sure to stop by Reston Association's pit stop at the Reston Town Center to receive a free T-shirt, refreshments and be entered into a raffle for a free bicycle.

To register for Bike to Work Day, click here.


Fine Arts Festival    

May 17-19
Reston Town Center.

The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, produced by the Greater Reston Arts Center, will provide art enthusiasts an opportunity to view or purchase items over the course of the three-day outdoor event. Click here for times and more information. Entry into the festival is free. To volunteer at the festival, see the item at the bottom of this newsletter.


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.


Community Concert    

Sunday, May 19
4 p.m.
Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road.
A reception recognizing local music educators will be held at 3 p.m.

The May concert will feature four accomplished young musicians ranging in age from 10 to 17. For more information about these performers go to www.restoncommunityorchestra.org.


Daring Dragonflies     

Wednesday, May 22
1-2 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/child RA members, $8/child Non-members.
Ages 3-5 years (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by May 17. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Dragonflies are fierce aerial predators, catching other flying insects as their prey. See how a dragonfly sees, using its large eyes to find food. Click here for more information about this and other nature programs.


Tour the Solar System      

Thursday, May 30
7-8 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$4/child RA members, $6/child Non-members.
Ages 5-12 years  (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by May 28. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Compare weather conditions, size, and the length of years and days of all the planets in the solar system (even Pluto). 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.

Saturday, May 25 from 10 a.m. - Noon
Garlic Mustard Everywhere!
Help restore Reston's natural areas by pulling Garlic Mustard. Garlic Mustard is a non-native, invasive plant that spreads by seed. Each plant can produce hundreds of seeds, spreading quickly into the natural areas and altering the soil chemistry. We will meet at the sign for Lake Anne Elementary School. You can park along North Shore Drive and we will follow the path behind the school. Look for the RA truck on the pathway if you miss us at the parking lot. There is poison ivy at this site. Please dress appropriately.

For more information or to volunteer contact Ha Brock, RA volunteer and community outreach coordinator at 703-435-7986 or e-mail habrock@reston.org.


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.

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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