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Town Center Concerts

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Habitat Heroes Projects



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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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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.
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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NOTICE: Lake Thoreau will be treated with herbicides on Thursday, June 6. Click here for information.

IN THE NEWS: Updates and Announcements
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Milton Matthews (left) at last week's board meeting.
CEO Gets Farewell Kudos
Reston Association's CEO, Milton Matthews, received a warm sendoff from staff and community members during a Board of Directors' meeting last week.

Matthews, who will be leaving the association today, was praised by several speakers and was given plaques and other gifts, including a framed poster of Reston founder Robert Simon's original seven goals for the planned community (shown in the photo above).

Matthews has been with RA for over eight years and has been instrumental in helping the association work together with other community organizations for the betterment of all of Reston. His quiet but effective leadership was a key factor in getting several major projects completed during his tenure, said many of the speakers and board members.

Interactive Trail Map
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The Fairfax Trail Buddy map provides walkers, hikers and bikers a guide to help them navigate their way through Fairfax County and Reston. Click the image to see the map.


Draft of Master Plan Online     

The third draft of the Reston Comprehensive Master Plan is now available online on the Fairfax County website. Click here to download the draft.

The latest version of the plan, which is under review by several local agencies, addresses topics such as development, the environment and recreation in Reston.

A special task force is in the process of forming a master plan that will guide the community for the next 30-40 years. Click here to learn more about the task force on the Reston Association website, or go to the Fairfax County website for maps, documents and information about upcoming meetings.


Pool Schedule Revised    

A new 2013 pool schedule is now posted on the Reston Association website. It revises the hours for Dogwood Pool. Click here to download the schedule.

CALENDAR: Events, Programs, Community Activities

Board Member Education Series

HOA Document Maintenance 

Saturday, June 1
8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Fee: $20
Reston Association Conference Center.

This is the third part of the Community Association Institute (CAI) Board Member Education Series led by Kenneth Ingram, partner - Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLC. Topics that will be covered in this class include:
  • Importance of evaluating the association documents.
  • Pros and cons and process of amending the association documents.
  • Alternatives to amending documents.
  • The importance and practical issues related to Robert's Rules of Order.
The class is open to cluster, condo, SFD Board Members apartment representatives and management companies. Refreshments will be served.

RSVP: Arlene Whittick, 703-435-6503 or Arlene@reston.org.


Town Center Concerts   

Saturday, June 1-Aug. 24 

7:30-10 p.m.

Reston Town Center Pavilion


The Reston Concerts on the Town series begins this weekend with a performance by Radio King Orchestra. Next week, Hard Days Night, a Beatles tribute band, will perform. The concerts are free and held rain or shine. Click here for a full schedule of shows. 

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Triathlon Benefit this Sunday   

Sunday, June 2
7 a.m., beginning at Lake Newport Pool.

The 7th Annual Reston Sprint Triathlon will benefit Reston Interfaith. More than 500 participants will swim in the pool, bike on Reston Parkway, Wiehle Avenue and Baron Cameron Avenue, and then finish with a 5K run on Reston Association pathways north of the pool and through North Hills Park.

This sold-out event is supported by over 100 community volunteers. For many participants, this will be their first triathlon.

Please contact Larry Butler at lbutler@reston.org if you have questions about this event.


Home Food Preservation 

Thursday, June 6
7-9 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$5/person RA members, $8/person Non-members
Reservations required by June 3. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.

This introductory class will explore various methods of food preservation. Learn the science behind food preservation, safety precautions, kitchen and material preparation, as well as food and recipe selection. Instructor: Diane Blust. Co-sponsored by Reston Community Center.


Walking Stick Workshop 

Friday, June 7
7-8 p.m.
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
$6/child RA members, $9/child non-members.
Ages 5-12 years (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Reservations required by June 4. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.

Summer is the perfect time to explore new places. Make a walking stick that can travel with you on your next hike. Choose the perfect stick, make a leather grip, and with help, engrave your name or initials. Supplies included.


Summer Bird Count  

Saturday, June 8
6:45 a.m.-Noon
Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive.
Free. Reservations required by June 5. Please call 703-476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.
Join us for the half-day annual Summer Bird Count throughout Reston's natural areas. Meet local bird experts, learn tips on identification and have fun while helping us obtain important information to help our feathered friends. Volunteers are invited to enjoy lunch, tally results and swap stories back at Nature House following the count.


Lake Anne Summer Films  

Sunday, June 9 (second Sundays through September).
Times: Sundown.
Lake Anne Plaza, 1609 Washington Plaza.

The free mini-film festival will transform the plaza into a free outdoor movie theater. The movie categories include Date Night, Family, Retro, and Classic. Grab a date, the family or a group of friends, bring the lawn chairs and a picnic and enjoy flicks under the stars. Lake Anne Plaza restaurants will also offer movie night to-go menus.
June 9 -  Back To The Future (Retro)
July 14 - Ghostbusters (Family)
Aug. 11 - Some Like It Hot (Classic)
Sept. 8 - When Harry Met Sally (Date Night)


Yankees vs. Orioles Trip  

Sunday, June 30

11 a.m.-6p.m.

Register now for an RA chartered-bus trip to the Oriole Park at Camden Yards to see the Baltimore Orioles play the New York Yankees. Registration form can be found at www.reston.org. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or 703-435-6577.

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.

Stevenage Natural Area Restoration
Saturday, Jun. 22, 10 a.m-noon
Want to learn how to use a Weed Wrench? Join the Habitat Heroes this month to help restore the Stevenage Road natural area. We will use neat tools like the Weed Wrench, hand saws and loppers to remove Bush Honeysuckle, Burning Bush, Bradford Pears and more from this unhealthy patch of woods. These shrubs and trees produce seeds and spread rapidly, decreasing the space for native plants to thrive. With your help, we can restore the woods and provide healthy wildlife habitat. Please meet at the parking lot of Reston North Park behind Home Depot at the corner of Reston Parkway and Stevenage Road. Look for the RA truck. There is poison ivy at this site.

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